Wellman oversees all HR functions for Mediacom’s field operations—a job that got substantially more complicated when the pandemic set in. Thankfully she has the deep professional experience and indomitable spirit to focus on pivoting to find ways to emphasize employee safety, keep morale high and recruit talent, ensuring the company’s operations haven’t suffered setbacks. Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” is Wellman’s recommendation for reading up on female empowerment. “She captured my attention with her strength of character, her confidence in a back-up plan should Barack’s political career derail and her absolute determination in holding motherhood as her highest priority,” she says.
Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
First, research the company you wish to join. Culture is everything and particularly in our current environment you are in the driver’s seat to determine if a company is the right fit for you. Ask questions about how the company values and promotes employee engagement. Secondly, while you are on pause from the workplace, stay curious and informed of changes in your industry. Or you might consider a new career path that piques your interest even if the role is something you may not have performed or considered in the past. Desire is paramount, skills are transferrable.
What one female empowerment book do you think every woman should read?
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama may not be for every woman but it is one of my favorite reads. It wasn’t her dream to be First Lady of the United States of America. She captured my attention with her strength of character, her confidence in a back-up plan should Barack’s political career derail and her absolute determination in holding motherhood as her highest priority. Her accomplishments establish that even when life changes course, success can be realized in a new reality. Michelle’s recollections of “Me”, “Us” and “More” were candid, inspiring, thoughtful and most importantly, sprinkled with a little humor. She stayed true to herself and should be admired for her contributions and achievements to our country no matter your political persuasion.