V Team vacays.

By: Jennifer Marin
Communications Strategist/Writer

Catching up with our employees on their summer vacations. Plus, breaking news with Fujifilm Group and a full news rundown.

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Happy Friday V Team, on today’s edition of Up To Speed host Jennifer Marin shared a full news rundown.

Up To Speed: Week in review

Verizon Business supporting FUJIFILM

Verizon Business is now supporting Japan’s FUJIFILM Holdings and its subsidiaries to strengthen its global cybersecurity monitoring and cyber intelligence capabilities. The company’s technology teams will now have access to Verizon’s Advanced Security Operations Center (SOC) capabilities in Canberra, Australia.

Fujifilm’s network and security experts across the globe will be able to leverage daily threat intelligence feeds from Verizon’s Threat Research Advisory Center – as well as the availability of local-language security engineers and analysts that will monitor the company’s global remote environments on a 24/7/365 basis. Fujifilm’s SOC deployment will reach a critical milestone in establishing a cloud-centric infrastructure architecture adopting a zero-trust security framework.

New kindness murals

This week, we made news with our #ACallforKindness campaign. Columbus, Greenville, Boston and Detroit all received the gift of kindness in the form of a brand new Kindness mural.

So far, we’ve completed more than 20 murals across the country, including murals in St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Lexington, Madison, Nashville, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Riverside, Calif., Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.

The #ACallForKindness campaign started in October 2020 with the goal of reminding everyone that we’re all in this together, and a little kindness goes a long way.

To join the movement and learn more about #ACallForKindness campaign, click here.

A rare connection

August 19th is Malan Syndrome Awareness Day. Malan Syndrome is so rare that as of 2022, only about 200 people in the world, mainly children, have been diagnosed with the condition.

The rare genetic disorder, which was first discovered back in 2012, is characterized by macrocephaly, hydrocephalus, cognitive impairment, epilepsy, vision/hearing impairment, heart abnormalities and scoliosis. As of now there’s limited understanding of what actually causes the syndrome and how it progresses. And currently, no disease-modifying treatment exists.

Earlier this year, V Teamer Alyssa McCullion’s daughter, Nora, was diagnosed with Malan Syndrome. When she shared the information with her team, one of her teammates, Lori Greenberg, decided to do some research to learn more about the syndrome. The research led her to the Malan Syndrome Foundation site where she came across a familiar name, Bosko Kacarevic. Bosko has served as a member of the Malan Syndrome Foundation Board, has a daughter with Malan Syndrome and is currently a V Teamer that has worked with Lori on a number of projects.

Bosko and Alyssa, determined to make a difference, have created the Verizon Sunflower Team for Run, Walk & Roll for Malan Syndrome 2022. To learn more about the condition and how you can support our fellow V Teamers and other families affected by this syndrome, click here.

A minute can make a difference

Team, just another reminder to take some time to complete your 3Q VZPulse survey.

The three quick questions should only take you about a minute, but the results could mean a positive change.

Last survey, we had an impressive 89% response rate – our highest response rate ever – so let’s strive toward reaching the 100% mark this time around. The survey closes on Monday, August 22nd.

V Team Vacays

We closed out the episode by sharing some summer vacation pictures submitted by V Teamers.

Stacy Henshaw, who’s a part of our Verizon Consumer Group, shared a beautiful shot of her family taking their annual trip to Ponte Vedra Beach.

Kristal Myers, who’s part of our Channel Technology Production Support Team, recently enjoyed a cruise excursion in Juneau, Alaska! She shared that she and her daughter experienced some incredible sights and she was even able to share it with her family in real time via video call.

Lastly, communications manager Andy Choi shared a picture from his visit to Old Trafford in the United Kingdom with his brother.

We’d love to share your summer vacation photos with the whole team, so continue to send us your submission to good@verizon.com.

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About the author:

Jennifer Marin is a former local news reporter/anchor. She was born in Colombia but raised in Northern New Jersey. She loves to craft new recipes, create videos, and spend time with her pug, Sweetie.

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