Lillie recently announced she plans to retire in January 2017 after a 12-year run at Comcast. She is one of Comcast’s most senior African-American female executives and has played an integral role in shaping the company’s diversity strategy. She sits on the Comcast Internal Diversity Council, acts as a liaison to the Comcast African American Diversity Advisory Council, and is an executive champion for the Comcast employee resource group Black Professional Alliance. She’s behind partnerships with the Emma Bowen Foundation, the T. Howard Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Lillie gives the industry an “A for effort” in terms of fostering diversity. “We are making progress. But all of us are eager to see more progress. A more diverse and inclusive cable industry will be more innovative and more successful than we can imagine. Innovation and continued growth will abound.”
What grade do you give the cable industry on diversity and why?
I give the cable industry an “A” for effort. The industry is clearly focused on increasing diversity, and Diversity Week and the efforts that various companies are making to recruit, hire and retain diverse employees is making a big difference. We are making progress. But all of us are eager to see more progress. A more diverse and inclusive cable industry will be more innovative and more successful than we can imagine. Innovation and continued growth will abound.
The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is…
The X1 platform is revolutionizing the way that we watch television. This technology will continue to benefit the industry for years to come.
Favorite charity organization you work with?
I cannot choose one among all of the fabulous non-profit organizations with whom Comcast partners. Two of my favorites are City Year and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). City Year is preparing a new generation of leaders who are making change happen in impoverished communities around the country. These young people are giving back to communities in their working lives beyond their service in AmeriCorps. Comcast is a national sponsor of My.Future with BGCA. It is a cutting edge technology program, which fosters digital literacy and helps children to explore and communicate through technology and digital media. It also teaches them about potential careers in a digital world.