Michelle Hawkins

Hawkins’ role in purchasing and procurement goes beyond contract management and smart spending. To further the company’s diversity and inclusion goals, she oversees Charter’s supplier diversity program and seeks out qualified suppliers of diverse backgrounds. Hawkins has a strategy for encouraging success. “One of the ways I do this is by identifying and assigning a challenging project that is highly visible to peers and senior leaders, and providing a support structure to help ensure success,” she says.

What specifically does your company do to support and elevate the women who work there?
I believe every people leader should take responsibility in supporting and elevating women. One of the ways I do this is by identifying and assigning a challenging project that is highly visible to peers and senior leaders, and providing a support structure to help ensure success.

What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
The advice I would give to my 13-year-old self is to recognize that challenges and setbacks will help you build character and grit.

Which current shows best reflect the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
I prefer to watch live competitive sports. Naomi Osaka showed inspiring sportsmanship at the U.S. Open when she defeated Coco Gauff and asked her to share her on-court interview. It was a great display of women supporting each other.

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