Looking to innovate? Try looking at women over 40. Now in its second year, the 40 Women To Watch Over 40 list aims to reward the achievements of women over 40 who are not ready to rest on their laurels, but rather are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Among this year’s winners is Beezer Clarkson, managing director at SAP Ventures, who leads the firm’s fund of funds investments.
Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson, both 40-plus mentors, consultants and innovators in their own right, founded the list to challenge age stereotypes and raise awareness that “over forty” is in fact when many women come into their most productive era.
Say Vuleta and Johnson, “We want to inspire 40-something disruptors to persist despite the rise of the ‘30 under 30’ power lists while motivating women in their in their 20s and 30s to see new possibilities.”
The winners, who range in age from their 40s to 70s, were selected based on a rigorous application and judging process that evaluated three criteria:
- Disruption / Impact: Are they creating growth or making an impact in their field of work, community and beyond?
- Role Model: Is this person a positive role model, through mentoring, leading by example, innovating around work/ life issues or promoting women for leadership, whether in business, board rooms, building diverse communities?
- Reinvention / Momentum: Does this person have more in front of them than behind them? Are they engaged in personal disruption, taking on new challenges and harnessing the power of their experiences?
Clarkson was selected for her advocacy of women and an unconventional career path, which has spanned diverse functions and disciplines providing her with a unique ability to approach challenges from new angles and experiment with different approaches. Today, she is pioneering the path to being a “next generation investor” in early-stage venture funds by delivering differentiated value as a limited partner. Additionally, Clarkson has mentored many women and maintains a commitment to empowering women universally through advising organizations such as Inventure, a female-led organization that supports microbusiness in Africa and India, and Astia, an organization committed to building women leaders and accelerating the funding and growth of high-potential women-led startups.
Among the others featured on the list are women such as Katie Orenstein, founder of the Op Ed Project, and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, as well as women who are applying their change-making passion to a completely new area such as Sallie Krawcheck, called the “most powerful women on Wall Street” with former executive roles at Bank of America and Citigroup.
The full list of winners can be found at 40 Women To Watch Over 40.
For more information on 40 Women To Watch Over 40, please contact Christina Vuleta or Whitney Johnson at The40over40@gmail.com.