20 for ’20: Best of the Decade — And the Best of What’s to Come!
This marks the sixth year that I’ve posted an end of the year blog. It’s always fun to take a look back at some of the biggest moments of the year and then gaze into my magenta crystal ball and make predictions about all sorts of things — mostly how T-Mobile will shake up wireless but also some predictions that even go beyond wireless. Want a walk down memory lane? Check out my past blogs (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). And, by the way, even dating back to year one, I have had a pretty good track record (hey — belated thanks for that headline!!)
But there’s something about the turn of a decade that’s really momentous. So, I started jotting down all the things I’m proud of and, well, the list grew and grew … and here it is! Prepare yourself — it’s a long one! But also a ton (almost literally!) of fun.
Here’s my 20 for ’20 (because it’s 2020, there are 20 things and, well, I’m creative with titles). Take a look — and after you read mine, I want to know, what are yours?!
Happy New Year and Decade!
An Excerpt from The Moves & Moments that Defined the Decade
We Worked to Do Our Part
One of our very favorite things to do is give back to the communities that support us. We have an amazing group of employees who donate their time and personal money to so many deserving organizations — and we love supporting their efforts through our employee match program with the T-Mobile Foundation. Since the program launched in 2015, the T-Mobile Foundation and our employees have together given almost $14 million to more than 13,000 organizations, and in 2019 they volunteered more than 70,000 hours to more than 9,000-plus non-profit organizations around the country!
As a company we also support a number of programs focused on important issues like youth development, protecting the environment (did you know we were the first major U.S. wireless company to join clean-energy initiative RE 100?), working to help end hunger in America, help veterans, support disaster recovery, bridging the Digital Divide and more. One personal favorite is our Changemaker Challenge for young entrepreneurs who want to change the world! We’re investing in the next generation of trailblazers and about to welcome the second set of visionaries to campus in February 2020. Let me tell you — these young adults and teens are IT. They truly inspire me!
And I mean it! This past year, I was inspired to put my money (and that of many generous matching donors) where my mouth is to kick cancer’s ass. With a lot of help, I was able to raise $4.5 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, an amazing organization of doctors and researchers making human genome treatment a real and viable thing for many … life-saving work that will impact millions of people. Oh yeah, and if we reached our goal, I promised I would dye my hair magenta. We know how that turned out!