Christiane Amanpour | Chief International Correspondent, CNN

As one of the most iconic TV journalists, Christiane Amanpour is a powerful Twitter user. She offers breaking news on global conflicts, and provides unique insights and perspectives to political happenings and world events. Follow @camanpour

Genevieve Bell | Director of Interaction and Experience Research, Intel Labs

Genevieve Bell lives at the intersection of cultural practice & technology adoption. Her specialties include ethnography, anthropology, user experience, cultural patterns, socio-technical practice, and new technology development/innovation. Follow @feraldata

Simone Brummelhuis | Founder and CEO, The NextWomen

Through her company’s Twitter account @thenextwomen, Brummelhuis tweets tips, lessons and trends to help women continue to succeed as entrepreneurs in the start-up and corporate world. Follow @thenextwomen

Chelsea Clinton | Special Correspondent, NBC News

Chelsea Clinton is a tireless advocate for a healthy, equitable, and safe world. She is also an NBC News Special Correspondent and very active with the Clinton Foundation. Follow @ChelseaClinton

Amy Cosper | Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur magazine

With journalism roots in the tech world, Amy Cosper infuses cutting edge ideas into Entrepreneur. She keeps her audience alert to the network of tools fundamental to launching and growing businesses. Follow @EntMagazineAmy

Laurie David | author, producer and environmental advocate,

Laurie David brings passion and dedication to a variety of environmental and food issues. She has produced numerous projects including the Academy Award-winning "An Inconvenient Truth." Follow @Laurie_David

Caterina Fake | Founder, Flickr

Caterina Fake tweets about the latest digital news, technology, and her own personal views, passions and interests. Follow @Caterina

Diana Farrell | Global Leader and Co-founder, McKinsey Center for Government and the McKinsey Global Institute

Diana Farrell's focus is on creating more efficient and effective government, integrating technology solutions, and innovation. For insights on the economy and leadership in government from an insider, follow @Farrell_Diana

Marina Gorbis | e Executive Director, Institute for the Future

Born and raised in Ukraine, Marina sees things from a global viewpoint. She very interested in how new technologies are able to give people the power to connect with each other. Follow @Mgorbis

Kelly Hoey | co-founder and managing director, Women Innovate Mobile

Kelly Hoey is a serial connector who believes that “In the social business era, your network is a bottom-line business asset.” She engages with her followers, posts inspiring content, and live tweets many industry events and conferences. Follow @jkhoey

Janet Hanson | CEO and Founder, 85 Broads

Janet Hansen is recognized as a unique voice and champion for women globally. She has built a global network community of 30,000 women at 85 Broads. Follow @janethanson

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Harvard Business School Professor and author

Rosabeth Moss Kanter's tweets consist of inspiring thoughts and articles on how to succeed in business and become a better leader. Follow @RosabethKanter

Andrea Kerzner | CEO, Lalela Project

Andrea Kerzner believes that the power of art and music can help individuals cope with conflict and overcome poverty. Follow @AndreaKerzner for the latest trends and developments in art education.

Alice Korngold | CEO, Korngold Consulting

Known for her thoughts on leadership, she consults to--and places business executives on--NGO/nonprofit boards. She is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company and tweets the latest news on best business leadership and CRS practices. Follow @alicekorngold

Lucy P. Marcus | CEO, Marcus Venture Consulting

Lucy is known for challenging conventional wisdom inside and outside of the boardroom. She is considered to be one of the most well-regarded thought leaders, and recently recognized with the Thinkers 50 “Future Thinkers” Award. Follow @lucymarcus

Rita Gunther McGrath | Professor, Columbia Business School

Rita Gunther McGrath tweets her opinions on business industry news, as well as disruptive tech. Follow @rgmcgrath

Susan McPherson | VP/Director of global marketing, Fenton

Susan McPherson serves on the board of ; an organization dedicated to assisting women in regions of conflict and post-conflict, start-up businesses, and , a London-based innovative media platform for science and technology. Follow @susanmcp1

Nilofer Merchant | author, corporate director, and speaker

Known as the “Jane Bond of Innovation” and a visionary by CNBC, Nilofer tweets about tech, business leadership, as well as politics. Follow @nilofer

