NAMIC, WICT To Partner On Diversity Survey

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The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) are teaming to develop a joint survey measuring diversity within the cable industry.

NAMIC and WICT have tapped the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to conduct the joint survey, which will benchmark data vital to the advancement of gender and ethnic diversity in the cable industry, said the organizations.

The initiative marks the first time the diversity and gender-themed organizations have created a fully merged questionnaire, which will include 70% fewer questions than in previous survey vehicles -- a direct response to the industry's call for a streamlined process.

Funded by a grant provided by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the joint survey will be presented by WICT and NAMIC during a Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Oct. 4 in New York City as part of Cable Diversity Week.

"The data generated from this joint effort is vital to advancing awareness and understanding of ethnic and gender diversity in our industry," said Kathy Johnson, president of NAMIC in a statement. "The partnering of NAMIC and WICT on this project highlights our commitment to the common goal of sustaining a robust pipeline of diverse talent - especially at the top echelons of the industry."

Added Maria Brennan, president and CEO of WICT, "Measurement goes hand in hand with informed decision making. Both WICT and NAMIC are pleased that our efforts will provide the industry with critical tools they can utilize to help build teams that are as rich in talent as they are diverse."

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