5 March Moments I Loved
Black girl magic and then some
Spring has arrived! You can tell by the coat of pollen covering the South and all the New Yorkers pretending it’s warm enough for open-toed shoes. Here at AT&T, the crew is excited soaking up the sunshine between Tribeca Film Festival screenings, dancing to classic R&B at Funk Fest and taking in all that pop culture has to offer at the Vulture Festival. But before we roll full force into April, I wanted to take a moment to recap five of my favorite moments from the first month of spring.
1. Helping to #ChangeHerPath in Houston—Black Girls CODE (BGC) celebrated its recent expansion into the Houston market with a Meet and Greet Kickoff party Mar. 4, supported by AT&T through AT&T Aspire. STEM-focused girls,ages 7 to 17, and their families got to learn more about BGC and its programs at the event and register for upcoming workshops. To date, BGC has introduced and taught computer programming to more than 3,000 Black, Latina and Native American girls. I couldn’t be prouder to work for a company that supports such a worthy organization. Looking forward to what the AT&T Aspire and BGC teams do together in the upcoming year. Word has it that we’ll see programming expand beyond coding and a deepening of relationships on the African continent.
2. Finding Inspiration at WOP—Women's History Month 2017 got off to a great start with the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix. One of weekend’s highlights was a Corner Office Discussion featuring AT&T's Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall. In between introducing AT&T newest black woman officer, Marachel Knight to the crowd of 300-plus and sharing boardroom stories, Cynt also dropped networking jewels like this one: “Keep those people you delivered for around you. You keep them in your network so you can call on them when you need to.”
3. Seeing Friends Shine—When I read Dr. Jerry Higgs’s piece on navigating Silicon Valley as a person of color, I couldn’t help but smile. Jerry is one of my favorite people at the Palo Alto AT&T Foundry and, as a senior product engineer, uniquely qualified to give an honest perspective of what it means to “bring your authentic self to work when you feel so different from everyone around you”. His column is full of real talk and great tips that I plan to share with the young people in my life interested in tech. It’s a great read.
4. Spring Break Daydreaming—There was a time when spring meant escaping campus for a good time with friends. Now it’s more like cleaning out closets and dusting baseboards. Still, I enjoyed living vicariously through the Spring Break getaway suggestions of top travel bloggers such as Shut Up and Go’s Damon and Jo and Oneika the Traveler. Which trip would you book: New Orleans, Colombia, Aruba or Caribbean cruise?
5. Winning at March Madness—My bracket might have been blown, but I still had a great time taking part in March Madness this year. Between the memes, the apps and the over-zealous fans in my office, it felt like I was in courtside in Phoenix, too. In fact, AT&T gave away a VIP fan experience for two to this year’s Final Four as part of our March Madness NCAA Sweepstakes. I can only imagine the atmosphere in person. Next year, Jovanna. Next year.
So that’s my list. What got you excited about life in March? Let me know on social with #TheBridgeATT.