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Celebrating the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

Each year, the Commonwealth Institute and the Boston Globe join forces to create a list of the year’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. This year’s list was announced over breakfast at the Boston Marriott Hotel, where honorees and supporters gathered to celebrate its release.

The organizations on the Top 100 list were able to generate a combined $50 billion in revenue this past year, proving that female leaders are contributing a great deal to the state’s economy.

“The women on this list have often ascended against the odds,” said Veronica Chao, editor of the Boston Globe Magazine. “They serve as inspiration for all working women who are reaching for success.”

Audience members were given the opportunity to inspire one another by participating in a group discussion about leadership.

Janet Wu, Bloomberg News

Veronica Chao, Boston Globe Magazine

Janet Wu, reporter at Bloomberg News, invited guests to share any insight they’ve gained throughout their career that has helped them to become a successful leader.

“I’ve learned not to fear failure,” shared Paula Soteropoulos, CEO of Akcea Therapeutics. “That it’s okay to be authentic and to put yourself out there.”

Kip Hollister, CEO of Hollister Staffing and the Hollister Institute, agreed.

“Authenticity is key,” she said. “I believe that people need a leader who models self-awareness and supports others in being and becoming their best selves.”

The ceremony concluded with a slideshow of the Top 100, which revealed Kate Walsh, CEO of Boston Medical Center, in the number one spot.

Hollister Staffing is proud to sponsor the Commonwealth Institute and to support the work they do to advance businesswomen.