Ms. Gannon epitomizes a new breed of influential leaders who drive transformative change, advocate for diversity and inclusion, and inspire the next generation to reach new heights. Her unwavering commitment to empowering women, fostering equitable workplaces, and leaving an indelible impact on communities defines her as a true trailblazer and an inspiration.
As the Founder and CEO of Brightworks Consulting, Ms. Gannon embodies a new era of leadership that includes fostering inclusive collaboration. With her expertise in leadership development, change management, and the critical domain of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I), she provides a way for organizations to adopt progressive and best practice solutions.
Ms. Gannon's innovative research centers around the profound belief that authentic change occurs within the very communities where we live and work. This commitment led her to establish The Foundation for Female Equity and Inclusion (501c3) in early 2020, where she currently serves as President and co-founder. Embodying the spirit of community, the Foundation passionately empowers women and girls in local communities by providing them with invaluable resources to foster gender equity and economic stability. The Foundation’s comprehensive offerings include career development and holistic well-being initiatives to pathways that provide access to higher education. Furthermore, the Foundation diligently works with employers, offering best practice solutions to drive inclusion and equity in the workplace.
Ms. Gannon's exceptional contributions have garnered her recognition, with prestigious accolades to her name. In 2022, she was honored with the coveted Most Influential Woman in Arizona Business Award, following her earlier triumph as the recipient of the Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business award in 2021. Such accolades are a testament to her unwavering dedication and desire to make an impact.
Her influence extends beyond awards and recognition. Ms. Gannon is the host of the highly acclaimed weekly leadership podcast, "Great Companies! Great Leaders!" In this dynamic platform, she engages in insightful conversations with prominent thought leaders spanning various sectors and industries, spotlighting innovative ideas and inspiring change.
A prolific author, Ms. Gannon has co-authored several influential books that resonate with the challenges and triumphs of today's leaders. Notably, "Constitutional Grit: Using Grit as a Catalyst for Female Equity in the C Suite" stands as a beacon of empowerment, igniting the flame of change and fostering gender equality. Additionally, "Executive Women Grit: Powerful Stories of Women Who Earned the Silver Spoon" captivates readers with remarkable narratives of extraordinary women who have excelled in their respective fields.
Prior to the launch of Brightworks Consulting, Ms. Gannon's transformative leadership impacted global corporations. At IBM, she held the esteemed position of Global Leader for Transformation and Change, leveraging her expertise to guide clients through complex and pivotal journeys. Her multifaceted background also includes serving as Vice President of Business Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma, an accomplishment complemented by her Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
While Phoenix, Arizona serves as home base, Ms. Gannon's unwavering commitment extends far beyond the confines of her headquarters. Deeply vested in her community, she actively engages in board service, volunteering, and mentoring the next generation of women, offering invaluable guidance as they navigate the intricate landscape of both the workplace and the communities they serve.