C200 is a professional peer community like no other. Our members lead the world’s most remarkable companies, including Campbell Soup Co., Deloitte, Eventbrite, Home Depot, HBO, HGTV, IBM, KPMG, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Qatalyst, 3M, The Real/Real, Hint Water, Rodan + Fields and many more.
Members include Muriel Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange; Kay Koplovitz, the first female network television president; and Christie Hefner, CEO of the first national magazine to have an online presence.
Our members are changing the face of business daily. C200 brings them together to support, advise and inspire one another, so that together, we can advance women’s leadership.
Through C200, members support one another’s professional and personal growth while inspiring and advancing future women business leaders. Specific benefits of membership include:
Our members share our mission of fostering, celebrating and advancing women’s leadership in business. In addition to a proven track record of successful business leadership, they also demonstrate industry and community leadership.
C200 organizes our hundreds of members into regional “Councils” of 10 to 12 women. These groups meet regularly, allowing members to form deep connections and receive personal support and inspiration from the women they know best. Many members say that their C200 Council is their closest and most valuable personal advisory group. If you have questions about Councils or would like to join or lead one, please contact Amy O’Keeffe.
C200 membership is by invitation only. Members, if the candidate you’d like to nominate meets the requirements below, please complete our nomination form. The C200 Membership Committee will interview her, verify her qualifications and invite her to complete an application.
In addition to meeting the financial requirements, prospective members must be recognized leaders within their industry and their community, and committed to advancing other women in business leadership.
A candidate who does not currently meet the membership criteria but clearly has within the last three years will be considered. The Board of Directors may approve additional factors for consideration on a case-by-case basis.
President & CEO, Grupo Diarq
Rated among the world’s top spa destinations, Mexico has a long tradition of herbal medicine and therapies, such as the temazcal steam bath. This book explores the coming together of ancient healing traditions and modern beauty therapies at the very best spas in Mexico. Beautiful photography does justice to the spas’ natural backdrops and enticing interiors, making you want to drop everything and let expert hands guide you into a balanced state of serenity and inner harmony.
CEO & Founder, T3
As the owner of one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the US, Gay Gaddis knows a thing or two about empowerment. Gay’s insights are rooted in the spirited strength of the real cowgirl heroines of the 1920s and ’30s—gutsy risk-takers in everything they did. In Cowgirl Power, these cowgirls are celebrated as a metaphor for the power we all have to achieve far more than we think. Whether your goal is to start a family, own a business, advance your career, organize community outreach, or run for office, it all comes down to power: knowing how to develop it and not being afraid to take it when it comes your way.
Author, Speaker, Co-Founder & Former COO, Scripps Networks Interactive & HGTV
My book provides insights, tips and direction to everyone in business, with a focus on women. Gamesmanship is a strategic way of thinking that cultivates creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. It means composure and mental fortitude. It means loving the game called business and being fueled by the raw adrenaline of winning. But at the same time, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, take some risk, and have fun where you work.
Chief Executive Officer, Little Farm Company
Story of a woman of poverty and a woman of privilege and their friendship over decades with the backdrop of apartheid in south African through the release of Mandela and beyond.
Founder and Executive Chair, Ariya Capital
In July 2008, global business executive Herta von Stiegel led a group of 28 multinational climbers, including seven disabled people, to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. Herta’s narrative reveals several invaluable lessons for today’s business leaders: ruthlessly prepare; use failure as a stepping-stone for success; hang on to your vision; and know when it’s time to come down from the mountain. A one-of-a-kind work that is at once inspiring and prescriptive, The Mountain Within offers a wealth of revelations for any business leader–extraordinary lessons that will help you brave any unexpected challenge, recharge when faced with setbacks, and maintain your focus even when the goal seems insurmountable.
CEO, BlueValley Advisors LLC
A straightforward and practical resource, The Balance Myth shows women that by leaving behind the frustrating and useless idea of work-life balance they can stop feeling guilty and frustrated. You don’t have to take the mother out of your job in order to make it to the corner office.
CEO – President, CalArk, Inc.
“CalArk follows own road map to growth” – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
CalArk established their truckload operations in 1975 and within the last 3 years, the company has diversified its offerings into warehouse services and last mile solutions. With the significant growth e-commerce has had across many industries, CalArk made the decision to invest in a warehouse in Little Rock and begin down this business adventure. Many other motor carriers within the industry start in the “last mile” market segment by purchasing an established business that has serviced this specific market. CalArk built the warehouse and distribution division from the ground up, which is not common for businesses today. The company has now reached a 100 percent growth rate in the newly developed market.
