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July 17, 2012

Senior Executive Roundtable

by WICT Mentoring Blog

post by Patreece DeChabert

The WICT Southeast Senior Executive Roundtable was held at Turner Broadcasting on June 28th. Attendees enjoyed a networking reception with peers and senior executives. Following the reception, senior executives spoke about the latest hot topics in the industry from a MSO and programming perspective. If you missed the event, here are some key points.

Round Table Advice

  • Have some courage to step out there. Don’t be afraid to disrupt your family. Take the job even if you are frightened.
  • Let go of guilt. You can’t please everyone. You can have it all, but not all at once.
  • Think through priorities and figure out how you can make a difference.
  • Get comfortable about what you offer of value to the company.
  • Know what you’re not good, try to learn, and utilize your team members.
  • You don’t have to be an expert before you take it on.
  • Have the courage to try something you’re not prepared for and couple it with your intellectual curiosity—be that lifelong learner; figure it out.
  • Don’t be intimidated.
  • Take a leap. Trust your own self and others.
  • In team building, find those that are skilled, passionate, and work hard.
  • You don’t have to know 90% of the job before you take it.
  • Be clear about what you want to do.
  • Even though it’s not right for you right now, know that it may be right later.
  • Own your choices.
  • Be verbal while being careful of the things you say that may work against you.
  • The higher up you go, the more you have to be careful of how you are perceived and of what you say. People are judging you so be self aware.
  • Biggest career challenges include:  (1) too much of a big ego & vying for credit—instead, have some humility in the right places (2) not being able to find humor in things—don’t be so tense (3) not being bold enough—be bold! (4) know what’s urgent vs. what’s important.
  • Leaders need to be respectful, listen more, and not be focused on giving direction. Be decisive about what expectations are.
  • Set goals with your team. Meet to discuss often, share honestly, and hold folks accountable.
  • Treat your team with value because your team can make or break your career.
  • Mentor, teach, connect, replace if needed – hire good people.
  • When recruiting, you need to have great vision and talk about what you see for the position/team that excites people so that they want to be a part of building something great.
  • Being called aggressive can be interpreted as a negative. Think of it as ambitious, smart, bold, tough, and confident.
  • Be careful of the messenger. Have mentors outside of your workplace to give you another point of view.
  • Feedback is a gift. Take it in the context it was given, say thanks, and work at it.
  • Be authentic and true to yourself. Know when to read the room and adjust.
  • Stay visible, stay networked, and always try to immerse yourself in what’s coming—stay on top of technology.
  • Top go-to sites: and

 This program featured the following industry leaders:

Jill Campbell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cox Communications

Kathleen Finch, Senior Vice President/General Manager, HGTV

Kelly Regal, Executive Vice President, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Chris Walters, Chief Operating Officer, The Weather Channel

Event Moderator: Genevieve Bos, CEO of IdeaString, Founder, PINK Magazine

To see the archived video of the event, please visit the WICT Southeast site at:

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