Eusebio Lithgow was instrumental in Altice Business’ COVID-19 relief efforts for small businesses. She was a key figure in creating the company’s “We are Open” campaign, highlighting small businesses that remained open in the New York tri-state area across its news networks, as well as helping allocate $5 million of its community relief program to small businesses to support Black, women and minority-owned businesses. Outside of pandemics, Eusebio Lithgow is championing inclusion efforts for employees and works to extend Altice’s multicultural marketing efforts. She’s also the executive sponsor of Altice USA’s women’s affinity group. “[It] has allowed me to connect and inspire so many wonderful women throughout the organization, with so much talent, energy and value that they bring to the table,” she says.
The conversation about racial injustice in 2020 has been… crucial in raising awareness and action towards ongoing discrimination towards people of color and minorities, creating a path to motivate real change in our society.
In what ways can companies best show a sincere commitment to diversity and inclusion?
Creating an open dialogue platform, listening to employees and providing a support structure are key, as well as being coherent and expressing directly from the executive team that any form of discrimination is not acceptable and tolerable. At Altice USA, we have made diversity and inclusion a priority, celebrating and welcoming people from all genders, backgrounds, ethnicities and ideologies. From our recruitment process, the incorporation of diverse emerging talent, employee support and training programs, to delivering fair and unbiased news coverage by establishing the Inclusive News Advisory Council. Additionally, through our $10M Community Relief Program for Small Businesses impacted by COVID-19, we are allocating half of our cash grants to support Black, women and minority- owned businesses. Also, we have provided resources to school districts across our footprint, including those in predominantly Black and minority communities, to support their technology needs.
How have you been a champion of diversity & inclusion in your professional life?
Serving as executive sponsor of Altice USA women’s affinity group HER Impact Network has allowed me to connect and inspire so many wonderful women throughout the organization, with so much talent, energy and value that they bring to the table. As an advocate for women’s leadership and development, I served as a panelist in our Women’s Leadership Conference, allowing me to connect directly with colleagues and high school students, learning the challenges they face and giving me the opportunity to share my personal story. I also provide coaching and mentorship to emerging talent, rising women and minority leaders outside and throughout the company. I’ve also helped re-define the Altice USA multi-cultural strategy and communication platform towards minorities with special representation from the female, Black and Hispanic populations.