Arnholt creates partnerships across Comcast NBCU that focus on shared talent priorities. “I wouldn’t put any restrictions on growth areas for women,” she says. “Demonstrate agility—blur the lines across silos and show that you are able to take on new challenges outside of your classic area of expertise.” She serves as a “Big Sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and mentors in the Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program.
Where are the biggest growth areas for women in cable?
I wouldn’t put any restrictions on growth areas for women. There are so many opportunities, and new ones every day as we continue to redefine the industry. The best suggestion I have is to demonstrate agility – blur the lines across silos and show that you are able to take on new challenges outside of your classic area of expertise. That doesn’t have to mean a job change, it could also be cross-organizational projects. Those that do this well have a more holistic approach to business and are often given opportunities to grow outside of the traditional career path.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
I’ve found the best way to mentor is to remember my job is not to give the person the answer. During my best mentoring sessions I spend most of my time asking questions. Helping someone come to their own conclusions by knowing the right things to ask is more helpful in the long run.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
Scheduling. For a long time I tried to do my job and then see if my personal life fit in any of the cracks. Now I put everything on my calendar so it is given the same level of importance… a mental trick, I know, but it works!