Women & Power Issue

Top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts

The Globe Magazine and The Commonwealth Institute partnered to create a list of female-run, for-profit companies with the biggest revenue in 2012.

They build homes, sell bagels, research drugs, and make plastics. The state’s female-run companies are diverse and thriving. Since 2002, The Commonwealth Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit devoted to aiding women in business, has compiled an annual list of those for-profit companies with the biggest revenues. This year for the first time, the Globe Magazine is partnering with the institute to publish the list, based on 2012 revenue, which in some cases is estimated. “Each of the women on our Top 100 list,” says the nonprofit’s executive director, Aileen Gorman, “has made a significant impact on the Commonwealth’s economy and has established herself as a visionary leader of a successful company.”

Other table: Honorable mentions

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CompanyLocationBusiness Type2012 Revenue (millions)Leader
1The TJX Cos.Framinghamretail$23,200.0Carol Meyrowitz, CEO
2Philips HealthcareAndoverhealth care$13,000.0Deborah DiSanzo, CEO and executive vice president
3BJ's Wholesale ClubWestboroughretail$12,710.0Laura Sen, president and CEO
4Arnold Worldwide, BostonBostonadvertising$1,900.0 Pam Hamlin, managing partner/president
5Houghton Mifflin HarcourtBostonpublishing$1,286.0Linda Zecher, president, CEO, and director
6Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and DorrBostonlaw$1,076.0Susan Murley, co-managing partner
7Goodwin ProcterBostonlaw$715.5Regina Pisa, chairwoman and partner
8Continental ResourcesBedfordIT services$401.9Mary Nardella, CEO
9DigitasLBiBostonadvertising$400.0Barbara Goose, regional president, Boston/Detroit
10Copyright Clearance CenterDanverscopyright licensing$255.6Tracey Armstrong, president and CEO
11Constant ContactWalthammarketing$252.2Gail F. Goodman, CEO
12Atlas TravelMilfordtravel services$220.6Elaine Osgood, president and CEO
13Axcelis TechnologiesBeverlytechnology$203.4Mary G. Puma, chairwoman and CEO
14Hill HollidayBostonadvertising$184.0Karen Kaplan, president and CEO
15Granite City Electric Supply Co.Quincyretail/wholesale$111.0Phyllis Papani Godwin, CEO
16Edgewater TechnologyWakefieldIT services$100.9Shirley Singleton, chairwoman, president, and CEO
17The Princeton ReviewFraminghameducation$100.0Deborah Ellinger, CEO
18Millennium Partners Sports Club ManagementBostonfitness$97.8Smaiyra M. Million, CEO
19Onyx Specialty PapersSouth Leemanufacturing$80.0Patricia Begrowicz, president and owner
20CommunispaceBostonmarketing$75.0Diane Hessan, president and CEO
21Avedis Zildjian Co.Norwellmanufacturing$72.1Craigie Zildjian, CEO
22The Training AssociatesWestboroughstaffing$71.2Maria Melfa, president
23Eastern Insurance GroupNatickinsurance$58.0Hope Aldrich, president and CEO
24Atlantic Charter Insurance Co.Bostoninsurance$53.2Linda J. Sallop, president and CEO
25AdTech SystemsSudburytechnology$51.0Elizabeth Ann Gormley, president and founder
26E.T. & L. Corp.Stowconstruction$49.0Jennie Lee Colosi, president and treasurer
27Infinity PharmaceuticalsCambridgebiotechnology$47.1Adelene Perkins, chairwoman, president, and CEO
28PI WorldwideWellesleyconsulting$46.0Nancy J. Martini, president and CEO
29Candlewick PressSomervillepublishing$40.4Karen Lotz, president and publisher
30P3IHopkintonengineering$37.4Janice P. Guy, president and CEO
31Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & AbbottBostonarchitecture$35.0Carole C. Wedge, president
32New England Office SupplyBraintreeretail$30.2Indira Patel, president and CEO
33Eliza Corp.Danvershealth care$29.0Alexandra Drane, chairwoman, CVO, and cofounder
34Plastic Packaging Corp.West Springfieldmanufacturing$29.0Susan Weiss Firestone, president
35Travel LeadersFraminghamtravel management$29.0Diane Mullahy, president and owner
36Next Generation Children's CentersSudburyeducation$28.0Donna Kelleher, president, CEO, and founder
37VecnaCambridgehealth care$28.0Deborah Theobald, chairwoman and CEO
38Overture PartnersNewtonstaffing$27.7Diana Crowell, CEO
39John Galt StaffingBurlingtonstaffing$27.6Kirstin Siemering, president
40Hollister StaffingBostonstaffing$27.0Kip Hollister, CEO and founder
41Radius Financial GroupNorwellmortgage banking$24.4Sarah Valentini, president
42United Personnel ServicesSpringfieldstaffing$22.9Mary Ellen Scott, CEO, and Patricia Canavan, president
43New Bedford Medical AssociatesDartmouthhealth care$21.0Jane Zychowicz, CFO and COO
