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Carol Bartz has served as Yahoo Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors since January 2009. Before joining Yahoo, she held positions at Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation and 3M Corporation. While Bartz is well-known for her brash style, Esquire quotes her as saying: “I have a big thing about eye contact and touching. When I'm with you in the moment, I'm with you, not over there.” Editor's Note: In September 2011, Bartz was fired as Yahoo CEO and stepped down from the company's board.

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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