Thirteen AT&T women will be recognized for their achievements in technology at the 16th Women of Color (WOC) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference, to be held in Dallas Nov. 3-5, 2011. Sarita Rao, vice president, Program Management Office-Network Sourcing, will receive top honors as the conference’s 2011 Technologist of the Year. The other 12 honorees are:
Career Achievement Award Winner
Elaine Kung, director, Global Enterprise Solutions, Bedminster, NJ
Special Recognition Award Winner
Shiu Chong, senior technical director, Information Technology, Middletown, NJ
Technology All Star Award Winners
Althea Yancy, director, Public Affairs, Bedminster, NJ
Rosie Kitson, assistant vice president, Product Marketing Management, Bedminster, NJ
Stephanie Smith, area manager, Corporate Real Estate, Property Management, Dallas, TX
Noni Gonzalez, assistant vice president, Information Technology, Alpharetta, GA
Anu Seam, general attorney, Legal – Mobility & Consumer, Atlanta, GA
Technology Rising Star Award Winners
Norelie García, director, Federal Public Affairs, Washington, DC
Karen Curtis-Beck, associate director, Product Communications-Business Marketing, Atlanta, GA
Cheryl Choy, executive director, Mobility & Consumer Markets, Atlanta, GA
Alecia Maclin, area manager, Network Operations, Atlanta, GA
Sabrena Lampley-Talbert, area manager, Network Engineering, Akron, OH
“As a company, we’re honored by the recognition – and we’re proud to have so many talented women making great contributions to AT&T and to science at large,” said Debbie Storey, senior vice president for Talent Development and chief diversity officer. “Their recognition is an example of the success individuals can achieve in an inclusive work environment that embeds diversity in its business practices and thrives on innovation.”
The 13 women join a group of nationally recognized AT&T women in technology that includes Carman Nava, senior vice president, Consumer-Small Market Group; Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, Wi-Fi Services; and Alicia Abella, Ph.D., and Mary Fernández, Ph.D., both executive directors and leading scientists at AT&T Labs.
“I am thrilled by the recognition and proud to work for a company that provides an environment where women can have professional success and make a contribution to their field,” said Rao.
AT&T ‘s inclusion of women in the workforce has been recognized by a number of organizations, including: NAFE (Top Companies for Executive Women, 2010); DiversityMBA Magazine (50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership, 2010), DiversityInc (Top 50 Companies for Diversity and Hall of Fame, 2001 - 2010); Women’s Business Enterprise Council (Top 20 Companies for Women-Owned Business, 1999-2011); and LATINA Style magazine ( 50 Best Places for Latinas to Work, 1998-2011).
Women represent 40 percent of AT&T’s total workforce and 40 percent of its management ranks. More than 3,500 women are members of Women at AT&T, one of the company’s 10 ERGs which provide mentoring, networking and development opportunities. ERG membership at AT&T is open to all employees. For employment opportunities please visit www.att.com/jobs.