Cox Enterprises Announces National Partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

10/14/2014

ATLANTA, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises today announced a national diversity partnership with 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (the 100). Through the partnership, Cox will support the organization's Collegiate 100 (C100) program that engages African-American college students and prepares them for educational and economic success. The partnership includes each of Cox Enterprises' major divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Media Group and Cox Automotive).

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"This partnership demonstrates Cox's ongoing commitment to a diverse workforce and to being a good corporate citizen in the communities we serve," said Rock Anderson, a member of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta Chapter and Cox Automotive's senior vice president and chief people officer. "By partnering with 100 Black Men of America's C100 program, we are utilizing our employees' expertise to help prepare today's civic-minded college students for ongoing success. We've partnered with the 100 organization for several years in Atlanta and are excited to expand this relationship to Cox markets in other cities throughout the country."

Across its network of more than 100 national and international chapters, the organization's signature Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime® and C100 programs positively impact the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Chapters deliver unique, innovative mentoring initiatives that are locally relevant and change the lives of tens of thousands of youth and young adults annually.

"Mentoring the 100 Way Across A Lifetime is realized through our mutually beneficial partnerships with companies like Cox Enterprises," said Curley M. Dossman, Jr., chairman of the board of 100 Black Men of America, Inc.  "We forged a national partnership with Cox to expand the local success experienced in a pilot with our Atlanta chapter.  C100 students will bolster their soft-skills through connections with employees of Cox businesses while also gaining access to career and internship opportunities."

In support of the C100 program, Cox will host 'Building Your Brand: Soft Skills Matter' workshops throughout October in five of its markets. Cox employees will lead the workshops and share insights on enhancing leadership, career readiness skills, business etiquette, public speaking, and securing internships and employment. Coordinated by the local 100 Black Men chapters, the workshops will engage students from Howard University and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; Hillsborough Community College in Tampa; Morehouse College in Atlanta; Southern University in Baton Rouge; and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

"Cox Enterprises fosters diversity through its employees, communities, products and suppliers," said Robert Cahn, Cox Enterprises' vice president of talent management and diversity. "Partnerships like this help us attract the very best talent into our businesses, while also serving the community." 

In addition to 100 Black Men of America, Cox has national diversity partnerships with the Human Rights Campaign, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Urban League. Cox and its companies actively support countless local diversity organizations across the country.

About Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $16 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms); and Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions). The company's major national brands include AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak.

About 100 Black Men of America, Inc.
100 Black Men was founded as an organization in New York City in 1963. The international organization, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. began with nine chapters in 1986 as a national alliance of leading African American men of business, industry, public affairs and government with a mission to improve the quality of life for African Americans, particularly African American youth. Today the organization has over 100 chapters in the United States, England and the Caribbean. Members represent a myriad of professions including corporate executives, physicians, attorneys, entrepreneurs, entertainers, elected officials, professional athletes, educators, and men from numerous other professions. These dedicated men form an international mentoring organization focused on creating educational opportunities, promoting economic empowerment, addressing health disparities, and creating positive, nurturing mentoring relationships that extend across a lifetime.

Visit www.100blackmen.org for more information on the programs and initiatives of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and to connect with the 100's global network of chapters.

Rock Anderson, Cox Automotive's SVP and chief people officer, shares career readiness tips with college students through the 100 Black Men of America's C100 program.

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For further information: Cox Enterprises: Elizabeth Olmstead, elizabeth.olmstead@coxinc.com, 678-645-0762; 100 Black Men of America, Inc.: Brian Pauling, bpauling@100bmoa.org, 404-688-5100

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