Top 25 Women Leaders
Karen Ignagni, 51
President and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans
Karen Ignagni, 51, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans, has long been considered among the most powerful lobbyists on Capitol Hill. While heading up the former American Association of Health Plans she orchestrated the defeat of patients' rights legislation, and later led the October 2003 merger of the AAHP and the Health Insurance Association of America. Earlier, Ignagni held key positions with HHS, the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Senate's labor and human resources committee.