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Press Release -- July 18th, 2011
Source: AT&T

AT&T Recognized by Black Enterprise on its Best Companies for Diversity List

AT&T* has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine, which named it one of 40 Best Companies for Diversity on its 2011 list.  This is the fifth consecutive year in that AT&T is included in this prestigious list, which recognizes companies for their commitment to inclusion of African Americans and other ethnic minorities in their board of directors, workforce, senior management, and supplier diversity.

“We are honored and encouraged by this recognition by Black Enterprise,” said Debbie Storey, AT&T senior vice president – talent development and chief diversity officer.  “At AT&T, diversity and inclusion are imperatives at every level of our company and are key to our success.  Diversity and inclusion help spark innovation, elevate customer care, and strengthen connections with the communities we serve.”

AT&T’s holistic approach to diversity focuses on four areas:  talent development, multicultural marketing, community support and supplier diversity.

The company’s efforts in these areas have been widely recognized.   It has ranked consistently in the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list, where it placed No. 4 overall and No. 1 for Blacks in 2011. In 2010, AT&T was named Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.  In addition, Chief Learning Officer magazine this year named AT&T No. 1 in its inaugural “LearningElite” benchmarking and recognition program, and best in corporate America at aligning learning and development with business results.

“As the economy recovers, the organizations on our list of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity continue to use inclusion as part of their business strategy,” said Careers/Lifestyle Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne. “They realize that hiring diverse employees and leveraging differences sharpens their competitive edge.”

Black Enterprise’s Top 40 list is based on the magazine’s survey of the nation’s top 1,000 companies as well as the 50 leading global companies with strong U.S. operations. The questionnaire focuses on the participation of African Americans and members of other ethnic minority groups as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T, news, filings) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

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