Bennett has played a major role in keeping the Cox family connected even in a remote work environment. The safety of the operator’s field agents has also been a concern, but she’s helped develop the practices and protocols that have ensured their health and ability to help customers in need. She continues to modernize Cox’s talent strategy and is zoning in on creative ways to find and onboard employees in the most difficult of times. When she finds talent that has taken some time away from the corporate world, Bennett encourages them to utilize their network to the fullest. “Your skills and prior performance need to be vouched for, and your network can help advocate for you, in addition to advocating for yourself,” she says.
What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
We require that our senior roles are recruited from a diverse slate of qualified candidates for the role, which includes both female candidates and persons of color.
What question(s) should you ask to ensure you’re achieving pay equity?
What is the market rate the company has identified for the position? How am I being paid compared to it and why?
How would you rate the industry regarding gender bias in shows/characters?
Bias reduction is improving, and more inclusive spectrums of characters are appearing as commonplace in newer programming.
Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
Use your network! Your skills and prior performance need to be vouched for, and your network can help advocate for you, in addition to advocating for yourself. Also, relatable things you did why on hiatus is important to share (eg, on the board of a nonprofit; HOA leadership; wellness or fitness goals achieved). It shows you just stepped away from one area of your life temporarily, and others continued.
Do you have an example of male allyship that made a difference to you?
Too many to count! Earning respect for the work and contributions you’ve made in your work can’t just speak for itself. Allies willingly point those out to others, whether you’re in the room or not.
What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success” by Deborah Kolb.