AT&T Contributes to Baton Rouge Area Foundation and DonorsChoose.org

AT&T Contributes to Baton Rouge Area Foundation and DonorsChoose.org

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AT&T (No. 4 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity) is donating $100,000 to two organizations to help restore Louisiana following the recent floods. The contribution will be divided between the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and DonorsChoose.org.

Baton Rouge Area Foundation will receive $50,000 towards its Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. This supports aid to those in the Baton Rouge region where needs are the greatest. DonorsChoose.org will also receive a $50,000 contribution to help restore K-12 schools impacted by the flooding.

"As partners in the growth and sustainability of our communities, it is crucial that we extend a hand in anticipation of the long road ahead in our recovery," said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana. "As Louisiana comes together, we applaud the Governor's leadership, and today, we commit a total of $100,000 to support the ongoing efforts of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to assist Louisianans who have been impacted by this historic flooding and to DonorsChoose.org as they support the students and teachers in our area schools that were impacted by the flooding."

AT&T wireless customers can text "RELIEF" to 80077 to donate $10 to Baton Rouge Area Foundation Louisiana Flood Relief Fund. This money will support those affected and the most urgent local needs as the community is restored the community. No text message fees apply. Your $10 donation will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance.

"We are grateful to all the people and businesses who have donated to the Flood Relief Fund," said John G. Davies, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. "A flood of this size required an extraordinary amount of resources, so we appreciate AT&T not only donating $50,000 right away but reaching out through its technology to millions of more people who can easily provide additional relief to our people in Louisiana. On behalf of the victims, let me thank you."

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Learn more about AT&T Restoring Service to Our Customers in Louisiana.

About The Baton Rouge Area Foundation

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation established the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund earlier this year to help people after spring flooding in North Louisiana. It was opened with a $100,000 gift from Foundation's assets. The Foundation began promoting the Fund again after South Louisiana was flooded last week. Since then, the people have responded, sending thousands of donations through an online platform. To learn more, visit BRAF.org.

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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