The Walter Kaitz Foundation will honor Cox Communications and the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls at its annual dinner.
Cox Communications will be presented the 2012 Diversity Champion Award, while Healthy Media Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will be honored as the group's Diversity Advocate.
Co-chaired by Matt Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks, and Steve Miron, CEO of Bright House Networks, the 29th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Hilton New York. Other industry executives on the Dinner Committee : John D. Evans, Chairman & CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.; Randy Falco, President and CEO, Univision Communications; David Haslingden, president and COO, Fox Networks Group; Alfred Liggins, III, CEO and president, Radio-One; and Pat McAdaragh, president and CEO, Midcontinent Communications.
Sponsors for this year's event include Comcast/NBCU as the presenting sponsor, and Time Warner, Inc. as dinner host sponsor.
Funds raised from the dinner help fund the activities of the Walter Kaitz Foundation's diversity efforts, along with the programs and activities of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications, and Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Last year's dinner at the Hilton drew more than the 1,100 who came in 2010 and took in $1.6 million, surpassing the $1.4 million generated by the 27th Kaitz dinner.
Cox Communications is being recognized as the 2012 Diversity Champion. This award is given annually to individuals or organizations that act as catalysts for diversity within their respective organizations or throughout the cable industry. These organizations or individuals motivate the cable industry to embrace and value diversity, by serving as role models, inspiring and encouraging excellence, removing barriers that hinder progress, and empowering others with opportunities.
Cox has made a strong commitment to increase diversity in its workforce, supplier base and philanthropic endeavors. Specifically, efforts led by Cox president, Pat Esser to spearhead a corporate diversity council, have consistently been recognized by a variety of organizations including Diversity, Inc., WICT and the Human Rights Campaign. Cox's corporate diversity council has ensured that diversity and inclusion receive focused attention and action, and has successfully established local diversity councils in each of the company's markets to further tailor diversity efforts.
The Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will be honored as the Diversity Advocate, as this annual award goes to an individual or organization outside of the cable industry who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity. Through visionary leadership, this individual or organization has directly or indirectly fostered a more embracing and inclusive diversity environment for the cable industry.
Recognizing media's role in influencing a child's growth and development, the Healthy MEdia Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls supports efforts to increase the number of female characters in the media and is working to ensure that female roles, images, and portrayals are authentic, balanced, and healthy.
Spearheaded by the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Healthy MEdia Commission is co-chaired by Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Deborah Taylor Tate, former FCC commissioner. Healthy MEdia has numerous representatives from television networks, print and online publications, media companies and industry groups. Accepting the award on behalf of the Girl Scouts will be Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.