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WICT Announces 2011 Best Companies for Women in Cable

NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable Earn Top Spots


Chantilly, VA - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the recipients of its Best Companies for Women in Cable honors, based on results of the 2011 WICT PAR Survey.

After each survey is conducted, one distinguished Operator and Programmer are recognized as highest achiever among the Best Companies for Women in Cable. This year, Time Warner Cable achieved the position of Top Operator, and NBCUniversal attained Top Programmer. 

The 2011 PAR Survey was conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management in collaboration with the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications AIM Survey. In all, 25 companies participated in the survey, representing 54% of the overall cable work force. Top-five positions for MSOs and Programmers are as follows:

  • The 2011 Best Operators for Women in Cable are Time Warner Cable; Cox Communications, Inc.; Comcast; Bright House Networks; and Suddenlink Communications.
  • The 2011 Best Programmers for Women in Cable are NBCUniversal; Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; Scripps Networks Interactive; Discovery Communications; and ESPN.

The PAR Survey asks participating companies in the cable telecommunications industry to submit gender-related qualitative and quantitative employee data, and assesses companies’ practices as to how they support Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities, and Resources for Work/Life Support. This year marks the eighth cycle of the PAR Initiative, which is now administered biannually.

The survey was funded through a grant from the Walter Kaitz Foundation, and is supported by WICT’s local chapters.

"This year, WICT's PAR Initiative identifies impressive gains for women in several categories as the industry continues to raise the bar on equitable gender employment standards," said Parthavi Das, WICT Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. "Women are nearing parity with their male colleagues at 43 percent of the overall cable workforce, in addition to seeing a 5 percentage point increase in senior management positions, to 30 percent. However, women saw losses in certain key areas, such as positions held in digital media, which slipped 5 percentage points to 31 percent. We will work closely with our members and the industry to identify ways to help improve results during the PAR gap year, when we will conduct complimentary 'PAR at Work' webinars and share 'Path to PAR' best practice case studies."

Added Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT, “On behalf of all the stakeholders at WICT, we thank those companies that participated in this year’s PAR Initiative. The information provided within the report is imperative for allowing us to monitor and gauge progress where gender diversity is concerned.”

Initial findings from the 2011 PAR Initiative are attached, and a full report will be released later this year.

About WICT’s PAR Initiative
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. A comprehensive advocacy program helping companies to set goals, institutionalize practices, measure progress and achieve results, the PAR Initiative showcases best practices regarding company policy and procedures, which positively impacts the opportunities for women in the industry. Each year, the PAR Initiative grows more valuable as a resource for measuring and supporting the advancement of women in the cable telecommunications industry and has been supported by WICT’s 20 chapters nationwide, as well as the Walter Kaitz Foundation and the industry at large.

About WICT
For over thirty 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 over 8,900 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and AMC Networks/WE tv are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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