Jennifer Hightower

In this time of unprecedented competitive, regulatory and industry change, Hightower is a trusted source of company and industry knowledge at Cox. She’s taken the initiative to grow and elevate the role of the legal team, as she continues her oversight of litigation, legal operations, compliance, privacy, regulatory and government affairs. She is also co-chair of Cox’s new Enterprise Risk Management Program. Additionally, she’s assumed a greater accountability to ensure Cox’s recent acquisitions and services are legally compliant and productive, efficient and profitable. For inspiration, she looks no further than Cox HQ. “I admire Jill Campbell,” she says. “I admire her career trajectory, her ability to continue to grow and influence while remaining an authentic leader.”

What are your thoughts on the industry’s current response to the Me Too movement, and its treatment of men who have been accused of sexual harassing and/or assaulting women and men? Are there other steps you feel should be taken?
The entertainment industry was the industry that started the Me Too movement. Thankfully. Clearly we need to continue to be vigilant to ensure all women are safe and that they earn their rightful role as leaders in the entertainment sector.

Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
I admire Jill Campbell. She was previously Cox Communications’ chief operating officer in what was undoubtedly a challenging and exciting role. She was recently promoted to Cox Enterprises executive vice president and chief people and operations officer.

Her new job is even greater in its ability to influence and impact the lives of employees. I admire her career trajectory, her ability to continue to grow and influence while remaining an authentic leader. She is a true leader and inspiration for all women.

What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
The most dramatic change is the consolation of the industry. The reduction of number corporate players could have an impact on WICT, NAMIC, CTAM, CableLabs and NCTA. These advocacy and thought leadership organizations are the best of the best and it should be motivation for the fewer companies who remain to get more involved.

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