Meet Judy Train
A few months ago, Judy Train went on a wild streak. Or at least, her hairdo did.
She broke out of her usual buttoned-up look and decided to color a lock of her hair purple. The change surprised many who knew Judy, a Cox Communications executive who has always styled herself conservatively.
But it was as much a symbolic gesture as it was a chance to experiment with her look. Judy hoped her daring ‘do would encourage other employees to be comfortable looking different and bringing their authentic self to work.
“Not everyone in the organization sees somebody that looks like them reflected in the executive ranks,” Judy said. “I thought this would be a fun way to broaden the definition of executive presence and push the envelope a little bit.”
As vice president of learning and workforce capability for Cox Communications, Judy’s role is to help design training programs for employees that will develop skills needed for growing CCI’s business. The training programs vary from curriculum for a six-week course to a simple five-minute video, and everything in between.
When asked what part of her work she enjoyed the most, Judy replied: “I love creating a path for people to make a difference in the business and be successful in their roles. In this job, I am helping people to learn a variety of skills, be it the technical nits and nats of our equipment and the network, or the softer skills they need to deal with a customer complaint.”
Judy’s commitment to helping people translates outside of work as well. She serves on the board of directors for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and Kate’s Club. She sees parallels between her job at Cox Communications, her work for Habitat and the Purpose that Cox Enterprises CEO and President Alex Taylor unveiled earlier this year: Empower People Today to Build a Better Future for the Next Generation.
All these pieces of her life are geared toward giving people tools for success so they can build a better future.
And speaking of the future generation, Judy’s working on that at home, too. She and her husband are raising three children — a collegiate, a junior in high school and an eighth-grader.
Judy said she feels fortunate to be working for a company like Cox because it’s always there to support its employees.
“I always tell prospective employees that I know for certain this company would stand behind me if something happened. If, for example, my house burned down, I’d have a crowd of Cox co-workers at my curb asking me what I needed before the firefighters even left.,” she said. “I think that’s very rare in this day and age. And it really differentiates Cox.”
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