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An AT&T employee initiative to improve life in 19 Chicago neighborhoods

AT&T Illinois News

February 18, 2019

AT&T’s Believe Chicago initiative celebrates hiring of 500th employee and shares progress updates

Posted by AT&T Illinois Team

AUDIENCE Network’s documentary “Beacons of Hope – Stories of Strength from Chicago” highlights individuals and organizations making a difference

Commits $3 billion spend with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020

DALLAS, Feb. 18, 2019 — AT&T* Believe Chicago, an AT&T employee initiative to improve lives and lift Chicago neighborhoods most affected by gun violence and high unemployment, is a program of hope, opportunity and investment in our communities.

Less than a year into the effort, the impact is making a difference: We recently hired the 500th employee from the Believe Chicago neighborhoods, have contributed more than $3 million to community organizations and will open our first new retail store in the area later this month.

“The progress is real and it’s making a difference for our employees, customers, neighbors and friends who live and work in Chicago,” said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications. “We’re not only taking this great model and customizing it for other cities, we’re also re-energizing other facets of our community engagement and Diversity & Inclusion programming.”

For example, we’ve expanded our diversity supplier program with a commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020. The commitment is inspired by community-driven initiatives, such as Believe Chicago, to help push economic growth and innovation.

Since 1968, AT&T has spent over $158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran, and LGBT businesses. AT&T’s Supplier Diversity program recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and refreshed its approach to focus our efforts on making meaningful and measurable contributions to the economic growth of diverse companies and communities. See our 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report to learn more.

We continue to invest in the communities we serve while further diversifying our suppliers.

Our $3 billion commitment aligns with our expanded approach and allows us the opportunity to simply do more within the black community.

Believe Chicago is hosting the AUDIENCE Network’s premiere of the new documentary, “Beacons of Hope – Stories of Strength from Chicago” on Monday night at the Kennedy-King College Theater. The documentary, slated for national release in March, features five extraordinary people and their efforts to improve the quality of life in Chicago’s 19 neighborhoods most impacted by gun violence.


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Jeff Kobs
AT&T Corporate Communications
Phone: 214.236.0113
February 01, 2019

5G: AT&T and Rush System for Health: Creating the Hospital of the Future

Posted by AT&T Illinois Team
The hospital of the future is on its way to becoming a reality — and it’s in Chicago.  AT&T is working with Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health to...
January 08, 2019

AT&T and Rush System for Health Ink Agreement to Use 5G in Hospital Setting

Posted by AT&T Illinois Team
Collaboration Aims to Create the “Hospital of the Future”DALLAS, Jan. 8, 2019 — AT&T* and Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System for Health are working...
December 12, 2018

Eileen Mitchell named President of AT&T Illinois

Posted by Eileen Mitchell
CHICAGO, Dec. 12, 2018 —Eileen Mitchell is the new President of AT&T Illinois. In her new role, Mitchell is responsible for AT&T’s external and government affairs, public policy,...
November 21, 2018

AT&T Believe Chicago Thanksgiving Food Drive: Greater Grand Crossing

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AT&T Believe Chicago Thanksgiving Food Drive: Greater Grand Crossing

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