Employee Spotlight: Daisy Kuo

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Cox is shining a spotlight on some of the employees who make up our diverse company culture.

The AAPI community is made up of people from many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages and cultures. People like Daisy Kuo, a Chinese-American woman who works at Cox Enterprises as an advisory and assurance manager for Audit Services. In this Q&A, Daisy talks about her upbringing as a child of first-generation immigrants and shares her excitement about passing along traditions to her young daughter.

Q: Tell us about what you do at Cox. 

A: I have been with Cox for four years and my job is to help provide independent and objective assurance and advisory services to improve the company’s processes from a financial, operational and compliance perspective. 

Q: Tell us a little bit about how you were raised. How did your Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage play into your family traditions and beliefs? 

A: I grew up in a big Chinese-American family as one of four children. With immigrant parents, my siblings and I served many roles at home to help our parents become better acclimated in this country. It was not uncommon for me and my siblings to read important pieces of mail or translate phone calls for my parents. Because of this, we naturally had a strong family bond together.

Looking back, my family worked as a great team! I think this is a reason why I love working for Cox – my team and I work together as a family and the company overall has such strong family-oriented values that I strongly resonate with.
Q: How do you keep those traditions and beliefs alive? 

A: As a new mother, I hope to keep my family traditions and beliefs and modify and even improve upon them for today’s work/life demands. I’m in constant dialogue with my husband on what kind of life we want for our daughter, and I’m excited for what the future can bring for her.
Q: What do you think is the greatest need in the Asian American Pacific Islander community – and how can others help?  

A: One need is to continue increasing awareness of the resources (such as Lotus, Cox’s new employee resource group) available to my colleagues to help them be even more successful in their careers. I’ve taken part in other opportunities designed to help ensure that the AAPI community can continue to be a part of Cox’s growth and success.

Exploring Diverse Cultures at Cox

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Cox is spotlighting some of the employees who make up our diverse company culture. Learn how we encourage our people to Make their Mark at Cox.

The AAPI community is made up of many ethnic groups with diverse backgrounds, histories, languages and cultures. In this Q&A, we sat down with Marc Feliciano, an instructional designer at Cox Communications, to share some insights about his culture, his background – and, oh yeah, the food!

Q: Hi Marc, tell us about your “day-in-the life” as an Instructional Designer.
A. I started in January 2019 as an instructional designer for HR. I develop and publish training for all lines of business. I love that I can help and learn from different lines of business across the company. I enjoy working with different types of people and understanding how I can help them succeed by training their employees and their target audience. For the past year and four months, I have worked with Cox Residential, Cox Business, Cox Media, and the Technology team.

Q: That’s great, tell us more about your background.
A. I’m 75% Filipino and 25% Chinese. On my mother’s side, my grandfather is from Hong Kong and he is 100% Chinese. So, my mom is half-Filipino, half-Chinese and my dad is 100% Filipino. My upbringing was me juggling two worlds at the same time. I migrated to the United States when I was 8, but we moved to South Georgia where there weren’t many other Filipinos, much less Asian people. I was raised by a single mom and it was just her, me and my older sister. In terms of tradition, my mom cooked Filipino food for us and still spoke Tagalog when we were growing up.

Q. How do you keep those traditions and beliefs alive?
A. We flew to Manila and I brought my team some Filipino souvenirs and snacks. I also try to eat at Filipino restaurants here in Atlanta. I want to cook it for myself next, but I just need time to practice. I would love to learn how to make my mom’s lumpia. Lumpia is a Filipino type of spring roll. Not only do I love it, but my mom uses it as a side business and her customers love ordering it as well.

Q. What do you think is the greatest need in the Asian American Pacific Islander community – and how can others help?
A. The greatest need for the community is for us to be in leadership positions. I would like us to be represented, not just in pictures, but in a seat at the table. We need someone who can be a voice for the community. That’s why I love how our new ERG Lotus, puts a spotlight on Asian American and Pacific Islander Cox employees. It is always good to be part of an inclusive company that highlights their employees and not just the bottom line. I encourage my coworkers to join the ERG for insightful conversations, fun, and AMAZING food!

Special thanks to Marc for sharing his story with us. If you want to #MakeYourMark and join a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone can grow, explore career opportunities today.

Summer Social Team photo

Want to know about the Cox SUMMER SOCIAL?

