Good news Friday.

By: Katie Regner

From two amazing V Teamers to a $2 million charitable donation, today's Up To Speed is all good.

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Happy Friday! Katie hosted today’s Up To Speed and shared the following:

The latest Verizon Media Group Real Talk

Wednesday’s VMG Real Talk offered a range of perspectives on policing, protesting and social justice. Guests included Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, Michael Mata, Dallas Police Association President, as well as Verizon’s own Chief Security Officer Mike Mason and VMG’s Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion Ram Jean-Louis. You can catch the replay here.

Voices from the field: Vikas Sharma

Meet an exceptional V Teamer who bridges two worlds: By day, Vikas Sharma works as a Manager in Business Development and Planning. Growing up in India with an interest in reducing traffic congestion, Vikas now helps shape the future of transportation, with a vision of using 5G technology along with cell phones to act as smart sensors. This will avoid the enormous infrastructure cost of putting sensors in the roads.

As if that isn’t moving the world forward enough, Vikas started volunteering at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in California. With his knowledge of traffic and technology, his superiors urged him to join the department full time. While he wanted to stay at Verizon, he completed his police academy training to become a sheriff’s deputy. He typically serves two shifts a month on his personal time. Vikas, thank you for all you do!

My Why: Amanda Kegley

Speaking of exceptional, today’s installment of My Why features Amanda Kegley, a multi-talented District Manager in Irvine, CA. She appreciates the spirit of her co-workers, working for an inclusive company that is active in the community, and the personal and professional development she’s been able to achieve during her 12 years at Verizon. Amanda, thanks for being a key part of the V Team!

#Next20 focuses on Small Business

Our #Next20 series, which focuses on issues that will define the next 20 years, continues to feature engaging conversations with amazing community and business leaders. Be sure to catch the next edition on Tuesday, August 18, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. Sibile Marcellus from Yahoo Finance hosts a two-part panel on how small businesses can rise up and rebuild. You won’t want to miss it.

Friends & Family

Have you shared your Friends & Family code yet? Well, you’ve still got time. Jeremy spoke with Haley Stewart of the Telesales group in Greenville, SC, to get some tips on how to do it. She recommends finding out what a person’s interests are since we offer a variety of plans, including Mix and Match. Depending on the plan, we also offer Apple Music, Disney+, and an autopay discount when using your Verizon Visa Card.

So what are you waiting for? Get your codes right in the My Verizon app or through VZWeb and the Street.

Verizon Up

Another good reason to choose Verizon? Verizon Up, of course. Right now, customers can get more amazing accessories and discounts by using the My Verizon app. But great deals aren’t the only Up news. Our customers donated $2 million to No Kid Hungry in the second quarter, and contributed to other charities like the American Red Cross, The Arbor Day Foundation, Donors Choose and more. Nicely done!

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About the author:

Katie is a member of the Verizon Corporate Communications team and a regular host of Up To Speed. She's a new mom with a passion for show tunes trying to keep up with the latest trends in tech.

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