Stephens helped Scripps grow ad sales by 2.5% to $16.4 million in Q2 2017, including by 6.8% at HGTV. With Scripps making an aggressive push into digital spinoffs of its linear brands, Stephens also is helping the company’s ad partners reach younger audiences on emerging platforms. She’d like to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth II. “She accepted her role and position in life with grace and professionalism and has worked tirelessly for 65 years,” she says. “She is devoted, gracious, and humble.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
Joanna Gaines—Fixer Upper. Joanna represents all women that are juggling many facets of life (family, career, husband, entrepreneur, artist) and doing an absolutely amazing job (building an empire). Joanna struggles to balance all of these facets but does so with grace and humility and humor.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Queen Elizabeth II. She accepted her role and position in life with grace and professionalism and has worked tirelessly for 65 years. She is devoted, gracious, and humble. She is also not afraid to change and has embraced the new generation/new definition of being royal.
Best advice for relieving stress?
Laughter, friends, and wine.