Italia Commisso Weinand, Mediacom

Programming and HR might not seem like the most natural combination, but Commisso Weinand makes it work seamlessly. Along with her HR team she manages the needs of Mediacom’s 4,600 employees and runs a summer internship program that introduces college students to career options in the cable industry. Meanwhile, Commisso Weinand and her programming team are always working on high-stakes programming negotiations. The HR pro suggests something companies can do to reduce gender discrimination: “Corporations should create succession planning with consideration to ‘gender’ inclusiveness as a mandate.”

Who is your favorite female TV character and why?
Doctor Rainbow Johnson on “Black-ish.” An accomplished woman (doctor) that manages her four children, husband and extended family with great humor….

What industry topic do you think will dominate industry headlines in 2018 and why?
”How does the Entertainment industry manage costs and pricing in the continuous cord cutting echo system, while not doubling down on customers that subscribe.”

What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Corporations should create succession planning with consideration to “gender” inclusiveness as a mandate.

What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
Audrey Hepburn

Best advice for relieving stress?
Love what you do, laugh as much as you can, be kind to a not so nice person.

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