SENIOR DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
TIME WARNER CABLE INC.
Tessie Topol is Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy & Community Affairs at Time Warner Cable. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s community giving and engagement strategy and leads its signature philanthropy program, Connect a Million Minds™ (CAMM). CAMM is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind initiative to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities.
CAMM was launched in November 2009 at a White House event with President Obama, in conjunction with the Administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign, where he recognized Time Warner Cable’s leadership in STEM education. In 2010, CAMM was voted “Community Relations Program of the Year” by PR News, CableFAX Magazine and the Association of Cable Communicators. The CAMM website, connectamillionminds.com, was also named a Webbie Award honoree. In 2011, CAMM received the Public Relations Society of America’s “Award of Excellence” for Community Relations.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Topol was Director of Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs at MTV, where she helped lead the company’s effort to develop the first ever online activist community for youth (think.mtv.com), which empowers young people with powerful tools to change their lives, communities and world for the better. Before MTV, Ms. Topol served as Director of Development at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, where she launched the 125-year-old-organization’s first ever Young Leadership division, now a multi-chapter program with thousands of volunteers. She was also a Junior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Ms. Topol holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs and a Certificate from the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies, both at Columbia University. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Time Warner Cable is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the U.S., connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other.