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CenturyLink Washington



A CenturyLink diversity group received resounding applause in Seattle recently. In late April, the Washington Chapter of the Alliance of Black Telecommunications Professionals (ABTP) reached a major milestone: its 25th anniversary. To celebrate, 180 employees and guests honored ABTP’s years of volunteerism, dedication and service at a “Past, Present, Future” Gala.

True to form, ABTP used the occasion to give back to the community, too, by awarding two high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships. The recipients and their chosen colleges are:

  • Hanalore Alupay, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Jean Michele Belista, University of Washington, Seattle.

Headlining the event was keynote speaker, Roland Thornton, EVP of wholesale markets, who was introduced by emcees Bruce and Joanne Harrell. A former US WEST senior attorney, Bruce now serves on the Seattle City Council. Joanne, a former vice president and CEO of U S WEST Nebraska, is currently chief of staff of the Original Equipment Manufacturing Division at Microsoft. Kirk Nelson, CenturyLink Washington president, introduced the Harrells.

"This 25th anniversary event was so special because the entire weekend went exactly as planned, and all of the people who took part in the celebration were able to learn about the ABTP’s history and mission,” said Kyle Stansberry, ABTP Washington president.“With 180 people at the banquet, it truly clarified for me that the ABTP has a very strong support structure and we look forward to another successful 25 years."

In addition to gala activities of dinner, a program and dancing, weekend guests also toured the new Northwest African American Museum in Seattle.

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