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QUANTUM DIVERSITY
The pursuit of diversity can sometimes feel like a theoretical science that largely
hinges on the Heisenberg Principle, under which certain particles and waves
can't choose a specifi c path until an observer tries to measure their trajectory.
The cable industry's efforts to increase minority representation-both on the
air as well as throughout the executive ranks of distributors, programmers and
vendors-has been under observation for some time. And there's no doubt
that this scrutiny has pushed companies to move in the right direction, funding
diversity initiatives, casting a wider hiring net and supporting industry organizations
like NAMIC, WICT, Emma Bowen, T. Howard and others.
Compiling this list gets tougher each year because the number of qualifi ed
nominations keeps going up. It's a " problem " we're happy to take on. Minority
execs are clearly advancing to higher levels in cable as they gain experience
and mentor others to follow in their paths. For the companies, diversity has
become not so much a peer-pressure phenomenon, but more a function of
enlightened self interest as the entire industry embraces the truth: Diversity is
good for business. This is now in so little dispute that it has almost become a
cliché. That's progress.
But while the industry can be proud of its diversity strides, everyone knows
that the struggle continues. Efforts to improve minority representation at the
upper management levels and on corporate boards, for example, continues to
face challenges. This year, we asked our Most Powerful Minorities in Cable to
give us their perspective on a variety of diversity topics-and we were struck
by the number of minority execs who gave big kudos to cable for its efforts.
However, those kudos were often followed up with an important caveat: We
still have a long way to go.
That's true. And it's why we're all watching. To be sure, this collective observation
of the industry's diversity efforts has in fact coaxed quite a bit of action in
recent years. That stream of energy continues to surge forward, with mentors,
training programs and other initiatives fi nding incredible talent in places where
executives in past years may have never looked. After all, lack of minority hiring
has also partly stemmed from laziness, ignorance and lack of knowledge of
where to fi nd assistance in recruiting minority talent. Observation and awareness
has made that far less of a problem today. The industry knows what to
do and how to do it. It's in action mode. But we need to keep the pressure on.
We need to keep observing. That's the only way to make sure the right path
always gets chosen.
Executive Editor, CableFAX Group
Michael Grebb
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