Sujata Gosalia

Sometimes, it is personal, but that can drive the fiercest passion and best outcomes. Amidst a jump in hate-driven crimes across the U.S. targeted at Asian Americans, Gosalia led Cox’s Asian American and Pacific Islander employee resource group, Lotus, to new heights. Lotus hosted a series of listening sessions across Cox to encourage dialogue and foster a better understanding of the Asian American experience. Under Gosalia’s leadership, the group created a “Hate is a Virus” toolkit to provide educational resources for the Cox community and collaborated on events with Asian Americans Advancing Justice and other Cox ERGs to cultivate intersectional support and conversations. She’s also led her own personal dialogues about hate against AAPI citizens and mentors talent at Cox and throughout Atlanta. “When hate against AAPI people spiked this year, I shared my own personal story more than ever,” she says. “I’ve never done more panels and had more conversations in hopes that it helped someone else to hear it.”

 

Do you think there has been significant progress on DEI in the industry in the past year?
I think we are making progress on DEI in our industry. We are talking about it – acknowledging bias and racism and sharing experiences. We are setting bolder goals – both within our companies and in how we interact with our communities. We are holding each other accountable for the talent and business decisions we make. But we probably recognize now more than ever just how far we still have to go – not just for our companies, but for our society overall.

Best initiative to come out of one of your company’s Employee Resource Groups?
I am very proud of our Asian American and Pacific Islander ERG, Lotus, and the impact they have had over the past year. In particular, they were very active this spring, amidst the spike of hate-fueled attacks across the US targeted at Asian Americans. The team hosted a series enterprise-wide listening sessions, to encourage dialogue across Cox and cultivate a better understanding of the Asian American experience. They also created a “Hate is a Virus” toolkit, to provide resources to better educate the Cox community. They also hosted events with community organizations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice and other Cox employee resource groups to create intersectional dialogue. Lotus has been an incredible source of strength and support during a difficult time for members of the AAPI community at Cox and beyond.

How have you been a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion?
Helping people feel like they belong is important to me, so I try to be as active in this space as I can. I am the executive sponsor of Lotus, Cox’s Asian American and Pacific Islander ERG. When hate against AAPI people spiked this year, I shared my own personal story more than ever – I’ve never done more panels and had more conversations in hopes that it helped someone else to hear it. I also mentor talent both internally at Cox and externally in the broader Atlanta community. I am also an active participant in our industry’s organizations like NAMIC and WICT, as well as diversity organizations in Atlanta.

My best advice for fostering open, honest communication…
It starts with you. Make regular space for two-way dialogue, whether that’s in one-on-one or group settings. Listen to the feedback that others have to share with you. Do this with an intent to understand and not to immediately respond – be open and honor their courage and candor. Consider the feedback you hear and act on it. Repeat.

Favorite current show that you feel embraces D&I?
Current shows? I am still catching up on past seasons of amazing shows redefining representation in our industry! Right now, I am loving “Pose” and “Never Have I Ever.”

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