Mentoring – An AT&T Talent Management Practice

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A collaborative learning relationship - this definition of mentoring has led AT&T to expand their approach to and understanding of mentoring, ultimately creating a multifaceted and integrated approach that can be leveraged by all of their employees. While mentoring is no doubt an important element of developing high potentials, it is also critical to diversity and inclusion and career development at all levels. Using multiple mentoring methodologies, AT&T accesses, nurtures and replenishes their talent pipeline, while at the same time giving employees a way to expand their own skills and interest areas. During this session, the speaker will discuss the strategy, journey and web-based process they use for mentoring and will provide ideas on how you can do the same. Specific points covered will include: the vision for mentoring at AT&T; examples of how various types of mentoring are used and how mentoring has moved beyond simply a relational benefit; and strategies for implementation. You will explore real-world examples, lessons learned and emerging techniques associated with implementing a modern mentoring program. Moreover, you will leave this session with ideas on how to implement a multifaceted mentoring program in your own organization in order to develop all your talent.


Tammy D. Martin
Tammy D. Martin
Vice President Talent Management
With over 26 years of management experience based on positive organizational growth through people development, Tammy Martin enjoys engaging with groups on subjects of leadership, personal growth and organizational challenges. She is a business professional in numerous areas, including:  people strategy development through organizational interventions, managing the HR discipline, facilitating teams, program and project management, business integration and business analysis and improvement.

Today, Tammy has responsibility for Talent Management across the enterprise, including leadership development, organizational development, organizational performance, strategic mentoring and HR planning and communications. She has held senior business partner positions at AT&T prior to today’s role. During the merger of BellSouth and AT&T, she took a lead role in the transition to a new organization and was instrumental in the development of communication, change and people strategies. Prior to the merger, she had responsibility for leadership development and talent management at BellSouth Corporation – including staffing, development and succession for the Top 1000 executives. She has worked in a variety of leadership roles in BellSouth including positions in Business and Retail Markets, BellSouth’s Technology Community, Small Business Services and BellSouth Mobility. She has also held management positions with Scientific-Atlanta, BankSouth and The Red and Black.

Currently active in a number of leadership forums including the Georgia State Leadership Roundtable and The Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management, Tammy has served on the board for Leadership UGA and received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UGA in 1981. She has served as the VP of the BellSouth Women’s Networking Alliance (BWNA) and is extremely active in her church and community in McDonough, Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son.