Title: Owner/executive producer, 11 Eleven Productions
A reason why she is a Forty: Carruthers is an active supporter of LGBTQ rights, a philanthropist and an early supporter of Girls Rock/Des Moines.
What drives her: Three years ago, Iowa ranked near the bottom among states on the number of women-owned businesses. That prompted Carruthers to start her own.
An interesting fact about Carruthers: Has worked in customer service, corporate real estate, event production, nonprofit work and as a small-business consultant.