It’s been a big year for Boreland, who took on a new title amid significant restructuring at NBCU in September. The former EVP, content strategy for the entertainment networks added the Lifestyle Group to her purview, and now leads program scheduling and acquisition teams across USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Universal Kids. “I want to be valued as a successful person deserving of their achievements, who just happens to be a woman,” she says.
What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
I think a company should simply support and promote the best people, period. NBCUniversal recognizes talent, regardless of gender. We have some of the strongest female leaders in the industry, like Bonnie Hammer, Frances Berwick, Linda Yaccarino and Kim Harris, who not only serve as mentors to me, but more importantly as examples of how I want to be valued as a successful person deserving of their achievements, who just happens to be a woman.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Do a better job of documenting moments of your life because when you get older, the memory is the first thing to go.
Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Black-ish:” The mother of a family also being a successful professional. “I’m Sorry:” A woman who can be a funny, and oftentimes raunchy, writer and still be a great mother to her 5-year-old (those women exist!).