For Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, empowering women in the workplace comes down to simple math.

“In a world where roughly half the people are women, roughly half the very best leaders in the world are likely to be women too,” he said.

Grainge received the EmPOWerment Award at Variety‘s Power of Women L.A., presented by Lifetime, and went on to recall his late mother’s story on what would have been her birthday.