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Together Is Our Future

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Women in Leadership Empowerment and Diversity (WLEAD) was established in 2015 with the mission to accelerate the advancement of women and increase diversity in the workplace at Alaska Communications.

Since then our mission has expanded to include all employees. Now our focus is on the professional development and advancement of our employees, creating a united and diverse workforce, and making Alaska Communications a great place to work through enhanced employee engagement. We strive to create a culture of cohesion, building relationships that remove barriers.

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2020 GOALS

Every year our WLEAD committee sets forth on new goals that take us another step closer to achieving our mission. In 2020, we plan to focus on:

  • Improving Alaska Communications' ability to attract, develop, promote and retain talent
  • Developing partnerships, sponsorships, and involvement within the community
  • Educating youth on careers in telecom and technology
  • Continue training to help employees learn how to identify and counteract unconscious bias
  • Enhancing employee's professional growth through mentorships, providing information on career coaching, paths, and role models
  • Cultivating company-wide leadership competencies that reflect Alaska Communications' values.
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WHAT WE’VE ACHIEVED

Since our program started in 2015, we have made a difference in our workplace by accomplishing the following:

  • Launching our monthly Speaker Series, where our employees can connect firsthand with community thought leaders
  • Starting a company-wide Mentorship Program with now over 26 mentors/mentees
  • Hosted Unconscious Bias Training with POPE Consulting
  • Established Wellness Rooms throughout our work spaces to give employees an opportunity to relax, rest and decompress
  • Created Expectant Mother Parking Spaces to improve the safety and care of our employees
  • Started our Community Sponsorship Program, supporting causes related to diversity and professional development

Thought Leaders from Our Communities Speaker Series

Each month, we invite thought leaders from our communities to share personal and professional insights with our employees at the Speaker Series event. In the last few years, we have hosted over 30 speakers including some of the most influential leaders in our cities and state.

Interested in being a part of the conversation? This event is open externally and we'd love to have you join in on the conversation! Know someone with a fantastic story to share? Send them our way to present at one of these lunches!

Attend or present at one of our Speaker Series events.

Supporting Local Non-Profits Wish Upon A Star Fundraiser

Alaska Communications is committed to the communities in which we live and work. We recognize investing in our community is how we build positive, healthy places to live.

This year, WLEAD is sponsoring a fundraising effort to support STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) and we invite you to join us. Help STAR's wish come true by donating today. Your donation is tax deductible and helps ensure STAR's mission of prevention and response is available to all Alaskans.

Driving Change and Support Within our Community Community Involvement

WLEAD strives to drive change and support within our community. We have and continue to sponsor non-profit organizations including Anchorage Athena Society, Girl Scouts of Alaska, American Heart Association – Go Red for Women and YWCA Alaska.

Educating Our Youth

In addition, our committee is focused on educating our youth by hosting a virtual presentation about careers in the IT and telecommunications industry. Interested in a virtual presentation for your classroom?

A Focus on Improvement Mentorship

As part of its efforts to promote professional development and employee retention, WLEAD supports a mentorship program open to all employees. The impacts are clear: mentorship motivates, advances, and results in improved work-life satisfaction.

Ask mentors what they derive through participation, and they'll likely tell you it's the satisfaction derived in helping co-workers build and strengthen foundations for greater personal and professional success. Mentors discover that by giving, they are in fact the greater recipients.

Strengthening Ourselves and Our Communities Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity invites new perspectives that foster creativity, innovation, and problem solving. Studies have shown that companies who embrace diversity in their workforce benefit from higher employee engagement, reduced turnover, and greater profitability. In 2019, WLEAD hosted POPE Consulting to teach Alaska Communications employees about unconscious bias and the value of diversity and inclusivity.

Today, WLEAD is committed to leading the conversation around unconscious bias, diversity and inclusivity, driving change and awareness within Alaska Communications and our communities.

Achieve Bigger and Better Evolving the Workplace

For Alaska Communications, WLEAD champions efforts to inform and empower our workforce to achieve bigger and better, and to actualize the potential within each of our employees.

WLEAD spearheads efforts to attract professionals both locally and globally to help improve our hiring results, advance better decision making and leadership, and to position Alaska Communications as a desirable employer and responsible corporate community member.

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