By Carolyn Gray Anderson
She’s spent her 36-year career with AT&T, holding the title of SVP of human resources and chief diversity officer since 2015; but it wasn’t the telecommunications field or the company, specifically, that ignited Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall’s early passion. Marshall’s passion is simply what she brings to whatever she does, wherever she goes — to work, to higher education, to her son’s swim meet, to surviving colon cancer and, last week, to a stage at UCLA Anderson in front of 400 people she literally brought to their feet.
Introduced by Anderson Women board member and Velocity conference co-chair Sherry Jackman (’10), Marshall gave the audience a post-prandial shot in the arm for the second year in a row. “To say she’s back by popular demand is a complete understatement,” said Jackman, followed by loud applause. AT&T was the presenting sponsor of Velocity, the UCLA Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit, whose theme was Empower Together. An enormous component of the company’s generosity was sending Cynt Marshall (and a cheering section of AT&T staff) to represent. Among her prominent colleagues are UCLA Anderson alumni John Stankey (’91), CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group, and Norberta Noguera (Riordan Fellow ’95, FEMBA ’01), vice president of AT&T’s security and advanced applications.