Lisa Gonzalez Anselmo

The former VP of communications for Cablevision has quickly risen through the ranks at Altice USA. She now runs communications for the entire company, both internally and externally. Anselmo serves as the company’s primary spokesperson and is deeply involved in launching new services. She also participates in the company’s D&I program, and says there’s more work to be done when it comes to recruiting. “We have to stretch ourselves outside our industry—recruit women from different sectors, learn from their experiences, share lessons and tap into different perspectives,” she says.

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
We have a wonderful network of dynamic women at all levels of the organization. Whether it’s supporting our frequent HER Impact Network (the Altice women’s affinity group) lunches or ensuring women have a seat at the table, Altice supports women making an impact across all levels.

How can the industry do a better job of recruiting women and ensuring they have a path to senior positions?
I think the industry does a good job of connecting women to each other and recognizing their achievements, and outlets such as Cablefax have played an important role in that. However, I think we have to stretch ourselves outside our industry—recruit women from different sectors, learn from their experiences, share lessons and tap into different perspectives. The more women we have with unique backgrounds and experiences, the stronger we will be.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Trust your judgement and don’t worry about what other people think of you. I remember being 13 years old looking around the classroom to decide if I should raise my hand to answer a question, wondering whether the boys would make fun of me. Thirty-five years later, I know that whether it’s a conference room full of men or women, if I have something to say I should say it. We need to empower young girls to believe in themselves, and teach them that their opinions and views matter.

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