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The 2016 top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and the Commonwealth Institute partner to name the most noteworthy companies and nonprofits helmed by women.


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
6 TJX Cos. Carol Meyrowitz, chairman and CEO Framingham Retail or wholesale
7 PGR Media Jane Deery, CEO Boston Advertising
8 Mount Auburn Hospital Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO Cambridge Health care
9 New England Baptist Hospital Trish Hannon, president and CEO Boston Health care
10 Atlas Travel & Technology Group Elaine Osgood, CEO Milford Travel services
11 Abt Associates Kathleen L. Flanagan, president and CEO Cambridge Research and consulting
12 Lynn Community Health Center Lori Abrams Berry, CEO Lynn Health care
13 Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Mary K. Moscato, president Boston Health care
14 Vistaprint Trynka Shineman, president Waltham E-commerce
15 The Greater Boston Food Bank Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO Boston Human services
16 WilmerHale Susan Murley, co-managing partner Boston and Washington Law
17 Beacon Communities Pamela Goodman, CEO Boston Real estate
18 Analysis Group Martha S. Samuelson, president and CEO Boston Consulting
19 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Laurie Leshin, president Worcester Education
20 Boston Heart Diagnostics Susan Hertzberg, president and CEO Framingham Health care
21 Fidelity Investments Abigail Johnson, president and CEO Boston Financial services
22 Princess House Connie Tang, president and CEO Taunton Direct selling
23 Partners Community Physicians Organization Lynn Malloy Stofer, president Needham Health care
24 Harvard University Drew Gilpin Faust, president Cambridge Education
25 Copyright Clearance Center Tracey Armstrong, president and CEO Danvers Copyright licensing
26 May Institute Lauren C. Solotar, president and CEO Randolph Human services
27 Au Bon Pain Sue Morelli, president and CEO Boston Food or hospitality
28 RFX Forward Caitlin Welby, CEO and president Avon Transportation, trucking, and logistics
29 Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder, chairwoman, and CEO Waltham Consumer Internet
30 Ascentria Care Alliance Angela Bovill, president and CEO Worcester Human services
31 Simmons College Helen Drinan, president Boston Education
32 Candlewick Press Karen Lotz, president and publisher Somerville Publishing
33 MassDevelopment Marty Jones, president and CEO Boston Finance and development
34 Toward Independent Living and Learning Dafna Krouk-Gordon, founder and president Dedham Human services
35 Windham Professionals Christine Timmins Barry, president and CEO Andover Revenue management and customer care services
36 Salem State University Patricia Maguire Meservey, president Salem Education
37 Infinity Pharmaceuticals Adelene Perkins, president and CEO Cambridge Biotechnology
38 Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston Deborah Kincade Rambo, president Boston Human services
39 Codman Square Health Center Sandra Cotterell, CEO Dorchester Health care
40 Norwell Visiting Nurse Association Meg Doherty, CEO Norwell Health care
41 Creative Office Pavilion Denise Horn, principal and president Boston Office furniture
42 The Advocator Group Julie Turpin, CEO Wakefield Social Security disability insurance advocacy
43 The Dimock Center Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO Roxbury Health care
44 Bentley University Gloria Cordes Larson, president Waltham Education
45 The Cambridge Institute of International Education Christine Lin, cofounder and president Waltham Education
46 The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Dorothy A. Savarese, chairman, president, and CEO Orleans Financial services
47 D’Youville Life & Wellness Community Naomi Prendergast, president and CEO Lowell Health care
48 TD Garden Amy Latimer, president Boston Sports and entertainment arena
49 Motion Recruitment Partners Beth Gilfeather, CEO Boston Staffing
50 Wineland-Thomson Adventures Judi Wineland, founder and president Watertown Travel services
51 Carleton-Willard Village Barbara A. Doyle, president and CEO Bedford Health care
