Women’s Month Wednesday: 5 Bosses In Business

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Mar. 24 2021, Published 8:15 a.m. ET

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During this Women’s History month, we of course had to highlight women who are shattering the glass ceiling when it comes to being bosses in business. 

The spirit of entrepreneurship amongst women has soared during this pandemic, with no end in sight. Also, more women are stepping into leadership roles than ever before. From Fortune 500 companies to birthing new entrepreneurial ventures, here are 5 incredible bosses in business.


Rihanna is a true master of every industry she steps into, in the last few years, Rihanna built a billion-dollar empire. Yes, she’s a Grammy-award-winning singer, artist, fashionista, and IT girl, but she is also deserving of the title: business mogul. From her lingerie line Savage X Fenty, to her beauty line Fenty Beauty, to her skincare line Fenty Skin, with whispers of future endeavors, we are always excited to see what Rih is going to do next to expand her dynasty. 

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Cassandra Cummings

Cassandra Cummings is known for her investing society ‘Stocks n Stilletos,’ an online network of over 20,000 women who are passionate about building their investment portfolio. Cummings works tirelessly to empower women to build their economic prowess and savviness and make financial literacy accessible to women. By hosting 30-day stock challenges, national conferences, and summits, Cummings hopes to continue to bridge the wealth gap between men and women and also communities of color with her international network.

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Emerald Pellot 

Founder and writer Emerald Pellot is all about being firm in your convictions and taking a stance in your confidence. The accessories under her brand GRL TRBL show exactly this through colorful pins with phrases like “I’m Voting For All The F**king Women,” “BLM,” and “I’m The Perfect Shade.” This founder is not afraid to be political and make a statement with accessories, and the community that supports her isn’t either.

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Melanie Perkins 

CEO and founder Melanie created the design site Canva while a college student. From tutoring students in graphic design, and seeing how they struggled to grasp concepts, Perkins saw a business opportunity in making design easier for students. Now, she considered one of the youngest CEOs at a start-up valued at $1 billion. After being rejected by over 100 investors, she prevailed and now makes her hiring process inclusive. It’s noteworthy to add that 41% of Canva staff are women.  Now, Canva is an app loved by many because of its accessibility and simplistic functionality. 

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Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is no stranger to the business world. As the first Black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Burns proves that there is no industry that Black women and women can break into and thrive in. Burns became CEO of Xerox, a company where she first worked as an intern. After 30+ years of dedication and commitment and leaving the role in 2016, she then became the CEO of VEON, which she departed from in 2020. Burns’ endeavors prove that she is a model for what it means to work your way to the top. 

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By: Diasia Robinson

Diasia Robinson is a journalist from Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys writing about travel, business, and women entrepreneurs. After subsequently working at ABC and Fox Business Network in NYC, she moved to Paris, France where she currently resides. There she is an English teaching assistant and writer. She contributes to BET Digital and is currently the Managing Editor of Her Agenda. Robinson is a graduate of Syracuse University. You can reach her directly at

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