The 2024 Break the ceiling touch the sky® list of The Americas Most Inspirational Women in Leadership is the listing  of the most successful women in leadership in the Americas created in support of  House of Rose Professional’s  Mission 2029 for a Better World –   which aims to shape a better world via better diversity & inclusion, better leadership and better business. The measure for MISSION 2029 for a Better World is to  quintuple the number of Female CEOs (from 14 in 2020 to 70 by end 2029)  and double the number of male CEOs investing in women in leadership in the World’s 500 largest Companies by 2029. Research shows that when considering a potential employer, 61% of women look at the diversity of the employers leadership team, 67% at whether it has positive role models similar to them, and 56% at whether the organization publicly shares its progress on diversity. Gender diversity & inclusion in organizations is a critical indicator of success. Research from the Break the ceiling touch the sky® 101 Best Global companies for women in leadership shows that companies led by gender diverse leadership are delivering better business results.


Five factors are used in the determination of Americas Most Inspirational Women in leadership.  Career achievements; scale of influence; active and visible advocacy for gender equality; active support of other women in leadership within and outside of their own organizations/ Companies; and sharing of their best practices for success across broader industry.   


The 2024 Break the ceiling touch the sky® list of The Americas Most Inspirational Women in Leadership focuses on the Corporate world  and is  curated by House of Rose Professional from its review of female executives in current executive leadership  roles in over 500 Companies operating in the Americas .  The list does not aim to be a comprehensive listing of all of the inspirational women in leadership in the Americas and will see updates with final list published  before  July 16, 2024 – the date for the 2024 Americas Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women, taking place live in New York.   The list is simply representative of the many talented women leaders living and working in the Americas and serves as a catalyst for other women leaders to take inspiration from these leaders. A spot on the list is not linked to any “subscription program”  and cannot be paid for.  Leaders that appear on the list will be encouraged to shared their best practices at the 2024 Americas Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women, July 16, 2024 in New York  and to support other women leaders to learn at the summit. 


Senior female leaders at GM or Functional leadership levels for the Americas at Companies over 2 Billion USD annual revenues who wish to be considered for future lists may send in their bio and credentials to House of Rose Professional for consideration at Leaders appearing on the list will be communicated with  from House of Rose Professional exclusively by Anthony Rose (anthony@houseofroseprofessional).


The 2024  Break the ceiling touch the sky® list of The Americas Most Inspirational Women in Leadership will be celebrated (alongside Inspirational women leaders from across the Americas  at the 2024 Americas Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit, being held LIVE in New York  on July 16, 2024.

2024 Break the ceiling touch the sky® Americas Most Inspirational Women in leadership


If you are on this list House of Rose Professional would already have contacted you or in process of. Please reach out to Anthony Rose (  or Joe Rose of House of Rose Professional by March 16, 2024. Leaders on this list will have preferential access   and have preferential delegate team rates should they wish to support their teams to attend the 2024 Americas  Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® – the success and leadership summit for women, taking place LIVE in New York on July 16, 2024.   Companies wishing to partner with the 2024 Americas Edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® can email Anthony Rose at

Abbe Luersman, Otis

Abigail Buckwalter, Nestlé

Adena Friedman, Nasdaq

Adria Alpert Romm, Warner Bros. Discovery

Angie Halamandaris, Heart of America Foundation

Alanna McDonald, Mars

Ali Goldstein, L’Oreal

Allison Beer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Althea Peng, Ross Stores

Amanda Hesser, Food52

Amy Tu, Tyson Foods

Andi Owen, MillerKnoll

Andrea Newborn, ABM Industries

Angela Hwang, Pfizer

Angie Klein, Verizon

Anna Manning,  RGA

Anna Marrs, American Express

Annabel Wood, Fonterra

Anne Fink, PepsiCo

Anne White,  Eli Lilly and Company

Annette Clayton, Schneider Electric North America

Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global

Ashley Vitale, Viatris

Bea Perez, The Coca-Cola Company

Bernadette Miragliotta, American Express

Betina Ferraz, New York Fitness

Beth Ford, Land O’Lakes

Beth DiPaolo, Eurofins

Betsy McGee, ADI Metal

Brandi Shortt, Coca-Cola

Carey Shuffman, UBS

Carey Smith, Parsons

Cari Gallman, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Carla Murray,  Marriott International

