This week the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) hosted its 6th Annual Leadership Gala in New York City honoring Viacom with the Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award. Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Viacom joined fellow honorees Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault, whose inspiring partnership was celebrated with the Philanthropic Leadership Award, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the charismatic creator of the Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights,” who received the Breakthrough Leadership Award.
To kick off this evening of recognition and celebration, Viacom board member, Charles Phillips, introduced Viacom. Phillips spoke to the power of the company’s media footprint, while underscoring how evolving global diversity and inclusion efforts are at the center of its success.
“This is a company that innovates not only on the screen, but also in the way it unites and celebrates people of different cultures and creeds behind the screen,” Philips noted.
Philippe Dauman proudly accepted the award thanking both CUP and the entire Viacom family. Dauman communicated how technology is transforming the media industry and with this rapid change it’s more important than ever to fully ‘commit to diversity and inclusion as our new normal’.
“I want Viacom to be a leader in this space. To reflect the diversity of our audiences – on and off our screens. To not just follow existing best practices, but to create new ones” Dauman said. “To continue to earn recognition as a place where people of diverse backgrounds lead from the c-suite; where women executives thrive; and where working mothers are empowered to succeed with balance.”
Viacom’s diversity champions that work every day to truly elevate diversity were in attendance, including: Marva Smalls, EVP of Global Inclusion Strategy, Scott Mills, EVP of Human Resources and Administration and Tom Dooley, Chief Operating Officer. Viacom also has an active presence in the CUP family – BET’s Martez Moore and Jocelyn Cooley were Gala Co-Chairs this year.
The CUP Gala surely didn’t disappoint with leaders like civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the audience. There wasn’t an empty seat in the entire venue, as some of the city’s best and the brightest mingled and networked all evening.