Fortune names Princeton’s Courtney Banghart one of world’s greatest leaders


Princeton women’s basketball coach Courtney Banghart is getting noticed at a much higher level after she was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of world’s 50 greatest leaders, joining elite company that includes Pope Francis, elected government officials, CEOs, chiefs of NGOs, athletes and artists.

Oh, and Taylor Swift.

Fortune said of Banghart:

Taking charge of a mediocre team that had never made it to the NCAA tournament, Banghart coached the Tigers to five Ivy League championships. This season the Tigers went 31–0 before losing to No. 4–seeded Maryland in the NCAA tourney. But Banghart, who has a master’s degree in leadership development, expects more of her players than great play: They must adhere to Princeton’s tough academic standards too.

Banghart guided the Tigers to a 31-1 record, a No. 13 ranking in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls and a victory in the NCAA Tournament this season. The winningest coach in Princeton women’s basketball history is 169-67 in eight seasons and has guided the Tigers to five Ivy League championships in the last six seasons.

She will attend Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” dinner on May 18 in New York. Read more.