Hampton, Va. — Louis Carr, President of Broadcast Media Sales at BET Networks and published author, spoke to Dozens of Hampton University students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism earlier this week.
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Carr was interviewed by Hampton University assistant professor, April Woodard.
Carr has worked for BET for 30 years. Woodard asked Carr about his experience with the company and the many changes that have taken place throughout his time there.
“It has been a great privilege to be a part of that journey. To start with a company that was worth $5 million that has grown to be worth $5 billion. To go from a private company to a public company and back to a private company, then an acquired company. A lot of people have never had that type of experience,” said Carr.
Woodard asked, “having a lot of women being in charge at BET, which a lot of people don’t know, talk to me about the transformation.”
It is a great privilege to be a part of a company that supports women. I love my momma,” said Carr. “It has really helped me with my diversity plans. I have the most diverse staff in the business. 70% of my managers are female,” said Carr.
Carr also discussed his latest book, "Dirty Little Secrets.”
The book focuses on Carr’s experiences in the media industry.
"I stubbled around a lot in the early part of my career making mistakes, not having a lot of guidance. I don’t want people to have to do that when I can share the knowledge and information that can help them from day one.”
Woodard asked Carr what his biggest mistake has been.
"My biggest mistake in my early years of management, I was driving everybody like they were me. I was driving them too hard. I thought that they could do what I could do,” said Carr.
Woodard asked Carr about the importance of, "first impressions."
“I have a chapter in the book that talks about your image. What I didn’t realize is that you have to have an image that is broad. It has to be more than for yourself,” said Carr.
Carr talked about the internship program at BET. He said he wants students to be, "authentically themselves, but sometimes it is not allowed in the office. We try to teach them the corporate game.”
For more information about Louis Carr or to learn where you can purchase a copy of his book go to Louiscarrbook.com.