New York, NY, April 10, 2012 – As a local corporate partner to the New York Urban League, Time Warner Cable served as the sponsor of this year’s Empowerment Days. An initiative of the New York Urban League, Empowerment Days provide young New Yorkers with the opportunity to visit top corporations from around New York City including Food Network, NBC, Macy’s, Con Ed and New York Daily News, to learn about career options and the importance of science and technology within the business world. The 3rd Annual Girls’ Empowerment Day was held March 9, while the 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day was held on March 23.
On each day, Time Warner Cable hosted a group of New York City high school students at its Flatiron office in Manhattan. The 17 students received a tour and met with employees from the Time Warner Cable Business Class, Human Resources, Customer Care, Engineering and Communications departments. Students also participated in mentoring sessions with executives from across these departments and were treated to special presentations on how Time Warner Cable utilizes its technology to bring TV, Internet and Home Phone services into the homes of customers and local businesses.
“Time Warner Cable is proud to support the New York Urban League’s Empowerment Days to help raise the awareness that studying topics involving science and technology leads to getting the jobs of tomorrow,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for New York City. “We had a great time mentoring these young minds and are hopeful that we made a positive impact on their future careers. As part of Connect A Million Minds, we look forward to continuing to inspire and educate youth about the importance of studying subjects involving science, technology, engineering and math.”
“The primary goal of our Empowerment Days is to provide young people with access to some of New York City’s most coveted companies and their leadership to help them see firsthand the infinite possibilities for themselves and the work required to succeed,” said Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League. “Time Warner Cable has been a huge supporter of our vision from day one and we are very appreciative of their efforts and commitment to mentoring young people and shaping a future generation of leaders.”
Students ended each Empowerment Day with a panel discussion and reception headlined by prominent New Yorkers. Female students regrouped at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan for a panel with actress and comedian Kim Coles, author Crystal McCrary Anthony and the New York Urban League’s President and CEO Arva Rice. The young men arrived at the headquarters of Con Edison for a panel discussion with New York Knicks former player John Starks, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams, and Reverend Alfonso Wyatt from The Fund for the City of New York.
The students represented Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Queens, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism and UFT Charter School in Brooklyn, Curtis High School in Staten Island, and Health Opportunities High School in the Bronx.
Time Warner Cable was selected as one of the champions of diversity at the New York Urban League’s 9th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards this year. Corporations were selected based on four deciding categories - corporate citizenry, employment policy, supplier relations and philanthropic practices. DiversityInc magazine ranked Time Warner Cable, Inc. among the nation’s top 50 companies for diversity practices for three years in a row.
Connect a Million Minds® is an initiative created by Time Warner Cable in 2009, designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information about Connect a Million Minds®, visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
Bobby Amirshahi, Time Warner Cable’s Vice President of Communications for New York City, welcomed a group of young men to the company’s Flatiron office from Health Opportunities High School, Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, and Curtis High School for the New York Urban League’s 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: Shelley Loo, Time Warner Cable
Students received an exclusive rooftop tour from Larry Pestana, Vice President of Field Engineering Operations for New York City, Time Warner Cable, to learn about cable and signals as part of the New York Urban League’s 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: Shelley Loo, Time Warner Cable
During a mentoring session, Ken Fitzpatrick, President of Time Warner Cable Business Class East Region, discussed his background to students for the New York Urban League’s 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: Shelley Loo, Time Warner Cable
Arva Rice, President and CEO of New York Urban League, joins students and Bobby Amirshahi, Time Warner Cable’s Vice President of Communications in New York City, for the New York Urban League’s 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: New York Urban League
Students reconvened at the Con Edison office in Manhattan for a special panel with New York City Council Member, Jumaane Williams, NBA and NY Knicks great, John Starks and Reverend Alfonso Wyatt, The Fund for the City of New York for the New York Urban League’s 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: New York Urban League
From l. to r. Denzil Wilson, Director of Technology Strategy, Time Warner Cable; John Starks; Bobby Amirshahi, Vice President of Communications for New York City, Time Warner Cable
Former NY Knicks star John Starks (back row, second from right) served as keynote speaker of the 2nd Annual Young Men’s Empowerment Day, an initiative of the New York Urban League that is sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Photo credit: New York Urban League
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About New York Urban League (NYUL)
For more than 90 years, New York Urban League has advocated on behalf of underserved New Yorkers to ensure equal opportunities in education, employment and civil rights. With a presence in all five boroughs of New York, the League seeks to eliminate those barriers that hinder people from improving their social and economic conditions. Since 1971, NYUL has provided more than $20M in scholarship funds to help college hopefuls pursue higher education. New York Urban League is one of 98 local affiliates of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities.
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