Eileen O’Neill is living proof that an internship can lead to your future career. While earning a master’s degree in popular culture at BGSU, O’Neill interned at Discovery Communications. Twenty years later she is the president and general manager of The Learning Channel (TLC), a division of Discovery. Under her direction, TLC has added a number of popular reality series including “Cake Boss” and “19 Kids and Counting.”
O’Neill will be back on campus tomorrow (Sept. 21) to talk about her life “From Freddie and Frieda to the Cake Boss.” The public lecture, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate College and the Department of Popular Culture, runs from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. O’Neill will discuss the launch of the Planet Green channel, which she is credited with accomplishing in less than a year, as well as how the University prepared her and what leadership skills she relies on.
A reception open to the public will follow.
The event is part of several lecture series: The College of Arts and Sciences Centennial Lecture and Dean’s Distinguished Alumni Lecture, and the Department of Popular Culture Colloquium Series.
Last April, O’Neill was honored as one of BGSU’s “100 Most Prominent Alumni.”
Her presentation may not be recorded.