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Press Release -- July 11th, 2012
Source: AT&T

AT&T’s Diverse and Inclusive Culture Fuels Innovation

AT&T’s Chief Diversity Officer Debbie Storey will discuss the role of diversity and inclusion in leading innovation during Center for American Progress panel discussion

Dallas, Texas, July 11, 2012


AT&T’s senior vice president-Talent Development and chief diversity officer Debbie Storey will discuss how diversity and inclusion fuel AT&T’s innovation during a panel sponsored by the Center of American Progress.  The panel, Diversity Is Good for the Bottom Line,” will take place in Washington, D.C. this Thursday, July 12 at 9:00 a.m. CT and will stream live online here.

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action and its project Progress 2050 seeks to promote new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. “We are pleased that AT&T will be joining us discuss achieving financial success through a demonstrated commitment to diversity,” said Vanessa Cárdenas, Director of Progress 2050. “Given our country’s demographic shifts, their leadership on this issue is key to inspiring more businesses to think about diversity as a core business strategy that will pay dividends in recruiting and retaining the best and brightest employees.”

“Having a broad range of perspectives and points of view is key to innovation,” Storey said.  “AT&T weaves diversity and inclusion into every facet of its business because when we have more diverse backgrounds around an idea, we get more innovative solutions.”

AT&T’s diverse and inclusive practices have been widely recognized.   For the past four years it has ranked among the top five companies in the  Diversity Inc Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list, where it placed No. 4 overall and No. 3 for Blacks in 2012. Also in 2012, AT&T was listed in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2012 “Best Places to Work” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, marking the eighth year to earn a 100% rating on HRC Corporate Equality Index because of it commitment to LGBT employees and the LGBT community.

In 2011 AT&T received the highest rating for all telecommunication firms on the 2011 Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s Corporate Inclusion Index (HACR CII).  In that same year, AT&T was named the #1 company for diversity by Hispanic Business magazine. In 2010, AT&T was named Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council . AT&T also ranked among the top 50 employers for people with disabilities list by  CAREERS & the disABLED magazine (2012); the top 50 employers by  Equal Opportunity magazine (2010/2011); the 40 best companies for diversity by Black Enterprise magazine (2005, 2007 – 2010, 2011); the 50 best companies for Latinas to work, LATINAStyle magazine (1998 – 2010, 2011); the top 100 military-friendly employers, G.I. Jobs magazine (2012); and since 2004 it has consistently ranked a Best Places to Work, Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

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