If you think overseeing strategy and operations for a bunch of cable networks is tough, try beating cancer. This past year, Levy managed to do both. That’s a feat that takes strength, resiliency and sometimes the support of others—which are all qualities found in good leaders. Perhaps that’s what Levy finds Tea Leoni’s character in “Madame President” so inspiring. “She’s a strong leader who approaches situations and issues as a woman. She leads with empathy and a soft touch that drives results in a largely male, global workplace.”
How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
Recruiting women is not just good for business but it’s also the right thing to do. As an industry, we can and should do more to support women along the way, especially when it comes to retention and promotion in senior leadership. As women, I think we should always want to train our female successors. You can only get bigger and better opportunities if you’re ready to replace yourself.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Be nice to everyone. The most lasting impact that you can have in business is on the people that you work with as opposed to any project or task you complete. You will realize that collaboration in business is like friendship in school. By fostering an open and honest dialogue with your peers, you will build relationships within the industry that will remain with you at every stage of your career.
Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Madam Secretary”’s Tea Leoni is a really inspiring character for me because she’s a strong leader who approaches situations and issues as a woman. She leads with empathy and a soft touch that drives results in a largely male, global workplace.