This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. This year’s recipient of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Board Chair’s Initiative Award is AT&T—a long-time member and partner. Here to accept the award is Tara Thue, state president for AT&T in Utah and co-chair of the Chamber’s Diversity Council, which engages business and community leaders to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces.


It’s an honor to be recognized. Since the 1960s, AT&T has been at the forefront of civil rights advocacy and the fight for equality. In 2020, in the face of unprecedented need and challenges, we put our resources toward initiatives we believe can move the needle.

From helping bridge the digital divide to fostering upward mobility for those who face social inequities, we built on our longstanding commitment to the communities we serve. We also focused our philanthropic efforts on students who faced unprecedented challenges when in-person classes were suspended. Nationally, we allocated 10 million dollars to AT&T’s Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund. In total it served 196 million learners in 2020.

In the face of injustice, we at AT&T are committed to raising our voices to speak up for what’s right. I’m also excited for our upcoming events with the Chamber, including the inaugural Utah Business Diversity Summit in November.


The Utah Business Diversity Summit is part of the One Utah Summit Series. It will be held on November 4. You can register now at I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.