President, Advance/Newhouse Partnership
Bergman is well regarded in tech circles. So much so that WICT decided to name a new fellowship after her. The Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship is designed to support career development for high potential women working for technology suppliers. The former Bright House president says the industry has shown meaningful progress in including women “in positive images in our content and in leadership roles with the companies.” According to Bergman, studies show companies with more women in upper management achieve higher profits. “Undoubtedly, our industry would benefit by treating gender diversity like the business imperative it is,” she says. Visteon, a manufacturer of cockpit electronics and connected car products, clearly agrees. Bergman was recently elected to the company’s Board.
Which sector of the cable industry best demonstrates gender equality? Which could use some enlightenment?
The industry has shown meaningful progress in including women in positive images in our content and in leadership roles with the companies. Yet, I am not sure I would feel comfortable selecting one sector over another. A recent study by the Peterson Institute found that companies with higher proportions of women in upper management (and importantly, at the Board level) achieve higher profits. Undoubtedly, our industry would benefit by treating gender diversity like the business imperative it is.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
I would tell my 13-year-old self to eat more vegetables and protein, so that I might grow taller!
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
Certainly, the consolidation, which affected several MSOs, including Bright House, is an indicator of how our industry is evolving, facing national competitors with great resources, on both the content & distribution sides of our business.