It's a game changer to be in technology.

By: Jennifer Marin
Communications Strategist/Writer

LaTanya Buggs, Abby Knowles, and Tyrone Graves join to discuss their career paths in IT & engineering. Plus, learn who inspires them!

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On today’s special edition of Up To Speed live, host Raquel Wilson hosted a discussion featuring Verizon engineers and their important work in building our incredible network.

Happy National Engineers Week!

In case you didn’t know, it’s National Engineers Week, and we’re so grateful to our Test Force and their consistent arduous work. In an Inside Verizon article posted today, Chief Network Officer, Lynn Cox, shared her gratitude for our engineers and invited the V Team to recognize an engineer they appreciate in the comments section. Here’s a link to that story, be sure to leave your shoutout as we’ll be sharing some during our show on Thursday, February 22.

The panel’s Black History Month focus

February is Black History Month, and we wanted this panel to highlight some of the incredible black engineers that help make up our company. This of course aligns perfectly with our Employee Resource Group Black Originators Leaders and Doers (BOLD)’s theme for this year's celebrations, “BOLDer Steps Together: Tomorrow is Built Today.” And National Engineer Week’s theme of celebrating today’s achievements and paving the way for a brighter and more diverse future in engineering.

The panelists included LaTanya Buggs, Vice President of Network and Field Operations; Abby Knowles, Vice President of Information and Technology; and Tyrone Graves, Associate Director of Network Engineering. The panelists addressed the V Team community but also future V Teamers. Students from five NAF academies joined us virtually from North Carolina. NAF is a partner of Citizen Verizon, our responsible business plan, and offers high school students across the country enriching opportunities to develop their career aspirations and skills.

LaTanya, Tyrone and Abby shared insights that included their journey toward a path in engineering, how their paths led to Verizon, specifics about their current roles amongst other questions.

The conversation was also heavily focused on the various opportunities students can explore within an engineering and technology career, as well as the role that younger generations will have in influencing and building a future of innovation.

The panelists also took some time to offer advice to younger generations interested in a career in Engineering and stressed the need for diverse talent. They also shared black engineers that have inspired them throughout their lives.

The celebrations aren’t over yet!

Check out the events happening during Black History Month and be sure to tune into BOLD’s Black History Month 40th Anniversary webcast on Thursday, February 22, at 1 PM ET.

You can attend in person from Basking Ridge or at one of our Engagement Hubs.

Each location will have a variety of activities throughout the day including music and professional headshots.

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

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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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