Best Advice: Sonia Perez
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President, AT&T Louisiana
Professional experience: Perez has been active in AT&T’s efforts to provide the latest technology to keep customers connected while giving back to the communities it serves. She works closely with community leaders, elected officials, and stakeholders, serving as vice chair of the Louisiana Committee of 100, on the executive committee of the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, and on the boards of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the National WWII Museum. As the first woman to hold the position of president for AT&T Louisiana, Perez has been a champion of diversity within the workplace since starting with the company.
In the news: Through the Louisiana Community & Technical College System’s Industrial Technology programs, Perez is leading AT&T Louisiana in supporting scholarship awards to students enrolled in programs related to industrial electronics at Northshore Technical Community College and South Central Louisiana Technical College. Perez also serves on the Louisiana Workforce Commission board, where AT&T is involved with various statewide workforce initiatives and community outreach.
“Surround yourself with qualified people of integrity who bring a variety of perspectives to the table. As a businesswoman for 35 years, I have found that the more diversity and inclusiveness there is among decision makers at every level, the greater the opportunity for success. At AT&T I have been fortunate to work with and for people of all races, genders and backgrounds. As we compete for customers’ business, we have found that the more we look, act and think like our customers, the better we can provide the products and services they are demanding.”