All of Us. Connected by Pride.

By: Craig Silliman

A letter from Craig Silliman.

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All of us. Connected by Pride.

Throughout the month of June, we’ll be celebrating Pride Month and the LGBTQ community and its allies. The theme for this year is: “All of us. Connected by Pride.” We are all different and yet we understand and connect with one another.

Diversity and Inclusion is not only our core value, but it’s also our strategy to win in Verizon 2.0. We know to be the best company, we must have the best people. To have the best people, we must have an inclusive environment where the best talent wants to come work here, feels they belong, and is empowered to contribute their very best.

Our employee resource groups are invaluable in creating this inclusive environment. As the executive sponsor of our employee resource group Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees of Verizon and their Allies (GLOBE) and a committed ally of Verizon Media’s Prism, I have seen first-hand the support they have provided to members. The cultural change that they have brought to the company and the connection they have helped us build with the LGBTQ community are critical to the business.

In this Pride month and throughout the year, GLOBE will once again mobilize support for Pride Parades in 19 cities across the U.S., giving our employees the opportunity to serve the community and get their feet in the street. I encourage you to join and stand with the community and represent Verizon.

Join us on June 12 for our celebration webcast at 3 PM ET/ 12 PM PT and hear the stories of our LGBTQ V Teamers and allies. At Verizon, we are committed to ensuring our V Team shows up with their whole selves every day, appreciate each other’s differences and build authentic connections.

Connected by Pride: We are strongest when we are connected.


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About the author(s):

Craig Silliman is executive vice president and chief administrative, legal and public policy officer.  He is responsible for Verizon's supply chain, real estate, public policy, legal, regulatory and security groups.

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