In honor of Women’s History Month and the Chamber’s Women’s Forum, the Colorado Chamber is recognizing women business leaders, executives, and job creators who are core to our local Colorado communities. Each of the women featured in the month of March were panelists for the Colorado Chamber’s Women’s Forum which happened on March 15.
Today’s feature is Roberta Robinette with AT&T
For more than 20 years, Roberta Robinette has been a leader in the telecommunications industry with extensive experience in developing and executing public policy strategies for large corporations, small businesses and non-profit organizations. She recently received the Colorado Chamber 2023 Woman of the Year award at the Chamber’s Women’s Forum.
As the president for Colorado, Robinette leads AT&T’s government and community affairs and supports new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. With over 2,500 employees in Colorado, she collaborates with community leaders, policy makers, and local and regional business professionals to connect people with technology everywhere they live and work. Under Robinette’s leadership, AT&T has given more than $7.2 million back to the community through philanthropic contributions and nearly 20,000 hours of community outreach through the personal time of employees since 2017.
From 2001 to 2014, Roberta was the principal of RKR Consulting where she spearheaded legislative campaigns for clients across many issues, including health care, tax, business, telecommunications, fire safety, higher education, K-12 public education, criminal justice and environment. In 2014, she helped promote broadband deployment throughout the state by leading a coalition of competing telecommunication firms and consumer groups for telecommunications reform. This effort created some of the first modernization laws created for the state in over 20 years.
Robinette helped lead efforts to transfer more money into rural broadband deployment in 2018. With the passage of bipartisan legislation, Colorado’s broadband fund is expected to receive at least $115 million over the next five years.
Robinette was a Denver Business Journal 2016 Outstanding Women in Business Finalist –Technology and Telecom. A Colorado native, Roberta was born in Pueblo and has lived in Colorado her entire life. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.
Connect with Roberta Robinette on LinkedIn.