AUTHORS

Debra A. Benton

Debra Benton is a globally recognized executive coach (ranked in the top ten coaches in the world and the #1 female by www.topCEOcoaches.com), best-selling award-winning business author of ten books, and popular conference keynote speaker on leadership and executive effectiveness. Benton has been a successful business owner for many years having started her first company in 1976 at the age of 23, and over those years has conducted assignments in 18 countries. She has written for Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. She is regularly sought out as an expert resource on leadership issues for those publications as well as CNN, CBS, and NBC talk shows. Her parents ran their own businesses and she grew up listening about work related issues around the dinner table from the time she was in kindergarten. She says that learned from her parents “not only how to make a living but how to live.”

Kylie Wright-Ford

Kylie is a C-level executive, board member, speaker, entrepreneur, avid traveler and farmer. Born and raised in a small town in Australia called Cowra, she has lived and worked on three continents and now lives in Atlanta USA. Kylie was most recently the Chief Operating and Strategy Officer for World 50 which is a company that exists to connect executives with their peers for conversations about topics like leadership, sustainability, global politics and how to keep up with digital innovation. Prior to World 50, Kylie worked for New York based GLG, the world’s largest professional learning platform. She completed her MBA at Oxford University in 2005 after working in finance in Australia for 10 years including for Goldman Sachs JBWere.

Kylie studied economics at the University of New England in Armidale and completed Honors at the University of Melbourne. She has two children with her Australian husband Adam Ford and still calls Australia home…


Kylie on Leadership:

Every moment that you spend inspiring others by doing the simple things, the hard things, the good things and the tough things that you do as a leader changes lives forever.

My leadership philosophy is based on the traits that I hold most dear – tenacity (never give up), generosity (everyone makes mistakes) and honesty.

I am an unapologetic laissez fare leader because I believe smart people need freedom to perform. I believe that the good guy wins in the end and that when women are at the top of more organizations, global growth will go up and scandals will go down. It will make the world a better place…