Women & Power

2014 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute partnered to honor those organizations with the most impressive records of innovation and workplace diversity, as well as revenue and employee numbers.


We looked at revenue or operating budget and, for the first time, added other variables: number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. We then ranked organizations according to our own formula. We considered both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. This is the 13th year that The Commonwealth Institute — a local nonprofit that supports female business leaders — has created the list, and the second year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group.

Note: Leaders in this list were in place at the end of 2013 (the year for which we examined revenue and other data), and a few are no longer at the businesses.

In addition to the list, read Q&As with six of the CEOs, plus sizing up a few of the organizations.

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RankingCompanyLeaderLocationBusiness Type
1Boston Children's HospitalSandra L. Fenwick, president and CEOBostonhealth care
2Commonwealth Medicine, a division of UMass Medical SchoolJoyce A. Murphy, executive vice chancellorShrewsburyhealth care
3Abt AssociatesKathleen L. Flanagan, president and CEOCambridgeresearch and consulting
4Bright Horizons Family SolutionsMary Ann Tocio, president and COOWatertowneducation
5United Personnel ServicesPatricia A. Canavan, president and co-owner, and Mary Ellen Scott, CEO and co-ownerSpringfieldstaffing
6Weber ShandwickMicho F. Spring, president, New EnglandBostoncommunications
7Brigham and Women's HospitalDr. Elizabeth Nabel, president (read Q&A with Nabel)Bostonhealth care
8Atlas Travel & Technology GroupElaine Osgood, president and CEOMilfordtravel services
9CommunispaceDiane Hessan, chairman and founderBostonmarket research
10VecnaDeborah Theobald, executive directorCambridgehealth care
11The New England School of EnglishAnna Shine, presidentCambridgeeducation
12J.JillPaula Bennett, president and CEO (read Q&A with Bennett)Quincyretail
13Catholic Charities Archdiocese of BostonDeborah Kincade Rambo, presidentBostonhuman services
14The TJX Cos.Carol Meyrowitz, CEOFraminghamretail
15Analysis GroupMartha S. Samuelson, president and CEOBostonconsulting
16SJB Bagel Makers of Boston/Finagle a BagelLaura B. Trust, presidentNewtonfood
17Community Nurse & Hospice CareJane Ross Stankiewicz, president and CEOFairhavenhealth care
18BJ's Wholesale ClubLaura Sen, president and CEOWestboroughretail
19Partners In HealthOphelia Dahl, executive director and cofounderBostonhealth care
20D'Youville Life & Wellness CommunityNaomi Prendergast, president and CEOLowellhealth care
21Boston Medical CenterKate Walsh, president and CEOBostonhealth care
22DigitasLBiBarbara Goose, regional president, Boston/DetroitBostonadvertising
23Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp.Susan Hertzberg, president and CEOFraminghamhealth care
24Partners Community HealthcareLynn Malloy Stofer, presidentNeedhamhealth care
25Morgan Memorial Goodwill IndustriesJoanne K. Hilferty, president and CEOBostonhuman services
26Codman Square Health CenterSandra Cotterell, CEODorchesterhealth care
27Hollister StaffingKip Hollister, CEO and founderBostonstaffing
28The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings BankDorothy A. Savarese, chairwoman, president, and CEOOrleansfinancial services
29Whittier Street Health CenterFrederica M. Williams, president and CEORoxburyhealth care
30Au Bon PainSue Morelli, president and CEOBostonfood
31Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & AbbottCarole Wedge, presidentBostonarchitecture
32Jewish Family & Children's ServiceRimma Zelfand, CEOWalthamhuman services
33P3IJanice P. Guy, president, CEO, and founder (read Q&A with Guy)Hopkintonengineering, IT services
34TradeStone SoftwareSue Welch, CEOGloucesterIT services/technology
35Cambridge BioMarketingMaureen Nugent Franco, CEO and partnerCambridgeadvertising
36HouseWorksAndrea Cohen, CEO and cofounderNewtonhealth care
37The Resource ConnectionJanet Santa Anna, president and CEOMiddletonstaffing
38Constant ContactGail Goodman, chairwoman, president, and CEOWalthamIT services/technology
39Eastern Insurance GroupHope A. Aldrich, president and CEONatickinsurance
40Wineland-Thomson AdventuresJudi Wineland, presidentWatertowntravel services
41GradientTeresa S. Bowers, presidentCambridgeconsulting
42Boston Community CapitalElyse Cherry, president and CEOBostonfinancial services
43Reading Co-operative BankJulieann M. Thurlow, president and CEOReadingfinancial services
