The senior executives depend on Trotter for all of Time Warner Cable’s video, media and many technology projects. She has contributed greatly to the success of TWC, working as part of the Technology and Program Management departments. While cable has seen more women execs of late, there are still opportunities for improvement, she says. “I believe this is a gap that we will close—but it will take perseverance.”
Where are the biggest growth areas for women in cable?
The cable industry has seen some increase in the number of women executives and senior level managers, but there are still opportunities for improvement. This is especially true for women who choose to a career in engineering where the number of women in senior leadership roles is significantly overshadowed by the number of men. With programs such as WICT and STEM to continue to foster and develop awareness, I believe this is a gap that we will close – but it will take perseverance.
What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?
The key to mentoring is building strong relationships. Those relationships are built on trust with open/supportive communications between both mentor and the mentee.
Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?
I have found over the years that there are certain times in my life when I have needed to exclusively focus on either work or family. I think we need to teach women that this is ok. Life is not always balanced – it’s how you set your expectations both with yourself, family and coworkers during this time.
Your favorite trick for unwinding?