Sherita T. Ceasar: Engineering a Video Delivery Vision
At Comcast, women engineers like Sherita are helping to lead the future of our business technologies and entertainment products. Here's a look at her journey to becoming a leading engineer.
About Sherita T. Ceasar
A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, Sherita Ceasar is the Senior Vice President of National Video Deployment Engineering for Comcast Communications. In this role, she is responsible for the overall vision, direction, and management of all national video deployment engineering projects for core video delivery, On Demand services, video cloud service platforms, video interactive applications, content distribution networks and back office infrastructure for more than 22 million subscribers. Her leadership scope includes management of new video deployments, national hardware and software upgrades, capacity augmentation for growth, and decommissioning end-of-life equipment. She is proud of a team that deploys thousands of video infrastructure components and software to millions of set-top boxes in Comcast’s footprint.
In addition to being a leading senior executive at Comcast, overseeing deployment of new video products and services for all Comcast’s market, Sherita has been called a "Wonder Woman," and was named to the "Most Influential Women and Minorities in Cable" lists more than a dozen times. Most recently, Sherita was named the "2014 Women in Technology" award honoree. Click here to read the full article announcing Sherita as the 2014 Women in Technology Award winner.
Sherita Ceasar from her team’s perspective
Sherita is a compassionate leader who strives to continually train and develop her team’s talents. She’s known for embracing impactful initiatives like FIRST Robotics and she constantly exceeds established expectations by taking initiatives beyond the next level. Sherita leads with data and has taught her team to let the data do the talking which helps them to strive for more and deliver to the delight of our customers to enhance the customer experience. Sherita leads by example and her leadership style is shared among her leadership team.
Sherita’s story in her own words
"High school was probably the first time that I started to feel left out. I was the girl from the projects on the South Side of Chicago. The kids in my neighborhood attended the local vocational school, while I attended the technical college prep school on the other side of town. I missed my friends and did not feel connected to the high school and I was not motivated to stay. So one day, I met with my school counselor to discuss my concern about being motivated. I’ll never forget the moment, the counselor pressed my face against a window and said, ‘anytime you need motivation, you look outside your window.’ That was a turning point for me. Outside my window, I knew I had a choice. And thanks to a high school career fair, I learned about a summer pre-engineering program called, Early ID for minorities interested in engineering. The program introduced me to various engineering disciplines. Despite my interest in chemical engineering, I truly enjoyed the experience of building a rocket, and predicting the velocity and distance of the rocket. My experience building the rocket coupled with my mechanical engineering aptitude test results and acceptance to the Illinois Institute of Technology, I knew mechanical engineering was the field for me. "
And now, even after 33 years shaping and delivering innovative technology in the telecommunications industry, Sherita believes strongly that in order to have a successful career, you have to be a lifelong learner, have a vision for yourself and team; provide your team with the resources (people, processes, and tools); and clearly communicate expectations and goals across the organization.