Reflecting on 2023 feels like being in a dynamic arena where ten remarkable women leaders have reshaped the game. In this landscape, success isn’t just about hitting milestones; it’s about rewriting the narrative and proving that the future belongs to those unafraid to reimagine it. These women, whether in boardrooms or at the helm of organizations, aren’t merely breaking glass ceilings; they’re constructing pathways for others to follow.
So, fasten your seat belts for a journey through the stories of these phenomenal women, as they redefine benchmarks and inspire us all to aim higher. Let’s dive into the dynamic and inspiring world of the top 10 women leaders who conquered the year 2023!
Angel Brinks is not just a fashion designer; she’s a style virtuoso whose name graces the wardrobes of A-list celebrities like Cardi B, Meg The Stallion, Mary J Blige, and Jessie J. With a career spanning over two thrilling decades, she’s established herself as a trailblazer in the industry, setting trends that others can only follow.
Her journey to fashion fame was catapulted by her appearance on VH1’s “Basketball Wives LA,” where her distinct, glamorous style caught the world’s attention. From there, she launched her own label, “Angel Brinks Fashion,” and it skyrocketed to global recognition thanks to its daring, sexy, and innovative designs.
What sets Angel Brinks apart is not just her talent but also her philanthropic spirit and commitment to empowering women through fashion. Her creations have graced prestigious red carpets and stages worldwide, making her an undisputed fashion icon. Angel Brinks is the embodiment of fashion excellence, dressing the stars and leaving a shimmering legacy for generations to come.
Lauren Lucas and Jennifer Kessel-White
Lauren Lucas and Jennifer Kessel-White co-own LKW Home Team, a prominent real estate team within Keller Williams Classic Properties in Columbus, Ohio. Established in 2019, their team has rapidly gained recognition, becoming a top producer in both Central Ohio and nationally. They’ve received several honors, including the 2021 Realtors to Watch in the US and Canada, and have been featured in Real Producers Magazine and 614 Magazine.
The duo’s success stems from their client-focused approach, valuing relationships over transactions. This philosophy has yielded over 75% of their business from repeat clients and referrals, reflecting their trusted reputation and strong community ties. Lucas and Kessel-White are more than real estate agents; they are advisors and facilitators, committed to providing expert guidance and exceptional service to their clients.
With a remarkable career spanning 16 years and over a billion dollars in real estate sold, Heather Hadden is a force to be reckoned with in Toronto’s real estate scene. Ranked in the top 0.1% of Toronto realtors, Heather’s expertise extends far beyond the numbers, with a wealth of experience totaling over 20,000 hours. As the Team Leader at Hadden Homes, Heather’s journey to real estate success wasn’t a conventional one. Initially a teacher, she pivoted to the world of listings, drawing inspiration from her sister’s successful real estate career. Heather’s ability to connect with people, honed through her sociology studies at Queen’s University, has been a driving force in her business.
Reflecting on her transition, Heather notes, “Best decision of my life. I found I LOVED connecting with people, and nothing compared to the high excitement of helping them find their perfect home.”Beyond her professional achievements, Heather has navigated various personal milestones, including marriage, the birth of her daughter, divorce, and multiple relocations. These life experiences have contributed to her empathetic approach to real estate, understanding the challenges clients face in moments of transition.”I knew how hard these transitions had been for me. Whether it was buying a first home, needing to upsize, needing to downsize, retiring parents, I’ve been there,” Heather shares. “Over the past 16 years, my team and I have been through every situation under the sun, and are equipped to make this transition as easy as possible for you.
Heather’s extensive knowledge of the city and housing market, coupled with her proven sales prowess, places Hadden Homes in the top 0.1% of agents in the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Their listings boast an impressive average of just 11.5 days on the market, selling for 105% of the list price. Proudly leading Hadden Homes, Heather has developed the Hadden Homes Method, designed to eliminate the stress and chaos of the sale, ensuring a seamless and easy process for clients. Beyond the numbers, Heather’s passion lies in helping other agents build businesses they love including her recently launched 7-Figure Agent Accelerator course, making her an influential figure in Toronto’s real estate community.
Carrie Anne Yu
Carrie Anne Yu, the “Millionaire Mentor,” has revolutionized personal and professional development globally. Training over 18,000 individuals, including 21 millionaires, and transforming a debt-laden firm into a multi-million-dollar success, she embodies resilience. Her methods spark transformations, from 10X income increases to helping long-term singles find their desired relationships. A thought leader in women’s wealth empowerment and a member of the Forbes Council, Carrie Anne shares insights on business and unlocking human potential. Her mission is to help women worldwide attain financial independence. Honored with the Education 2.0 Conference Outstanding Leadership Award in Dubai, she has also made significant impacts in homeless charities and aspires to do more. A successful author and GuangDong TV guest, Carrie Anne’s story is a testament to the extraordinary transformations achievable after unlocking human full potential.
Gin Cooley is a modern American renaissance woman—a scholar, psychotherapist, composer, and former international runway model. Despite humble beginnings in rural Tennessee, she excelled academically, becoming a high fashion model before pursuing a Master of Science in Education from The University of Tennessee. She’s now an accomplished international psychotherapist and doctoral candidate of Applied Psychology.
