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NAMIC and WICT Announce Participants in Joint Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Results of Combined Employment Survey

Top Executives to Discuss Benchmarked Data Vital to the Advancement of Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Cable Industry; Joint Town Hall Meeting to be held on October 8 as part of Diversity Week


Washington, DC - The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the speaker line-up at the joint Town Hall Meeting on Diversity, scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the New York Marriott Marquis.
The forum will address the latest findings of the joint NAMIC/WICT workforce diversity survey that will form the foundation for NAMIC's AIM Survey and WICT's PAR Initiative. These two biennial reports benchmark data vital to the advancement of gender and ethnic diversity in the cable industry. The survey was underwritten and is supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation.
Panelists participating in the Town Hall Meeting will use the survey executive findings to discuss and consider best practices gleaned from the results.

The Town Hall Meeting is part of Diversity Week, kicking off on Monday, October 7, with the 2013 WICT Leadership Conference, followed by the 27th Annual NAMIC Conference and concluding on Wednesday evening, October 9, with the 30th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner, along with other events held by cable industry organizations.

Speakers include:

  • Adria Alpert Romm, senior executive vice president, human resources and global diversity, Discovery Communications (panelist)
  • David Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation (panelist)
  • Gail Greenfield, PhD, principal, Mercer (survey expert)
  • Suzanne Malveaux, anchor, CNN (moderator) 
  • Laureen Ong, president, The Travel Channel (panelist)
  • Michael Powell, president and chief executive officer, NCTA (keynote)

"NAMIC and WICT are thrilled to partner once again  on this critical research. We use the results to educate our industry leaders as part of our collective mission to strengthen diversity and inclusion programs in cable companies," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT. "We are proud to have this distinguished group of thought leaders help us better understand how these results impact their businesses."
Added Alicin Williamson, Interim NAMIC Head, "Data is an essential component in making informed decisions about enhancing diversity. We appreciate having the highest levels of industry leadership engaged in a dialogue about the survey results."
NAMIC and WICT engaged Mercer, a leading global consultant on human capital issues, to conduct the joint survey. The survey will benchmark data vital to the advancement of gender and ethnic diversity in the cable telecommunications industry and, for the first time, will utilize diversity data that takes into account geographical distinctions. Data collection was facilitated over an eight-week activation period in the spring of 2013, with Mercer independently managing the development of customized data reports for each association.  

Launched in 1999, the NAMIC employment survey, formerly entitled, "A Look Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in the Communications Industry," provided a baseline of statistics and perceptions about the state of multi-ethnic diversity in the cable telecommunications industry. This newest iteration of the NAMIC employment survey, now called the NAMIC AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement), provides 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 19 chapters nationwide and the industry at large.
For more information on WICT and the PAR Initiative, visit www.wict.org. Additional information on NAMIC and the Advancement Investment Measurement (AIM) can be found at www.namic.com.
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. For more information, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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 nearly 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.

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 (NYSE: MMC), 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.