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!!