Industry Insider: January 2021

A message from our Contributing Sponsor, CommScope 


CommScope Creating Lasting Connections through Diversity and Inclusion

At CommScope, Win as One Team, one of our core Values, includes creating a culture that values the unique experiences and ​perspectives of all our employees. We work together, across borders and boundaries, toward a common goal – to innovate for our customers’ success. But innovation requires us to continuously challenge the status quo.This drive for continuous improvement spans beyond our engineering teams and across all functions within CommScope. In June 2020, it led to the introduction of the new CommScope Diversity & Inclusion Business Network (DIBN).

The DIBN started out of a recognition that there is tremendous value for having a business network focusing on growth and development while also creating a forum to address issues that surround us locally and globally. Diversity is more than some visible characteristics. It needs to engage us all to celebrate CommScope as a truly inclusive organization.

The DIBN’s purpose is to foster a dynamic and inclusive workplace, embrace our diverse people and experiences and empower us to deliver results for our customers and growth for our company. Since DIBN’s launch, over 1,700 CommScope employees have joined worldwide. The initiative is governed through a global Leadership Council of 26 leaders and over 100 site-level Ambassadors responsible for member engagement at the local level.

We are very encouraged by the enthusiasm and engagement of our employees to date.  And there is much more to come in 2021 as we ramp up initiatives to advance our diversity and inclusion education and awareness and provide members more opportunities to network, lead, develop and grow.

The initial focus for DIBN was our 13,000 connected employees across more than 50 countries.. In 2021, we will extend the program to our hourly population across manufacturing facilities.

Our longer-term strategy includes engaging in community STEM efforts to support the next generation of technologists, as well as collaborating with our executive team, customers, suppliers and partners to embed a diversity and inclusion focus further in our company and industry. ​​

We applaud the efforts of the Walter Kaitz Foundation and the Cable Industry to raise awareness and provide a platform for others to join in the mission to create a more inclusive society. We are excited to be part of this journey and build further on the momentum created by the DIBN initiative to drive personal growth and ultimately driving business success in CommScope!

6th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB Call for Applications

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is a five-week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The lab takes place mid-April through late-May of 2021 and offers seven Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each participant will complete an original pilot during the five-week program and receive feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor. Past participants include Shelley Dennis (Choctaw) who is currently staffed on Netflix’s Spirit Rangers, John Timothy (Muskogee Creek) who was a staff writer on Amazon’s Leverage and Tom Hanada (Cherokee) who completed a project for Will Smith’s Westbrook Entertainment. During the lab, fellows meet with executives from NBC, Bad Robot, Netflix, and several industry sponsors. Scripts from the lab are read by several network and studio partners as well as being included in the Native Writes database.

The Cable Center’s Driving Intrapreneurship

Registration is now open for The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy. The first eight-week session is March 2 – April 21, and the registration deadline is February 5.  The Intrapreneurship Academy (IA) is a place for innovation education and thought leadership, providing a vibrant community for resource and idea sharing. IA offers courses whose applied learning curricula, expertise, and insights prepare leaders to deliver measurable impact. IA strengthens leaders so they can act as entrepreneurs within your organization—taking risks, adapting to change, leading with confidence, and creating new revenue opportunities. IA has two current course offerings:

  • Driving Intrapreneurship (formerly Intrapreneurship Academy)
  • Leading with Agility 

Next second session is May 11 – June 30, early bird application deadline is March 12.

Applications Now Being Accepted for NAMIC Leadership Seminar

The NAMIC Leadership Seminar assembles top academics and practitioners from across the country to provide a leadership development experience for professionals in the early stages of their careers.  The program was created to increase participants’ effectiveness at work, to provide them with the important insights and tools for strategic career planning, and to transform high-potential middle managers into effective leaders. Scholarships to the NAMIC Leadership Seminar are made possible through a generous gift of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. NAMIC’s Leadership Seminar scholarship targets eligible professionals of color (coordinators, supervisors, managers, and new directors) from small operators and programmers that might otherwise not have adequate resources to support their participation. The first session is April 19-23, 2021.

Application deadlines for each of this year’s three sessions:

  • April 19-23, 2021. Deadline: March 19, 2021
  • July 19-23, 2021. Deadline: June 18, 2021
  • September 27- October 1. Deadline: August 27, 2021

Women in Cable Telecommunications’ Executive Development Series (EDS) 

WICT is currently accepting applications for its Executive Development Series (EDS). It is designed to help mid-career professional women build skills that are critical to effectively delivering results within their organizations, with a focus on mastering competencies vital to success at the director and VP level. The program develops “leadership presence” as a means to inspire confidence, engage and influence others, and maintain productivity while increasing visibility and career mobility. This four-day program introduces participants to a unique framework and toolkit of 12 specific attributes, skills and thought processes that work together to help them build knowledge and expertise. The next virtual session is April 6 – 9, 2021 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm ET each day. WICT members can register here.