Mother’s Day will soon be upon us, and what better way to get started celebrating by giving a shout out to a unique set of moms. It’s one thing to bring a life into the world, but it’s another to climb the ladder to a founder, chairwoman, CEO, or president of company status. Check out the list of moms we’re into this Mother’s Day who accomplished just that.
Emma Grede – Founder and CEO of Good American
Whether you actually keep up with the Kardashians or you shop at Nordstrom, then you know the denim empire Good American. Grede founded the company with Khloé Kardashian after they had a conversation about buying jeans that fit your body type. But before that, she started a successful talent management marketing agency in her mid-twenties. Today, Good American has also extended into athletic wear, t-shirts, dresses, sweat suits, and more. As a mom of two toddlers and one of the few Black female CEOs, Grede demonstrates that you can keep your career and be a mother at the same time.
Indra Nooyi – on Amazon’s Board of Directors, former CEO of PepsiCo
As a mom of two daughters, Nooyi has consistently ranked as one of the world’s most powerful women, which is a great standard to live up to. She held a couple of important positions at Johnson & Johnson and Motorola before she was named CEO of PepsiCo in 2001. She grew the corporation’s presence and assets, taking them from a net profit of $2.7 billion to $6.5 billion and the company’s sales rose 80 percent. After holding the CEO position for 12 years, she’s now on the board for the International Cricket Council and Amazon.
Huda Kattan – Founder of Huda Beauty
Huda Beauty is a billion-dollar beauty empire that started with her makeup abilities, which she began to share in the form of a blog in 2010. She founded the cosmetics line in 2013, and it soon got the attention and use of Kim Kardashian. From there, Huda Beauty continued to explode with success as she added foundation, palettes, lipsticks, mascara, and more. The company has over 36 million followers on Instagram and Forbes has declared it as an influence to be reckoned with. Throughout all Kattan’s success, she keeps up her with daughter and husband as they continue to travel and revel in her accomplishments.
Sonia Syngal – President and CEO of Old Navy
Syngal, the mother of two, ascended throughout her career to get to her position today. She had multiple roles at Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motors and Sun Microsystems before she joined the Gap in 2004 with a Managing Director position. After the Gap acquired Old Navy for over a decade, Old Navy decided to become a stand-alone company this year. Which in turn made Syngal one of the few female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company. She also serves on a board for Gap and Boys & Girls Club of America.
Mellody Hobson Lucas – Vice Chair of the Starbucks Corporation
Hobson Lucas has been a front runner and hard worker from the beginning of her career. After graduating from Princeton, she joined Ariel Investments as an intern and eventually rose to prominence for the director, vice president, and president positions at the company. From there she moved on to be chairwoman for DreamWorks Animation. In between her success, she met her husband, the esteemed George Lucas, with whom she had a daughter with via surrogacy 6 years ago. Hobson Lucas also serves on multiple boards and is also a director for Starbucks and Estee Lauder, continuing her success.
Piera Gelardi – Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Media for Refinery29
If you’re a fan of online publications and listed articles that help you find books to furniture to Kardashian drama, then you know Refinery29. The website is a labor of love, Refinery29 being 15-years-old now as Gelardi and her co-founders dealt with the ever-changing media landscape. The once fashion focused media-site now makes sure to cater to inclusivity and diversity of all body shapes, sizes, and skin tones. Gelardi is also a recent mom, with a baby girl at several months old all over her Instagram looking just as a stylish and fun as her mother.
Katia Beauchamp – CEO and Co-Founder of Birchbox
One of the first subscription box services on the map was Birchbox, co-founded in 2010 by Beauchamp. She surprisingly started out her career in banking, before she got into Havard Business School where she learned about entrepreneurship. After getting the feel of it and thinking about the beauty industry with her co-founder, they came up with a business plan in 48 hours. From getting a million subscribers during its initial launch to recent news of Walgreens opening Birchbox boutiques, Beauchamp has continued to grow. During her off time, she prefers spending time with her twin boys and husband in NYC.
