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Marissa Shorenstein, president AT&T New York, is responsible for the company’s regulatory, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state.

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AT&T Celebrates Hispanic Culture in New York City this Summer

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on June 10, 2014

AT&T celebrates diversity, inside and outside the company. 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.

Thirty two percent of our managers are people of color, which exceeds the national average of 22 percent, and the retention rate for people of color is 88 percent, as of 2011.

We have particularly strong ties to the Hispanic community, which was exemplified last year when LATINA Style magazine named AT&T Company of the Year for being an inclusive and desired workplace for Latinas.

The magazine also honored AT&T Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Carmen Nava and AT&T Employee Resource Group HACEMOS, the Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T, for excellence in leadership, community service and mentorship.

With 25 years of community service and more than 6,000 members across the country, HACEMOS is one of AT&T’s most popular Employee Resource Groups. Every year, the group holds a National High Tech Day to show students opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math.

In New York City, we are committed to doing even more to support our diverse Hispanic neighborhoods, residents and local organizations, and this summer we are participating in a number of exciting community events across the five boroughs to become further embedded in the city’s Latin American culture.

We would like to share with you a list of upcoming happenings AT&T will be supporting over the next few months:

  • Now through October: A sponsor of the New York Red Bulls, AT&T will be hosting player appearances at our retail stores, two of which will take place over the coming months at the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst and in Washington Heights.
  • June 7th: AT&T is the presenting sponsor of the 116th Street Festival in East Harlem.
  • June 8th: AT&T is also a sponsor of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
  • June 18th: At the Ghetto Film School Gala, AT&T will present a scholarship to a Ghetto Film School student as part of the company’s support for the organization. Ghetto Film School, located in the South Bronx, is a film high school that educates and cultivates the next generation of storytellers, primarily serving Latino and African American students.
  • July 8th-12th: AT&T sponsors the Latin American Music Conference in Manhattan.

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th-October 15th, and we will be out there celebrating with you! Here are a couple activities we are supporting that month:

• Dominican Day Festival
• Megaton, New York’s largest Hispanic celebration

Additionally, AT&T will again join Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. to host the Bronx Borough President’s Cup, a Little League tournament comprised of teams whose players are required to maintain a B-average in school, have 90 percent or greater school attendance and demonstrate a commitment to community service. The Borough President’s Cup championship game will be held in August at Yankee Stadium, and followed this fall by a Family Day Celebration to award the Cup’s participating teams with equipment grants sponsored by AT&T.

In May, we launched AT&T Street Charge for the second summer in a row to provide New Yorkers’ with a free, quick charge in outdoor locations across the five boroughs, including:

• Flushing Meadows Corona Park
• Rockaway Beach
• Orchard Beach
• Coney Island

For a full list of AT&T Street Charge locations, click here.

We are proud of AT&T’s support for local organizations and community initiatives, and especially for all our work in the many Hispanic communities across the city. Follow us on Twitter @ATTNYC for the most up-to-date information on these exciting summer events – we hope to see you there!


Marissa Shorenstein

New York State President, AT&T

AT&T New York — Tribeca Film Festival

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on May 13, 2014

AT&T Tribeca Film Festival 

AT&T was proud to serve as presenting sponsor of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival — an annual event that has grown into one of the most important independent film festivals in the world. As a communications company, AT&T constantly strives to be at the forefront of innovation — we are committed to harnessing the power of technology to keep consumers and communities connected in new and exciting ways.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in the wake of 9/11 to revitalize Lower Manhattan and bring together a community still reeling from tragedy through the convening power of film. AT&T shares the commitment of the Festival’s founders to fostering a community by connecting the public and making it easier for people to communicate over a variety of mediums.

AT&T’s goal for the festival this year was to “democratize film” through our “Film For All” campaign, which brought the festival experience to even more people through unique opportunities and enabled them to become part of the action.

For the first time since the festival’s inception, New Yorkers enjoyed a day of free screenings called “Film for All Friday” at all Tribeca Film Festival theaters. Between April 14-17, movie lovers were able to redeem tickets at participating company-owned AT&T stores in the five boroughs, as well as in our Hoboken and Edgewater, N.J., locations for a film of their choice that was screened on Friday, April 25.

In addition, we launched a social media campaign inviting the public to tweet the film they thought all New Yorkers should see to #FilmForAll. One of the top voted films will be screened in each of the five boroughs this summer, free of charge to those who attend.

A beacon of “Film For All” was a projection we created on the side of one of AT&T's downtown buildings at 33 Thomas Street in Tribeca, showcasing a montage of iconic examples of technological advancements in film as well as a running tally of the votes for top tweeted films.

Click HERE or on the image below to view this Tribeca Film Festival video montage

Through the power of social media, people were able to see, in real time, the films that received the most votes and take part in selecting the winning film that will be screened this summer.
And, in an effort to help foster the next generation of artists and filmmakers, we’re proud of our continued support for the Tribeca Film Institute’s Youth Screening Series, a program that uses film to educate high school students from across the city about important, often marginalized, social and economic issues. Through this program, we hope to introduce students to experiences and careers they may have never considered while providing an additional dimension to their learning.

We are proud to be able to play the role of convener, innovator and communicator during the festival and throughout the year to connect the public to these priceless experiences — and to each other.

I am looking forward to our outdoor screenings this summer — stay tuned for when and where they will take place. I hope to see you there!
Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T 


AT&T empowers individuals through diversity and inclusivity

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on April 24, 2014
Dear Friend:

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: David Kriby at LGBTQ inclusivity event

Green Bullet 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.

Green Bullet 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.

Green Bullet 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.

Randall StephensonGreen Bullet 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.

Green Bullet 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.

Green Bullet 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.

Marissa Shorenstein at Women in Tech eventI 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.


Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T

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