Carol B. Tome, UPS

Carrie H. Cohen, Morrison & Foerster

Carrie Wheeler, OpenDoor Networks

Cary Grace, AMN Healthcare

Catherine Estrampes, GE Healthcare

Catherine You, Oracle

Celeste Mastin, H.B. Fuller

Channing Dungey, Warner Bros

Charla Serbent, Cisco

Christa A. D’Alimonte, Paramount Global

Christina M. Corley, CDW

Christina Pappas, The Keyes Company

Christina Ruggiero, The Coca-Cola Company

Christine A Leahy, CDW Corporation

Christine Beauchamp, Amazon

Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Fox, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Christine Franklin, Octagon

Christine Geissler, Reckitt

Christine Perry, Sysco

Christine Wheatley, The Kroger Co

Christy Pambianchi, Intel

Cindy Ryan, Cigna

Clara Shih, CEO, Salesforce AI

Claudia Malaguerra, Starbucks

Claudia Schubert, Diageo

Claudia Navarro, Coca-Cola

Colleen Fahey Rush, Paramount Global

Colleen Lindholz, Kroger

Constanz Losada, Pfizer

Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy

Cristal N. Downing, Merck

Cristina Contreras, NYC Health + Hospitals

Deanna Adler, Kellogg Company

Deb Cup, Microsoft

Debbie Weitzman, Cardinal Health

Debra A. Cafaro, Ventas

Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Inc.

Denise Kulikowsky, Tapestry

Denise Paulonis, Sally Beauty Holdings

Diane Kurtzman, Travelers

Dianne Craig,  Ford Motor Company

Dina Howell, Spin Master

Donna Morris, Walmart

Dr. Tamara L. Nall, The Leading Niche

Elaine Bowers Coventry, The Coca-Cola

Elena Richards, KPMG

Elizabeth Rutledge, American Express

Ellen Cooper, Lincoln Financial Group

Ellyn Shook, Accenture

Emily Chee, Novartis Gene Therapies

Ericka Leslie, Goldman Sachs Group

Erin Matson, Pandora

Esi Eggleston Bracey, Unilever

Eva Chen, Instagram

Frances Allen, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants

Gail Boudreaux, Elevance Health

Gail Peterson, Ecolab

Gina Boswell, Bath & Body Works

Glenda McNeal, American Express

Gretchen Watkins, Shell

Heather Kane , UnitedHealthcare

Heather Lavallee, Voya Financial

Heidi G. Petz, Sherwin-Williams

Heidi Grant, Boeing

Helen Arteaga Landaverde, NYC Health

Helene D. Gayle, Spelman College

Holly O’Neill, Bank of America

Inderpreet Sawhney, Infosys

Jacqueline Sullivan, U.S. Bank

Jaime Morris, Paramount Global

Jane Fraser, Citi

Jane Lauder, Estée Lauder

Janice Hogan, Hogan Lovells

Jayshree Ullal, Arista Networks

Jeanine O’Kane, Syneos Health

Jennifer (Mikulec) Wheelock, Cigna Healthcare

Jennifer (Yee) Elmashni,  BIC

Jennifer A. Parmentier, Hannifin Corporation (Parker)

