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Published on October 23, 2015

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.


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. 77 Finagle a Bagel Laura B. Trust, owner and president Newton Retail or wholesale
  78. 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

List published by the Boston Globe on 10/23/15

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