Jennifer Biry

Jennifer Biry

Senior Vice President, Finance, AT&T Services, Inc


AT&T

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Leading a project while I was new to the industry gave me a good understanding of company processes.
I was one of the youngest members of the team that led AT&T’s merger with BellSouth and Cingular.
As VP & GM for two of AT&T’s markets, I found my passion for running large teams.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Texas Lutheran University

Career

Senior Vice President, Finance, AT&T Services, Inc

I’m the chief financial officer of AT&T Technology and Operations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Technology
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I start the day with coffee. As soon as I sit at my desk, I read the front page of the Wall Street Journal and look through my calendar so I can prepare. I typically have a lot of meetings throughout the day. A great day is any day I’m able to solve a problem and lift up one of my teammates/peers. On a tough day, my enthusiasm about how technology can help solve many problems is what keeps me going. I end most of my days the same way - wrap up projects & emails and plan ahead for the next day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

It's important to have a passion for what you do, which is gained through life experience. I’ve gained valuable knowledge about operations & experience in areas like retail, network, customer care & distribution. I’ve also found a knack for solving problems & motivating teams helpful. Look at problems from a new angle or engage with someone who brings new perspectives. Take time to understand your team so you can meet their expectations & motivate them to deliver their best work. Be strategic.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

While it’s not exactly what I do today, my lifelong interest in business began as a child. I used to help my grandmother sell produce and count coins at her vegetable stand. That’s how I learned to count and became fascinated with pricing and profit. I also began my own babysitting service when I was 12 years old. The skills I gained through those early experiences — and the pride I felt at becoming more independent — helped shape my career as an adult.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"A young woman couldn’t succeed in sales."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student