As chief architect of OWN’s evolution, Perry continues to expand the slate with a focus on scripted programming created by prominent African American storytellers. With “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf” and Will Packer drama “Ambitions” under her belt, she notched a deal with Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”) for recent hit “David Makes Man,” OWN’s first scripted programming with an Oscar-winning writer. “OWN is proud to be a company with a large, diverse female workforce, which has created an environment where women largely shape our culture,” says Perry.

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
OWN is proud to be a company with a large, diverse female workforce, including many women in leadership roles, which has created an environment where women largely shape our culture. Our learning & development and mentorship programs further invest in our staff and foster career development. We also encourage our leadership to attend conferences like WICT’s annual conference.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
My advice to my 13-year-old self would be to be fearless and don’t be afraid to fail. Have the confidence to be yourself, find your voice and use that voice to influence change.

Which current shows best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
OWN’s “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf” showcase strong African American female leads who are all distinct, opinionated and passionate drivers of their lives. I love that they show how women can command their own paths and messages.

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