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Marissa Mayer first joined Google in 1999 as Google’s first female engineer. As VP of Consumer Products, Mayer acts as a gatekeeper for the product release process, deciding when or whether a particular Google product is ready to be released to users. In meetings with subordinates, livemint.com notes that Mayer comes across as very meticulous, reasoning that with so many new recruits, someone has to teach them how Google does things. She refuses to be stereotyped, saying:

I think it’s very comforting for people to put me in a box. ‘Oh, she’s a fluffy girlie girl who likes clothes and cupcakes. Oh, but wait, she is spending her weekends doing hardware electronics.’

With only about 15 of the Fortune 500 companies being led by female executives and some 25 percent of all U.S. CEO positions held by women, the members of these small groups receive a high level of scrutiny. But women may end up having the upper hand. As IT Business Edge blogger Don Tennant writes:

Attributes such as caring, nurturing, compassion, vulnerability and transparency, which tend to be manifested in women more inherently than in men … stand to be much more highly valued in the workplace …

How do these powerful women climb the corporate ladder? What skills and strategies have they employed during their careers and as chief executives? And are they actively pursuing mentoring and development opportunities to assist those following in their footsteps? This slideshow highlights nine female executives to keep your eye on.

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