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Under the leadership of President Pat Esser, Cox Communications has been on this list 10 times and has had a constantly improving diversity and inclusion initiative. But this year, with Executive Director, Diversity and Inclusion Lissiah Hundley leading the charge, Cox has made significant strides.

This led to moving up one spot on the Top 50 list, even as competition increased significantly. Cox’s focus in the past year has been on improvements in two areas mentoring and employee resource groups.

The Cox Communications Mentoring Program (CCMP) was introduced with a nine-month framework, including formal check-in and cultural-competence education sessions for mentors and mentees. The company has improved the diversity of its pairings with 74 percent of mentoring pairs now cross-cultural. Fifty percent of Level 1 (CEO and direct reports) executives participate.

Employee resource groups aimed specifically at under-represented groups have been successfully launched (Cox also has multicultural diversity councils). Fifty percent of Level 1 executives are now serving as executive sponsors. There has been an increased ability to measure the retention, promotions and engagement or resource-group members and leaders, as well as contributions to customer service and new products.


Pat Esser


“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.”

Lissiah Hundley

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


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