Cajigas continues to play a key role as she helps to consolidate Discovery’s rapidly growing international businesses. Her ability to attentively listen to diverse points of view—coupled with her bilingual skillset—helps her to communicate in an objective manner that is hugely beneficial in creating a collaborative, effective team. She refers to this skill as “translator ability.” “In our industry specifically, I think recognizing that our clients and audiences are diverse should translate into having a great level of diversity in our workforces,” she says.
Best business advice you’ve received?
I have benefited from having many mentors – both formal and informal – throughout my career and have received a lot of beneficial advice. During my first job as a business consultant, I was told to “get obsessed with the problem I’m solving and make it my own”… words of wisdom that continue to serve me well to this day. I love fixing problems, creating better ways of doing things, and for me “getting obsessed” means being proactive, passionate, adaptive, creative, giving it my best and constantly redefining what my best should and could be.
How do you define diversity?
I think of diversity in the broadest sense possible: diversity of profiles, backgrounds, ideas, approaches, personalities and cultures. Diversity is inclusion, that when leveraged in a respectful and mindful manner, will always yield a better result. In our industry specifically, I think recognizing that our clients and audiences are diverse should translate into having a great level of diversity in our workforce.
How do you define success?
Maya Angelou said that “success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” To me, how and why you do things are as important, if not more, than how effective you things.