Fischer oversees a quartet of executives spanning the tax, treasury and risk management disciplines at Charter. Industry-wide, she says a simple attitude shift can help entice, promote, and retain more female executives. “We have to get over our reluctance to give women hard jobs. Technical jobs. Jobs with a lot of travel. Jobs that require a move,” she says. “Many of us have an unconscious bias that those jobs are men’s roles, but we should challenge this assumption.”

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
Charter and the cable and telecommunications industries do a great job of providing leadership development opportunities for women. Through these opportunities, Charter has developed a strong network of women across the business who are able to support and broaden one another’s careers.

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
We have to get over our reluctance to give women hard jobs. Technical jobs. Jobs with a lot of travel. Jobs that require a move. Many of us have an unconscious bias that those jobs are men’s roles, but we should challenge this assumption. Women want these positions, too, and are fully capable of handling them.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Learn a technical skill but spend your time practicing communication. The technical skill will get you in the door, but the ability to communicate clearly will get you ahead.

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