Lisa Ling delivered a highly personal keynote address at WICT's Par Excellence Awards at The Cable Show (click here for complete coverage) during which she admitted to an obsession with The Brady Bunch and life-long dream to "be on TV."
Her parents divorced when she was 7 years old. She said, "Growing up, TV was my favorite babysitter."
There were no Asian television personalities for Ling to identify with. But she found a kindred spirit in Marcia Brady.
"I wanted to be her," said Ling.
"I really thought that if I could get on TV, I could make a better life for myself even though no one on TV looked like me."
Ling noted that despite the rise of the Internet and multi-platform consumption, "television is still more influential than any other medium."
And with that power comes responsibility.
WICT's annual Par Excellence awards recognize gender diversity in the industry. This year's honorees read like a list of whose-who in the industry: Bridget Baker, Discovery's David Zaslav, ESPN's George Bodenheimer, Time Warner's Glenn Britt, Cox Communication's Pat Esser, Turner's Phil Kent, Scripps' John Lansing, Bright House's Steve Miron, CEO, Bright House Networks; Comcast's Neil Smit, AETN's Abbe Raven.