02/21/2020|Inside Verizon

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By: Jessica Bonardi

Today on Up To Speed: From 5G Galaxies to Learning Paloozas, an entire universe of Verizon news.

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Learning how to invest in yourself -- through learning.

Over the past few weeks, over 1,500 employees in 17 locations across five different countries have taken part in the Verizon Business Group’s Learning Palooza, a series of live events that focus on helping individuals move their careers forward. The key message: Seeing learning as a process rather than “training as an event.” As Verizon employees, we all have options when it comes to developing new skills and preparing for and obtaining technical and professional certifications/degrees. A tuition assistance program and mobile app are also available.

For more advice and premium content, head to the Learning Portal 2.0.

A 5G lab made for a queen.

We’re taking 5G global with our new 5G Lab in London. International business and media customers can experience the first live Verizon 5G-enabled environment to test and develop applications for education, manufacturing, retail and so much more! Verizon Media will open a 5G-enabled production studio in the lab in the spring.

Pre-order new 5G Galaxies.

Preorders for the new Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G kick off today. Both devices are ready to roll on our 5G Ultra Wideband network, shooting incredible 8K video and flaunting the gorgeous Infinity-O Display. Visit verizonwireless.com today for info and check out all of our latest promos.

Celebrating our amazing engineers.

We’d like to give a special shout-out to our engineers during National Engineers Week. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce. Thank you, engineers, for all you do!

Take your Pulse survey.

And here’s a reminder: Take the Pulse survey today! Your voice matters so it’s critical that you be a part of the change to move Verizon forward together. Besides, it only takes a couple minutes so you really have no good excuse not to.

Watch the Black History Month webcast.

If you missed yesterday’s webcast celebrating Black History Month, the NAACP’s Hilary Shelton inspired us to make inclusion a priority in politics. We also heard from our own Diego Scotti and Tony Lewis on the future of our BRAVE and BOLD employee resource groups. The replay is available on VZWeb.

A new Purpose Champion is recognized.

Last year, the very first Purpose Coin was passed from Hans Vestberg to Srinivas Balla, his chief of staff. Yesterday, a room full of smiling colleagues watched as Balla passed his coin to Chris Toohey, lead engineer on the Communications Team. Chris was praised for always making sure that when leaders are connecting with their teams through webcasts, events and videos, ensuring that the technical connections remain seamless.

Congratulations, Chris. We’re all very proud of you.

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