Colleen Schmidt

Schmidt is busy focusing on building a company culture of “fearless reinvention” following Altice USA’s spinoff from its parent company. She heads up employee development and talent recruitment and develops initiatives for the company’s D&I program. “As an industry, we have an opportunity to foster work environments that are truly results-oriented and impact-focused, and we can continue to move away from tenure and traditional ‘face-time’ as a driver of value and progression,” she says.

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
As an industry, we have an opportunity to foster work environments that are truly results-oriented and impact-focused, and we can continue to move away from tenure and traditional “face-time” as a driver of value and progression. This focus, combined with a culture that allows leaders – both men and women – to comfortably be their “whole self” in how they deliver results, would allow all leaders, including women, to unapologetically balance work and personal.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Such a great question, and one that reminds us that even though we can’t rewind time, we can pay it forward and share these learnings with our next generation of future women leader.

Be courageous, put your shoulders back and lean into the unknown – the things you aren’t “perfect at.” Realize that what feels risky, or lonely, or “devastating” today will be a distant memory in a year and make you stronger for a lifetime. You will find calm and confidence in learning to value yourself over all else, as well as listening to your own voice while quieting the influence of all those competing voices around you. Do the right thing, the hard thing, even when no one is looking at—or supporting—you, you will find it both empowering and validating. And don’t take life so seriously—laugh more, worry less—it’s all going to turn out just fine!

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