Driving Diversity through Internships
Learn how companies leverage T. Howard Foundation's internships to identify, cultivate and recruit young talent of color.


Human Capital Metrics: A Powerful Tool in Changing Times
Discover trends and benchmarks identified by CTHRA's 2012 survey.


Free Roundtables Focus on Analytics and Metrics

HR Executive Reception Held During Diversity Week

Diversity Recognition

Compensation Survey Planning Meetings Set for December

Job Posting Savings for CTHRA Members at TV Careers

HR Pros in the News

CTHRA Welcomes Our Newest Members

Driving Diversity through Internships

Diversity is a driving force within our industry for a variety of reasons. For many, it’s a sound business strategy, as Rosalind Clay Carter, SVP of HR for A+E Networks explained, “In order to be competitive in the global market place, inclusion plays a key role in the expansion of our staff which in turn expands the reach of our products.”

Whatever your company’s motivation, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) can help. THF is a mission-driven organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the multimedia and entertainment industry through comprehensive internship and career development programs for talented college students of color across the country. THF has successfully placed more than 600 interns in full-time paid internships at participating host companies.

 “Our goal is to be an industry resource for diverse talent for internships and professional employment opportunities. We help companies achieve their diversity targets and fulfill our mission at the same time. We welcome the opportunity to partner with employers and help talented and enthusiastic students of color achieve their goal of a successful career in the multimedia and entertainment industry,” said Jo Pamphile, President of THF.

Matt Karaman, Director of Staffing for AMC Networks, gives THF high marks, “AMC Networks has worked with the T. Howard Foundation for five years. This past summer alone we had 15 interns from THF. The quality of the interns has been fantastic and very, very high. Not only have we hired interns into full-time positions in the past, we are actually engaged in looking for spots for some of this past summer's interns. We love not only how THF promotes diversity, but also the fact that the candidates come from different environments and cultures, as well as from all over the country.”

A+E’s Carter agrees, “When I was hired almost 18 years ago, A+E was a strong supporter of the T. Howard Foundation.  We have continued our relationship over the years because they are able to refer strong students who are interested in our industry.  We particularly credit T. Howard with structuring a program in a way that easily integrates into our broader Corporate Intern Program.  We recently increased the number of slots allotted to T. Howard interns for next year; a decision made in light of the success we have had with the program.”

A Turnkey Talent Pool
This September marks the beginning of a new internship cycle. The T. Howard program staff will embark on a 2½-month recruitment schedule that includes visits to more than 60 colleges and universities as well as professional multi-cultural organizations around the country. The T. Howard team will make presentations to students attending career fairs and engage in other on-campus activities that are geared toward career opportunities.

To help the Foundation meet such an aggressive recruitment schedule is a team of foot soldiers called Campus Ambassadors. They are T. Howard alums who have completed a successful internship and returned to school to continue or complete their studies. These students are trained by the Foundation to make campus presentations, distribute program information and, most importantly, share their experience as a THF intern. The results are powerful: every year, nearly 2,000 students apply to become THF interns.

Following a careful and thoughtful screening and selection process, the T. Howard team comes away with a final talent pool of candidates with an array of majors from accounting and communications to marketing and engineering. From this talent pool, the Foundation provides each company with at least four qualified candidates who demonstrate a genuine interest in working in the industry.

“Our pool of internship candidates is comprised of students of color ranging in ethnicity, geographic location, academic major and experience. T. Howard Foundation interns are bright, energetic, reliable and talented young adults, eager to learn and ready to contribute to our host companies. Our Class of 2012 included 87 interns from 47 institutions,” said Pamphile.

Candice McLemore, Manager of Recruiting Programs for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. agrees, “We find that THF provides well-screened and qualified candidates for our internship positions. The selected students are very professional and well prepared for their internship experience. I like the Foundation’s commitment to diversity, the quality of the interns, and the fact that they do the sourcing for you.”

