Lee Schroeder

Schroeder has had her hands full supporting SMB customers during the COVID-19 pandemic and organizing conversations with Altice USA employees during recent periods of social unrest. She has long measured success by how much employees recognize and engage with Altice’s employee affinity groups, the company’s version of ERGs. In order to create real change in an organization, Schroeder believes that every person needs to take it upon themselves to build the culture they want to see. “Part of contributing to D&I is being an ally for those who are different and thereby bridging the gap and creating commonality through difference,” Schroeder says. “Each person taking action and being accountable for creating an inclusive culture is the only way to truly achieve that end goal.”

What is one of your proudest moments or achievements during the pandemic? One of the proudest moments during the pandemic was seeing the leadership of Altice USA immediately pivot to ensure all students could participate in remote learning by offering free Internet service to any household with a student who did not previously have broadband service.

What is the biggest factor needed to eliminate gender inequality in the workplace? There are two equally important factors to eliminating gender inequality in the workplace—proactively recruiting to bring in new, diverse talent and promoting talented women within our organization. We need to look up to find talent beyond our immediate circles while at the same time being vigilant to ensure we are supporting the professional development of women moving up through the organization.

How can companies best foster an environment of allyship? To foster an environment of allyship, it has to be clear that everyone has a responsibility to contribute to creating an inclusive environment. At Altice USA, we are talking about it in terms of “the ‘I’ in D&I.” Part of contributing to D&I is being an ally for those who are different and thereby bridging the gap and creating commonality through difference. Each person taking action and being accountable for creating an inclusive culture is the only way to truly achieve that end goal.

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