Courteney Monroe

Monroe’s vision of Nat Geo as the home of upscale, premium content around topics of science, adventure and exploration continues to pay dividends—and this past year was no exception. Feature doc “Free Solo” brought home the network’s first Oscar, “The Hot Zone” became its most-watched scripted series and Nat Geo honed in on Aretha Franklin as the next subject in anthology series “Genius.” All this, while Monroe helped guide the network into its new Disney family. Recruiting women and giving them a path success needs to be an industrywide priority, she says, “whether it be in our intentional recruiting efforts, or establishing ongoing mentorship and leadership development programs for young female executives.”

What advice would you give your 13 year old self?
Be bold, be fearless and worry less what others think of you.

What current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
We are thrilled that the next subject of our Emmy-nominated scripted anthology series “Genius” is none other than the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. I am extremely proud that a strong, extraordinarily talented African American female “genius” will be joining this acclaimed roster alongside Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
This needs to become a top priority, whether it be in our intentional recruiting efforts, or establishing ongoing mentorship and leadership development programs for young female executives.

Honored For: