As the cable industry delves deeper in the home-automation space, keep an eye on Faulkner. It’s early days, but she’s growing Homelife exponentially. Her role includes oversight of marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services deployment. A highly regarded speaker and motivator, Faulkner brings both decisive leadership and technological understanding to her role. She focused on the latter in choosing her favorite female TV character. “My vote goes to ‘Big Bang Theory’s’ Amy Fowler,” she says. “We need more women in technology, R&D and innovation roles. Her character represents someone who is true to herself with a deep passion for her field.”
Who is your favorite current female TV character and why?
My vote goes to Big Bang Theory’s Amy Fowler. We need more women in technology, R&D and innovation roles. Her character represents someone who is true to herself with a deep passion for her field… and she’s not afraid to shy away from it. Plus, she’s pretty damn funny.
What is one way the industry can continue to evolve in ridding itself of gender discrimination?
Bridging the gender divide is about hiring, fostering and retaining women talent—you simply must focus on all three. Embracing active efforts to ensure a mix of gender representation in your candidate pipeline is a start for every role. From there it’s about active efforts and education to break down gender biases in every day interactions and ensuring programmatic support such as talent development, mentoring, and sponsorship for women advancement. We still have more work to do though – especially as it pertains to technology, operations and innovation roles. I am fortunate to be at Cox where we have a sustained Diversity and Inclusion focus with engaged diversity councils, employee resource groups, and stewardship for an inclusive culture by our President and Parent company, Cox Enterprises.
What famous woman, living or deceased, would you like to have dinner with?
I’d have to pick Maya Angelou. I saw her speak several years ago at a WICT conference and was mesmerized by her life-story and mission toward equality. She filled the room with warmth, compassion, tenacity and wisdom.
What is your best advice for relieving stress?
Get outdoors. For me, it’s walking my dog, ski trips with my family or being out on the water—kayaking or boating. I’m not good at “indoor” stress relief.