It was standing room only at the Jacksonville call center as members of the Black Employee Network or “BEN” Employee Resource Group (ERG) gathered to celebrate Black History Month.
Four local African American Comcast leaders shared their thoughts on a variety of topics, including the importance of Diversity and Inclusion as core values for the company. They also shared suggestions on how attendees could work on professional development and grow their careers at Comcast.
Inbound Sales Manager Imoimion “I.I” Imoukhuede urged the Comcasters to not be afraid of being uncomfortable on their career journeys – and that on his own path of professional advancement, he has learned that being uncomfortable is a signal of what is to come.
“When you are uncomfortable, you know that growth and change are just around the corner,” he said.
Sonya Nelson, Senior Director of Human Resources, explained that employees should not be afraid to speak up in meetings with their peers and supervisors.
“When you speak up professionally and respectfully, you show that you are a leader,” Nelson told the group.
Human Resources Director Chris Paige offered additional advice for employees on leadership development.
“Whatever role you are in today, portray the characteristics of the leadership role you want in the future,” Paige said.
The panel was moderated by Retention Manager Joyce Gachanja, who shared that employees should share their career goals and ambitions with their managers so they can kept them in mind when new opportunities become available.
Comcast’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are dedicated to growing and developing the careers of our employees, contributing to community service, and building an inclusive and collaborative workplace. Open to all employees, ERGs are voluntary, employee-led organizations that help to foster employee awareness and respect in the workplace. Find more information about the eight different ERGs at Comcast here.