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#50KTouches – Access from AT&T

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 Broadband Services 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.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Event

Mark Your Calendar!

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.

Multiplier of the Year – Anthony Tuggle

– Voting Has Ended

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!

eSTEAM Summit II Video & Gallery

eSTEAM Summit II Video

Pictures are worth a thousand words. See for yourself!

Complete The NETwork Dallas Summit Survey here!

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. 

 

 

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your participation!

Boot Camp: ˈbo͞ot ˌkamp/

A short, intensive and rigorous course of training.

Thank you for joining The NETwork and Madelyn Mackie for our Career Document Boot Camp!! Your feedback is a gift… please take a moment to complete a brief survey HERE. Alternatively you can access the survey HERE!

ACTIVATE YOUR CAREER VIRTUAL BOOTCAMP
Starts November 6 at 3PM PST. Every Monday!

LinkedIn Strategy – Monday November 6 at 3PM PST
Job Search Strategy – Monday November 13 at 3PM PST
Interview Prep – Monday November 20 at 3PM PST
Salary Negotiations – Monday November 27 at 3PM PST

~Retool.Collaborate.Soar.

Marshall Pre-Release Screening 10/11 – Thanks for your participation!

The NETwork is please to announce an exciting opportunity for The NETwork Members!

AT&T has been offered a wonderful opportunity, and we’d like to share it with you and enlist your assistance in hosting a Watch Party.

Open Road Films, Tang Media and the makers of MARSHALL have offered a one-time pre-release screening of this new feature film about the early life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to AT&T employees and any invited guests.  Please see the film trailer.  Justice Marshall’s thoughts and message transcend time and location.

We’d like your help to arrange “watch parties” to view this film in various AT&T locations across the country on Wednesday, October 11, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.  (The movie is 1 hour, and 58 minute in length).   Collaboration here will benefit everyone.

What’s in it for you?  Of course, there’s the opportunity to view a new film and learn about a great and influential man.  Also, while the studio is not charging us for this event, they’ve agreed our watch parties can be used as fundraisers, as long as 100% of the funds go to a charitable cause such as hurricane/earthquake relief or a scholarship fund.

We’re hoping for collaborations in setting up these parties and advertising the event locally.

Responsibilities for setting this up would include:

  • Arranging for a multi-purpose room or auditorium location which has a large viewing screen and quality audio output
  • Ensuring the availability of expertise to appropriately manage the A/V feed from Dallas or another centralized location
  • Identifying any needs for sign interpreters and arranging for them if needed (costs will be paid by Corporate D&I)

Please reach out to Gina McCray (RX7764) or DeWanda Ricks (dr7896) by 10/4/2017.

We will host a short call to discuss:

  • Location(s) of any watch parties
  • Contact person on site at each party to welcome guests, manage any questions and provide information on a survey we’ll have following the event
  • Whether anyone who plans to attend the event will require a sign interpreter.

Chief Membership Officer Gina McCray

Chief Program Officer DeWanda Ricks

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