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AT&T Presents an Exclusive Fireside Chat with Shaun Robinson and Special Guests

AT&T has long encouraged women in their careers and recognized their success. Something I personally experienced as the son of a single-parent mother, who took advantage of the opportunities AT&T offered her and retired from a 45-year career in the Bell System.

Women make up nearly a third of our workforce, with 35% in management roles. Each year, through our all-female “Executive Women’s Leadership Experience” and “Lift & Connect” development programs, we provide mentoring and coaching opportunities to champion our top women’s advancement and leadership growth. We also provide resources for continuous learning in growth areas of our business with our ‘Future Ready’ reskilling program.

To that end, we’re again proud to sponsor the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit and support the team of AT&T women who will join nearly 1500 others at the Mirage in Las Vegas this week, Feb. 28-March 3. Together they’ll further the conversation on women’s leadership and empowerment, specifically amongst women of color, so they can BE Intentional, BE Empowered and BE Equipped.

The three-day summit, now in its 14th year, will spotlight inspirational influencers like 2020 presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, retired AT&T chief diversity officer and now the first black female CEO of an NBA team.

We’ll celebrate the achievements of other black women leaders, too, like our own Marachel Knight, senior vice president-wireless & access engineering, construction and operations, who is being named to Black Enterprise’s 2019 list of Most Powerful Women in Corporate America. We’ll also privately recognize:

  • Cassie Lee, senior vice president, finance
  • Michele Barney, senior vice president, content operations and programming for DirecTV

Our commitment to women – and to the importance of male allies helping them advance professionally – is one reason I’ll also join in the conversation at the summit. I’ll be on a panel Friday morning entitled “An Honest Conversation about Gender in the Workplace.” We’ll dive deeply into the male-female dynamic in corporate America today and the progress in closing representation gaps.

Friday evening, we’ll host the ‘Ultimate Girls Night Out’ with Award-winning journalist and TV personality Shaun Robinson and special guests sharing how they ‘Dream in Black’ to push the limits and reach their goals as creatives, business women and entrepreneurs.

For more details, please check out the BE Women of Power webpage – and then follow along on social media at #DreaminBlack and #BEWPS.

Something tells me this year’s BE Women of Power Summit is going to be extraordinary!