Cooley has secured a global therapeutic outreach spanning North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Over the past five years, she has been actively involved in combating the opioid crisis in her home state of Tennessee. She has played a crucial role by working with medically assisted treatment facilities, and the Department of Corrections and developing an intensive outpatient program (IOP) to serve rural communities. Her efforts have made a significant impact in providing much-needed care to those affected by the opioid epidemic, where proper resources are often scarce or inaccessible.
Danielle Wheeler stands out as a beacon of inspiration in the digital realm. As the visionary behind Wheeler Marketing Agency (WMA), she has carved a niche since its 2019 launch. Unlike many, Danielle’s focus isn’t just on expanding followers but on cultivating the right kind of followers. She champions the cause of organic growth, placing genuine engagement and authenticity above mere metrics. This unique approach has seen WMA navigate diverse sectors, from fintech to fine arts, with unparalleled success. Under her guidance, brands experience not just growth but a thriving online presence.
As 2024 looms on the horizon, Danielle and her dedicated team at WMA are gearing up for the challenges ahead. They firmly believe that genuine engagement will be the linchpin for brands vying for a stronghold in the fiercely competitive social media space. With Danielle at the helm, WMA is the ideal ally for this digital journey.
Farrah Smith is a certified life coach, speaker, and author committed to transformation and empowerment. Her coaching focuses on helping individuals conquer adversity, nurture inner confidence, and lead purposeful lives. With a deep belief in knowledge as a catalyst for change, Farrah’s coaching seamlessly integrates positive psychology, neuroscience, and healthy habits to unlock one’s potential. Her innovative approach to achieving peak wellness and success has graced esteemed global platforms such as Entrepreneur and Forbes. Her outstanding contributions have garnered recognition, including Yahoo Finance’s acknowledgment as a Top 10 Life Coach in 2021 and Brainz Magazine’s tribute as one of 7 Female Entrepreneurs Changing the World in 2022. Farrah Smith is a trailblazer, guiding individuals on a transformative journey where knowledge, mindset, and high-performance habits converge to help you live your best life.
Maria-Katharina Richters, known as “The Art Alchemist,” is the Founder of Art of You, a visionary enterprise encompassing coaching services for artists, specialized programs, art therapy, and the transformative magic of art alchemy. A qualified Art Therapist and a Mindvalley Certified Business Coach since 2017, Maria is revolutionizing the transformation industry by infusing the power of art into her methods.
As the podcast host of the “Born to Create Podcast,” Maria inspires a deeper connection to one’s inner artist and explores the profound relationship between individuals and their creativity. Through insightful interviews with artists, she facilitates a broader understanding of the world’s creative energies, making creativity accessible and inspiring for all.
Through her groundbreaking approach and the Awakened Artist Academy, Maria empowers businesses, artists, and individuals on their healing journeys. With a range of coaching tiers, from low-cost entry options to high-ticket offers, she’s making transformation inclusive. Maria is on the cusp of launching “Unleashed,” an app set to redefine personal and professional development. Maria-Katharina Richters is at the forefront of a creative revolution, bringing the art of self-discovery and transformation to a broader audience, making it a more inclusive and magical journey for all.
In the bustling heart of innovation and entrepreneurship, Aelia Kos is a modern mystic and entrepreneur with transformative thinking, blending business, spirituality, and science in unprecedented ways. In her sphere, business transcends profit, emerging as a potent conduit for benevolence.
From humble beginnings, Aelia’s journey is one of resilience, tenacity, and an unwavering faith in human potential. Her prowess was first shone on the global stage in Brazil at the Olympic Games, continuing with the World Economic Forum and NY Fashion Week, but it was her personal odyssey that truly sculpted her path.
Aelia stands as a titan in the realm of personal development as the visionary behind Mindful Experience GmbH. This Swiss phenomenon is dedicated to orchestrating the most extravagant, heart-blowing experiences for the most beautiful, real, and influential individuals, aligning their lives with their deeper purpose.
Now, she’s weaving a new narrative with the “Universe of Aelia Kos,” a space of rest, beauty, and expansion. This virtual sanctuary is designed for well-accomplished individuals to connect deeper with themselves, be among equals, and unlock their next steps in harmony with their souls and the greater good. For more information, you can follow her on Linked In, Facebook, or Instagram or contact her at aeliakos.com
In addition to her academic achievements, she also has a successful track record as a CEO, having full ownership of and operating her own ABA agency. This experience has honed her skills in behavioral analysis, allowing her to personalize her real estate goals and make informed decisions that align with your unique needs.
Specializing in residential, commercial, and international properties, Griseth is dedicated to helping you find the perfect home or investment opportunity. With a commitment to professionalism, integrity, and attention to detail, she strives to provide exceptional service and delivers outstanding results.
Work together to navigate the dynamic real estate market in La Jolla and beyond. Contact her today, and discuss how she can assist you in achieving your real estate goals with confidence and success.
And there you have it, the fantastic stories of these ten incredible women leaders who owned 2023! Picture it like a blockbuster movie where they weren’t just leading; they were rewriting the script and turning challenges into triumphs.
As we wave goodbye to 2023, let’s tip our hats to these trailblazers who showed us that leadership is not just about titles; it’s about making waves and bringing everyone along for the ride. Here’s to a future where everyone, regardless of gender, can lead with courage, sprinkle a bit of innovation, and leave their mark on the world. Hats off to the unstoppable women who made 2023 truly unforgettable!