Under Parker’s watch, the division earned from the Hartford Business Journal and Vermont Business Magazine recognition as one of the best places to work in Connecticut and Vermont, respectively. He’s admittedly biased, but Parker says that NBCU’s live production of “The Wiz Live” deserves special recognition.  It “set the standard by making live entertainment accessible for people who have a visual disability,” he says, “and I’m proud of our company for recognizing that diversity is not just about differences in race, gender, culture and color, for example, and respects different thoughts and experiences.”

What grade do you give the cable industry on diversity and why?
A-. I think the industry is recognizing that diversity and inclusion is an important part of business operations and we are making strides not only in the diversity of our programming and accessibility of our products, but also in hiring, retaining and promoting a workforce that is representative of our customers, in addition to supporting all of our communities. The industry is also taking ownership in helping to bridge the digital divide through our respective low-cost broadband programs, like Comcast’s Internet Essentials. However, I still think there are some business units that could be more reflective of the customers that we serve.

The technology that will most benefit cable over the next year is…
Broadband and … faster Broadband.

What television show/s – cable or broadcast – best embrace diversity?
I know I may be biased, but I have to say NBCUniversal’s production of “The Wiz Live!” set the standard by making live entertainment accessible for people who have a visual disability and I’m proud of our company for recognizing that diversity is not just about differences in race, gender, culture and color, for example, and respects different thoughts and experiences. Making our products and services more accessible for everyone is just an example.

My personal election campaign slogan would be…
“I Believe I Can Fly” by R. Kelly

Favorite charity organization you work with?
Urban League Greater Hartford

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