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Diversity Leader, Author, and Podcast Host “Shaping the World into a Better Place;” Highlights Women Entrepreneurs at World-Changing Companies

RALEIGH, April 4, 2023 Inc. today announced its sixth annual Female Founders list, honoring a bold group of 200 women whose innovations and ideas are shaping the world into a better place. Each year, Inc. editors review thousands of applications highlighting female founders who are challenging the status quo and tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

Jackie Ferguson, co-founder and head of content and programming at The Diversity Movement, joins the 2023 list, which features women who have overcome challenges and lifted those around them, all while leading transformative organizations. She joins the ranks of women leaders nationwide, including previous honorees Jessica Alba, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, and Shonda Rhimes.

“These 200 female founders have identified solutions to difficult problems and created valuable, industry-changing companies out of them. We congratulate this year’s list on their achievements and look forward to their continued success,” says Inc. Editor-in-Chief Scott Omelianuk.

Ferguson’s accomplishments are centered in her compassionate leadership, not only as an entrepreneur at TDM, but in her commitment to making lives better in the community and globally. In the past year, her “Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox” podcast has become one of the most highly recognized diversity resources, included in the top 5% downloaded in the world. The podcast provides a platform for C-suite executives, thought leaders, and change-makers to explore the full range of diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges and opportunities.

Ferguson also wrote The Inclusive Language Handbook: A Guide to Better Communication & Transformational Leadership. Demonstrating the critical importance of inclusive language in today’s workplace and society, the book has been read by tens of thousands of people in more than 15 countries, and its ideas have been implemented at world-class organizations. The Inclusive Language Handbook has sparked a revolution in the way people communicate.

“The Inc. list gives Jackie the global recognition that she has earned through hard work and dedication to the principles that motivate and drive her to excellence across so many areas of expertise,” said Donald Thompson, chief executive officer and co-founder at The Diversity Movement. “At The Diversity Movement, we’re a little spoiled, because we get to see these ideals in action each day. Jackie’s leadership helps power our efforts to create excellent workplaces and communities ready to authentically change the world.”

The women founders cross all industries and bring with them unique stories of success from each stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from startup to going public, being acquired by big buyers, or spending decades at the helm of an organization. They are reinventing everything from shoes to food and are challenging issues like financial literacy and reproductive health.

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After launching in 2018, the Female Founders list is one of Inc.’s most esteemed franchises. Inc. magazine’s Female Founders issue (April 2023) will be available online on April 4 at and on newsstands April 11.

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About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning, multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion among the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

About The Diversity Movement

The Diversity Movement enables organizations to build and strengthen culture by tying real-world business outcomes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives via a scalable subscription-based employee experience platform. TDM’s integrated approach creates inclusive culture through the application of data-informed insight, technology, and DEI expertise. The platform offers end-to-end education, from front-line employees to a leadership assessment tool that measures cultural competency in executive team building. TDM offers DEI Navigator for organizations who want to scale culture, as well as 400 original, digital learning lessons; 650+ award-winning micro-learning videos delivered in a “Netflix for DEI experience;” and analytics to track culture-building progress. TDM powers scalable and sustainable workplace excellence via a data-driven approach focused on results. For more information and resources, visit


Bob Batchelor, The Diversity Movement,

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