Mission: To inspire, educate, support, and advance current and future women entrepreneurs and corporate, profit-center leaders.

Vision: To profoundly impact and celebrate the advancement of women worldwide by changing the face of business one woman at a time.

As a membership association with an educational and charitable mission, the purpose of C200, an association of the world’s leading corporate and entrepreneurial businesswomen, is to encourage and facilitate the sharing of members’ expertise, experience, networks, and leadership to educate, inspire, support, and advance women leaders in business – for the benefit of its members and the broader community of current and future women business leaders.

We’re a professional peer community like no other, uniting to make the business world a more equal and equitable place for all women. We support future business leaders through robust programming targeted at rising corporate stars and leading entrepreneurs, while working together to increase the representation of women, especially women of color, in executive and board roles.

Our Bold Beginning 

In 1982, a group of the most powerful women in business gathered with the goal of raising much needed funds for another women’s business organization.

Guided by the vision and leadership of Founding Organizer Susan Davis, 200 women leaders were recruited from the highest ranks of business, including The Washington Post Company’s Katharine Graham, Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kather, Playboy President Christie Hefner, and Hollywood producer Sherry Lansing. These women joined together to create a national network for sharing ideas and business opportunities – forming The Committee of 200.

Today, this vibrant community has grown to over 400 members comprised of trailblazers, corporate leaders, influencers, and role models who lead the world’s most remarkable companies across a wide range of industries. 

C200 members are innovators, influencers, and role models, who together, support one another while changing the face of business.


For forty years, C200 has championed advancing women leaders in business to help them achieve and succeed in the highest levels of operating responsibility. While C200 has made many inroads, there has not been enough progress. The lack of women, especially women of color, in positions of profit and loss (P&L) leadership roles in business is a product of systemic and institutional bias and exclusion.

In the spirit of “Success Shared,” our Board of Directors unanimously endorsed our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion by signing C200’s D&I Pledge.

We intend to redress the bias and exclusion that exists in the world today and move forward with diversity, inclusion, and belonging as intrinsic pillars in everything we do as an organization and community of business leaders.

Board of Directors

Region Chairs

  • Northeast Region: Alexandra Lebenthal, Rockefeller Capital
  • Southeast Region: Maggie Bidlingmaier, Graphic Packaging International LLC
  • Mid-South Region: Sue Burnett, Burnett Specialists
  • Midwest Region: Lauren Herring, IMPACT Group
  • Northwest Region: Joanna Drake, Magnify Ventures
  • Mid-Atlantic Region: Mary Naylor, Aspire Lifestyles
  • International Region: Tamara Box, Reed Smith LLP

Committee Chairs

  • Membership Committee: Susan Brennan, 5E Advanced Materials
  • Executive Committee Chair: Maryann Bruce, Experienced Corporate Director and Former Fortune 500 President & CEO
  • Nominating & Governance Committee: Holly Kaczmarczyk, Wells Fargo
  • Development Committee: Doris Meister, Wilmington Trust
  • Finance & Investment Committee: Dana Fusaris, Fundamental Advisors LP
Thank you to our former Chairs

Susan McLaughlin
2017 – 2019

Laura Grondin
2016 – 2017

Gay Gaddis
2014 – 2015

Kathryn Swintek
2012 – 2013

Barbara Talbott
2010 – 2011

Alison Winter
2009 – 2009

Christine Toretti
2008 – 2008

Alison A. Winter
2006 – 2007

Diane Graham
2004 – 2005

Connie K. Duckworth
2002 – 2003

Judith R. Haberkorn
2000 – 2001

Victoria B. Jackson
1998 – 1999

Michele J. Hooper
1996 – 1997

Carolee Friedlander
1994 – 1995

Linnet F. Deily
1992 – 1993

Mylle Bell Mangum
1990 – 1991

Ellen R. Gordon
1988 – 1989

Susan W. Bird
1986 – 1987

Julia Thomas
1984 – 1985

Ruth I. Smith
1983 – 1983

Patricia Mary Cloherty
1982 – 1983

Former Foundation Leaders

Pamela Craig
2017 – 2018

Roz Alford
2015 – 2016

Larraine Segil
2013 – 2014

Herta von Stiegel
2009 – 2012

Agnieszka Winkler
2009 – 2009

Nancy Peterson Hearn
2006 – 2008

Carolee Friedlander
2004 – 2005

Judy H. Mello
2002 – 2003

Dianne H. Patterson
2000 – 2001

Judith R. Haberkorn
1999 – 1999

Linda K. Paresky
1998 – 1998

Jacqueline McCurdy
1996 – 1997

Mylle Bell Mangum
1993 – 1995

Ellen R. Gordon
1989 – 1992

Marjorie P. Allen
1986 – 1989

C200 Staff

Myla Skinner


Demetra Alexopoulos

Chief, Finance & Administration Officer

Melissa Passalacqua

Director of Events and Educational Programs

Emily Nordquist

Director, Membership

Jon Swengler

Director, Marketing & Development

Susan Ing

Manager, Finance & Administration

Allison Rose

Associate Director, Membership Engagement

Eva Glassman

Associate, Marketing & Communications

Need to get in touch?

Contact the C200 Team.

Join Our Team!

We’re thrilled to share with you all that we are looking for top talent to fill our new open position of Manager, Programs!
The Manager, Programs is responsible for the planning and delivery of all aspects of our Advancing Women programs and events: conferences, events and educational courses conducted by C200 which are designed to provide a highly concentrated learning experience for senior executives and entrepreneurs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of C200?

C200’s vision is to be the preeminent global organization for women business leaders, recognized for making a profound impact on the advancement of women in business. 

What does C200 do?

C200’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate the sharing of members’ expertise, experience, networks, and leadership to educate, inspire, support, and advance women leaders in business – for the benefit of its members and the broader community of current and future women business leaders. Through educational programming, thought leadership, networking, and support, C200 helps ensure that women take on more significant and visible P&L leadership roles.

I am interested in sponsoring a program.

C200 is always looking to partner with additional corporate sponsors. Please contact us at info@c200.org for more information.

What are the membership dues?

Annual membership dues are $2,250.00, and there is a one-time initiation fee of $2,250.00.

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What are the highlights of membership?

Only C200 provides an opportunity to personally connect and share with powerful, diverse, and successful businesswomen who are united in their dedication to fostering, celebrating, and advancing women’s leadership. Specific benefits include:

  • Relationships with the most successful and innovative women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders worldwide, whose companies represent over $1.4 trillion in revenue
  • Personal and professional support within a confidential, high-level community of peers
  • Annual Conference and signature member-only social and networking events
  • Highly unique member learning and development events
  • The opportunity to give back and inspire the next generation of women business leaders through outreach and educational programs
  • Lifelong opportunity for member engagement

How can I become a C200 member?

Members are women executives who run for-profit businesses and have P&L responsibility, are among the most senior executives in their company, and are committed to advancing women in business. Members must be recognized leaders within their industries and communities.

View membership criteria here.

C200 is a non-profit organization – Help support our mission.

We make it easier for women in business to connect both personally and professionally, creating much-needed environments for women to succeed in the workforce—and it is with contributions from individuals who believe in our mission and vision that have given us the ability to fight for them and empower women for over 40 years. Help us continue providing a priceless community and top-tier resources for all women in business by making a donation to C200 and to the future of women leaders worldwide.