50 Women You Should be Following on Twitter 2012

by Melissa Stewart

Last year we shared “20 Women You Should be Following on Twitter” and this year our list has grown to 50! In all honesty, narrowing it down to 50 was excruciatingly painful. I admire and am inspired by so many on Twitter every day. In the end, we chose 50 women who tweet valuable information and inspiration on a regular basis. Ladies who will respond to your questions, share a smile, raise their coffee mugs in *cheers* and are most definitely retweetable!

And with that, here they are 50 Women You Should be Following on Twitter:

@2cre8 Kathy Meyeris the founder of 2cre8 LLC a small start-up company with “big” ideas open to developing new business partnerships. Always interested in creating engaging, empowering and innovative approaches and experiences on the Internet and mobile phone space. Strong believer in the balance of design and function, simplicity and true engagement. eMarketing trends & tech enthusiast. Believes in balance. Simplicity in form + function. Mompreneur. Foodie. Design. Art. Music. ♥ iPhone. MAC/PC Coffee!

@AlliWorthington Alli Worthington is a Nashville girl. She is the founder of Blissfully Domestic magazine, and co-founder of the @BlissDom Conference and its sister event BlissDom Canada. Wife. Mother. Believer. She dreams of having or hosting her own TV show, going to Africa, running for the U.S. Senate, financing orphanages and wells across the developing world, building a greenhouse, and launching a revolutionary digital product that is based on a love and capitalism. How awesome is that?
@alyandrea Identical twins Aly and Andreaempower and inspire people around the world to lead more fulfilling, meaningful lives. Aly and Andrea have overcome their own life-challenges including blindness, poverty, divorce, and cancer to become an award winning international CEO, TV actress and spokesperson, authors, speakers, World Champion and All-American athletes, Olympic torch bearer, and cancer survivor. They are both moms of two, and constant purveyors of joy.
@AnnEvanston Ann Evanston, MA, has been named by About.com as one of the Top Six Marketing Consultants, Feb 2011. She specializes in “The Influence Factor” (her book releasing Spring 2011) and bringing it to small business brand messaging. An international speaker she has had the honor of working with Ram Charan, Dr Richard Carlson, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, and many more. And yes, she does carry a sword. No. It’s real, not photo-shopped. Ask her why!
@AnnTran_  I met the amazing Ann when she came to Nashville for a Tweetup! She is just as beautiful and fabulous in person! A world traveler and perpetual student of life — Ann Tran is a social media consultant who blogs about travel, inspiration, leisure and the power of social media.  Journey with her and become inspired with an interest in the unknown, the unfamiliar, and the undiscovered.  She participated in the Twelve Days of Giving , which connected compassionate social media users — worldwide — with various causes to demonstrate the valuable humanitarian impact of the social web.  Get an up-close and personal feel for her sophisticated, yet down-to-earth personality and style by reading through her blog at www.ann-tran.com.