Table 1: Ethnicity of Class of 2012 Interns



American Indian/Alaskan Native


Asian/Pacific Islander








Total Interns in 2012


Table 2: Gender of Class of 2012 Interns





Shelly Gross, Senior Director of Talent Operations for Comcast, host of 12 interns in 2012, shared her experience, “We’ve been quite pleased with the quality of the interns, especially in the technology space. The recruiting efforts of THF align closely with Comcast’s goals and objectives, and the opportunities to further develop the students are a value added. Comcast is committed to proactively identifying full-time placement opportunities for THF interns in the near future.”

THF Host Company Commitment:

  • Host a T. Howard Intern and provide them with a meaningful work experience that will contribute and support their academic studies;

  • Provide a paid internship opportunity from June-August that is no less than 35 hours per week over a minimum eight-week period;

  • Pay undergraduate interns a minimum of $10.00+ per hour, and pay graduate interns a minimum of $12.00+ per hour.

2012 Host Companies
A&E Television Networks
AMC Networks Inc.
BBC Worldwide Americas
CBS News
CBS Sports
Comcast Corporation
Comcast Spotlight
Discovery Communications
Regional News Network-WRNN TV
Scripps Networks
Showtime Networks Inc.
Smithsonian Channel
Speakeasy Inc.
Time Warner Cable
Turner Broadcasting Inc.-Cartoon Network
Turner Broadcasting Inc.-CNN
Turner Broadcasting Inc.-HLN
Turner Network Sales
Univision Communications
Viacom Media Networks-MTV
Viacom Media Networks-BET
Warner Bros.
YES Network

Prepped to Perform
Once selected by the company, each intern is required to participate in a 2½-day comprehensive orientation coordinated by the T. Howard team. Senior industry executives participate on panels, make presentations, and share their knowledge and expertise about the industry. Interns learn about professional expectations, effective communication, networking, and even the 30 second elevator pitch. By the conclusion of orientation, the interns feel prepared and confident in their ability to have a successful professional work experience as an intern.

When asked to describe her experience with a T. Howard intern, Tori Preston, Media Coordinator with BBC Worldwide America said, “Nabeela was a pleasure to work with. Her attitude and professionalism were extraordinary. She completed her projects quickly and accurately, and was always willing to take on new things and help out with anything that came her way.”

Post-Graduation Employment
Since the ultimate goal is to increase diversity within the industry, the Foundation assists graduating interns with launching their careers by pairing them with a Career Development Specialist who helps them refine their resumes, develop interviewing techniques, and learn to leverage their newly acquired skills. The Foundation has been able to help more than 175 T. Howard alums gain employment in the industry.

One success story is Rosalyn Durant. She worked as a T. Howard intern with Turner Broadcasting in the summer of 1997 and ESPN in the summer of 1998. After graduating from the University of South Carolina she was hired in the Affiliate Sales division of ESPN. She went on to become Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions for ESPN where she guided a team in the Programming department to manage ESPN and ABC relationships with the National Basketball Association, Major League Lacrosse, and other sport properties. Today, Rosalyn is the VP and General Manager of ESPNU and ESPNHS. In 2010, Rosalyn became the first T. Howard Alumnus selected to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. You can read more T. Howard Foundation success stories at

Enroll Now for 2013
Host companies play an integral role in T. Howard’s internship program by creating and providing enriching internship experiences. With their support, students are placed in a variety of departments and engage in resume building experiences that set them on a path for success in the industry. T. Howard Foundation is gearing up to make the Intern Class of 2013 the largest and most promising yet! CTHRA members are invited to help make it happen by hosting a T. Howard intern in 2013. Simply visit, click “Becoming a Host Company,” and complete the online request form.

“Tell us all of your requirements, and we will make sure that you get a stellar group of diverse candidates to choose from,” promised Pamphile.

