NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the panelists slated to participate in a Joint Town Hall on Diversity. The forum is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The Joint Town Hall is being held as part of cable's Diversity Week, which commences on Monday, September 28, with the 2015 WICT Leadership Conference, followed by the 29th Annual NAMIC Conference and concluding on Wednesday evening, September 30, with the Walter Kaitz Foundation's 32nd Annual Fundraising Dinner. The diversity and inclusion themed week will also feature other events held by cable industry organizations.
Highlighting the latest findings of the joint NAMIC/WICT workforce diversity survey, the Joint Town Hall on Diversity panelists will discuss data vital to the advancement of gender and ethnic diversity and inclusion in the cable industry. Underwritten and supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the survey results will comprise findings that will inform the next iterations of the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement) and the WICT PAR Initiative (Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities, and Resources for Work/Life Integration) reports.
Industry executives participating in the Joint Town Hall on Diversity include:
- Michael Powell, president & CEO, NCTA (Opening Remarks)
- Gail Greenfield, PhD, principal, Mercer (Survey Results)
- Suzanne Malveaux, anchor, CNN (Moderator)
- David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast (Panelist)
- Pat Esser, president, Cox Communications (Panelist)
- Stacy Green, executive vice president, Global Human Reources and Facilities, A+E Networks (Panelist)
- Mary Meduski, executive vice president & chief financial officer, Suddenlink (Panelist)
- Paul Richardson, senior vice president, HR, ESPN & chief diversity officer, The Walt Disney Company (Panelist)
"We are proud to once again collaborate with NAMIC on the delivery of this critical diversity and inclusion research. By gauging where we currently stand, we can better forward our shared mission of strengthening our industry," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, president and CEO of WICT. "We are pleased to showcase such a strong group of diversity advocates as we examine the survey data and its impact on our industry."
Added Eglon Simons, NAMIC president and CEO: "Access to timely, relevant data is invaluable when making informed decisions that determine diversity and inclusion change strategies. NAMIC is honored to partner with WICT in presenting this very important forum."
Launched in 1999, the NAMIC employment survey, formerly entitled, "A Look Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in the Communications Industry," offered a baseline of statistics and perceptions about the state of multi-ethnic diversity in the cable telecommunications industry. Renamed the NAMIC AIM in 2011, the report continues to provide rich data utilized by companies to support goals for sustaining a robust pipeline of multi-ethnic talent.
Since 2003, the WICT PAR Initiative has measured the status of women employees in the cable industry based on three criteria: Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Support. Combined with a comprehensive advocacy program, PAR helps companies set goals, institutionalize practices, measure progress and achieve results. The PAR Initiative continues to grow more valuable as a resource for measuring and supporting the advancement of women in the cable and telecommunications industry. It is supported by WICT's 20 chapters worldwide and the industry at large.
NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,700 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. Comcast | NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are NAMIC's Platinum Annual Corporate Sponsors. For more information, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
ABOUT THE WALTER KAITZ FOUNDATION
As the cable industry's national foundation dedicated to advocating for diversity, the Walter Kaitz Foundation was established with the purpose of advancing the contributions of women and ethnic minorities in cable telecommunications. The Foundation was launched as a not-for-profit to provide resources and significant funding to organizations that support vital programs and initiatives that furthers diversity's cause.
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset - their people. Mercer's 19,000 employees are based in more than 40 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, a global team of professional services companies offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. With 53,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a global leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a global leader in management consulting. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @MercerInsights.