Meet Gayle! Product Manager for the Strategic Initiatives at Comcast

What do you do for work and what do you love about it and what is most challenging?
I am the product manager for the Strategic Initiatives group for Comcast Advertising.  Right now my focus is on deploying the NPS program for our organization.  I love work that allows me to engage with a broad spectrum of different teams and learn about the advertising business.  The most challenging for me is how much I feel I still need to learn – I came over from over 8 years on the cable side so have a lot to learn about advertising.

How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?
Any woman I have worked with has inspired me some way or other – I have had really good mentors and I am so grateful how anyone I have ever asked to talk to has always made time for me at Comcast. I am inspired by working moms and women who have side businesses in addition to their full-time jobs.  As far as shaping my career, being able to mentor members of the Comcast Administrative Professionals group has helped me focus my long-term career interests in training and development.

What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
I love Manifest and The Voice right now.  My favorite movie is Ghostbusters (My 5-year-old daughter decided she wanted our entire family to go as Ghostbusters this year for Halloween – so I now have a legitimate need for my own proton pack.)

What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I have written 5 screenplays, have pitched 2 different tv show concepts and used to perform stand-up comedy and improv.  I don’t perform anymore but I do miss the writing which I need to get back to.  (Now I just reserve snappy one-liners for conversations on Slack and work emails. ☺)

What’s your role with WICT? What did you enjoy most about that role?
I volunteer at events when I can, and have been assisting the board arrange meeting space for their monthly board meetings for years – how’s that for a glamorous role? But I like helping out behind the scenes and this helps me support the organization even if I can’t make it to an event or serve on a committee.

Why do you think WICT is important?
WICT is important because it provides a forum to help women explore and define their roles in their careers and in technology. The networking, mentorship programs, and events all provide an opportunity for members to make connections that will have an impact on their career journeys