The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named AT&T one of the “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women.” This is the third consecutive year that AT&T has been named to the prestigious list, which recognizes companies for outstanding efforts in recruiting, retaining and advancing women into leadership roles.
Women represent 39 percent of AT&T’s workforce, 39 percent of its management ranks and 25 percent of its board of directors.
“Beyond the statistics, we’re proud of the contribution women are making at AT&T at all levels and in all functions of our company,” said Debbie Storey, AT&T’s senior vice president talent development and chief diversity officer. “Inclusion has long been a business imperative at AT&T, and key to innovation and growth. We’re honored by NAFE’s recognition of our inclusive work environment, where women play leading roles in driving sales, developing tomorrow’s technology and building our brand.”
Key to AT&T’s inclusive environment are the company’s 11 employee resource groups, which provide networking, mentoring and development opportunities for their members while connecting the company with the segment of the population they represent. The Women of AT&T, has more than 4,100 members, is a platform for personal and professional development among AT&T’s female workforce.
“Women are doing great things at AT&T thanks to its inclusive culture,” said Theresa Spralling, chief executive officer Women of AT&T’s national organization, one of the company’s 11 ERGs. “It’s both impressive and inspiring to see women in positions of great responsibility at AT&T, where we make a huge contribution to the business, the industry, and society in general.”
“The key concern of talent executives at major companies today is women’s advancement to the highest ranks. NAFE emphasized the importance of ensuring that women enter the leadership pipeline early and then have the training, exposure, and sponsorship they need to succeed,” said NAFE President Betty Spence, PhD.
AT&T is widely recognized for its diverse and inclusive workplace. It ranked No. 4 overall in The DiversityInc 2011 Top 50 Companies for Diversity® list; No. 1 in Hispanic Business magazine’s 2011 Best Company for Diversity; 2010 Corporation of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council; HACR’s 2011 Corporate Inclusion Index; Latina Style magazine (14 years on the list); and the Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, among others.