In recent years, AT&T has moved up to the top portion of this list through its diligent efforts to diversify its workforce and management at all levels; to improve diversity- management structures already in place, such as its formal mentoring program; and to give back to the global community it serves.
What’s most remarkable is that a company this large has such consistently strong
diversity efforts throughout all its locations.
The reason for that starts at the top, with
Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson,
who is a role model for CEO
commitment. He is a very visible
leader on both a corporate and
a personal level (having been
involved with multicultural and
community organizations and
having spearheaded Project
Aspire, which stems the high-school dropout rate). He holds
executives accountable for diversity goals and personally chairs
the executive diversity council.
The company is aggressively seeking talent from all groups through use of its online
career portal and its sponsorship last year
of more than 75 diversity conferences and
career fairs enabling its recruiters to meet a
diverse pool of candidates.
AT&T uses its resource groups to find talent and then help its employees reach their
The company has an ERG Leadership
Academy, in which all resource-group
national leaders receive leadership-
development training at AT&T University in
a two-day, face-to-face session, which helps
them align with the company’s business
goals and strengthen skills such as team
building, communications and leadership.
More than 1,000 employees attended the
Annual National ERG Conference in 2011.
• CHAIRMAN AND CEO
“Diversity is a key success driver at AT&T. We work hard to build a strong
talent pipeline that includes the rich mix of backgrounds and cultures
that make up the communities we serve. When we do that, we’re more
responsive, we’re more innovative and our growth prospects are
• SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT AND
CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER
“Diversity is embedded in how we approach all facets of our
business at AT&T. Whether it’s ensuring all employees’ views are
valued internally, or all customers’ unique needs are understood
and addressed, we never forget that everyone with an AT&T
relationship is different—and we treasure every individual.”