AT&T Recognized for Chairman's Diversity Council Leadership

Ranked No. 7 in top 25 list for weaving diversity in all business imperatives

Dallas, Texas, October 15, 2012

AT&T*’s leadership in weaving diversity and inclusion into all its business operations is being driven from the top of the organization by the AT&T Chairman’s Diversity Council – and that focus was recently recognized.  The council, led by AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, his 11 direct reports and the company’s chief diversity officer, ranked seventh in the list of Top 25 U.S. Diversity Council Groups by The Association of Diversity Councils, a practice group of PRISM International, Inc.

The prestigious Diversity Council Honors Award™ recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of diversity council groups that lead organizational diversity processes and demonstrate results in their workforce, workplace and marketplace.

According to Philip Berry, executive director of the Association of Diversity Councils, AT&T “employs a top-down driven approach for their 11 ERGs utilizing active leadership, engagement and ownership by their CEO and his direct report team which comprise the Council.  They exemplify embedding diversity into a total business strategy. Each Council member spearheads numerous initiatives within their unit.”

Established in 2008, the AT&T Chairman’s Council leads the diversity and inclusion efforts at AT&T in areas such as attracting, retaining and promoting a diverse workforce. It also ensures the company continues to lead the way in supplier diversity and marketing its lineup of products and services to an increasingly diverse population.

“Our CEO Randall Stephenson is actively involved in monitoring our corporate commitment to diversity and inclusion and holding his direct report officers and the entire management team accountable,” said Debbie Storey, senior vice president for Talent Development and chief diversity officer.  “He’s been engaged and involved from day one because he knows that excellence in diversity and inclusion is a business imperative.”

Storey shared AT&T’s successful approach to diversity councils at the Diversity-Management Best Practices session in New York Oct. 11, hosted by DiversityInc.

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