ESPN Career Center: 2022 Employee Engagement Award Winner

ESPN leveraged the power of technology to create a high-tech, immersive virtual career portal that features personalization, community, gamification and recognition. In this article, Dayana Falcon, Talent Mobility Manager at ESPN, shares the origins behind the concept, five tips for employers seeking to create a culture of career, and a glimpse into the dynamic ESPN Career Center.


Mediacom’s Judy Mills: Relationships Fostered Long HR Career

After 38 years as a human resources leader and seven years serving on the C2HR Board of Directors, we asked Judy Mills to share the pivotal moments of her career, words to live by and what her involvement in C2HR has meant to her. Her words of wisdom provide inspiration for up-and-coming HR Leaders.


C2HR CON’s Top 30 Insights

We admit it would be impossible for one article to capture all of the knowledge and tips shared during the 12 sessions of the 2022 virtual C2HR CON. Instead, we culled through the comments attendees posted live throughout the event and identified some of the most popular moments of enlightenment.


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HR as Innovators of the Employee Experience

Managing a distributed workforce has made employee engagement increasingly complex. A recent survey of C2HR Members conducted by Intrapreneurship Academy at The Cable Center identified the key challenges, the role of purpose in the workplace, and the impact of engagement on organizational goals.


HR As Innovators of the Employee Experience


Partner Appreciation

With nearly 500 attendees, 12 sessions and 25 thought leaders, C2HR CON 2022 was a hit! It wouldn’t have been possible with out the generous support of the 2022 Champions and Sponsors. If your company would like to explore joining our sponsorship community, please visit


Four Companies and Two Aspiring Leaders Receive HR Honors

C2HR’s 2022 Excellence in HR Awards, sponsored by Cablefax, provide a forum to recognize trailblazers among our membership community. The 2022 award winners are:

Employee Engagement Award:
ESPN Career Center
Workplace Wellness Award:
Mediacom Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery and
WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
Aspiring HR Leaders:
Laura Fields of Charter Communications and
Christine Simmons of WOW!



Member Accolades

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With heartfelt appreciation for their service, C2HR wishes a happy retirement to Sandy Gunn (row 1, photo 1) of Comcast and Judy Mills (row 1, photo 2) of Mediacom Communications. Judy has served on the board of directors since 2015 and the Executive Committee since 2018. Sandy has been a C2HR board member since July of 2019.


Congratulations to C2HR Board Member Kia Painter (row 1, photo 3) on her inspiring journey to Chief People Officer at Cox Communications! Throughout her nearly 25 years with Cox, Painter has been devoted to understanding and anticipating the evolving needs of the company’s diverse workforce. She has helped to shape the company’s talent and leadership development programs, compensation structure and inclusion, diversity and equity strategies. In her current role, Painter is responsible for leading HR business consulting and service delivery functions. She has also served as vice president, strategic human resources solutions. She led the company’s key talent practices including organization design, succession planning and employee engagement.


Kia will succeed past C2HR Board Member Karen Bennett (row 2, photo 1) who is moving from Cox Communications to Cox Enterprises as the company’s new EVP and Chief People Officer. Current President and Chief People and Operations Officer Jill Campbell will retire at the end of the year. Karen has been with Cox since 2015. Her background includes more than 25 years of leading teams to help maximize talent potential and the total employee experience, while addressing the needs of the business across all areas of HR.


Leslie Peabody has been promoted to SVP of Human Resources Operations at WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone. Leslie joined the company in 2018 and serves on the C2HR Board of Directors.


Crown Media promoted Daryl Evans to Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He will report to Chief People Officer Pamela Wolfe and will develop and implement DE&I initiatives and work with company leaders across the company. Daryl joined Crown Media in 2012.


NAMIC unveiled the recipients of the 2022 Next Generation Leaders Awards, which highlight business leaders of diverse ethnicity or race in the media and entertainment industries. This year’s honorees from HR include James Hendricks, Group VP of HR & Administration for Charter Communications, and Kia Painter, Chief People Officer for Cox Communications. NAMIC is also honoring two HR executives as part of its 2022 Luminaries. Recipients include Rahman Khan, VP of Community Impact for Charter Communications, and Grace Moss, VP of DE&I at Warner Bros. Discovery.


DiversityWith a mission of bringing education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity, DiversityInc annually honors the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Comcast NBCUniversal landed in the top 10 of DiversityInc’s list of most inclusive companies this year, including high rankings on specialty lists including Latino and Black executives, people with disabilities and veterans. Cox Communications was also recognized in the list of top 50 companies in DiversityInc’s 2022 list. We applaud both companies’ DEI efforts. View the full list of honorees

DiversitySeveral industry employers were recognized by the Disability Equality Index in this year’s Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion list which benchmarks companies on a 0-100 scale and helps them work toward disability inclusion. Congratulations to C2HR member companies Comcast NBCUniversal, Cox Communications and The Walt Disney Company for receiving a score of 100%! The full list of companies can be viewed at


Cox Enterprises unveiled the winners of this year’s Chairman’s Challenge, where employees were asked to calculate their carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it. In total, the 1,500 employees completed 10,000 actions, removed 3,700 lbs. of litter and recycled 10,000 lbs. of material in April. Six employees across Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Enterprises who completed the most activities worked with the James M. Cox Foundation to award $50,000 in grants to environmental nonprofit organizations.


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