No.7 | AT&T | DiversityInc Top 50


Moving up three spots in the highly competitive Top 10, AT&T proves itself one of the most well-rounded companies in diversity and inclusion. This company continues to be a powerhouse diversity leader in every aspect—supplier diversity, recruitment, talent development, engagement, retention, employee resource groups and mentoring.

Much of the credit for that goes to the focused leadership of Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, who has headed the executive diversity council since he started it in 2008, and who personally ensures D&I’s connection to business goals, including leading efforts to increase employee resource-group membership.

The D&I efforts have had significant progress on several fronts in the last year.

Those efforts have included:

  • A strong focus on talent development, especially for women, veterans and people with disabilities
  • Use of AT&T University to offer significant training on diversity issues, including generational differences
  • A growing annual ERG summit that is a model for other companies
  • Public leadership in support of LGBT inclusion

The company links its D&I initiatives to corporate philanthropy, including extensive technology training for diverse suppliers and community education efforts. Employee volunteerism in community activities are also heavily encouraged and rewarded.


Randall Stephenson
Chairman and CEO

“For more than 100 years, building a diverse and inclusive workforce has been a core part of who we are at AT&T. We understand that diversity makes us stronger because it helps us create powerful, lasting relationships with our customers and communities. As we continue to grow as a company, that commitment will grow along with us.”
Cynthia Marshall
Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer – Human Resources

“At AT&T, diversity informs our beliefs, strategies, practices and success. Our inclusive culture runs deep—and impacts every employee every day. We’re proud to be a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion, and we always look for ways to raise the bar even higher.”


U.S. Headquarters: Dallas
Global Employees: 245,175
U.S. Employees: 231,915
Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 10


  • No. 1 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • No. 2 Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees
  • No. 6 Top 10 Companies for Veterans
  • No. 6 Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups
  • No. 7 Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities
  • No. 7 Top 10 Companies for Recruitment
  • No. 8 Top 10 Companies for Mentoring
  • No. 8 Top 10 Companies for Diversity Councils


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