And the Awards Goes To…2011’s Most Powerful Moms
By Charlotte Young
It’s no secret that being a mom and a professional woman is a hard task and we give a round of applause to all those hardworking mamas. As the year wraps up, workingmother.com provides us with the most powerful moms of 2011. To make the list, women must have at least one child who is 18 year old or younger, live in the US and be changing the game in their field.
Where would the list be without Michelle Obama? Workingmother.com lists her as the most powerful mom in Washington. The first lady is mother to Malia, 13 and Sasha, 10. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, Obama is a role model for moms around the nation. In her position she has committed herself to decrease childhood obesity and launched the “Let’s Move” campaign.
The most powerful mom in science, technology, engineering and math is none other than Ursula Burns. This hardworking sister is the chairman and CEO of Xerox. Burns has two children, Malcom, 21, and Melissa 17. Burns has worked at Xerox from the bottom up, starting as an intern in 1980. In 2009, she became the first African American woman CEO to lead a S&P 100 Company and the first woman to succeed another woman as a S&P company head. Burns groundbreaking work doesn’t stop with her color or gender. In 2010, she increased Xerox’s profits by 25 percent and closed the company’s biggest deal by leading its acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services for $6.4 billion. Raised by a single mother in a New York housing project, Burns went on to earn a Mechanical Engineering degree at New York University and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Also on the list are Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis, co-founders of Gilt Groupe and the most powerful mom entrepreneurs. Both are new moms to one year old sons. The Harvard educated duo took the online shopping market by storm with the launch of Gilt Groupe in 2007. Gilt Groupe features “flash” sales, clothing and accessories for women, men and children at a limited time discounted rate. With their innovative idea, Maybank and Wilkis have created a $1 billion company.
TV journalist Ann Curry is listed as the most powerful TV journalist mom. With two children, McKenzie, 18, and Walker, 16, Curry has maintained her position as co-anchor of The Today Show on NBC. Beginning in 1991, she is the show’s longest serving new anchor.
Tina Fey is listed as the most powerful mom in Pop Culture. The actress/comedian/writer/producer is mom to six-year-old Alice and four-month-old Penelope. Known for her roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, Fey has won seven Emmys, three Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.