First, consider the United States Constitution.

to the U.S. Constitution

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. 

The Preamble declares who is enacting this Constitution—the people of “the United States.” The document is the collective enactment of all U.S. citizens. 

The words of the Preamble afford protections to a country and its citizenry.  When half of the constituents, women, cannot fully realize those constitutional rights, we leave ourselves vulnerable – morally, economically, and culturally. If we continue to compromise full representation and participation of women, we disenfranchise and deprive half of the country’s (and world) population of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

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Constitutional Grit is more than a book. It is a movement, supported by years of research identifying why there is a tremendous opportunity for women to be participants in the  C-Suite and the governing boards of the greatest corporations.


There is a global inequity requiring a scientific approach to a systems problem.  


With only 7.4% of women CEO’s in the Fortune 500 and the World Economic Forum reporting it will take 257 years for gender equity, there’s never been a better time to present gritty solutions to solve for this long-standing issue.”

This book seeks to reinforce the importance of female advancement by identifying the barriers in achieving gender parity and uncovering solutions to accomplish this goal. The research collected and shared represents existing gender equity best practices, curates the latest research, identifies ways to replicate best in class gender equity for a corporation, and ultimately creates an algorithm, combining the individual grit of women and gritty tactics of organizations to create the formula for achieving desired success.



Despite recent advances in female board participation globally, gender diversity among top executives remains disappointingly low across all markets, with some improvement discerned in the past few years. When considering international governance, the ISS Environmental & Social Quality Score reports that ‘The U.S. lags behind gender diversity policy disclosure for senior management.

Women in the C-Suite: The Next Frontier in Gender Diversity, Harvard Law School, August 2018


Women are a huge untapped source of economic growth. Unlocking their full potential will require concerted action by both public and private sectors. There is a huge range of actions that can catalyze the economic potential of women. Recognition that leaving the economic status quo unchallenged and unchanged is not an option.

Council on Foreign Relations, Empowering Women Will Drive Economic Growth, May 2016

Women in the C-Suite: The Next Frontier in Gender Diversity, Harvard Law School, August 2018


To Ensure Full Representation and participation in C-Suites and Boardrooms expands and deepens the original grit model, fueling the NextGeneration of Awareness, Executive Grit and Investment Action.  What happens if Corporate Social Responsibility, Women on Boards© model and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action efforts were merged, creating a reconceptualization of Corporate GRIT forcing a recasting of specific measures that foster full representation and participation by Women in C-Suites and boardroom? What if we were to infuse parity parameters into the model that held corporations responsible and accountable for measurable, meaningful change?

Women in the C-Suite: The Next Frontier in Gender Diversity, Harvard Law School, August 2018


Christine Gannon

Founder and CEO of Brightworks Consulting

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Christine Gannon, Founder and CEO of Brightworks Consulting, a respected exemplary leader in the public and private sector and an invested architect of change. Launching Brightworks Consulting in 2007 and growing into a national team of consultants, she and her team provide strategic planning, community outreach and engagement, business process improvement and organizational development.

Prior to launching Brightworks Consulting, Ms. Gannon was the Global Leader for Transformation and Change at IBM, as well as Vice President of Business Process Improvement and Lean Six Sigma holding a Master Black Belt certification.


She served as a leader, advisor and consultant for IBM’s internal transformation efforts and led global teams within IBM’s Outsourcing and Operations Strategy, specifically serving Fortune 100 organizations.  Before joining IBM, Ms. Gannon served as a Global Program and Communications Executive at American Express, delivering key technology initiatives in the Asia Pacific regions, Australia and the UK.

Part of her career experience includes time serving the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) as a Strategic Advisor.  Ms. Gannon successfully crafted and delivered VECI’s key mission and objectives collaborating with internal and external stakeholders including Congress, agency partners, government and non-government organizations, non-profits, service members and Veterans.


She developed influential strategies that were implemented at the national level, with direct impact to Arizona, connecting Veterans and transitioning service members with competitive employment and education opportunities.  

Ms. Gannon is the author of The Excellence Code:  7 Steps to Achieve Lasting Impact™, The Patient Prescription© and co-author of Constitutional Grit: Using Grit as a Catalyst for Female Equity in the C Suite.  


She is deeply invested in the community via board memberships, volunteering and mentoring.   

Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson

 Deputy Vice President of Educational Outreach & Student Services at Arizona State University

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Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson has been a senior leader in the private and public sector for over 25 years. She currently serves as Deputy Vice President of Educational Outreach & Student Services at Arizona State University. 

Prior to ASU, she served as Senior Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and founding Dean and Professor of a successful Honors College with over 2,000 students. Her areas of expertise are considered strategic planning, finance and business operations, program evaluation and effectiveness, curriculum, evidence-based decision making, compliance, instruction, and analytics. 

Dr. Farmer-Thompson earned a Doctorate of Health Education from AT Still University, researching enhanced instructional strategies for online learning in science and non-science courses, along with an MBA with an emphasis in Health Systems Management, an MAEd, and Bachelors in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. 

Community embeddedness is also part of her personal mission having served on numerous boards such as Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, Phoenix College President’s Advisory Council, the Governor’s Commission on Equity in State Contracting, and others.


Also an author and presenter, she has a deep desire and proven track record in helping advance the aspirations of the underrepresented, particularly women, both professionally and personally.


Dr. Farmer-Thompson resides in Paradise Valley and enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Ronald Thompson (who has two successful dental practices in the Valley) and their three exceptional sons. 

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