As Bright House continues its rapid development of tech offerings, Johnson tracks all policy implications associated with the company’s technology infrastructure and service delivery. Her expertise is recognized outside company walls too. This spring Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed Johnson to the State Board of Education. “Diversity in 2014 is not simply about race,” says Johnson. “It is about a multiplicity of perspectives, thoughts and approaches. Diversity ensures that all possibilities are seen through a multifaceted prism and therefore the potential for success is exponentially greater.”

What’s the definition of diversity in 2014, and how can the cable industry do better in the area of inclusiveness?

Diversity in 2014 is not simply about race, it is about a multiplicity of perspectives, thoughts and approaches. Diversity ensures that all possibilities are seen through a multifaceted prism and therefore the potential for success is exponentially greater.

Who has been your strongest mentor, and why?

I have been fortunate to have many great coaches, strong mentors, and sponsors over the course of my career whose advice and insight I rely on constantly.  The strongest experience for me has been more of a sponsorship, than a mentorship.  Having the opportunity to learn the cable industry through the eyes of a leader and visionary, Nomi Bergman, provided me with a rich understanding of the industry’s past.  More importantly, it provided me with a well-honed perspective on the strategy for the future.  She also helped me learn to be a better leader by reminding me to find my voice, to manage my energy, and to show passion and purpose in my work.

What qualities do you look for when making a new hire?

The qualities I look for when making a new hire are high energy, high intellect, and high engagement.  Critical experience is definitely a great asset to have, but you can always count on success when you are working with a bright, fully motivated, team player.

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