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According to Forbes, Ursula Burns was named to the position of Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2009. She is the first African-American woman named CEO of a major corporation. Employees consider her “open, grounded, and down-to-earth,” according to Toolbox.com. She is also admired for “her deep industry knowledge and technical prowess, as well as her frankness, sharp humor, and willingness to take risks.”

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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