28. Janet Barnard
SVP/GM, Central Region, Cox Communications

Years in Cable: 23

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Be authentic.

Barnard oversees a region comprising 2,500 employees and 710,000 customers. She attributes her accomplishments to managing a healthy work/life balance. “Going home to a stable personal life gives me the confidence, energy and passion to do what I love doing at work—delivering life’s most important connections.” In addition, Barnard lauds Millennials—above all, her daughters. “I’m impressed with their worldliness and resourcefulness. We should be confident we’ll be well taken care of by our next generation!”

Favorite meal that I can prepare myself:  Pumpkin pie (yes, dessert is a meal in my mind!)

The one thing I tell my kids about success in life:  Life isn’t fair

My favorite Starbucks order: 
Skinny caramel latte decaf

My favorite business and/or motivational book: 
“The Heart of Change,” by  John Kotter

My favorite sports team:  Nebraska Huskers – my alma mater

When I look at my cable set-top box, I can’t help but think that…
There shouldn’t be one at all and any TV should simply work with any provider’s service
If I invented by own app it would: Vacuum

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