- Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest accomplishment?
Seeing the power of mentoring manifested in the life changing success of girls who were mentored
- How did you determine which charitable organization you would support/co-founder?
Through the inspired idea of Jennifer Valoppi who brought to me a simple but powerful concept of matching at risk young women with the strength and inspiration of successful women in our community.
- What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
Optimism and the ability to see greatness in people no matter how difficult that can be at times.
- What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
That in a mentor mentee relationship the mentor is not only fulfilled as much as the mentee but often learns more from the mentee than the mentee learns from the mentor.
- How can we reach out to other people in the world?
By being extremely focused, always walking in the shoes of other people and looking for opportunities to reach down and give a hand to help lift someone else up.
- How do you want to be remembered in the future
The most defining part of my life I hope will be that I was a great coach and mentor and that I was able to help and influence some of the least likely to succeed individuals reach their great potential.
- Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
Never let someone else define you. Always define yourself and never ever except what people say you can’t do.
- What’s been the key to the success and growth of Women of Tomorrow?
The key is a great and inspired idea married with an incredibly dedicated, passionate and committed team.
Don Browne Bio:
Don Browne is the President of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc.. He oversees all functions of the Telemundo television network and its 16 owned and operated stations, including the Entertainment division, Telemundo Studios, and News and Sports. In addition, Browne also is responsible for Telemundo International and Telemundo Cable, as well as Telemundo’s Digital Media initiatives.
Browne marked his two-year anniversary as President of Telemundo in April of 2007. Shortly after taking the helm of Telemundo, Browne renewed the network’s commitment to its original programming model and implemented a strategic reorganization that led to 13 consecutive months of year-over-year growth and delivered the best TV season in the history of the company.
During his tenure, Browne has set in motion numerous initiatives that have further solidified and defined the network’s position within the Spanish-language television landscape. Browne led the strategic buy-out of Telemundo-RTI Productions and the acquisition of Tepuy International Corp. to create Telemundo Studios Miami, LLC and Telemundo International, respectively. He also oversaw the launch of the successful Yahoo!Telemundo partnership and the inauguration of the network’s state of the art headquarters and news bureau in Mexico City, as well as the successful re-launch and relocation to Los Angeles, California of Telemundo’s Latino youth channel mun2, resulting in triple digit ratings growth. Browne is also the visionary behind the creation and expansion of the bi-coastal “Taller Telemundo,” an innovative educational program designed to inspire, discover, recruit and train the next generation of telenovela writers and actors.
In a very short time, Browne led Telemundo from zero original programming to more than 1,000 hours of original prime-time productions a year produced out of Telemundo Studios’ production centers in Mexico, Colombia and Miami, FL., quickly establishing it as the world’s second largest producer of Spanish-language content. Thanks to Browne’s commitment to original productions, Telemundo has carved a unique competitive position in the market, syndicating its programming properties to over 60 countries in more than 20 different languages and distributing its content in a variety of emerging digital media platforms.
Prior to joining Telemundo Network, Browne had served as president and general manager of WTVJ, NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Miami. A longtime advocate of expanding into the Spanish-language television market, Browne was a key member of the NBC team involved in the purchase of the Telemundo network. His many noteworthy accomplishments at WTVJ include integrating and overseeing the first NBC and Telemundo station duopoly; leading the NBC Television Stations Division’s efforts in creating a Southeastern Regional Hub, an operational center for handling master control for multiple stations; and spearheading the design and construction of NBC’s first fully digital television station.
Before joining WTVJ, Browne was executive vice president of NBC News in New York from 1991 through 1993. From 1989 to 1991, Browne served as NBC News’ executive news director. While he was the executive in charge of the "Today" show, he orchestrated its resurgence as well as the launching of the weekend edition of the “Today” show. He was also involved in the creation and the airing of “Dateline,” the first successful prime-time news magazine in NBC’s history. Browne helped strengthen the affiliate-network partnership in news and was instrumental in the formation of the NBC News Channel in Charlotte, North Carolina. From 1979 to 1989, as NBC’s Miami bureau chief, Browne directed news coverage of Central and South America. Before joining NBC, Browne worked for CBS News for over a decade.
Browne has a national reputation for being particularly active in the recruitment and career development of women and minorities. He is co-founder and board member of the "Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program" for at risk high school girls. He is the recipient of the 2006 Florida Governor's Points of Light Award for exemplary service to his community and the 2004 prestigious Ida B. Wells Award for his commitment to promote diversity in the work place. He was a charter member of the NBC News Taskforce on Women and Minorities and currently serves as a member of NBC’s Taskforce on Diversity. Browne is actively involved in the United Way, Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation, University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism, and Florida International University’s School of Journalism.
Browne resides in Miami Beach, Florida. He is married to Maria Junquera, and has two sons.