By Lynette M. Aguilar, Vice President and General Manager at AT&T
When I think of resiliency and overcoming all odds, I think of my Abuelos (grandparents). With just an elementary school level education, they instilled in our family a sense of strong work ethic and passed down the value of education. They also taught me to be my authentic self and to be proud of my heritage. Reflecting on my family’s story and being part of their legacy is a driving force for reaching my limitless possibilities.
As a second generation Mexican American, the daughter of parents who were the first to graduate from college, and the granddaughter of an U.S. Army vet and janitor – I’m very aware that grit and determination alone don’t guarantee success. I follow in the footsteps of fierce women and people of color that understand that together as family and teams, any barrier can be broken. It’s this perspective that I bring to my young daughters as I prepare them to navigate their own journeys.
Today, thanks to my family’s support and sacrifices, I am one of the few Latina executives leading a multi-billion-dollar enterprise at AT&T. I’ve seen firsthand the importance of representation and the positive impact that providing access to economic opportunities can bring to the communities where we live and work. I’ve also experienced how important it is for our work atmosphere to mirror our communities. Everything from diverse representation of employees and suppliers coming together to form a rich environment to serve our customers, in turn, creates meaningful economic impact.
Our spirit of resiliency rings through across the Hispanic community. We’ve overcome adversity and have shown optimism, navigating through challenging social and economic times, including the pandemic recovery which disproportionally affected people of color. Throughout my 17-year career at AT&T, I’ve connected with so many entrepreneurs and Hispanic-business owners whose stories are the embodiment of the resilient spirit needed to reach limitless possibilities.
Through the AT&T Supplier Diversity program, one of the first such programs in the U.S., our company is making meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth of diverse companies and communities. Over the years, our mission has remained simple: create an inclusive supply chain that is as diverse as our employee base and the customers we serve. In 2021, AT&T surpassed our corporate goal which represented $13.3 billion spent with businesses owned by certified diverse firms, specifically spending over $3 billion with certified Hispanic minority business enterprise!
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to recognize our Hispanic suppliers, their journeys, and how their teams are making a profound impact on their local communities. Here are some of their inspiring stories:
For more information on our AT&T Supplier Diversity efforts, and the year-round impact of our Hispanic suppliers in local communities, please visit our Supplier Diversity page.
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Lynette M. Aguilar
Vice President and General Manager at AT&T