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Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

The Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market recognizes the women who are influencing change, innovation, and standards for excellence within mid-market companies (with revenue between $100 million and $3 billion). Honorees are evaluated by Annual Revenue, Number of Employees, First Impression on Social Media and Community Involvement.

The 2018 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market are listed below in alphabetical order. Or view past winners.

2018 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

(click the name to view her bio)

Olu Beck

CEO, Wholesome Sweetners Inc.

Sandra Cochran

President & CEO of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

Judy Faulkner

CEO & Founder of Epic Systems

Sheila Flavell

COO and Executive Board Director of FDM Group

Gina Fyffe

CEO, Integra Holdings

Mary Anne Heino

President and CEO, Lantheus Medical Imaging
Director, Lantheus Holdings

Tina Hodges

CEO and CXO, Advance Financial

Lisa Hook

President & CEO of Neustar

Julie Howard

CEO & Chairman of the Board of Directors on Navigate Consulting, Inc.

Lesa France Kennedy

CEO & Vice Chairperson on the Board of Directors for International Speedway Corporation and Vice Chairperson and Board Member of NASCAR

Judy McReynolds

President & CEO of ArcBest Corporation

Kim Ann Mink

Chairman, CEO & President of Innophos

Elaine Osgood

Atlas Travel

Winnie Park

CEO, The Paper Source

Mary Powell

President & CEO of Green Mountain Power

Martine Rothblatt

United Therapeutics Corp

Susan Salka

CEO, President, and Director of AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.

Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders

CEO & President of Navicent Health

Karyn Schoenbart

CEO, The NPD Group
Best-selling author of Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next

Luvleen Sidhu

Co-Founder, President and CSO of BankMobile

Sally Smith

President & CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings

Jeanne Thoma

CEO of SPI Pharma

Cynthia Tidwell

President and CEO, Royal Neighbors of America

Anne Sempowski Ward

CEO of CURiO

Marita Zuraitis

President & CEO of Horace Mann

Past Winners:

2017 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

NameCompanyTitle
Andrea AyersConvergys CorpCEO
Diane SullivanCaleresCEO
Anne Sempowski WardCurioCEO
Kim Ann MinkInnophosCEO
Lisa HookNeustar IncCEO
Luvleen SidhuBank MobileCEO
Martine RothblattUnited Therapeutics CorpCEO
Shelly IbachSelect Comfort Corp.CEO
Jenny MingCharlotte Russe Holding, Inc.CEO
Judy FaulknerEpic Systems CorporationCEO
Judy McReynoldsArcBest CorporationCEO
Julie HowardNavigant ConsultingCEO
Julie SmolyanskyLifeway FoodsCEO
Karyn SchoenbartThe NPD GroupCEO
Lesa France KennedyInternational SpeedwayCEO
Marita ZuraitisHorace Mann Educators CorporationCEO
Mary PowellGreen Mountain PowerCEO
Melissa ReiffThe Container StoreCEO
Ninfa SaundersNavicent HealthCEO
Olu BeckWholesome SweetCEO
Ranjini PoddarArtech Information SystemsCEO
Sally J. SmithBuffalo Wild WingsCEO
Sandra CochranCracker BarrelCEO
Sheila FlavellFDM GroupCOO
Susan SalkaAMN Healthcare Services, Inc.CEO

2016 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

First NameLast NameCompanyTitleIndustry
KathyLehneSun Coast Resources, Inc.CEOOil and Gas - Transportation and Storage
JudyMcReynoldsArcBest CorpPresident, Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, DirectorLogistics and Freight Services
AndreaAyersConvergys CorpCEOIT Services and Consulting
JulieHowardNavigant Consulting, Inc.CEOBusiness Services
SallySmithBuffalo Wild WingsCEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
StephanieStreeterLibbey Inc.CEOAppliances & Tools & Housewares
DianeSullivanCaleres, Inc.CEOFootwear
KarynSchoenbartThe NPD GroupPresident and Chief Operating OfficerMarketing & Advertising
SelinaLoRuckus Wireless, Inc.President and CEOMeasuring Devices & Controllers
SandraCochranCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.President and CEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
RanjiniPoddarArtech Information Systems LLCPresident/Co-FounderHuman Resources & Staffing
VirginiaMcDowellIsle Of Capri Casinos IncCEOGambling & Casinos
GaylaDellyBenchmark Electronics, Inc.President ( CEO successor )Semiconductors
ToryBurchTory Burch, LLCCEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
LindaMassmanClearwater Paper CorpPresident & CEOPaper and Paper Products
TamaraLundgrenSchnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.CEOIron and Steel Foundries
JulieSmolyanskyLifeway Foods, Inc.President, Chief Executive Officer, DirectorDairy Products
SheilaFlavellFDM Group Ltd.Other
MartineRothblattUnited Therapeutics CorporationChairman and Co-CEOBiotechnology
LisaHookNeustar IncPresident & Chief Executive OfficerTelecommunications Services
ShellyIbachSelect Comfort Corp.CEOFurniture Retailers
SusanSalkaAMN Healthcare Services, Inc.CEOHealthcare Services and Facilities
EileenMcDonnellPenn Mutual Life Insurance Co.PresidentInsurance - Life and Health
MaryPowellGreen Mountain Power CorporationCEOGeneral Medical and Surgical Hospitals
SuzanneSitherwoodSpirePresident & CEONatural Gas Distribution

2015 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

First NameLast NameCompanyTitleIndustry
KathyLehneSun Coast Resources, Inc.CEOOil and Gas - Transportation and Storage
JudyMcReynoldsArcBest CorpPresident, Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, DirectorLogistics and Freight Services
AndreaAyersConvergys CorpCEOIT Services and Consulting
JulieHowardNavigant Consulting, Inc.CEOBusiness Services
SallySmithBuffalo Wild WingsCEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
StephanieStreeterLibbey Inc.CEOAppliances & Tools & Housewares
DianeSullivanCaleres, Inc.CEOFootwear
KarynSchoenbartThe NPD GroupPresident and Chief Operating OfficerMarketing & Advertising
SelinaLoRuckus Wireless, Inc.President and CEOMeasuring Devices & Controllers
SandraCochranCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.President and CEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
RanjiniPoddarArtech Information Systems LLCPresident/Co-FounderHuman Resources & Staffing
VirginiaMcDowellIsle Of Capri Casinos IncCEOGambling & Casinos
GaylaDellyBenchmark Electronics, Inc.President ( CEO successor )Semiconductors
ToryBurchTory Burch, LLCCEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
LindaMassmanClearwater Paper CorpPresident & CEOPaper and Paper Products
TamaraLundgrenSchnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.CEOIron and Steel Foundries
JulieSmolyanskyLifeway Foods, Inc.President, Chief Executive Officer, DirectorDairy Products
KatherineLawther KrillAnn IncCEOWomen's Clothing Stores
SydneyPriceKate Spade & CompanySVP Corporate Social ResponsibilityApparel & Fashion
BeatriceLafonClaire's Stores Inc.CEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
MichellePelusoGilt Groupe, Inc.Former CEO of Gilt; Chief Strategic Advisor to Gilt and Hudson's Bay CompanyInternet & Online Services Providers
JaneElfersChildren's Place Retail Stores, Inc.CEOChildren's Clothing
KatColeCinnabon, Inc.PresidentBakery & Bakery Products
TanyaDomierAdvantage Sales and Marketing, LLCCEOSales Promotion & Marketing Services
DianeEllisLimited Stores, LLCCEORetail - Apparel and Accessories