I recently had the honor of attending the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) STEM Global Competitive Conference in Washington, D.C., to help recognize and applaud several remarkable AT&T managers for their achievements.
It was a powerful and touching reminder that our company’s longstanding commitment to diversity – coupled with our inclusive culture that invites every employee to bring his or her best self to work each day – is a game-changer in so many ways.
“I was also proud to represent AT&T as a panelist and participant. So much of what I heard from other companies was centered around our technology, connectivity, cloud, security, mobility and the Internet of Things. This inspired me to work even harder to make sure our voice is heard at every table so people understand that AT&T is a great place to work.” -Marvy Moore
Launched in 1987, the Black Engineer of the Year Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in STEM field accomplishments. At this year’s conference, eight of our managers were honored on stage before a huge audience – four received top recognition for their contributions in technology – and another four were named Modern Day Technology Leaders.
Each of these individuals plays a key role in helping shape the way millions across the globe connect with their worlds every day – and each embodies what it means to be an AT&T leader.
Here are their stories:
Shelvy Marbury, who was recognized for Professional Achievement, is an AT&T network-engineering manager in Southfield, Mich. She oversees design and strategy for 2,700 cell site locations across Michigan and Indiana. Before joining AT&T, Shelvy was a NASA researcher – where she developed food-growing methods for extended space missions. And before that, she was at E-Systems designing cooling systems for military aircraft during Desert Storm. Shelvy’s passionate about engineering and frequently shares her story with young people – encouraging them to have the courage to dream and achieve their full potential.
LoGina Davis was honored for Technical Sales and Marketing. LoGina delivers an amazing one-two punch as a technical solutions architect in Bedminster, N.J.: industry expertise coupled with incredible customer rapport. She’s a leader in AT&T’s hosting and cloud-based Unified Communications global business, and she parlays that knowledge into crucial support for customers. Outside of work, LoGina is also president of Papillon, which focuses on urban issues, women’s matters and economic development – and she’s on the board of Virtual Visitation to provide teleconferencing services to senior citizens in nursing homes. Her goal now is to see young black girls be as excited as she is about creating the future through technology.
Marvy Moore, was honored in the Special Recognition category. Marvy seems able to see around corners – and she uses that insight as an AT&T market development leader in Orlando, Fla. She’s involved in a joint innovation project with a top U.S. theme park on technology that binds content and location-awareness services. And she’s led hundreds of outside sales professionals who consult clients on wireless, wireline and mobile applications solutions. Marvy brings deep and broad expertise to AT&T – having held leadership positions in operations, customer care, marketing and sales. Along the way, she’s supported AT&T’s employee resource groups and consulted an Atlanta mayor on youth initiatives.
Jin Wang was named Most Promising Engineer. Jin’s passion for engineering was born when he disassembled his first radio at age seven, and he’s never looked back. Today, as product development engineer in San Ramon, Calif., Jin troubleshoots AT&T’s mobility and wireline networks. His team in AT&T Labs recently developed a tool that reduced annual costs by more than $40 million. The recipient of 20 engineering and electronics patents, Jin is also a student mentor at California State University East Bay and UC Berkeley.
Also recognized at the event were our Modern Day Technology Leaders: Charles Huang, director-new technology product development; Nike Laguda, principal technical project manager; Latricia Smith Milwood, senior project manager; and Allison Whittaker, lead systems engineer.
It was an evening to remember – and Marvy summed it up best:
“As a first-time honoree and attendee at BEYA, I was awed by the focus and commitment to drive STEM in our country, wide and deep. It was very flattering to be among my accomplished AT&T colleagues and so many other leaders in public, private and military."
“I was also proud to represent AT&T as a panelist and participant. So much of what I heard from other companies was centered around our technology, connectivity, cloud, security, mobility and the Internet of Things. This inspired me to work even harder to make sure our voice is heard at every table so people understand that AT&T is a great place to work.”This blog was originally posited on the Consumer Blog.