At TEDxUniversityofNevada, we believe in supporting innovative companies, and we’re thankful for the innovative companies that support us as TEDx sponsors. AT&T was one of the first companies to become TEDx sponsors and they’ve been with us since year one.
This week, we interviewed Randy Brown, AT&T’s Director of External and Regulatory Affairs, to learn more about AT&T’s leadership in our Northern Nevada community. Randy is a native Nevadan and a first-generation college graduate from the University of Nevada.
He spent the last 20 years as an executive at AT&T, holding leadership roles in accounting, tax, regulatory, government relations and external affairs. Randy holds a license to practice as a CPA in Nevada.
Randy shared why he’s proud to work at AT&T and how their mission is to connect people across the globe. “AT&T is a wildly innovative company with more than 260,000 employees worldwide. Our teams receive an average of more than five patents every day and our network covers 99 percent of Americans.”
“Our mission is to connect people with their world everywhere they live, work and play – and do it better than anyone else. At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be a global leader in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry.”
AT&T utilizes their leading role in communications to improve public safety in Nevada. Randy discussed why this project is important to him.
“In Nevada, we’re proud of our work in supporting First Responders. The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T have contracted to deliver a reliable and innovative solution to our nation’s first responders that gives them the ability to interoperate across jurisdictions.”
“Together, we will unlock innovation and an ecosystem to fully support next generation tools that will help save lives. FirstNet is a solution exclusively for public safety that will provide so much more than just the ability to make and receive calls and access data. FirstNet is designed by public safety for public safety.”
When companies like AT&T become TEDx sponsors, we invite them to be a part of the audience. Randy highlighted several impactful TEDx speakers that he’s seen live at our annual TEDx events.
“I’ve been amazed by TEDx speakers since the inception of TEDxUniversityofNevada, particularly TEDx talks on very difficult topics like suicide, by Bridget Park and childhood sexual assault, by Jill Tolles. I was moved by Juan V. Lopez’s account of embracing his stutter – going from being terrified to ordering at a fast food restaurant to becoming a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. I was inspired by the dedication of Racquel Abowd who worked during summer break to ensure a student in her classroom advanced to the next grade. I’ve also been entertained by some truly amazing artists like Tim Snider, The Novelists, The Warning, JamPro Music and Cam.”
Randy discussed how TEDxUniversityofNevada is another way for them to advance that goal.
“As a company, we believe in the spirit of compassion and leadership that drives innovation in the communities in which we live and work. That’s what TEDx does not only for our community, but to many others as the stories are shared worldwide.”
“We value and appreciate members of our community and seek ways to be a positive partner. I’m delighted with our partnership with TEDxUniversityofNevada. Besides, who couldn’t use to hear a big idea worth spreading every once in awhile?”
We are honored to be sponsored by global leaders such as AT&T. For more information on becoming a TEDxUniversityofNevada sponsor, please contact Dr. Bret Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or read more on our website.