Walter Kaitz, a Russian immigrant who settled in Boston, appreciated the promise of the American dream – that everyone had a chance for success regardless of who they were or from where they came.
He obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University through a scholarship for newspaper boys and after seven years in the U.S. Army, Walter Kaitz worked his way through law school at the University of California by selling shoes in his spare time. From there he went on to work in the California State Legislature and then the CCTA, holding fast to his strong belief that everyone could and should be given the opportunity to prosper in our democracy.
As one of the most respected leaders of the CCTA, Walter Kaitz recognized the importance of diversity and understood that in order to continue competing in the global marketplace, the industry needed to build a management team reflecting an increasingly diverse U.S. population.
Walter Kaitz died in 1979 before his dream of meaningful inclusion was fully realized, but during his tenure at the CCTA, he advocated for fairness and inclusion, and believed that the cable industry should strive toward fostering diverse management teams in order to compete successfully in the global marketplace. He was succeeded by his son Spencer as leader of the CCTA, who like his father before him, strongly believed that diversity and inclusion were critical to the growth and prosperity of the cable television industry.
Upon his death, financial contributions, made in honor of Walter formed the basis of the founding of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Initially, activities were driven only by the desire to do something to honor the memory of Walter but by 1981, a keen focus was developed to provide recruitment opportunities for more minorities in the growing cable industry.