For 29 years the Walter Kaitz Foundation fundraising dinner has been a celebration of the achievements of organizations and individuals whose commitment to diversity is exemplified through their ideals and their everyday business practices.
The Foundation’s 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 Foundation’s Diversity Champion 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.
Each year, our Annual Fundraising Dinner recognizes those who demonstrate leadership in advancing the cause of diversity through the cable industry. Here’s our honor roll (and our dinner themes) over the years…
Diversity Champion: Cox Communications, Inc.
Diversity Advocate: Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls
Diversity Champion: Time Warner Cable
Diversity Advocate: Rey Ramsey, One Economy
Diversity Champion: Discovery Communications Inc.
Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA)
Diversity Champion: Comcast Corporation and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Diversity Champion: Bright House Networks and Scripps Networks
Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA)
Diversity Champion: ESPN
Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns (D-NY)
Diversity Champion: MTV Networks
Diversity Advocate: U.S. Rep. Hilda L. Solis (D-CA)
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)
Dinner Honoree: Spencer Kaitz, Founder, Walter Kaitz Foundation
Dinner Honoree: Decker Anstrom, Landmark Communications
Dinner Honoree: Brian L. Roberts, Comcast Corporation
Dinner Honoree: John J. Rigas, Adelphia Communications, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: William J. Bresnan, Bresnan Communications, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Charles F. Dolan, Cablevision Systems Corp.
Dinner Honoree: James O. Robbins, Cox Communications, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Robert L. Johnson, BET Holdings, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: John W. Goddard, Viacom Cable, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Gerald M. Levin, Time Warner Cable
Dinner Honoree: Amos B. Hostetter Jr., Continental Cablevision, Inc.
Dinner Honorees: Walter Kaitz Fellows
Dinner Honoree: Sydney Topol, Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Ralph J. Roberts, Comcast Corporation
Dinner Honoree: J. Richard Munro, Time Warner, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Ralph M. Baruch, Viacom International
Dinner Honoree: R.E. “Ted” Turner, Turner Broadcasting
Dinner Honoree: Bill Daniels, Daniels & Associates
Dinner Honoree: Bob and Betsy Magness, Tele-Communications, Inc.
Dinner Honoree: Thomas Wheeler, National Cable Television Association