28 Days: Moments that Matter with Bryant Stewart
Bryant Stewart is a client solutions executive in the Global Business - Public Sector Solutions part of AT&T. He has been with the company for more than 5 years. He currently manages our daily business interactions with the United Nations. A Baltimore native, Bryant is a graduate of Bowie State University, a proud brother of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and a current MBA candidate at Baruch College. He’s also a self-proclaimed BLERD (black nerd).
Q: Why did you choose to work at AT&T?
A: A long-time geek, I’ve always enjoyed techy things. I went to a technical trade high school, and initially, planned to study computer sciences in college. However, there was another part of me that wanted to sharpen my political acumen. I wanted to help create civic change and contribute to policy reform, so I decided to major in political science. When I graduated in 2010 with my bachelor’s degree, the telecom industry was extremely alluring to me. The maturation of the iPhone, the prevalence of the Internet and the endless possibilities of the industry drew me toward AT&T.
Q: Who were some of your childhood heroes?
A: My dad has always been one of my heroes. He’s a Baltimore City police officer and has put his life on the line to provide for our family. After almost 30 years as a patrolman in one of the roughest districts of Baltimore, he will retire this year. I’m very proud of his accomplishments. He inspired me as a child, and now even more as an adult.
Q: What are some of the defining cultural moments you’ve experienced during your lifetime?
A: As a child, I was very involved in the community through church and the Boys and Girls Club. In college, I was honored to participate in a highly selective student leadership program through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. As a young professional, I have served as a founding member of a non-profit called oxyGEN, Inc. And recently, I was selected by HBCU Buzz as one of the Top 30 Under 30, an award that honors 30 generation Y stellar millennials from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Q: What are some of your hopes for future generations?
A: I have always been a strong and vocal advocate for gender equality and diversity in STEM fields. My hope is future generations – that regardless of where they are from, or how high the stakes— have confidence to believe they can succeed.
Q: What does Black History mean to you?
A: It’s the “smiles and the tears” from my ancestors’ journey that make these opportunities possible today. And they don’t go unappreciated. Black history is a prideful story that we should all learn.
Bryant Stewart, client solutions executive