Jonathan S. Beane – ELP Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am currently the Executive Director, Workforce Diversity and Inclusion for Time Warner Inc.  My main responsibility is to create and implement enterprise wide diversity and inclusion initiatives for the company with the goal of creating a diverse pipeline of talent and an inclusive workplace for our employees.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Effectively communicating the great work our divisions do every day.  We have a wonderful Diversity story at Time Warner but have to do a much better job of communicating it internally and externally.  To name a few highlights: we create, produce and distribute a diverse array of high quality content that connects to diverse audiences on a global scale, we have over 30 extremely active Business Resource Groups,  and we also have a strong pipeline of diverse talent in all areas of our business – especially women who make up half of our workforce and approximately 40% of our senior leadership team.

What is your proudest achievement?
Being able to build our metrics and analytics work from a reactive operational reporting function into a proactive strategy driven function.  We have progressed a great deal in our maturity to gather and analyze data which is then used to assist in the creation of HR strategies and drive C Suite accountability at the division and enterprise wide levels.

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
First and foremost – I admire my mother the most.  She has always provided an example I could only hope to attain with her selflessness and wisdom.  I have also always admired people like Nelson Mandela and Bahá'u'lláh who were both great leaders that were committed to the enhanced nobility of the human race and were willing to withstand the most horrific personal circumstances for the advancement of mankind.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I am not sure but I know it will be a role that is very challenging, requires collaboration and has a focus of improving what has been done in the past – I tend to thrive in roles like that.

How has your participation with the Executive Leadership Program impacted the way you approach your day-to-day role?
Absolutely, after completing CUP’s Executive Leadership Program I have a better understanding of my strengths and areas of improvement.  I also developed a stronger understanding of the need to have a sense of urgency at my job every day.  My company needs me at my best and focused on helping the company thrive – that is my objective every day.