Cox People

Diversity & Inclusion

Since our founding in 1898, Cox has been committed to having a diverse workplace that nourishes an environment of engagement and respect among our employees, communities and the people and businesses we serve through our products and services. By embracing diversity, our company becomes more resilient and in touch with the changing world around us. Diversity and inclusion are core values as well as business imperatives for Cox, and our goal is to embed them in everything we do.

Cox Enterprises’ Board of Directors has a Diversity Strategy Committee that meets to discuss diversity performance results and to share new goals and initiatives that will continue to drive business impact. The Committee ensures diversity and inclusion principles are incorporated throughout our recruitment, talent management and retention initiatives, as well as goal setting and business plans.

Cox is proud to be recognized for our continuing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion. In 2016, for the 11th straight year, Cox Communications was included on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, placing it in the top 20 among more than 1,800 companies considered. The company also earned a place on two of DiversityInc’s specialty lists, Top 10 Companies for Mentoring and Diversity Councils, based on our increased focus on employee resource groups and talent development.

Automotive Woman of the Year

In 2016, Cox Automotive presented the 11th annual Barbara Cox Automotive Woman of the Year Award to Jenell Ross, president of Bob Ross Auto Group located in Centerville, Ohio. This honor is awarded to a woman who demonstrates business leadership and community advocacy as well as a commitment to advancing the automotive industry. Ross is the only African-American woman owner of Buick-GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and Fiat dealerships. She is also the first African-American and the second woman to serve as chair of the American International Automobile Dealers Association.

Cox Communications Diversity Initiatives

Noteworthy programs and recent accomplishments include:

  • Fostering diversity across its regions by supporting schools and STEM programs in Las Vegas, sponsoring the Fifth Annual California Cable Supplier Diversity Expo, working with LGBT communities in the Midwest and supporting NAACP chapters in Louisiana and Virginia.
  • Establishing a $175,000 fund in Las Vegas for diversity scholarships for higher education. The division awarded 16 college-bound high school graduates from ethnically diverse communities in Southern Nevada with its first diversity scholarships during a formal presentation ceremony.
  • Partnering with 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette to host the 12th annual Kuts for Kids and Stuff a Backpack event. The event provided free haircuts and school supplies to students ready to go back to school. Attendees also learned more about the Connect2Compete program to bring Internet access to low-income children and families.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Las Vegas, serves as the premier LGBTQ organization in Southern Nevada. During its Center’s 22 Annual Honorarium, Cox Communications was named 2016 Corporation of the Year for its efforts to support the Center. Internet technology and cable television at The Center are supplied by Cox, and the provider’s charitable arm, Cox Charities, recently granted the Center $5,000 to use toward its arts and culture programming.

Cox Automotive Diversity Initiatives

Noteworthy programs and recent accomplishments include:

  • Launching the second cohort of management trainees in OnRamp, a rotational management-training program for diverse, early-career talent from colleges and universities across North America.
  • Partnering with Band of Coders, a software and mobile app development company, Cox Automotive hosted its first “Girls Academy” coding “boot-camp” in an effort to bridge the technology gender gap. The one-day event introduced daughters of Technology team members to the basics of coding while encouraging them to solve community challenges with technology.
  • Creating the Rising Star Award in partnership with the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers to recognize an external automotive up-and-comer under the age of 40 who is making swift and significant moves in the automotive industry.

Cox Media Group Diversity Initiatives

Noteworthy programs and recent accomplishments include:

  • Investing in the next generation of investigative journalists through the Georgia News Lab. This award-winning program offers diverse metro Atlanta college students the opportunity to work on investigative projects with seasoned veterans from WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Cultivating a talent pipeline across all platforms. Locations compete for members of our Digital Talent Program, which complete yearlong projects designed to drive audience and revenue.
  • Engaging future media professionals with our Day in the Life program. College students from across the country visited CMG Newspapers and Radio stations to learn what it really means to compete and win in media. Students ended the day with case studies on how to attract and retain talent.
  • Fostering cross-generational advising. Our CMG Links Mentoring program gives Radio employees from all stages of their careers to mentor each other and learn new skills.