After 27 years at NBCUniversal, Miley recently shifted away from an editorial role and into one that focuses on improving DEI. She was vital in the creation of NBCU Academy. “[It] is a training program that prepares diverse student populations and early professionals for a career in journalism. It’s been great to see our teams and our on-air and off-air staff offer their time and expertise to mentor and create educational content,” she says. “Our hope is to create a pipeline that connects our newsrooms to classrooms across four-year universities and community colleges.” She’s also committed to the success of the Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative and its goal for women to make up half of the company’s workforce, as well as having half of the total workforce consist of people of color. “We’ve made progress in representation across NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, but we’re also focused on the long haul. It’s about improving our process and practices to ensure we make clear pathways for access and opportunity for all.”

Best initiative to come out of one of your company’s Employee Resource Groups?
We have many important initiatives across NBCUniversal News Group, but I’m most proud of NBCU Academy, which is a cornerstone of the 50% Challenge Initiative that our Chairman Cesar Conde launched over a year ago. We’ve made progress in representation across NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, but we’re also focused on the long haul. It’s about improving our process and practices to ensure we make clear pathways for access and opportunity for all. NBCU Academy is a training program that prepares diverse student populations and early career professionals for a career in journalism. It’s been great to see our teams and our on air and off air staff offer their time and expertise to mentor and create educational content. Our hope is to create a pipeline that connects our newsrooms to classrooms across four-year university and community colleges. This is a priority for us at NBCUniversal News Group and our parent company Comcast, and we are putting money and resources behind it by investing $6.5 million to provide scholarships, education, and mentorship.

How have you been a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion?
As a Black, openly LGBTQ+ executive, it took me a while to be comfortable in my own skin. I learned that my background was not a determinant of my skills and capabilities in the workplace. Today, I make it my mission to empower my family friends, colleagues, and staff to show up as their true authentic selves.

My best advice for fostering open, honest communication…
My best advice for fostering open and honest communication is to nurture and develop relationships. We’ve relied heavily on technology – especially during the pandemic – but it’s important to go the extra mile and pick up the phone rather than sending a quick email. Building those relationships in the workplace is important. Connectivity matters.

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