Abby Benton is from Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in May 2019 with a degree in Marketing and International Business. While at UGA, Abby also earned her minor in Chinese Language and Literature and participated in a 2-year leadership program through the Institute for Leadership Advancement as a Leonard Leadership Scholar, which resulted in a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership. Throughout her time at UGA, she was active on campus, within her sorority, and within the Institute for Leadership Advancement. Abby was a member of Alpha Delta Pi's Relay for Life team for four years and served as the Team Captain her senior year. In addition, she was on Relay for Life's PR Committee her junior and senior year. The summer after her sophomore year, Abby had the opportunity to live in Shanghai, China and take classes to hone her Chinese language skills. When she returned to UGA after studying abroad, she joined the Education Abroad Ambassadors and was on the Executive Board as the organization's Secretary during her senior year. At the end of her senior year, she earned the Dedication to Service Award as well as the Global Education and Leadership Certificate as a result of her commitment to educating students about opportunities to study abroad during college.
Some of Abby's favorite work experience during college was completing a year-long service project through the Institute for Leadership Advancement in which her team served Griffin, GA in re-branding their city and county. The project allowed her to help create a real marketing plan for this government body and improved her project management and communication skills. In addition, in the summer of 2018, Abby was the Marketing Operations Intern at SPANX, where she worked mostly with Photoshoot and Packaging. She also worked on a summer-long intern project focused on creating content for a social media campaign. In her free time, Abby enjoys listening to music, running, traveling to the lake, and spending time with her friends and family!
Eden is originally from Suwanee, Georgia and will be a May 2019 graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Strategy and Innovation. During her college career, Eden had the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford, England while traveling all over Europe for three months. She also became deeply involved in Georgia Tech's new student orientation program. Her past opportunities include working here at Cox Communications for a three-semester co-op program with the Video Product team, which led her to apply to the LEAD Program.
Some of her passions include running, reading, going to the theater, and the occasional Pinterest project.
Caroline Harty graduated from the University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism in May 2019 with a degree in Public Relations and an emphasis in New Media. Throughout her time at UGA, she was a very active member of many clubs and organizations. Caroline was on the executive board for the UGA AdClub for 2 years, serving two different roles that she greatly enjoyed. During her junior year, Caroline was a member of UGA's Talking Dog, a student-run advertising and public relations agency that served clients all over the country. In the summer of 2017, she served as a Student Delegate to the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France and loved spending a summer abroad with unforgettable experiences and memories made. She was also an active member of the Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club Mentorship program for two years where she gained networking experience and professional opportunities.
During the summer of 2018, Caroline was fortunate to intern for Cox Communications as a Service Design and User Experience Intern on the Customer Experience team. She was able to work closely with not only the CX team on many projects, but she also worked with the Process team, which exposed her to a variety of projects and positions within Cox. In her free time, Caroline enjoys spending weekends at the lake or beach, going to sporting events, and traveling as often as possible. She is so excited to return to Cox and join the LEAD Program and the amazing experiences and opportunities ahead!
Holly is from Carlisle, Massachusetts and graduated from University of North Carolina Wilmington Honors College in May of 2017. As a Wilmington Fellow, she majored in Communication Studies and minored in Psychology. While in Wilmington, Holly mentored incoming honors students, edited for the Honors Student Media Board, and anchored Seahawk Central News. In her third and final year of undergrad, she conducted research on consumer behavior for Cox Media Group. After working in analytics and project management at the Atlanta Journal Constitution for over a year, she is so excited to stay within Cox and join LEAD.
In her free time, Holly enjoys baking, reading, cycling, and hanging out with friends. Lately, she has been testing healthy baked-good recipes and eventually hopes to write her own cookbook.
Simone Howard, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated in May 2019 from Spelman College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. She is involved in a number of community service-based organizations such as The Center for the Visually Impaired, Mrs. Gussie’s Place for Disabled Children, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She was able to continue her studies and service abroad in Lima, Peru in an intercultural studies program. Internalizing Spelman’s mission as “ A choice to change the world,” Simone spent her last two years as the co-founder of a philanthropy-inspired startup that increases institutional funding for colleges and universities. Last year, Simone participated in Georgia Tech’s Create-X Startup Launch Accelerator program that provides mentorship and funding to select startups as the only non-Georgia Tech student.
Take a closer look at Simone as you may have seen her in your favorite ads and publications such as Bloomingdale's, Jeffery’s, and Atlanta Magazine while modeling for one of Atlanta’s most successful modeling agencies. Being an Atlanta native, Simone has had the opportunity to experience the many products and services Cox provides, and she never imagined that she would have the chance to be a part of the Cox Communications family. She is excited to begin her journey this summer as a member of LEAD 5 and is looking forward to gaining project management experience and advancing her leadership skills.
