At Turner, inclusion, diversity, and respect are critical components of our fans-first strategy and our commitment to making our company a great place to work. We are cultivating an environment that encourages every Turner employee to speak up, confront the status quo, embrace change and choose different. We're showing up in new ways and places to build relationships and attract diverse talent which is vital to our success as a leading content and technology company.
R.I.S.E. Business Challenge Competition Empowers Young Leaders
Innovation was on point for participants in the R.I.S.E. leadership development program. Teams faced off in a friendly competition to help solve business challenges. R.I.S.E. is an immersive six-month program to help empower early-career employees part of Turner's NextGen Business Resource Group.
Turner joins forces with HBO and Warner Bros. for the American Black Film Festival
For the second year in a row, Turner was a premier sponsor of the American Black Film Festival. Turner didn't go at it alone, but instead partnered with Warner Bros. and HBO on its activations this year.
TNT Blazing a Trail
Turner's TNT is empowering women both in front of and behind the camera.
A Dream Realized: From Iraqi Refugee to CNN AP
Ammar Al Badran’s story is the true American dream. Born in Basra, Iraq, Al Badran always dreamed of coming to U.S. — and not just anywhere in America — he knew exactly where he wanted to call home: Atlanta, Ga., the headquarters of CNN.
Out, Proud and Following His Passion at TCM/FilmStruck
Gary Freedman, assistant director of studio production and senior producer — Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck, loves a lot of things. And as a very open and out gay man, he loves fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, which is why fe feels so passionate about his latest FilmStruck project.
Turner Taking Action
To become an authentic reflection of our audiences, we're focusing on increasing our presence at industry events such as the American Black Film Festival, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Prep for Prep, and minority journalism conventions. Through these initiatives and others, we aim to grow our talent pipeline and create leading-edge development opportunities for our employees and leaders.
Our fans want authenticity and our brands are creating content that reflects and connects with our audience.
- Dove and Cartoon Network announced a partnership to promote body confidence in young people.
- As part of As Equals, a series founded by the European Journalism Centre, CNN is covering gender inequality around the world.
- American Woman, an eight-part digital video series hosted by CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin, features interviews with women who have shattered ceilings across their respective industries.
- Cartoon Network's Stop Bullying: Speak Up (SBSU) is an award-winning, multi-platform pro-social initiative that addresses bullying among kids.
- The Women's Media Center report, The Status of Women of Color in the U.S. News Media 2018, includes interviews with nearly 30 women journalists of color, including CNN Digital's Vice President for Programming, Mitra Kalita.
Turner offers specialized training for employees around the globe to help understand unconscious bias — one of diversity's toughest challenges. We believe identifying unconscious bias is a critical skill to help us choose different, build deeper connections, and gain a better understanding for one another's perspectives and life experiences.
We also launched provocative training for hiring managers to reinvigorate our hiring and selection approach to ensure we are bringing new ideas, perspectives, and experiences to teams across the company. We're also exploring an opportunity to launch our first external writers / producers program and leverage the unique partnerships and connections we have in the storytelling industry.
By 2020 we commit to focusing on...
- Our workforce — impacting our culture through strong leadership.
Increasing Turner's representation of women and people of color in overall leadership roles as well as cultivating a stronger culture of inclusion and recognition as a Best Place to Work globally.
- Our marketplace — creating and building fans.
Further diversifying our storytellers and product developers across our news, entertainment, sports, animation, sales and technology platforms to reflect and connect to the varied audiences and consumers we serve.
- Our community — building up and giving back.
Expanding and activating our partnerships with diversity-focused non-profits and industry groups to help boost their impact and expand our employee talent pipeline in the years ahead.
Business Resource Groups
Our Business Resource Groups (BRGs) allow our employees opportunities to connect with colleagues who share similar interests and backgrounds. These groups use their collective spirit to help propel our business forward. Almost half of Turner's employee population is involved in some way with one of our nine BRGs and we are in the process of growing globally. Executive leadership is committed to our BRGs and help bring increased visibility to the work they are doing. Learn more about Turner’s BRGs.
And the award goes to...
At Turner, we are cultivating a culture that connects to varied audiences, makes bold and creative leaps and develops breakthrough ideas. We strive to be game changers and our company and our people earn recognition for their efforts.
- Turner female leaders consistently recognized by Cablefax Magazine's "Most Powerful Women in Cable."
- Turner's Pascal Desroches, Michael Quigley, Stephano Kim, Matthew Hong, Drew Watkins, and Cynthia Hudson named "The Most Influential Minorities in Cable" by Cablefax Magazine in 2017.
- Jennifer Mirgorod, Turner's Executive Vice President of Content Distribution & Strategic Partnerships, was recognized by Multichannel News as a "2018 Wonder Woman."
- Turner has earned a spot on the Working Mother 100 Best Companies list for 14 consecutive years.
- Pascal Desroches, Turner’s Executive VP & CFO, recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America.
- Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang for Turner, received Women In Cable Telecommunications Woman of the Year Inspiration Award.
Look for Us!
- The Executive Leadership Council Women's Leadership Forum — July 17 | New York City
- National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention — July 18-21 | Miami
- National Association of Black Journalists 2018 Convention — August 1-5 | Detroit
- Asian American Journalists Association 2018 National Convention — August 8-11 | Houston
- Online News Association ONA2018 — September 13-15 | Austin
By working closely with our partners, we hope to promote stronger dialogue and diversity in the industry’s pipeline of emerging voices.