Mar 12, 2019
By Kelby Clark
Viacom executives share their career experiences in honor of Women’s History Month.
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Viacom is hosting a series of events tied to the theme “champion each other to break barriers.” It’s an empowering nod to the role individuals play in improving the diversity of voices, experiences, and identities that are represented at the proverbial (and literal) professional table.
The need for individual and organizational support of women is hard to ignore, especially in positions beyond entry-level. A recent "Women in the Workplace" report from McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org found that for every 100 men promoted to manager-level positions, only 79 women receive the same opportunities, with only 38% of managerial positions in today’s workforce held by women.
To foster honesty and conversation around the topic, two Viacom internal groups—ReThink, a Viacom Ad Solutions speaker forum that spotlights industry thought leaders and innovators, and HERE, the company’s employee resource group for women—co-sponsored an event where the company’s female executive leaders could share their professional journeys in intimate roundtable conversations. Attendees included women from Viacom’s Ad Solutions group as well as other business units and members of HERE.
These candid conversations ranged from tips on how to navigate corporate culture, to the myth of “having it all,” to the importance of empowering other women in the workplace in the movement toward inclusion and equality. To learn from their experiences, we asked a few of the participating executives to fill us in on their motivations and advice. Here’s what they said:
Karen Phillips, EVP of Ad Sales, at Viacom's HERE luncheon.
Daphne Leroy, VP of Strategy, Ad Solutions, at Viacom's HERE luncheon.
Nickelodeon Global Consumer Products Back row, left to right: Jillian Schmidt, Analyst of Strategy, Ad Solutions; Bridget Sweeney, Analyst of Business Development, Ad Solutions and Courtney Oliver, Sr. Director of Human Resources, Nickelodeon.
Melody Tan, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom International Media Networks; Ellen Dominus, EVP of Velocity Brand Partnerships and Sujata Luther, EVP of Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon.
Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, and Chief of Staff for the Nickelodeon Group and Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy for Viacom, speaking at the HERE luncheon.
Nickelodeon Global Consumer Products; Sharon Cohen, EVP of Nick Experience; Kelly Day, President of Viacom Digital Studios
Sean Moran, Head of Viacom Ad Solutions, at the HERE luncheon.