Editor’s Note: We will be featuring profiles from the 2012 CableFAX Most Powerful Women in Cable issue. Here are some words of wisdom from HGTV’s Kathleen Finch. Go here to read the issue in its entirety.
Best mentor: “My first job out of college provided me with the amazing opportunity to work with Steve Jobs. It was Silicon Valley in the ‘80s and it felt like the center of the universe. Being there to see Steve—the kind of that universe—interact with his team was an unbelievable experience. Soon after I found myself working alongside Andy Rooney. We happened to live near one another and became carpool buddies after he offered me a ride one evening. Those car rides, just me and Andy for 45 minutes of uninterrupted time, were probably the most valuable mentoring experiences I ever had. I was incredibly fortunate to spend time with two legends—both extremely different from one another but equally brilliant—and they provided experiences I will be forever grateful for.”