“Information Is Key” – Commercial Carrier Journal
With the ever-changing industry, CalArk realized they needed more ways to ensure it was maximizing it’s efficiencies and service across their operations. CalArk developed an in-house tool named the “Efficiency Auger” , which was spawned from internal data mining, data warehousing and performance management concepts. About a year and a half ago, Rochelle Bartholomew shared her vision of where she wanted the company to go and her VP of Business Development organized a team (two team members) of forward-thinking employees who were not afraid to address perceived limitations. The major focus of the auger is to solve problems of inefficiencies, which allows the company to identify wasted time down to the minute, allowing the company to attack inefficiency with surgical precision. CalArk also launched a “Balance Map” tool that inreases operational efficiency by providing accurate and timely data which helps operations make decisions on freight demands quickly and effectively. The map is located on monitors on the operations floor and is also accessible by cell phone or computer through a web-link. A customer service scorecard was also developed internally to allow CalArk to take a proactive approach to customer service by identifying not only when a load is deemed late, but allows the company to assign the reason to identify the root cause. The main goal is to strengthen the partnership with their customers and show how important servicing them is to our business.
Core Ventures Group
Silicon Valley considers itself a meritocracy. As we wrote in our last column, the role of immigrants in creating technology companies that drive wholesale market transitions and ultimately massive market values has been remarkable. Immigrants’ success in Silicon Valley is a testament to an ecosystem open to vision, intelligence, hard work and hustle.
But our meritocracy is also uneven and incomplete, with biases and holes. One persistent failure is in recognizing, supporting and sustaining female leadership. We need to do a better job in recognizing and advancing all forms of diversity.
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DuPont
Board Member, United Technologies Corporation
Ellen Kullman discusses the difficulties and opportunities that come with being the only woman in the room. Throughout her career she has learned to speak up and advocate for herself and other women. The latest initiative she is involved in, Paradigm for Parity, is dedicated to bringing gender parity to corporate leadership by 2030.
Chairman and CEO
Women Corporate Directors
Susan Stautberg is celebrating a triumphant 16 years fighting to lift the rights of women in boardrooms around the world. She tells Duan Ting her job will not stop there as she passes the baton to her successor.
EVP of Brand & Product Marketing, The Proactiv Company
Q: How has your vision and/or your business helped shape your industry?
A: My mission has always been to make sure I can make a difference in people’s everyday lives. I have always worked with companies that people use everyday and as a result I think we have made a real, positive impact on people.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you can offer other women leaders?
A: Be true to yourself. Throughout my career I have been offered many opportunities. I have always made sure what I do is an extension of who I am, not the other way around. It’s important to maintain that focus and think of yourself first. In my opinion, it’s the only way to be a great leader.
Q: What is your personal motto?
A: Life is short, enjoy it and do something you love.
Q: How has your membership in C200 impacted you personally and professionally?
A: I joined C200 for all of the professional advantages, because I have always put my professional needs first. I never thought it would have such an impact on me personally. My experience as a member of C200 has been life-changing in ways I could never have imagined.
Q: What do you feel is the most important issue facing business leaders today?
A: Relevancy. If a company does not stay relevant it will not sustain.
Lake George, NY
Members raised over $100,000 for the C200 Advancing Women initiatives while enjoying a weekend on stunning Lake George in a historic 1911 lakefront home and private islanded owned by C200 member Ginger Bailey. They enjoyed the natural splendor of the 14-acre scenic wooded property including lake activities and campfires along with the rich culture of the area.
Mexico City, Mexico
C200 hosted a Reachout for over 100 students at EGADE Business School – Tecnologico de Monterrey, and spent time enjoying exclusive access to the best of Valle de Bravo and Mexico City, including behind-the-scenes tours of businesses, a visit to the Mexican Stock Exchange, Museum of Popular Art and a visit to the Pyramids outside of Mexico City.
Our members enjoyed a private performance at the Bluebird Café, strutted down the red carpet and then watched the CMA’s from premium level seats.
Dinners and holiday parties are hosted regionally, from New York City to Houston to Minneapolis. Members are welcome to attend whichever events fit their schedule, allowing them to keep in touch with their C200 friends and expand their network.
23 members from Northern California joined the 2-day wine country retreat to hear fellow experts speak on timely subjects: Julie Pearl on immigration policy changes and what to do it about them as business leaders and community members, how to get on a board and assert leadership from prolific public board members, Shellye Archambeau, Mary Cranston and Nina Richardson, and how to age (more) gracefully from Katie Rodan. All tucked in between wine tasting, yoga sessions, hiking, swimming and bocce.
“Spending time in London with our members there and those who traveled to be there was a privilege. The London Symposium was filled with content relevant not only to those who work in the U.K. or Europe, but to those of us from the US. Bringing together women focused on making a difference for women and for themselves, sharing our success, is the hallmark of every C200 event. We will be back – don’t miss it!”
– Laura Grondin
C200’s premiere event, the C200 Annual Conference, is held annually across the country. The 2018 Annual Conference will take place October 18-21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.