The Kentucky Chapter has an initiative that is near and dear to our hearts, Bridging the Literacy Gap. Thru spreading of the good news about the initiative, the Sowing Seeds thru Faith LLC, summer camp invited the Kentucky Chapter to participate in a learning experience day. Sowing Seeds thru Faith has 110 campers, on June 14th, 2018 they had 107 campers in attendance. The program has students from 1st thru 8th grade and we hosted 4-one hour sessions. The students were engaged, participated and had fun learning about technology. When asked, why is Bridging the Literacy Gap important? Da’Marrion Fleming, CEO stated “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Reading does just that!” The NETwork Kentucky is bringing the fire in 2018. We’re heating things up and bringing awareness to the Literacy Gap that exists among our students.
Lewis H. Latimer an African American Engineer, Inventor and Renaissance worked with two of our world’s greatest Inventors. Behind every good man there is Greatness! We present to you Greatness, as demonstrated, by way of Lewis H. Latimer, the Man behind the Scene who conducted Great works for Alexander Graham Bell (Designed the Patent Blue Print for the first telephone) and for Thomas Edison (Inventor of the Carbon Filament Blub). Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone in 1876. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison’s competitors, and then supervised that firm’s installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London. In 1884 he went to work for Edison’s company.Additionally, many of Mr. Latimer’s personal inventions continue to contribute to the history and growth of America’s technology and greatness. Lewis H. Latimer, is the Flame that sparked a Light of brilliance–His Legacy and contribution to the World will forever shine. Signup will run May 8th – May 25th.
It’s that time of year again to begin planning for the 2018 ERG Conference in Dallas, TX!!!
The Conference will be held on September 14 and 15, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Dallas!!!
The NETwork ERG Planning Committee needs YOU to step up and assist as we begin planning of another great year for members to have some fun as well as participate in networking and engaging opportunities. We have opportunities to serve in the following areas:
Town Hall Event
Day of Service Event
Saturday Night Event
If you are interested please send ALL replies via email to The NETwork Membership (hyperlink email@example.com) email box and let us know in which area you would like to serve!!! Deadline is Monday, March 12, 2018!
In February during the 2018 Black History Month, the Heritage Team will continue working on capturing your I AM videos. We will feature you, our members, in 30 second videos that pay homage to the good folks from The NETwork or our predecessor organizations that inspired you to join and be active.
Your videos will be played on our website and social media sites.
Black History Month 2018 I AM Project Script example:
-My name is DeWanda Ricks.
-I am a member of The NETwork.
-The person who most inspired me within our organization is (insert the name of the person who inspired you)
-The reason (insert name of person who inspired you) inspired me is ________ (explain in one sentence)
-(Insert name of person who inspired you) is the reason I AM The NETwork.
Remember, we are looking for 30 second videos and reserve the right to edit as necessary.
We have also designed a special edition Black History Month shirt for 2018. It is available for purchase now. Let’s all wear these custom shirts proudly on February 28 as we close out the month and celebrate 28 Days of I AM.
Please don’t forget to join The NETwork today as we close out Black History Month live in Middletown, NJ! The NETwork NY/NJ Chapter welcomes Joylette G. Hylick, the daughter of Katherine Johnson (African-American mathematician who made significant contributions to NASA’s space program). Ms. Hylick will share her career experiences during her journey as an African-American woman in the Science and Technology field. This event will be webcast and is available to all employees. Please share with your members at will.
What: Hidden Figures Behind the Scenes – “We All Get There Together Or We Don’t Get There At All”
Who: The NETwork NY/NJ
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 12 to 1 pm ET
Where: AT&T 200 South Laurel Ave. Main Auditorium Middletown, NJ 07748
Register HERE (webcast link available when you register and add the event to your calendar)
Thank you in advance for helping us share this important session with our colleagues across AT&T!
The “I AM Project” is a national program that engages members, chapters and eSTEAM students in a way that highlights the broad spectrum of who we are and the contributions we make to communities we live in as well as the company we serve.
How to participate:
Each chapter/individual will provide a video 30 seconds or less in length describing themselves: Who they are; where they were born, education level, organizational role, company title, family lives, etc….The format will be similar to the sample below:
I am the child of Barbara and Walt
I am living in California
I am a wife and mother of two
I am a grandmother of four
I am a university graduate with a degree in marketing
I am a 38-year employee of AT&T
I am an area manager in regulatory & external affairs
I am Sandra Brown
AND I am The NETwork
Videos must be shot with members in appropriate surrounding and professional attire.
Each submission will begin with “I am… or We are…” and conclude with the phrase: “I am or We are, The NETwork”.
Each participant must sign and submit a media release form.
Submitter should include a photo and their signed media release form with video.
Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds in length. Videos are subject to modification.
Videos must be received by Monday, January 22, 2018.
The NETwork goal is to engage our membership at the national and local levels in support of the Access from AT&T program expansion. As part of the AT&T/DTV Merger agreements, the FCC mandated the offering of Low Cost BroadbandServices to access the Internet to qualified low income households in AT&T’s 21-State footprint.
This Agreement provides an opportunity for The NETwork and its local chapters to expand its presence within the communities we serve, build new relationships, and focus a positive light on AT&T in our communities.
The NETwork will reach 50,000 touches by the end of 2019. For more information or to get engaged, please contact your chapter president or Chief Program Officer DeWanda Ricks.
This year, our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event titled, “Change Forward”, challenged us to look at our past, our present and our future to make changes in our communities.
In 2018, we will examine Dr. King’s speech titled, “Where Do We Go From Here?”
In 1967, Dr. King isolated himself from the demands of the Civil Rights Movement, rented a house in Jamaica without a telephone, and labored over what was to be his final manuscript.
In his most prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he laid out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America’s future. Dr. King addressed the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, Dr. King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind, for the first time, had the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.
Today, we ask the same question posed by Dr. King in his speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?”. We will continue to address our Chairman’s challenge and take a deeper dive into what happens next to execute on solutions; driving us closer to understanding.
Your local chapter will be hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. themed C.A.F.E. conversation during the week of January 9, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.
One of our own, Anthony Tuggle – VP of Sales has been nominated for Multiplier of the Year! This prestigious award recognizes the leader that inspires others.
We need your help to show that Anthony and AT&T are #1! Anthony is up against top leaders at Google, Tesla, LG and PayPal. The award is granted to the nominee with the most votes. Voting ends December 29 and it only takes a minute to vote and choose Anthony’s name in the Business/Corporate Category. Thank you for your support!
The NETwork will host its signature program called, eSTEAM which stands for evolving Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The eSTEAM national program aims to eliminate the digital divide by providing tools and resources to expand digital literacy. AT&T executives will participate in a panel discussion and there will be opportunities for networking and interaction with AT&T technologies.