Amy Poehler Named One of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business
In its annual 100 Most Creative People in Business list, Fast Company named women to four of the top 10 slots — including comedian and media entrepreneur Amy Poehler, who came in at number eight. Last year, actress and Glamour cover star Anna Kendrick snagged the same spot.
In addition to Poehler, four other women cracked the top 10 on Fast Company's list, including:
• Dao Nguyen, publisher of Buzzfeed: Nguyen helped boost the site's traffic to a whopping 200 million unique visitors — increasing its valuation to $850 million, according to the magazine.
• Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of ProColombia: "Under her watch, [Colombia] is shedding its reputation for drug-fueled violence to become a safe and popular travel destination," writes Fast Company. In Lacouture's four-year tenure, international tourism to the country is up 56 percent, and she's laid the groundwork for tech companies (including IMB) to open centers there.
• Leslie Dewan, CEO of Transatomic Power: Dewan and a colleague designed a "molten salt" technology that could eliminate the risk of steam explosions at nuclear power plants. With a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering behind her, Dewan has able to raise $6 million in funding last year and is now working on a blueprint for a test plant.
• Dana Mauriello, director of seller category growth at Etsy: She launched Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship, a five-week program that teaches people in underserved communities how to make extra income through crafting—including tips on how to run their own Etsy shops.
Other women who round out the top 21 include Ertharin Cousin, the executive director of the World Food Programme, Martha Murray, an orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children's Hospital, Veronica Juarez, the director of government relations for Lyft, Zoe Quinn, cofounder of Crash Override, and Tracy Chou, Nadine Harik, and Jennifer Tsai — all software engineers at Pinterest. Meanwhile, Barbara Bush, the CEO and cofounder of Global Health Corps, was ranked 29th; Selma director Ava DuVernay came in at number 32; author and activist Janet Mock was given the 57th spot; comic-book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick was 64th; and teen fashion mogul Isabella Rose Taylor was ranked 77th.
Check out the full list at fastcompany.com.
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