Michele Wright Joins SMPTE as Director of Business Development and Outreach


Michele Wright

SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists and engineers, today named Michele Wright director of business development and outreach. She will lead the company’s marketing and sales teams and partner with SMPTE staff and volunteers to guide cross-platform marketing and outreach to new and diverse members and partners.

“With graduate degrees in engineering and public policy, and a track record of transformational leadership in a variety of roles and environments, Michele comes to this SMPTE role ready to partner with colleagues to achieve meaningful change and growth. for society,” said David, Executive Director of SMPTE. Grind. “She has a unique ability to share and communicate a vision for change, then foster and guide a hands-on approach to implementation and administration, all aimed at improving operations and contributing to growth and scaling up the organization. I am delighted to welcome him to SMPTE.

Wright is a multi-faceted senior executive with experience in pharmaceutical/biotechnology sales, healthcare administration and business development for Fortune 100 companies and an international non-profit organization. She has received numerous accolades and awards for her work as an advocate for health equity, as a writer and creator of social-emotional and STEM-focused entertainment content and platforms for elementary school students, and as a business and organizational leader.

A native of Tuskegee, Ala., Wright is USA Today’s 2022 Woman of the Year for Arkansas and a 2022-23 AARP Purpose Award Scholar. She and her husband, Terry Wright, made history in 2022 as the first people of color to be honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) with the organization’s highest honor, the Breath of Life Award. and to be named CF Ambassadors. She is the recipient of the 2021 Nations of Women Change Makers Global Leadership Award and a nominee for the 2021 EveryLife Foundation of Rare Diseases RareVoice Award for Empowering Diversity.

“I am beyond ecstatic to take on my adventurous new role as Director of Business Development and Outreach for SMPTE,” said Wright. “This is an ideal fit to merge my extensive experience in STEM, administration, sales, marketing and community outreach to help grow and expand SMPTE’s membership growth, business opportunities and global profile at various new dimensions. As such, I am fully committed and excited to build positive and lasting relationships with members, partners and the industry as a whole.

“I was attracted to this role because it provides me with an invaluable opportunity to work for the world’s premier company for media professionals, technologists and engineers,” she continued. “I’m also thrilled to report to a forward-thinking agent of change like SMPTE’s new Executive Director, David Grindle, and to work in synergy with my technically brilliant team. I also look forward to collaborating with the staff, SMPTE’s leaders and Board of Directors, alongside its newly elected first African-American President, Renard T. Jenkins, to build on SMPTE’s past and plan and improve our future.


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