David C. Williams’ Innovation Kept 40,000 AT&T Employees Working During the Pandemic • EBONY

Meet David C. Williams. He’s the man who lead the growth of the AT&T Secure Link, a hyper-automation answer that permits the firm’s staff to acquire delicate info from prospects with out exposing the precise digits. Williams’ innovation revolutionized the approach the model performed enterprise in 2020. “We began with funds and gross sales,” he says. “We’ve continued to evolve Secure Link into different thrilling use circumstances to simplify complicated enterprise transactions.” His floor breaking know-how enabled 40,000 staff to make money working from home throughout the pandemic.

The government’s achievements haven’t gone unnoticed. Williams, who serves as a division lead and DE&I ambassador at AT&T, received the 2021 Rodney Adkins Legacy Award at the BEYA (Black Engineer of the Year Award) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. 

EBONY talks to Williams about his accomplishment and journey.

EBONY: What initially drew you to your line of labor? 

DW: I’m lucky sufficient to have been mentored by a few of the brightest minds in enterprise, together with CEOs, VPs and my mom. They all give attention to closing gaps. I’m keen about hyper-automation due to the potential to mix creativity with know-how in a significant, quick, and extremely useful approach. I’m from the poorest nook of Dallas, misplaced my father to suicide after I was seven, and was briefly paralyzed at 19. Closing gaps, inventing options, or beating the odds is expertise that anybody from underserved communities can draw from, with focus. Innovation is born from necessity. When you begin with much less, you be taught to make use of ingenuity (or innovation) to make up for what you don’t have. That early fostered ardour led me to my profession path.

EBONY: Tell us about your historical past at AT&T.

DW: AT&T is an incredible firm. Pre-COVID, by T-University and different auxiliary applications I’ve authored patents, acquired government teaching, electronics certifications, and extra. I’ve participated in our prestigious General Manager Accelerated Development Program, hosted management seminars and labored intently with each worker group in the firm.

EBONY: What was your preliminary feeling whenever you realized individuals could be working from house for the foreseeable future?

DW: In telecom, we’re very protecting of buyer knowledge. So, at the onset of the COVID outbreak the focus was enabling make money working from home whereas sustaining the highest ranges of safety. The foreseeable future was altering quick. I’m a long-time zealot of working from house and I’ve pitched some new enterprise fashions on the subject. Globally, the make money working from home assemble is frequently evolving. More breakthroughs are to come back with exponential good points whereas working from house, no matter trade.

EBONY: Tell us about what lead you to develop AT&T Secure Link?

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DW: My automation crew sits so near the drawback, that there’s nothing between us and the answer. As our friends and VP recognized the situation, I believed that this problem may very well be overcome. My VP, Trish Renz, moved mountains on my behalf to ship this answer to 40,000 of our co-workers who service thousands and thousands of our prospects. My crew proactively seeks to unravel any points inside attain.

EBONY: What would you want individuals to be taught out of your story?

DW: Although life could also be powerful, the universe is pulling for you. 

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