Abigail Jennings, Lake Norman Realty
Abigail Jennings didn’t intend to work for Lake Norman Realty, a company her father started in 1978. Raised in a family of real estate agents, she studied fine arts at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. But after graduation in 1990, she found it difficult to find a job, so she reluctantly took a part-time job under her father’s wing, “doing all of the things no one else wanted to do,” she said. Today, she’s the company’s president.