Committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

By: Verizon Careers

Learn how Verizon’s commitment to diversity and inclusion helped us make the top 10 on Working Mother’s list, Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

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As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we work tirelessly to create opportunities for all. Verizon was recently named in the top 10 on Working Mother’s 2019 list of Best Companies for Multicultural Women. We take diversity seriously and aim to increase representation across the board. In fact, 50% of our board members are women or people of color. 

While great strides have been made, there’s always opportunity to do more as evidenced by these two studies. In 2016, 56.8% of women were active in the labor force, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The Women in the Workplace 2018 study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company reports that only 17% of women of color were hired for entry-level positions. As for executive leadership, only 4% of multicultural women were hired at the C-suite level.  

Here's a great success story from one of our leading technology executives who's breaking barriers as a woman of color in the corporate world.

Meet Yoli Stancil, a V Teamer who is making strides for multicultural women. 

V Teamer Yoli Stancil, vice president of network and field operations, joined Verizon in 1988 as a directory assistance operator. There, she was tasked with providing 411 callers with the information they were looking for, such as phone numbers and addresses. 

Currently, she leads a team of over 6,000 employees and is responsible for wireline operations for the Mid-Atlantic North Region. Her team primarily serves core Fios and Special Service customers in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, Yoli has held roles of increasing responsibility in business, center and field operations, and has been able to successfully move up the corporate ladder while further developing her skills. 

“I’m grateful for Verizon’s support throughout my career. With the help of the Tuition Assistance Program, I was able to complete my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I’ve also had mentors and sponsors along the way who helped me grow, navigate through change, and strengthen my leadership capabilities.” - Yoli Stancil

During a recent multicultural conference held by Working Mother, Yoli spoke on the “Breaking the Gender Gap – Women at the Top” panel. She shared her story with attendees, explaining how Verizon provided her with immense support as she worked to advance in her career. She also spoke about how to leverage your authentic background and move up the ladder toward executive and C-Suite level positions.

 

Find ways to showcase your authenticity, while having humility and a passion for learning. Leverage relationships you’ve built to help you reach your goals or course correct when you’ve veered off.

- Yoli Stancil

She advises women in similar positions to keep moving forward, despite the obstacles that may present themselves along the way. "To be successful, you need to have confidence in yourself to get back up when you’re knocked down and continue forward. Learn and reflect on the lessons along the way," she said. "Most importantly, respect one another, be true to yourself and always pay it forward.” 

Our committment to diversity and inclusion.

At Verizon, our culture is built around diversity across all spectrums. We take pride in our talented and diverse team of people who drive innovation and focus on our customers every day. Here are just a few ways we foster an inclusive environment in the workplace.

  • As part of our recruitment process, we partner with various diversity organizations. A few of our past partnerships include the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing and the Society of Women Engineers — both national diversity conferences that celebrate women in technology.

  • We host viewing events in an effort to spark conversation and empower multicultural women. We often leverage the MAKERS video library, which is full of stories about real women and their experiences. We hold viewing events during heritage month celebrations, such as Women’s History Month, Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. 

  • The Women’s Association of Verizon Employees (WAVE) provides women with resources for professional development. The group uses training, networking, mentoring, collaboration and volunteering to help women develop around the 4Cs — career, customer, community and culture. 

Every year, more and more companies are recognizing the importance of diversity and inclusion. Learn more about Verizon’s commitment to diversity and what we’re doing to foster an inclusive environment in the workplace.

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