A thirty-year wireless industry veteran with deep experience in diversity, equity & inclusion, Joyce Christanio helps lead T-Mobile’s Supplier Diversity initiatives under the company’s Chief Procurement Officer, as well as the Vice President of Technology & Enterprise Procurement. In this role Joyce supports initiatives that engage diverse suppliers while meeting short- and long-term supplier diversity goals and compliance requirements.
Since joining T-Mobile when the Un-carrier merged with Sprint, Joyce has led the creation of Next Tech Diversity, a wireless industry-wide initiative intent on building a more diverse workforce in the telecom industry. Over the course of a short seven months, the program was launched to recruit, train, certify, and provide employment placement services for women and men of color. The program has already placed close to 100 percent of the training graduates in field tech positions that are vital to the expansion of America’s 5G networks – with a goal of continuing to build momentum through at least 2025.
Prior to the successful merger with T-Mobile, Joyce was responsible for Sprint’s supplier diversity compliance with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). She also worked closely with the Sprint sales organization to make sure the carrier’s diverse utilization goals were achieved in new business opportunities.
Under Joyce’s leadership at Sprint, the company achieved its’ first-ever corporate supplier diversity spend goals. She is especially proud of being recognized during 2017, as one of 20 Best of the Best Wonder Women of Diversity by Professional Woman’s Magazine, alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Admiral Michelle Howard, Suze Orman a nd others.
In 2013, Joyce was inspired to author and self-publish the book “Dressing Classy Doesn’t Change” which provides women tips and techniques, dos and don’ts for professional workplace attire.
French singer-songwriter Edit Piaf is the originator of one of Joyce’s favorite quotes,“Remember to send the elevator back down to a less fortunate individual upon achieving career success.”
Joyce earned a bachelor of science degree in management from Baker University. She and her family reside near Kansas City, MO.