Our Values In Action
Advancing Women Leaders
Across every business unit at Comcast NBCUniversal, we are focused on advancing diversity and inclusion by hiring the best diverse talent and creating a culture in which every employee feels included, valued, and empowered. In 2018, 35% of our workforce was composed of women. In an effort to reflect the communities we serve, we have set an aspirational goal of achieving a workforce that is 50% women at every level.
We are particularly focused on ensuring strong representation of women in leadership. In 2018, 39% of our Vice Presidents and above were women, and there was a 70% increase in the number of women at that level since 2010. There are women in leadership positions in every area of our business who are enacting powerful and innovative change, such as Dana Strong, President of Consumer Services at Comcast Cable; Noopur Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Product and Information Security Officer at Comcast Cable; Donna Langley, Chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group; and Kim Harris, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and General Counsel at NBCUniversal.
A Snapshot of Our Inclusion Efforts to Support Women
We are investing in a wide array of programs and initiatives that ensure women at Comcast NBCUniversal feel engaged and supported in building a successful career.
In 2018, Comcast’s Northeast Division, which encompasses 13 states in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and New England, launched a Women In Tech campaign to raise awareness about Communications Technician (CommTech) roles among women and grow our pipeline of female candidates. The campaign has a dedicated website with information about job openings and video profiles of women who currently work as CommTechs.
Our TECHWomen platform, a network of women technologists and their allies, is also gaining momentum and strengthening the representation and success of women in tech. Created in 2014 by a small group of female technologists from across Comcast NBCUniversal, TECHWomen now has more than 2,500 members in 18 local chapters who are making a difference in our company and our communities.
Our Atlanta chapter was one of six local chapters launched in 2018 and has already grown to more than 230 members under the leadership of Janine Johnson, Director of Project Management for Comcast’s Big South Region.
“I love working in tech, and I’m really passionate about encouraging other women in the industry — whether they already work in the tech field or are considering a career in it. TECHWomen is a great forum for doing that,” says Johnson, whose job requires her to understand, work with, and test various Comcast tech products.
Members of TECHWomen gather annually for a summit to discuss strategic challenges and opportunities, while individual chapters organize a variety of activities throughout the year, including panel discussions, leadership development sessions, and community service activities. Johnson’s Atlanta chapter has been very active in the community, holding STEM workshops at the local Boys & Girls Club and an area middle school and hosting young women from nearby Agnes Scott College at Comcast’s offices for a hands-on “Programming 101” session.
Our efforts also extend well beyond tech. At NBCUniversal, our Human Resources team identified ways to improve the experience of every female employee through an in-depth assessment of the state of diversity and inclusion in every NBCUniversal business unit. There is also a series of programs making a difference in entertainment.
Our Universal Filmed Entertainment Group committed to the #4PercentChallenge, a new initiative to increase the ranks of female directors in the film industry. The challenge was borne out of a study by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative that found that only 4% of the directors of the 1,200 top-grossing films from 2007 to 2018 were women. Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation, and Focus Features were the first studios to join the effort, which challenges industry leaders to announce at least one project with a female director over the ensuing 18 months. Female-directed films in the 2019–20 slate across the Universal Filmed Entertainment portfolio include The Mustang, Little, A Dog’s Journey, Abominable, Queen & Slim, The Photograph, Promising Young Woman, and Emma, among others.
“Universal has a long track record of amplifying and championing diverse voices, and we’re committed to strengthening that legacy even further,” says Donna Langley, Chairman of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. “Telling stories that speak to women — and that were written and directed by women — is an essential part of that commitment.”
Finally, in 2018, NBCUniversal’s Operations & Technology unit piloted Act Two — a career relaunch program for individuals with more than five years of professional experience who have taken more than a two-year break from the workforce for personal reasons such as taking care of young children or aging parents. The program brought on three “relaunchers” for six-month consultancies who were ultimately granted full-time employment. In 2019, a second slate of relaunchers will have their chance at new opportunities.