Woman in Fiber Spotlight Nominees
Congratulations our Woman in Fiber Spotlight Nominees!
Cheri Beranek, is CEO, President and a founding member of Clearfield, Inc. Within 15 months of becoming CEO, Cheri converted a R&D-based corporation into a leading provider of optical fiber management and connectivity platforms. Under her direction and dedication, Clearfield has recorded 12 consecutive years of profitability and posted historic gains in both market capitalization and shareholder equity. Cheri is also recognized for her extraordinary work in running a multinational business with more than 250 employees and over 800 customers.
Cheri was nominated not only for her ability to be a high-integrity leader with a proven track record for delivering strong financial results, but her dedication to staffing women in a male dominated field. Cheri has played a key role in promoting women in science not by sticking to a political agenda but always hiring the best people with the best minds for each job. In doing so, Clearfield prides itself in being a company where all great minds have a platform to soar.
Jessie Monroe is a network operations specialist at Smithville Communications. She started her career in Tech Support, continuing to educate herself in the technology space. She is currently studying cybersecurity and for her Network + certification. Jessie is always looking for a way to support other members of the Network Operations team, either by jumping in and assisting when things are crazy busy, to mentoring when the opportunity arises. She also spends a lot of time optimizing processes within the department, and leading the way with regards to documentation the team uses daily.
Jessie was nominated due to her incredible drive to break down barriers and represent women well in the Network Operations field. Jessie continues to prove that all things are possible. She is the only woman in this department, and works easily alongside her male counterparts, where she is a respected member of the team. She has also assumed a leadership role in the company by chairing the Culture Team which is directly responsible for implementing change with leadership company-wide.
Megan O’Brien is an Applications Engineer at Preformed Line Products. Megan provides the sales force and manufacturer reps with outside plant (OSP) closures that are built and simulated with cable like it would be in the field representing many different cable manufacturers and architectures. Megan has most recently been involved in various hands-on product trainings and field trials, internally and externally, spanning from rural internet service providers (ISP) to Tier-1 multiple-system operators (MSO). She has also taken a leadership position in regards to application and training videos which has become pivotal as COVID-19 has affected the way we travel and train. As PLP continues to push the needle on the advancement of FTTH and broadband, Megan guides new product development projects to completion by helping with cable and fiber routing techniques that enhance the design of PLP’s products and ultimately the ease of use for fiber splicers in the field.
Megan was nominated due to her extraordinary patience, expertise and ability to handle and exceed in any situation that arises. In addition, she is recognized for using her spare time to train new Preformed Line Product employees. She often takes new Fiber specialists under her wing and guides them to success.