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At&t’s legacy of In­no­va­tion Is Se­cure be­cause of Its Peo­ple

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At&t has thrived for al­most 150 years on in­no­va­tion, and At&t knows in­no­va­tion can thrive only in an en­vi­ron­ment that wel­comes peo­ple of all back­grounds, ex­pe­ri­ences and voices. In­no­va­tion is stunted in an echo cham­ber.

A leader in At&t’s in­no­va­tion legacy to­day is 25-year vet­eran marachel Knight, se­nior vice Pres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing and op­er­a­tions. “Peo­ple make the difference in the work en­vi­ron­ment. it’s im­por­tant to be able to bring your whole self to work in or­der to be your best self,” Knight said. Knight joined At&t right af­ter earn­ing her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing from Florida state univer­sity and her master’s de­gree in in­for­ma­tion net­work­ing from Carnegie mel­lon univer­sity. “i’ve al­ways had men­tors, ad­vo­cates, al­lies and team mem­bers who help me de­velop as a leader, who pushed me be­yond my com­fort zone,” Knight said. Knight, one of few high-rank­ing Black women in tech­nol­ogy, is one of many at At&t who have ben­e­fited from men­tor­ing. the com­pany has been com­mit­ted to in­spir­ing young lead­ers for decades. to­day, At&t of­fers new science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math (stem) hires an op­por­tu­nity to broaden their un­der­stand­ing of the in­dus­try and de­velop their lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties through its tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment Pro­gram (tdP), a 30-month ro­ta­tional pro­gram. And through its As­pire ini­tia­tives, At&t has in­vested more than $500 mil­lion to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion and job train­ing of stem stu­dents. Just as Knight her­self ben­e­fited from men­tor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at At&t, she is ea­ger to give back – coach­ing and pro­vid­ing prac­ti­cal ad­vice to the com­pany’s next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers. Knight’s mes­sage to those seek­ing her coun­sel is one she says still guides her own ca­reer jour­ney: “Be­lieve in your dreams. Be­lieve in your goals. Be­lieve in your­self.” “We have a sto­ried his­tory, but the land­scape to­day is chang­ing rapidly,” Knight em­pha­sized. “it’s never been more im­por­tant to main­tain an in­flux of new ideas. We achieve richer and more vi­brant in­no­va­tion and busi­ness re­sults by hav­ing dis­tinctly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives at the ta­ble.”

 ??  ?? MArAChEL KNIGht se­nior vice Pres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing and op­er­a­tions, At&t
MArAChEL KNIGht se­nior vice Pres­i­dent of en­gi­neer­ing and op­er­a­tions, At&t

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