As the manager of one of the largest portfolios of cable channels in the U.S., Finch has her hands full. But she also heads the company’s Digital Lifestyle Studios Group, which produces video and social content for digital properties like the Food Network Kitchen subscription service. Those responsibilities positioned her well for supporting the launch of the discovery+ streaming service. Her empathy, compassion, creativity and sense of humor helped her guide her team to developing more than 500 new episodes during the pandemic. Her optimistic approach extends to re-entering the workforce after an extended break. “Come in guns blazing and show the hiring manager your enthusiasm at rejoining the workforce. Turn that back-to-work energy into your competitive advantage,” she says.
Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
Instead of focusing on your time away from the office or feeling like you need to justify it somehow, I would enthusiastically share your excitement about coming back to work. Come in guns blazing and show the hiring manager your enthusiasm at rejoining the workforce. Turn that back-to-work energy into your competitive advantage.
What female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
This may be unpopular, but I’m not a fan of gender-specific business books. I think we need to emphasize equality in the workforce—not gender differences—and until we do women will always feel like they have something extra to prove.