@BarbaraDuke I met Barbara via our mutual adoration for coffee! Barbara Duke- Twitter Professional Encourager, Christian Coach, Deacon, Author, NANA, LION, NAP, GFWC, Blogger, Artist, Breast Cancer Survivor – Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient, Mil/Ret Spouse, GS Med/Ret, NICE – I love to comfort and help others reach their goals. Sharing faith in God with prayer, helping others by service, and creating smiles are my goal. Look for Barbara on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc., or any of twelve blogs (http://thoughts-of-pink.blogspot.com/ or http://Barbara_Duke.blogspot.com/)
@BrandYou Cindy Ratzlaff was named by Forbes to the “20 Best Branded Women on Twitter,” list and called one of the “Most Influential Women Tweeting about Entrepreneurship.”A regular contributor to BusinessInsider.com’s War Room, writing on social media and marketing strategy, her essays have appeared on Oprah.com, CNN.com, Wowowow.com and others.
@CaroljsRoth Carol Roth is a “recovering” investment banker, New York Times bestselling author and TV contributor on business, current events and professional lifestyle/fashion.  She landed on our top books of 2011 and Girl Crush lists – meaning – she rocks! She has helped her clients raise more than $1 billion in capital, has an award-winning blog, appears regularly on CNN, Fox Business, MSNBC and in many other venues and is the only business expert with a fashion doll made in her own likeness.
@ChristineKane Christine Kane Read her blog!! Her words will speak to you – I promise!  She helps women and men Uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. After 15 years in a successful career as a popular songwriter and performer, Christine shifted her focus so that she could provide a deeper level of service to other creative and entrepreneurial types. “Yeah,” she laughs. “I went from being a rock star on the stage to helping people be rock stars in their lives and businesses! I love it! This is my dream come true!”
@CTurlington Christy Turlington Burns has become an incredible advocate for women/mothers and I adore her! Director/Producer NO WOMAN, NO CRY, Founder Every Mother Counts, Global Maternal Health Advocate, Mom, Model. Christy currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, Mother’s Day Every Day and the White Ribbon Alliance. She has contributed to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue as well as the Huffington Post, BlogHer, MomsRising, Canada’s Globe and Mail and the UK’s Evening Standard. She has guest corresponded on NBC’s Today Show.
@DrMommy Dr. Daisy Sutherland is the Founder/CEO of DrMommyOnline.com. She is a doctor, author, mentor, speaker, wife & mom to 5 children. Dr. Mommy’s mission is to ~ Help Busy Women and Men with her ‘Get Real’ approach to living a happier and healthier lifestyle. Watch for her new book: ‘Letting Go of Super Mom’ coming out August 2012.
@FrancineAllaire As the Founding Partner of Revenue Acceleration Strategies, Francine works with companies and entrepreneurs on accelerating their growth and increasing their sales by harnessing the power of business partnerships and social media strategies. Francine is a firm believer on using social media and personal branding strategies to stand out. She was nominated by Forbes as one of the top women for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. http://RevenueAccelerationStrategies.com
@GinaBell Gina Bell is a Freedom FUNatic, Visibility and Catalyst Marketing Coach to ambitious women in business online. A Rebelpreneur at heart, her Freedom-RICH coaching programs at Gina Bell Inc kick overwhelm, overwork and underpay to the curb so you can get your business groove back fast! If you & your business are ready to Bump Up Your BOLD and Ignore-Proof your business…Learn from tried ‘n true strategies, while honoring your rebellious streak…Create a freedom-rich business that supports the fancy-free life you crave…Step inside the Rebelpreneur tribe – a growing network of thousands of rule-bending (in an intelligent rebellion kind of way), in it to win it women entrepreneurs who crave success without sacrifice too! You’ll find Gina online at http://ginabellinc.com.
@HowellMarketing This fabulous woman lives a few miles south of me in Memphis, TN and I’m happy to report we’ve met in person several times! Amy Howell is founder and CEO Howell Marketing in Memphis, a PR, Marketing & Social media consulting firm; Chairman Board Emerge Memphis, Named by Huffington Post as “Brilliant Business Mind on Twitter”; Mom to teenagers, married to @JHowell2CPA; Favorite place is on a boat on the TN River; Passion for helping others, grateful and always curious. http://www.howell-marketing.com/
@JessicaNorthey I’m blessed to have met this blonde firecracker IRL! Known for her sass, wit and straight from the hip style, Blogger/SocialPR Consultant Jessica Northey is taking over Country Music…one tweet at a time. Having a network of over 400,000 followers she is consistently ranked as an Influential Online Personality and was recognized by Huffington Post as a Twitter Powerhouse.  With over 15+ years traditional media experience she is the founder of Digital Media Firm FingerCandyMedia.com.  Jessica is also Creator/Host of Country Music Chat/#CMchat, one of the largest organized 24/7 hashtag(#) communities on Twitter.
@JessicaNow “Turning light bulb moments into disco balls since 1976. Terp for Life.” Jessica Smith is founder of smith&moxie, a digital advisory and Awesome Allies a mentor matching program for entrepreneurial women launching May 1. She’s worked with agencies, big brands, & media titans but her true passion is providing digital marketing for small businesses and mentoring women entrepreneurs.
@joycecherrier I met this beautiful “misplaced Maui girl” IRL! Beautiful inside & out!! From Joyce Cherrier herself: My experience of over of 30 years in health and fitness range from a professional athlete (windsurfing) to a co-owner of a very succe­ssful health food store to gym management to personal training. My love for all things health motivate me to promote a  healthy lifestyle and green living. My goals are to share with people what’s worked for me over those 30 years and to find a way to fit healthy living  into their life. I promote brands that help people accomplish that goal.
