Courteney Monroe

With National Geographic’s iconic namesake magazine’s print and digital now under her purview, Monroe can truly focus on keeping the 135-year-old brand relevant and vital in the modern age by harnessing the power of ambitious storytelling to connect people to the world at large. Reviving the “Genius” franchise with “Genius: MLK/X,” expanding the “One Day In…” anthology series, and debuting “Queens”—the first woman-led natural history production about matriarchs of the animal kingdom—all stand to extend Nat Geo’s already impressive reach.

Business speak phrase or buzzword I find most annoying: Let’s circle back.

Do you personally still have a traditional cable video package? Yes!

TV series everyone should binge: “Friday Night Lights.” It still holds up!

Book, movie or TV series that greatly influenced my leadership style: “The Ride of a Lifetime” by Bob Iger and “CEO Excellence” by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller and Vikram Malhotra.

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