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August 01, 2017

AT&T California Employee Danielle Carnicom Named 2017 Jefferson Awards Champion

Posted by Loretta Walker

AT&T employees are committed to strengthening communities and improving lives through volunteerism and charitable events.

Danielle Carnicom, an AT&T California employee, was recently awarded the 2017 Jefferson Award for her extensive volunteer work. The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) inspires action through celebration and drives communities in a positive direction through empowering public service.

Danielle’s devotion to community service and deep compassion for others is apparent in both her career at AT&T and extensive volunteering activities. Serving as an Executive Board Member for AT&T Pioneers and a member of twelve AT&T Employee Resource Groups (ERG), and she has also personally raised $14,000 for Susan G. Komen San Diego, an organization that helps women with access to breast cancer education and services in San Diego County.

“Danielle is the most deserving recipient of this award because she represents AT&T and AT&T employees at their best,” said Phyllis King, Immediate Past President Pioneers De Anza Chapter and Sr. Specialist – IT Telephone Infrastructure Engineer. “Danielle’s commitment to her community, giving back, collaboration, and mentorship contribute to the fabric that holds together the AT&T family.”

Since joining AT&T in 1999, Danielle’s commitment to customer service continued to grow with each new role. Her current role is Manager Customer Service – Office of the President, where she manages daily operations of sixteen employees who handle executive escalations, billing and service inquiries as well as sales and adjustments for all wireline products. Danielle relates to customers in a unique way that builds a foundation to keep customers satisfied and well served.

Danielle was selected from a group of 9 Jefferson Award Finalists for California. The eight other California finalists were: Agustin Argeaga; Aracely Cuadra; Rubin Flores; Frances Groeneman; Michelle Hemenway; Gay Olivos; June Tom and Georgia Zachary. Each of the finalists were nominated by their ERG and Pioneer peers and were recognized by their nominators and immediate supervisors.

AT&T is proud of Danielle’s enthusiasm and commitment to many different causes. She supports LGBTQ and human rights efforts through AT&T’s LEAGUE as a four-time Dining Out for Life Ambassador, which raises awareness for local HIV and AIDS programs. Danielle is the Chair of the Pioneers’ Sleeping Mats for the Homeless Project. In this role, she leads volunteers across the nation in re-purposing used plastic grocery bags by crocheting the plastic into mats used by local homeless communities.

We thank all of our devoted employees who volunteer to make a difference in our company and the communities that we serve and congratulate Danielle on her prestigious award.

May 24, 2017

Carrying the Load in California in support of our military

Posted by AT&T California Team

Why I Carry The Load

Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hot dogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States Army. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified.

It’s that experience that led him to get involved with Carry The Load. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. As a company, it is an honor to support them. As a sponsor of this year’s Carry The Load, AT&T is proud to stand behind all participants across the country. Learn more about how to get involved and see the full relay route from coast to coast here.

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May 03, 2017

Applications Open for Aspire to Tech Scholarships

Posted by Gwen Oldham, Citizenship & Sustainability Director, AT&T California

The tech industry needs a capable and diverse pipeline of employees to fuel 21st century jobs, but the need is currently outpacing the supply of skilled talent. AT&T is working to bridge the skills gap and build a diverse talent pipeline through our signature education initiative, AT&T Aspire. As part of this effort, AT&T and Udacity are offering 500 Nanodegree scholarships in the AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship program.

The program is open to students participating in AT&T Aspire supported programs including All Star Code, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, Genesys Works, Year Up and many others. Additionally, up to 100 scholarships will be offered to selected residents in HUD ConnectHome pilot communities, including Los Angeles and Fresno in California.

Aspire to Tech Scholarship recipients can pursue an online Nanodegree for Intro to Programming; Front-End Web Development or Android Basics. Nanodegree courses are online, project-based, and taught by leaders in tech, with support by coaches. The Nanodegree program is fully recognized for entry-level jobs at AT&T and up to 100 graduates are being placed in paid internships at AT&T. Nanodegrees are completed over an 8-month period and require a minimum of 10 hours a week.

Interested students and HUD residents should apply online through the Aspire to Tech Scholarship Application. Applications are open from April 27 – May 23 and winners will be notified by email on June 6. Nanodegree classes begin on June 12 and run through February 2018 for the spring 2017 cohort.

Click here and apply by May 23, 2017.