A national advocate for women and people with disabilities, Loreen Arbus has always been committed to supporting people who have been marginalized. Growing up with an older sister with cerebral palsy, Arbus and her family often felt ostracized or shunned when they went out in public. Her sister passed away in 1973, but Arbus has never forgotten her memory. In fact, it's inspired the work she has done and led her to create real change in how people with disabilities are treated. Because she was born into the family who built the ABC television network, people often wrote Arbus off as entitled, but she was determined to achieve success on her own merits. She worked longer and harder than most of her male peers, and used the feeling of being underestimated as motivation to succeed.
Now, she is president of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, was a two-term governor for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and served on multiple boards, including Women Moving Millions and Women in Film. Giving back is a core part of her identity and has become her greatest purpose. She's glad she didn't listen to the naysayers.
Use the feeling of being underestimated as motivation to succeed, Arbus says. “You worked so hard, often twice as hard as the men, so take credit,” she says.