Hispanic Business magazine this week joined a long list of organizations recognizing AT&T’s leadership in diversity and inclusion, naming AT&T the No. 1 company for diversity in its 2011 ranking. This is the fifth consecutive year that the company makes the magazine’s prestigious top-10 list, placing twice as No. 1 (2008 and 2011) and twice as No. 2 (2007 and 2010.)
Hispanic Business praised AT&T’s diversity efforts in the areas of recruitment and promotion, marketing, community support and supplier diversity. AT&T’s focus on education was also recognized, particularly in bringing minority students to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, and addressing the school dropout rate with a $100 million grant from the AT&T Foundation’s Aspire program.
The magazine also highlighted the many contributions of HACEMOS, The Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T, which in 2010 was selected as the top ERG by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for its community outreach, recruiting and business performance work.
“We are honored by Hispanic Business’ recognition of our efforts to promote an environment where every employee is valued and every voice is heard,” said Debbie Storey, AT&T’s senior vice president for Talent Development and Chief Operating Officer. “As the magazine correctly reported, AT&T’s commitment to diversity and inclusion begins at the top and has long been a business imperative that fuels innovation and growth.”
Hispanic Business also mentioned the number of Hispanics in the company’s senior ranks, including Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets; Noni Gonzalez, assistant vice president, Information Technology; and Norelie Garcia, director, Federal Public Affairs. Other Hispanics in senior posts include Thaddeus Arroyo, chief information officer; Carmen Nava, senior vice president-Consumer Marketing; Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president, WiFi services, as well as Drs. Mary Fernandez and Alicia Abella, executive directors at AT&T Labs.
People of color represent 38 percent of the AT&T workforce and 46 percent of 2010 new hires. Hispanics represent 12 percent of the workforce and 16 percent of 2010 new hires. Procurement from diverse suppliers in 2010 was $9.2 billion, almost 19 percent of its total, with a goal of reaching 21.5 percent.
The company’s diversity and inclusion practices have been recognized by numerous organizations and publications including: DiversityInc, National Minority Supplier Development Council; NAFE, the National Association for Female Executives; Hispanic Business magazine; Woman Engineer magazine.
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