Originally from Cartersville, Georgia, Ambica attended the University of Georgia and graduated in May 2019. During her time at UGA, Ambica studied marketing, with an emphasis on digital marketing because it is ever-emerging in the digital economy. As she started her junior year, Ambica participated in the William E. and Barbara H. Beckham Workforce Diversity Certificate program to eventually design a diversity and inclusion strategy for a proposed organization to leverage; it became one of her favorite projects at UGA as it inspired her passion for the impact of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also participated in UGA HEROS, UGA's chapter of the American Marketing Association, and the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. The sorority helped Ambica to grow and develop as a leader, mentor, and peer to many as it provided her the opportunity to take on positions such as Historian, Fundraising Chair, Vice President of Operations, and Chapter Advisor. Additionally, her position as a Multicultural Greek Council Delegate allowed her to build relationships internally and externally to unify decisions of an overarching council. One of her favorite awards was the White Rose award, which was awarded to Ambica by her chapter in honor of an all-around impactful member of the organization. Her internship experience includes being a Social Media Marketing intern at Style On Edge and on the Media Planning and Media Buying teams at Carat USA, which continued to solidify her passion for improving business performance in an organization.
In Ambica’s free time, she enjoys cheering on the Dawgs, exercising, fashion, and spending time exploring with her friends and family.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Eunice will be a May 2019 graduate from Spelman College with a major in Political Science. While at Spelman, Eunice has been an active member of the P.U.L.S.E. Programming Board, serving as the Campus Alliance Chair. With a passion for community service and outreach, Eunice does advocacy work through the Bonner Scholar’s program on the college’s campus. Eunice also serves as the 2nd Vice President of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Eunice recently concluded the Women of Excellence Series (WEL), a competitive program in which students are chosen to participate in a series of interactive seminars designed to develop authentic leaders. Eunice is excited to enhance these skills at Cox!
In her spare time, Eunice enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and listening to music.
Lauren, a resident of Milton, Georgia, will graduate in May 2019 from the University of Georgia with degrees in Marketing and Real Estate. As a student at UGA, Lauren spent a summer in Australia and New Zealand studying international business and sustainability. She found a passion for promoting confidence in the professional goals of UGA’s students, which she pursued through her position as the student coordinator for the Terry Women’s Initiative. She also served as the Vice President of Recruitment for UGA’s Panhellenic Council and is an ambassador for the Terry College of Business. As a member of her sorority, she served as a special events chair, a member of the programs council, and a group leader for the recruitment executive council. Her greatest accomplishments at UGA were being honored as a Deer Run Fellow and a Sea Island Scholar. Her most fond memory during her time in college will always be the opportunity to represent the University of Georgia on Homecoming Court as a senior. During her summers, she worked as a commercial real estate intern at Collier’s International and as a paralegal assistant at a local law firm.
In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling, boating at the lake, and cheering on all of her favorite sports teams (Go Dawgs and Go Braves!) She is thrilled to join Cox this summer as a member of LEAD 5. She is looking forward to building leadership skills, gaining project management experience, and becoming a member of the Cox family!
Annie is a Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Social Justice. While in school, she enjoyed getting involved in different areas of campus, including becoming a DJ for WREK radio, writing for the school’s newspaper, and studying abroad in Buenos Aires. However, she invested most of her time in developing an arts culture at her technical institute by leading think tanks, creating a student organization, and working with school administration. Her love for the arts persists as she continues to get involved in the Atlanta arts community, paint, and design floral arrangements.
Annie also pursued internships at Coca-Cola, GE, Mailchimp, and other companies that peaked her interest in project management. Humorously enough, it was actually her part-time job as a farmer's market clerk for a flower farm that solidified her decision to pursue it. She realized she couldn’t help but work outside of work hours to figure out ways to improve the farm’s efficiency and essentially make everyone else’s jobs easier. As an Atlanta native, Annie is ecstatic to join the Cox team and continue problem solving amongst her peers in the LEAD Program.
Parker is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and will be a May 2019 graduate from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Interdisciplinary Economics/History and Spanish. He is involved in a number of organizations on campus, including a year as the recruitment chair of his fraternity and working on the Vanderbilt Fanatics committee of the Programming Board. Last year, he interned at a healthcare technology company in Nashville where he worked on several projects ranging from market research to product strategy and gained an interest in Project Management. In Spring 2018, Parker spent a semester abroad in Barcelona where he participated in a language-intensive Spanish program. At Cox, he plans to build upon these experiences and continue to learn and grow in a professional working environment.
In his spare time, Parker enjoys following Nashville sports teams, going to concerts, playing video and board games, and traveling. He is extremely excited to move closer to his family in Atlanta, explore a new city, and go to as many Braves games as his schedule will allow.