“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” - Oprah Winfrey, Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions
Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the first national broadcast of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986, one of television’s most influential programs during the 25 seasons it aired. Winfrey started out working at local news stations in the Baltimore and Chicago metropolitan areas, spurring the creation of her own nationally-syndicated talk show. By the end of its first season, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was one of television’s highest-rated daytime programs. Winfrey’s indelible ability to influence public opinion through endorsements was dubbed “The Oprah Effect”, with the power to make any product a bestseller. The first black female billionaire, Winfrey has never been afraid to take calculated risks as a businesswoman — The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) launched in 2011, a speciality television channel that has slowly built up a dedicated audience hungry for more content from Winfrey. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama, recognizing her achievements as a broadcast journalist and generous philanthropist.