Working for a certified women-owned small business, it’s always inspiring to see other women succeeding and blazing trails forward in their industry. Corie Barry, is one of those women who begins her new job as CEO of Minnesota-based Best Buy this month.
Barry is not only making headlines for taking over a major company, but for also being the youngest female CEO in a Fortune 100 company. At 44 years old, it’s exciting to see her success and candid attitude about work-life balance. She is a parent to two young children and also is the caregiver for her grandmother.
“I think, from the outside, an employee might look and say it's all figured out she has people driving her kids to work or she has tutors and nannies. We have none of that. They get on the bus with everyone else,” Barry said in an interview with KARE 11. “I wanted to be as genuine as we could about the challenges we face about how hard it is to make some of the trade-off decisions and just let every parent, whether it's a mom or dad, let them all know it's not always clean it's sometimes messy and that's ok.”
According to a CNN story from April when Best Buy announced Barry would be their new CEO, women represent just 5.2 percent of all S&P Fortune 500 companies.
That’s why when we see women like Barry rise to the top, it’s newsworthy, and the business world and media stop to take notice. They want to hear about her leadership style and what it means to be a woman in this role.
And while it’s important to celebrate female entrepreneurs, leaders, elected officials, CEOs and boss women who work their way to the top, what Barry and most women leaders will point out is that at the end of the day, what matters most is results.
“I carry a lot of responsibility in that role, and I love that I also maybe can set an example as a woman or set an example as someone who is younger than average, but that is not the priority. The priority is to be the best possible CEO of this amazing company,” Barry said.
So way to go Corie Barry, and to all the women out there leading the way in their industries!
You can see more about her in a recent KARE 11 story with Julie Nelson here.