Compelling content and ratings are running wild at the network with Han Vissering at the helm. She continues to propel growth, green-lighting newbies including a behind-the-scene look at “Vet School” to air along perennial hits like dog-whispering “Cesar 911.” “Perseverance and being flexible on how one can apply their skill set to a job” is what she believes is most important in finding a cable career path.
Where are the biggest growth areas for women in cable?
I wouldn’t say there is one specific area for growth because the whole industry is evolving and thus opportunities are everywhere. Perseverance and being flexible on how one can apply their skill set to a job is what I believe is important in finding a career path in this industry.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
Passing on lessons both good and bad is a great way to share one’s experience. It also helps more junior staff to know that the leaders are not perfect and that everyone can learn from mistakes. Showing that you are vulnerable and human is not a bad thing to be when mentoring.
What/who inspires you at work? What/who inspires you outside the office?
My colleagues inspire me at work. I am fortunate to have a great group of peers, leaders and team members that help create the energy and vision to keep me on my A game. My mother is a great inspiration. No matter what crap life throws her, she is aways the ever positive person. She’s had a lot of hardship an never have I ever heard her say a mean word about a person, situation or event. She just carries on.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
Set boundaries for each of the priorities in your life. Try and stick with it but know you have to be flexible. Talk to your family and workplace about what those boundaries are.
Your favorite trick for unwinding?
Cooking… Cooking and more cooking. You can’t cook and think about work at the same time. Otherwise you will create a hot mess.