Jacqueline Novogratz | Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund

Jacqueline posts the latest news from developing countries, focusing on overcoming extreme poverty through the means of sustainable energy, education and innovation. Follow @jnovogratz

Maria Popova | Editor, Brain Pickings

Maria Popova posts a fantastic digest of the most interesting news on politics, culture and art, making her one of the most well rounded accounts on Twitter. Follow her @brainpicker

Maria Poveromo | Senior Director of Social Media, Analyst Relations and Public Relations, Adobe

Maria Poveromo shares great insight on programs to engage influencers across traditional and new media channels, identifying the latest digital and social media trends for business. Follow @mariapoveromo

Jennifer Preston | Pioneering Social Media Editor, The New York Times

Jennifer has won numerous awards for investigative reporting. The social pioneer and Lede blog reporter tweets the latest news on social media, as well as the top stories from The New York Times. Follow @JenniferPreston

Zainab Salbi | founder and former CEO, Women for Women International

Follow Zainab Salbi for news, stats and opinions on humanitarian crises and how you can contribute in making the world a better place. Follow @ZainabSalbi

Katie Jacobs Stanton | Vice President of International, Twitter

Katie Jacobs Stanton is also the Special Advisor to the Office of Innovation at the U.S. Department of State and was President Obama’s appointee to a newly created position, Director of Citizen Participation. Follow @KatieS

Elizabeth Warren | United States Senator, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Warren regularly posts about the latest in policy news and often interacts with her fellow political peers. Follow @Elizabethforma

25 Of The Smartest Women On Twitter

BRANDfog founder and CEO Ann Charles highlights 25 of the brightest women in business, politics, news, and innovation who are maximizing Twitter's great potential. Follow them now for an IQ injection--and tell us about the smart women you already follow.

UPDATE: More On Those Smartest Women On Twitter

As a woman CEO who writes about women in leadership, I’m frequently looking to make connections with other women on Twitter.

The main stumbling block to fully engaging professionally on Twitter is that it can be a challenge to find the most valuable thought leaders, who tweet about the most relevant topics for you. Search results for the top thinkers in any field are often skewed toward the usual suspects, which tend to include only well-known personalities with a large following. Yet the key to extracting the most value out of Twitter is to find the new voices in the crowd. It can be exhilarating to discover people and communities that share the same interests and passions as you.

Since my work includes curating a meaningful Twitter audience for C-Suite clients, I’m charged with selecting tweet streams that enrich discussions related to top business trends. Part of this process includes seeking out the most influential and profound leaders across a diverse set of industries and interests. As the Twitter ecosystem continues to grow, it’s an ongoing challenge to find new, unique, and interesting sources of information with fresh points of view.

With a sense of shared discovery in mind, we’ve decided to publish lists of some of the most captivating people we have found on Twitter. Starting with The 25 Smartest Women on Twitter list, we’ve included women who elevate the level of discourse among smart business leaders. They validate the conviction that a change in the culture of leadership is under way, with women playing a prominent role to drive positive change.

The 25 Smartest Women on Twitter list highlights some of the women who are maximizing the potential of Twitter. They bring a new vision and fresh perspective to an array of social, economic, business, philanthropic, and other leadership topics. They are drawn from a wide spectrum of industries, professions, and geographies. The list includes business, political, and nonprofit leaders, as well as advocates for change, economic reform, and sustainable capitalism.

We did not choose women based on number of followers or those listed as the “most powerful” by other business publications. We made our selections without regard to big brand affiliation or title. Instead, we looked for women who were thought leaders and pioneers, and who continually advance groundbreaking ideas and provide surprising insights that can change perspectives.

The 25 Smartest Women on Twitter list is obviously incomplete, since the list cannot possibly encompass all of the intriguing women we’ve discovered on Twitter. We will add to this list on an ongoing basis and will publish it twice a year. Our selections will continually strive to showcase new voices. Feel free to tweet additional recommendations for additions to the next Smartest Women on Twitter list to @annmcharles--I’d love to hear your ideas for the next “Smartest” list. Enjoy!

Christiane Amanpour | @camanpour
As one of the most iconic TV journalists, Christiane Amanpour is a powerful Twitter user. She offers breaking news on global conflicts, and provides unique insights and perspectives to political and world events. Follow @camanpour.

