Karen Bennett

Bennett made a successful return to cable this year after being away for five years. During her short time thus far at Cox, she realigned the HR organization, began capturing the company’s talent needs through a comprehensive “voice of the customer tour,” and started holding an internal leadership series currently on track to provide business acumen, emotional intelligence and skill-building training to 90% of the company’s people managers by year end. When it comes to Me Too, she says, “the speed at which companies have taken steps to address allegations has been impressive.”

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 speed at which companies have taken steps to address allegations has been impressive. As we have learned, many of these actions have been over the course of decades. My hope is that through the responses by the companies, ongoing education, and a zero-tolerance stance, that such allegations become fewer and fewer since everyone understands the ramifications.

Do you see any potential backlash to the Me Too/Time’s Up movements?
I have heard that for some men, the discomfort of being falsely accused of inappropriate actions have made them shy away from mentoring or having one-on-one meetings with women, and the like. That’s precisely what the workplace does not need! We must remain inclusive in our actions for all employees in our workplaces.

If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
“The Young and the Restless!” Gotta love the new ideas and the speed at which our new generation is prepared to embrace change!

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