WICT Announces 2015 Best Companies for Women in Cable

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Talton Gibson
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202-827-4782

For Immediate Release:
11/05/2015

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Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the honorees of its Best Companies for Women in Cable,based on results of the 2015 WICT PAR Survey. After each survey is conducted, distinguished operators and programmers are recognized as the highest achievers based on the survey data. This year Cox Communications ranked highest for operators, while Discovery Communications attained top ranking for programmers. 

The PAR survey gauges gender-related quantitative and qualitative employee data, and assesses companies’ diversity practices. Mercer, a leading global consultant on human capital issues, gathered and analyzed the data. In all, 27 companies participated in the survey, representing 65% of the overall cable workforce. This year marks the twelfth anniversary and tenth survey cycle of the PAR Initiative, which is now administered biennially.

Responses to the 2015 PAR survey were used to identify the top five MSOs and top five programmers. Top positions for MSOs and Programmers are as follows: 

The 2015 Best Operators for Women in Cable are:​

First place Cox Communications
Second place    Comcast
Third place Time Warner Cable
Fourth place Bright House Networks             
Fifth place Atlantic Broadband

The 2015 Best Programmers for Women in Cable are:

First place Discovery Communications
Second place    Disney ABC Television Group
Third place NBCUniversal
Fourth place Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Fifth place HSN

"We congratulate and applaud this year’s PAR Best Companies for Women in Cable for their exemplary gender diversity efforts. When you consider the research that shows the positive benefits companies enjoy when they are more gender diverse, the industry should use these top companies as models of strong D&I practices," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT. "We appreciate the commitment of time and resources each of the 27 survey participants dedicated to take the 2015 survey, and we thank our diversity partners at NAMIC and the Walter Kaitz Foundation."

Initial findings from the 2015 PAR Initiative were released during a Joint Town Hall with NAMIC as part of Diversity Week. The Executive Summary may be downloaded from www.wictparinitiative.org, and the 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 main criteria: Pay equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life integration. A comprehensive advocacy program helping companies to set goals, institutionalize policies, measure progress and achieve results, the PAR Initiative showcases best practices in achieving stronger gender diversity. With a goal to improve diversity metrics for women, the PAR Initiative is supported by all of WICT’s local chapters and is underwritten by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The PAR Survey is administered in partnership with the NAMIC AIM Survey.

About WICT
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.

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