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The year is quickly coming to an end and what a year it has been for She Takes on the World! Over the past three years we have been on a mission to promote the amazing accomplishments of women and inspire others to create their own careers and set big, bold goals. One of the ways we’ve done this is through our annual Women of the Year. After three months of assembling this post and getting a record number of nominations this year for the women who inspired you in 2010, I’m pleased to present the Wonder Women, our Women of the Year:
A former lawyer and senior editor for FORTUNE Small Business, Adriana is now a New York Times blogger. She helps women navigate the world of business and entrepreneurship and is a champion for women business owners.
On Twitter @adrianagardella
When Ali left corporate America to start her own business, she struggled as so many entrepreneurs do. With less than $20 in her bank account, Ali didn’t give up and it paid off. She is now a highly successful entrepreneur with a growing empire. Best of all, she’s mentoring women and showing them how they can achieve success too.
On Twitter @alibrownLA
Angela created the website, Your Story Matters, to tell her story about battling a terminal illness and to share the inspirational stories of others too. Your Story Matters has covered surviving cancer, overcoming the challenges of disabilities, surviving domestic violence, and freedom from addiction. Angela’s strength is changing lives and bringing hope to people who once felt insignificant.
On Twitter @whats_yourstory
This mogul has become one of the most influential people in the world with her social news site, Huffington Post. We caught up with Arianna in New York City for an interview this year which can be viewed here.
On Twitter @ariannahuff
Christine is an Investor and Director at Intel Capital. She advises early stage start-ups and is a sought after speaker at events. The male-dominated world of venture capital could use more women like Christine!.
On Twitter @christine
Donna is inspiring women everywhere as the CEO of ShesConnected, a dual profile networking site that helps women manage their busy lives. She is also a digital marketing maven and helps companies better target a female audience.
On Twitter @DonnaAntoniadis
Elizabeth is a social entrepreneur and the Founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). Millions of girls and women in developing countries miss up to 50 days of school/work per year because they do not have access to affordable sanitary pads when they menstruate. SHE is providing a solution by helping local women in developing countries start their own businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable, eco-friendly sanitary pads. Brilliant.
On Twitter @SHEnterprises
ForbesWoman (Caroline Howard, Jenna Goudreau, Meghan Casserly)
These ladies make up the entire ForbesWoman team which is a newer division of Forbes. They are on a mission to add more female voices to discussions on business and inspire up-and-coming women leaders.
On Twitter @ForbesWoman
Jenny is the founder of ProjectExplorer.org, a non-profit organization that produces an online global travel series. The entire series is available free-of-charge to the learners of the world, so that we all might better understand one another. Jenny is a 2010 recipient of a National Award for Citizen Diplomacy; she is one of seven individuals honored by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy for her exemplary work as a citizen diplomat.
On Twitter @goodglobalcitiz
Katia founded Positive Fabulous Women after doing much self-reflection when her marriage ended in 2002. The mom of two young children describes herself as a “connector” and “master juggler,” the latter being something a lot of women can relate to. Katia is also passionate about giving back to organizations that support women which is something we love to see.
On Twitter @KatiaMillar
Kimberly is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of For Harriet, an online magazine for Black women of all ages to debate and discuss the challenges and triumphs of Black womanhood in the 21st century. She also publishes other online media properties for women of color.
On Twitter @ForHarriet
Leila C. Janah
Leila is the founder of Samasource, an award-winning social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork —small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. She also serves on the board of TechSoup Global, an organization that helps not-for-profits access technology to grow.
On Twitter @leila_c
Lissa has had a challenging year, ending her marriage and starting a new life with her young daughter while growing her virtual assistant business. She is the kind of cheerleader that every person needs on their court and she is always willing to share and help others so selflessly. With her business growing very quickly we know 2011 will be a great year for Lissa.
On Twitter @LissaDuty
Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Manda founded The Green Mama LLC to help parents and businesses go green. The social enterprise now consults and delivers its workshops all over the United States and Canada. Manda is a perfect example of “doing well by doing good.”
On Twitter @thegreenmama
Through her conferences, causes she supports, and the groundbreaking Shriver Report on American women, Maria Shriver is making a huge impact on the lives of women. She also raises money and lends support to a number of organizations worldwide and encourages others to join her as an “Architect of Change.”
On Twitter @MariaShriver
Melinda is the Founder of Womentorz, a unique online marketplace of the latest inventions by women. Melinda and her team provide a ton of support for women taking a product to market, making it THE destination for women inventors.
On Twitter @womentorz
Dr. Michelle Callahan
Dr. Michelle is a psychologist, author, and relationship expert. She writes the “Sex and Relationships” advice column for Women’s Health Magazine and is also a syndicated media personality. Her first book, “Ms. Typed,” just came out and helps women find loving and fulfilling relationships.
On Twitter @Dr_Michelle
Natalie left her position as Co-founder of a tech start-up to launch WomanzWorld, a website dedicated to supporting adventurous women entrepreneurs. She is also an athlete and Ultimate Frisbee Champion which is just plain awesome.
On Twitter @nataliesisson
Many know Sarah Brown as the wife of former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, but Sarah is highly accomplished in her own right. Sarah Brown is the Founder and President of PiggyBankKids, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and a former public relations executive with her own firm.
On Twitter @sarahbrownUK
Stephanie is a healthy living advocate and Founder of Noshtopia. She writes about living authentically and she walks the walk. I was struck when I saw that she posted a picture of herself crying in front of her mirror after a bad day to show people that it’s okay to be sad sometimes and express how you feel. Thanks Stephanie!
On Twitter @skinnyjeans
I met Tammy this year at Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) where we were both recognized as part of America’s 50 Most Inspiring Young Women. I must say, Tammy stands out to me as one of the most beautiful women -inside and out -that I had the opportunity to meet this year. As the President of She’s the First, Tammy is leading an international campaign that promotes the importance of educating girls worldwide. Through She’s the First, women like you and I can sponsor a girl’s education in a developing country.
On Twitter @tammytibbetts
Tory is the CEO of Women for Hire and the workplace contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America. She hosts conferences across the country which draw crowds of women to hear her no-nonsense approach to career and business. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author and champion for women everywhere.
On Twitter @toryjohnson
I hope these women give you inspiration to dream big and take on the world in 2011. You can follow all of these women on our Twitter list here. In the spirit of spreading love and recognizing the women who inspire us, please share the women who inspire you the most by leaving a comment below. Happy New Year!
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