A single mother of two adopted children, Groveman oversees all of Cablevision’s employment and labor law matters as well as all of the company’s legal work for operations, EIT, Lightpath, Security, MDU sales and facilities. “I have been fortunate to have been mentored by smart, caring individuals at Cablevision and other great companies throughout my career,” she says.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
I have been fortunate to have been mentored by smart, caring individuals at Cablevision and other great companies throughout my career. When I reflect on those experiences I most respect how they invited me to be part of situations where I could observe and learn from their actions and behaviors, as well as how they coached me and explained the thinking and reasoning behind decisions they were making. This reassured me that the people I deeply respected and wished to emulate believed in and had faith and confidence in me. Most importantly, they gently pointed out where I could have done things better or how they may have approached a situation differently, pushing me and guiding me forward. These experiences made me feel protected while allowing me to build my own confidence and develop into a leader who is not afraid to speak up in difficult situations or take calculated business risks. I owe them so much and there can be no greater tribute and thank you than paying it forward for our industry’s next leaders.
What/who inspires you at work?
David Ellen, my boss and the company’s general counsel is a true inspiration and someone I strive to emulate. Not only is David one of the most brilliant people I’ve met and one of the most credentialed, he is also the least self-assuming and self-impressed. He is measured, kind and quietly challenges each of the attorneys who report to him to elevate and perform their very best legal work.
What/who inspires you outside the office?
My father, Howard Groveman, was inspirational in ways I hope he knew and that I hope I told him often enough. His father died when he was seventeen. He went to college at night so that he could work during the day to help support my grandmother and uncle. He rose to the senior levels of his profession, served on the local school board and spent countless hours teaching me history, ruthlessly editing my writing and discussing politics. I know my father would be so proud of what I’ve accomplished and knowing that inspires me to keep on achieving – trying to be the best mother, best lawyer, best executive and best person I can be.