Interviewed by Courtney Madson
Name: Jill Campbell
Where do you currently work and what’s your current role? Executive Vice President at Cox Enterprises
Where are you currently located? Atlanta, GA
To help our readers get to know you better, is there a song, quote or book that has inspired you to be the leader you are today?
The stories in a book I read early in my career called “Leadership is an Art” by Max DuPree had a big impact on me and helped me think about leadership in a different way.
Congratulations on being inducted in the Cable Hall of Fame. What does being inducted mean to you?
Honestly, it was a recognition of all of the great work my collegues and I have done at Cox Communications through the years. It confirmed that I picked a great industry to work in and a terrific company to work for that has given me so many opportunities to grow.
Did you or do you still have a mentor?
Yes, I have been fortunate to have a number of mentors throughout my career. My greatest mentor, however, is Cox Communication’s current president Pat Esser. Pat took chances on me in my career. He gave me opportunities and encouraged me to take risks. He was and still is great at giving feedback and helping me think through critical issues.
What is the best piece of career advice you’ve been given?
Don’t be afraid to take chances, get out of your comfort zone and try new things.
I know that you were WICT’s Women of the Year and are a Betsy Magness graduate. What kind of impact has WICT made in your life?
WICT has had a profound impact on my life both professionally and personally. I have grown tremendously as a leader from the programs I have been involved in with WICT and made lifelong friends through Betsy Magness Leadership Institute and other WICT leadership programs. More importantly, I have observed what WICT has done for leaders in our company whether it was attending a training program or serving on a local chapter board – WICT does live up to its motto of developing women leaders.
This year’s WICT theme is “Be Fearless.” How do you think “Being Fearless” has helped you achieve the success you have had in your career?
Oh, it has been really important in my career! I moved six times in ten years to take on new assignments and grow with the company. I am a big believer in taking chances and calculated risks. It is also critical to stand up for the things you believe are right.
You’ve been with Cox Communications for the majority of your career, what are the different tactics you’ve taken in your career to become the leader you are today?
As an operator, you go where the opportunities are in the field. From a leadership standpoint, I think the single greatest “tactic” I have employed is just being authentic and really caring about the people I work with. Cox is a really special place to work because we all share the same values whether you work in telecommunications, media or auto. We are all in this together.
How do you think volunteering and having passions outside of the cable industry have helped you develop in the leader you are today?
Community involvement is a key component of who we are at Cox. We have more than 50,000 employees who live and work in the communities we serve. It is in our DNA to volunteer and give back. By encouraging our employees to explore their passions in the community outside the walls of our buildings, we allow them to exercise all their talents and give back in ways that matter to them.
If you were to talk to give advice to yourself on your first day at Cox, what would you say?
You made the right choice! Stay the course!!
WICT Southeast election season is coming upon us. Have you thought of becoming a board member? Whether you’re a creative executive, an accountant, a manager, an attorney or even a coordinator, serving on WICT SE’s board will help you do your job better.
Anne Loescher, current president of WICT SE and Bounce TV’s Senior Director of Strategy & Planning for Creative Services, explained to me the following: “Since I joined the board in 2014, I’ve been promoted three times. When I received my most recent promotion earlier this year, our CEO specifically mentioned that my experience on the WICT board of directors prepared me to move into this senior leadership role at the company.”
Here’s what you can gain:
Strengthen your professional credibility and personal brand
Taking on a board position is the perfect place to showcase your expertise and value within the industry because it raises your professional profile. Robyne Gordon, WICT SE’s Director of Red Letter Awards and corporate legal manager for Turner Entertainment Networks, told me she “had an opportunity to interact with industry leaders in “low pressure” environments (e.g. Red Letter Awards, Taste of WICT, etc.). Having this type of interaction as an initial meeting sets the stage for you to build rapport on a personal level and nurture and expand upon that platform for your professional development.” Robyne mentioned that being a board member has put her personal brand on display, both knowingly and unknowingly. She also said her position gives her a “bird’s eye view on how you’re perceived, how you work under pressure and your leadership skills” that can propel your personal brand to heights you have not previously imagined.
Meet interesting people. Gain exposure and insight
A big responsibility of being on any nonprofit board is to raise awareness of the organization, which is a great way to expand your professional network. Serving on WICT Southeast board, you gain new perspectives by engaging with people from diverse backgrounds. Janine Bowling, an Inside Sales Manager with ARRIS, has served on WICT SE board as Director of Partnership for a year and a half. Since taking on her role, Janine says her “visibility has increased within the company because of being on the board. Since my company is a national sponsor, we are highly encouraged to join the board or become very active within our local chapter.”
Sharpen your skills
Serving on WICT’s board will enable you to strengthen a variety of professional skills that will help your career and give you the opportunity to step up and lead. LaShaun Solomon, Senior Director of Partnerships for WICT SE and Community Account Executive for Comcast told me, “I have had opportunities to practice my people management skills as well as grow my leadership skills. Both of these skills I consider pertinent to my professional career growth. Another benefit of being a part of this board is that you get to learn and pursue a skill that you otherwise may not be able to in one’s current role.”
Grow as a leader. Help the next generation.
Serving on a board can be life changing and amplify your career path because it’s a tremendous opportunity to develop as a leader. But you might find the most rewarding and biggest impact you may find is how you can help others reach their goals. Anne Loescher said “as women in this industry, I feel that we have a responsibility to help each other. Getting involved with the board is a great way to give back and help to develop the next generation of leaders.”
What’s the number one reason to join? As Nicole Hight, current Tennessee Director of Membership and HGTV Program Planning Coordinator says “it’s FUN! You get to work and travel with a great group of people who have similar interests and just want to help and see each other succeed.”
Before you sign up, keep in mind that pursuing a role on the board may require considerable time and effort and it’s not always glamorous. Depending on the position, you can expect to devote a minimum of 5 to 15 hours per month, but the payoff could be worth it. Robyne Gordon says it best, “It is a demanding commitment with unlimited benefits” and is worth every minute that you spend on it.
Nominations for WICT SE board open from July 31 – August 18, and elections will take place in September. WICT SE welcomes participation from all facets of our industry. And you do not have to have an upper management title or position to serve; however, you must have your supervisor’s approval to run.
If you have any questions about a board position, please contact WICT SE Vice President Jamie Miller via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.