ARLINGTON, Va. – The Wireless
Infrastructure Association (WIA) announced that it plans to recognize Susan
Johnson, Executive Vice President of Global Connections & Supply Chain,
AT&T, with its Distinguished Service Award. The WIA Foundation will present
the honor at the 2019 WIA Awards on Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.
accomplishments represent the very embodiment of this year’s WIA Awards theme –
wireless workforce champions,” said President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “With
her vision, AT&T has led efforts to expand diversity and inclusion as well
as to educate the next generation of wireless workers. Her focus on STEM
education, especially for underrepresented segments of the population such as
young women and minorities, is making a big difference. Everyone who has seen
Susan’s passion about expanding the wireless industry’s diversity and
educational outreach understands why she has had such a huge impact on people
and businesses that support the wireless economy. There is no better person to
honor with the Distinguished Service Award than Susan Johnson.”
& Inclusion is a core value to AT&T and we view our suppliers as an
extension of these same core values,” Johnson said. “Earlier this year, we
refreshed our Supplier Diversity Program, with the aim to stimulate diversity,
job growth, and technical development, and improve diverse supplier
participation, including a $3 billion 2020 targeted spend with black suppliers.
These initiatives tie into AT&T Believes, an employee-led movement to help
lift up the communities we serve, which has been launched in 21 cities across
the U.S. With AT&T Believes we can harness our employees’ compassion for volunteerism
and charitable giving, tied together with our supplier initiatives to
strengthen the fabric of the communities where we live and work. Thank you to
the WIA Foundation for this honor, which I accept on behalf of my colleagues at
AT&T who share my passion and commitment.”
Susan Johnson is more than a twenty-year
veteran of AT&T and leads Supply Chain and procurement functions within
AT&T Communications. Her organization is responsible for a spend portfolio
of over $70B that covers all of AT&T’s technology, network, and goods and services,
domestically and internationally. She also oversees global access management,
roaming, and tower operations.
RSVP and sponsorship information for the
WIA Awards is available here: https://awards.wia.org. Event
logistics can be found below.
October 1, 2019
About the WIA Awards
Taking place Oct. 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C., the 2019 WIA Awards will honor wireless workforce champions by celebrating FCC, industry, congressional, and administration leaders in support of enabling a workforce capable of building America’s next-generation wireless networks. Hosted by the Wireless Infrastructure Association Foundation, proceeds from this event will benefit wireless education, training, and apprenticeship programs. In connection with the event, WIA will also offer a 5G workshop training through the Telecommunications Education Center’s (TEC) 5G Outlook and Technologies Course.
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