A driving force in FOX Entertainment’s transition into an independent entertainment studio, Carney was pivotal in acquiring Tubi and Bento Box and forming FOX Alternative Entertainment. Focused on the future, she’s shaping FOX into a nimble competitor that’s ready for the evolving media landscape. Despite COVID, FOX was the only network to present an all-original fall schedule for the 2020 upfronts. She’s a fan of direct questions, especially when the topic is compensation. “A question I would ask would be: ‘Will I be paid equally to my peers of either gender at the salary you are offering?’ Another suggestion I would make is, after asking that question, be comfortable with sitting back in silence while waiting for the answer.”

What question(s) should you ask to ensure you’re achieving pay equity?
I am a big believer in asking direct questions and giving direct feedback in any discussion, but above all when it comes to discussions about pay and compensation. A question I would ask would be: “Will I be paid equally to my peers of either gender at the salary you are offering? ” Another suggestion I would make is, after asking that question, be comfortable with sitting back in silence while waiting for the answer.

Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
I have had many allies of both genders in my career. But the one I’ve enjoyed the most is the current partnership I have with our CEO and my boss, Charlie Collier. I would not have gotten through the pandemic and the escalating demands of remote work without his leadership and care.

And if you want a bonus question/answer… The push and pull of a career with the demands of a family are particularly unique to women in the workforce. My advice is that if you want to take a break (for any reason), take it. I took nearly four years off after my second child was born to stay at home and returned to the workforce when I was ready. Maintaining your network and staying abreast of industry developments is one suggestion I would give to make the transition back easier.

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