Alison Hellman

Hellman is relentless in her efforts to put Spectrum Networks content in front of as many eyes as possible. She has driven expansions to statewide channels in Texas and North Carolina, bringing its programming to 600,000 new viewers. She’s also pushing Spectrum News to new heights, guiding the launch of a new app last year for residential customers. In its first year alone, the app has more than 1.4 million downloads. At the top of her list of book recommendations is “Imagine It Forward” by GE’s former vice chair Beth Comstock. “One of the key lessons I took away is having the courage to look outside your industry for inspiration, be a contrarian, and challenge conventional wisdom,” she says.

What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
Beth Comstock’s book, “Imagine It Forward,” made a huge impression. In the book, Comstock, who’s a former Vice Chair of GE, covers her long and impressive career and offers some great insight on how to continually learn and push innovation. One of the key lessons I took away is having the courage to look outside your industry for inspiration, be a contrarian, and challenge conventional wisdom. But it doesn’t stop there – she exhorts us to imagine the future then take action to shape it to our advantage, while always being open to learning along the way.

Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
One of my most trusted male allies is someone who at first glance seemed quite different from me. By chance, Dan Ronayne and I worked together at three different companies. At first, I thought we were completely different. Dan and I tackled challenges – really everything – in almost opposite ways. But I soon realized our differences were incidental because we shared the same core values. We both agreed on the things that were really important and respected each other for it. Through that shared respect, I found an ally in Dan with whom I could be my authentic self. The freedom and comfort that came from that gave me the confidence to challenge my own thinking and be ok with someone challenging me. By challenging me, pushing me, advocating for me, Dan helped me find my voice. And that’s what the best allies – male or female – do.

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