Jennifer Davis, P&G

Jennifer Dodge, Spin Master

Jennifer M. Johnson, Franklin Templeton Investments

Jennifer Mann, The Coca-Cola Company

Jennifer Mauer, Viatris

Jennifer Rumsey, Cummins

Jennifer Skyler, American Express

Jennifer Taubert, Johnson & Johnson

Jennifer Wheelock, Cigna

Jessica (Piza) Gillespie, Prudential

Jessica Paik, UnitedHealthcare

Jessica Sibley, TIME

Joanne Crevoiserat, Tapestry

Joanne H. Rodgers, New York Life Insurance

Johanna Vazquez, PepsiCo

Joyce Mullen, Insight

Judy Marks, Otis

Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest

Julia Phelps, Paramount Global

Juliana Azavedo, P&G

Julie Felss Masino, Cracker Barrel

Julie Hamilton, Diageo

Julie Rottenberg, Visa

Julie Samuels, Tech:NYC

Julie Sloat, American Electric Power

Julie Sweet, Accenture

Karen Leggett, Manulife Financial

Karen S Lynch, CVS Health

Karen S. Carter, Dow

Karen S. Haller, Southwest Gas Holdings

Karla Fanelli, DHL Express

Karla R. Lewis, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co

Karla Schlieper, Mondelez

Kate Gutmann, UPS

Kate Johnson, Lumen

Katherine Gill-Charest, Paramount Global

Kathleen Finch, Warner Bros. Discovery

Kathryn McLay, Walmart

Kathy Mazzarella, Graybar

Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman

Kathyrn Marinello, PODS

Katie Decker, Kenvue

Katie Farmer, BNSF Railway

Katy Knox, Bank of America

Kelly Mahon Tullier, Visa

Kelly Mayhall, The Home Depot

Kelly Rolader, BIC

Keren Haruvi, Sandoz

Kiera Fernandez, Target

Kim Greene,   Georgia Power

Kim Jablonski, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Kimberly Allen Dang, Kinder Morgan

Kimberly Godwin, ABC News

Kimberly Hauer, S C Johnson 

Kimberly Ryan, Hillenbrand

Kimberly Kelleher, AMC Networks

Kristen Lynch, Vali Resorts

Kourtney Gibson, TIAA

Kris Bahner, Kellanova

Kristen Ludgate, HP

Kristen Riggs, Hershey’s

Kristie Raines, BIC

Kristin DiBartolomeo, Viatris

Kristin Dolan, AMC Networks

Kristin Morgan (Schappell), StoneX Group

Kristin Peck, Zoetis

Kristin Scott, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Kristina Hooper, Invesco

Laura Alber, Williams-Sonoma

Laura Bollier, VENUS Fashion

Laura Prieskorn, Jackson

Laura Quevedo, Mastercard

Lauren Hobart, DICK’S Sporting Goods

Leslie Lanne, JLL

Linda Murphy, AMN Healthcare

Linda Rendle, The Clorox Company

Linda Seymour, HSBC

Lisa Barton, Alliant Energy

Lisa Caputo, Travelers

Lisa Chang, The Coca‑Cola Company

Lisa Coleman, New York University

Lisa Gonzalez Anselmo, Altice USA

Lisa Hershkowitz, BIC

Lisa Su, AMD

Liz Fraser, KATE SPADE

Lori Flees, Valvoline

Lori J. Ryerkerk, Celanese

Lorie Tekorius, The Greenbrier Companies

Lorraine Hariton, Catalyst

Lovella Adams, The Coca-Cola Company

Luciana Abreu, Mars

Lucinda “Cindy” Baier,    Brookdale

Lynda DiMenna, American Water

Lynelle Hoch,  Bristol Myers Squibb

Lynn Bamford, Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Lynn Good, Duke Energy

Ma. Fatima D. Francisco, P&G

Mallory Martino, BIC

Manon Brouillette, Hydro-Québec

Marcia Bole, Spectrum Brands

Margo Pilic, Citigroup

Maria Black, ADP

Maria Martinez,  Cisco

Maria Olivo, Travelers

Maria Pope, Portland General Electric

Marie Myers, HP

Marie Robinson, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Marissa West, General Motors