44The GrommetJules Pieri, CEO and cofounder, and Joanne Domeniconi, chief discovery officer and cofounderSomervilleproduct launch platform
45The Princeton ReviewDeborah Ellinger, CEONatickeducation
46Massachusetts Medical SocietyCorinne Broderick, executive vice presidentWalthamhealth care
47Motion Recruitment PartnersBeth Gilfeather, CEOBostonstaffing
48Newburyport Five Cents Savings BankJanice C. Morse, president and CEONewburyportfinancial services
49Planned Parenthood League of MassachusettsMarty Walz, president and CEOBostonhealth care
50State Cleaning ServiceJennifer G. Lourie, president, CEO, and owner (read Q&A with Lourie)Needhambuilding maintenance
51BBK WorldwideJoan F. Bachenheimer and Bonnie A. Brescia, founding principalsNeedhambiopharmaceutical research
52Travel Leaders/Happy Holidays TravelDiane Mullahy, presidentFraminghamtravel services
53Lancaster PackagingMarianne Lancaster, presidentHudsonwholesale
54Sensata TechnologiesMartha Sullivan, president and CEOAttleboromanufacturing
55Copyright Clearance CenterTracey Armstrong, president and CEODanverscopyright licensing
56Candlewick PressKaren Lotz, president and publisherSomervillepublishing
57AheadAnne Broholm, CEONew Bedfordwholesale
58Boston Common Asset ManagementGeeta Aiyer, president and founder (read Q&A with Aiyer)Bostonfinancial services
59D&R Products Co.Cece Newman, CEO and ownerHudsonmanufacturing
60WilmerHaleSusan Murley, co-managing partnerBostonlaw
61Solectria RenewablesAnita Rajan Worden, CEO and cofounder (read Q&A with Worden)Lawrencemanufacturing
62Atlantic Charter Insurance Co.Linda J. Sallop, president and CEOBostoninsurance
63Chadwick Martin BaileyAnne Bailey Berman, president and CEOBostonmarket research, consulting
64Delta Dental of MassachusettsFay Donohue, CEOBostoninsurance
65Data IntensityKirk Arnold, CEOBedfordIT services/technology
66Cardinal Cushing CentersJo Ann Simons, president and CEOHanoverhuman services
67Calloway LabsGail Marcus, president and CEOWoburnhealth care
68KHJ Brand ActivationJudy A. Habib, president and CEOBostonadvertising
69The Greater Boston Food BankCatherine D'Amato, president and CEOBostonhuman services
70PI WorldwideNancy Martini, president and CEOWellesleyconsulting
71Front LineNancy Salter, president and ownerHopedaleconstruction
72B&G Restaurant SupplyGloria Powers, CEO and founder (posthumous)Pittsfieldwholesale
73Magellan DiagnosticsAmy Winslow, presidentBillericahealth care
74Long Term SolutionsNoreen Guanci, CEO and cofounder, and Anne Harrington, COO and cofounderNatickhealth care
75Learning ExpressSharon DiMinico, CEO and founderDevensretail
76Millennium Partners Sports Club ManagementSmaiyra Million, CEOBostonconsumer services
77Nitsch EngineeringLisa A. Brothers, president and CEOBostonengineering
78Care.comSheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO and founderWalthamconsumer services
79KNF&T Staffing ResourcesElizabeth A. Tucker, president and CEOBostonstaffing
80Prism Energy ServicesWendy A. Simmons, president and ownerQuincyenergy services
81Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLinda K. Zecher, president, CEO, and directorBostonpublishing
82Radius Financial GroupSarah Valentini, president and principalNorwellfinancial services
83Hill HollidayKaren Kaplan, chairwoman and CEOBostonadvertising
84C.R.C.. Co.Carolyn Cashman, presidentQuincyconstruction
85Philips HealthcareDeborah DiSanzo, CEOAndoverhealth care
86Axcelis TechnologiesMary G. Puma, chairwoman and CEOBeverlyIT services/technology
87TD GardenAmy Latimer, presidentBostonsports and entertainment
88Edgewater TechnologyShirley Singleton, chairwoman, president, and CEOWakefieldIT services/technology
89Bethany Health Care CenterSister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CEO and administratorFraminghamhealth care
90Onyx Specialty PapersPatricia Begrowicz, president and ownerLeemanufacturing
91E. T. & L. Corp.Jennie Lee Colosi, presidentStowconstruction
92Massachusetts Technology CollaborativePamela Goldberg, CEOWestboroughIT services/technology
93IntePros ConsultingLoren Kovalcik, president and CEOLexingtonstaffing
94Granite City Electric Supply Co.Phyllis Papani Godwin, CEOQuincyretail and wholesale
95Elaine Construction Co.Lisa B. Wexler, presidentNewtonconstruction
96Distributor Corporation of New EnglandNancy R. Kolligian, chairwoman and CEOMaldenwholesale
97Wellesley Investment AdvisorsDarlene Murphy, president and cofounderWellesleyfinancial services
98GemvaraJanet Holian, CEOBostonretail
99C. Stumpo DevelopmentCindy Stumpo, presidentChestnut Hillconstruction
100F.H. Perry BuilderAllison Iantosca, partnerHopkintonconstruction