Women of the World (WOW) is one of our career development programs designed to equip women with tools to achieve their goals. The seven-month program gives V Teamers the power to go beyond by helping them develop five critical skills:
Personal Brand Development
WOW concludes with a two-day expo full of networking and learning opportunities. Through engaging workshops and presentations, attendees learn more about themselves and their leadership style while gaining new skills for personal and professional development across career areas.
Throughout the year, we host different WOW events that vary by career area. At the Global Network & Technology (GN&T) WOW event, attendees learned about the importance of being their authentic selves, stepping up, and taking risks, both personally and professionally. With a focus on "Building your best life," attendees participated in workshops on resume writing, interviewing, digital branding, the art of presenting.
V Teamers and leaders across GN&T showed up to the event ready to learn, as they attended workshops and heard from inspiring speakers. Here's what they had to say about their experience in the seven-month program and wrap-up event:
"As leaders, we have an obligation to pay it forward. I did not get here without help -- someone paid it forward to me, so I am very passionate about paying it forward to others. I want to motivate employees to do great things because they are the next generation of leaders." - Genia Wilbourn, SVP Global Network Operations & Assurance
"My favorite part of the WOW program was getting to know the members of my squad. We talked about their development, my career path and how we can help each other. As a leader, I learned so much about how I can better develop all employees." - Joe Russo, SVP Sales & Operations
"For me, the biggest takeaway has been taking control of my career. I've learned so many different tools I can use to improve my skillset and meet new people in the company. WOW really makes you look at your day-to-day differently." - Oona J., Manager in Project Management
"My favorite part was getting to expand my network and meet people in similar roles. We got to bounce ideas off each other and build relationships that I know are going to last beyond the program's end." - Cynthia O., Senior Manager in IT Project Management
Women of the World: Verizon Business Group (VBG)
Be part of an empowering culture.
Through WOW, women of the V Team share a sense of belonging while empowering each other to achieve their goals. For Kimber H., being a part of WOW was an eye-opening experience. Although she didn’t know what to expect in the beginning, she left the career development program with new tools, which she says will help her make positive changes for herself and those around her.
Hearing from leadership, participating in workshops and growing alongside her squad opened Kimber’s eyes to just how much V Teamers are valued at the company: “Through programs like this, Verizon is investing in their employees and empowering future leaders to achieve and desire more,” she said. “Being valued like this gives me the fuel to always want to be a part of the Verizon world.”
See the power in unity.
As part of WOW, participants are placed into squads to go through the experience together, motivating each other to keep moving forward.
Alethea P., Managing Partner in Verizon Business Group and participant of WOW, said her career development squad provided an environment of positivity, growth and empowerment. “We are open with each other, we challenge each other in a positive way, we bring ideas forward, we encourage each other to grow, and we will continue to encourage and support each other throughout our careers,” she said.
Hear from our V Teamers.
Hear more from our V Teamers to learn how we give our team the power to go beyond and take the next step in their career.
“The amount of talent we have here at this organization is truly incredible, so when we implement programs like WOW, we keep that talent alive and move talented folks to the right place.” - Rachel B., Business Account Manager
“It's been an enlightening experience, from building relationships within my squad to building my self-confidence. To see others feel, say and experience the same that I do, makes it reassuring to know I'm not alone and also encourages me to strive forward to be an even better version of myself." - Amber B., Sr. Analyst
I will continue to incorporate key learnings from Women of the World within my role at Verizon by leading authentically and being uniquely me. I am grateful to work for Verizon who is a leader in investing in diversity and inclusion.
V Teamer Alethea P.