I have always felt a deep connection to the rich culture of Native Americans. That’s why I am passionate about leading the Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE).
I was excited to learn that for the 2nd year in a row, AT&T was named one of Winds of Change Top 50 Workplaces for Native American STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Professionals.
I get the opportunity to engage with tribal members and continue the dialogue on ways to partner, assist and celebrate culture between them and AT&T. AT&T is one of the most diversity-focused companies I know and has a long history of supporting the Native American community in various ways. We have been a leader in the recruitment of Native American talent for several years, including sponsoring the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s (AISES) national conference and sponsoring the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (NCAIED) Native Edge portal – which broadcasts all of AT&T’s career opportunities to all users.
It’s an incredible honor to be on the list. Winds of Change is a premier nationally distributed magazine published with a single-minded focus on career and educational advancement for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and First Nations, with an emphasis on STEM.
We are honored by this recognition and are more motivated than ever to continue our work with the Native American Community.
ICAE was started in 1996 and has grown to 2,800 members. We have 7 councils across all 50 U.S. states, and are working on projects across the country.
Each year we offer scholarships to Native American undergraduate students. This year we’re offering 30. To be considered, students compose essays discussing technology in relation to any subject.
In addition to the Native American-focused educational work AT&T helps fund, ICAE is also working on a Native American language preservation project in California, a nationwide diabetes awareness campaign and our annual Spirit of Warmth blanket making event for reservations across the country.
Thank you Winds of Change for recognizing us as a leader in STEM companies who employ and support Native American communities. We are honored to be recognized.
Margo Bernath, National President - Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE)