Not all operas end in tragedy. Jones, who gave up singing operas to work in the business world, continues to lead NAMIC’s education program as it emerges as a key development resource for professionals seeking career enrichment and for companies looking to take their talent to the next level. This past year, the organization’s Executive Leadership Development Program reached a milestone with total graduates exceeding 550 since the program’s inception. Jones devotes his time away from work to New York’s Housing Works. He praises the organization for “their profound understanding that HIV/AIDS is still with us and still affecting society on a myriad of cultural and socio-economic levels.”
What grade do you give the cable industry on diversity and why?
Grade: B-. It’s an interesting time for what we’ve characterized historically as the “Cable” industry. The boundaries are shifting; the dynamics of engagement with the customers are shifting; the marketplace is shifting; the workforce is shifting; and the conversation about Diversity & Inclusion is shifting. The good news is that more companies are getting the message and are responding with deep strategy. But, the jury is still out on how these other seismic shifts will impact the movement—and direction of the movement—of the D&I needle.
What are the television shows – cable or broadcast – that best embrace diversity?
“Project Runway” – It’s about talent, first and last; “Game of Thrones” – Women rock!; “Orange is the New Black” – It brought the amazing Laverne Cox into the public conscience.
Favorite charity organization you work with?
I’m particularly impressed with what’s being accomplished at Housing Works, having twice facilitated the organization’s NY board strategic planning process. Along with being a great honor, it was an opportunity to be up close and personal with the “relentless advocacy,” to steal a phrase, of this extraordinary group of volunteers, and their profound understanding that HIV/AIDS is still with us and still affecting society on a myriad of cultural and socio-economic levels.