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According to Forbes, Angela Braly has been WellPoint President and Chief Executive Officer and a director since June 2007. Braly’s earnings increased a whopping 51 percent from 2008 in 2009 to total $13.1 million, notes FierceHealthPayer. WellPoint was just recognized in the 2011 NAFE Top 50 Companies and 10 Nonprofits for Executive Women by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE). According to this press release:

With 76.7 percent female associates (and approximately a third of female corporate executives), WellPoint continues to build on its reputation as an organization where professional women can lead successful careers and reach the highest levels of management.

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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