TechGirls: My Day with the Next Generation of Innovators

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on August 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The following may be attributed to Amy Alvarez, AT&T Executive Director of International External Affairs:

For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege to host TechGirls – an international exchange program for girls from the Middle East and North Africa – at AT&T’s office in D.C. for a day of job-shadowing.

It’s one of my favorite days of the year. Getting to know these students and seeing their passion for technology is always inspiring.

TechGirls focuses on hands-on skills development in fields such as programming, mobile application building, web design, and more for girls between ages 15 and 17. It’s an initiative of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by Legacy International. Following the three week program in the U.S., the TechGirls will return home and give a presentation to their schools and communities about the experiences and what they learned, and carry out a community-based project as part of transferring those skills back to their respective communities.

This week, Aria from Lebanon and Christy of Palestine joined me for a day at the office.

 

TechGirls participate in a virtual Mobile App Creation workshop.

TechGirls participate in a virtual Mobile App Creation workshop.

AT&T relies on a highly skilled workforce and we’re working to help ensure students like Aria and Christy are exposed to STEM skills. It’s a driving factor behind our $350 million Aspire program, which is AT&T’s signature education initiative aimed to help young people graduate from high school ready for college and career success.

Learning how we can monitor our homes from our cars.

Let’s keep encouraging and empowering our young girls to be creative and curious so they can lead the next generation of innovators.

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Driving Innovation through Diversity

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on July 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

By Debbie Storey, AT&T Chief Diversity Officer

What a great day! I always appreciate the chance to talk about how AT&T sets the bar on leveraging diversity to drive innovation and growth, and today’s roundtable, Diversity Is Good for the Bottom Line, hosted by the Center for American Progress, was an ideal platform for sharing our story.

One of our goals at AT&T is to move the diversity discussion among business leaders and policymakers beyond traditional definitions.  Do race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation matter? You bet they do.  That’s why AT&T’s been a leader in all of these areas for decades.  We’re recognized year in and year out by organizations like DiversityInc, the Human Rights Campaign, Black Enterprise Magazine and LatinaStyle because we’re the gold standard at ensuring diversity in all our business practices.  Getting to 39 percent women employees and 39 percent people of color doesn’t happen by accident.  And it’s not by chance that people of color hold almost a third of management jobs at AT&T, compared with a national average of 22 percent.

Beyond that, however, we’ve come to understand that the real value of diversity – as it relates to a company’s workforce – comes from leveraging the unique attributes every employee brings to the workplace.  At AT&T, that means valuing people with different educational backgrounds, learning styles, cultural norms, generational views and more.  When we create an inclusive environment, where every view is welcomed and embraced, we achieve an unprecedented level of innovation and creativity. 

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Empowering Consumers
Through Sustainability

Posted by: AT&T Blog Team on June 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

By Beth Shiroishi, AT&T Vice President of Sustainability and Philanthropy

At AT&T, sustainability is deeply engrained in the fabric of what we do, both in our company and throughout the communities where we live, work and serve.  Our 2011 Sustainability Report, released this week, is a testament to that focus.

This isn’t a traditional sustainability report.  This year, we worked to create a first-of-its kind experience that enables visitors to explore an interactive “city” and learn about progress being made not only by our AT&T employees and networks, but by consumers and communities who are working toward creating a more sustainable future.

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