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In addition to Riley, FORUM will feature a total of three keynote presentations as well as nine topic specific sessions throughout the meeting. The conference opens on Tuesday, June 3 with an early evening welcome reception and runs through the afternoon of Thursday, June 5. On Wednesday evening, June 4, the Beacon Awards® will be presented during a dinner celebration.
The Omni Hotel at CNN Center at 190 Marietta St NW in Atlanta is holding a block of rooms for the conference. To guarantee the conference rate reservations must be made by the cut-off date of May 9. Reservations may be made by contacting the Omni at 800-843-6664 and reference: Association of Cable Communicators. Room rates are $159/night plus tax for up to four individuals sharing a single room.
Online conference registration is now open and individuals may save $200 off the on-site fee of $1,000 if they register by April 30, 2014. All individuals who registered to attend FORUM 2014 may also attend the Beacon Awards® presentation and diner without additional cost. However, for those individuals who are only attending the awards ceremony, individual tickets for the event are $150.
Each company considered by DiveristyInc was assessed by its performance in four key areas of diversity management. Talent Pipeline: workforce breakdown, recruitment, diameter of existing talent, structures; Equitable Talent Development: resource groups, mentoring, philanthropy, movement, fairness; CEO/Leadership Commitment: accountability for results, personal communications, visibility; and Supplier Diversity: spend with companies owned by people from underrepresented groups; accountability, support.
The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list began in 2001 at the same time many corporations were beginning to understand the business value of diversity-management initiatives. Participation in the list has increased every year, and for 2014 there were 1,215 company submissions.
Cox Communications was singled out by DiversityInc on their specialty list as the top company for Community Philanthropy and Time Warner was listed as the top company for Talent Development. For additional information go to, www.diversityinc.com.
In addition to social media feeds, sign up for platform, NCTA’s official blog. The blog will keep executives up-to-date on insider coverage, commentary, and videos from the general sessions, the exhibition show floor, as well as, from Imagine Park. For cable professionals unable to attend, every general session and Imagine Park panel will be streamed live at live.thecableshow.com. Additionally, key videos, full segments, and highlights from the conference will be available on The Cable Show video-on-demand page and NCTA’s YouTube page. NCTA has made access to late breaking content from the conference and exhibit show floor as easy as staying connected to social media or the World Wide Web. For additional information contact Brian Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-222-2358.
The partnership is part of Time Warner Cable’s “Go Green” initiative to lessen its impact on the environment while increasing business efficiencies and cost savings. Time Warner Cable is on track to meet or exceed a 15 percent reduction in total carbon intensity by the end of 2014, which is being achieved through companywide recycling programs, increased use of fuel-efficient vehicles and energy-efficient building designs, among other changes.
“Sustainability has become a core business strategy and companies are increasingly tapping the power of their employees to help them reach their goals,” said Katie Mandes, who directs C2ES employee engagement and sustainability programs. “By empowering individuals to save energy, Time Warner Cable is contributing to the sustainability of its business and its communities.”
“Time Warner Cable believes in empowering our employees to help us become a better corporate citizen and be more involved in our local communities,” said Dave Flessas, senior vice president, network operations center and operations support, and Time Warner Cable Go Green Corporate Sponsor. “Our partnership with C2ES will help advance our company’s environmental goals and promote environmental stewardship among our employees.”
With its Make an Impact program, C2ES works with a wide range of companies to educate employees on steps they can take to live more sustainably. Through online tools, hands-on activities, and community outreach, C2ES and its corporate partners have reached more than 300,000 people, who have committed to take energy-saving steps. These commitments will keep more than 71 million pounds of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of taking 6,700 cars off the road. For more information on The Make an Impact program go to www.c2es.org.
Finalists Announced for Teen Driver Video Challenge
Now in its third year, the Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid distractions. Over 1,000 videos were submitted as part of the challenge. The top ten finalists’ videos address unsafe driving habits and how distracted driving can change lives forever.
The general public may visit toyota.com/teendrive365 to view the top ten videos and decide the winner by voting for their favorite. The teen who garners the most votes will win a $15,000 cash prize and be given the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to re-create their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA which is eligible to air on Discovery’s family of networks. The second place prize is a $10,000 cash prize and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Velocity show. The third place prize is a $7,500 cash prize.
Last year’s winning video from Ryan Johnston of Corona, Calif. took a humorous look at what driving distractions may have looked like a hundred years ago, while also sending a serious message to teens about the importance of road safety. His re-created PSA ran across Discovery’s family of networks.
Toyota Teen Driver, a partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education that offers free, online resources for teens, parents and teachers, is part of TeenDrive365, Toyota’s comprehensive initiative designed to help teens and families navigate their teen’s first years behind the wheel. Building on the programs and resources Toyota has offered for more than a decade, it offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips as well as social media elements. The videos may be view at http://www.toyotateendriver.com/ or for additional information email to ToyotaTeenDriver@discovery.com.
Networking at The Cable Show 2014
"Each year, I look forward to working alongside my Comcast and NBCUniversal colleagues, their family members and friends, and our many community partners to make a real and lasting impact in our local communities," said Brian L. Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. "Community service and volunteerism are a deep part of our company’s culture. I am so very proud of our employees who donate their time and talents to help improve our neighborhoods on Comcast Cares Day."
During this year’s Comcast Cares Day, volunteers at more than 800 projects will be at sites worldwide with NBCUniversal managing projects in about a dozen countries, including England, Singapore, France, Germany, India, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Italy.
"Comcast Cares Day exemplifies Comcast and NBCUniversal’s commitment to help our neighbors and respond to local needs in the communities where we live and work," said David L. Cohen, executive vice president, Comcast Corporation. "Our unwavering focus on strengthening our communities can be seen year-round as we join with non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to make a positive local impact."
On Saturday, volunteers will contribute their time and energy by providing maintenance, supplies and makeovers to local schools, parks and community centers. Comcast Cares Day comes on the heels of Earth Week, which is widely supported by NBCUniversal’s Green is Universal initiative. Many planet-friendly projects such as building community gardens, cleaning beaches and riverbanks, and planting trees will add to the diverse line-up of projects.
Since 2001, Comcast’s overall giving has exceeded $3.2 billion in cash and in-kind contributions supporting local non-profit organizations and other charitable partners across the country. For additional information, contact Charisse R. Lillie at email@example.com or 215-286-7370.
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