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Frances West

Internationally Recognized Thought Leader, Strategy Advisor & Women-in-Technology Trailblazer; Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

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 Frances West Biography

Frances West delivers thought-provoking personalized speaking engagements that influence leaders, impact businesses and inspire organizational transformation.

Also recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on digital inclusion, West is considered a trail-blazing woman-in-tech pioneer in elevating the business case for human first design in digital innovation. Her strategic approach brings the transformational initiatives required for the next normal into real-life actions, resulting in an intersectional workplace that truly reflects parity for all people.

In June 2016, Frances West concluded her stellar, three decades-long career as IBM first Chief Accessibility Officer to found her global advisory company FrancesWestCo, working with public, private and non-profit organizations, including start-ups, to drive disruptive innovation and operationalize inclusion as a business imperative. A global information technology executive with in-depth market-making expertise, West’s wealth of experience has helped industries accelerate growth, drive expansion and inspire innovation.

Unique among her peers, West is the rare business leader with both the hands-on enterprise management experience and digital inclusion perspective to help organizations achieve actual transformational change and innovation. As a non-English speaking Asian immigrant, she has fought against barriers throughout her career to achieve extraordinary success at aligning business principle, purpose and profit. Her inspirational talks center around managing the challenges of adversity and the disruption of the unknown by following one’s true North.

West began as a systems engineer at IBM and rose to become Chief Accessibility Officer in 2014. Among her many achievements, she held numerous high-level executive positions in Research, Banking, Insurance, and Partner and Business Development. She holds several US patents for inclusive technologies.

The noted author of “Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation, her timely, actionable book on digital inclusion, West’s work was recognized in 2019 at both the CES and SXSW conferences. An influential business thought-leader and inspirational speaker, she has been invited to discuss digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies like Google, Daimler and ING, among others.

Throughout her career, West has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, notably the Leadership award from the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT’s (G3ICT), a finalist for the Mobile World Congress Shanghai Women4Tech Award and the first John D Kemp Individual Leadership Award from the US Business Leadership Network (aka Disability: IN), and holds an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as an appointment as instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her advanced executive education includes study at both Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.

Among her many prestigious speaking engagements, West has served as the sole IT industry representative to testify before the US Senate on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. She has delivered keynotes at policy forums for the United Nations and led panels at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and CES in Las Vegas. She created and conducted the Inclusive Financial Services Forum in New York, Paris and Beijing with clients such as Met Life, Barclay Banks, and Bank of China.

West is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the International Women’s Forum; the World Institute on Disability; and chair of Strategy and Development at G3ict, a UN Affiliated organization promoting digital inclusion. She is active in mentorship, volunteering and community service. Born in Taiwan, West attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and was graduated with a marketing degree from the University of Kentucky.

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Authentic Inclusion™: Drives Disruptive Innovation

Authentic Inclusion™: Drives Disruptive Innovation

Speaking Topics
  • Authentic Inclusion: The Strategic Business Imperative that Drives Disruptive Innovation

    Learn from this Insightful talk on new perspectives that will inspire leaders to achieve disruptive innovation through authentic inclusion, offering a strategic blueprint for business to operationalize inclusion.

  • Human First Design and the Inclusive Digital Workplace: A Blueprint to Removing Barriers and Driving Value

    Frances talks about how to operationalize inclusion holistically from the top down and across all functions, so it scales and sustains. She takes a close look at why technology is not fulfilling its promise and how we can better prepare the workforce of the future.

  • Best of Both Worlds: Why and how Asian Value creates Authentic American Leadership

    Frances talks from the heart about the myths and truths surrounding Asian women who lead. She shares personal stories of challenges encountered and overcome and how she manages through turbulence. Her insights are drawn from her three decades ascending through the ranks and reaching the top of the corporate ladder at IBM. Frances’ perspective on building consensus and relationships to foster long-lasting loyalty offers a holistic strategy valuable for every woman, of any ethnicity.

