ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — The Top 50 (Legendary figures)

Perhaps it’s a result of the pandemic, but the state is losing a number of highly influential and impactful female leaders to retirement this year. We’re confident they will remain power players, however, joining a group of other recently retired females who still pack a punch. Here’s a look at 10 women who are either retiring — or who have retired — who have been worthy of a spot in such a Top 10 throughout their careers.

Linda Bowden
PNC Bank
The outgoing leader of the New Jersey market has set an example of balancing strong work and strong advocacy for business community and the state.

Charlene Brown
Many feel the recently retired executive set a high standard for government affairs work in Trenton.

Ruthi Byrne
Zinn Graves & Field
Remains one of the state’s top networkers — and top connectors. Any business or government leader would race to take her call.

Susan Cole
Montclair State University
Outgoing president has done as much for her school as any New Jersey president has ever done. An amazing legacy.

Debra DiLorenzo
Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey
Recently retired CEO remains a power player and an influencer in all things Atlantic City and South Jersey.

Jaynee LaVecchia
N.J. Supreme Court
A role model for the next generation of female judges on all courts in the state.

Denise Morrison
Campbell Soup Co.
Former CEO is still active in the business community and has proven to be a go-to source of information for Gov. Phil Murphy during the pandemic.

Hetty Rosenstein
CWA New Jersey
Retires as one of the most powerful union leaders in the history of New Jersey — a state with a history of powerful union leaders.

Shirley Tilghman
Princeton University
A thought leader on almost every issue, she has become a confidant of Murphy’s, co-chairing his Restart and Recovery Commission.

Loretta Weinberg
State Senate
Soon-to-be-retiring Democratic state senator set the standard. She advocated for everyone and backed down from no one, including her own party.