Genevieve Bell | @feraldata
Located in Australia, Genevieve Bell is the director of interaction and experience research at Intel Labs. She lives at the intersection of cultural practice and technology adoption. Her specialties include ethnography, anthropology, user experience, cultural patterns, socio-technical practice, and new technology development/innovation. Follow @feraldata.

Simone Brummelhuis | @thenextwomen
Based in London, Simone Brummelhuis is founder and CEO of The Next Women business magazine and a leader empowering women in business. Through her company’s Twitter account @thenextwomen, Brummelhuis tweets tips, lessons, and trends to help women continue to succeed as entrepreneurs in the startup and corporate world. Follow @thenextwomen.

Chelsea Clinton | @ChelseaClinton
Chelsea Clinton is a tireless advocate for a healthy, equitable, and safe world. She is also an NBC News special correspondent and very active with the Clinton Foundation. Follow @ChelseaClinton.

Amy Cosper | @EntMagazineAmy
Amy Cosper is the editor in chief for Entrepreneur magazine. She has an in-depth understanding of how to drive a business idea forward with passion and creativity. With journalism roots in the tech world, she infuses cutting-edge ideas into Entrepreneur. Cosper keeps her audience alert to the network of tools fundamental to launching and growing businesses. Follow @EntMagazineAmy.

Laurie David | @Laurie_David
Laurie David is an author, producer, and environmental advocate, bringing passion and dedication to a variety of environmental and food issues. She has produced numerous projects including the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth. David has partnered with Katie Couric to executive produce Fed Up, a documentary that examines the causes and impacts of childhood obesity. Her books include The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, and The Family Cooks, to be published in May 2014. Laurie has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and The Today Show, among others. Follow @Laurie_David.

Caterina Fake | @Caterina
A vibrant innovator and entrepreneur, Caterina Fake is the founder of Flickr and Hunch and a board member at Etsy. She writes for Wired and Bloomberg Businessweek. Fake is also the founder of Findery, a site to help you discover the world around you. She tweets about the latest digital news, technology, and her own personal views, passions, and interests. Follow @Caterina.

Diana Farrell | @Farrell_Diana
Diana Farrell is the global leader and cofounder of the McKinsey Center for Government and the McKinsey Global Institute. She is a frequent speaker at major U.S. and global conferences and held the position of deputy assistant on economic policy to President Obama. Farrell has authored and coauthored books, articles for academic journals, and op-eds for leading international publications. Her focus is on creating more efficient and effective government, integrating technology solutions, and innovation. For insights on the economy and leadership in government from an insider, follow @Farrell_Diana.

Marina Gorbis | @Mgorbis
Marina Gorbis is executive director at the Institute for the Future. She also leads the Technology Horizons Program, focusing on the innovation at the intersection of new technologies and social organization. Gorbis has worked with hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, and philanthropy. Born and raised in Ukraine, she sees things from a global viewpoint. She is very interested in how new technologies are able to give people the power to connect with each other. Follow @Mgorbis.

Kelly Hoey | @jkhoey
Kelly Hoey is the cofounder and managing director of Women Innovate Mobile, an angel investor, and a startup advisory board member. She is a serial connector who believes that “In the social business era, your network is a bottom-line business asset.” Hoey engages with her followers, posts inspiring content, and live-tweets many industry events and conferences. Follow @jkhoey.

Janet Hanson | @janethanson
Janet Hanson is the CEO and founder of 85 Broads. Janet is recognized as a unique voice and champion for women globally. She has built a global network community of 30,000 women at 85 Broads. Prior to founding 85 Broads, JHanson worked for Goldman Sachs and was the first woman in the firm’s history to be promoted to sales management. She is also a member of the Forbes Executive Women’s Board. Follow @janethanson.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | @RosabethKanter
Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a Harvard Business School professor and the author or coauthor of 17 books. She chairs a Harvard University group on creating innovative initiatives on advanced leadership. Kanter's tweets consist of inspiring thoughts and articles on how to succeed in business and become a better leader. Follow @RosabethKanter.