  • Taking It Personally: Gaining Strength from Your Ethnicity, Your Family to Live Authentically

    In this timely talk, Frances speaks about why bringing your whole life to work strengthens your inner compass and helps manage the challenges of adversity and the disruption of the unknown, based on her personal journey as a trailblazing woman in tech, from non-English speaking Asian immigrant to the C-suite at IBM. She covers how to lead as an Asian immigrant woman in times of change or crisis.

  • Purpose, Profit and Principle: The Path to Inclusive Digital Transformation

    Frances’ focus here is on the implications of technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution, examining why we must think human-first and act holistically to fulfill tech’s promise to serve and delight all humans.

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  • HOW TO BOOK Frances West?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Frances West for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Frances West, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Frances West or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Frances West?

    Booking fees for Frances West, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Frances West, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Frances West?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Frances West for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Frances West for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Frances West or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Frances West or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Frances West

Internationally Recognized Thought Leader, Strategy Advisor & Women-in-Technology Trailblazer; Former IBM Chief Accessibility Officer

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Frances West Biography

Frances West delivers thought-provoking personalized speaking engagements that influence leaders, impact businesses and inspire organizational transformation.

Also recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on digital inclusion, West is considered a trail-blazing woman-in-tech pioneer in elevating the business case for human first design in digital innovation. Her strategic approach brings the transformational initiatives required for the next normal into real-life actions, resulting in an intersectional workplace that truly reflects parity for all people.

In June 2016, Frances West concluded her stellar, three decades-long career as IBM first Chief Accessibility Officer to found her global advisory company FrancesWestCo, working with public, private and non-profit organizations, including start-ups, to drive disruptive innovation and operationalize inclusion as a business imperative. A global information technology executive with in-depth market-making expertise, West’s wealth of experience has helped industries accelerate growth, drive expansion and inspire innovation.

Unique among her peers, West is the rare business leader with both the hands-on enterprise management experience and digital inclusion perspective to help organizations achieve actual transformational change and innovation. As a non-English speaking Asian immigrant, she has fought against barriers throughout her career to achieve extraordinary success at aligning business principle, purpose and profit. Her inspirational talks center around managing the challenges of adversity and the disruption of the unknown by following one’s true North.

West began as a systems engineer at IBM and rose to become Chief Accessibility Officer in 2014. Among her many achievements, she held numerous high-level executive positions in Research, Banking, Insurance, and Partner and Business Development. She holds several US patents for inclusive technologies.

The noted author of “Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation, her timely, actionable book on digital inclusion, West’s work was recognized in 2019 at both the CES and SXSW conferences. An influential business thought-leader and inspirational speaker, she has been invited to discuss digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies like Google, Daimler and ING, among others.

Throughout her career, West has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, notably the Leadership award from the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICT’s (G3ICT), a finalist for the Mobile World Congress Shanghai Women4Tech Award and the first John D Kemp Individual Leadership Award from the US Business Leadership Network (aka Disability: IN), and holds an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as an appointment as instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her advanced executive education includes study at both Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.

Among her many prestigious speaking engagements, West has served as the sole IT industry representative to testify before the US Senate on the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. She has delivered keynotes at policy forums for the United Nations and led panels at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and CES in Las Vegas. She created and conducted the Inclusive Financial Services Forum in New York, Paris and Beijing with clients such as Met Life, Barclay Banks, and Bank of China.

West is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts chapter of the International Women’s Forum; the World Institute on Disability; and chair of Strategy and Development at G3ict, a UN Affiliated organization promoting digital inclusion. She is active in mentorship, volunteering and community service. Born in Taiwan, West attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and was graduated with a marketing degree from the University of Kentucky.

Frances West Videos

  • Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation
  • Frances West On Authentic Inclusion, Women in Tech & Digital...
  • Authentic Inclusion: What is it and why it matters? | Frances West |...

Frances West Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Frances West

Frances West Speaking Topics

  • Authentic Inclusion: The Strategic Business Imperative that Drives Disruptive Innovation

    Learn from this Insightful talk on new perspectives that will inspire leaders to achieve disruptive innovation through authentic inclusion, offering a strategic blueprint for business to operationalize inclusion.

