Jana Henthorn

In addition to her work with The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy and expanding the Barco Library’s collection of video and oral histories, Henthorn focused on seasons two and three of the center’s “Stories from the Headend” podcast featuring industry leaders, some of whom are undoubtedly self-proclaimed nerds. “It’s OK to be a nerd,” she would advise her younger self. “Loving school isn’t a bad thing—it makes you a more interesting adult.”

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
Giving women a seat at the table is step one. But they need to acquire the tools to have a voice at that table. Part of my legacy is through Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy, which gives all people the skills to find their voice, drive change, and advance their careers.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
It’s OK to be a nerd. Loving school isn’t a bad thing—it makes you a more interesting adult.

Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
Hands down, “Queen Sugar” on Oprah’s OWN network. With the cast, storyline, and the all-female directors—it’s awesome.

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