WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T Inc., has launched a Fellows program and partnered with a leading diversity, equity, and inclusion organization, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), to design their CAP program in order to reimagine the historical perception of what leadership looks like. These programs are a continued part of WarnerMedia’s overall equity and inclusion strategy to further demonstrate its commitment to building a leadership team that reflects the diversity of its global audience.
The WarnerMedia Fellows is a six-month program that provides executives of color access, visibility and opportunities to connect with industry and thought leaders. In addition, Fellows will expand their financial and business acumen, as well as increase their exposure and deepen their relationships with WarnerMedia’s top leaders.
The WM Fellows program will feature keynote speakers across multiple disciplines including Frances Frei (Harvard Business School professor of Technology and Operations Management), Pam Lifford (President, Global Brands, Franchises and Experiences, Warner Bros.), Jeff Zucker (Chairman, WM News/Sports and President, CNN), Pascal Desroches (CFO, AT&T), Seth Godin (Multiple Best-selling Author and Entrepreneur), Carla Harris (Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley), Valerie Jarrett (former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama), and Jason Kilar (Chief Executive Officer, WarnerMedia).
In addition, WarnerMedia is partnering with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) to develop a custom Career Advancement Program (CAP). CAP is a 12-month program that gives high-performing Black, Latinx and Indigenous, Manager to Director level executives the keys to unlock their full potential. CAP offers a unique, risk-free environment for leaders of color to embark on an intense journey of self-discovery and professional growth.
“Research shows that companies need to take equity into account rather than focusing on equal opportunity, quotas and short-term fixes,” said MyKhanh Shelton, WarnerMedia Senior Vice President, Equity and Inclusion. “The lasting change we want to drive requires a systems-based approach and real courage from our leadership to be intentional about supporting executives of color on their career trajectory.”
The programs are designed to work in tandem with the expectation that participants will give back to others as they continue to rise in their leadership positions. Resources and program emphasis will create a more inclusive and welcoming culture where diversity can thrive as much as focus on talent development. This comprehensive approach provides an essential roadmap to ensure successful execution and measurable positive outcomes.
WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, HBO Now, HBO Max, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.