@katebuckjr With hair colors I would never dare to wear (because they look awesome on her and I’m a total blonde) Kate Buck Jr is a social media manager & fly girl. Lover of coffee (a point we can bond on), shoes & football. Choreographer. From her site: Founder and CEO of KBJOnline, a Social Media management and consulting agency. *STREAMING LIVE from my brain to your browser* Need I say more? http://socialmediaflygirl.com
@kathyireland Kathy Ireland is a model turned model mogul! An inspiration and one of those rare celebrities who interacts with her fans online. She founded Kathy Ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®) in 1993 with the mission statement “…finding solutions for families, especially busy moms“™. Forbes Magazine reports that kiWW® is a “design empire which grosses over 1.4 billion dollars annually in retail sales.” In addition,  Kathy was named by UCLA , one of the Top 10 Women’s Health Advocates in America and supports countless non profits. Faith, family & fashion are among her passions. http://kathyireland.com
@leesabarnes Leesa Barnes is an award winning motivational teacher who helps faith-centered messengers become financially and spiritually successful. After operating a successful consulting business, an online global association and authoring countless training programs and books, Leesa helps messengers use the right words and the right online tools to attract the right clients through your marketing messages. http://leesabarnes.com
@LinkedInQueen Eve Mayer Orsburn is the CEO of Social Media Delivered, one of the most respected social media companies. Eve was featured in Forbes as one of the Top 10 Women Social Media Influencers and again as one of the Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers. Her book, The Social Media Business Equation™, explains a proven system for how organizations should engage on social networks to generate positive ROI. http://www.SocialMediaDelivered.com
@lizstrauss Liz Strauss is the professional speaker and business strategist who curates SOBCon, the interactive business strategy summit. She’s a master teacher and an innovator with bias toward action. Liz is a one-of-a-kind authenticity backed with expertise earned on four continents. Talk to her on Twitter and you’ll find that Liz speaks softly and carries a lot of street cred. #SOBCon Google: liz http://www.successful-blog.com/
@Lorimcneeartist Lori McNeeis a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, and Plein Air Painters of Idaho. She serves on the Advisory Board for Plein Air Magazine. Besides painting, Lori shares valuable fine art tips, art business tips and social media advice on her blog, FineArtTips.com.  Currently, Lori also ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter and was named a TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She has been a talk show host for Plum TV, and has written for magazines and books including F&W Media¹s Artist¹s Magazine, Artist¹s & Graphic Designer¹s Market, Photographer¹s Market, and Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses.
@LoriMoreno Love, Love, Love this woman!! Lori Moreno is an entrepreneur who left the Corporate World to fully “Live her Life” and consequently empower others to. She inspires others to “Live” their Lives on Purpose, by Motivating them through Her Encouragement, Friendship and Love, primarily via Social Media and events. She enjoys all culture, arts, music, sports, events, parties, spas, travel and advenuture around the world surrounded by Her Amazing Family of Friends http://LoriMoreno.com Lori Represents Top Sponsors Creating Winning PR and Marketing Solutions.
@MarielHemingway Mariel Heminway is the granddaughter of illustrious author, Ernest Hemingway. I am honored to have found her on Twitter and love how genuine and caring she is. She has made over 30 films and numerous television appearances in series and as a host of several environmental and humanitarian documentaries. She is the mother of two grown daughters with a passion and love of the outdoors… connecting with nature and becoming younger through food breath exercise and nature. You can find Mariel on line at http://www.thewillingway.com, as a curator for OPEN SKY http://www.opensky.com on Twitter @MarielHemingway or her official Facebook fan book page.
@MarketingProfs Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in Social Media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers, Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs, which provides business marketing know-how for more than 420,000 subscribers. She is the co-author of the bestselling book on content marketing Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts,Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business (Wiley, 2011) (www.contentrulesbook.com) as well as a monthly columnist for Entrepreneurmagazine.
@MarshaCollier Marsha Collier I love this redhead! Author of the new “Ultimate Online Customer Service Guide” and over 30 books in the “for Dummies” series. She is a radio host and host of the Public Broadcasting program, “Making Your Fortune Online” She is a BusinessWeek best seller list author, passed the 1,000,000th book sold and remains the top selling author in the ecommerce field. Marsha is the host of Computer and Technology Radio http://bit.ly/tech_radio and iTunes. She embraces social media and working with online businesses to reach their customers through best practices. Forbes Top Ten http://bit.ly/x2gOc9, Inspiring speaker, #techRadio host, Founder #CustServ
@melcoach Melanie Benson Strick is a success catalyst for entrepreneurs, Optimum Performance junkie, new era leader playing on edge of my comfort zone. New dog mommy, wife & award winning auntie. Luv Starbucks, exotic travel & spas. Connect with Melanie at www.successconnections.com or become a Facebook friend www.facebook.com/melcoach

@MichelleSedas Michelle Sedas, host of the Inspired Living Cafe, has written three inspirational books and her stories have been published in six Chicken Soup for the Soul Books. Combining her love of inspiration and fitness, she is the co-founder of Running Moms Rock, whose mission is to inspire moms to live passionately and fearlessly. Michelle received her Personal Trainer Certification from the Cooper Institute and her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University.
@mombizcoach Lara Galloway, The Mom Biz Coach, is a business coach who totally gets moms and helps them build successful businesses that satisfy them. She offers coaching on business development, time management, work/life balance and social media marketing. Connect with her on her blog, on twitter, or on Facebook.

@OurTownMagazine Carolyn Gardner is a publisher, writer, and entrepreneur. She has a love of life, family, and enjoys meeting new people, especially on Twitter!  Her passion is in sales and marketing, and helping businesses grow their brand locally and affordably.  Carolyn has a great sense of attention for details. She is currently creating an online monthly magazine about all the things she loves!  Luxurious resorts, spas, fine cuisine, wines, healthy living, beauty, fashion and lovely destinations. These topics will be wrapped up into an online version to share and enjoy.  Stay tuned!  Stay curious.
@pambrossman Pam Brossman After 25 years in the Corporate Communications industry and the birth of her son Hunter, Pam Brossman decided the corporate life was no longer for her and went in search of a lifestyle change…Pam’s goal is to teach as many people as she can how to share their message with the world the easy way and have fun doing it at the same time. http://www.socialmediawoman.com/ | http://www.magneticdigitalmarketing.com/
@PamMktgNut Pam Moore is the CEO and Founder of Marketing Nutz @MktgNutz, LLC, an experiential social brand, digital marketing, and reputation management agency. Half marketing, half geek, CEO, entrepreneur, social media speaker, best-selling author, coach, blogger, lover of Brand, God, Family, Friends, Beach & Life! She’s ready to help your business bear fruit! maximizes ROI across all mediums. http://www.pammarketingnut.com
@PamSlim “Pam is my name, freedom is my game.” Pamela Slim is a seasoned coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own business. Her blog, Escape from Cubicle Nation, is one of the top career and marketing blogs on the web. “Entrepreneurship at its heart is aligning your purpose for being on earth with a business idea so compelling that you simply must do it, despite the fears that hold you back,” says Pam.
@PatriciaRossi Etiquette Coach, Author of EVERYDAY ETIQUETTE, Professional Speaker, TV & Radio Personality. Kindness not formality, relationships not rules. Patricia Rossi’s Manners Minute TV segments air weekly on NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC and other affiliates throughout the U.S. Follow Patricia and learn how to shine in any social situation! http://www.patriciarossi.com/
@PegFitzpatrickPeg Fitzpatrick is a writer, social media butterfly and rockin’ a positive attitude. She is the Brand Sparker with re:DESIGN, Managing Partner with 12 Most and host of #MyBookClub. Peg is thrilled to have a guest chapter in Guy Kawasaki’s book What the Plus! You can find her on the Alltop Twitterati and Pluserati lists. Partner @12Most
@prosperitygal Michele Priceis an authority on building sustainable online communities, combining creating a difference in the world while generating a profit.  She is a straight talking, bold and courageous female entrepreneur of 25+ years.  Michele focuses on solutions and how to find the opportunities inside the challenges. By combining mindset brain-technologies with Communication-Relationship Marketing strategies, she has found a winning combination to align you with your purpose, passion and profits. Founder #Speakchat.
@RickiLake @RickiLakeShow Ricki’s show returned to TV this year and though I’ve been a fan for years, it was her involvement in social media, specifically @FriendsOfRicki / #FriendsofRicki that caught my attention! She’s a must follow and a celebrity that really cares. From her site: Ricki Lake‘s approachable appeal has charmed international movie and television audiences for more than two decades. Ricki is an independent filmmaker, family advocate, author, and actress.
@Rieva Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, and SmallBizDaily.com, which specializes in covering small business and entrepreneurship. Lesonsky has been covering America’s entrepreneurs for more than 30 years. Before co-founding GrowBiz Media in 2008, Lesonsky was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2011 she was named one of the nation’s top 100 Small Business Influencers.
@SavorTheSuccess Angela Jia Kim started Savor the Success with her husband, Marc (the brains behind the site), because as a business woman, she was craving a way to grow her business and make meaningful connections in a structured, organized way. Angela doesn’t have an MBA, or a business background but like many women, she followed her bliss and built a business that she loved http://omaroma.com/ From her site (and I LOVE this): The question is: Are you ready to Savor the Success?
@SavvyBabii Tweeting from a beach somewhere in Florida Angie aka SavvyBabii Loves God, her hubby & family, quotes, social media, news, TV, music, NFL, fantasy football, & randomness. A self proclaimed #twitterholicshe’ll inspire you with her daily stream of upbeat tweets. From her page: “Don’t dream it, be it.” ~RHPS
@SharonHayes Entrepreneur, Motivator and lists coffee in her Twitter bio – what’s not to love? Sharon Hayes is a marketing dynamo and currently serves as the President & CEO of Sling Shot Media, LLC and CEO of Domainate.com. She has worked with organizations of all sizes on strategy and implementation of marketing objectives through social media, community development, e-mail marketing and domain names. http://sharonhayes.com
@ShellyKramer Shelly Kramer is the CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing, a full service digital communications agency. She is a marketer, strategist, speaker and social media savvy geek focused on digital media and all forms of digital strategy, content strategy and creation and online marketing. You can find her online at V3 Integrated Marketing (add link:  http://v3im.com/about) on Twitter (add link:http://twitter.com/shellykramer) or on LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/shellydemottekramer).
@SmashFit Heather Frey Founder of SmashFit.com, and a fabulous source of inspiration & information on Twitter. She’s married with two darling girls. Heather is a Fitness X-pert for the TV show Miami Moms on NBC Miami Nonstop, Fitness Mentor, Fitness expert for Ricki Lakes social community “Friends of Ricki”, Writer, Artist, Motivationalist, Fitness Model, Figure Competitor.

