Inside the Women’s Impact Report

In Variety‘s 10th annual spotlight on the industry’s femme movers and shakers, we examine how the accomplishments of these individuals have reverberated beyond their own spheres of influence and illustrate why we consider them at the top their game.

Despite operating largely in a man’s world, it’s remarkable that the majority of subjects profiled in our 10th annual Women’s Impact Report cite their mothers as their principal role models.

“As corny as it may sound,” prefaced Lifetime topper Andrea Wong in crediting not just her mom but both parents as having instilled in her “incredible values and integrity,” Wong is not alone.

Starbucks Entertainment’s Nikkole Denson says she was raised by a single mother who inspired her “to be that person who just doesn’t quit.”

It’s that unflagging resolve that has no doubt propelled many of these women to where they are today.

Political guru Arianna Huffington, whose mom “stood up to the Nazis” and “her philandering husband,” inherited the confidence to speak her mind, one of the topics she addresses in her latest book, “On Becoming Fearless… In Love, Work, and Life.”

“We women are more prone to giving into our fears and hold back,” she says, “because we have that voice of the obnoxious roommate living in our head.

“So often this idea of failing stops us,” she continues, “instead of embracing it as part of life and learning and moving on and doing the next thing.”

Perhaps we all have our mothers to thank for that.

(Steve Chagollan is assistant managing editor, features.)

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