A Retrospective on HR’s Resilience in 2020

COVID silver linings. That’s the term that Cox Communications EVP and Chief People Officer Karen Bennett uses to describe the positive outcomes that came from a year filled with a pandemic, police violence and political unrest. Karen’s phrase has continued to resonate since we first heard it during last week’s C2HR webinar (available on YouTube). This issue of HR Pulse is dedicated to celebrating the silver linings across the C2HR community.

Human resources professionals and their companies responded to the great challenges of 2020 with resilience, agility, empathy and grace, and we are proud of what industry employers collectively accomplished. The stories below provide a snapshot of what was achieved by C2HR’s 50+ member companies. The articles are both a source of inspiration and a blueprint for best practices on social justice, DEI, business continuity, corporate social responsibility, and caring for employees during a global health crisis.

A+E Networks Is Committed to Magnifying All Voices
By Karen Gray, EVP of HR, A+E Networks

AMC Networks Works to Build a More Inclusive, Equitable Workplace
By Jennifer Dunn, SVP of People & Culture, AMC Networks

Comcast’s HR Journey to Readiness
By Sandy Gunn, SVP of HR, Comcast Advertising

Mediacom’s Culture of Caring Rises to Community Needs
By Judy Mills, Group VP of HR, Mediacom Communications

Univision’s Initiatives Keep Employees Informed, Prepared, United and Safe
By Angela Auz, VP of HR, Univision Communications

ViacomCBS Redoubles Support for Employees, Partners and Audiences in a Time of Crisis
By Conway Shui, SVP of Executive Search, ViacomCBS

WarnerMedia Equity & Inclusion: Listen. Understand. Act.
By MyKhanh Shelton, SVP of Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia

Talent Mindset for 2021 & Beyond  

There is a major skills shift occurring across America and industry employers are refining their talent management strategy to ensure they have the talent on tap to meet the needs of tomorrow. C2HR recently assembled a panel of esteemed industry leaders for a candid and dynamic conversation on the topic of talent management and DEIJ. Special thanks to our four panelists: Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications; Julie Neimat, EVP of Employee Experience & HR Operations, Discovery Inc.; Chris Powell, CEO, Talmetrix; and Christopher Strazzella, Global Head of Talent Acquisition, WarnerMedia. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors JM Search and Talmetrix, you can you can view it on the C2HR You Tube channel. 

Graphical user interface, timeline    Description automatically generated

Meet the 2021 C2HR President

On January 1 Dave Crossen, SVP of HR for NBCUniversal, stepped into the role of C2HR President. Dave is an 18-year veteran at NBCUniversal where he is responsible for all aspects of human resources for the Broadcasting and Advertising Sales division which has 5,000 employees. While Dave studied economics at the University of Manchester, his career took him a different route. Dave brings more than 25 years of human resources experience to his C2HR leadership role. To introduce you to Dave, we invited him to share his HR predictions, vision for C2HR and the person he’d most like to meet.


Member Accolades

Got HR news? We’d love to feature it in this section of HR Pulse! 
Please share your news with the editor. 


C2HR member companies Comcast NBCUniversalCox EnterprisesUnivision and ViacomCBS achieved a top-score for LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index, earning them the designation of being a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” We applaud their achievements! To learn more about the Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/resources/corporate-equality-index

C2HR is pleased to announce our 2021 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors:

President Dave Crossen, SVP of HR, NBCUniversal

Vice President Julie Neimat, EVP of Employee Experience & HR Operations, Discovery Inc.

Treasurer Judy Mills, Group VP of HR, Mediacom Communications

Secretary Sandy Gunn, SVP of HR, Comcast

Immediate Past President Michele Parks, SVP of HR Service Delivery, Cox Communications

Executive Committee Member Kara Anderson, VP of Compensation, HRIS and HR Analysis, ESPN

C2HR also welcomes a trio of new board members: Angela Conklin, SVP of HR for Vyve Broadband; Ellen Russ, VP of HR for WarnerMedia; and Ravena Valentine, SVP of the People Partner Team at A+E Networks. For the complete list of C2HR board members, please visit: c2hr.org/about/.

Graphical user interface, website    Description automatically generated