Where Did Forbes’ Most Powerful Women CEOs Go to College?

Future business women of America! Our culture puts a lot of pressure on students to go to the best Ivy League colleges so that they can get the best jobs and make the most of their careers; but just because you’re not at or going to an Ivy doesn’t mean you won’t be calling the shots in a big way in your future. As Beyonce so poignantly said:

“Who run the world? Girls.”


Here’s where Forbes’ top women CEO’s went to college:

Irene Rosenfeld
CEO of Kraft Foods
Undergraduate college: Cornell University
Rosenfeld not only earned her B.A. in psychology from Cornell, but she also earned her Ph.D in marketing and statistics there as well.

Mary Schapiro
Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Undergraduate college: Franklin & Marshall College
Schapiro was the first woman to be the permanent Chairment of the SEC. She was appointed by President Obama in 2009.

Ursula Burns
CEO of Xerox
Undergraduate college: Polytechnic Institute 
Super cool lady, Ursala Burns, is not only the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, but also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company.

Andrea Jung
CEO of  Avon
Undergraduate college: Princeton University
First generation Canadian-American, Jung rose to the top through her positions at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and currently, Avon.

Carol Bartz
Former CEO of Yahoo!
Undergraduate college: University of Wisconsin – Madison
Bartz was once told when she requested a transfer to 3M’s headquarters that “women don’t do these jobs.” She sure proved whoever said that to her wrong!

Angela Braly
CEO of Well Point
Undergraduate college: Texas Tech University
Braly received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in 1982 and her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Patricia Woertz
CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
Undergraduate college: Penn State
Taking on her role as CEO, Woertz commented, “I’m outside the company, outside the industry, outside the family, outside the gender expectations.”

Cynthia Carroll
CEO of Anglo American
Undergraduate college: Skidmore College
That geology major IS important! Carroll earned her B.S. from Skidmore in geology and then went on to earn her masters in geology from the University of Kansas. She didn’t stop there; she then went on to earn her MBA from Harvard.

Ellen Kullman
CEO of Dupont
Undergraduate college: Tufts University
Kullman studied mechanical engineering at Tufts and then earned her master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. Moral of the story? Your major in college doesn’t dictate your future career–it only helps to inform it!

Sallie Krawcheck
Former CEO of Global Wealth & Investment Management for Bank of America
Undergraduate college: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Krawcheck oversaw the largest wealth management business in the world at $2.3 trillion in client assets.

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