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What has 2,100 engaged company employees and sells out in less than 13 minutes?  It’s AT&T’s 8th Annual 2016  National ERG Conference, where employees from around the globe travel to Dallas for a weekend of fun, fellowship and development.

What makes this employee conference the event of year at AT&T?  It’s an opportunity for members of our 12 employee resource groups to network, engage and grow with other members and with senior executives from the company.  This year is extra special as DiversityInc recently recognized AT&T as having the number one employee resource groups in the country. 

When they head home from the conference, they will once again be assured that for all employees at AT&T, Every Voice Matters.

The 2016 ERG Conference starts Sept. 23 – near the AT&T global headquarters at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. This year’s conference is the biggest to date and will include more senior executives, more external speakers, and more workshops.

What can veteran attendees and first-timers expect when the fun kicks off next Friday?

We’ll Up Our Career Game
AT&T is investing in our employees by developing their skills to support our changing industry. Executive panels will take place throughout the conference and cover career enhancing topics. Employees can sit in on panels to learn how to get the most out of their mentor/mentee relationship.

Other panels will explore our position in the global marketplace. They dive into how employees can best prepare themselves to innovate in this changing landscape. Additional panels will cover an even wider range of topics all geared towards enhancing and uplifting our workforce.

Back by popular demand and expanded to allow every attendee to participate are our fireside chats with AT&T senior leaders. These chats are intimate conversations led by an AT&T leader and typically 7-9 attendees.  During these sessions employees can spend over an hour engaging with each leader and learning more about their thoughts on our changing business. The conversations will be open, honest and most of all informative about what’s next for AT&T. We’ll teach employees as we continue to transform into the top-ranking integrated communications company worldwide.

We’ll hear from leaders and newsmakers
It wouldn’t be an AT&T ERG Conference if we didn’t have some of the biggest change makers around sharing their knowledge. Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani and Jessica Cox, the first-ever licensed pilot without arms, will deliver keynote addresses that are sure to uplift, invigorate and inspire. Many AT&T senior leaders will also speak, including:

We’ll give back
If there is one thing our AT&T ERG employees know how to do, it’s serve their community. Following the ERG Conference festivities, there will be a special Day of Service on Saturday. Participants of this post-conference event have the choice of volunteering for one of four community engagement events, one of which is to help stomp out hunger by coming together to create meals for those in need

But wait…we’ll do even more!
It’s almost impossible to list all of the exciting things happening at this year’s ERG Conference. But for the 2,100 registered attendees, the conference will be full of enlightening sessions, thought-provoking panels and some really inspiring guest speakers.

This is just one of the many examples why At AT&T, Every Voice Matters.

For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit www.att.com/diversity

Rick Gomez
Rick Gomez Executive Director of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion