In the 1980s I had the good fortune to attend an event where Sherry Lansing gave the keynote address. She said that as a Hollywood executive, “she was always in search of good talent….and furthermore… that good talent would always rise to the top and be rewarded.” Her comments stayed with me through the years. Sherry Lansing’s perspective is strong and simple. Work hard and reap reward. I believed her then and I believe her now, but there is a flip side to the playing field.