52 Audley Travel Jacqui Lewis, president and managing director Boston Travel services
53 Data Intensity Kirk Arnold, CEO Bedford IT services or technology
54 Eastern Insurance Group Hope A. Aldrich, president and CEO Natick Insurance
55 Axcelis Technologies Mary G. Puma, president and CEO Beverly IT services or technology
56 Whittier Street Health Center Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO Boston Health care
57 Jewish Family & Children’s Service Rimma Zelfand, CEO Waltham Human services
58 Travel Leaders Framingham Diane Mullahy, president Framingham Travel services
59 Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO Boston Human services
60 YouthBuild USA Dorothy Stoneman, founder and CEO Somerville Nonprofit, national intermediary
61 Avedis Zildjian Co. Craigie Zildjian, CEO and owner Norwell Manufacturing
62 Akcea Therapeutics Paula Soteropoulos, president and CEO Cambridge Biotechnology
63 The Grommet Jules Pieri, cofounder and CEO, and Joanne Domeniconi, cofounder and chief discovery officer Somerville Product launch platform
64 The Trustees of Reservations Barbara Erickson, president and CEO Boston Nonprofit
65 Elaine Construction Co. Lisa B. Wexler, president Newton Upper Falls Construction
66 Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Anita Worden, cofounder and co-CEO Lawrence Manufacturing/ renewables
67 Globalization Partners Nicole Sahin, CEO Cambridge Global business services
68 Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Pamela Goldberg, CEO Westborough Government/technology innovation
69 New England Aquarium Nigella Hillgarth, president and CEO Boston Cultural institution/conservation organization
70 Vecna Deborah Theobald, CEO Cambridge Health care
71 Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Janice Morse, president and CEO Newburyport Financial services
72 Shepley Bulfinch Carole Wedge, president Boston Architecture
73 Cambridge BioMarketing Maureen N. Franco, CEO Cambridge Advertising
74 Gradient Teresa S. Bowers, president Cambridge Consulting
75 Lancaster Packaging Marianne Lancaster, president Hudson Purchasing services and wholesale distribution
76 Boston Community Capital Elyse Cherry, CEO and president Boston Community development finance
77 IntePros Consulting Loren Kovalcik, CEO and president Lexington Staffing
78 The Children’s Trust Suzin Bartley, executive director Boston Human services
79 Finagle a Bagel Laura B. Trust, owner and president Newton Retail or wholesale
80 Onyx Specialty Papers Patricia Begrowicz, president and co-owner South Lee Manufacturing
81 United Personnel Services Tricia Canavan, president Springfield Staffing
82 Magellan Diagnostics Amy Winslow, president and CEO North Billerica Health care
83 E. T. & L. Corp. Jennie Lee Colosi, president Stow Construction
84 P3I Janice P. Guy, president and CEO Hopkinton Engineering
85 Learning Express Sharon DiMinico, CEO Devens Retail or wholesale
86 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood director Boston Museum
87 KNF&T Staffing Resources Elizabeth A. Tucker, president and CEO Boston Staffing
88 Radius Financial Group Sarah Valentini, cofounder and principal Norwell Financial services
89 KHJ Brand Activation Judy Habib, CEO and president Boston Branding/marketing
90 P.J. Spillane Co. Sarah Spillane, CEO and president Everett Construction
91 Hollister Staffing Kip Hollister, founder and CEO Boston Staffing
92 Chadwick Martin Bailey Anne Bailey Berman, president and CEO Boston Market research and consulting
93 Reading Cooperative Bank Julieann Thurlow, president and CEO Reading Financial services
94 Front Line Nancy Salter, president and owner Hopedale Construction
95 B&G Restaurant Supply Tricia Powers Dambrauskas, owner Pittsfield Retail or wholesale
96 Investor Group Services Mindy Berman, managing director Boston Financial services
97 Boston Common Asset Management Geeta Aiyer, president and founder Boston Financial services
98 State Cleaning Service Jennifer Lourie, president and CEO Needham Commercial cleaning
99 Wellesley Investment Advisors Darlene Murphy, president and cofounder Wellesley Financial services
100 Kaplan Construction Jane Kaplan Peck, COO Brookline Construction

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