By Dan Shea
You Can’t Be What You Can’t See
C200 traces its roots back to 1982, when a group
of powerful and influential women business leaders
gathered for the purpose of raising funds for the
National Association of Women Business Owners.
The women ended up raising over $200,000 for the
NAWBO, but they had also discovered a new vision:
To establish a national network of high-ranking
women leaders designed around supporting one
another and changing the face of business. Thus,
C200 was born.
C200 now boasts over 500 members, represent-
ing some of the most successful female entrepre-
neurs and largest businesses in the world, including
Deloitte, Campbell Soup Co., Home Depot and IBM.
Combined, C200’s member companies generate an
astounding $1.4 trillion in revenue. Membership
in the organization is by invitation only. A potential
member can be nominated under three categories,
each with a number of high-level qualifications:
• A Corporate Candidate is responsible for the
operations and P&L of a for-profit company (or
a subsidiary/division) that generates annual
revenues of at least $250 million.
• A candidate running a privately-held company is
responsible for the full P&L of the parent company or subsidiary/division generating annual
revenues of at least $75 Million (such as CEO,
COO, General Manager, Operating President).
• An Entrepreneur Candidate is a for-profit company founder and/or a majority or controlling
owner responsible for the P&L of a company that
generates annual revenues of at least $20 million.
We spoke with Mona Buckley about her past as
an association executive, her present excitement
about being chosen to lead this influential organization and her future plans for advancing C200 and
the women it represents.
FORUM: What about C200 drew you
to the organization?
The opportunity to work with very smart, successful women committed to the mission of “success
shared”—and their ability to make an impact in
that regard based on their leadership positions
in the business world. I earned a Certificate in
Women's Studies in my undergraduate program
and spent both personal and professional time on
'equality and parity' matters during my tenures at
bar associations. It’s a personal passion—hence my
involvement in the Women's Executive Forum Planning Committee.
n September 5, Mona Buckley assumed the role
of Executive Director of C200, a preeminent global
organization for women business leaders. Buckley
comes to the organization after serving as CEO of the Professional
Insurance Marketing Association for 12 years, her third CEO gig and
her fifth association. She is a highly respected and recognized leader
in the association and non-profit industry and serves on Association
Forum’s Women’s Executive Forum Planning Committee and Content
A Conversation with Mona Buckley