CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS WELCOMES ALL
Diversity at Crown Media Family Networks
At Crown Media Family Networks, we embrace diversity as an integral part of our corporate culture.
We’re committed to maintaining an open, respectful environment that celebrates inclusion and
empowers all employees to share their ideas and make meaningful contributions to the company’s
Our mission to cultivate a workplace that represents a range of cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, and
voices is central to our values and essential to our company’s strength, innovation, and creative
With two networks entertaining millions of viewers nationwide, we recognize our responsibility to reflect
the diverse profile of our audience on-air. Currently, we are proud to work with top creative talent, both
in front of and behind the camera, who represent a broad spectrum of multicultural perspectives. Building
on the diversity among the faces and creators of our content is an area of sharpened focus and a key
priority for our business.
We are honored to collaborate with the following organizations and support their missions to increase
diversity in media and entertainment.
Alliance for Women in Media
The Alliance for Women in Media is an organization dedicated to connecting, recognizing, and inspiring
women across segments of the media industry. Through recognition events and professional
development, AWM’s purpose is to bring talented, dedicated, established and up-and-coming women in
media together. Members benefit from shared ideas and experiences, and receive access to professional
As an advocate for The Alliance for Women in Media, Crown Media Family Networks sponsors the annual
Gracie’s Awards Gala, at which President & CEO, Bill Abbott, and EVP, Programming & Network Publicity,
Michelle Vicary, have participated as speakers and presenters.
Emma Bowen Foundation
The Emma Bowen Foundation recruits promising students of color and places them in multi-year paid
internships at some of the nation's leading media and technology companies, providing the media and
tech industries with a pipeline of young talent and emerging leadership, and advocates for best practices
in diverse hiring, retention, and advancement.
The Emma Bowen Foundation believes that diversity is important in all aspects of the media industry,
from the correspondents in front of the camera to the media sales departments bringing in revenue to
the coders and engineers who are changing the way we access and understand content. The foundation
prepares its students for careers in the Business of Media (Media Sales, PR, Marketing, HR), Content of
Media (News Production, Broadcast Journalism, Print Journalism), and Innovation of Media (Engineering,
Software Development, Digital Marketing).
Since 2004, Crown Media Family Networks has partnered with the Emma Bowen Foundation serving as a
key corporate media sponsor, as well as a participant in the foundation’s internship program. Through the
program, Crown Media hires summer interns, each of whom works for the company for four consecutive
years and is provided with hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities within the organization.
National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)
Founded in 1980, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) is the premier
organization that educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications
industry. NAMIC’s success stems from their ability to provide the resources that allow members to
cultivate their individual careers and foster their personal and professional development.
Crown Media Family Networks employees attend NAMIC’s annual Diversity Conference and several have
been active on the Board of Directors for various local chapters of NAMIC. In addition, Crown Media
sponsors such annual NAMIC events as their Awards Breakfast and Diversity Breakfast.
She Runs It (Formerly Advertising Working Women of New York or AWNY)
Founded in 1912, Advertising Women of New York's (AWNY) mission is to empower women in our industry
to achieve personal and professional fulfillment at each stage of their careers. Membership now stands
at nearly 1,700 and ranges from senior level executives to those just beginning their careers.
Crown Media Family Networks is an annual sponsor of AWNY’s Advertising Working Mothers of the Year
Luncheon and Women to Watch Luncheon.
T. Howard Foundation
The T. Howard Foundation recognizes the importance and value of a culturally diverse and highly skilled
workforce. The organization’s goal is to increase the representation of minorities in the media and
entertainment industry through comprehensive programs designed for college students and young
professionals. The T. Howard Foundation (THF) has placed nearly 1,000 interns in full-time paid summer
internships throughout the media and entertainment industry since its inception in 1994. Since the
Foundation’s fall 2011 new hire initiative, over 400 alumni have been hired into full-time permanent
positions. This includes more than 300 alumni hired within the media and entertainment industry in the
areas of sales, marketing, information technology, public relations, finance, production and many others.
Each year, Crown Media Family Networks is a key sponsor of T. Howard’s annual Diversity Dinner.
Additionally, Crown Media acts as a recruitment source for T. Howard’s internship and new hire programs.
In 2016, Crown Media Family Networks’ President & CEO, Bill Abbott, was awarded with T. Howard’s
esteemed Diversity Partner Award.
Walter Kaitz Foundation
The Walter Kaitz Foundation is central to the cable industry’s long-standing commitment to diversity as it
seeks to advance the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals in cable. Its annual “Diversity
Week” brings together many of the industry’s most prominent members to strategize on ways to improve
cable’s recruitment, training, and promotion of minorities.
Crown Media Family Networks is a long-time partner of the Kaitz Foundation and annually sponsors the
Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)
WICT develops women leaders who transform the cable industry. Serving more than 10,000 members
across the media, WICT is the largest and most renowned organization representing women in the cable
arena. Since WICT’s creation in 1979, their objective is to create female leaders who transform the
industry. They accomplish this through highly acclaimed training and development programs designed to
develop women at every professional level. In addition, WICT advocates for women in cable by
commissioning gender diversity research and sharing proven diversity and inclusion tactics that
demonstrate the strong benefits businesses realize with a more gender diverse team.
As proponents of WICT, Crown Media Family Networks employees regularly participate in the
organization’s many development and leadership programs including the Betsy Magness Leadership
Institute, Rising Leaders, Executive Development Seminars, and Leadership Conference. Crown Media
employees have also been recognized with the WICT Lea Lifetime Achievement Award and been named
among WICT’s prestigious Wonder Women.