Press Release: Allison O’Kelly Named to 40 Women to Watch Over 40

NEW YORK, NY July 8, 2015 –

 The 3rd Annual 40 Women To Watch Over 40 List Gives Visibility to a Surprising Source of Innovation

Innovation gets better with age. Now there is a list that serves to recognize women who bring this truth to life. This year’s honorees bring to life the mission of  40 Women To Watch Over 40. Now in it’s 3rd year, the list celebrates the achievements of women over 40 who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Christina Vuleta, brand innovator and founder of a cross-generational mentoring network and Whitney Johnson, former Wall Street equity analyst and author of Disrupt Yourself:  Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, founded the list to challenge age stereotypes and raise awareness that “over forty” is in fact when many women come into their most productive era.

When it comes to disruption, the typical image is an under 30-year-old startup entrepreneur. Yet research finds that Nobel Prize winners’ age around a significant breakthrough is about 38 (and not recognized until they’re 60) and another posits that a lifetime of learning leads to greater breakthroughs between ages 55-65. Data from the Kauffmann Foundation bears this out as findings indicate people over 55 are almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34.

Vuleta and Johnson want to change that perception. The list aims to inspire 40+ disruptors to continue to reinvent while showing women in their 20s and 30s new possibilities.

The winners, ranging in age from 40 to 70s, were selected based on a rigorous application and judging process that evaluated three criteria:

  • Impact: Are they creating growth or making an impact in their field of work, community and beyond?
  • Role Model: Is this person a positive role model, through mentoring, leading by example, innovating around work/ life issues or promoting women for leadership, whether in business, boardrooms or through building diverse communities?
  • Reinvention / Momentum: Are they engaged in personal disruption, taking on new challenges and harnessing the power of their experiences?

The honorees come from a variety of industries including the arts, healthcare, sports, science, media, business and tech. Some are recognizable names and some less known, but all have more in front of them than behind them.

Their impact ranges from Laura Gentile — founder and vice president of espnW who is creating support for female sports through innovative coverage and mentorship – to Lisa Congdon who changed careers in her 30s to become a successful artist and has since built a platform to help others build their careers as artists.

The full list of winners is listed below.

The rigorous vetting process includes the participation of a judging panel that spans generations, gender and industry including: Saul Kaplan, Founder of the Business Innovation Factory, Andrea Sullivan, CMO of Interbrand, Tim Brunk, Co-Founder and CEO of USERcycle and Tammy TIbbetts, Founder of She’s The First.

The host committee is also diverse with both 20-somethings and 40-sometings. Molly Ford, head of brand marketing at Venmo and founder of and Stephanie Florence, Sr, Account Executive, Edelman PR and editor 40:20 Vision bring a millennial perspective. Completing the team is 40-something Canadian strategy and management consultant Catherine Saul.

For more information on 40 Women To Watch Over 40, please contact Christina Vuleta or Whitney Johnson at or follow us on Twitter @Fortyover40.


2015 Honorees: 40 Women to Watch Over 40

  1. Allison O’Kelly, CEO MomCorps
  2. Ari Horie, CEO, Founder, Women’s Start Up Lab
  3. Becky Robinson, Founder, Weaving Influence
  4. Betsy Beers, Producer, Shondaland
  5. Caitlin McCarthy, Screenwriter, DES Activist, Inner City Public HS Teacher
  6. Charlene Li, Founder, CEO, Altimeter Group
  7. Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
  8. Christine Garde, Founder & CEO, CouldYou?
  9. Christine Osekoski, EVP Marketing, Katz Media Group
  10. Diana Verde Nieto, Founder, Positive Luxury
  11. Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute
  12. Diane Tuft, Photographer, Global Warming Activist
  13. Didem Gurcuoglu Tekay, Managing Partner, Management Centre Turkey (MCT)
  14. Jane Condon, Comedian
  15. Jeannette Hill, Founder, Spot On Sciences
  16. Jennifer Jako, Principal, fix studio, Creative Director, AIDS activist
  17. Joan Fallon, Founder and CEO, Curemark
  18. Laura Gentile, ESPN / Vice President / espnW / Women in Sports
  19. Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor Global
  20. Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist, Illustrator and Author
  21. Lisa Joy Rosner, CMO, Neustar Inc
  22. Lisa Sepulveda, President, Global Client Management, Edelman
  23. Margaret “Digit” Murphy, Co-founder, Play It Forward Sport Foundation
  24. Margit Detweiler, CEO Gyrate Media; Founder and Editor-in-Chief,
  25. Melissa Goidel, Chief Revenue Officer, Refinery29
  26. Nan Forte, Chief Product & Content Officer, LivingHealthy
  27. Nely Galan, Founder, The Adelante Movement and Founder, Galan Entertainment
  28. Nilofer Merchant, The Jane Bond of Innovation
  29. Paula Froelich, Yahoo Travel Editor-in-Chief/Digital Media
  30. Ruthe A. Farmer, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Director, K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)
  31. Sarah Gormley, CMO, Girl Scouts of USA
  32. Sheila Roche, Creative & Communications Officer, (RED)
  33. Sheryl WuDunn, Partner, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, Pulitzer Prize winner, Half the Sky
  34. Susan Cain, Co-founder and Chief Revolutionary, Quiet Revolution; Author, QUIET, The Power of Introverts
  35. Susan Danziger, Founder and CEO, Ziggeo
  36. Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Founder and CEO, BUILD
  37. Taryn Rose, Founder, DRESR
  38. Tereza Nemessanyi, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Microsoft
  39. Tina Fordham, Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citigroup
  40. Tori Lyon, Executive Director, Jericho Project

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