ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey was honored with the Women in Film’s Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.  During her acceptance speech, she discussed how television had an influence on her during her younger years, her dedication to increasing diversity on screen and the individuals that set her on the path to success.

She briefly touched upon the recent controversy with Roseanne Barr by saying: “When we see things that are happening around us that are counter to our values and our beliefs, our actions must match our words.”  Dungey was named head of ABC Entertainment in February 2016,  and was behind the decision to cancel the comedy Roseanne, after Barr’s racist tweet incited widespread controversy. Hours after Barr posted the tweet, Dungey swiftly made the decision to cancel the highest rated show on television. Dungey is reportedly looking for a way to reboot the series without Barr.

The Lucy Award, which was founded in 1994, is named for TV icon Lucille Ball and recognizes individuals whose accomplishments enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. Past recipients include Tracee Ellis Ross, Taraji P. Henson, Jill Soloway and Kerry Washington. This year’s event honored actresses Brie Larson and Alexandra Shipp, music producers NOVA Wav and the female actors and crew of Black Panther.

With daughter Eden in tow, Dungey talked about how she grew up a TV junkie, whose television time was monitored by her parents. “It was important for me and for other young girls to see women on TV portrayed as strong and smart because I truly believe that if you can see it, you can be it,” she said, “Stories tell us who we are and what we can believe in. They let us see ourselves in others or imagine something even better.”

She continued, name checking some current female TV icons. “Great shows can remind us how much we have in common despite our differences. Over the years, thankfully, the profile of multi-dimensional, outspoken and diverse women on TV and entertainment has grown even more. It’s been an honor to help showcase strong independent women on television like Meredith Grey, Rainbow Johnson, Annalise Keating, Beverly Goldberg, Jessica Wong and the gone but never forgotten Olivia Pope.”

Dungey ended her speech quoting the Obama’s “when they go low, we go high” noting that it’s important to make the choice on where to place one’s values. “The world is not the kindest, but I choose kindness,” Dungey said. “The world can be daunting, but I choose to be brave.”

Congratulations to Channing Dungey on this prestigious award!