30 quotes from some of the top female CEOs in the world

People who traveled the path of success can guide better and effectively help through failures. Read the thoughts shared by the Top Female CEOs in the world and start building your successful future. To make it more impactful, the quotes are arranged in the order of becoming successful starting from passion to achieving success. So let’s go.


“Do what you love, and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”

Meg Whitman – Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

“Build something you’re passionate about. As an entrepreneur, you have to have the passion and drive to stay the course."

Alexandra Chong – CEO and founder of Lulu


“Comfort zone is a nice place, but nothing grows there. Take the leap today and start your business!"

Caroline Cummings – CEO and founder of Varo Ventures

“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”

Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

Employee outlook

“Our emerging workforce is not interested in command and control leadership. They don’t want to do things because I said so, they want to do things because they want to do them.”

Irene B. Rosenfeld – Mondelez International, Inc.


“We need to start work with the idea that we’re going to learn every day. I learn, even at my position, every single day.”

Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director, and CEO, ICICI Bank

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.”

Marissa Mayer, Former President and CEO of Yahoo!

“No matter how senior you get in an organization, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing, your job is never done.”

Abigail Johnson, President, and CEO, Fidelity Investments

Gender and bias

“The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn’t your gender; it’s you. Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment that you can find, and then take control."

Angela Braly, CEO of WellPoint

“If Nigerian women had the same opportunities as men, they could drive GDP up by 13.9$ billion ”

Njideka Harry, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Youth for Technology Foundation


“If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances.”

Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest

“Do not be afraid to make decisions. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.”

Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard


“Go through some difficult experiences. If you can live through them and learn from them, you have a much better chance of knowing what to do when the chips are down, and everyone else is freaking out.”

Debra A. Cafaro, CEO of Ventas, Inc.

“If you are committed to creating value and if you aren’t afraid of hard times, obstacles become utterly unimportant. A nuisance perhaps, but with no real power. The world respects creation; people will get out of your way."

Candice Carpenter Olson – Co-CEO of Fullbridge


“My best successes came on the heels of failures,"

Barbara Corcoran

Commitment and influence:

“I wake up every morning and think to myself, ‘How far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours.”

Leah Busque, CEO, and founder of TaskRabbit

“With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.”

Ellen J. Kullman, formerly Chair and Chief Executive Officer of DuPont.


“To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?”

Katherine Graham, former CEO of The Washington Post

“I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.”

Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code


“Our theory is, if you need the user to tell you what you’re selling, then you don’t know what you’re selling, and it’s probably not going to be a good experience."

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Voice and strength

“A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult."

Melinda Gates

“Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry.’”

Trish Bertuzzi, CEO of The Bridge Group


“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.”

Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

“Leadership is service to others.”

Denise M. Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Co.


“Walt Disney told his crew to ‘build the castle first’ when constructing Disney World, knowing that vision would continue to serve as motivation throughout the project. Oftentimes when people fail to achieve what they want in life, it’s because their vision isn’t strong enough.”

Gail Blanke, President, and CEO of Lifedesigns


“Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Always be cultivating a support network so that when you stumble — and you will — they’ll be there to catch you.”

Claire Wasserman, CEO & Founder of Ladies Get Paid

Perseverance towards achieving goals

“Sometimes you climb the mountain, and you fall and fail. Maybe there is a different path that will take you up. Sometimes a different mountain.”

Caterina Fake – CEO and co-founder of Flickr

“Whatever it is that you think you want to do, and whatever it is that you think stands between you and that, stop making excuses. You can do anything.”

Katia Beauchamp, co-founder, and CEO of Birchbox.


“An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.”

Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo

“Don’t just stand for the success of other women – insist on it.”

Gail Blanke, President, and CEO, Lifedesigns

Bonus Quote

“If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.”

Queen Rania of Jordan

So what’s going to be your quote to this world?

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