The 4 best female-led companies to follow right now (and how to get a job there)

Right now, the amount of women CEOs running Fortune 500 companies is at an all-time high. Embarrassingly enough, that comes to a grand whopping total of 37. Don’t get me wrong, it’s absolutely an honor to have gotten women to where they are even at that number. After all, we didn’t see females on that list at all until the 1972 placement of Katherine Graham, President of the umbrella company of The Washington Post.

And while it’s taken the world a little longer to notice the power and innovation a woman’s mind can bring to the fold, we’ve been digging on female-fronted companies and their impact for years. Women are out there doing the work, moving their respective fields forward, and it’s time to get some more eyes on them.

Start today by checking out our four favorite female-led companies to follow right now.

1. VMLY&R

Employing over 7k employees in over 75 offices around the world, VMLY&R — a marketing and creative firm — has filled 9 of their 27 CSuite positions with female executives. They seem to be making a move for more diversity across the board.

The marketing giant recently promoted Allison Pierce to Global Chief Creative Officer for their Intel account and Mel Routhier as Chief Creative Officer of the WPP Walgreens team. These are both integral accounts that have quickly pivoted growth. They were honored by Campaign US as Advertising Network of the Year in 2020, and in 2021 attained a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index.

With a female Chief Strategy Officer (Amy Winger), Global Chief Creative Officer (Debbi Vandeven), Chief Connections Officer (Amy Worley), CEO of Commerce (Beth Ann Kaminkow), Global Chief Marketing Officer (Beth Wade), and Executive Directors of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Tasha Gilroy and Suba Nadarajah) among other leadership positions, their client roster is admirable and the teams they’re building around those clients truly lend perspective.

Check out VMLY&R for positions within an array of incredible client portfolios in various cities around the world. Many positions skew creative, however, there are gems in there for everyone including CRM Marketing Analyst, Associate Planning Director, Senior Art Director, and Business Affairs Manager. They’re growing fast, and they’re going places.

2. Affectiva

Affectiva is a burgeoning tech company championing an AI system that marries empathy and human emotion with robotics. Rana el Kaliouby is the inspiring Egyptian-American CEO driving the company’s entrepreneurial efforts in facial and emotional recognition and has aptly been named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 and Forbes America’s Top 50 Women in Tech.

While the leadership team is currently composed of just 6 people, there are 2 women leading the pack; Rana, along with CMO Gabi Zijderveld, who brings over 20 years of tech experience with her to the space.

While Affectiva doesn’t have any current openings, keep your eyes peeled on their jobs page for future employment opportunities.

3. Rent the Runway

We’re almost certain you’ve heard of Rent the Runway before, but let us give you a little refresher. Remember when you used to be less responsible with your money, and had a high fashion or statement wardrobe to keep up with? In 2010, that became a thing of the past when two women (CEO Jennifer Hyman and her partner in crime Jennifer Fleiss) innovated the industry by launching Rent The Runway and we all got the option to rent gorgeous, high-end clothing for a fraction of the price. This helped people make better long-term decisions, lent to the decrease in impact by fast fashion, allowed more people with less access to fashion both access and confidence and let everyone save a little (much needed) cash. And while the pandemic changed the company’s model a bit, they aren’t showing signs of slowing down.

Not only is the company’s mission to help empower women around the world, but they founded the Rent the Runway Foundation in 2015 to help boost the efforts of female entrepreneurs and level the playing field for women globally. Find your next career opportunity browsing their job openings, and apply for the Senior Manager of Fashion Operations today.

4. Oracle Corporation

Another well-known, multinational computer tech company out of the Silicon Valley area, Oracle Corporation is headed by Israeli-American billionaire banker and CEO Safra Catz. Her leadership abilities alone have been magnified in the press, as she employs humility and accountability to help lead the company, citing emotional intelligence as the key to a balanced workspace. The company has made $39 billion in 2021 already and expects continued, gradual, growth throughout the year, with a predicted revenue of $120 billion.

Check out their current job listings for a career within a workspace that values individuality, sparks creativity, and has a history of innovation. Some great openings we’ve noticed lately include Market Research Analyst, Senior Manager User Experience Design, and Director of Oracle Database Product Marketing.

Check out some of our favorite tailored career advice for women, and keep up with your favorite female founders at TheLadders.