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  • The Facts

    • Workforce

      African Americans make up 18% of AT&T’s U.S. workforce. That compares to 16.3% of the U.S. population that is African American.

      • African Americans make up 13% of our management team.
      • African Americans make up 11% of general managers and senior leaders.
      • African Americans make up 15% of our board of directors.

      AT&T has four top-level African American executives. 

      • David Huntley, chief compliance officer, a direct report to our  chairman, Randall Stephenson.
      • Xavier Williams, executive vice president, global customer service
      • Cynt Marshall, senior vice president and chief diversity officer
      • Jeffrey Lewis, chief accessibility officer

      AT&T has 4 senior leaders who are members of the Executive  Leadership Council.  The council is committed to increasing the number of global black executives in C-suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises.

      African American Employee Resource Group: AT&T’s African American ERG, The Community NETwork, has more than 10,500 employee members in 37 chapters across the U.S.

    • Customer Base

      African Americans choose AT&T’s wireless service more than those of any other U.S. company, and we look forward to the same relationship with them as we grow our entertainment capabilities.

      That’s important to us, and we’re committed to keeping those connections strong with ongoing, authentic marketing that resonates with the African American community.

      • AT&T 28 Days was created to inspire the next generation of innovators, through its signature Black History Month campaign in February. In 2015, the program recognized 10 influential “Game Changers” of the past and present.
      • AT&T The Bridge is a website that connects African Americans to their communities and entertainment, fashion and technology content through articles, videos, interviews, contests and blogs.
      • AT&T Nation’s Football Classic is just one way AT&T supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

        -By creating live interactive experiences during this     annual college and community event, we celebrate the next generation of African American leaders.
        -In 2015, AT&T sponsored 10 students from Howard University and Hampton University at the first-ever Black Enterprise Tech ConneXt Summit in Silicon Valley. During the event, the students met with AT&T executives and other top tech industry experts, visited the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto and participated in a hackathon.

      • AT&T Inspired Mobility is a result of research pioneered in partnership with EBONY magazine in June 2014. It explores the cultural shift in the ways African Americans use mobile devices to connect with their faith and inspiration experiences.
        -Based on research, AT&T is providing a national platform for bloggers, faith communities, influencers and technology enthusiasts to share their inspirational thoughts, experiences and opinions.
        -The Inspired Mobility conversation, hosted by AT&T, continues to engage people from all walks of life. The program uses Twitter, Facebook, Google+ Hangouts and live events to help communities share the positive impact that mobile and Internet technology have on how they find inspiration.
    • Community

      • Our investment in the African American community included more than $175 million contributed or directed in the past 5 years to organizations and projects through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation.
      • We connect students at risk of not graduating high school -- many of them African American -- with employee mentors to learn about diverse career paths and life skills through our AT&T Aspire Program.
      • From 2012-2014, Community NETwork awarded more than $245,000 in scholarships to high school graduating seniors.
      • Community NETwork chapters nationwide also provide mentoring programs for personal and professional development.
      • AT&T has a strong commitment to Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs).
        -When HBCU students win, AT&T wins, so it is important that our leaders remain engaged, that we are present on campuses, commit to funding to enrich student experiences.
        -We support HBCUs and their nearby communities through outreach initiatives, funding, sponsorships and deep-rooted, mutually beneficial relationships.
        -Each year we recruit on-site at HBCUs, searching for strong STEM students, graduates and others for internships and employment.
        -Our ACE University Relations Program matches universities with AT&T’s senior executives and officers who are also alumni. The executive/officer leads a team that includes a university relations manager, sales manager and external affairs. This program includes HBCUs.
        -The creativity, problem-solving capabilities, technology skills and diverse backgrounds that HBCU graduates bring to AT&T help us continue to be the tech end entertainment company of choice for millions of customers.
      • AT&T has a long rich history with civil rights and other community organizations.
        -We strive to put the community first in our partnerships.
        -We work with entities that support cultural enrichment and political and economic empowerment.

    • Programming

      The merger with DIRECTV lets us give our customers access to additional content, programs and networks that cater to diverse communities.  Our customers can find diverse programs and content on DIRECTV and U-verse TV, over their mobile devices and using our high-speed broadband network that will serve 70 million U.S. customer locations (after the expansion commitment).

      Majority African American Owned-Networks: Post merger, AT&T added a number of networks owned and operated by African Americans including:

      • Aspire Network
      • Revolt (now on DIRECTV and U-Verse Platform)
      • Impact Network (added to DIRECTV platform)
      • Entertainment Studios
        -Comedy.TV (now on both DIRECTV and U-Verse)
        -JusticeCentral.TV (now on both DIRECTV and U-Verse)
        -Recipe.TV (U-Verse)
        -ES.TV(U-verse)
        -My Destination.TV (U-Verse)
        -Cars TV (U-Verse)
        -Pets TV (U-Verse) 

      Channel Lineup: Our majority African American-focused channel lineup competes well with that of major pay-TV providers in the U.S. and includes

      • BET
      • BET Gospel
      • Centric
      • VH1 Soul
      • Encore Black
      • Impact Network
      • OWN
      • TV One
      • Revolt TV
      • STARZ in Black
      • Aspire Network

    • Suppliers

      Majority African American-owned businesses provided AT&T with $1.27 billion in products and services in 2014. And while we ranked No. 1 in DiversityInc’s 2015 “Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity,” we’re committed to continued growth in diversifying our suppliers.

    • Awards

      • In 2015, AT&T ranked No. 7 on DiversityInc’s "Top 50 Companies for Diversity.” It marked the 9th consecutive year to be ranked in the top 25 on the list.
      • Black Enterprise named AT&T as one of the Best Companies for Diversity in 2015.
      • We ranked No. 1 in DiversityInc’s 2015 “Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity.”
      • Black Employment & Entrepreneur Journal named AT&T to its 2014 Best of the Best list.
      • The Executive Leadership Council named AT&T its Company of the Year in 2014.
      • U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine named AT&T to their 2013 list of Top Corporate & Government
      • The Career Communications Group recognized 3 AT&T employees with Women of Color STEM awards in 2014. The honors recognize female STEM professionals and encourage women of color to join technical fields. 

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