Today’s girls face very real and profound issues as they navigate gender, economic and social barriers. But Girls Inc. is working to ensure positive outcomes for all girls — like increasing their graduation rate, helping them solve real-life problems and inspiring them to get involved in their communities — and Cox has committed itself to the cause.
In fact, during the recent annual Girls Inc. New York Luncheon, Janet Barnard, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Automotive, accepted the Corporate Vision Award on behalf of Cox Enterprises for helping to increase opportunities for girls and women and inspiring them to achieve great things.
This award comes as Cox announces a new community partnership with Girls Inc. in which we will become the National Sponsor of STEM and College and Career Readiness programming across the United States.
Cox has been supporting Girls Inc. in a variety of ways for more than 10 years. Employees often volunteer and mentor at local chapters across the country. And, as a corporate partner to Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta, Cox sponsors its annual fundraiser and hosts its Business and Entrepreneurship Week Marketplace Day – a program where girls learn about branding businesses, creating budgets and executing marketing plans, and then sell their goods at a pop-up style artists’ market at Central Park.
In addition, Anne Harris, Director of Marketing and Creative, Cox Media, and LeVoyd Carter, executive director, diversity and inclusion, CCI, both serve as board members for the Omaha and Atlanta chapters respectively.
The expansion of Cox’s partnership to the national level significantly expands our level of involvement with Girls Inc. and aligns perfectly with our values to support inclusion, diversity and promotion of women, as well as our committed focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related causes.
Girls Inc. encourages STEM learning and engagement through year-round, after-school programming, weekend activities and experiences. Through hands-on activities, girls can explore, ask questions, persist and solve problems. And, by interacting with those pursuing STEM careers, girls come to view these careers as exciting and realistic options for themselves.