Diversity & Inclusion

10 Memorable CES 2021 Quotes from Female Leaders

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Overview We are constantly inspired by the women who continue to make their mark in the tech industry and beyond. For International Women’s Day 2021, we’re highlighting a few memorable quotes and insights from some of the visionary female leaders who joined us at CES® 2021.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate women around the world. It is an important day to showcase women’s achievements, embrace diverse female voices, and call for gender equality.

At CES® and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, we are proud to welcome visionary female industry champions to our events and stages. Recognizing International Women’s Day this March, we’d like to share some of the memorable quotes and insights from the women leaders who joined us at the all-digital CES 2021 and #ChoosetoChallenge every day.


It is an imperative that we reflect our communities. It’s been proven time and again that diverse teams produce better outcomes. It is not just about this year or this moment in time. It is about how each of us continuously is iterating and thinking about how we drive change for the long term.

Corie Barry
CEO, Best Buy

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We’re in a moment now where quick and decisive action is receiving positive reinforcement. Inertia has gotten us to where we are. If we start to embrace this momentum, change comes.

Nikki Darden
Head of Global Marketing, Citi

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If you think about a league of 80% women of color and how important it was for them to use their platform, this was bigger than basketball, this was a way to engage fans and casual viewers on important issues in society that the country was going through this summer up through the election.

Cathy Engelbert
WNBA Commissioner

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For me, it’s important that I take calculated risks. The risk part is that every day do something that makes you completely uncomfortable – something that scares you – something that takes you completely out of your comfort zone because it is a muscle that you have to develop day in and day out.

Latasha Gillespie
Head of Global Diversity, Amazon Studios

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The most important thing we all need to remember is that inclusive inputs lead to inclusive outputs. It's really important to have perspectives that have been historically underrepresented or at the margins of the creation of AI and make sure we have inputs that actually reflect the diversity of our world today.

Annie Jean-Baptiste
Head of Product Inclusion, Google LLC

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You actually can’t get to being purpose-driven unless you’re comfortable being uncomfortable and potentially making mistakes. [We celebrate] our team through the lens of progress over perfection.

Adrienne Lofton
Vice President for North American Marketing, Nike

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I think the lack of representational role models is a huge problem because you cannot be what you cannot see.

Taniya Mishra
CEO, SureStart

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Capital is extremely important, and we definitely need to address a much more equitable distribution of capital to diverse founding teams, but it’s more than that. We need to be opening doors, it’s the social capital that is grossly disproportionately allocated.

Andrea Turner Moffitt
Co-Founder and GP, Plum Alley

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I’ve tried to blaze trails my whole career. I don’t know if I had a particular goal in mind, but I certainly tried to do my best and to break whatever glass ceilings I could. My journey was to get a seat at the table and then to make a difference. If you have a team that’s only finishing your sentence and not shaking it up, you’re not going to grow.

Ann Sarnoff
Chair and CEO, Warner Media Studios and Network Groups

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Our differences are truly our greatest strength. We talk about inclusive cultures, we talk about equitable cultures, but we know that it all starts at the top. It starts with leadership, it starts with a conscious mindset for change.

Shelley Zalis
CEO, The Female Quotient

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On-demand programming from the all-digital CES 2021 is now available for all to view. The industry-changing insights and announcements shared by tech visionaries at CES 2021 are key to the continued growth and advancement of your business and our tech ecosystem. With that in mind, we’ve opened the CES sessions to everyone.

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