September 25, 2017
Over the weekend, the film “Battle of the Sexes” premiered – it chronicles the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, which remains the most watched televised sports event of all time. I was fortunate to get a sneak peek of the movie, thanks to an invitation from my friend Billie Jean King, at its Los Angeles premier. The film reminded me of how far we’ve come as a society in terms of how we value the contributions and capabilities of both men and women. It also reminded me of how far we’ve yet to go and that men and women are still fighting globally for equal access to opportunity.
Also I attended the American Opportunity breakfast series hosted by CNN’s Poppy Harlow in New York. Poppy interviewed Melinda Gates who offered insightful commentary about the importance of ensuring women everywhere are able to receive the healthcare, education, capital resources and security they deserve. She shared her experience that when we advance the causes of women, we advance the causes of society. And I couldn’t agree more.
As the CEO of Mylan, I am reminded daily of the challenges and opportunities that exist around the globe. We have big issues to solve and we need to utilize all of our population to figure them out, not half of it. We know diversity from the tennis court to the board room produces better results and it will take all of us together to further this progress.
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