Cool to be kind.

By: Diana Alvear

Connecting with seniors, creating art with a cause, and lots more good news to share.

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On today’s episode of Up To Speed Live, host Diana Alvear kicked things off with a recap of the big news covered this week on Up To Speed:

  • Monday: We met two incredible V Teamers. Ricardo Gattas-Mora told us the story of meeting his husband, adopting their beautiful baby boy and the book they wrote to celebrate adoption. Ricardo shared how Verizon has been by his side throughout it all. We also met Kamil Gani, an Engineer from Chicago and a devout Muslim who found acceptance and support for his daily religious practices at Verizon. And Up To Speed’s Jess Bonardi told us about how she brings V Teamers stories to life.
  • Tuesday: We showed why kindness is cool through the Kindness murals brightening up several cities around the country as part of our Call for Kindness campaign.
  • Thursday, we celebrated five years of Up To Speed by taking a look back at some of our favorite moments.

Women’s CoLab

The Verizon sisterhood is back. Tami, Christy and Rima published a joint letter today on how we remain committed to creating a future of work that works for all women. And it starts with Women's CoLab. As we build out a constellation of resources and content to help women thrive in the workplace, you can stay in the know by signing up for the Women's CoLab email list and be first to learn of new developments and details.

1Q21 Earnings Webcast

Speaking of dates, an important one is coming up next week. Our quarterly earnings webcast is next Wednesday at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT. Be sure not to miss it.

Verizon Connect Italiano

Ciao Visirun. Buongiorno Verizon Connect! Yes, Visirun is now Verizon Connect in Italy, meaning customers get a one-stop approach to fleet management software solutions and services. Splendido!

Location, location, location

Verizon Business is now offering Hyper Precise Location (HPL) to Verizon customers and application developers in more than 100 major U.S. markets. Here’s how it works: When HPL is paired with Verizon’s 5G Edge capabilities, it enhances satellite location-based accuracy from a range of meters down to even one to two centimeters! It’s a game changer for vehicle-pedestrian safety.

More access to 5G internet for business

5G Business Internet is expanding to 21 new U.S. cities, a leap from three markets to 24. It's a new kind of business internet ‒ a fixed-wireless alternative to cable that leverages Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband for businesses of all sizes. There are no data limits or throttling, and customers can lock in a low price for 10 years with no long-term contract required.

Univision partnership

Liga MX fans: Get ready for a 5G viewing experience of the most watched soccer league in the United States. Through this partnership, Univision will launch the TUDN Vision content portal experience. You’ll get 360° camera views and camera angles that get you up close to the action with players, spectators and more. The first game is this Saturday, April 17, with América vs. Cruz Azul.

Mind Together

Yesterday, Verizon Media announced Mind Together, a coalition of brands working to address mental health and set a new standard in how employees are supported at work. The goal of Mind Together is to destigmatize mental health at work through education, awareness campaigns and expert-led sessions.

Tree-mendous news from Citizen Verizon

Here’s a stat that will make us all feel proud. Verizon is committed to planting 20 million trees by 2030 and you can help. For a limited time, when you purchase one of Verizon's eco-friendly accessories like Sustainable Lite Cases, Verizon will plant a tree in your honor, up to 1 million trees. That's the acreage equivalent of 55 Central Parks! Another great reason to buy: These accessories will be 25% off. So what are you waiting for?

National Volunteer Week

The second of today’s featured partnerships is with the Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) which, like Verizon, has joined the World Economic Forum’s 1-trillion tree initiative. As part of that effort, the WEA is hosting a hands-on tree-planting demonstration where you can learn about positive climate impacts of tree-planting such as climate mitigation, improving food security and erosion control and boosting women’s income through tree nursery micro-enterprises.

How you can help

Haven’t volunteered yet? Now is the perfect time to start. In fact, Monday is the start of National Volunteer Week. Our volunteer portal has lots of different activities you can do. And when volunteer, let us know! Tell us your story at Good@Verizon.com.

Wall-to-wall kindness

Speaking of good, let’s dive a little deeper into our Kindness Murals project. Ten new murals have been created in 10 cities, all in the name of kindness. From coast to coast, local artists showed us their interpretation of the word “kindness” for our A Call for Kindness Campaign. One cool feature of the murals is the QR codes. Each code has a video message from a local retail rep to remind us to spread kindness and stop by and see us. See all the murals and their locations.

Friends & Family

With summer approaching and our awesome new promos like our best device offer yet, now is the perfect time to share your Friends & Family code. Check your redemption tracker and find details on how to share with your loved ones on the Friends & Family About You page.

A very “good” bye

We always like to end our Friday shows with some element of good. Recently, members of the Wireline Network Operations team sent kind messages to some of our eldery in partnership with Love for our Elders.

And thanks to our friends at our Bridgewater, NJ, store for today’s sign-off.

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

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About the author(s):

Diana Alvear is new to the V Team family. In her previous life, she was a network correspondent and local anchor. These days, she juggles crafting communications with chasing kids and pets.

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