WOLVERHAMPTON, England and LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A University of Wolverhampton graduate who was part of the pioneering team behind the Xbox Kinect is to present a prestigious annual lecture. Val Wright will present the Crystal Lecture, a joint event hosted by the University and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), on Thursday 26 October 2017. CMI is the only chartered professional body for management and leadership.
Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Miceal Barden, said: "As a graduate of the University who has gone on to great things at companies including Microsoft, Amazon, BMW, House of Fraser and Marconi, we are really looking forward to hearing her insights into business, innovation and growth."
Dilshad Sheikh, Chair of CMI's West Midlands Board, said: "As the home of professional management, we provide businesses and students with valuable leadership and management insights. We're delighted to welcome Val Wright to share her experiences as a successful manager and leader as inspiring lessons for all to transform businesses and careers."
Born in Stourbridge, internationally acclaimed innovation expert Val Wright founded her first company aged 15 as part of the HSBC sponsored Young Enterprise Scheme. House of Fraser sponsored Val's day release from their Management Training Scheme to study Business and Finance at the University of Wolverhampton 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, 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. 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 The 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, Bloomberg, Reuters, LA Times, and Today.
Val now lives in Los Angles, California with her three daughters and husband.
Questions about this event can be addressed to CMI Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 011 441536 207461.
Further details: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-social-sciences/university-of-wolverhampton-business-school/news-and-events/crystal-lecture-2017/
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