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WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION – INDUSTRY


forefront of evaluating and adopting evolving technologies, architectures and standards. Her technical savvy, architectural acumen and guidance to her teams, ensure that the CSI API platform has continued to evolve and remain an industry- leading cutting-edge application. Her leadership abilities have led to critical initiatives that have contributed handsomely to the company’s bottom-line growth. Her leadership and technical guidance on game-changing Uverse, iPhone, goPhone, shared data, eWallet, Toggle and connected car initiatives, to name a few, speak volumes of her contribution to the organization and the company, Koneru explains.


Sapna Jain Director, IT, AT&T


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apna Jain, director of IT for API Platforms and Common Services Delivery, leads a large, technical team with responsibility for several critical initiatives central to AT&T’s network leadership and accelerating new businesses.


Her teams lead design and delivery of IT platforms — foundations for developer ecosystems, emerging devices, and an IP-based network. As such, she has held a significant leadership role in a number of service-critical and high-profile projects, from the launch of iPad on AT&T networks to connected car platforms and re-architecting the enterprise experience.


Ms. Jain is recognized by her peers as a leader and subject matter expert. She is routinely called on to give advice on complex issues, from strategic planning or production support to critical project planning. She is a leader who understands both the people and the technology involved in achieving our goals and she is always looking for innovative ways to accomplish goals with her team, according to Sorabh Saxena, vice president, IT architecture and common services.


Ms. Saxena says Ms. Jain has a patent (#8250213) on “Methods and Apparatus to Allocate Resources Associated with a Distributive Computing Network,” making her truly a valuable asset to her team, to AT&T and to the IT industry in general.


Venu Koneru, senior technical director, says Ms. Jain currently leads the ACSI BPM, governance and framework architecture teams responsible for the CSI API platform and Blackflag. She spearheads a team of architects responsible for consistently growing and evolving the platform into an industry-leading middleware application.


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leader, she is currently commander of the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command headquartered at the Detroit Arsenal in Michigan—part of the Army Materiel Command. She previously served as the first female commanding general and senior mission commander of the Department of Defense’s largest land installation, White Sands Missile Range. Prior, Maj. Gen. Bingham was the first female commandant of the U.S. Army Quartermaster School. At White Sands, Maj. Gen. Bingham safely and securely operated the Army’s last remaining nuclear test reactor. She provided training and live fire support to the Air Force, Navy, Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and Army operational forces as well as managing an annual budget of $400M and a total investment value of $12B. On December 2, 2013, Gwendolyn Bingham was promoted to the rank of “Major General” making her


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ajor General Gwendolyn Bingham has been a trailblazer throughout her 32-year military career. An exceptional


Ms. Jain is a board member and active contributor to ShikshaSinkalp.org. She is also a member of OASIS, a diversity group that serves individuals across AT&T. She is a technical leader in her department who completed a master’s degree while working full time and as a full-time mother of two.


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT – GOVERNMENT


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