@startupbiztalk Cheryl Isaac is a startup business strategist and regular contributor to Forbes, and a women and girls’ rights advocate. She’s currently working on a memoir about growing up in the middle of the Liberian civil war. You can learn more about her on her blog where she makes business personal. http://www.CherylIsaac.com
@SweetSoaps Ellen Cagnassola, owner of SweetSoaps, creates unique soap and candles for the craft and gift industry. Cagnassola’s ability to generate media interest for herself have landed her media coverage. Sweet Soaps made headline news in 2010 for marketing Santa’s Coal Soap and becoming the #2 product on Amazon.com in the beauty category. Sweet Soaps isproudly made in the USA and creating manufacturing jobs in America remains paramount.
@techmama Beth Blecherman left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte for Family Management then engaged in social media as her career 2.0. She discusses family tech using multiple social media platforms including her blog TechMamas.com & Twitter @ TechMama  (on list: Time 140 Best Twitter Feeds). She contributes to Cool Mom Tech, LaptopMag & MommytoMommy.tv and is excited to be one of the founding members of the Friends of Ricki Lake Community.
@thebarefootceo Lisa Hammondknown as The Barefoot CEO, is the Founder of Femail Creations, Author of Dream Big, Oil for Your Lamp and other best selling books. Her passion is helping you find, follow, or reinvent your dreams.  Following her bliss with less work and more living, less stuff and more giving!
@torimolnar Tori Molnaris no ordinary 15 year-old. As a freshman in high school Tori founded Utoria, a unique business opportunity for young women that allows them to earn money as well as develop key business skills that they can use for the rest of their lives! Overcoming Cerebral Palsy and the death of her father were obstacles, but she didn’t let that slow her down. Tori’s motto is “inspiration, motivation, determination” and that’s exactly how she plans on rising to the top!
@womanonajourney Bernice Wood is a wife of 30 years, mom to 4 young adults, and 8 grandchildren. She is the founder of two blogs for women. Living the Balanced Life  helps you define what is important in your life and learn to live accordingly. The second blog, The Stressed Momis brimming with tips and resources to help you navigate daily life.

And don’t forget to visit our alumni from last year. They are still awesome MUST FOLLOWS! Follow ALL 70 fabulous ladies on our Twitter here! 20 Women You Should be Following on Twitter

Melissa Stewart is a serial entrepreneur who has had a “home office” since age 5. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, addicted to coffee and eternally optimistic. Her latest project http://sheownsit.com/ is a site committed to empowering women entrepreneurs by offering resources, support and inspiration. @melissaonline



83 Responses to 50 Women You Should be Following on Twitter 2012
  1. Carol Roth
    April 23, 2012 | 5:07 pm

    Thank you very much for including me in this list of fabulous women. I am honored to be included in such company and appreciate the awareness of a few I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting.

  2. Joyce Cherrier
    April 23, 2012 | 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much Melissa! I’m honored to be listed with these awesome women! I’m so blessed to have met you and a few other fab ladies IRL so far — looking forward to meeting more!

  3. Pam Moore
    April 23, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    Melissa – thank you so much for including me in this list of simply fabulous women. I am truly honored. You are such a blessing to so many and a ray of sunshine in my tweet stream.

    I am blessed our life & tweet paths crossed and so look forward to meeting you IRL in 2012! We must make it happen!

    Smooches!! Xoxo


  4. Karen Putz
    April 23, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    What a great list of amazing women!

  5. Dr. Daisy Sutherland
    April 23, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    Wow!! Thank you sooo much!! You’ve made my day!! Truly honored to be amongst such incredibly-powerful women!:)

  6. Mikel King
    April 23, 2012 | 6:18 pm

    So many great people in one post it’s almost overwhelming.

    Wonder if anyone’s working the 50 Men… ;-)

    Mikel King

  7. Mary Sarah
    April 23, 2012 | 6:23 pm


  8. Mary Sarah
    April 23, 2012 | 6:26 pm

    Great list!!!

  9. Gina Bell
    April 23, 2012 | 6:28 pm

    YAY Melissa! I’m so honoured to be part of this fabulous list of amazing women. Talk about “in good company”. I raise my mug in celebration! xo

  10. Ann Handley
    April 23, 2012 | 7:03 pm

    Melissa- I am so honored that I’m typing this comment on my iPhone. And you know how painful that is. THANK YOU!

  11. Sharon Hayes
    April 23, 2012 | 7:30 pm

    Thank you SO much for including me on this list. What a fabulous group of women! I’m honored!

  12. Miki Strong
    April 23, 2012 | 7:35 pm

    Fabulous list Melissa! I recognize many names and you’ve given me others to learn more about … and follow.