The 2019 Cox Summer Social was sizzling this year as we got a crash course in esports and welcomed players, the head coach, costumed fans and the general manager from the Atlanta Reign.

Our President and CEO Alex Taylor kicked off the Cox Summer Social with the introduction of our special guests the Overwatch League’s Atlanta Reign team, our company’s most recent investment. He shared how the team came about and admitted that he wasn’t sold initially on the idea of people watching other people play video games. But the more he learned about it, the more convinced he became that esports was on its way to becoming a booming industry. In fact, esports are predicted to have more viewers than every professional sports league but the NFL by 2021 — surpassing the MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS.

An Esports Overview

Soe Gschwind-Penski, a commentator, host and international celebrity in the gaming community, provided a quick overview of esports before hosting a brief discussion with our Chief Financial Officer Dallas Clement and our special guest, the President and CEO of Atlanta Esports Ventures Paul Hamilton. The discussion was about the journey of owning and operating our first esports team and our partnership with Province Inc. to form Atlanta Esports Ventures.

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Raving Fans

Our event was decked out with vintage arcade games, while employees enjoyed ice cream on the outdoor lawn and more games under the tent. While others scored some free swag items, souvenirs and peeked inside the Atlanta Reign’s official team van. Fans also got a chance to meet Atlanta Reign players Babybay, Kodak and Gator, head coach Brad Rajani, and take pictures with cosplayers (costumed characters) from the Overwatch game.

  • “My favorite part about working at Cox is the incredible events they put on. I think they are such a great way to increase exposure to the company as well as the culture.” Sam Jobson, Cox Communications,
  • “During my time here at Cox, I have been lucky enough to encounter some of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life.” Shujan Valiani, Cox Communications
  • “I like working at Cox because it’s family oriented, and they think of their employees. I tell other people to come and work at Cox because of the culture, we are so tight knit, and we try to make employees feel like family. I think it trickles down, which is so cool.” Mirlene Jean Simon, Manager of Economic & Industry Insights
  • “At Cox we are really good at building relationships, the comradery is what makes the company so great.” Karen Bass, Manager of Technology

We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick off the summer in a big way for our employees and learn and celebrate our newest investments together.

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    Team Escape

    One Team with One Goal to Escape!

    When most people think of the word family, what often comes to mind are blood relatives. However for Cox employees, their team is like family. Hear Evann’s story about about how she enjoys working with her team.

    By Evann Lee, Account Manager, Cox Media Group

    Selling suits for Hugo Boss out of the Mall at Millenia is how I worked my way through college at the University of Central Florida. I took a class called Selling Electronic Media and fell in love with the idea of media sales. I interviewed for several Account Executive positions until a friend of a friend introduced me to Mario Mendoza, Jenny Bromiley and Brian Cole of WFTV 27. I interviewed with them and practically begged for a job knowing that I would love it and hopefully excel in the opportunity.

    Since then, I have never looked back.

    A Day in the Life…

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    Typically, I start my day by discussing the overnight numbers from the day before with my teammates. We all grab a coffee and talk about what premiered; which advertisers we saw last night on TV, and discuss our day-to-day happenings before diving into appointments or office work.
    I’ve been fortunate to develop lifelong friendships with my clients. They trust me to deliver results day in and day out, making a huge difference in moving the needle for their businesses and it’s an amazing feeling.

    Outside of work, you will find me at the beach or with my family and our three dogs, Niko, Olive and Nori — we are the crazy dog people that treat them like kids! Speaking of kids, I am also 6 months pregnant and have seriously considered giving my daughter the middle name “CMG Orlando” (LOL!) because of how loved and supported I have been by everyone at this company.

    Our entire team had a day of team building at Escape Room. This is when a group has 60 minutes to solve puzzles and unlock clues that lead to an escape out of a themed room. It was so much fun to see everyone jump in, split into groups and tackle each side of the room. We snorted, almost cried out of frustration, praised each other whenever a clue was solved, and all the while positively encouraged each other. While we didn’t make it out this time, we had a blast and became even closer because of this experience!

    The culture of the company truly makes me love my job. Our team is like a family — we all work super hard and never say “I’m too busy to help”, or “I’ll get to that later.” Everyone digs in and takes a couple minutes to help each other and make sure we all have what we need to win every day!

    Special thanks to Evann for letting us get a glimpse of her day to day in this version of our Cox Employee Spotlight.

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