Karen Bailey

Bailey continues to guide Starz’s rising star when it comes to originals, but her work at the company extends even further. It’s largely thanks to Bailey’s leadership that the percentage of women directors on current Starz programming has risen by more than 50% since she launched an initiative to elevate the female gaze at the network. She notes, “I am a true believer in ‘if you can see it, you can be it,’ so women in senior positions must do their part in promoting the pathway.”

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
I am a true believer in “if you can see it, you can be it,” so women in senior positions must do their part in promoting the pathway. Many girls and young women aren’t aware of the career opportunities available to them, so it’s up to us to lead by example and do our part by serving as mentors and advisors.

What changes, if any, has your company enacted since the dawning of the #MeToo movement, and what results have ensued?
Our company is proactive in sexual-harassment training and awareness. I feel that the exposure of so many abuses within the industry has sparked additional conversation and an encouragement of openness about what was once a lonely, burdensome secret.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Just remember, you can’t control what other people say or do, you can only control how you respond to it. Focus your positive energies there.

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