Sit Down with Joiava (“Joi”) Philpott, NAMIC National Board Member and VP of Regulatory Affairs at Cox Communications!

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. Philpott, Joi-2016.jpgJoi’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

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NAMIC VA Chapter Kick-Off

The NAMIC Virginia Chapter Kick-Off was THE place to be on 9/13/2017 for Communications, Media, and Entertainment Professionals and what a celebration it was!! We are proud of all that has been accomplish on our journey to establishing our chapter in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas.

Special thanks go out to our Sponsors, Cox Communications and Revolt TV for playing a major part in making this event possible. We would also like the thank our Steering Committee members, Advisory Board, and vendors for their investment of time and energy into the logistics of this event. Don’t miss the next NAMIC Virginia event!

NAMIC Virginia is making moves and we want YOU to be a part of it. To join:

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ODU Dream Makers Radio Show Appearance

On September 7th, 2017, NAMIC Leaders, Tanika Fagan, Vonya Alleyne and Lakysha Laing were welcomed to the ODU Dream Maker show to discuss our growing chapter!! As we look to grow our student membership, NAMIC VA is very excited to capitalize on opportunities such as this to get in front of the student population to discuss this great opportunity for professional development, networking and mentoring with NAMIC Virginia!!

To watch the interview click here: ODU Dream Makers Show Interview

NAMIC Grows National Footprint in Virginia and Detroit

NAMIC Reaffirms Commitment To Diversity And Inclusion In The Communications Industry With Chapter Expansion

Premier Organization Grows National Footprint in Virginia and Detroit

NEW YORKAug. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity in the communications industry, is expanding its national footprint with the installation of two new chapters – NAMIC-Virginia and NAMIC-Detroit.  The chapters will be led by Vonya Alleyne, vice president, human resources, Cox Communications, Virginia Region, and Mikel D. Slater, vice president, human resources, Comcast, respectively.

“With a membership of more than 3,500 professionals across 18 chapters nationwide, we are dedicated to driving and developing a pipeline of diverse talent,” said Eglon E. Simons, NAMIC president and CEO. “Our chapter additions in Virginia and Detroit reaffirm our mission to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity in the workplace.”

Incorporated on May 31, 2017, NAMIC-Virginia will provide events and programs for communications industry professionals located in the Hampton Roads and Richmond markets, including PortsmouthNorfolkVirginia BeachChesapeakeSuffolkHamptonWilliamsburg and Newport News. The chapter is also committed to engaging local universities, technical community colleges and local media companies, as well as offering leadership, business and strategic development opportunities to its membership. More information is available on the chapter’s website at and LinkedIn, as well as @NAMICVirginia on Facebook, and @namic_va on Twitter and Instagram.

NAMIC-Virginia’s inaugural executive leadership team and advisory council comprise a diverse team of leaders with 100+ years of collective professional experience:

NAMIC-Virginia: Executive Leadership Team

  • President: Vonya Alleyne, VP, Human Resources, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Vice President: Lakysha Laing, Director, Customer Care, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Secretary: Shinese Collins, Sr. Manager, Marketing, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Treasurer: Kenneth Rand, Business Manager, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Project Manager: Lakiesha Jones, Project Manager II, Cox Communications, Virginia Region

NAMIC-Virginia: Advisory Council

  • Stephanie Dewald, VP, Sales Centers, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Ramcess Jean-Louis, Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion, Comcast
  • JD Myers, SVP and Region Manager, Cox Communications, Virginia Region
  • Kimberly Voxland, Director of Public Relations and Office Operations, Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association

NAMIC-Detroit was incorporated on June 12, 2017. The chapter is dedicated to providing innovative professional and leadership development programs and initiatives, and establishing mentoring and professional networking opportunities to the Detroit area. NAMIC-Detroit will also educate, develop, empower and advocate for communication industry professionals and entrepreneurs. Additional chapter information is available on NAMIC’s website at (NAMIC-Detroit website/social media channels coming soon.)

NAMIC-Detroit’s inaugural executive leadership team and advisory council include the following industry professionals:

NAMIC-Detroit: Executive Leadership Team

  • President: Mikel Slater, VP of Human Resources, Comcast
  • Vice President: Mark S. Lee, President & CEO, The LEE Group LLC
  • Secretary: Jackie Underwood, Sr. Director of Human Resources, Comcast Heartland Region
  • Treasurer: Abhijeet Kumar, Manager of Product Sales Support and Analysis, Comcast Heartland Region

NAMIC-Detroit: Advisory Council

  • Andrea Agnew, VP of Human Resources, Comcast Spotlight
  • Pamela Dover, Sr. Director of Business Development, Comcast
  • Michelle Gilbert, VP of Public Relations, Comcast Heartland Region
  • Maria Holmes, Director of Community Investment, Comcast Heartland Region

NAMIC’s 18 chapters are the heart and soul of the organization and constitute the most accessible opportunity for members to cultivate the relationships and knowledge to leverage career growth. NAMIC chapters are also learning labs for leadership competencies most sought after in the industry. To join, visit

For more information on NAMIC, please visit To stay connected, join the conversation on LinkedIn and follow us @NAMICNational on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity and inclusion in the communications industry. More than 3,500 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that target leadership development, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to grow and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the populations served. Please visit for more information about NAMIC and its many opportunities.

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