Jennifer Sherman, President and Ceo of Federal Signal, was named one of Crain's Notable Women Executives Over 50 who have jumped hurdles to reach the highest levels of business, medicine, higher education and nonprofits. A number defied the odds in rising to influential positions in male-dominated fields such as banking and financial services, law and manufacturing. Women, of course, still face formidable obstacles. They represent only 11 percent of top earners at S&P 500 companies, according to a January study by Catalyst. And they make up just over a quarter of executive and senior-level officials and managers. But they see the big picture and are bringing their sisters along by leading diversity and inclusion efforts, supporting women’s resource groups, pushing for more family-friendly policies and mentoring younger colleagues. That should provide encouragement to already influential millennial women who have the opportunity to dramatically reshape the workplace in the years ahead.
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