Marla Wiedmann, Pepsi Bottling Ventures

Marlene Debel, MetLife

Marva Smalls, Paramount Global

Mary Barra, General Motors

Mary Dillon, Foot Locker

Mary Ellen Adcock, Kroger

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, Women’s World Banking

Mary Kipp, Puget Sound Energy

Marysa Chiu, Integra LifeSciences

Matrona Filippou, The Coca-Cola Company

Maxine Moreau, Lumen

Megan Hogan, Goldman Sachs

Melanie Kennedy, American Water

Melissa Howell, Kellanova

Melissa Jones, Cornerstone Building Brands

Melissa Medina, CEO & President, eMerge Americas

Melonie Parker, Google

Meri Stevens, Kenvue

Michele Buck, The Hershey Company

Michelle Gethers, Visa

Michelle Nunn, CARE USA

Michelle Weese, Novartis

Micky Onvural, TIAA

Molly Phillips Fogarty, Nestlé

Michelle Weese, Bristol Myers Squibb

Monica Howard Douglas, The Coca-Cola Company

Monica Turner, The Procter & Gamble Company

Moxa Giddings, Fisher Brothers

Nadine Ahn,  RBC

Monica Bauer Mengelberg, PepsiCo

Monica Garnes, The Kroger Company

Monica Howard Douglas, The Coca-Cola Company

Myrtle Potter, Sumitomo Pharma America, Inc.

Nadeen Ayala, ABM Industries

Nancy Phillips, Paramount Global

Olga Fleming,  Marina Maher Communications

Pam Kaufman,Paramount Global

Pamela Fisher, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Pamela Kimmet, Manulife Financial

Pamela Watkins-West, Nuveen

Patricia (Patti) K. Poppe, PG&E

Paula Santilli, PepsiCo

Paulette Alviti, Mondelez International

Payal Sahni Becher, Pfizer

Phebe Novakovic, General Dynamics

Phoebe Wilkinson, Hogan Lovells

Priscilla, Almodovar, Fannie Mae

Rachel Gilbreath, GE Healthcare

Radhika Shroff, Nuveen

Raquel Mura, Sanofi

Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare

Reshma Kewalramani, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Rima Qureshi, Verizon

Robin Johnson, AMN Healthcare

Robin Leopold, JPMorgan Chase

Rose Lee, Cornerstone Building Brands

Roxanne Bras Petraeus, Ethena

Roxanne Wood,  Boeing

Safra Catz, Oracle

Sally Grimes, Diageo

Sally Susman, Pfizer

Samantha Hammock, Verizon Communications

Sandra Leung, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Sandra Sanchez, PharmAdvice

Sara Armbruster, Steelcase

Sara Wechter, Citigroup

Sarah Ludmer, WK Kellogg Co

Sarah M. London, Centene

Sarah Mensah,  Nike

Sarah Statz, American Express

Sarah Thompson, BlackRock

Savalle Sims, Warner Bros. Discovery

Selda Gunsel, Shell

Selin Song, Google Customer Solutions

Shanna Wollack, Unilever

Sharon Yeshaya, Morgan Stanley

Sheila Davidson, New York Life Insurance Company

Shelee Kimura, Hawaiian Electric

Sherry Brice, WK Kellogg Co

Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison

Stephanie Ferris, Fidelity National Information Services

Stephanie Linnartz, Under Armour

Stephanie Pullings Hart, Nestlé

Sue Gove, Bed Bath & Beyond

Sue Nabi, Coty

Supriya Jha, SAP

Susan Hardwick, American Water

Susan Podlogar, MetLife

Susan Sholtis, Reckitt

Suzanne Goldstein, Johnson & Johnson

Svetlana Lipyanskaya, NYC Health + Hospitals

Tamara L. Lundgren,  Radius Recycling

Tameka Harper, The Coca‑Cola

Tara Bielski, Viatris

Tara Deakin, Spin Master

Teresa (Terry) Rasmussen, Thrivent

Thasunda Brown Duckett, TIAA

Theresa Schroeder, Turner Construction

Tia Silas, Shopify

Tracy A. Embree, Otis

Tracy Stevenson, RBC Bank

Tricia Griffith, Progressive

Valerie Burd, ABM Industries

Vandana Venkatesh, Verizon Communications

Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum

Vidya Ramnath, Emerson

Wanda Hope, Johnson & Johnson

Wendy Sherry, Cigna

Wendy Taccetta, Verizon

Yanela Frias, Prudential Financial

Yasmene McDaniel, HCA Healthcare

Yesenia Scheker Izquierdo, KPMG US

Pic credit: House of Rose Professional , 2023 world edition of Break the ceiling touch the sky® Singapore, Nov 16, 2023.




