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Bell Atlantic Honored for Diversity of Board of Directors

National Women's Economic Alliance Recognizes Company's Leadership

December 12, 1996

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WASHINGTON -- Bell Atlantic has been honored by the
National Women's
Economic Alliance Foundation for the diversity of its board of

The company received the Alliance's Global Corporate Leadership Award
at the13th annual Excellence in Leadership and Director's Choice
program last night (Dec. 11) in Washington, D.C. HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/jyoung.html">James R.
Bell Atlantic vice president and general counsel, accepted the award.

In selecting Bell Atlantic as one of its corporate honorees, the
Alliance said, "Your company recognizes that the numbers of women in
the workplace, in business, industry and as entrepreneurs represent a
talent base that no company can afford to ignore; (and) that the
global nature of all business in a marketplace of diverse cultures and
peoples increases that talent base."

Women and minority members serving on Bell Atlantic's corporate board
include Rozanne L. Ridgway, co-chair, Atlantic Council of the United
States; Shirley Young, vice president-consumer market development,
General Motors Corp., and James H. Gilliam, Jr., executive vice
president and general counsel, Beneficial Corp. Ridgway and
fellow board member Frank C. Carlucci, chairman, Carlyle Group, were
among more than 500 men and women leaders from business, industry and
government attending the event.

"We strive for cultural diversity throughout our organization -- on
the board of directors, in the management ranks, and in the employee
body," said Young. "We do so because it's simply good
business. Any
company hoping to succeed in a competitive world must get to know and
understand their customers - all of them.

"Bell Atlantic is very fortunate to have a vast number of talented
women and minority employees, executives, and board members, without
whom our vision of being the world's best telecommunications company
would certainly be out of reach," he said.

The Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works with business and
industry to increase career opportunities for women in the workforce,
and serves as a resource to business, industry and government,
identifying senior level women for corporate board appointments.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is
at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local
telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the
largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication
marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in
Telecom Corp. of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth
national and international business opportunities in all phases of the