WHY IT’S ON THE LIST
Since Pat Esser began his tenure as President, Cox Communications has been on the list 10 times and moves up one spot this year. Under Esser’s diversity-and-inclusion leadership, Cox has enhanced its supplier-diversity practices and talent development, as well as launched multi-cultural and segment-based employee resource groups. Its diversity progress is enhanced under the leadership of Lissiah Hundley, Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion.
Cox educates middle managers on how diversity plays a role in driving business results. This work helps middle managers get beyond their day-to-day tactical operations and see the strategic “big picture,” which includes diversity and inclusion. This has improved the company’s ability to create a talent pipeline of high-potentials from underrepresented groups.
A company that emphasizes diversity in its succession planning, Cox’s talent pipeline has a focus on the executive-director (officer) level and above. Cox also has a mentoring program for high-potential leaders, focused on underrepresented groups.
Cox aids diverse suppliers through mentoring and financial assistance. It strives to achieve diversity in business partnerships by developing a supplier base that reflects the makeup of all Cox customers and potential customers.
Cox also keeps diversity top-of-mind in its community philanthropy efforts; ensuring outreach is representative of the demographics in the communities Cox serves.
“Diversity and inclusion has been at the core of Cox Communications’ mission and values for more than 50 years. I’m proud of the work we continue to do to foster diversity with our people, customers, suppliers and in the community.”
Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion
“As a diversity leader, it’s important to partner, influence and educate across our organization. Diversity is engrained in our culture and is a business imperative that helps Cox grow and build for the future.”
U.S. Headquarters: Atlanta
U.S. Employees: 18,347
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 18
OTHER DIVERSITYINC LISTS
- No. 9 Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils