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Past Honorees

We Recognize Greatness

For over 30 years the Kaitz Dinner has shined the spotlight on organizations and individuals whose commitment to diversity inspires us all. This year’s Dinner builds on an impressive record by presenting these prestigious awards to two deserving honorees:

  • The Diversity Champion Award honors those who have woven a commitment to diversity into the fabric of their businesses and their lives. They are role models, inspiring and encouraging excellence, removing barriers that hinder progress, and empowering others with opportunities.
  • The Diversity Advocate Award is presented to an individual outside the cable industry who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity and has fostered an inclusive environment for the cable telecommunications industry.
  • We’re privileged to have honored these individuals and organizations over a 30-year history. And we can’t wait to add to this esteemed group during a very special evening on September 17, 2014.

    21st Century

    2013 “Celebrating Our 30th Anniversary”

    Diversity Champion: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
    Diversity Advocate: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

    2012 “Diversity is More Than a Word”

    Diversity Champion: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Diversity Advocate: Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls

    2011 “Be Diversity”

    Diversity Champion: Time Warner Cable
    Diversity Advocate: Rey Ramsey, One Economy

    2010 “Single Minded. Many Sided”

    Diversity Champion: Discovery Communications Inc.
    Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA)

    2009 “Make A Statement. Make A Difference”

    Diversity Champion: Comcast Corporation and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    2008 “Celebrating 25 Years”

    Diversity Champion: Bright House Networks and Scripps Networks
    Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)

    2007 “Diversity: Beyond Boundaries”

    Diversity Champion: ESPN
    Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY)

    2006 “Expressions of Diversity”

    Diversity Champion: MTV Networks
    Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-CA)

    2005 “Every Day Belongs to Everyone”

    Diversity Champions: Glenn A. Britt, Time Warner Cable; James A. Hatcher, Cox Communications Inc.; and Sherryl D. Love, Cox Communications, Inc.
    Diversity Advocate : U. S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-NC)

    2004 “Celebrating Diversity”

    Dinner Honoree: Spencer Kaitz, Founder, Walter Kaitz Foundation

    2003 “Cable’s Commitment”

    Dinner Honoree: Decker Anstrom, Landmark Communications

    2002 “Diversity Means Business”

    Dinner Honoree: Brian L. Roberts, Comcast Corporation

    2001 (Our dinner was canceled in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy)

    2000 “New Vision, New Direction”

    Dinner Honoree: John J. Rigas, Adelphia Communications, Inc.

    20th Century

    1999 “Opportunity and Access”

    Dinner Honoree: William J. Bresnan, Bresnan Communications, Inc.

    1998 “It’s about Leadership”

    Dinner Honoree: Charles F. Dolan, Cablevision Systems Corp.

    1997 “Cable’s Resource for Diversity”

    Dinner Honoree: James O. Robbins, Cox Communications, Inc.

    1996 “We Break Barriers”

    Dinner Honoree: Robert L. Johnson, BET Holdings, Inc.

    1995 “It’s Time”

    Dinner Honoree: John W. Goddard, Viacom Cable, Inc.

    1994 “Changing the Face of Cable”

    Dinner Honoree: Gerald M. Levin, Time Warner Cable

    1993 “Diversity Delivers”

    Dinner Honoree: Amos B. Hostetter Jr., Continental Cablevision, Inc.

    1992 “Cable’s Resource for Diversity”

    Dinner Honorees: Walter Kaitz Fellows

    1991 “Vision for Change”

    Dinner Honoree: Sydney Topol, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.

    1990 “The Decade for Affirming Diversity”

    Dinner Honoree: Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast Corporation

    1989 “The Next Generation: A New America”

    Dinner Honoree: J. Richard Munro, Time Warner, Inc.

    1988 “Five Years of Growth and Momentum”

    Dinner Honoree: Ralph M. Baruch, Viacom International

    1987 “Investing in Excellence”

    Dinner Honoree: R.E. “Ted” Turner, Turner Broadcasting

    1986 “Investing in Excellence”

    Dinner Honoree: Bill Daniels, Daniels & Associates

    1985 “Investing in Excellence”

    Dinner Honoree: Bob and Betsy Magness, Tele-Communications, Inc.

    1984 “Investing in Excellence”

    Dinner Honoree: Thomas Wheeler, National Cable Television Association