Sims gets it done managing lawyers and legal issues in Discovery’s nearly 20 offices around the world. Her responsibilities only keep getting larger, as she provided counsel during the launch of Food Network Kitchen, a definitive agreement with Amazon, a content partnership deal with the BBC, not to mention the upcoming multi-platform launch of Magnolia Network with Chip and Joanna Gaines. Sims actively works to advance women in Discovery and throughout the industry, serving as an adviser to Discovery’s ERG Women’s Leadership Network. “Our workforce is diverse in that it is comprised of a workforce that hails from different backgrounds and holds different perspectives, ideologies, experiences, and viewpoints,” she says.
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… necessary, difficult and encouraging. America’s complicated relationship with race is once again coming to the forefront. I am very encouraged by the diversity of voices and perspectives that have been part of this conversation.
In what ways can companies best show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion?
Fundamentally, Discovery maintains an organization that is inclusive. Our workforce is diverse in that it is comprised of a workforce that hails from different backgrounds and holds different perspectives, ideologies, experiences, and viewpoints. More importantly, we have an inclusive culture that leads to richer thinking, invites more creative solutions, and results in greater productivity.
What are some of the tough conversations this industry needs to have?
The toughest conversations that our industry needs to have are around diversity and inclusion at the leadership and board levels.