Ambling Along

Gerry Laybourne isn’t the only gal inspired by a good mosey. Her friend Maggie Wilderotter is also hot to trot.

In 1996, Laybourne left Nickelodeon to serve as president of Disney/ABC cable networks, and for two years she was miserable. “It just wasn’t for me,” she says. “It was an executive job and I was used to being an entrepreneur and a builder.” She confided in Wilderotter, the only other woman on the board of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, and Wilderotter dragged her to lunch.

“I had been pretty darn honest with her before, but we weren’t seated for very long and Maggie could tell just by reading my body language. She said, ‘You know what? I can’t watch this. This is not for you. You gotta get out of ...

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