CEO & Director, HSN, Inc.
Overseeing a $4 billion direct-to-consumer retail portfolio that includes HSN and the Cornerstone divisions is only part of Grossman’s job. She also constantly inspires others. Through innovative campaigns and strategic collaborations with the likes of DreamWorks, All Recipes, and financial guru Suze Orman, Grossman and HSN have redefined the shopping experience as “boundary-less retail.” Due to her efforts, dozens of homegrown entrepreneurs including Joy Mangano—the real-life woman behind the film “Joy”—have built their brands on HSN. It seems most of them have heeded the same advice Grossman would give her younger self: “Believe in yourself. People may doubt your decisions or question the risks that you take, but nothing will prove more important than the transformational power of believing in yourself.”
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Believe in yourself. People may doubt your decisions or question the risks that you take, but nothing will prove more important than the transformational power of believing in yourself.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
One of my favorite shows, starring Téa Leoni, is “Madam Secretary.” This show offers a refreshing and authentic perspective into the life of a woman trying to balance her personal and professional life. It invites viewers to understand the complexities, and imperfections, of the never-ending balancing act that comes from being a wife, mother, boss, and friend. Téa’s character is smart, sexy, and vulnerable – it feels relatable, and ultimately, inspiring. And, I serve on the board of UNICEF with Téa and can say that she is as inspiring in real life as well.
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
The cable industry is in the midst of transformation. Innovative over-the-top solutions are disrupting traditional cable models and forcing providers to reimagine their product offerings to remain relevant.