You can learn a lot of life lessons from successful women. Their struggles and successes can teach you how to overcome adversity. They can teach you how to live with failure, and try again and again until you’re successful in your endeavors. Successful women are great examples of people who have risen above gender inequality and difficult people. You can learn to do the same.

Sheryl SandbergSheryl Sandberg

Sandberg graduated with an MBA from Harvard University. She spent four years as Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, and was the first women to serve on Facebook’s board. She’s a technology exec, an activist, a published author, and she’s rumored to be worth more than $1 billion.

What you can learn from Sheryl Sandberg: 

Sheryl Sandberg wrote a book for women titled, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. She advises that women need to “lean in” at work, which basically means be more assertive and outgoing. Her ultimate goal is that more workplaces have more female leadership roles, which she asserts “will lead to fairer treatment for all women.”

Virginia RomettyVirginia Rometty

In 2011, Virginia “Ginni” Rometty was asked to stand tall as IBM’s first ever female CEO. She also became the first CEO to lead the tech giant in more than $100 billion in revenue resulting in the company’s highest ever stock price.

What you can learn from Virginia Rometty:

Rometty has kept herself up-to-date on all matter of new technology, including Big Data. She estimates that there will be more than 5,200 gigabytes of data per person by 2020. She believes in a “new generation of ‘cognitive’ systems, built for big data, can keep up with the flood because they aren’t programmed, they learn – from their own experience and from our interactions with them.” If you want to be like her, you’ll need to learn to think toward the future and be on the cusp of emerging trends in your business.

Susan ItzkowitzSusan Itzkowitz

She’s the president of Marc Fisher Footwear, and the former group president at Nine West Group. She’s living every woman’s fantasy by leading the world in footwear. Susan Itzkowitz Executive has a page on Bloomberg Businessweek, where details about her company’s stock holdings can be gleaned.

What you can learn from Susan Itzkowitz:

Susan Itzkowitz from Marc Fisher has a very professional online presence. She’s got a Pinterest page, and has both LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. Female business heads are encouraged to follow in Itzkowitz’s footsteps and marketing themselves online. Don’t be afraid to create social media profiles and use them to promote yourself online.

Indra NooyiIndra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi is the CEO of PepsiCo. She was number 20 on a list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women since 2006. This is due to her exceptional profitability. She helped the company reach record profits, growing Pepsi’s revenue 14 percent in a single year. She returned $5.6 billion to shareholders and made more than $60 billion in revenue.

What you can learn from Indra Nooyi:

You can learn a lot from Pepsi’s CEO, but one of her most admirable traits is You can learn a lot from Pepsi’s CEO, but one of her most admirable traits is . Nooyi went against her upbringing and the traditional rules of Indian Brahmin to attend Yale, and ultimately head a company. Don’t be afraid of who you are, and never apologize for your style or beliefs. Nooyi once famously landed a job interview wearing a sari.

When it comes to your career, the above named executives can help you go far. Read their books, study their pathways, and use their advice to further your career. Aspire to leadership and your name may find its way to a list just like this one.  

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Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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