An avid mentor both within and outside of the Comcast organization, Gaiski’s been negotiating programming agreements for more than 20 years. She continually evolves Comcast’s video offering through her roles overseeing its multibillion-dollar content acquisition budget, administering programming contracts, and coordinating field operations and communications for the company’s three cable operating divisions. Ask her peers on both sides of the table, and they’ll tell you not only about her keen negotiating skills but also her dedication to collaboration and equity. Gaiski remarks of customers’ shifting viewing habits, “Gone are the days of waiting for your favorite show to start at 9pm on Sunday night. Now, customers want to watch their shows anywhere, anytime and on any platform.”
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
Gerry Laybourne has been an inspiration to me throughout my career. She was a female entrepreneur in the nascent cable TV business who built the Nickelodeon empire, then left to try her hand at a startup, Oxygen. All the while, she raised a family and mentored countless woman (including me) along the way.
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The most dramatic change in the past three years has been our customers’ viewing habits. Gone are the days of waiting for your favorite show to start at 9pm on Sunday night. Now, customers want to watch their shows anywhere, anytime and on any platform.