2015 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.

illustrations by Tonia Cowan/Globe Staff


We looked at revenue or operating budget and other variables, including 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 14th year that the Commonwealth Institute — a local nonprofit that supports female business leaders — has created the list, and the third year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group.

Note: Leaders in this list were in place at the end of 2014 (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 interviews with seven of the business leaders, plus sizing up a few of the organizations.

Ranking Company Leader Location Business Type
1 Weber Shandwick Micho F. Spring, chair, Global Corporate Practice, and president, New England Boston Public relations
2 Atlas Travel & Technology Group Elaine Osgood, president and CEO Milford Travel services
3 Brigham and Women's Health Care Elizabeth G. Nabel, president Boston Health care
4 Boston Children's Hospital Sandra L. Fenwick, president and CEO Boston Health care
5 Bright Horizons Family Solutions Mary Ann Tocio, president and COO Watertown Human services
6 Norwell Visiting Nurse Association Meg Doherty, CEO Norwell Health care
7 New England Baptist Hospital Trish Hannon, president and CEO Boston Health care
8 The TJX Cos. Carol Meyrowitz, CEO Framingham Retail or wholesale
9 Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan Susan Coakley, president Boston Health care
10 The Greater Boston Food Bank Catherine D'Amato, president and CEO Boston Human services
11 Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization Christina Severin, president and CEO Westwood Health care
12 The Dimock Center Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO Roxbury Health care
13 Candlewick Press Karen Lotz, president and publisher Somerville Publishing
14 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood director Boston Museum
15 Copyright Clearance Center Tracey Armstrong, president and CEO Danvers Copyright licensing
16 Cardinal Cushing Centers Jo Ann Simons, president and CEO Hanover Human services
17 United Personnel Services Patricia Canavan, president Springfield Staffing
18 Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston Deborah Kincade Rambo, president Boston Human services
19 Travel Leaders/Happy Holidays Travel Diane B. Mullahy, president Framingham Travel services
20 Magellan Diagnostics Amy Winslow, president North Billerica Health Care
21 Cambridge BioMarketing Maureen Franco, CEO Cambridge Advertising
22 Boston Medical Center Kathleen E. Walsh, president and CEO Boston Health care
23 PGR Media Jane Deery, CEO Boston Advertising
24 Jewish Family & Children's Service Rimma Zelfand, CEO Waltham Human services
25 Bay Path University Carol A. Leary, president Longmeadow Education
26 Partners Community Physicians Organization Lynn Malloy Stofer, president Needham Health care
27 Toward Independent Living and Learning Dafna Krouk-Gordon, founder and president Dedham Human services
28 Lancaster Packaging Marianne Lancaster, president Hudson Purchasing services and wholesale distribution
29 KNF&T Staffing Resources Elizabeth A. Tucker, CEO and president Boston Staffing
30 The Children's Trust Suzin Bartley, executive director Boston Human services
31 Whittier Street Health Center Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO Boston Health care
32 BJ's Wholesale Club Laura J. Sen, president and CEO Westborough Retail or wholesale
33 D'Youville Life & Wellness Community Naomi Prendergast, president and CEO Lowell Health care
34 Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman, and CEO Waltham Consumer Internet
35 Carleton-Willard Village Barbara A. Doyle, president and CEO Bedford Health care
36 Pinck & Co. Jennifer B. Pinck, president Boston Owner's project management
37 Codman Square Health Center Sandra Cotterell, CEO Dorcester Health care
38 Mount Auburn Hospital Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO Cambridge Health care
39 Gradient Teresa S. Bowers, president Cambridge Consulting
40 Zipcar Kaye Ceille, president Boston Travel services
41 Vecna Deborah Theobald, CEO Cambridge Health care
42 Learning Express Sharon DiMinico, founder and CEO Groton Retail or wholesale
43 KHJ Brand Activation Judy Habib, president and CEO Boston Brand activation
44 Sensata Technologies Martha Sullivan, president and CEO Attleboro High-tech manufacturing
45 The Cambridge Institute of International Education Christine Lin, cofounder and president Waltham Education
46 Boston Heart Diagnostics Susan Hertzberg, president and CEO Framingham Health care
47 Abt Associates Kathleen L. Flanagan, president and CEO Cambridge Research and consulting
48 YouthBuild USA Dorothy Stoneman, founder and CEO Somerville Nonprofit, national intermediary
49 MassDevelopment Marty Jones, president and CEO Boston Finance and development
50 Motion Recruitment Partners Beth Gilfeather, CEO Boston Recruitment solutions / talent acquisition
51 Vistaprint Trynka Shineman, president Lexington E-commerce
52 Reading Co-operative Bank Julieann M. Thurlow, president and CEO Reading Financial services
53 Eastern Insurance Group Hope A. Aldrich, president and CEO Natick Insurance
54 Audley Travel Jacqueline Lewis, president and managing director, North America Boston Tour operator
55 Anaqua Priya Iyer, chairman and CEO Boston IT services or technology
56 Boston Community Capital Elyse Cherry, CEO and president Boston Community development finance
57 Analysis Group Martha S. Samuelson, president and CEO Boston Consulting
58 Salem State University Patricia Maguire Meservey, president Salem Education
59 Data Intensity Kirk Arnold, CEO Bedford IT services or technology
60 inStream Ann Raider, president and CEO Wellesley Marketing/technology
61 Au Bon Pain Sue Morelli, president and CEO Boston Food and hospitality
62 The Training Associates Maria Melfa, president and CEO Westborough Provider of training talent and solutions
63 Princess House Connie Tang, president and CEO Taunton Direct selling
64 Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Pamela Goldberg, CEO Boston Government/ technology innovation
65 Massachusetts Medical Society Corinne Broderick, executive vice president Waltham Nonprofit organization
66 The Grommet Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi, CEO and chief discovery officer Somerville Media
67 TradeStone Software Susan Welch, founder and CEO Gloucester Software
68 Constant Contact Gail Goodman, chairman, president, and CEO Waltham IT services or technology
69 Atlantic Charter Insurance Co. Linda Sallop, president and CEO Boston Insurance
70 Infinity Pharmaceuticals Adelene Q. Perkins, chair, president, and CEO Cambridge Biotechnology
71 Harvest Power Kathleen Ligocki, CEO Waltham Organic management/renewable energy
72 E.T.& L. Corp. Jennie Lee Colosi, president and owner Stow Construction
73 Boston Common Asset Management Geeta Aiyer, president and founder Boston Financial services
74 P3I Janice P. Guy, president, CEO, owner Hopkinton Engineering
75 Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO Boston Human services
76 Hollister Staffing Kip Hollister, founder and CEO Boston Staffing
77 Finagle a Bagel Laura B. Trust, owner and president Newton Retail or wholesale
78 Chadwick Martin Bailey Anne Bailey Berman, president and CEO Boston Market research and consulting
79 PeopleSERVE Linda Moraski, president and CEO Chestnut Hill IT services or technology
80 WilmerHale Susan Murley, co-managing partner Boston Law
81 The Trustees of Reservations Barbara Erickson, president and CEO Boston Nonprofit
82 Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Janice C. Morse, president and CEO Newburyport Financial services
83 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Alicia Barton, CEO and executive director Boston Government
84 Wineland-Thomson Adventures Judi Wineland, president and co-owner Watertown Travel services
85 Shepley Bulfinch Carole Wedge, president Boston Architecture
86 Axcelis Technologies Mary G. Puma, CEO Boxford IT services or technology
87 Solectria Renewables Anita Worden, co-CEO Lawrence Manufacturing
88 Wellesley Investment Advisors Darlene M. Murphy, president Wellesley Financial services
89 Radius Financial Group Sarah Valentini, principal and president Norwell Financial services
90 Front Line Nancy Salter, president and owner Hopedale Construction
91 Delaware North - Boston, TD Garden Amy Latimer, president Boston Sports and entertainment arena
92 Fraser Engineering Co. Cecelia Fraser, president and CEO Newton Construction
93 F.H. Perry Builder Allison Iantosca, partner and owner Hopkinton Construction
94 IntePros Consulting Loren Kovalcik, CEO and president Lexington Staffing
95 B&G Restaurant Supply Tricia Powers Dambrauskas, owner Pittsfield Retail or wholesale
96 Onyx Specialty Papers Patricia Begrowicz, president and co-owner South Lee Manufacturing
97 Avedis Zildjian Co. Craigie Zildjian, CEO Norwell Manufacturing
98 Kaplan Construction Jane Kaplan Peck, COO Brookline Construction
99 Elaine Construction Co. Lisa Wexler, president Newton Upper Falls Construction
100 Granite City Electric Supply Co. Phyllis P Godwin, CEO Quincy Retail or wholesale