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Indra Nooyi has been PepsiCo’s Chief Executive Officer since 2006 and Chairman of PepsiCo’s Board of Directors since 2007, reports Forbes. Before becoming CEO, she served as Chief Financial Officer since 2000. Nooyi has criticized corporate leaders for not trying hard enough to increase the number of women in upper management. Pepsi has introduced extensive "inclusion" training for management to help retain minority and female employees. The Wall Street Journal quotes Nooyi as saying, "We [were] not tapping the full potential of women and minorities.''

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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