    Congrats to all 50 women!!

  13. AnnTran_
    April 23, 2012 | 7:53 pm

    Hi Melissa,

    I am so blessed to have met you in person! Hope we get to meet up very soon. Thank YOU so much for including me in this fabulous list of beautiful women.


  14. JW Najarian
    April 23, 2012 | 7:54 pm

    It was great to see Liz Strauss on this list as she is amazing. Also Michelle Price who I am just getting to know.

    Great list. Thank you for putting it out.

    I would add 6 time Emmy winner Shawne Duperon with Project Forgive http://www.Twitter.com/@shawnetv

    JW Najarian
    On Purpose Magazine

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  16. Ari Herzog
    April 23, 2012 | 8:54 pm

    I’m aware of some of these women — and have virgin eyes to the rest. Great compilation, Melissa!

  17. Carolyn Gardner
    April 23, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    Hello Melissa,

    Wow! What an honor to be listed among this group of amazing, talented, fabulous women. Thank you for including me. There are some ladies I see on the list whom I look forward to getting to know more! I also look forward to meeting you soon, face-to-face!

    Congrats to all the ladies here!

    Carolyn Gardner

  18. Rieva Lesonsky
    April 23, 2012 | 9:14 pm

    I am honored Melissa, to be a part of this august list of women. Thank you for all you do for our community.

    Much Gratitude.

  19. Angela Field
    April 24, 2012 | 1:31 am

    Fabulous List!!! I am fortunate enough to have met many of these brilliant women through Twitter and various other networks and love that they are getting the recognition for their contribution to not only our Twitter Communities, but also their own communities, and people globally!! Wonderful and thank you again Melissa!! I pinned a few of the compiled pics… with credit, of course, I hope you don’t mind!! Big Hugs and Lots of Love, Angie

  20. Beverly Mahone
    April 24, 2012 | 4:33 am

    I recognize many names but I am delighted to see Leesa Barnes and Kathy Ireland on this list. They truly exemplify class and a spirit of engagement. Being an entrepreneur is a challenging task but when you carry yourself with grace and style as Leesa and Kathy do, you set yourself light years above the rest. It’s all about engagement for me and not just pushing your agenda which so many entrepreneurs tend to do on Twitter. Leesa and Kathy demonstrate that. It’s about acknowledging others when they reach out to you. We can all learn from each other and this list.

    I also know of other women who would certainly qualify in this category.

    • Leesa Barnes
      April 24, 2012 | 6:48 am

      **sniff sniff** Bev, don’t make me cry. Thanks for your kind words.

      Ever since reclaiming one of my values of “connecting,” I started to approach Twitter differently. I also started to watch Melissa because I think she’s a fabulous example of how to use Twitter to serve others. I’m certain that Melissa chose the women that she did because they’re like her – women who serve instead of (as you say Bev) just push out their agenda and sales offer (yuck!).

      I know that Top anything lists are NEVER comprehensive. Someone is always missed. I remember one blogger about 2-years ago got SOOOOOOOOOO much flack about who was missing from his Top 50 list, he actually deleted it (I made to that list and tried to link to it but I’m now taken to an error page).

      That’s why, like you Bev, I merely celebrate who’s on the list. I know many on this list and I’m discovering many new faces that I must get to know. Then I either compile my own based on my standards OR I highlight to the list compiler a handful of people who I believe should make it to their list the next time.

  21. thefashionistachic
    April 24, 2012 | 6:18 am

    Many on the list I already follow, I was overwhelmed with reading the bio’s. These are the type of stories and people I love reading about.

  22. Patty Farmer
    April 24, 2012 | 6:46 am

    Melissa, what a great list and I love that you took the time to write commentary on each one as to why they were added to the list. I am looking forward to all the FABULOUS ladies adding value to my Twitter stream with all their great content and hope to connect and build some new relationships too.

    Congrats to all 50, you rocked it!

    Patty Farmer
    “The Networking CEO”

  23. Anita
    April 24, 2012 | 7:14 am

    GREAT list. I’m following a few of these incredible ladies already and am just going through to add the rest now. One suggestion…it would be great if you created a list on Twitter to make it easier to follow everyone. I looked on your account and didn’t see one.

  24. Peggy Fitzpatrick
    April 24, 2012 | 8:52 am


    What a fabulous list! So excited to find some new friends on your list as well as many friends that I already treasure dearly.

    I made a Google+ circle of everyone I could find on G+: https://plus.google.com/104858643838035519891/posts/RFiU9yPy3Pu

    I can’t wait until I get to meet you IRL! Hugs and coffee for sure. Thank you so much for thinking of me! xoxo

    • Leesa Barnes
      April 24, 2012 | 2:19 pm

      Yay! Thanks for putting this circle together. Now, if only someone could create a list on Twitter (no pressure, Peggy).

