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 2021 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market are listed below in alphabetical order. View the current list or view past winners

Click the button below to nominate a Top Influential Woman of the Mid-Market for 2022. 

The deadline to submit nominations is May 1, 2022.

2021 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

Lisa Atherton

President & CEO, Textron Systems

Victoria W. Bayless

CEO, Luminis Health

Jodi Berg

President & CEO, Vitamix

Kathy Bolhous

CEO, Charter NEX Films & Next Generation Films

Laura Rea Dickey

CEO, Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Veronica Edwards

CEO, InGenesis

Ann G. Fox

President, Chief Executive Officer, Secretary & Director, Nine Energy Service, Inc.

Jennifer F. Francis

President & CEO, Diversified Healthcare Trust

Kara Goldin

Founder & CEO, Hint, Inc.

Susan Guerin

President & CEO, World Finer Foods

Erin Kane

President & CEO, AdvanSix Inc.

Kristin Johnson Karp

CEO, Hotwire Communications

Christina Keller

President & CEO, Cascade Engineering Family of Companies

Shan-Lyn Ma

CEO & Co-Founder, Zola

Erika Nardini

CEO, Barstool Sports

Mary O’Donnell

President & CEO, Westcor Land Title Insurance Company

Julie C. Parsley

CEO, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Nancy Richardson

CEO, San Antonio Shoemakers

Marsha Serlin

Founder & CEO, United Scrap Metal

Claire Spofford

President & CEO, J.Jill

Jennifer Tejada

CEO & Chairperson, PagerDuty

Jayshree Ullal

President & CEO, Arista Networks

Cynthia J. Warner

President & CEO, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Heidi Zak

Co-Founder & CEO, ThirdLove

Amy Zupon

CEO, Vertafore

2019 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

Frances Allen

CEO, Boston Market

Debra Cafaro

CEO, Ventas Inc.

Donna Carpenter

CEO, Burton

Inga Carus

Chairman, Carus Group Inc.

Jane Elfers

CEO, The Children’s Place Inc.

Cate Hardy

CEO, PCC Community Markets

Julia Hartz

CEO, Eventbrite Inc.

Whitney Wolfe Herd

CEO, Bumble

Rebecca Howard

CEO, PayLink Direct

Helen Johnson-Leipold

CEO, Johnson Outdoors Inc.

Lynn Jurich

CEO, SunRun

Margaret Keane

CEO, Synchrony Financial

Bonnie Kintzer

CEO, Trusted Media Brands Inc.

Anne Laraway

CEO, Nurture Inc.

Danielle Lisenbey

Global President, Broadspire

Sheila Marcelo

CEO, Care.com

Daina Middleton

CEO, Ansira

Pam Petrow

CEO, Vector Security Inc.

Beryl Raff

CEO, Helzberg Diamond Shops Inc.

Martha Samuelson

CEO, Analysis Group Inc.

Lynsi Snyder

CEO, In-N-Out

Gillian Tans

CEO, Booking.com, Ltd.

Melanie Whelan

CEO, SoulCycle

Livia Whisenhunt

CEO, PS Energy Group Inc.

2018 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

Olu Beck

CEO, Wholesome Sweeteners 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

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

NameCompanyTitleIndustry
Kathy LehneSun Coast Resources, Inc.CEOOil and Gas - Transportation and Storage
Judy McReynoldsArcBest CorpPresident, Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, DirectorLogistics and Freight Services
Andrea AyersConvergys CorpCEOIT Services and Consulting
Julie HowardNavigant Consulting, Inc.CEOBusiness Services
Sally SmithBuffalo Wild WingsCEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
Stephanie StreeterLibbey Inc.CEOAppliances & Tools & Housewares
Diane SullivanCaleres, Inc.CEOFootwear
Karyn SchoenbartThe NPD GroupPresident and Chief Operating OfficerMarketing & Advertising
Selina LoRuckus Wireless, Inc.President and CEOMeasuring Devices & Controllers
Sandra CochranCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.President and CEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
Ranjini PoddarArtech Information Systems LLCPresident/Co-FounderHuman Resources & Staffing
Virginia McDowellIsle Of Capri Casinos IncCEOGambling & Casinos
Gayla DellyBenchmark Electronics, Inc.President ( CEO successor )Semiconductors
Tory BurchTory Burch, LLCCEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
Linda MassmanClearwater Paper CorpPresident & CEOPaper and Paper Products
Tamara LundgrenSchnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.CEOIron and Steel Foundries
Julie SmolyanskyLifeway Foods, Inc.President, Chief Executive Officer, DirectorDairy Products
Sheila FlavellFDM Group Ltd.Other
Martine RothblattUnited Therapeutics CorporationChairman and Co-CEOBiotechnology
Lisa HookNeustar IncPresident & Chief Executive OfficerTelecommunications Services
Shelly IbachSelect Comfort Corp.CEOFurniture Retailers
Susan SalkaAMN Healthcare Services, Inc.CEOHealthcare Services and Facilities
Eileen McDonnellPenn Mutual Life Insurance Co.PresidentInsurance - Life and Health
Mary PowellGreen Mountain Power CorporationCEOGeneral Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Suzanne SitherwoodSpirePresident & CEONatural Gas Distribution

2015 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market

NameCompanyTitleIndustry
Kathy LehneSun Coast Resources, Inc.CEOOil and Gas - Transportation and Storage
Judy McReynoldsArcBest CorpPresident, Chief Executive Officer, Treasurer, DirectorLogistics and Freight Services
Andrea AyersConvergys CorpCEOIT Services and Consulting
Julie HowardNavigant Consulting, Inc.CEOBusiness Services
Sally SmithBuffalo Wild WingsCEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
Stephanie StreeterLibbey Inc.CEOAppliances & Tools & Housewares
Diane SullivanCaleres, Inc.CEOFootwear
Karyn SchoenbartThe NPD GroupPresident and Chief Operating OfficerMarketing & Advertising
Selina LoRuckus Wireless, Inc.President and CEOMeasuring Devices & Controllers
Sandra CochranCracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.President and CEORestaurants, Bars and Eateries
Ranjini PoddarArtech Information Systems LLCPresident/Co-FounderHuman Resources & Staffing
Virginia McDowellIsle Of Capri Casinos IncCEOGambling & Casinos
Gayla DellyBenchmark Electronics, Inc.President ( CEO successor )Semiconductors
Tory BurchTory Burch, LLCCEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
Linda MassmanClearwater Paper CorpPresident & CEOPaper and Paper Products
Tamara LundgrenSchnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.CEOIron and Steel Foundries
Julie SmolyanskyLifeway Foods, Inc.President, Chief Executive Officer, DirectorDairy Products
Katherine Lawther KrillAnn IncCEOWomen's Clothing Stores
Sydney PriceKate Spade & CompanySVP Corporate Social ResponsibilityApparel & Fashion
Beatrice LafonClaire's Stores Inc.CEORetail - Apparel & Accessories
Michelle PelusoGilt Groupe, Inc.Former CEO of Gilt; Chief Strategic Advisor to Gilt and Hudson's Bay CompanyInternet & Online Services Providers
Jane ElfersChildren's Place Retail Stores, Inc.CEOChildren's Clothing
Kat ColeCinnabon, Inc.PresidentBakery & Bakery Products
Tanya DomierAdvantage Sales and Marketing, LLCCEOSales Promotion & Marketing Services
Diane EllisLimited Stores, LLCCEORetail - Apparel and Accessories