44KNF&T Staffing ResourcesBostonstaffing$19.3Elizabeth A. Tucker, president and CEO
45SJB Bagel Makers of Boston/Finagle a BagelNewtonfood$19.0Laura B. Trust, president
46KHJ Brand ActivationBostonmarketing$18.8Judy A. Habib, president and CEO
47Late July Organic SnacksBarnstablefood$18.6Nicole Bernard Dawes, CEO and cofounder
48Lancaster PackagingHudsonretail$16.3Marianne Lancaster, president and CEO
49Solidus Technical SolutionsLeominstercomputing$16.0Darlene Tucker, president and CEO
50Chadwick Martin BaileyBostonconsulting$14.7Anne Bailey Berman, president and CEO
51HouseWorksNewtonhealth care$14.3Andrea Cohen, CEO and cofounder
52XpertTechWoburnconsulting$13.0Mayuri Janapareddy, president and founder
53Boston Common Asset ManagementBostonfinancial services$12.4Geeta B. Aiyer, president and founder
54The Catered AffairHinghamfood$12.0Holly P. Safford, president
55Front LineHopedaleconstruction$12.0Nancy Salter, president
56Prism Energy ServicesQuincyconsulting$11.6Wendy Simmons, president and owner
57F.H. Perry BuilderHopkintonconstruction$11.5Allison P. Iantosca, partner
58Nitsch EngineeringBostonengineering$11.4Lisa A. Brothers, president and CEO
59Wellesley Investment AdvisorsWellesleyfinancial services$11.3Darlene M. Murphy, president and cofounder
60State Cleaning ServiceNeedhamcleaning services$11.0Jennifer G. Lourie, president and CEO
61TRU Corp.Peabodymanufacturing$10.8Linda Moulton, CEO
62Boston Biomedical AssociatesNorthboroughconsulting$10.6Lauren Baker, president and owner
63Cambridge BiomarketingCambridgecommunications$10.0Maureen Franco, partner and CEO
64Long Term SolutionsNatickhealth care$10.0Noreen Guanci, CEO and cofounder
65R&L AssociatesBeverlystaffing$10.0Fran Dichner, president and CEO
66Blitz MediaWalthamcommunications$9.9Melissa Lea, president and CEO
67D&R ProductsHudsonmanufacturing$9.7Cece Newman, CEO
68East Coast Petroleum Corp.Stoughtonenergy$8.8Loretta T. DeGrazia, president and CEO
69Harmony Healthcare InternationalTopsfieldconsulting$8.5Kris Mastrangelo, president and owner
70Prellwitz Chilinski AssociatesCambridgearchitecture$8.5Wendy Prellwitz, director and cofounder
71LPM FranchisesMaynardfood$8.4Laurie J. Watson, president and CEO
72The Resource ConnectionMiddletonstaffing$8.3Janet Santa Anna, president, CEO, and founder
73Be Our GuestBostonevents$8.2Simone R. Williamson, president and CEO
74MicroTekChicopeemanufacturing$8.2Anne Paradis, CEO
75Longfellow Investment Management Co.Bostonfinancial services$8.1Barbara J. McKenna, president
76CRC Co.Quincyconstruction$8.0Carolyn Cashman, president
77ICON ArchitectureBostonarchitecture$7.7Nancy Ludwig, president
78Cambridge BiomedicalBostonresearch$7.6Barbara Osband, president and CEO
79Barrett Sotheby's International RealtyConcordreal estate$7.4Laurie E. Cadigan, CEO and owner
80Keyes North AtlanticNewtonconstruction$7.3Susan M. Keyes, president and CEO
81PeopleSERVEChestnut Hillstaffing$7.2Linda Moraski, president and CEO
82Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. Real EstateWellesleyreal estate$6.9Debi Benoit, Amy Mizner, and Sheryl Simon, principals
83Satuit TechnologiesBraintreetechnology$6.8Karen Maguire, president and CEO
84Sapers & WallackNewtonfinancial services$6.8Aviva Sapers, president and CEO
85Tantara Corp.Worcesterconstruction$6.5Dawn Dearborn, president and CEO
86HeyWireCambridgetechnology$6.2Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO and founder
87Metro Equipment Corp.Bostonconstruction$6.1Ann M. Sullivan, president and CEO
88Mom Central ConsultingNewtonmarketing$6.0Stacy DeBroff, CEO and founder
89Debra's Natural GourmetConcordretail$5.9Debra Stark, CEO and owner
90KDSA ConsultingMethuenconsulting$5.7Dawn M. Mortimer, principal and cofounder
91Sylvia and Co. Insurance AgencyDartmouthinsurance$5.4Maureen Sylvia Armstrong, president and CEO
92360 Public RelationsBostoncommunications$4.8Laura Tomasetti, CEO
93Commonwealth Psychology AssociatesBostonhealth care$4.7Andrea Piatt, president and CEO
94InkHouseWalthampublic relations$4.7Meg O'Leary and Beth Monaghan, principals
95Solomon McCown & Co.Bostonpublic relations$4.7Helene Solomon, CEO, and Ashley McCown, president
96Schwartz HannumAndoverlaw$4.7Sara Goldsmith Schwartz, president and owner
97Fennick McCredie ArchitectureBostonarchitecture$4.3Deborah Fennick, design principal and cofounder
98Ciclismo ClassicoArlingtontravel$4.2Lauren Hefferon, director and founder
99Hopple PoppleNewtonevents$4.1Linda Matzkin, president and founder
100ROI SolutionsCambridgetechnology$4.0Gina M. VanderLoop, president and CEO