Secrets of Top Young Female CEOs

By N Mark Castro

They’re smart. They’re young. They’re influential. They’re gorgeous. And they’re hot.

They inspire women to prove that one doesn’t need to be a bitch to get to the top nor look haggard when leading an entire company. Life and Work balance is possible.

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Claire Chambers is the CEO and founder of Journelle, a premier lingerie store in New York. At 27, after just five years behind a desk, she left a successful career in business consulting with Katzenbach Partners to start anew as an entrepreneur.

Her message to entrepreneurs:

Never Stop Networking

Pics: Top 10 hottest female CEOsNina Godiwalla, the CEO of MindWorks, is also the author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street. She has an MBA from Wharton, an MA from Dartmouth, and a BBA from The University of Texas.

Nina Godiwalla

She spent almost a decade working for Fortune 500 corporations including Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson. She used her experience as the basis of her book, Suits: A Woman on Wall Street.

When you take this job, you give up stuff to the level that it makes you happy, and at some point, if it’s not making you happy, you don’t need to continue doing it.

She is the sexy founder and CEO of matchmaking and dating service called the Princeton Elite Club.  She is the upscale matchmaker who works with singles to help them find their ‘soul mates’. She has a Master’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication; she is also a divorce specialist. She started out this company after her divorce when she was the stay at home single mom looking out for some work. Why anyone would divorce her at all is beyond me.

What’s my joy? Bringing people together.

Jesse Draper has built the business empire, Valley Girl Inc., by talking about, well, business. A refreshing twist on typical number-crunching suit shows, her syndicated web talk program, The Valley Girl Show, can be accurately described as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show for business.”

Aside from exchanging high-fives with top CEOs on her show, this young woman who was bold enough to drape her set in Pink once replied:

What do you consider to be your life’s passion?

I was put on this Earth to encourage women in the workplace.

Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over her father’s kefir business, in 2002 at the age of 27. Since being named CEO and director of Lifeway Foods, Julie has continued the company’s growth trajectory with creative product development and marketing, bringing a Russian product into the U.S. mainstream and boosting annual company revenues to nearly $80 million by 2012. Julie has vivid memories of being an early “guinea pig” for the kefir business founded by her parents in 1986, whether sampling new flavors and formulations, or traveling to food shows to help her parents build Lifeway into the first U.S. company taken public by a Russian immigrant.

A devoted mother, she is never without crayons, baby wipes or her iPhone.

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Voted the sexiest female geek out there, Hilary Rowland is a self-taught programmer and CEO of, eClick Interactive Inc. and Project Migration.

What not many people know is that back in 1995, when Hilary Rowland was 15, she created the first online portfolio site and the first online women’s magazine. Thirteen years later, her sites New Faces® ( and HILARY Magazine (, are still booming and on the cutting edge.

Hilary Rowland

Asked about the continued expansion of her network she replied:

“It’s been a labor of love.” 

When Leslie Blodgett became CEO of Bare Escentuals in 1994 — the company was then a tiny maker of bath and body products — she saw a huge opportunity selling healthy mineral-based makeup. But she didn’t quite realize how many women she could reach until she made a pitch on late-night TV. The company’s rapid growth led to a 2006 IPO, followed by the sale of the company this year for $1.7 billion to Shiseido, the Japanese beauty giant. Today, Bare Escentuals, based in San Francisco, has 130 boutiques in the U.S. and one in the U.K., and employs 2,200.

I’ve been working since I was 10. My parents got divorced when I was 9, and my mother raised me, my brother, and my sister on a teacher’s salary. She was tough. I probably would have been very lazy if she weren’t always on my ass.

My first real job was at McDonald’s. There was a girl there who taught me how to apply double shades of eye shadow, which I still do today. I always loved makeup, even though my mother didn’t approve. She was into the women’s-lib movement. She never remarried, loved her independence, and always told me to have my own career.

I don’t want to be a business. I want to be a community.

I’m sure there are a lot more pretty and smart — Pretty Smart — women out there.

Actually, I think pretty smart women is redundant. Women are pretty and they are smart.



About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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