Meet Dwayne Cash of WarnerMedia News & Sports

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we are featuring some of our Black colleagues each week. This week, we meet Dwayne Cash with WarnerMedia News & Sports who is based in New York.

1. What is your background?

Post graduate school, I’ve spent my entire professional career in HR/Talent Acquisition within the media industry. Under Time Warner, I worked at HBO for roughly 6 years, was gone for 7 years, and made my return in 2018 right when AT&T acquired the company, renaming it WarnerMedia. The bulk of my career has been centered around helping people land the right role, rooting for diversity and representation, and building community at work.

2. What is your current role at WarnerMedia?

I’m currently the Director of Talent Acquisition for News & Sports.

3. What does your current day-to-day work entail?

I am constantly thinking about ways in which to transform, disrupt, and bring diverse perspectives to recruiting and engaging talent. I advise leaders on best practices, policies, and strategy as well as lead a team of recruiting professionals. My favorite part of my role is challenging leaders to think differently and helping them problem solve. While there was a time when we could rely on our brand(s) to get candidates excited about working here (and to some extent, this is still the case), I am encouraging hiring leaders to think through and articulate the employee value proposition (why should candidates want to work here?).

4. What do you enjoy most about your job/what you do?

The other thing that I love about my job is that I get to meet some of the most interesting, smart, and thoughtful people. After every conversation, I feel smarter and wiser. I also get to use my voice to create change and impact. The company empowers me to be authentic and bold.

5. What does celebrating Black History Month mean to you personally?

Celebrating this month means living my truth and giving myself permission to be liberated. It means showing up each day as myself. It means not silencing my voice or minimizing the unique experiences that make me, ME. It’s acknowledging that I come from a long line of change-makers, innovators, movers, and shakers. This month, and every month, reminds me of both my heritage and my potential to be great.

6. Who are the Black leaders that have inspired you?

There are tons, but the ones that come to mind are Chadwick Boseman, Stacey Abrams, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, John Lewis and James Baldwin. I appreciate their courage, their strength, their visions of hope, their fervor for greatness, and the relentless commitment to inspiring people (all people) to do the impossible. They’ve helped me be brave.

7. What’s something no one at work knows about you?

I am a poet. I write a poem just about every day. I hope to be remembered for my words.

8. Now that we know you are a poet, would you be willing to share one of your pieces with us?

BREAKTHROUGH

My breakthrough came, and it was ugly

I mean, it tore down my front door and screamed at me

Threw things at me

Man, it sang to me

I can still hear the riffs in my ear

I tried to run but the melodies grabbed me and made me dance

No choreography my style was free

I went from MJ to Green Day, from Jay-Z to TLC

My waterfalls stopped chasing me

My blues became hues of chocolate-covered rainbows

My complex feelings felt more like prose

Something inside of me took and shook my soul, then washed it

My body rocked back and forth and wobbled like spin cycle, like I was being recycled

Changed. Made new

I was being reborn

And what felt like a storm now felt more like morning time.

Man, I cried

I gathered my tears and my fears and made boats

And we went sailing past by my old block, spoke to old memories

Even the ones that caused me pain, the ones that made me feel ashamed

And before we parted ways, I forgave, then waved

My breakthrough came