Pearlena Igbokwe

The Why? Behind a leader’s accomplishments is the support system that helped carry them. For Igbokwe, the first Black executive to lead a major TV studio, it’s about giving that same support back to the next generation of leaders. She meets with each department under her wing and with classes of interns to ensure they have a direct line of access to USG’s leadership as well as a platform to make their voices heard. Outside of work, Igbokwe has participated in multiple panels focused on diversity and inclusion within the TV landscape.

She Says… “We who are in these jobs have to work to help that next group do better—even if it’s just a phone call to say, ‘How are you?’ or ‘I believe in you.’”

Bucket list travel destination? Japan is the next one on the list.

Organization you’re proud to support? Girls Inc. (

First event attended IRL when live reopened? The first event I attended IRL was a real celebration at the Variety Power of Women. We were thrilled to be in each other’s company for the first time in two years, and one of the highlights was sharing french fries with Gayle King.

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