Celebrating the Women Who Move AT&T Forward
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting women across our company who have pushed the business forward and inspired others to do the same.
Amy Wheelus, vice president, Broadband and Video Systems
Amy and her team create software platforms and applications to support AT&T’s broadband and video products, including AT&T TV, and the upcoming HBO Max service.
“AT&T TV is a game changer,” Amy said. “It allows us to provide a fantastic experience that’s so simple our customers can install it themselves and be watching their favorite shows, movies and sports almost instantly. All you need is an internet connection. That’s something many customers have wanted for a long time. The great people involved pulled off a tremendous accomplishment, and we’re really excited about this service.”
For Amy, her work on AT&T TV is just one of the many things she’s accomplished in her 29-year career.
“I’ve been with AT&T my entire career, and the work I’ve been a part of the last 5 years has helped reshape the telecom industry,” Amy said.
Christy Haubegger, Executive Vice President, Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia
With the integration of WarnerMedia, our new entertainment company, to the family last year, Christy was hired as WarnerMedia’s first chief enterprise inclusion officer. But her commitment to helping advance women and people of color started many years ago.
Upon graduating from Stanford Law School in 1996, she was frustrated by the lack of Hispanic role models in popular media, so she founded Latina magazine to appeal to Hispanic-American women.
“I went into the magazine business because I wanted to tell stories and see faces like mine,” Christy said. “I believed Hispanic lives were as valid as anyone else’s on a magazine cover. That was my motivation.”
Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Christy served as a producer for the film, Spanglish before joining the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) where she worked for 14 years. She led the company’s drive to become the market leader in the representation of people of color and women. During her tenure, the agency grew its diverse roster more than 1400%. Her key achievements include the launch of CAA Amplify, a gathering of multicultural leaders and the industry’s first database of television writers of color.
“Making promises and commitments is easy, but to impact lives and improve cultures, results matter,” Christy said. “It’s actually essential if you want to succeed.”
Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of Warner Bros.
Ann is the first woman to hold the position of Chair and CEO of Warner Bros.
“Warner Bros. has been synonymous with innovation, creativity and world-class storytelling for almost 100 years,” Ann said. “I’m so proud to continue that tradition and be the first woman in this seat. I’m hoping that by taking this position, I can be a role model for younger women and diverse voices looking to run companies someday.”
Prior to becoming the Chair and CEO of Warner Bros., Ann held many other prominent positions, including president of BBC Studios Americas and president of Dow Jones Ventures.
One of her most notable positions was her work as the chief operating officer of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). AT&T serves as the WNBA’s marquee partner and is the league’s first non-apparel brand to be featured on all 12 team jerseys.
“I am very proud to have worked at the WNBA, and I’m pleased that AT&T is partnering with the organization,” Ann said. “The visibility and support that the partnership provides will help advance the WNBA and more broadly help all women’s sports on a number of fronts: growing audiences, encouraging other companies to sponsor women’s sports, moving toward pay equality and inspiring the next generation of girls to become professional athletes.”
Shiz Suzuki, assistant vice president, Sponsorship & Experiential Marketing.
In just over 2 years of tenure, Shiz has led a transformative effort to evolve AT&T's sponsorships portfolio.
She’s helped establish innovative partnerships with the NBA and WNBA, unlocking a new industry with esports and gaming partnerships. As part of her efforts, she’s helped in raising the visibility of women in sports like basketball, soccer, golf and event esports.
“As a woman of color in this sports marketing industry, I recognize my position and role has the ability to inspire those that see themselves in me,” Shiz said. “I’m proud to be a part of a company that celebrates and honors the work each of us does, regardless of who it comes from. I believe everybody deserves to be represented, at all levels.”
Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Technology Service & Operations
After previously overseeing the design and build of our 5G network, Marachel now leads the team responsible for engineering and operating our mobility core networks and services. During the past 20 years, she’s served in a variety of technology positions at AT&T while honing her specializations in technology architecture, engineering and operations.
"Throughout my career I’ve learned that taking risks and being resilient through change leads to meaningful team contributions and success,” Marachel said. “The joy of being a part of a team that is changing the world is a true reward.”
Jalayna Bolden, director, AT&T Supplier Diversity
Jalayna leads the AT&T Supplier Diversity team, which ensures AT&T maintains a diverse supplier base of minority, woman, service-disabled veterans and LGBTQ+-led businesses.
“Having the opportunity to lead this team is extremely rewarding,” Jalayna said. “I get to lead a program that aligns with one of my core values; diversity and inclusion. It’s important to make sure that employees understand the importance of Supplier Diversity and how it’s a game changer for Fortune 10 corporations like ours. We know that diverse suppliers bring innovation and value to our products and services while also making positive economic impacts in the communities.”