Tessie Topol is Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Time Warner Cable. In this role, she is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s corporate philanthropy and overall CSR strategy and programs. In 2012-2013, she led the conception and content for the company’s inaugural CSR report, "Delivering A Difference", which centered around four key priorities – Environment, Diversity & Inclusion, Philanthropy & Community, and Governance.
Ms. Topol has been the driving force behind Time Warner Cable’s signature philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds (CAMM). CAMM is the company’s $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers.
CAMM was launched in November 2009 at a White House event with President Obama, in conjunction with the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign, the launch of which recognized Time Warner Cable’s leadership in STEM education. Since then, CAMM has won multiple awards, including the Public Relations Society of America’s "Award of Excellence", the "Gold Stevie" for Community Relations Campaign of the Year from the American Business Association, and the "Golden Beacon", the Association of Cable Communicator’s highest honor. Most recently, CAMM was inducted into PR News Magazine’s Hall of Fame as a Best-In-Class Communications Initiative.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Topol was Director of Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs at MTV, where she helped lead the company’s effort to develop the first ever online activist community for youth. Before MTV, Ms. Topol served as Director of Development at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, where she launched the 125-year-old-organization’s first ever Young Leadership division. She was also a Junior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Ms. Topol holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs and a Certificate from the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, both at Columbia University. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.