Marissa Shorenstein — AT&T New York
Marissa Shorenstein, president AT&T New York, is responsible for the company’s regulatory, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state.
AT&T New York Blog
AT&T empowers individuals through diversity and inclusivity
AT&T* has long been a leader in providing an inclusive work environment. Our 137-year history of innovation has been made possible by people from all walks of life coming together to connect people to their world anywhere, anytime and on any device. It is our diverse, inclusive culture that welcomes all points of view and makes us who we are: a great place to work, a desired business partner and a committed member of the communities we serve.
In 2009, we created the Chief Diversity Officer Forum as a venue to formally integrate, leverage and grow enterprise-wide initiatives for AT&T to become best-in-class in diversity and inclusiveness.
The forum meets quarterly during the year to monitor the progress of our initiatives and to share best practices. We also created the Business Unit Diversity Council to help build greater awareness around diversity while maintaining an inclusive culture.
AT&T has a wide range of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that create niche communities within the company for our employees. Some of the ERGS with which AT&T in New York City works on a regular basis are the Women of AT&T, the League at AT&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Organization of AT&T), HACEMOS (Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T) and AT&T Veterans. You can learn more about our ERGS and other AT&T workforce inclusivity programs here.
AT&T beats the national average of women working in the STEM field, with 28 percent of the company’s female employees holding STEM jobs. We are proud of our commitment to encourage more women to use their creativity and innovation in this field. We have more than 1,000 female inventors in our company, who have filed and issued a combined 4,000 patents — one of those women alone has more than 130 patents! Thirty-two percent of our managers are people of color, which exceeds the national average of 22 percent.
In New York City, we echo AT&T’s overall commitment to emphasize diversity and inclusivity inside and outside the company. Here are a few recent events and initiatives we participated in to highlight our focus on this important company principle:
We continue to support Girls Who Code, an organization created to teach young women computer science and which we hosted in our Rockefeller Center office last summer. Our work with Girls Who Code was highlighted in AT&T’s 2013 Annual Report and featured Ashley White, one of the young women who participated in our summer program.
A representative from the League at AT&T, David Kirby, spoke at Union Settlement’s Safe Space Forum on LGBTQ Inclusivity, which took place at Washington Community Center in East Harlem on March 21st.
AT&T was proud to sponsor FEGS Health and Human Services’ inaugural Strictly Business benefit breakfast on February 27th, which brought together business owners and workforce development organizations to network and learn about FEGS’ citywide impact on communities and individuals.
AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson was honored with the Mentoring Award at HELP USA’s Tribute Awards Dinner on March 12th for his work mentoring the next generation of leaders through both AT&T ‘s mentoring program, the ASPIRE Mentoring Academy, and his personal mentoring work.
A supporter of Girls Inc., an organization that offers support, confidence building and skills development to under-served girls between the ages of six and 18, AT&T was a sponsor of the Girls Inc. New York Luncheon on March 20th. Esther Lee, AT&T’s senior vice president of Brand Marketing & Advertising, served on the luncheon host committee.
I participated in the New York City Department of Education’s Women in Tech initiative in December, which was part of DOE’s Computer Science Week
During the event, I met with female students from Manhattan’s Urban Assembly Gateway for Technology School at AT&T AdWorks and talked to them about what it is like to be a female professional working in the STEM field.
I am proud to be part of a company that places such an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity and is constantly striving to do more to maintain our role as model corporate citizens.
I look forward to working with more organizations that share our vision and empower individuals with a variety of backgrounds to succeed.
New York State President, AT&T
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