For the fourth consecutive year, Comcast Corporation was named among Black Enterprise’s Top 40 Companies for Diversity. The Top 40 Companies list consists of publicly traded organizations that demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion of all ethnicities and demographics in four key areas: overall workforce, senior management, supplier diversity, and board of directors. I’m thrilled that our entire Comcast NBCUniversal family has received this praise from Black Enterprise. I’m also reminded of why I love my job.
As a human resources vice president at Comcast, I have the good fortune of splitting my day between interacting with current employees, interviewing new employees, and partnering with our employees to make Comcast a great place to work.
From our corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, P.A. to our offices in Atlanta, G.A., Manchester, N.H., Silicon Valley, C.A, and my own location in Portland, O.R., every leader is engaged and fully committed to implementing diversity and inclusion, holistically. There is a universal belief that innovation is achieved most effectively when you have teams with diverse backgrounds, and most importantly, diverse experiences.
One of our best practices for leadership diversity in Comcast’s West Division is a Coaches Camp designed to develop leaders coaching skills to enhance innovation and employee engagement within their teams. The program encourages a deep and meaningful connection with employees to ensure their success.
For me, there’s never a doubt that diversity and inclusion is infused within the heart of Comcast’s culture. And, our leadership is vocal about the company’s diversity strategy, the areas where we need to improve, and the progress we’re continuing to make.
Some of the company’s recent strides in diversity, include:
At year-end (YE) 2013, Comcast’s workforce was 59% diverse, with women representing 35%, and African Americans accounting for 22% of the workforce.
The company spent $1.3 billion with diverse suppliers, including $768 million with minority-owned businesses in 2013, alone.
Since 2012, Comcast launched four minority owned networks on its cable systems, two of which are operated by African Americans, ASPiRE and REVOLT.
And, between YE 2010 and YE 2013, Comcast increased aggregate cash giving to minority-led and minority-serving organizations by more than 100%, including an 80% increase to African American-led and-serving organizations.
During my first few weeks after joining the company in 2010, I learned that Comcast hosts the nation’s largest workplace mentoring programs, Beyond School Walls, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. I am one of 25 other employees at my location who are involved as "Bigs" the program, which predominantly serves underserved, ethnically diverse youth.
My participation in Beyond School Walls has been an eye-opening experience and makes me feel more connected to the company. Twice a month, I have the opportunity to meet with my "Little," learn about his hopes and provide him with a vision of the future, like my father did for me. During his visits to Comcast, he often tells me he wants to have my office when he grows up. I’ve also had the pleasure of building a relationship with his family over the years. And today, our families spend time together regularly and have built long lasting bonds.
There are countless reasons why Comcast is a great place to work. Our culture is vibrant, respectful, and inclusive. And we’re always looking for ways to improve and we’re on the lookout for future leaders, like my "Little," and innovators of every demographic, who are passionate about technology, customer service and innovation to join our dynamic Comcast family.