Top Female CEOs of the 2012 Inc. 500

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Jessica Herrin, Founder and CEO

Stella & Dot
San Bruno, Calif.

No. 60
2011 Revenue: $175.3 million
Three-Year Growth: 4,315%

Jessica Herrin’s company, which ranked No. 67 on 2010's Inc. 5000 list, sells jewelry through its commission-earning stylists. Herrin founded Stella & Dot in 2004, wanting to reinvent flexible entrepreneurship for the modern woman. The female entrepreneurs she recruits motivate her. "They are tenacious and bold and joyful and they are driven to create the lives they want for themselves," Herrin says, "and they use [Stella & Dot] as the means to get it."