Italia Commisso-Weinand

The Mediacom empire remains steadily and fiercely independent, and Commisso-Weinand remains a huge reason for the company’s success. The ten 10 MSO three years ago announced a $1 billion investment to upgrade and expand its national broadband network, on which it has been busy making good. Under Commisso-Weinand’s guidance, Mediacom also remains staunch supporter of women both within the company and the industry, and WICT this year again recognized it as being a PAR top company for women to work. As if that’s not enough to cheer about, her brother Rocco Commisso, Mediacom founder and CEO, in June purchased Italian soccer team ACF Fiorentina. Her advice to her 13-year-old self? “Don’t be afraid to have fun, dreams can come true and being kind is not a flaw. Fear always paralyzes.”

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Don’t be afraid to have fun, dreams can come true and being kind is not a flaw. Fear always paralyzes.

What changes, if any, has your company enacted since the dawning of the #MeToo movement, and what results have ensued?
One of the pillars of Mediacom’s culture is “Lead by Example”. As its leaders we do our best to say what mean and do as we say. Our new world has become more complex and everyone seems more sensitive. Recently, the HR and Training Team was tasked with new ideas, hence the birth of “Respect Training Program”. It’s simple – treat others as you would like to be treated. Over the course of the last year, every one of the nearly 4,500 employees have taken this training.

Which current shows best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“Madam Secretary,” “FBI” and the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”—well-written shows that feature strong women that are critical thinkers and that are in positions of authority.

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