She Leads – With Abby Benton
Project Management Specialist
What would you tell your younger self?
Be yourself, have fun, and don’t worry so much!
What was your major in college and how did you get to the position you are in today?
I went to UGA and majored in Marketing and International Business with a minor in Chinese language and literature. I applied and got a job with Cox after graduating as part of the LEAD program, which focuses on project management. I’m currently a project manager for Homelife device launches as well as the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) program.
What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success?
My parents taught me that if I worked hard I could achieve anything I set my mind to. They were also my biggest cheerleaders and really made me feel like I was capable of success. I define success as achieving something that is important to YOU. We all have different driving factors and goals, so it’s really what makes you proud of yourself.
How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance.
Work-life balance is so important! I usually plan out my day the night before so that I can hold myself accountable to leaving work at a certain time. I’m a very social person and I also love to exercise, so I try my best to include a social activity (whether that’s lunch, calling a friend, or going out to dinner after work) and an exercise activity (it can be as simple as walking down my street) every day.
What is your favorite quote?
To live every day as if it had been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live.
What’s your favorite part of your job and why?
I love the rotational program that I’m in! It’s fun to have a group of other young people to work alongside.
What is your favorite hobby?
I love trying new restaurants (is that a hobby?!)
What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders?
Don’t be afraid to be the only woman at the table. Sometimes you will be. Think of it as an opportunity to bring a different perspective or idea to light.
What does leadership mean to you?
I think successful leaders create more leaders, not followers.
What’s your advice on mentoring?
Since I’m just starting my career, I really value mentorship. I’ve found that if I email or call someone, they are typically super willing to meet with me which is really cool.
What’s your favorite ice cream?
Chocolate chip cookie dough