Can top performing women have it all? Yes—but it takes some doing, according to a confidential survey of 46 of 75 honorees this year. The difficult economic and financial climate is visible with wide swings in responses to some survey questions. This year’s honorees overwhelmingly — 67 percent — said “commitment to doing what it takes to get the job done” has played the biggest role in their professional success; last year only 41 percent said so. And, in times of crisis, leadership takes center stage. Some 77 percent of respondents said “leadership ability” is their greatest professional asset, last year only 43 percent chose this first.

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