Crystal Lecture 2017

Making a Positive Difference by being Thoughtfully Ruthless

Val WrightDate: 26 October 2017

Time: 6pm to 8.30pm

Venue: MH002, Mary Seacole Building (MH), Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD (see programme below for more details)

Speaker - Val Wright

‌Internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright was named as one of the top 50 resources for Chief Operating Officers by ClickSoftware. She is one of only 64 experts inducted into the Million Dollar Consultant® Hall of Fame.

Born in Stourbridge, Val founded her first company aged 15 as part of the HSBC sponsored Young Enterprise Scheme. Rackhams, House of Fraser sponsored Val’s day release from their Management Training Scheme to study Business and Finance HNC at Wolverhampton University demonstrating that there are multiple ways to combine business experience with education.

After tenures with Land Rover under BMW ownership, and Marconi during the boom and bust of the 2000 bubble, Val joined Microsoft after they acquired the Rare games studio in Twycross, Val joined to lead the transformation following acquisition, Microsoft then relocated her to Seattle to the Xbox headquarters where Val participated on the small team that created the fastest-selling device of all time, Kinect for Xbox, which won a Guinness Book of World Record, selling over 20 million devices. This contributed to the turnaround of Microsoft’s Entertainment business from a billion-dollar loss to a multimillion-dollar profit machine.

The global clients who have requested her help include Starbucks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Financial Times, Gartner, and DreamWorks Animation. Val’s corporate experience includes tenures during dramatic growth periods at Amazon, BMW, Microsoft, House Of Fraser, Marconi, and Sema Group.

Her unique approach, which she has trademarked as Thoughtfully Ruthless®, has produced typical client results of market domination in extraordinarily short time frames along with compassionate truth telling, fearlessness, and extensive creative, technical, and leadership gains.

Val’s books include: Thoughtfully Ruthless: The Key to Exponential Growth, Wiley, 2016, named Business Book of the Year 2017 by the Independent Press Awards, and Innovation Trifecta: How to Catapult Innovation by Creating a Symbiotic Relationship between Creative, Business, and Technical Minds. She is a regular contributor on CNBC, Inc. Magazine, Business Insider, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, MSN, and Today.

Val now lives in California with her three daughters and husband.


6.00pm: Refreshments and networking - The Forum, Lord Swraj Paul Building, University of Wolverhampton Business School

7.00pm: Introductions and presentation of CMI Rosebowl Award -  Lecture Theatre, Mary Seacole Building (adjacent to Business School)

7.10pm: Lecture by Val Wright

8.30pm: Event concludes

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