How does your role support AT&T’s efforts to improve environmental and social performance and impact?
My current role has virtually nothing to do with environmental performance, but almost has everything to do with social impact based on the work we are doing with education through Aspire.
As you may know, 1 in 5 kids doesn’t graduate on time with their class. Our mission is to provide necessary services to organizations that help those students who are at risk of dropping out of high school. That equates to a tremendous amount of social impact because once a student graduates high school, they have a much better chance of being a more productive member of society. With a high school degree, they will earn more money, pay more taxes and use less in terms of social resources as they get older.
As a result, we focus our efforts in areas like our environmental impact, how our footprint affects the world and how we can create and enable technology to empower others to lead better and more sustainable lives.
We also do a lot with Aspire Mentoring Academy or AMA. Through AMA, we connect employees within the company to mentoring opportunities with students at risk of not graduating. This program empowers our employees to advance their communities, and at the same time, students benefit from the many, many years of diverse and extensive experience that most of our employees have. That’s also a tremendous impact. This helps the employees feel more engaged with their communities and also allows the students to benefit from the diverse and extensive years of experience the employees have.
From a giving perspective, it is critical that we work with organizations that can prove their efficacy and are good at what they do. We are making a big change and positive impact on our society because we fund organizations that are able to prove they’re effective and making a difference. We don’t just fund organizations that claim they can make children smile; we want to fund organizations that have the ability through their intervention to move children who are off track for graduation, back on track to graduate high school.
Why do you think corporate social responsibility is important to business?
CSR is important for a number of reasons. As corporations, we’re members of society, and it is important for us to be good citizens in the societies that we are in. Consider the way we look at sustainability here at AT&T: we think about it as a Venn diagram. One circle of the diagram represents the needs of society, and the other represents the needs of AT&T. The area in the middle of the Venn diagram where the two circles overlap is the area that sustainability covers. We feel that anything in that middle area is the space where we need to be actively involved in.
As a result, we focus our efforts in areas like our environmental impact, how our footprint affects the world and how we can create and enable technology to empower others to lead better and more sustainable lives. On the social side, it goes beyond what I do on a day to day basis; we also believe it’s our role to make sure that we have a diverse workforce and work with diverse suppliers.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy sustaining myself by working out quite a bit. I go to the gym, play tennis, I row and rollerblade. Those are my main activities health wise. I’m also a passionate football watcher and fantasy football player. My favorite team is Penn State. I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my girlfriend and my dogs, who happen to enjoy many of the same things I do. I am actively involved in my neighborhood as well.