This year’s request for nominations was structured like the 2012 Report in that we continued to expand the scope of women recognized in the report, who make leadership contributions throughout the ECP, retail, supplier, lab, managed care and association landscape.

Readers were asked to make up to three nominations per the following categories: Executive Suite, Mentors, Rising Stars and Innovators. The nomination form defined these as: Executive Suite—Candidates are women who hold the positions of president, CEO, CFO, CMO, CIO or COO that guide their companies forward, inspire leadership among their teams and peers and achieve high performance. Mentors—Candidates are women who are team builders, developers of talent, who via example or education successfully influence others to grow in their business or professional acumen. Rising Stars—Candidates are women who are “up-and-comers” in their careers and within their companies or arenas; sharp talents who are on their way toward higher levels of responsibility and influence. Innovators—Candidates are women who have initiated new product developments or special programs in the arena of marketing, technology or retail, who have spearheaded innovative business ideas or enterprises.

The “Influential Women” process is not designed to be a vote or a ranking. Nearly 200 nominations were reviewed and categorized by Vision Monday’s editors. The “Chosen Because…” selections are drawn from the nominations submitted for each candidate. Honorees are organized alphabetically by category.