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Wondering When The Perfect Time To Speak Up Is?
Val Wright -- Global Leadership and Innovation Expert Val Wright -- Global Leadership and Innovation Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Los Angeles , CA
Thursday, September 26, 2019


I do not believe in the insanity of tick-box diversity and inclusion, but I am dumbfounded that a Top Innovators list with 99 men and one woman was created and published in 2019.

 As a member of the Harvest Summit board, here’s what I had to say as part of our collective response last week.

“There just aren’t women out there” is a ridiculous defensive excuse. “It is the pool’s fault. I can’t help it if there aren’t enough women CEOs.” 

If the pool is the problem – go back and ask yourself what exactly are we trying to achieve identifying the top innovators and how can we best do that? It is like the lazy answer to why companies don’t hire more diversity of any kind. "We can’t get the applicants, we don’t think they are out there, it’s not my fault it is the pool of available people."

 I am not buying it.

What this list shows is that even when some of the smartest brains get together to create a showcase of brilliant minds, common sense does not always prevail.

Of course, now everyone can see producing a list of top innovators with more men called Stanley than women on it is preposterous, but no-one in the creators or publishing side of this report saw it or had a loud enough voice to air it before it woke up the internet this week.”

 The question now for executives everywhere is where does this show up in your company and what can you do about it?

The time to speak up is now.

  Val Wright is a recognized leadership and organization expert. Working with Xbox, Microsoft, Amazon and LinkedIn, she has spent the last 20 years partnering with executives to accelerate growth and gain market superiority across the the games, technology, retail and e-commerce industries.

She is know for telling leaders what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. Leaders seek her out when they need to accelerate their business results, build organizations, develop leaders and create world-class people strategies. Val is a dynamic speaker who will provoke, inspire and provide immediate value to your audience. She has been quoted in Fast Company, E-commerce times, Yahoo.com, Aol.com, usnews.com, NJ.com, TheNetworkJournal.com and TechNerwsWorld.com.

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