Hsiung saw the “Radio Disney Music Awards” telecast surpass “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards” as the top awards show among girls 6-11, but her biggest accomplishment this year may be this summer’s Disney Channel premiere of the highly anticipated “Girl Meets World,” a spinoff/update of ABC’s classic sitcom “Boy Meets World.” While most people view diversity in terms of race, gender, religion or cultures, Hsiung would like to broaden it even further. “I would like to see ‘diversity’ in our workforce include differently-abled people,” she says. “I would like to see job training and accommodations to promote inclusion of special needs and other disabilities.”

What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?

I would like to see “diversity” in our workforce include differently-abled people.   I would like to see job training and accommodations to promote inclusion of special needs and other disabilities.

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

Over 17 years, Gary Marsh has been one of my most influential teachers.   He has supported my growth as a leader.   He has encouraged my development in areas outside my discipline.   He has taught me to trust my creative voice.   He has given me opportunity and encouragement to develop others.   Gary has also been a champion for diversity in front-of and behind the camera to reflect our audience.

What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?

I seek out skillsets, backgrounds and experiences lacking in my team.   I look for talent that can complement and provide additive value to the group.  Managing difference is difficult but it is also essential for innovation and creativity, our key business drivers.

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Representation Matters: Fewer Women, People of Color on TV

Nielsen released its first-ever report of the television media landscape’s progress and gaps in on-screen inclusion.

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