From sustainable software design to the future of the Internet to a biodegradable shoe campaign, the women from last year's 100 Most Creative People in Business have spent 2010 innovating. Of the women who graced the 2009 list, some have changed markets, others have celebrated anniversaries with their current companies, and all of them have kept our attention. This year's 100 Most Creative People in Business launches later this month, but before we show you who's next, here are the top ladies from 2009.
Jane McGonigal
Playing and designing games never seems to tire Jane McGonigal, as the game designer has been going strong since she hit our list at #80 last year. She's in the final stages of writing her book, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World, and she also launched a new game in March. Dubbed "A crash-course in changing the world," EVOKE offers audiences 10 challenges in 10 weeks to help solve the virtual world's problems together. After 10 years of creating games, what will she think of next? At the 2010 TED conference, she made her objectives clear: "My goal for the next 10 years is to make it as easy to save the world in real life as it is in online games."

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Stella McCartney
The queen of eco-couture has definitely kept herself busy since she made our list at #13. The vegetarian fashion designer launched her first clothing store in the heart of Italy’s fashion center in Milan, and she plans to have the store LEED certified, meaning the premises maintain efficient use of water and energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. McCartney also launched an environmentally friendly line for GapKids last Fall, proving it's never too early to go green.

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Bonnie Hammer
From mad scientists to fighting prejudice, #66 Bonnie Hammer, president of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, has had a full year. Last summer, she rebranded the SciFi channel as Syfy, which hosts the world's largest online science-fiction destination with 3.3 million unique visitors a month. Half of the channel's audience is female and it ranks 10th for women age 25-54. Hammer also helped launch USA Networks' Characters Unite campaign, an initiative to promote acceptance based on the original "Erase the Hate" movement of the '90s, also on of her projects. This fall, the program plans to expand its reach with "Characters Unite Month" in November, including original programming and online content, as well as partnerships and events with local schools and community organizations.

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Nora Ephron
After she hit our list at #61, Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia saw major success, with more than $120 million in global box office sales and a 16th Academy Award nomination for Meryl Streep. This year, Ephron moved from screen to stage with the Off-Broadway play Love, Loss and What I Wore, based on a book by Ilene Beckerman. Ephron co-wrote the play with her sister Delia Ephron, and after more than 250 performances in New York, the show will open with a new cast in Los Angeles this summer. She also has a new book of essays titled I Remember Nothing, a sequel to her first I Feel Bad About My Neck, coming out in November.

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Jessica Buttimer
Since introducing the first new brand for Clorox in 20 years with Green Works, Buttimer has launched into new territory: footwear. As the new vice president of marketing for Deckers Outdoor Corp, Buttimer will oversee branding initiatives for companies like Teva and UGG Australia. Simple Shoes, another under the Deckers’ umbrella, launched a Green Bomb U.S. Campus Tour on Earth Day in New York City. The initiative will travel to four college campuses through the end of May, and students can donate used, non-sustainable shoes for an eco-friendly pair by the brand. The donated shoes will go to local charities.

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Trish Adams
For Trish Adams, the big-name designers just keep coming. The senior vice president of marketing for Target saw designers Zac Posen and Rodarte create wallet-friendly fashion for the Target Go International collection as well as Jean Paul Gautier for the Designer Collaborations line, a new initiative that put Adams on our list at #19. But why are so many celebrity designers coming to Target? The recession has helped with getting callbacks from designers, Adams noted in The Wall Street Journal.

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Padmasree Warrior
Padmasree Warrior's unified computer initiative at Cisco brought her in at #33 in 2009, and as the company's CTO, she has more plans for what comes next. At the Cisco Partner Summit in April, the Web wiz predicted the future of the Internet holds more video content and cloud computing as a platform for collaboration as new generations start hitting the workplace and inter-company communication becomes a vital market player. After the conference, Cisco launched a video contest, "Write the Rules, Own the Game," which encouraged creating new guidelines for businesses moving into the future.

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Neri Oxman
Neri Oxman makes designs that can breathe. The MIT Media Lab Presidential Fellow, who made #43 on our list and last year's cover, draws design inspiration from biological tissues, and her solo exhibit "Neri Oxman: At the Frontier of Ecological Design" was extended Museum of Science in Boston through Fall 2010. A new Raycounting series, a method for creating 3-D forms by using light and 2-D planes, is now part of the FRAC Centre collection in Orleans, France. Her work is also part of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Dawn Danby
Design diva Dawn Danby has had her work cut out for her, working as Autodesk's first sustainable design program manager, a title that brought her in at #20 on our list. In Autodesk sustainable design news, the software company partnered with the American Institute of Architecture Students for the 2010 Sustainable Design Challenge, for which students create designs for small single-room schools in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with limited materials and resources. This contest is among other new education initiatives by Autodesk, which include Autodesk Sustainable Design Curriculum as a part of new education software for 2011.

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Joy Mangano
Ingenious Designs President Joy Mangano has been busy with her work for the Home Shopping Network since she came in at #77 last year. As an entrepreneur and inventor, she set another record with the release of Performance Platforms, a new product claims to tone the wearer’s legs by simply walking, which sold 30,000 pairs at $59.95 each on HSN. This year marked her 10th anniversary with the network, and in honor of the milestone, viewers could enter a giveaway sweepstakes under her name to win at-home shopping gift cards.

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The 10 Most Creative Women in Business

From sustainable software design to the future of the Internet to a biodegradable shoe campaign, the women from last year's 100 Most Creative People in Business have spent 2010 innovating. Of the women who graced the 2009 list, some have changed markets, others have celebrated anniversaries with their current companies, and all of them have kept our attention. This year's 100 Most Creative People in Business launches later this month, but before we show you who's next, here are the top ladies from 2009.

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