2015 spending with diverse suppliers, including minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses; in 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal became the first media and technology company inducted into the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable, which recognizes corporations that spend at least $1 billion annually with minority- and women-owned suppliers
The history-making spot Comcast NBCUniversal earned when Out@NBCUniversal became the first group to march under an LGBT banner in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2015
2015 investment in employee training and development, helping our people gain valuable skills to advance their careers — and strengthen our business
We work relentlessly to attract and retain the most gifted people in our industry. That means finding new ways to identify up-and-coming talent and recognizing the inherent value every individual brings to the table. And we encourage our people to think and act boldly so that we can do better in every area, across every part of our business.
In 2015, we strengthened our commitment to current and former service members and their families by hiring Carol Eggert as Vice President of Military and Veteran Affairs. A retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army, Carol understands the needs of military veterans and active reservists — and knows how to apply the skills both groups bring to our business.
We also helped connect female engineers across our company through our TECHWomen group, giving them additional opportunities to innovate, educate, and inspire.
Testing centers powered by unique perspectives
People who experience the world differently bring unique perspectives to our business. In 2015, we extended our partnership with Northwest Center, a 50-year-old organization in the greater Seattle area that provides intellectually disabled adults with purposeful employment. Northwest Center employees test millions of remotes and cords for us, a skill that requires a special ability to focus on quality control. Northwest Center employees have raised our collective game — and have given us a competitive edge.
Career training and opportunities for urban Native Americans
In July, we helped launch a five-month Native Workforce Development pilot program in Seattle and Denver to help urban Native Americans reach their peak potential. The program, a partnership between Comcast, Chief Seattle Club, Denver Indian Center, and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition, gave adult participants instruction in the necessary skills to succeed in corporate environments, including how to prepare for a job, navigate the workplace, and build a professional network. Designed to address the persistent underrepresentation of urban Native Americans in the workforce — and to introduce potential employees to the Comcast family — the program held its first graduation ceremonies in Seattle and Denver in December.
Sharing the message of female empowerment
Issues in the workplace — such as being judged by one’s looks or degree of assertiveness — too often stifle women’s professional growth. Overcoming those struggles in her own career inspired Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, to write the 2012 bestseller Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth. In 2015, Mika took her show on the road for a five-city "Know Your Value" tour, which featured all-day panel discussions, training, and resources women can use in their personal and professional lives.
Employee resource groups lead way to bigger impact
To connect the dots from organization to innovation, our Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group helped connect emerging leaders from Asian American employee groups at 15 other leading companies. Partnering with the National Association of Asian American Professionals, our employee group hosted a one-day training event, with panels and workshops on leadership, networking, and personal branding. The event captured the essence of how employee groups can deliver greater business impact and elevate their contributions within their own communities.
Bringing hope home for the holidays
When our technicians visit our customers’ homes, they have a unique opportunity to do more than just deliver our products and services. They get to meet our customers and their families. This holiday season, we asked our technicians to nominate customers who had made a strong impression during past home service calls and who they thought were deserving of a special holiday gift. Our festive fleet of technicians took to the streets in December, surprising hundreds of customers across the country with brand new televisions, iPads, and gift cards. The reaction from our customers was touching and so appreciative, and our technicians loved every minute of it.