A Powerful Tool in Changing Times: Human Capital Metrics
By Pamela Williams, CAE, Executive Director

In cable, as in other industries, concrete workforce data plays an ever-increasing role in guiding companies’ hiring, talent management and retention strategies. Since 2006, CTHRA has regularly compiled data from cable and telecommunications employers to establish and monitor industry-specific benchmarks via CTHRA’s Human Capital Metrics Survey.

“CTHRA is on the forefront of collecting and providing useful and meaningful benchmarking information allowing organizations to both better understand their current situation and determine where their energies might best be focused as they grow and evolve,” stated Rebecca Toman, principal account manager at Pearl Meyer & Partners, the independent firm that conducted the survey on CTHRA’s behalf. [read the full article]

Free Roundtables Focus on Analytics and Metrics
This fall, CTHRA is hosting two roundtable discussions which are free for members to attend. Roundtable Co-chairs, Sheryl Anderson, Starz Entertainment, and Abby Pfeiffer, Charter Communications, have developed a dynamic, interactive program titled “Metrics—A Useful Tool for HR Professionals” featuring Beth Florin, Managing Director of Pearl Myer. The event will take place on Friday, October 12 in Denver at the Starz Entertainment’s headquarters and will focus on how CTHRA’s Human Capital Metrics Survey can help HR professionals navigate through organizational challenges with staffing, recruiting, training and development, succession planning, retention, and managing cost per employee.  Attendees will also discuss trends and industry benchmarks. This roundtable aims to help HR professionals learn how to bring relevant, business-impacting information to the leadership table.

On October 30 in New York City, Roundtable Co-chairs, Rosalind Clay Carter, A+E Networks, and Joanne O’Brien, CNBC, will host a dynamic presentation and roundtable discussion titled “Maximizing Return With HR Analytics.” Featuring Arun Chidambaram, Director, HR Analytics & Info Services, ESPN Inc., and John Fries, Sr., Director, Human Capital Analysis & Planning, Time Warner Cable, this program will focus on the role of analytics in HR and how it works in our world, the evolution of HR analytics, descriptive reporting and predictive analytics, integrating HR analytics in day-to-day decision making activities, and HR analytics structure and expertise.

Thanks to sponsorships from Starz Entertainment and NBC Universal, both roundtable discussions are complimentary. Click here to register.

HR Executive Reception A Relaxed Respite During Busy Diversity Week
On September 11, top HR executives from a variety of industry companies attended an intimate reception hosted by CTHRA at MTV’s Lodge in New York City. With a customized CTHRA cupcake or cocktail in hand, attendees enjoyed the sunny outdoor patio overlooking Times Square. [view the photo gallery]

 “The event was a great forum for HR executives to reconnect in a relaxed setting. It also allowed us to welcome some new faces to CTHRA,” said Pamela Williams, CAE, CTHRA’s Executive Director.

CTHRA will visit Washington DC in a few weeks to host its fifth annual Think Tank. The next issue of Resource Connection will feature a Q&A with the Think Tank keynote Dave Ulrich. Ulrich is a Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. In 2011 he was ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine, ranked #23 in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader and ranked in Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Leadership Behavior. Be on the look out for the article in the next issue!

Diversity Recognition
The industry celebrated Diversity Week in New York during the week of September 9. On September 12, the Walter Kaitz Foundation held its 29th Annual Dinner during which Cox Communications was honored as the 2012 Diversity Champion. Kudos to Cox Communications for this well-deserved recognition!

Coinciding with Diversity Week, CableFAX Magazine published its Diversity Issue, and we were thrilled to see several HR pros and member companies among those recognized. In the Top Leaders category: Loretta Walker, CHRO, Turner Broadcasting System; Marva Smalls, EVP Global Inclusion Strategy, MTV; Ray Gutierrez, EVP of HR, Showtime/CBS Description: Networks; Chris Powell, EVP of HR, Scripps Networks Interactive; Rhonda Taylor, EVP/Chief People Officer, Cox Communications; Paul Richardson, SVP of HR & Chief Diversity Officer, ESPN; and Tina Simmons Waters, SVP of Human Performance, Comcast Cable. Among those listed as Influentials were Tonya Cornelius, ESPN’s VP of Learning and Organizational Development and Jacqui Welch, SVP of HR at Turner Broadcasting System. In addition, Steve Gillenwater, Divisional VP of HR for Comcast Cable Central Division was listed among those in regional posts. We applaud everyone from the HR community who were highlighted in the publication.

