Callahan and her team are no strangers to awards from Cablefax, most recently winning our 2018 Faxies Award for best marketing campaign. This past year, Callahan achieved what could certainly be described as a career milestone—launching Boingo Broadband internationally in Okinawa, Japan. She champions women in the workplace and is an active mentor, supporting efforts to hire more female engineers and women in STEM. Her personal hero is Frances McDormand, with whom she recently had the opportunity to dine. “She uses her platform to advocate for female-driven projects and insists on an ‘inclusion rider’—a stipulation that requires a certain level of diversity among a film’s cast and crew,” Callahan explains.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
I recently had dinner with Francis McDormand who, in addition to being a two-time Academy Award winner, is a total badass and personal hero. She uses her platform to advocate for female-driven projects and insists on an “inclusion rider” – a stipulation that requires a certain level of diversity among a film’s cast and crew. (It should be noted I deserved an Oscar for my performance during that dinner, as I seemed like a perfectly normal person when in reality I was screaming “I’M HAVING DINNER WITH FRANCIS MCDORMAND!!!” in my head the entire time.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The massive increase in mobile usage – driven by the number of connected devices we all carry around and the amount of bandwidth-heavy applications we consume – means that we have to move the delivery system closer and closer to the end consumer. This densification will only amplify with 5G.
If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
“Boingo’s Got Talent”