In honor of Black History Month, Cox Communications continues to celebrate the achievements and honor the contributions of African Americans throughout history in various ways. As a part of that commitment, Cox sat down with it’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, Joiava (Joi) Philpott, to talk about her recent election to chairperson of the NAMIC National Board and what it means to her role. Check out Joiava’s interview below courtesy of our partner Cox Communications.
Today, we hear from Joiava (“Joi”) Philpott, VP of Regulatory Affairs at CCI. Joi’s team is responsible for guiding the business as it relates to regulations regarding data, voice and video. They are also tasked with advocating for Cox when it comes to our best interest at the FCC and state public utilities commissions.
Not only does Joi spend her days advocating for Cox, she was recently elected (January 2018) as chairperson of the national board of directors of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Check out Joi’s perspective on being a member of NAMIC and what it means to her role here at Cox.
Q: Is this your first time sitting on the board of the NAMIC organization?
A: I was a member of the national board of NAMIC a decade ago when I worked for another company. I’ve been at Cox for about six years, and rejoined the board a year ago. However, this is my first time actually chairing it.
Q: What is your role as board chair and what does it mean to you?
A: On a personal level, it means the incredible opportunity to help contribute to the goal of diversity in the workplace, not just at Cox, but in the communications industry as well.
Q: How about on a professional level?
A: The board chair is responsible for carrying out NAMIC’s mission which is to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity. This role allows me to learn and contribute alongside some of the best and the brightest in the industry where together, we can work to advance Diversity & Inclusion goals at every company we serve. I feel a large sense of commitment in the communications sector for Diversity & Inclusion efforts that I am proud to be a part of.
Q: Considering this is Black History Month (BHM), does serving on this board hold any type of special significance?
A: Cox has continually ranked well in DiversityInc’s Top 50 companies for diversity, which is important not just during specific heritage months like BHM, but all year long to promote multi-ethnicity throughout the workplace.
Q: Do you have any advice you would like to share with your fellow colleagues around Diversity & Inclusion and how everyone can get involved?
A: The best advice I can give to my fellow colleagues is to learn as much as possible about one another. Embrace one another’s differences, and don’t be afraid to cross different types of groups. I’m also a huge advocate of the ERGs here at Cox – it absolutely doesn’t matter if you don’t associate with a certain group; join anyway, educate yourself and support your peers.
Source: The Current – Cox Communications, February 27, 2018
Author: Christina Thompson – Sr. Communications Specialist at Cox Communications