Soto focuses on continued security integration, expansion of enterprise security risk management and providing additional services to Comcast business class customers, including comprehensive security analytics. “There is still a huge opportunity for more women in cable to take their business experience and apply it to the more technical work streams within the cable industry,” she says.
Where are the biggest growth areas for women in cable?
I think there is still a huge opportunity for more women in cable to take their business experience and apply it to the more technical work streams within the cable industry. Cable is and will continue to evolve to be “technology” industry. Our products and services are revolutionizing the way our customers use technology and consumer our technical services. I believe there are many opportunities to overlay more business centric leadership and acumen within the technology groups. Opportunities for more women to take and grow into leadership roles in the technology stacks are very promising.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
Most important aspect of mentoring is managing expectations of your mentee. Far too often mentees believe the mentor is responsible for guiding them through their career path. Mentees most understand they are in control of their careers and most be able to focus on an agreed set of areas the mentor can provide them feedback and guidance on. It is also important for strong Mentorship relationships to include learning opportunities in both directions and transparency.
What/who inspires you at work? What/who inspires you outside the office?
I’m inspired daily by the responsibility my team and I have in protecting the enterprise, protecting the brand of Comcast and maintaining the confidence of our customers. I am inspired by the ideas and challenges my team manages on a daily basis to protect the Brand. I am also very inspired by the impact we are having int he industry that is touching so many lives and connecting some many customers to a rich and secure experience. Out of the office I am inspired by many of the non-profit work that I engage in and the advancements small progress often makes in the lives of many.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
Best trick for me is quarterly recharge events…they can be a long weekend, a short retreat or a vacation. I believe strongly recharging is a critical element in order to maintain the pace we live in , but absolutely love. I often say we are always very busy , but we wouldn’t have it any other way. I will admit I rarely am not working – as the world of cybersecurity never sleeps, but via strong development of my team and allowing leaders to be empowered to perform on critical aspects of our oversight this allows for each of us to make sure we strike a balance and allow for opportunities to recharge our “batteries”.
Your favorite trick for unwinding?
Oh that’s easy–I am a huge wine enthusiasts. I love unwinding by tasting and discovering new wines. I like to focus on new regions, varietals and maintaining my amateur sommelier status. I also love to play golf and find it to be a great opportunity to spend several hours on the course, enjoying the nature landscape but also focusing on the challenge golf provides. For me unwinding is never a total slow down, so golf is a great way to relax while still fueling my juices to problem solving and strategy. Golf is after all a very strategic game, balancing risk and reward. Those who play know what I am talking about.