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Love Your Job
Bring a positive attitude to work every day: I'd say this is
one of the most important pieces of advice I could give.
Now I have 3,000 employees working on my team.
I oversee people providing software technology and
support that has a significant impact on our business,
our business partners, and AT&T as a whole. I'm proof
that a career in IT can be exciting and rewarding. There
is plenty of room to grow. But you not only need to be
willing to get your hands dirty - you have to love
doing it.
I think that one of the reasons I love what I do is that I
have an ownership attitude. I own whatever I'm asked to
do, all the way back to that messy microfiche room.
I think people inherently want to have pride in their
work and own the outcome. At the end of the day, I'm
not going to point my finger and say, "We didn't get
the job done because of so-and-so or because of some
other circumstance." That just doesn't fly in IT. The only
person I can point to is myself. The flip side is, whether
it's me or a member of my team, we own what we're
working on and we're excited about the results. What are
we doing that we're going to take to the bank?
So whether you work in IT or somewhere else, my
advice is simple. Give it your best effort, no matter what
the job is. Volunteer to take on new challenges, because
you never know who is going to notice your work or
where it may lead. Take every opportunity to learn and
grow; if you can do more, ask for more. When it feels
like you may have taken on too much, simply move
forward a step at a time. Bring a positive attitude to
work every day.
If you do these things, you'll have more than a job;
you'll have a career you love.

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Putting "the Only Girl in the
Class" in the Past Tense
There is not really an area of our lives that isn't
touched by technology. It's such a dynamic place to
be. But we need to make sure that young people -
particularly girls-are pursuing science, technology,
engineering, and math in school. I'd heard my son's
girlfriend in the past express reluctance to take
certain courses in which she might be the only
female. As technology increasingly affects nearly all
parts of our lives, I hope that view is disappearing.
We have a program at AT&T called Aspire: We
spend half a day with kids talking to them about
technology. We have games to show them how
exciting it can be. One young lady said her dream
was to open a beauty shop. I told her that was a
great idea, but that she would still have to figure out
some technology to run her shop. She was going to
need a web site. She was going to need technology to
communicate with customers. She was going to have
to do digital marketing and advertising. I told her
that getting some grounding in technology would be
essential in achieving her goals.
One way girls are being encouraged to go
into technology fields is through STEM (science,
technology, engineering, math) awareness programs
for school-age girls.
I am one of the advisors for a new employee
organization, AT&T Women in Technology, which
encourages and facilitates the recruitment,
development, advancement, and retention of women
in the STEM fields by providing educational and
networking opportunities. (More than 16,000 AT&T
employees work at STEM-related jobs, and 4,000
patents have been issued to AT&T women.)
I think as more girls engage with technology, at
school and in their personal lives, they'll start to see
how exciting it is. More of them will stick with STEM
studies and not feel like - or be - the "only girl in
the class."



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