Women are ambitious; they just define it and do it differently, which is exactly what makes their ability to innovate and adapt so powerful.

recent study my firm conducted with IDS Publishing on women achievers and innovators found these women are driven by four things: (1) Status – recognition, social standing and wealth; (2) Power – influence and achievement; (3) Curiosity – problem-solving and learning new ways; and (4) Idealism – making the world a better place.

To solve 21st century challenges – from infrastructure to climate change to inequality to global competition and peace – we desperately need new solutions.

This International Women’s Day, the chaos of this pandemic economy presents an opportunity to broaden our definition of who is “credible” to enable many more potential solutions from female voices.

It just might give us the next miracle vaccine or energy source.