Episode 83: Celebrating Black History Month with Past SWE President, Sherita Ceasar
In celebration of Black History Month, SWE is highlighting African American women engineers. For our second podcast during Black History Month, Bralade Koroye Emenajo, African American Affinity Group Lead of the Society of Women Engineers interviews Sherita Ceasar, senior vice president at Comcast and the first African American President of the Society of Women Engineers, FY 2004. In this episode, Sherita discusses her career path in STEM, her past as SWE president and advice for current and future engineers and leaders.
About Sherita Ceasar:
Sherita T. Ceasar is Senior Vice President of Technology Environments and Strategy of the Next Generation Access Network organization. In this role, Sherita is responsible for strategy, design, build, and support of Comcast engineering laboratory operations and strategic planning for technical facilities supporting technology and product roadmaps for over 1600 facilities across Comcast. Her lab operations scope includes design, build and support of engineering lab testing of component physical and environmental performance, and platforms that distribute video, voice, data and back-office operations for testing new products and services. Her technical facilities scope includes driving national strategic alignment for facility planning, operational processes, standards, capacity planning, and key performance metrics reporting across all headend and hub technical facilities.
Sherita Ceasar is a senior executive with over 35 years in the telecommunications industry-shaping and delivering innovative technologies. Major accomplishments include launching the first Comcast Universal Caller ID cross-platform application, remote DVR, Comcast Content Distribution Network, Cavalry conditional access, and Cloud DVR platforms. Sherita has also led paging operations for Motorola as director of Manufacturing for North and South America Paging Group; technology integration and service business management as Vice President and GM of SciCare Broadband Services; Vice President of Digital Launch and Vice President of Quality at Scientific Atlanta, and as the Vice President and GM of Charter Communications.
In addition to being a significant contributor and advocate of WICT sponsored venues, Sherita also demonstrates a strong commitment to cultivating the next generation of engineers, initiating, scaling and leading the Comcast FIRST Robotics program. Sherita is the recipient of numerous achievement awards including industry’s SCTE Women in Technology Award, CableFAX: The Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Tech”, “Most Influential Minorities in Cable and Most Influential Women In Cable”, “Multi-channel News Wonder Woman”, and “Career Communications Technologist of the Year”, inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame”, the NYC YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, Top 50 Technology Leaders in Cable Industry by Cable Fax and Business Diva by Atlanta’s Business to Business Magazine.
Sherita received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves on the board of Inner Explorer. She has served over 10 years on the national board of directors for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). She has served as Board of Trustee for Illinois Institute of Technology and she is past National President for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Make sure to check out our Black History Month blog series which highlights prominent African American engineers and several members of the African American Affinity Group!