Bozoma Saint John – Chief Marketing Officer of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Saint John acquired this position after being Chief Brand Officer at Uber. Her other roles were at PepsiCo, Ashley Stewart, Beats Music, Apple, and iTunes, demonstrating her successful career presence. She is a single mom to one, a daughter, after the death of her husband years ago. William Morris Endeavor Entertainment is one of the top talent agencies, being affiliated with many notable stars and organizations like UFC, NFL, NHL, Miss America, and more. Saint John is also a frequent speaker for panels and public interviews to share her expertise and wisdom with other women.
Rachel Drori – Founder and CEO of Daily Harvest
In the era of subscription services, Drori’s business Daily Harvest couldn’t be more lucrative by selling fresh produce combinations for smoothies, soups, vegetable bowls, and more. This mom of two boys previously worked in hospitality and marketing before she realized how she wanted to reimagine healthy food for convenience. She also struggled with it herself, being forced to choose between something quick and usually unhealthy. By changing the way you think about fast food, Drori’s nutritious company is making a presence and is following today’s health trends.
Sallie Krawcheck – CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest
If you don’t know about Ellevest, you should definitely check it out if you’re a woman or if you have women in your life. Ellevest is a digital investment platform for women, primarily focusing on closing the gender investment gap between men and women. Krawcheck has been involved in finances since the beginning, being one of the most senior women on Wall Street. However, before she became a mom of two and assumed her role at Ellevest, Krawcheck held CEO and CFO positions at Citigroup and a president position at Bank of America.
Lisa Price – Founder of Carol’s Daughter
If you have natural hair, or if you’ve received an Almond Cookie Butter giftset for the holidays, then you recognize the brand Carol’s Daughter. The company turned 25-years-old last year, and it’s grown from only being in Target retailers to extending its reach and being bought by L’Oréal in 2014 to keep up with the growth of the business. Price named it in honor of her mother Carol while making hair and body products as a side hustle in the late 1980s during her full-time job in television production. Price went from spending $900 in glass bottles, having children with her partner of 30 years, and dealing with the death of her mother along the journey. She demonstrated the power of a market aimed towards women of color being able to grow.
Dr. Leana Wen – President and CEO of Planned Parenthood
Last year at the age of 35, Dr. Wen became the first Asian American President for Planned Parenthood. She’s been ahead of her time since the beginning, graduating from California State University at the age of 18 with her degree in biochemistry by attending an early entrance program. After going on to finish her medical education, she took a year off to lead campaigns centered on addressing conflicts of interest between physicians and pharmaceutical companies, decreasing health disparities, and increasing healthcare access. But before taking her current role, she became a mom to her son Eli, approaching 2-years-old, and served as the health commissioner to the city of Baltimore for 8 years.
Arianna Huffington – Founder of The Huffington Post & Founder, CEO of Thrive Global
If you didn’t recognize her last name, I’d be surprised. Huffington has had a long and successful career from her 15 published books, presence on television as a political commentator, host of a radio show, voice actor, and more. In between all of her accolades and prosperity, Huffington had her two daughters in her late 30s and only continued to thrive with the founding of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global. She also serves on boards for Global Citizen, Onex, and Uber.
Mary T. Barra – Chairwoman and CEO of General Motors
This mom of two is the first female CEO of a major global automaker. Barra genuinely worked her way up the ladder, working for the General Motors Company starting from the age of 18 in 1980. From there she ascended to multiple Vice President roles for Global Manufacturing Engineering, Human Resources, Product Development, and Purchasing and Supply Chain before she became CEO in 2014. In 2017, she was elected to join the board of Disney, and she pushed GM to develop an electric car priced under $40,000, in turn beating out Tesla.
Beatrice Feliu-Espada – The Founder and CEO of The Honey Pot
Feliu-Espada is a different kind of a mom since she’s a proud pet parent to dogs Sadie and Boss. But creating a business from the ground up is no joke whether your kids are human or canine. She created The Honey Pot years ago while she was still working a full-time job after a recurrent cycle of bacterial vaginosis. She started out with a $20,000 investment and sold out of her 600 bottles of feminine wash at a Bronner Brother’s Hair Show in Atlanta in 2014. Now, The Honey Pot is at Walmart, Target, certain Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Urban Outfitters, and more retailers continue to join the list!