AT&T: The Key To Businesswomen Looking to Climb Higher

AT&T's Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Cynthia Marshall offers career advice.

Cynthia Marshall is chief diversity officer, senior vice president of human resources at AT&T, No. 4 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list

Originally featured on Media Planet

Cynthia Marshall

Are you a woman looking to enter or re-enter the workforce? I have some advice: Choose a company that excels in diversity and inclusion.

That's what I did 35 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've since enjoyed a rewarding career that's encouraged me to bring my full self to work each day, and never put limits on me because I'm an African-American woman.

Doing your homework

Amazingly, that's not yet the case everywhere. All companies are not equally committed to diversity and inclusion. But you can increase your odds of finding the company that's right for you by taking advantage of countless resources that are just a few clicks away.

One example: DiversityInc's annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity List (AT&T is No. 4). Every company on the list is profiled—and studying a few will give you important insights. A few others worth exploring:

    • Catalyst is the global expert on inclusive solutions that help accelerate women in the workplace. This leading research-based nonprofit is the "go to" organization for facts and knowledge about women in business, supporting more than 800 organizations all over the world.
    • The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) recently released its annual Top Companies for Executive Women list. It "identifies companies that are ensuring that women move into positions with operating responsibility, which are the path to the c-suite."
    • LATINA Style magazine annually publishes its LATINA Style 50 Report, identifying "corporations that are providing the best career opportunities for Latinas" in the U.S.

These are just a few. There are many others, and every woman can benefit from these organizations' research.

Honing in

Another thing to consider: If you're thinking about working at a specific company, look up its board of directors. Any women there? Are women in top positions? These are important indicators.

And one more piece of advice: When you join a company that you love — where you're appreciated and respected — stay there. Plan your climb. Take advantage of everything it has to offer, and welcome lateral moves to make yourself more valuable. By doing so, you might very well enjoy many mini-careers at one company.

Wherever you go, I hope you'll make a real difference — for yourself, your company, your family and your community.

AT&T and U.S. Air Force Academy Collaborate to Explore Advanced Technologies

Formal 5- Year Agreement Aims to Help U.S. Air Force Keep Pace With, Acquire and Use Commercial Technology.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and the U.S. Air Force Academy are working together on networking services and advanced technology capabilities. They entered a 5-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at boosting the Air Force's use of modern technology at a pace more like the commercial sector.

"Networking is a platform for innovation and mission support," said Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, director of Air Force CyberWorx at the Air Force Academy. "With access to AT&T's resources, we plan to advance our academic and research objectives. By leveraging public-private partnerships with AT&T and our other industry partners, we improve our understanding and use of technology and, ultimately, improve the Air Force's mission capabilities."

The collaboration aims to:

  • Offer knowledge and commercial best practices of cybersecurity, Internet of Things, and other AT&T-led innovations for the Air Force Academy faculty. Such innovations include Smart Base solutions, software-defined networking and 5G.
  • Provide hands-on demonstrations for Academy cadets.
  • Ensure AT&T has greater insight into the vision and technology needs of the U.S. Air Force.
  • Explore opportunities beyond academic interests.

"Our work with the U.S. Air Force Academy will be much like an action-oriented academic 'think tank.' We're here to help the Air Force keep pace with commercial innovation and pinpoint their current and future technology needs," said Rocky Thurston, Client Executive VP, AT&T Public Sector.

Part of the Air Force's larger mission

Partnerships fuel the Academy research program. There are 19 centers and 2 institutes, as well as cadets, faculty and industry all working together for the benefit of tomorrow's Air Force. CyberWorx was established in 2016 as a public-private design center focused on cyber capability. It combines Air Force, academic and industry expertise with state of the art technology and innovative thinking to solve operational problems.

AT&T: How to Build a Culture of Learning

Instead of only providing employees with classroom and web-based training, we're also supplementing those resources with relevant content from social and digital platforms, like social media channels, podcasts and video platforms.

By Jennifer Robertson

Originally Published by AT&T.

Last year, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman visited AT&T. During a conversation with employees, he emphasized the importance of continuous learning for employees and employers to succeed in the age of acceleration.

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