40) Laura J Alber

She's proof that you can have a college degree in one thing and a successful career in another

Born: 7 September 1968

Current CEO of Williams-Sonoma (starting in that role in 2010). She is also the President (since 2006) & Director of that same company.

From 2002 to 2006 she was the CEO of Pottery Barn which is a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma. Laura started with Williams-Sonoma in 1995 as the Senior Buyer for Pottery Barn. She is also a director at Fitbit starting there in 2016. Laura has worked in various management roles throughout Williams-Sonoma during her work there.

Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.