      • Peggy Fitzpatrick
        April 24, 2012 | 4:34 pm

        Hi Leesa!

        Did you see that Melissa made aa Twittter list today? Hooray!

        Nice to meet you. :D

  25. Cathy Curtis
    April 24, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Hi, Wonderful list. I’m already following many of these brilliant women,but thanks for the introduction to more.

    Cathy Curtis @curtisfinancial

  26. Stefani
    April 24, 2012 | 9:55 am

    Great list! So excited to add some of these amazing women to my list of people I follow on Twitter (I was already following some – like you!) Thanks!

  27. Melanie Benson Strick
    April 24, 2012 | 10:01 am

    What an honor to make the list of Top 50 women to follow on Twitter! Great choices Melissa (and I must say I’m a bit tickled to be here with some women I’ve looked up to for years.)

    Melanie Benson Strick
    America’s Leading Authority on Optimum Performance

  28. Kate Keenan
    April 24, 2012 | 10:20 am

    Thanks so much for the list – what a great collection of amazing women.

  29. Jessica Northey
    April 24, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Melissa, thank you for including me. I am honored. You my girl. I love you. You complete me. tee-her. xo

  30. Merinda Crowder
    April 24, 2012 | 2:26 pm

    Great list, it is inspiring to see all these women involved with life in such a dynamic way. I will enjoy learning about each. I would suggest for your list Mari Smith, Social Media guru and author of “The New Relationship Marketing”. If you are going to use social media in your business, and you should be, then Mari is someone to read and get to know.

    Thanks, Merinda.

    • Leesa Barnes
      April 25, 2012 | 5:54 am

      Oh, I so agree. Mari Smith is awesome. Love her to bits. I haven’t gotten her new book yet. Are there any gems from her book you’d like to point out, Merinda?

  31. Pam Brossman
    April 24, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    Thanks so much for including me in your 50 Must Follow on twitter. There is definitely some amazing women on this list who are really making a difference out there in the world.

    Thank you and have a fabulous day.
    Pam Brossman
    CEO, SheExperts.com

  32. Orsi Parkanyi
    April 24, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Congratulations Pam for being included in this list! You deserve it! You make our ‘Women as Entrepreneurs’ community really proud in Australia! XOrsi @We_Sydney :)

  33. infotechmasters
    April 24, 2012 | 9:49 pm

    This is amazing. I love Melissa Stewart .

  34. Val (@kaicongroup)
    April 25, 2012 | 5:19 am

    Thanks Melissa for this list and making the Twitter list for us. This made it super easy. Always like to meet new people to get us motivated.

  35. Patricia Rossi
    April 25, 2012 | 5:29 am

    Honored to be part of this list.
    You are an everything a person should be on Twitter/Social Media.
    You care and it shows. People can smell your wit, wisdom, & warmth. Almost fell out of my desk chair when I clicked on twitter this morning and found myself hanging/grouped with all those amazing leaders. Thank you Thank you Thank you
    Have a majestic day.
    All good things,
    Patricia Rossi

    • Leesa Barnes
      April 26, 2012 | 8:53 am

      I agree with you Patricia. Melissa is a wonderful example of how to give, gather and connect using Twitter. I’m so glad that Carrie Wilkerson did the honours of introducing Melissa and I on Twitter. And the topic? Coffee :)

      • admin
        May 1, 2012 | 1:08 pm

        Leesa I am blessed to know you. Can’t say thank you enough for all your kind words and support.

    • admin
      May 1, 2012 | 1:11 pm

      Seeing your smiling face always brings a smile to my face :) You are an inspiration and a wealth of knowledge! Loved being able to share you with the world!

  36. Martha Giffen
    April 25, 2012 | 5:54 am

    What a fantastic list! I know many of these ladies and they are all inspirations. Looking forward to adding the others to my Twitter stream! Thanks for all that you do!

  37. Susan B. Bentley
    April 25, 2012 | 6:11 am

    What a fantastic, embracing post! Glad to see I already follow some of these fab women but will now actively follow more of them. Retweeting!

  38. Gabriella Sannino
    April 25, 2012 | 7:01 am

    Awesome list of women…thanks for sharing, now I have an additional 20 women I can invite to our Talk Radio (chickswhoclick) about women and for women! :)

  39. Lori McNee
    April 25, 2012 | 8:42 am


    It is really great to learn a bit more about all of these amazing, talented women who are helping to make the world a better place! Thank you so much for including me in this article.

    Lori :)

    • admin
      May 1, 2012 | 1:10 pm

      You were a must for this list! I love all the great info you share on Twitter. An amazing artist – beautiful inside & out!

  40. Anneliz Hannan
    April 25, 2012 | 9:03 am

    Thanks for sharing..love to see the dynamo women of social media.

