Many cable execs are well educated, but Dr. Simunic takes it to a new level. She received both an MBA and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Business and Marketing from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also has an MBA from the City University of Seattle. Since she began managing TWC’s digital home phone products in 2005, home phone customer base has grown from approximately 500,000 to more than 4.3 million with nearly $2 billion in annual revenues and growing. She also helped found the company’s Women’s Collective group, “with the mission to help women develop as leaders by empowering them with the tools for professional and personal growth.”

How can cable do better job at supporting the industry’s women?

One of the greatest things that the cable industry can do to support women is to actively encourage their participation in organizations whose primary function is to help women develop their leadership skills and achieve their full potential. WICT is such an organization. TWC also actively supports women though its own employee network group the Women’s Collective, which I helped co-found with the mission to help women develop as leaders by empowering them with the tools for professional and personal growth.

What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?

By far the biggest story in cable this year is consolidation.  Companies are coming together to utilize their combined strengths to achieve greater results and bring innovative new services to consumers.

How do you define a successful career?

My definition of a successful career is to have rewarding and challenging roles in both my professional and personal life; to be truly happy in what I’m doing so that it’s exciting to start each day. I want to take pride in accomplishments that have a positive impact on my family, my co-workers and my company as a whole. I want to have opportunities to explore new areas of growth to fuel my skills, and to put them to use for greater results both at work and at home.

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