Janet Mullins Grissom, 51
VP, Washington Affairs, Ford Motor Co.
Education: B.A., political science, University of Louisville
First automotive job: Director of National Affairs, Ford, 1995
Proudest achievement: "Helping elect a terrific president. Fifteen years of public service."
On being successful: "Most successful women I know are so focused on getting the job done that they forget to take time to celebrate their achievements. We should all pause on occasion to relish where we've been and what we've done. Congrats to all my auto industry colleagues on succeeding in such a challenging industry!"
On being a woman in the industry: "Women in today's auto industry have enormous opportunities and a wide-open pathway up the corporate ladder. Ford Motor Co.'s leadership is bold and relishes breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes - creating new, better and more exciting opportunities for women at all levels, every day."
- 1992 Assistant to the President for Political Affairs
- 1989-92 Assistant Secretary of State, Legislative Affairs
- 1988-89 Deputy Political Director, Bush for President