What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am a Director in Media Technology at HBO overseeing technical operations and content distribution to worldwide digital platforms. While studying Journalism & Mass Media in college, I worked at a tech company where I began building computers and developed a passion for emerging technologies. My lifelong interest in all forms of media include video production and the entire process of creating TV shows from camera to screen. The integration of media and technology has been a perfect merge of my interests, led to a rewarding career and truly aligned my passions and expertise.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Globally and across industries, technology has historically been a male-dominated profession. Being a dominant female in a male-dominated industry, I am always striving to overachieve in effort to help increase the value and impact of women's leadership among the broader technology and media landscape. In my day-to-day role, I communicate with a full spectrum of technical and non-technical professionals and have learned to “flex” my communication style in order to share technical information with clarity no matter who my audience may be.
What is your proudest achievement?
I hope I have not reached my proudest achievement. Being elected President of Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information Alumni Association and featured speaker at graduation has made me proud. In addition, being nominated and participating in Senator Gillibrand’s Mentorship Program has made me very grateful for my opportunities. I am extremely proud of my role in the growth of HBO’s Electronic Sell-through platform (EST, digital purchases) as I have worked hard to help lead our technology initiatives in this area since inception. My team makes me proud and is a critical part of HBO’s international program servicing. Watching those that I have mentored become leaders on my team is rewarding.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (Thinker) A visionary who I admire for his advanced science theory and ability to engage audiences with complex ideas.
- Dr. Tererai Trent (Doer) A pillar of strength, overcame poverty and gender oppression. I admire her for returning to her community as a doctor in Africa and building opportunities for girls who dream of education.
- Diane Tryneski (Leader) A Technology trailblazer, Chief Digital Officer and EVP of Technology at HBO. Her brilliant decision making, next generation strategies and ground-breaking accomplishments like HBO NOW make her a pioneer and my role model.
There are too many others for me to name and most notable are Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Suze Orman, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I have a vision of working side-by-side HBO top leaders. The possibilities for my future are limitless as I feel destined for greatness beyond my imagination. It's important that I continue "Helping Build Opportunities" through charity empowering and enabling the next generation of leaders.
How has your participation with the Executive Leadership Program impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
The CUP Executive Leadership Program has increased my awareness on the importance of networking and genuine relationship building. I've become more strategic in seeking opportunities for my team and have increased the number of aspiring, talented people that I mentor.