Comcast: A Leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


( ENSPIRE Feature ) Comcast Continues to Diversify Their Leadership With Sophia Marshall and Toni Murphy, Two Black Female Executive Powerhouses

ENSPIRE Contributor: Paulina

AlliedMulticultural and Comcast have recently joined forces. Comcast is a leading Fortune 500 company that elevates multicultural communities from the inside out. Although many companies globally have been striving for equity, many of the top corporations remain untouched. However, Comcast has shown they are taking the steps necessary to diversify its leadership teams. Award-winning strategists and Powerhouse Black female executives, Sophia Marshall and Toni Murphy are recent examples that showcase Comcast as a leader in inclusion and diversity.

Sophia Marshall, an award-winning strategist, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Communications for Comcast’s Central Division, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. She proves to be highly qualified, with over 22 years of experience in developing and leading integrated communications programs for leading brands. Before joining Comcast she served as Company Officer and Vice President of Communications for Wellstar, one of Georgia’s most extensive and most integrated health systems. Sophia developed and led communications strategy, public relations, and crisis communications during healthcare’s most challenging period. During this time she earned media coverage worth more than $20 million in a single year.

Sophia Marshall

Her expertise in the field is further proven through her leadership in multiple communications programs for national and global brands, including Serta Simmons Bedding, GE Industrial Solutions, and GE Power, where she served as Executive Director of CEO & Global Culture Communications.

Outside of her work life, Sophia is a lifelong learner and avid volunteer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Albany State University and a Master of Science in Technical & Professional Communication from Kennesaw State University. She lives in the greater Atlanta area with her family, dedicating her spare time to mentoring young girls and women. With her wealth of experience and dedication to her field, Sophia is sure to excel in her new position.

Toni Murphy, a Black female executive powerhouse, was appointed as the new Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing at its Central Division Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. This is a testament to her outstanding leadership skills and impressive track record of accomplishments. Toni has over 15 years of financial, strategic planning, and operational experience making her a seasoned executive who is set to take Comcast’s largest operating division to a new height. 

Toni has held multiple leadership positions at Comcast, including Senior Vice President of the Keystone Region, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Keystone Region, Vice President of Comcast Business, and Vice President of Project Management, Office & Customer Experience. In her new role, Toni leads the Division’s sales and marketing functions. This includes responsibilities such as overseeing brand and product marketing, sales, and customer retention strategies for Comcast’s largest operating Division that spans 12 states. Toni holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and economics from Princeton University.

Toni’s success is not limited to her professional career. She has been recognized for her contributions to the community and has received several awards and honors, including being named a Woman of Distinction for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, receiving the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) 2021 Luminary Award, being featured twice on the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Power 100 list. Despite her great success and busy schedule, Toni still finds time for her passions outside of work. In her personal life she is a jazz singer, enjoys traveling, writing poetry, and spending time with her husband, Craig Murphy, and their three beautiful children. 

Toni Murphy

Sophia Marshall and Toni Murphy are role models for Black female executives everywhere. Their hard work and dedication have allowed them to reach leadership positions in their fields working for one a leading Fortune 500 company. Besides their great success, they can balance their goals and aspirations with their personal lives. 

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