Andrea Kerzner | @AndreaKerzner
Andrea Kerzner has a deep commitment to arts education. She is the CEO of the Lalela Project. Kerzner has focused on arts and education to connect children at risk in Africa with students and donors in the United States, and she continues to do this important work through the Lalela Project today. She believes that the power of art and music can help individuals cope with conflict and overcome poverty. Follow @AndreaKerznerfor the latest trends and developments in art education.

Alice Korngold | @alicekorngold
Alice Korngold is the CEO of Korngold Consulting. Known for her thoughts on leadership, she consults to--and places business executives on--NGO and nonprofit boards. Her book A Better World, Inc.: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems . . . Where Governments Cannotis being published by Palgrave Macmillan this fall. Korngold is an expert blogger for Fast Company and tweets the latest news on best business leadership and CRS practices. Follow @alicekorngold.

Lucy P. Marcus | @lucymarcus
Lucy P. Marcus is the CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, a professor at IE Business School, and a Reuters board member and leadership columnist. Marcus is known for challenging conventional wisdom inside and outside the boardroom. She is considered one of the highest-regarded thought leaders and was recently recognized with the Thinkers50 Future Thinkers award and ranked 19th on the Reuters & Klout list of Most Influential Execs on the Web. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Huffington Post, and many more. Follow @lucymarcus.

Rita Gunther McGrath | @rgmcgrath
Rita Gunther McGrath is a Columbia Business School professor and a globally recognized expert, speaker, and author in business strategy and innovation. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the top 20 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50. McGrath has also been recognized as one of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. She tweets her opinions on business industry news, as well as disruptive tech. Follow @rgmcgrath.

Susan McPherson | @susanmcp1
Susan McPherson is SVP, director of global marketing at Fenton. Susan is a serial connector who leads Fenton’s CSR practice. She is a regular contributor for Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and often advises technology startups. McPherson serves on the board of Bpeace, an organization dedicated to assisting women in regions of conflict and post-conflict, startup businesses, and Earth 2 Hub, a London-based innovative media platform for science and technology. Follow @susanmcp1.

Nilofer Merchant | @nilofer
Nilofer Merchant is an author, corporate director, and speaker. She writes for Harvard Business Review and is of the most respected thought leaders in business and entrepreneurship. Known as the “Jane Bond of Innovation” and a visionary by CNBC, Merchant tweets about tech and business leadership, as well as politics. Follow @nilofer.

Jacqueline Novogratz | @jnovogratz
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of the Acumen Fund, an organization "changing the way the world tackles poverty." She is a well-respected advocate and humanitarian. Novogratz sits on the advisory board for many renowned groups and was also appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. She is a speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative and was featured in The Daily Beast’s 25 Smartest People of the Decade. Novogratz posts the latest news from developing countries, focusing on overcoming extreme poverty through the means of sustainable energy, education, and innovation. Follow @jnovogratz.

Maria Popova | @brainpicker
Originally from Bulgaria, Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a blog that features and covers a wide array of cultural topics: history, current events, and images and texts from previous decades. In 2012, Fast Company named Popova one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She posts a fantastic digest of the most interesting news on politics, culture, and art, making hers one of the most well-rounded accounts on Twitter. Follow her @brainpicker.

Maria Poveromo | @mariapoveromo
Maria Poveromo is the senior director of social media, analyst relations and public relations at Adobe. She is responsible for driving social media strategy and influencer relations programs across the company, and establishing the organizational framework for social media activities worldwide. Poveromo shares great insight on programs to engage influencers across traditional and new media channels, identifying the latest digital and social media trends for business. Follow @mariapoveromo.

Jennifer Preston | @JenniferPreston
Jennifer Preston was the first social media editor at the New York Times. She reports on the intersection of social media, politics, government, business, and real life. Prior to joining the New York Times, Preston was the City Hall bureau chief at New York Newsday. She has won numerous awards for investigative reporting. The social pioneer tweets the latest news on social media, as well as the top stories from the New York Times. Follow @JenniferPreston.

Zainab Salbi | @ZainabSalbi
Zainab Salbi is the founder and former CEO of Women for Women International. She is an activist and humanitarian for world peace and women’s rights. Salbi has been honored by President Clinton and was nominated as one of Harpers Bazaar's 21st-Century Heroines. The Guardian, Newsweek and the Daily Beast have all named Salbi as one of the Top 100 Women. Follow her for news, stats, and opinions on humanitarian crises and how you can contribute to making the world a better place. Follow @ZainabSalbi.

