Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

External Joint Diversity Advisory Council Meeting Offers Corporate and Cultural Insights

The fourth biannual meeting of Comcast and NBCUniversal’s external Joint Diversity Advisory Council (JDC) was held on November 7 and 8, 2012 at Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters. 

JDC members and senior executive leaders from across the company assembled to assess and discuss Comcast and NBCUniversal's diversity and inclusion initiatives and to participate in candid dialogue on diversity and inclusion best practices.

The JDC was formed in 2011 following Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal and consists of four, nine-member sub-groups, called Diversity Advisory Councils, representing the interests of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and Women.  It also has members representing veterans, Native Americans, people with disabilities and the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.  The meeting’s primary purpose was for members to provide advice on five identified focus areas:  (1) Governance; (2) Our People; (3) Procurement; (4) Programming; and (5) Community Investment. 

Comcast’s Chairman and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, met with each Diversity Advisory Council and Members-at-Large.  JDC members also received a mid-year update from senior executive leadership on how diversity and inclusion is advanced within each of the company’s focus areas. Other highlights from the meeting included an interactive panel discussion between the members of the JDC and leaders from NBCUniversal Web properties; a best practices panel of Chief Diversity Officers from Xerox, UPS and The Vanguard Group; and a panel discussion of invited leaders from the Native American Community. 

"Biannual meetings with our JDC are a key component of our efforts to become a model for diversity in our industry.  The perspectives raised provide a terrific window into the interests and expectations of the many diverse communities we serve," said Maria G. Arias, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusion at Comcast.