Rana Florida is CEO of The Creative Class Group, founded by her husband world renowned urbanist Richard Florida. It is a global advisory firm composed of expert researchers, academics, and business strategists. Their proprietary data and research, gives companies and regions leading insights to achieve growth and prosperity.
The 21st century has seen the rise of many talented and inspiring women who have become pioneers in their respective fields. Women across the world have made significant advances in their professional careers, paving the way for a more equitable and diverse future. The year 2023 is set to be an exciting one for female professionals as more and more women strive for success. From entrepreneurs to leaders in the corporate sector, these women have inspired and empowered other women to reach for the stars. Here are 30 of the most inspiring and innovative women to look out for in 2023.
As Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Class Group, Rana Florida manages new business development, marketing, consulting, research and global operations serving such diverse clients as BMW, Converse, IBM, Cirque du Soleil, Audi, Zappos, and Starwood Hotels – to name just a few.
Shinola’s first female CEO in a male-dominated auto town, Shannon Washburn, whose earliest goal was to be a college basketball coach, is very much a believer in teams. “Moving into a management role,” she says, is “really about the people who are going to get the job done and being present and attentive to your team.”
Over the course of his long and accomplished career, Daniel L. Doctoroff has endured more than a few failures. But his ability to learn from his mistakes, take lessons from others, and push ahead has established him as one of the world’s leading CEOs. In his current role as chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs—Alphabet Inc.’s pioneering urban innovation company—his goal is to make cities that are more efficient, sustainable, and livable.
Hi Rana, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
From Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany on Wall Street in New York to Louis Vuitton in Hong Kong and Printemps in Paris, design duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg have truly paved their own way, placing their indelible stamp on private residences, luxury resorts, restaurants, retail stores, and offices around the globe.
As we begin to take our first tentative steps to re-open its economy, it is important that we begin now to plan for our kids’ eventual return to school — not just the K through 12 students, whose parents need to go back to work, but college students. Protecting the lives of each and every individual — students, faculty, support staff, and their loved ones at home — must remain our principle focus.
The lockdown will end before scientists develop a working vaccine. Here’s a four-point plan for how companies should adapt.