It’s only been a year since McMeley left Davis Wright Tremaine to join longtime firm client Comcast, but she hasn’t wasted a moment. She kickstarted a companywide effort to strengthen Comcast’s privacy approach, building a holistic approach to data management that considers all national and international law. A powerful voice within the company, McMeley is raising awareness from the C-suite to the front lines on privacy issues and ways Comcast should be engaging with them. “I see the people of Comcast supporting women outside of company-sponsored events, through informal mentoring, recognition for a job well-done, and more,” she says.
What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
Comcast does a tremendous job of supporting women by encouraging participation in Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and holding a variety of its own development conferences and programs for women that allow learning and growth, as well as networking. It has been great to see senior leaders at these events. But more importantly, I see the people of Comcast supporting women outside of company-sponsored events, through informal mentoring, recognition for a job well-done, and more. I have personally been the recipient of that generosity, and I hope I am paying it forward.
Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
I’ve recently started watching “Deadwood” and I love that it reflects the strength that was—and often still is—required of women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to be successful (or in some cases, just to survive). And I love that a “western” allows entire storylines to focus on complex female characters and relationships. Of course, there are the great women’s roles in “Big Little Lies,” “Sharp Objects,” “Insecure,” “Glow,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Killing Eve” and Game of Thrones.” The great news is there are so many shows featuring women now, it’s hard to find time for them all!