Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation
Josie Thomas is Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation. She reports to Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.
In this role, Thomas oversees the Company’s commitment to diversity across all of its businesses. She leads multidimensional diversity and inclusion strategies working with senior executives throughout the corporation to develop talent, diverse suppliers, outreach, advocacy group engagement and national industry impact. In addition, she continues to be the executive sponsor of CBS’s employee resource groups, while spearheading the CBS Corporation Diversity Council which serves to strengthen diversity and inclusion dialogue and enhance initiatives across the Corporation.
Thomas most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, CBS Corporation, a position she was promoted to in 2010. In 2000, she was named Senior Vice President, Diversity, CBS Television, where she created the highly regarded and effective CBS Diversity Institute, which provides participants with access to the network television decision-making process with the goal of launching and expanding careers and providing sustainable opportunities for enhanced exposure to industry insiders. The Institute now includes the following key components—the Writers Mentoring Programs, Directing Initiatives, Daytime Casting Initiative, Actors Career Workshops, and Sketch Comedy Showcases. She later created the CBS Writer Fellowship with the NAACP at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, which gives emerging talent a supporting partnership.
Previously, Thomas was Vice President, Business Affairs, CBS News (1995-2000), Director of Business Affairs, CBS News (1989-1995) and Director of Legal Affairs for New York-based Trans World International. Prior to that, she was Broadcast Counsel for the Law Department of CBS Inc. Thomas began her career as a litigation associate at Anderson, Russell, Kill and Olick and later practiced intellectual property law at Weiss, Dawid, Fross, Zelnick & Lehrman.
Thomas is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A., cum laude, History), Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley (J.D.) and a member of the New York State Bar. She served as Chair of the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies and later Chaired the Board of Visitors of the then newly launched Global Journalism and Communications School at Morgan State where she remains on the Board. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the Howard University School of Communications. She is a former member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee. Currently, she is a member of the NAACP Spingarn Award Committee, where she served as Chair in 2010. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Robey Theater Company. Thomas is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Among her many honors and awards, Thomas received the first New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award in Corporate Diversity, and she was honored as an exceptional woman executive in Profiles In Diversity Journal’s “11th Annual Women Worth Watching” issue, featured as Savoy Magazine’s “Top Influential Women in Corporate America” and recognized by Black Enterprise as a “Top Executive in Corporate Diversity.”