The idea of “diversity and inclusion” has been trending lately. Whether you’re scrolling through social media, skimming headlines or watching popular TV shows, you see these terms all around you.

At AT&T, diversity and inclusion isn’t just a trend. It’s the way we’ve done business for a long time. That’s why DiversityInc ranked us  #3 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity List. We climbed 1 spot from 2016.

Our commitment to diversity comes from the top. Cynt Marshall, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, has led the charge from inside AT&T for more than 35 years. With Cynt at the helm, AT&T increased its efforts to become a workplace where “every voice matters.”

On the heels of this announcement, and after 35 years with AT&T, Cynt is retiring. Her replacement, Corey Anthony, is a 22-year AT&T leader. His most recent role was senior vice president – emerging services and ops transformation.

“We’re proud to be recognized by DiversityInc. They’re an industry leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion,” said Corey Anthony, senior vice president and chief diversity officer. “But that’s not why we do it. Diversity and inclusion drive innovation at our company. It’s important to foster a culture where all viewpoints are considered.”

AT&T climbed 1 spot from the 2016 overall list. DiversityInc also published specialty lists. And AT&T claimed the top spot for recruitment.  The company also made the list of top Companies for LGBT Employees.

AT&T also ranked:

  • No. 2 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity
  • No. 3 Top 10 Companies for Employee Resource Groups
  • No. 4 Top 10 Companies for Veterans    
  • No. 8 Top 10 Companies for Mentoring
  • No. 12 Companies for Diversity Councils

DiversityInc measures companies based on 4 key areas: talent pipeline, talent development, leadership commitment and supplier diversity.

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