Katie Jacobs Stanton | @KatieS
Katie Jacobs Stanton is vice president of international at Twitter; her team is responsible for growing Twitter's audience outside the United States. She is the special advisor to the Office of Innovation at the U.S. Department of State and was also President Obama’s appointee to a newly created position, director of citizen participation. Stanton is a veteran of Google and was a producer for Yahoo! Finance. Follow @KatieS.

Elizabeth Warren | @Elizabethforma
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is an avid tweeter. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor and established the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She has written a number of academic works and has also served as assistant to the President and special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury. Warren regularly posts about the latest in policy news and often interacts with her fellow political peers. Follow @Elizabethforma.

--Ann Charles is the founder and CEO of BRANDfog, providing social media branding for CEOs to create transparency, strengthen brand reputation, and establish thought leadership. Charles is also on the advisory board of the Lalela Project, which provides educational arts to children affected by extreme poverty in South Africa, sparking creative thinking and awakening the entrepreneurial spirit. Follow her on Twitter at @annmcharles .

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  • Precious Sane Chapman

    This is a very biased report and only appears to represent white Caucasian women with a sprinkling of color...Plenty of smart and inspirational black women out there... Shame on you fast company!!!

  • randyr

    Ann Marie slaughter has an active twitter account. And willing to discuss ideas even with old conservative like me. This list had one futurist of interest to me. The rest did not strike an interest. The diversity issue was moot to me as many of those suggested were already defined by their views and reflect a different echo chamber than the ones you listed. In that, I mean you already know the answer beforehand on pretty much any issue. 
    I applaud your call for more voices but suggest you ask which female bloggers most irritate your readers. I suspect you would after investigation find a number of smart witty women with different views of future

  • Susan E Winter

    Thank you for this article, Ann. I'm always looking for great content to share on Twitter. Susan Winter

  • DrSnake

    You're grading on a curve, right? Because by its very nature, tweeting is for twits.
     

  • Ed Dunn

    Ok, if this is not enough evidence African-Americans have to take better charge in running the story in this technology field, I don't know what else to say. 

    I found this list incredible for not including the women running Fortune 500 companies like Kraft Foods and PepsiCo just not good enough to make the cut on this list. Or even some of the African women leaders who are making great decisions in their country rapid GDP growth. 

    Ann Charles like more readers of Fast Company are a bunch of self-absorbed white-privileged circle something that believes the world revolves them. If you believe in truth and diversity...please stop supporting this nonsense..we can do better.  

  • Marcusaveryfigueroa

    Awesome :)) dont know why people are complaining though.. if there isnt a poc then there isnt one.

  • Luna Lee

    As with all lists that list women in power or being smart, cutting edge, etc the list is lacking women of color. All these white faces.  If there's even so much as one person who's white and rolls their eyes reading these comments, I implore them to look at their own skewed views of race. #solidarityisforwhitewomen indeed!

  • Peter Cooper

    Incredible work; diversity drives innovation and growth; not backwards conservatism and Ayn Rand!

  • CareyC

    Are you not familiar with First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Condoleeza Rice, Ann Curry, Donna Brazile, Soledad O'Brien, Robin Roberts, B. Smith, just to name a few. A real insult! 

  • Jean

    See, this is a prime example of why you need to have more diversity in the newsroom.  Because when you don't, everything gets processed through a white lens. 

  • Emdury

    Wow, that was a lot of white women. I have a hard time believing the majority of the "smartest women on twitter" are white...

  • Jen Olney

    Great list....not one women who represents a conservative POV either. Carol Roth? Nope..this list is doesn't have any diversity or speaks to women who do not follow the liberal agenda. 

  • Mtsandifor

    The lack of women of color and the total exclusion of African American women is hard to swallow! A list of influencers should include a more diverse pool of perspectives, lives, and world view. I'm disappointed in Fast Company, but not surprised.  

  • IRS

    Smartest, may be an overstatement.  Progressive, liberal social elitists, yes.  Symbolism over substance, I guess.  Welcome to the Left.