Pequot Library’s annual meeting features guest speaker Bob Wright

Bob Wright

Bob Wright

Pequot Library hosts guest speaker, Robert “Bob” Wright, on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4-6 p.m., as part of their annual meeting. All are welcome; only Friends of Pequot Library (Pequot Library Association) members can vote. The public can: review the minutes from the 2015 Annual Meeting; review proposed revisions to the PLA bylaws; meet the proposed new board members; and celebrate the volunteer Award Recipients. Light food and drink will be provided.

Bob Wright is an American lawyer, businessman, philanthropist, and author. Wright is a former NBC executive, having served as president and CEO from 1986 to 2001, and chairman and CEO from 2001 until he retired in 2007. He has been credited with overseeing the broadcast network’s expansion into a media conglomerate and leading the company to record earnings in the 1990s. Prior to NBC, he held several posts at General Electric in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and served as GE’s vice chairman until he retired from that role in 2008. In 2005, he and his wife, Suzanne Wright, founded Autism Speaks. His book, The Wright Stuff: from NBC to Autism Speaks, written with Diane Mermigas, was published March 29, 2016.

From Amazon.com: Named president and CEO of NBC at the age of 43, he faced a two-headed dragon: on one hand, distrust from the network people deeply skeptical of the “suit” from GE, their new corporate parent; and on the other, fiscal oversight demands from a cautious, conservative institution reluctant to invest heavily in a media business they didn’t understand. For the next 20 years, he managed to navigate the fine line between the two and in the process completely reinvent ― and save ― the network.

His name is Bob Wright. Under his leadership, a traditional network, struggling to survive a changing landscape, was transformed into a $45 billion cable and internet giant. Frequently flying under the GE corporate radar, Wright and his hand-picked team spearheaded what amounts to a revolution in broadcast television: embracing, rather than resisting, cable; launching alternative news channels CNBC and MSNBC, along with MSNBC.com, NBC’s powerful springboard to the internet; creating strategic partnerships with other media companies formerly considered competitors; a string of acquisitions that solidified NBC’s leadership in multiple US and international markets, culminating in the lucrative merger into NBC Universal.

What does someone like that do when he retires? If he’s Bob Wright, he starts all over again. At almost the exact same time as Bob’s NBC reign was winding down, his grandson Christian was diagnosed with autism, a condition then poorly understood. As the two story lines unfold in The Wright Stuff, readers will gradually see that both endeavors ― revitalizing NBC and building Autism Speaks ― reflect the same key management tenets that apply to any organization facing disruptive change.

Book sales, refreshments, and signing follow Bob Wright’s presentation. All proceeds from book sales will support Pequot Library.

Please visit pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this vibrant library, educational, arts and cultural institution. All classes and programs are open to everyone. For information: (203) 259-0346 ext. 15. Follow Pequot Library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!

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