NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29:  Producer Lisa Cortes attends IFP's 20th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 29, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP) *** Local Caption *** Lisa Cortes

Lisa Cortes

Breaking into the entertainment industry as one of the pioneers behind Def Jam Records, Lisa Cortes produced some of hip hop's top acts during the '80s. She became the co-founder and CEO of Rush Producers Management, representing some of the golden era's best music producers, but eventually used her talents to branch off into the film industry. With movie credits such as The Woodsman and Shadowboxer on her resume, Cortes is best known for executive producing 2009's hit drama Precious. 

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)