About Me

I’m an entrepreneur who, with many talented others, helped to build some lasting TV brands like CNBC, HGTV and Food Network. Even so, my checkbook is often unbalanced, I don’t garden, and can’t cook. It’s kind of freeing to know you don’t have to master every little thing to add value to an organization. When I was chief operating officer of HGTV, it become one of the fastest growing TV brands in history, and with a great team we built the TV network group there to a market value of over $14 billion. Now I write, speak and mentor women and men curious about their promise, and wanting to grow their potential.

I used to think I was an extrovert. I know now that connecting with a single person heart-to-heart is what leaves me smiling.

I was raised in a family of six, with first-generation Italian grandparents living two doors down, and aunts, uncles and cousins all on one street in a Detroit suburb. I worked for my dad whenever I was out of school during high school and college. He sold direct mail to Detroit ad agencies, and one day I was with him when he called on Ross Roy, an agency that did automobile advertising. I began wandering around their office. In an empty board room, I sat and looked around and thought, “this is what I want to do – find out what excites and motivates each of us to fall in love with a product or service.”

I’ve always been open to admitting mistakes, but not so open with my emotions, especially around the men who dominated the cable TV industry I joined in my 20s.  The strategies I learned to survive and thrive in male-dominated industries became the core of my first book, New Rules of the Game

Still, trust was not my strong suit. Then I joined HGTV and that all changed, thanks to the culture we created and the team who earned, and deserved, my trust.  That’s the story of Fully Human, how trust is the powerful emotion that binds us to do our best work. How success is an inside job.

I’ll nudge you in my writing, or when we’re together to become more open.  Tell me how you see the world.  I live a moment at a time and will share all the good reasons you should, too.

More than anything, I believe we’re all here for some purpose, and our most important work is to find it.

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