For more than 25 years, Andrea Wong has been one of the entertainment industry's most powerful figures. The executive, who most recently spent six years with Sony, oversaw Sony’s 18 overseas production companies. During her tenure there, one of the more celebrated deals she helped to broker was Sony buying a majority stake in Left Bank Pictures, the British company responsible for Netflix’s Golden Globe-winning drama “The Crown.” Before Sony, Wong was the president and CEO of Lifetime Networks, where she led the acquisition of the smash hit “Project Runway.” Earlier in her career, Wong spent 14 years at ABC, where she is credited with developing popular shows including “The Bachelor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” A graduate of MIT, Wong is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Committee of 100.
After MIT, Wong tried her hand on Wall Street as an analyst, only to realize that she would need more education, leading her to the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1991. The experience allowed for her to rediscover her fondness for television. At Stanford, Wong had a television in her bathroom so that she could watch “Today” every morning, hosted social events coordinated with the show “Melrose Place,” and even organized a school-wide fundraiser that featured an elaborately staged dating game very similar to “The Bachelor.” After her first year, she took a summer job at NBC and realized that she was hooked. In 1993, she received her Master of Business Administration from Stanford and immediately joined ABC.
Since graduating, Wong has remained an invaluable member of the Stanford community and notably continues to serve on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. In addition, the high-powered executive is a frequent visitor on campus. In 2007, for instance, she was the keynote speaker at Stanford's Future of Entertainment Conference, where she discussed her meteoric rise in the entertainment industry and offered advice to current MBA students looking to follow in her footsteps. "I would encourage all of you here to take these two years as a rare sabbatical in your life where you can pursue what you're passionate about—and that's what I did when I was here."