  41. Amit Verma
    April 25, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    Yoohoo!! Such a great list you have made. Brilliant! You Rock! I am following most of them they all are so supportive and caring. Love their sharing the words of wisdom and knowledge.

    Keep Rocking dear. Great Post ((Hugs))

  42. Julie Spira
    April 25, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    I love seeing my IRL friends on this list and meeting new ones. Thanks Melissa. Great post!

  43. Mimi Towle
    April 25, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    Thanks for culling my list! I’ll do some clicking this weekend and look forward to being inspired!

  44. Angie Albrecht
    April 25, 2012 | 5:23 pm

    Melissa, Thank you so much for including me on this list with these *super* amazing ladies! I am truly honored! If possible, I would definitely +1 you to this list! xxo

  45. Denise Sonnenberg
    April 25, 2012 | 7:58 pm

    I know some of these Awesome Women and I look forward to meeting the rest someday!

  46. Jackie Bigford
    April 26, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    I LUV it when *Incredible* is celebrated…classy list of women ♥ˆ◡ˆ♥

  47. Erica Dhawan
    April 26, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    Awesome group of #kickasswomen. You inspire me with your drive, authenticity, and fun style!

    Women entrepreneurs on this list: sending you a special invite the Secret Society for Kickass Women (thegalahads.com) incubated at Seth Godin’s medicine ball only for KICKASS women! Join the adventure and sign up!

  48. Jackie
    April 30, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    Love this! I know several of these amazing women from #FriendsofRicki on Twitter. Go, ladies! @TeamRickiJackie

    • admin
      May 1, 2012 | 1:06 pm

      Thanks! Love #FriendsofRicki and all the amazing ladies on the list.

  49. Kathy Meyer
    May 1, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Wow, so very humbled and honored to be on this list of women that rock the Twitterverse! Thank you so much Melissa for including me! But you need to know that you should also be included…no questions asked! ♥

    • admin
      May 1, 2012 | 3:06 pm

      How could I not add you? You consistently deliver great content on Twitter!

  50. andrea metcalf
    May 2, 2012 | 12:17 pm

    Great people that inspire in so many ways.

    • admin
      May 2, 2012 | 12:30 pm

      So many inspiring women & so hard to pick just 50. More lists (inspiration to come)!!

  51. Ava Roxanne
    May 3, 2012 | 4:59 pm

    What a lovely group!

    • admin
      May 3, 2012 | 7:47 pm

      Thanks Ava! So hard narrowing the list to 50!

  52. Nikki Means
    May 5, 2012 | 8:28 am

    Great post! Always excited to discover great people to follow on Twitter. Some of the women I was already following, but appreciate being introduced to the rest.

    • admin
      May 6, 2012 | 1:34 pm

      Thanks! Feel free to add anyone you think should make our next list! Always looking for new connections. xo

  53. Laura Mesia
    May 6, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    This is a great post! Thank you for sharing this inspiring list of wonderful women who are out in the world making a difference in the lives of others!

    • admin
      May 6, 2012 | 1:35 pm

      It was a labor of love! Still have so many wonderful women to shine the spotlight on & always looking for new ladies to be inspired by! xo

  54. shelia
    May 7, 2012 | 6:43 am

    What an amazing list! Nothing better than successful, powerful, women role models! Congratulations ladies!

  55. Dawn
    May 8, 2012 | 7:35 pm

    Absolutely love this. How fun and creative. I am going to start following them now.

  56. Elaine Spitz
    May 13, 2012 | 8:00 pm

    Wow! This group packs a powerful punch…thanks for curating this list of fantastic women to follow.

  57. Shelly Kramer
    May 17, 2012 | 2:06 pm


    I’m just now seeing this – but thank you so much for the honor of including me here. I’m thrilled to say that the vast majority of the women on this list are close personal friends … lucky me!!! And the few I don’t know personally I’ll now start stalking, for sure.

    Thank you again for the kindness.


    • admin
      May 17, 2012 | 3:22 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m sure when you’re as amazing as you – you stay busy :) Keep tweeting the good stuff! xoxo

  58. Barbara Duke
    May 20, 2012 | 9:20 pm

    I Melissa. I was going to say something earlier, but couldn’t find the site again until today. Thank you so much for including me in this list with all these fabulous women. Your name should be at the top. I am following everyone. I may create a list of fabulous women.
    Thanks again, I am honored.

  59. Cathy | Treatment Talk
    June 5, 2012 | 1:02 am

    Great list of women. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to following their tweets!

  60. Marcy McKenna
    July 11, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    I love this post- It is so inspiring to see all the woman that made this list! Marcy

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  63. Georgia Cross
    June 19, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Wow! What a great group to be included in. I’m honored to be a part of spreading the “girl power” with these lasies. Thanks, Melissa XO

    • Melissa Stewart
      June 19, 2013 | 5:15 pm

      You’re welcome Georgia! You are a must follow!!

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