Emmis is a publicly-held company (EMMS) founded in 1979 by our Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. Our highly entrepreneurial organization has a long history of innovation and business building with the successful ownership and operation of diversified assets, including large- and small-scale media operations in radio, television, and publishing, technology companies, professional sports organizations, and marketing and sales-focused businesses.
Emmis was founded on the underlying beliefs of diversity, inclusion, and opportunity for all. Emmis acknowledges that systematic racism exists and supports the fight for justice and equality. As an active partner in this cause, Emmis pledges to take swift action against any act of racism, whether it occurs in our hallways, over the airwaves, or in print. People of color—including our employees, customers, and clients—must feel safe, valued, and supported.
Emmis will build on these goals by:
Recruiting and promoting a diverse workforce by training managers to source, develop, and mentor individuals of all colors.
Creating a safe work environment that values both dialogue and dissent.
Diversifying Emmis’ vendors and community partners.
Continuing to collaborate with minority-serving institutions.
Empowering internal diversity champions who can facilitate open discussions and lead suggestions for improvement.
Together, through both our words and deeds, we will stand as a civic leader that helps show the way forward on one of the most important issues of our time. Our founding principles demand no less.
11 Commandments of Emmis
Quite simply, the Eleven Commandments of Emmis are the guiding principles of our company: it is how we operate daily, how we treat each other and our customers, and what we expect of employees and potential employees. The Eleven Commandments of Emmis, created by our Founder and Chairman Jeff Smulyan in the early years of the company, provide the guideposts of company philosophy, and are still as relevant today as when they were written.
Admit your mistakes
Be flexible – Keep an open mind
Be rational – Look at all options
Have fun – Don’t take this too seriously
Never get smug
Be creative and innovative – make our products better everyday
Believe in Yourself – If you think you can make it happen, you will
Never jeopardize your integrity – We win the right way or we don’t win at all
Be good to your people – Get them into the game and give them a piece of the pie
Be passionate about what you do and compassionate about how you do it
Take care of your customers – Think of them and you’ll win
Over the last two decades, Emmis has created one of the most unique work environments in the communications industry – the Emmis Culture. The envy of many of our peers, this culture carries at its heart the belief that, in order to succeed, a company must take risks, treat its people well and give them the tools they need to win. It has earned us a reputation as a fun, exciting and innovative company where every individual is a part of the team. The Emmis culture breeds creativity and innovation. Employees at every level are encouraged to think out of the box, experiment and contribute.