Top Female CEOs of the 2012 Inc. 500

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Kathy Mills, Founder and CEO

Strategic Communications
Louisville, Ky.

No. 43
2011 Revenue: $45.4 million
Three-Year Growth: 5,186%

Kathy Mills’ company, which ranked No. 608 on 2011’s Inc. 5000 list, provides voice, video, and data solutions to federal, state, and local municipalities. Mills and her seven siblings have always had strong entrepreneurial spirits. As children they all sold candy to earn money. Now, all seven own their own businesses. Mills started Strategic Communications in 1994 and focuses on hiring and empowering passionate employees. "If you’re really passionate about what you do, you’re going to be successful," Mills says.