One new nominee will be added each day over the coming weeks and they will then put the final list of influential women to a vote between a panel of experts and the general public.
Additional nominees will be sought by you, the public, and you can email your own thoughts on who should be in the list, together with your reasons why to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIONA COGHLAN (Ireland Women's captain):
Fiona Coghlan captained the Ireland Women's squad to a memorable Six Nations Grand Slam win last year, following in the footsteps of the likes of men's captains Karl Mullen (1948) and Brian O'Driscoll (2009) and Under-20s skipper David Pollock (2007).
Having played internationally for 13 years, it was a fitting tribute when she was also awarded the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year award last December.
Her leadership on the field of play over the course of her career has been immense but part of the reason for her inclusion in this list is her commitment to promoting Women's sport through an accomplished media profile.
Coghlan, the 80-times capped prop, was front and centre stage as Aon came on board as sponsors of the Ireland Women's squad and as they played their first ever international at the Aviva Stadium.
In true amateur tradition she combines her rigorous training schedule for club, province and the national team with holding down a full-time job as a teacher in Lucan.
Like a number of those who have gone before on the Sport for Business list and who will come in the next weeks, she will be a key role model for younger players coming through who can see that it is possible to play sport to a high level as part of a busy life.
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