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Diversity & Inclusion

Fueling Success at Every Level

Comcast and NBCUniversal employees enable our mission to inform, connect, entertain, and inspire our customers and audiences. In support of their important work, we provide training and development opportunities for all employees at every level to help them — and our business — succeed.

These opportunities span more than 100 programs, including college internships, leadership fundamentals, and executive management and boot camp classes.

 

Executive Leadership Forum

Our flagship executive leadership program identifies leaders from across the business and develops them for the executive level. Participants use in-class learning and group projects to deepen their understanding of our operations, experience diverse leadership styles, cultivate new executive management skills, and pitch innovative business ideas for review and possible implementation. Since its introduction in 1999, nearly 500 employees have completed the program. 

 

 

Foundations of Organizational Leadership

Introduced in 2002 and targeting mid-level management employees, the Foundations of Organizational Leadership (FOL) program helps participants develop and refine leadership skills, explore and improve business processes, and leverage partnerships at work in the community. Curriculum includes executive-led forums on topics from management strategies to corporate finances and problem solving. About 450 employees have completed the program to date.

 

Financial Management Leadership Program

We created this three-year program to meet the growing demand for financial leaders with rich experience in Comcast and NBCUniversal operations. Each year, under the executive sponsorship of Comcast Corporation Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Michael J. Angelakis, six high-potential employees who are early in their careers develop financial, operational, and leadership skills through executive mentoring, unique rotational assignments that can involve relocation, and a customized curriculum. Our first six graduates completed the program in 2012, and each now holds a director-level role in the business. 

 

 

TEAM NBCUniversal

Launched in 2012, TEAM NBCUniversal is a group mentoring experience at NBCUniversal designed to provide leadership development and cross- business exposure for rising leaders at pivotal career points. Through cross-functional teams comprised of an executive mentor and three to four peers, participants engage in learning events and discussions aimed at broadening one’s business acumen, collaboration skills, and professional network.

 

Comcast Women in Leadership at Wharton

This leadership development program for senior- level women, developed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, is under the executive sponsorship of Neil Smit, President and CEO of Comcast Cable, and David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation. Led by Wharton faculty and leading practitioners, this unique program allows female executives to explore frameworks and tactics to achieve their goals and develop action plans to maximize their executive leadership potential. Since its launch in 2012, three cohorts of approximately 30 participants per cohort have completed the Comcast Women in Leadership at Wharton program. A fourth session began in November 2013. 

 

Minorities in Media

Our major long-term partnership with the Emma L. Bowen Foundation helps Comcast and NBCUniversal to work with and develop potential members of our future workforce. Between YE 2010 and YE 2013, all of the interns in these programs were people of color and/or women. The 2013-2014 academic year boasts 55 student interns, representing an increase of 22 students over the 2010-2011 academic year. And we’re proud to report that nearly half of the 2012-2013 NBCUniversal Emma Bowen graduates were hired by NBCUniversal into positions with MSNBC, NBC Entertainment, and the NBC Page Program.

 

Supporting STEM

Comcast and NBCUniversal continue to develop and enhance internal internship programs to organically grow the pipeline of diverse talent for "mission critical" areas, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math ("STEM") programs.

 

Inclusive to the Core

The Career Orientation and Rotational Experiences (CORE) Technology Program is a two-year rotational program that we launched in 2013 geared toward recent college graduates in software engineering or computer science interested in a technology career. Over the course of the program, CORE Tech participants have the unique opportunity to experience three different full-time rotations within the Comcast and NBCUniversal footprint. In our inaugural class, one-fourth of CORE Tech participants are people of color.

 

Mastering Diversity in Business

The MBA Rotational Program, launched in 2013, is a two-year rotational program that focuses on critical high-profile strategic projects in many areas of the business. These include targeted training, exposure to senior leadership through project readouts, case studies, access to executive steering committee members, and peer learning. Upon completion of the two- year rotation, participants receive individualized placement into career-accelerating positions. Three of the five high- potential candidates selected for the MBA Rotational Program in 2013 are people of color (including one veteran), and two are female.

 

CREATING A LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY

We identify diverse talent through our internship and rotational programs. In- depth leadership training, combined with exposure to professional experience and mentorship, ensures that we are building and developing a strong pipeline of talent across our entire organization.