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10 Women You Need To Follow on LinkedIn in 2016


Feb. 5 2016, Published 2:30 a.m. ET

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How amazing would it be if you could have the tips and secrets from some of the top industry  leaders at your fingertips?

For those of you who use LinkedIn passively or only made an account because your college career counselor told you to, I am here to fill you in on one of LinkedIn’s top features that you should be using. Not only can you create a standout professional profile, but you can also begin to engage with LinkedIn Influencer posts from leaders like President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington to the President of the United States.

According to LinkedIn, the designation of influencer is given to approximately 500 professionals who’ve been invited to publish on LinkedIn. You can follow these influencers and get notifications when they post an article.

Below we have put together a list of female influencers that get it right and highlight issues relevant and exciting for us. Whether you are looking for tips, support or inspiration each woman brings her unique personality and energy that shines through each post.

1. Lena Dunham

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To start off, we have actor, author, screenwriter, director and producer Lena Dunham. As one of the newest contributors to the set of LinkedIn influencers, she has started off strong writing on prioritization. In her first article she shares with us how the power of saying no can lead to a yes.

Follow Lena Dunham here

2. Mary Barra

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Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors Company, shares her favorite principles and practices for engaging and developing employees of the company and how you can apply it in your work space in her most recent post. If you want to learn how develop the leadership and career growth of your team and yourself follow this great influencer.

Follow Mary Barra here

3. Leila Janah

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Leila comes from the world of social entrepreneurship where her work as Founder and CEO of Laxmi brings living-wage jobs to poor women and youth. Her posts range from being ‘invisible’ as a woman in tech, to how to empower developing communities to the gender gap in different parts of the world. 

Follow Leila Janah here

4. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

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Risa is the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and health care. Risa recently wrote about her recent experience as one of the only 17.8% of women who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. She writes about the importance of gender parity and community health.

Follow Risa here

5. J.T. O’Donnell

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Whether you are looking for different tips on interviewing, employment branding, job search or more, J.T. is the CEO you need to follow. As CEO of Careerealism, J.T. shares career advice everyday, making her a great resource to follow.

Follow J.T. here

6. Liz Ryan

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Liz combines playful graphics with hard-hitting advice. In her latest post, Liz gives us a wake-up call about not falling asleep on our careers. She reminds that just showing up to work every day is not building your career and that we must be active participants in it every day.

Follow Liz here.

7. Gretchen Rubin

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We can probably all agree that habits and happiness are a key part to personal and professional lives. Gretchen, a best-selling author on the former writes out periodically on how to maintain happiness in our every day lives. Her most recent post on loneliness, addresses the difference on being alone and lonely and shares 5 habits to be better than before.

Follow Gretchen here.

8. Claire Diaz-Ortiz

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Claire was an early employee at Twitter hired on to lead corporate social innovation. Today she is an author of about 7 books (2 forthcoming), speaker and technology innovator who also runs a popular business blog. In her most recent post she shares tips on overcome work stress by working on your day-to-day happiness. Her posts share great advice on how to maximize your potential.

Follow Claire here

9. Jacki Zehner

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Jacki is the CEO of Women Moving Millions, an organization whose mission is to catalyze unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. Her posts are personal and always relevant with what is going on in current affairs.

Follow Jacki here.

10. Arianna Huffington

Last, but certainly not least, is the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington. Arianna’s posts are as diverse as the articles that you find in the Huffington Post. She shares insight that will help you thrive whether you are an entry-level or seasoned professional.

Follow Ariana here.

LinkedIn, as with any resource, is as useful as you make it. Take the time to read the articles and headlines and get ahead of the game. Even better, we hope to see some of you as future influencers.


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