CableFAX also named the Top 10 Places to Work in our industry: A&E, Bright House, Charter, Comcast, Discovery, ESPN, Motorola Mobility, Scripps Networks Interactive, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System. Congratulations to these companies!

Planning Meetings: Help Design 2013 Surveys!
One of the strongest elements of CTHRA’s Annual Compensation Surveys is the fact that participants actually help shape the survey each year by providing direct input into the design during planning meetings. On December 4 (programmers) and December 5 (MSOs) at HBO in New York City, The Croner Company, the research firm conducting CTHRA’s 2013 Compensation Surveys, will review 2012 survey trends and conduct roundtable discussions on key compensation-related topics. By attending the planning meeting, you ensure that the survey continues to meet your company's needs. Plus, you’ll stay current with the key compensation issues facing the industry. CTHRA’s Compensation Survey Planning Meetings provide a great opportunity to meet colleagues in the industry and learn about their challenges, solutions and best practices. Please RSVP to [email protected]. For more information about CTHRA’s surveys, visit

Got Jobs? CTHRA Members Receive Special Discount
As a benefit to CTHRA members, Multichannel News is offering an exclusive 5% discount for job postings on its revamped TV Careers job board and career center. Jason Greenblatt, Regional Sales Manager for Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) explained the value, “With more than 750,000 impressions per month, B&C and Multichannel News are the leading resources in the television industry. What better audience to target with your job openings? Our newly upgraded service gives your job listing exposure across an entire network of B&C and Multichannel News properties, including our well-read magazines, daily eNewsletters and other relevant job sites within our Job Board Network – for just a small additional cost.”

To take advantage of the 5% savings, CTHRA members should contact Zahra Majma at [email protected] or 212.378.0400  ext. 517. 

HR Pros in the News   
Cablevision named Sandra Kapell as EVP of HR & Admin, reporting to President and CEO James Dolan. She previously headed HR for Cartis, an AIG Company.

Amy Yates was appointed to VP of HR at Telemundo Media's Telemundo Station Group.  Amy will manage all HR duties for Telemundo's owned & operated stations and national sales offices.  Based in Miami, Amy will report to Manuel Abud, President, Telemundo Station Group and Lisette Simon, SVP/Human Resources, Telemundo Media.

Scott Mills was elevated to EVP of HR and Administration for Viacom. He comes from the firm’s BET Networks unit, where he was president and COO. We welcome Scott to cable’s HR community!

Congratulations to the HR professionals who are in WICT’s Betsy Magness Class of 25 and 26:
Lisa Andreaola-Kelly, Eastern Division of Comcast Spotlight
Emily Bland, Comcast
Elizabeth Casana, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
Anne DeLee, Comcast
Linda Williams, Time Warner Cable
Deidre O’Hearn, WE tv
Suzan Persutti, Comcast

CTHRA Welcomes Our Newest Members

Deborah Ayers, Time Warner
Cable Pipier Bewlay
, Cox Communications
Cassandra Brown
, Maslow Media Group
Spasha Feaster
, Time Warner Cable
Angie Hanlon-Toth
, Mediacom Communications
Debbie Hornbuckle
, Mediacom Communications
Jennifer Irish
, Mediacom Communications
Lynette Jones, Mediacom Communications
Maria Leggett
, Time Warner Cable
Karen McCraw
, Time Warner Cable
Diana Monk
, Time Warner Cable
Scott Thomas
, Time Warner Cable
Victoria Vaughn
, Cox Communications
Jillian Wolf
, Discovery Communications