SVP/Chief Learning Officer

Comcast Cable

Soehren leads one of the nation’s largest corporate universities and employee training platforms for Comcast Cable’s more than 100,000 employees. Prior to joining Comcast in 2000, she completed a 25-year career with the Defense Industry and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research advisor in higher education. Most recently, Soehren helped launch the Comcast Women in Leadership Program for VPs and above across the company. How does she balance it all? “The best trick is recognizing that there’s no such thing as balance,” she says. “It’s essential to maintain personal and professional flexibility in our lives.”

How do you define success in the workplace?
Success in the workplace is about accomplishing results and meeting the expectations that come with our roles. But, at the same time, success means giving great care to the people around us, whether it’s a team member, business partner, customer or other key stakeholder. It means being a good person and helping others. Finally, success is about holding true to our personal value system and that of our company.
 
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
The best trick is recognizing that there’s no such thing as balance. It’s essential to maintain personal and professional flexibility in our lives. I find that if I schedule what’s important, it gets done. That could be a spa appointment every Saturday; dinner with our significant other every Friday night (I’ve done this for 25 years); and all those meetings for work. When I take care of what’s important, I usually feel great about what I accomplish—both personally and professionally.
 
Who would you want to swap jobs with for a month and why?

I’d love to swap with Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. He has the power to make many of the changes that will lead to a stable and safe education and learning environment for children throughout the United States. He can also help elevate the level of the teaching profession so that our educators are rewarded for their intellect and credentials. In addition, he can play a major role in developing U.S. students to lead nationally and globally.

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