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AT&T: Securing a Seat at the Tech Table for Women

AT&T's Allison Roberts, president of the Women of Technology employee network, shares why it's important to attract and retain women in technology.

AT&T's Allison Roberts, president of the Women of Technology employee network, shares why it's important to attract and retain women in technology.


By Allison Roberts

I'm in technology. When I'm not acting as the director for software development life cycle, I focus on my other role at AT&T: President of our Women of Technology employee network. (AT&T is No. 4 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list.)

We help members network, find career-advancing opportunities, and develop their skills by learning things like how to file patents with the company.

It's no secret there's still a lack of women in STEM fields. That's why our group motto is "Attract and retain women in technology."

My drive to bring more women into the tech fold comes from my own experience. I attended a middle and high school that focused on math and science, but they didn't offer computer science.

I took a computer science class in college. I was the only girl and had little support from my professors. I eventually learned technology skills working as a consultant.

Girls must become well-versed in technology and take charge of their opportunities.

If you're a young woman who loves computers, science or math, you have to be your own advocate. Join groups that will get you on the right path.

Don't miss opportunities to create new inventions, lead companies — even shape our future.

Our group regularly visits schools and talks to girls of all ages about STEM careers. We sponsor events like the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas' Coding Camp.

This is a way for us to get in front of girls and share our own journey as technologists.

We also organize activities for our members with a tech focus. One example is our speaker series featuring experts inside and outside our company.

They include Frank Jules, president of AT&T Global Services, Sorabh Saxena, senior vice president of software development and engineering, and Robert Wilson, former Bell Labs scientist and Nobel Prize Winner for discovering proof of the Big Bang Theory.

We also offer:

  • Lecture series: We hold three events each year and invite experts like an executive coach, to guide our members on showcasing their talents and meeting professional goals.
  • Local chapters: We launched our first local chapters to get even more involved in our communities. The St. Louis chapter hosted the first AT&T Girls STEM Summit. Middle school girls visited AT&T to learn about virtual reality, connected cars, IT CAN WAIT and more.

We're working hard to even out the playing field in our industry.

I'm proud to be part of a company helping pave the way for the current and next generation of women in tech. To learn more about AT&T's support of STEM education and women in tech, visit www.att.com/aspire.

Allison Roberts is a director in technology development overseeing the software development life cycle.

AT&T: Distracted Driving on Two Wheels: A New Reality

Break the habit and take the pledge to end distracted driving in and out of the car at ItCanWait.com.

Originally Published by AT&T.

By Ryan Luckey, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Brand Marketing

The roads can be a scary place. Drivers are taking their eyes off the road to look at their latest like, text or email.

And with the introduction of shared e-scooters, the latest in transportation innovation, it's more important than ever for riders and drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

One hand on the handlebar, another on the phone, then bam. You hit a pothole.

Tens of thousands of injuries – and hundreds of deaths – occur every year due to smartphone distracted driving. This is the unfortunate reality our AT&T It Can Wait program continues to address since 2010.

And now it's becoming clear smartphone distractions are no longer just a problem in the car.

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Scientists Name Abbott a Top Workplace

The results are in: Abbott's a top 20 workplace for scientists.

Originally Published by Abbott.

What do scientists at Abbott do?

They create tiny, life-saving devices for baby's hearts, seek out neurons that cause Parkinson's and develop tests for Zika. They invent wearable sensors that eliminate the need for painful fingerpricks for people with diabetes. They drive breakthroughs in infant formula and make it possible to test half the world's blood supply.

They are our superheroes. And today, they've named us one of theirs.

After Science Magazine surveyed scientists at biotech companies around the world – ranking each on 23 characteristics from financial strength to having a research-driven environment – Abbott has landed for the 15th year on its Top Employers list.

The Brighton Consulting Group independently evaluated each company's employer reputation score, considering factors such as whether it treats its employees with respect and whether its work-culture values align with employees' personal values.

One of the coolest things about being a scientist at Abbott is we have tracks for both management – and science. You can continue to climb while never giving up the research you love, or you can choose to take a management track and lead a team. There are paths for advancement for both.

Last year alone, we launched more than 20 life-changing technologies around the globe. We do work that matters.

AT&T's First-Ever Untold Stories Film 'Nigerian Prince' Debuted in Theaters and On Demand Everywhere

The first film funded and distributed by ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Program from AT&T and Tribeca.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is proud to bring the program's first-ever film – NIGERIAN PRINCE – to audiences nationwide on Friday, October, 19. Untold Stories is a film initiative created by AT&T and Tribeca to ensure diverse voices in storytelling are heard and seen in theaters and living rooms across the country. Written and directed by newcomer Faraday Okoro, and filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, the film is a heist thriller about a Nigerian-American teenager sent to visit relatives in Nigeria against his will, later to join forces with his internet scammer cousin in an attempt to return to the United States on his own.