Break the ceiling touch the sky® was launched in 2015 so that  Companies across the world could learn, exchange and define best practices for leadership, DEI and success and enable a better, more equal world. The summit is based on the book “Break the ceiling touch the sky: success secrets of the world’s most inspirational women” by Anthony A. Rose, Chairman and CEO, House of Rose Professional Pte. Ltd and founder of Break the ceiling touch the sky®. Anthony wrote the book to keep a promise to his late Mum, Leonie Rose – who passed with Alezheimers in 2012, that she would never be forgotten. Since then the book, the summit and HORP trainings have enabled well over 40000 women leaders to success directly around the world enroute to delivering MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD – the HORP quest to shape a better world via better gender equality at the C-Suite.



“Thank you so very much for supporting mothers and children in India through the book sales (of Break the ceiling touch the sky). I’m so pleased that your organization continues to make such tremendous progress on issues that are vital to the core of Save the Children’s own work in gender diversity, and that you raise awareness about women’s leadership to new heights. You have done so much to drive this movement forward! It was an honour for Save the Children to once again be the recipient of the proceeds of your book. I join my colleagues in sending my grateful appreciation for your continued support for Save the Children’s work – in India and around the world. Thank you for your commitment and dedication.”

Carolyn Miles,  CEO, Save the Children


“The Coca-Cola Company is proud to be accelerating accelerating gender equality at all levels of our organization and within the communities we serve. As a founding and world sponsor of Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky ® and partner for MISSION 2029 FOR A BETTER WORLD, we are delighted to spotlight how women are reshaping, reinventing, and transforming industries.

Christina Ruggiero, President, Global Nutrition Category, The Coca-Cola Company


“I have seen Break the ceiling touch the sky® conference go from strength to strength every year, bringing together great participation from CEOs, C-suite Executives, D&I practitioners and founders/heads of businesses. The BTCTTS summit is really mobilizing a movement for building more gender balanced workplaces. It has something for everyone – CEOs to learn from one another on how to drive change and progress towards gender diversity. Women who are looking for advice on how to take their careers forward and men who want to be champions for change.”

A. Chaudhury, Group Head, ESG, AIA


“Nine years ago, I joined my first Break the Ceiling Touch the Sky event, a summit that became a movement that Anthony Rose started, and is dedicated to the advancement of women in business, and a platform that brings together so many leaders, companies and industries for a common cause.  Fast forward 34 events and almost a decade later, it’s so impressive and inspiring to see what Anthony has achieved in bringing people together from around the world to address diversity and inclusion strategies that are critical to business sustainability.

Joining many of our (Eurofins) clients in Singapore this week was a great way to reinforce that importance of building a better world together through DEI and reimagined business practices.

We are grateful for the opportunity to be part of such an impactful event!”

Natalia Shuman, Group Executive Vice President, Europe & Asia, Eurofins


“Congratulations on an amazing summit. Such a wealth of information and wonderful people across industries. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the summit, and the entire Emerson team gained a lot from the speakers and the attendees. Its an honor for me and Emerson to be part of this great Mission you are driving and we look forward to continued partnership with House of Rose Professional.”  
W. Haddad, VP & General manager, UAE, Oman, Yemen and Lebanon, Emerson Automation Solutions 


“Break the ceiling touch the sky” annual conferences bring some of the best business leaders from all over the world together. They share their experiences, insights and views on advancing gender equality, positive workplace culture and true inclusion in work teams. The content is always of a consistent high quality and the networking is of a high order. So, if you care anout gender equality, inclusions and getting more women in company senior positions and on Boards, join the conference. You will benefit and so will your collaegues and businesses. Thats why I attend the conference and why Singapore International Chamber of Commerce is a supporting  Industry partner year after year. ”

Victor Mills, Chief Executive, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce. 


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