Jessica Fischer

In less than five years, Fischer has made her way into Charter’s elite C-Suite. She’s been leaving her mark on the operator since before she even joined its ranks, advising it on its purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks back in 2015. Her purview continues to grow, and she’s added leading investor relations, internal audit procurement and more to her task list in the last year alone. She believes anyone looking to step back into a 9-5 after a hiatus should talk to an interviewer about the same things they would if they left the workforce recently: skills, their value drivers and a willingness to learn. “There are all kinds of really good reasons to take breaks from the workforce, but you shouldn’t need to explain them,” she says.

Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
Don’t apologize. There are all kinds of really good reasons to take breaks from the workforce, but you shouldn’t need to explain them. Talk about your skills, what you can do to drive value for the team, what you’re ready to learn: all the things you would be talking about if you had left the workforce yesterday. It’s a great market to be jumping back into, and there’s no reason to sell yourself short.

Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
I’ve had outstanding male mentors and sponsors over the course of my career. Those individuals pushed me to do more every step of the way and shrugged off others’ doubts on my behalf. I often find that women are looking for female leaders in the business to mentor them as they climb the ladder, but while female mentors and examples are important, the sheer numbers mean that male mentors and sponsors for up and coming women leaders are a key to our collective progress.

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