Scott became the company’s first female CEO in 2018. In 2021, she signed a multi-year deal to continue her mission to grow and transform FOX News Media, which now encompasses eight linear and digital platforms, including FOX News International and FOX News Books—both of which debuted during the pandemic—and Fox Weather. As an executive and a parent, she understands why some women fear re-entering the workforce after family leave. “If you have a passion for your profession and a strong work ethic, believe in yourself and don’t give up,” advises Scott, who recently recruited a woman who’d taken time off to be with her kids. “I actually believe that the perspective and skills she gained while outside the workplace made her a better manager.”
What’s one way your company has broadened the recruiting process to ensure greater diversity?
Building a diverse workforce has been a priority for me and our leadership team. We’ve done a great deal to broaden out the recruiting process in the three years since I took over as CEO. This includes partnering with journalism organizations from across the country, as well as partnering with the Emma Bowen and T. Howard Foundations to ensure our recruiting starts off as inclusive and comprehensive as possible. We’ve also continued our Multimedia Reporter training program, which is a two-year immersive program where journalism candidates are positioned around the country to shoot, report, edit, and produce their own high-end content across FOX News Media platforms. Through this program we have hired a number of diverse journalists and some of our graduates have become rising stars on FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network. FOX News Media has been growing and expanding on new platforms which has provided a great opportunity to broaden our recruiting process.
Best advice for someone looking to re-enter the workforce after a hiatus?
Don’t give up and stay in touch with your former bosses, colleagues, and friends from work. As a leader, I strive to find pathways for employees who have left due to personal life changes. As a parent, I understand the demands of being a caregiver. I also understand those demands can ebb and flow. They might be concentrated to five to ten months or span five to ten years, but that doesn’t disqualify you from coming back to the workforce. If you have a passion for your profession and a strong work ethic, believe in yourself and don’t give up. I recently just recruited a former colleague of mine to come back into the workforce after she left to spend more time with her daughters. She took time out of her career to care for her family, but just because she took that time doesn’t mean she lost her skillset. Over the course of a few years, I ran into her socially and when a position opened up that needed someone with her background, we reached out to see if she would entertain coming back in a different capacity. I actually believe that the perspective and skills she gained while outside the workplace made her a better manager. She’s enhanced the company in so many ways and the timing worked out for the both of us. So to anyone who has to take a pause, either a medical leave, to care for a loved one or to raise a family – keep in touch. You were hired to do your job for a reason. You have talent. Believe in yourself and be open to the opportunities that come your way.