Kicking off the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Okoro was one of five aspiring directors who participated in a live pitch to a panel of celebrity and industry judges that included AT&T's chief brand officer Fiona Carter to win $1 million to make their film utilizing the Untold Stories program grant, mentorship and distribution commitments. Okoro's film, NIGERIAN PRINCE, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and packed theaters in New York City. Now, delivering on the program's promise to ensure that underserved artists' work is not only created but seen, NIGERIAN PRINCE will be available to millions of movie enthusiasts in select theaters across the country as well as on DIRECTV, U-Verse and a range of on-demand platforms.

"Programs like Untold Stories have the incredible power to introduce audiences to new storytellers and new ways of seeing the world," said Jane Rosenthal, ceo and co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises/Tribeca Film Festival. "We're proud to support Faraday Okoro's globe-trotting, culture-crossing film NIGERIAN PRINCE as the first recipient of the Untold Stories grant, and we are eager to champion other emerging filmmakers as we continue to get untold stories heard with our friends at AT&T."

NIGERIAN PRINCE follows two characters: Eze, a stubborn, first generation Nigerian-American teenager and his cousin, Pius, who is a desperate Nigerian Prince scammer. After Eze's mother sends him to Nigeria against his will, Eze retaliates by teaming up with Pius to scam unsuspecting foreigners in order to earn money for a return ticket back to America. Executive produced by Spike Lee, the film stars Chinaza Uche and Antonio Bell.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories. An Inclusive Film Program in Collaboration with Tribeca was launched in 2017 to ensure that diverse storytellers always have a screen on which to shine. AT&T will provide funding up to $1 million for one talented filmmaker to create his or her film each year, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T will distribute the winning film across its video platforms. This film initiative is an alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with Tribeca Film Institute and debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

NIGERIAN PRINCE is the first film produced under the program. In April of 2018, AT&T awarded its second $1 million to Untold Stories winners Sasie Sealy and Angela Cheng for their film, LUCKY GRANDMA. Like NIGERIAN PRINCE, it will also have its world premiere screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival next April. Submissions are now open for Year 3 – and aspiring filmmakers are encouraged to submit scripts between now and Nov. 24, 2018, for their chance to compete for a $1 million grant to make their film as part of AT&T Presents: Untold Stories.

For additional information about UNTOLD STORIES, please visit: http://about.att.com/sites/entertainment/untold_stories

AT&T Foundry Launches Innovation Space for Vertical Industries

Enterprise Customers Get Venue to Co-Create Innovative Technologies to Solve Industry-Specific Challenges.

Originally Published by AT&T.

Revolutionary technology breakthroughs in business don't happen by accident. That's why AT&T* is launching a vertical industry-focused space at the AT&T Foundry in Plano to showcase our edge-to-edge network capabilities and develop transformative technologies.

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General Motors Supports Baltimore Students Moving at Full STEAM Toward Tech Careers

General Motors sponsored the "Wakanda Design Challenge" at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual conference.

Approximately 100 Baltimore high school students took a conceptual journey to Wakanda during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

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AT&T Announces Largest Deployment of Free Aira Service

AT&T, Aira Use Groundbreaking Technology to Bring Retail Experience to Blind & Low- Vision Shoppers at Over 5,300 AT&T Retail Locations.

Originally Published by AT&T.

AT&T* and Aira continue to expand their relationship to bring new experiences to the blind and those with low vision. This time, it's the customer experience. All AT&T company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now Aira Access Locations. That means that any member of the blind and low-vision community with a smartphone can become an Aira Guest and can get free use of Aira's service at over 5,300 AT&T retail locations across the U.S.

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AT&T: FirstNet Momentum: More Than 2,500 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

The FirstNet Network Platform Has Been Reliably Supporting First Responders Battling Wildfires and Other Emergencies Nationwide.

Originally Published by AT&T.

More than 2,500 public safety agencies across the country have joined FirstNet. This is nearly double the number of agencies since the last update in July.

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Obama to Trump: We're Supposed to Stand up to Discrimination and to Nazi Sympathizers

To voters: You can make sure that white nationalists don't feel empowered to march in Charlottesville in the middle of the day.

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Former President Barack Obama kicked off his campaigning for November's midterms, on Friday afternoon, and took jabs at President Trump and the spineless backbones of his Republican constituents.

Obama spared no expense rebuking the administration's actions that have emboldened racists.

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