A regular honoree in this magazine, Conkling is responsible for developing actionable business strategies for NBCU’s new and existing digital businesses, driving innovation and monetizing cross-platform content. She has been instrumental in developing the business case for NBCU’s direct-to-consumer comedy SVOD offering, Seeso, as well as identifying and executing on investment opportunities across the portfolio. She also understands the importance of getting out of her comfort zone, figuratively and physically. “Travel has always inspired me,” she says. “It is really important to understand cultures and economies around the world.”

 

What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?

The most important aspect of mentoring is honesty. If you’re honest about the road ahead and the challenges and opportunities that will likely present themselves, your mentee will be better prepared to succeed.

 

What/who inspires you outside the office?

Travel has always inspired me. It is really important to understand cultures and economies around the world and there is no better way to do that than to experience them first hand.

 

Your favorite trick for unwinding?

Binge-watching “The Blacklist” and “The Affair.”

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