Women We Admire is pleased to announce the Top 50 Women CEOs of 2022. With women leading just 4.8% of the world’s largest businesses on the Global 500, it is more important than ever to highlight the career achievements of women who fill the role of CEO. This year’s awardees are committed to making profound changes within their organizations. They are equally driven by both a sense of purpose and achieving business results. They integrate courage, agility, risk-taking, resilience, and managing ambiguity, all contributing to their personal and professional success today.
Among this year’s awardees is Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy, who took on the role in 2019 and is admired by her team for her combination of technical skills, great human leadership capabilities, and humanity. Awardee Lisa Su, President and CEO of AMD, is the first woman to run a Fortune 500 semiconductor company and is credited with expanding the market for the company’s chips beyond PCs to game consoles and embedded devices. Also awarded is Gina Drosos, Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers, who is at the forefront of innovating mass market e-commerce retail, while globalizing and reinventing product categories, increasing sales and profits of brands recognized worldwide.
This year’s awardees are leading change within the business world. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the Top 50 Women CEOs of 2022.
49. Michelle Mongeon Allen
CEO, JLG Architects.
Michelle Mongeon Allen is the CEO of JLG Architects, a 100% employee-owned architecture firm that is one of Inc. Magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work in America and MSN Money’s 50 Most Admired Companies in the U.S. Past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and one of Prairie Business Magazine’s Outstanding Woman Executives, Allen led JLG’s operations from a one-office, 15-person North Dakota architecture studio to that of a national design firm with over 100 employees in 12 markets. One of Allen’s first major points of impact was to expand JLG into Minnesota – opening the firm’s second location in Minneapolis – and to grow the company onto the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s Top 25 Architecture Firms list. She became a partner in 2004 and COO in 2007 and, under her guidance, transitioned ownership to the employees in 2014 so as to make JLG a legacy company.
Known for her commitment to elevating the next generation of architects, Allen has been a leader within the Minnesota Chapter of the AIA, including positions of Co-Chair of the Council of Firms, Chair of the Annual Conference on Architecture, and the aforementioned President, as well as at North Dakota State University (NDSU), where she serves as Past Chair of the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Advisory Board. She is a guest lecturer at NDSU and a presenter at AIA, PSMJ, and other industry conferences, and was the State Coordinator for AIA North Dakota’s Intern Development Program from 1997 to 2002.