Although the South is often viewed as less progressive than other regions, the Queen City seems to be actively rejecting that stereotype – especially when it comes to gender equality. Charlotte currently has a female mayor, we were recently ranked as one of the top cities in America for women in technology, and now, 3 of our female executives have made Forbes’ list of The Most Powerful Women in Business.
The magazine ranked women based on 4 criteria; the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career, and her social and cultural influence.
According to Forbes, the most powerful businesswoman in Charlotte and the 11th most powerful in America is Lynn Good, the CEO of Duke Energy.
Lynn became the first female CEO of the nation’s largest utility back in 2013. Since that time, she’s unloaded billions in overseas assets to refocus the company on more reliable income streams like natural gas and renewable energies. Her company is now valued at over $61 billion.
Coming in at #2 in Charlotte and #37 in America is Mary Mack, the head of community banking at Wells Fargo. She was previously the head of retail brokerage and was promoted after her predecessor, Carrie Tolstedt was blamed for Wells Fargo’s phony accounts scandal. Mary is now tasked with cleaning up the historic mess.
Rounding out Forbes list, the 3rd most powerful businesswoman in Charlotte and the 50th most powerful in America is Anne Finucane, the Vice Chairman for Bank of America. Anne is specifically tasked with leading the bank’s marketing and analytics departments and chairing the Environmental, Social, and Governance committees. According to Forbes, “She oversaw a record $15.9 billion in clean energy financing in 2016, as well as an additional $1.6 billion of loans dedicated to injecting capital into low-income areas.”
Are you a businesswoman in Charlotte? How do you think Charlotte compares to other cities?