ERG Conference – Planning Committee

2018 ERG Conference in Dallas, TX!!!

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:

  • Hospitality Suite
  • Membership Table
  • 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 membership@thenetworkbicp.org) email box and let us know in which area you would like to serve!!! Deadline is Monday, March 12, 2018!

The NETwork Membership Team

Real Men Read: Yes They Do!

The tension in the cavernous banquet room was palpable. Most if not all of the 2000 participants sat on the edges of their seats in anticipation of the next awardee of the ERG in Action award for outstanding programing by an ERG chapter. When Belinda Grant-Anderson called out The NETwork Illinois chapter, a roar erupted from the audience. The chapter received much due recognition for “Real Men Read,” a program that brought men out in force to read to elementary school children in at-risk communities in the city of Chicago.

The program began as an offshoot of the Teacher Appreciation Week initiative, a standing program the chapter had been involved in. Sylvia Knox, a member of the chapter’s Illinois Student Affairs Committee, noticed that when volunteers went out to read to the students, the children, particularly the boys, responded differently to the male volunteers. Sylvia also recalled a conversation with Robert Cooper, a founding member of The NETwork predecessor organization ABAP, and for whom the Illinois Chapter scholarship program is named. During a program in which he spoke, Mr. Cooper, looking around the room, asked Sylvia a pointed question – “Where are the men?”

The seeds of those two experiences, sprouted Real Men Read. The goal of the program was to dispel the negative images that surrounds the children in those neighborhoods and replace them with the idea that a good education can lead to a positive life. The point was driven home by providing positive male role models. Eighteen men, predominantly field service technicians, as well as managers and an Area Manager that served as a partner in the program, came out in force to visit the schools.

On the day of the school visits, a parade of company branded trucks would descend, bring technicians in their tool belts and hard hats. Teachers provided the books and the mean would read to the students. After the reading, the volunteers would answer questions from the students about what they do in their work day. The power of that interaction, is as Ms. Knox said, “Hidden behind those trucks and doors of AT&T are some positive role models.”

The $5000 award the chapter received at the conference will help the chapter to grow and expand the program. It continues into the current school year with a partnership with a new Chicago school that recently received a prestigious Blue Ribbon award for academic excellence. When the next motorcade of AT&T trucks roll into the neighborhood, the image will be firmly planted by the men and women supporting the program that, “little boys and girls that read, grow up to be productive men and women that read.”

*Chapter President Darshell Slaughter & Vice President Eddie Curry Jr. accepting the ERG in Action Award

Congrats to the #ATTERG17 Conference & #TheNETworkERG17 Winners!

$5000 ERG in Action Award!
Illinois Chapter

$1000 ERG Engagement Award Winners
#3 Wisconsin Chapter
#5 Sacramento Chapter

Chapter Impact Award Winners
Illinois Chapter
Wisconsin Chapter

The Power of One Award Winners
Devron Morris-Brooks NE Region
George Harrison SE Region
LaToya Henry SW Region
Atherine Blanco W Region

The NETwork Partnership Award Winners
Angela Baskerville  – Ent Group Sales, Svc & Corp Systems Business Unit
Yves Hughes Jr. – The NETwork Technology Team

Community Transformer Award
DeWanda Ricks

The NETwork Lifetime Award
Marshall Johnson
Linda D. Jackson

NETworking Accelerated: Thanks for your participation!

The NETwork will host a Speed Networking (much like speed dating, but cooler) event at the2017 ERG Conference for members and conference attendees. Senior leaders in our company will be on site to network with YOU, so be sure to have your elevator speech ready and plenty of business cards!

Event Objective: To offer attendees an opportunity to meet new people and enhance their networking skills in a fun, energetic and dynamic way.

Event Format: Round robin with five-minute intervals rotating leaders and attendees.

This event is part of The NETwork Signature Transformation Series designed to develop the capabilities of employees of AT&T and its subsidiaries and nurture their careers through action learning.

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM CT*

Location: Dallas, TX

Please follow the *Speed Networking event on tSpace for updates!

*Must have access to the AT&T internal network for registration and tSpace updates.

 

 

ERG National Conference Volunteer Opportunities (closed) – Thanks for your participation!

We are looking for members with great smiles and enthusiastic attitudes that are going to the ERG National Conference in September. If that’s you, we need YOU!

Sign up today to volunteer to help in The NETwork Hospitality Suite.

Also, opportunities are available for The NETwork ERG Pre-Conference Events.

Sign-up is now also open for The NETwork-Membership table at the 2017 ERG Conference! We have several shifts available to meet fit your schedule and you can sign up for as many shifts as you’d like!  Don’t delay! The last day to sign up is 8/25, so sign up now.  Contact Gina McCray directly for further assistance!

Also, Sign up today to volunteer to help with the Speed Networking event.