Charisse R. Lillie
Fellow and VP, Community Investment, Comcast Corp, EVP, Comcast Foundation.
For years, Lillie has played a prominent role in strengthening Comcast’s overall diversity strategy. She’s gearing up to retire in January, having been a part of Comcast since joining as VP, HR for Comcast Corporation and SVP, HR for Comcast Cable in 2005. She has been integral in expanding Comcast’s partnerships with organizations that support diverse internship opportunities, including the Emma Bowen Foundation. Lillie serves as a mentor in formal mentoring programs through Philadelphia NAMIC and WICT. On advice she’d give to her 13-year-old self, Lillie says, “I would tell myself to listen to my parents and grandparents more.”
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
I would tell my 13-year-old self to stay confident, to be fearless, and to ignore the criticism of my Afro and my extreme interest in my African roots. Finally, I would tell myself to listen to my parents and grandparents more.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
“This is Us” is a remarkable feat of dramatic programming, with diverse roles for women that are beautifully written and acted. The women are strong, dealing with real life struggles, teeming with perfection and imperfection. “The Voice” is making a powerful statement by having two amazing female judges this season. Both shows are examples of compelling storytelling.
What’s been the biggest story in cable this year?
For me, the biggest story is about corporate philanthropy. Comcast has been the conscience of the cable industry through its steadfast commitment to bridging the digital divide through Internet Essentials and other strategic partnerships focused on digital literacy education. This high profile work is now resulting in other companies designing their own programs to provide broadband services to underserved communities. This is a watershed moment in philanthropy in the cable industry.