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Women & Power

The 2019 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

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

Lettering by Jessica Hische

Meet the female decision makers of the Bay State. The 2019 edition of this list of power brokers includes leaders of health care companies, retail giants, construction heavyweights, financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and many more. All told, the women featured here are calling the shots for thousands of employees and billions in revenue.

HOW THE LIST WAS CREATED: The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit that supports female business leaders, examined revenue or operating budget as well as other variables, including number of full-time employees in the state, workplace and management diversity, and innovative projects. TCI then ranked organizations according to its own formula. This is the 19th* year that TCI has created the list, and the seventh year that the Globe Magazine has partnered with the group.


In addition to the list, read brief interviews with some of this year’s honorees, who share their best advice for the next generation of women leaders. Plus, learn about steps women can take to protect their financial futures, how Massachusetts’ female political leaders are fighting for change, and the ways that successful female entrepreneurs beat the odds.

NOTE: Leaders in this list were in place at the end of 2018 (the year for which we examined revenue and other data), and a few are no longer at the businesses.

*This year, TCI corrected how it numbers the annual installments in its Top 100 series, denoting the 2019 list as the 19th.