O’Connell successfully integrated three formerly separate organizations into one sales team. She worked collaboratively with clients and internal partners, and developed innovative ad and sponsorship opportunities across the portfolio. Additionally, she led record-breaking revenue for the 90th Oscars. A woman she looks up to? Queen Elizabeth I. “Based on her difficult childhood, no one would have thought that she would become one of the most successful and beloved rulers of all time,” she says.
What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
Two examples, first the elevation of exceptional, talented women in greater leadership positions, such as Rita Ferro overseeing Global Ad Sales for the Walt Disney Company. And second, that women feel they are beginning to have a stronger voice when it comes to appropriate treatment and compensation.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Queen Elizabeth I of England, based on her difficult childhood, no one would have thought that she would become one of the most successful and beloved rulers of all time. She cared so much about her people and was selfless in her efforts to bring success to and for her kingdom.
If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
It would be called “25/8.” The show treatment: a woman who has the opportunity to lead a wonderful team as part of the most amazing media and content company in the world balances life based on a calendar she treats with unrealistic expectations!