HOW WE CREATED THIS YEAR'S LIST
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 15th year that the Commonwealth Institute — a local nonprofit that supports female business leaders — has created the list, and the fourth year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group.
Note: Leaders in this list were in place at the end of 2015 (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.
|1||Brigham and Women’s Health Care||Elizabeth G. Nabel, president||Boston||Health care|
|2||Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan||Susan Coakley, president||Boston||Health care|
|3||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||Linda K. Zecher, president, CEO, and director||Boston||Education/media|
|4||Boston Medical Center||Kathleen E. Walsh, CEO and president||Boston||Health care|
|5||Boston Children’s Hospital||Sandra L. Fenwick, president and CEO||Boston||Health care|