Power is fast becoming a woman's game. Used to be it was exercised by monied men on golf courses and in oak-paneled board rooms. (How dated is that?!) These days, true clout is measured by who you know and, more important, what you do with those contacts. And nobody knows how to network better than we do. Want to spot a real power broker? Start here, with the 2nd-annual New Guard list of the most connected women in America.More
38, ACTRESS, WRITER, PRODUCER, CO-FOUNDER OF LE TRAIN TRAIN AT WARNER BROS. (@IAMRASHIDAJONES)
Roles on NBC's The Office and Parks and Recreation made the second-generation Hollywood Harvard grad (mom is actress Peggy Lipton, dad is uber producer Quincy Jones) a familiar face. Jones is comfortable on both sides of the camera—her hot TV production company has nine shows in development. Their first series, the rom-com A to Z, is on NBC now. Upcoming: the title role in Steve Carell's comedy Angie Tribeca as an LAPD officer.
35, CREATOR/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND STAR OF ABC'S CRISTELA (@CRISTELA9)
Her start as a stand-up comedian helped her craft the image that has made this Texan one of the few Latinas on primetime in a central role. Her show, about life as a first-generation Mexican-American, was initially nixed by ABC execs who then snapped it up after seeing a bare-bones episode she bankrolled with her kill fee.