  • Human First Design and the Inclusive Digital Workplace: A Blueprint to Removing Barriers and Driving Value

    Frances talks about how to operationalize inclusion holistically from the top down and across all functions, so it scales and sustains. She takes a close look at why technology is not fulfilling its promise and how we can better prepare the workforce of the future.

  • Best of Both Worlds: Why and how Asian Value creates Authentic American Leadership

    Frances talks from the heart about the myths and truths surrounding Asian women who lead. She shares personal stories of challenges encountered and overcome and how she manages through turbulence. Her insights are drawn from her three decades ascending through the ranks and reaching the top of the corporate ladder at IBM. Frances’ perspective on building consensus and relationships to foster long-lasting loyalty offers a holistic strategy valuable for every woman, of any ethnicity.

  • Taking It Personally: Gaining Strength from Your Ethnicity, Your Family to Live Authentically

    In this timely talk, Frances speaks about why bringing your whole life to work strengthens your inner compass and helps manage the challenges of adversity and the disruption of the unknown, based on her personal journey as a trailblazing woman in tech, from non-English speaking Asian immigrant to the C-suite at IBM. She covers how to lead as an Asian immigrant woman in times of change or crisis.

  • Purpose, Profit and Principle: The Path to Inclusive Digital Transformation

    Frances’ focus here is on the implications of technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution, examining why we must think human-first and act holistically to fulfill tech’s promise to serve and delight all humans.

FAQs on booking Frances West

  • How to book Frances West?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Frances West for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Frances West, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Frances West or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Frances West?

    Booking fees for Frances West, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Frances West, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Frances West?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Frances West for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Frances West for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Frances West or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Frances West or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Frances West is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Authentic Inclusion: The Strategic Business Imperative that Drives Disruptive Innovation, Human First Design and the Inclusive Digital Workplace: A Blueprint to Removing Barriers and Driving Value, Best of Both Worlds: Why and how Asian Value creates Authentic American Leadership, Taking It Personally: Gaining Strength from Your Ethnicity, Your Family to Live Authentically and Purpose, Profit and Principle: The Path to Inclusive Digital Transformation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Frances West for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Frances West generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are R "Ray" Wang, Arlan Hamilton, Nicole Yeary, Kat Holmes and Jennifer Hyman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Frances West for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Frances West Speaker Videos

  • Authentic Inclusion Drives Disruptive Innovation
    Frances West On Authentic Inclusion, Women in Tech & Digital Transformation
  • Authentic Inclusion: What is it and why it matters? | Frances West | TEDx

Frances West Speaking Topics

  • Authentic Inclusion: The Strategic Business Imperative that Drives Disruptive Innovation

    Learn from this Insightful talk on new perspectives that will inspire leaders to achieve disruptive innovation through authentic inclusion, offering a strategic blueprint for business to operationalize inclusion.

  • Human First Design and the Inclusive Digital Workplace: A Blueprint to Removing Barriers and Driving Value

    Frances talks about how to operationalize inclusion holistically from the top down and across all functions, so it scales and sustains. She takes a close look at why technology is not fulfilling its promise and how we can better prepare the workforce of the future.

  • Best of Both Worlds: Why and how Asian Value creates Authentic American Leadership

    Frances talks from the heart about the myths and truths surrounding Asian women who lead. She shares personal stories of challenges encountered and overcome and how she manages through turbulence. Her insights are drawn from her three decades ascending through the ranks and reaching the top of the corporate ladder at IBM. Frances’ perspective on building consensus and relationships to foster long-lasting loyalty offers a holistic strategy valuable for every woman, of any ethnicity.

  • Taking It Personally: Gaining Strength from Your Ethnicity, Your Family to Live Authentically

    In this timely talk, Frances speaks about why bringing your whole life to work strengthens your inner compass and helps manage the challenges of adversity and the disruption of the unknown, based on her personal journey as a trailblazing woman in tech, from non-English speaking Asian immigrant to the C-suite at IBM. She covers how to lead as an Asian immigrant woman in times of change or crisis.

  • Purpose, Profit and Principle: The Path to Inclusive Digital Transformation

    Frances’ focus here is on the implications of technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution, examining why we must think human-first and act holistically to fulfill tech’s promise to serve and delight all humans.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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