Since joining SCTE in early 2014, Johnston has improved project management, strengthened its relationship with WICT and created new memberships models for the association’s new Corporate Alliance Program. Johnston says cultivating women engineers comes down to embracing STEM initiatives and taking on Yvette Kanouff’s challenge articulated at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 “that every man in cable mentor one woman in the industry to drive career growth within our existing workforce.”

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

Cable’s support for women engineers needs to happen on two fronts.  First, the industry needs to support the STEM initiatives in and outside of our schools that will prompt young women to choose technology careers. Second, we need to execute on Yvette Kanouff’s challenge at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 that every man in cable mentor one woman in the industry to drive career growth within our existing workforce.

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

That’s an easy one:  The Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger.

How do you define a successful career?

I think it’s most important that you make a difference: in growing the industry, in supporting co-workers and in representing the industry within the community it serves.

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

The keys are being able to decide which role is the most important one at any given time and having a supportive, flexible boss – which I do! — who trusts me to make the right decision.

When not in the office, where are we most likely to find you?

On the beach or on the tennis court.

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