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By: Jennifer Marin
Communications Strategist/Writer

We announced our 4Q results giveaway winners and your chance to win a NFL gift card. Plus, Christina Schelling discusses our leadership principles.

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Happy Tuesday V Team, on today’s edition of Up To Speed we shared a full news rundown.

RootMetrics Win

Verizon’s network is once again the network to beat for performance, accessibility and reliability in a majority of 125 metro markets tested by RootMetrics.

In these rigorous and scientific network tests, Verizon’s network is undefeated in 95% of the metro drive tests performed in the last half of 2022. And when our customers are on the go and need to be connected, they know they can count on us. Verizon is undefeated in the category of network accessibility in 90% of the markets tested.

These network successes underscore our relentless focus on innovation and continued investment to provide the very best for our customers.

Powerful upload speed

Verizon engineers continue to drive the evolution of 5G Ultra Wideband technology by achieving 1.26 Gigabits per second in upload speed.

Being able to upload data with speed is important to our everyday experience. Think about the last time you had a video chat or had to upload some urgent large files.

This significant accomplishment is yet another milestone in Verizon’s commitment to provide the best experience for our customers.

Conversations with…

If you’re interested in learning more about the great work our Global Networks and Technology team is doing everyday for our customers, be sure to check out our conversation with President of Global Networks & Technology Kyle Malady.

Kyle breaks down our Fios expansion, our massive network upgrade, our network performance reporting tool and more.

Click here to access the entire ‘Conversations with…’ video series featuring conversations with leaders like VCG’s Chief Operating Officer Krista Bourne and our recent conversation with Senior Vice President of Investor Relations Brady Connor.

And when you finish watching the videos, leave your comments, our leaders love to know what our V Teamers are thinking. It’s these types of conversations that help move our business forward.

Meet the V Team

If you work at Verizon you know that our customers are our top priority, we introduced two V Teamers who are a great example of that commitment.

We shared a few beautiful pictures that were taken in Bear Mountain, a very rural area in the Klamath National Forest in Northern California.

Bear Mountain, which sees occasional hikers and campers, is so remote, it has no electrical or fiber service, so Verizon maintains service solely through generator power and microwave backhaul, an expensive and difficult way to ensure we bring our high-quality service to customers in rural areas of the country.

Recently, due to extreme snow and ice, the site suffered a temporary loss of service. And knowing visitors to the area may need communications at any time, especially for emergencies, Ron Sager and Barry Schroeder, two Network Assurance Field Engineers with experience as snowcat operators, ascended the mountain, hiking over 300 yards with snowshoes, to dig the generator and facility out from under the snow drifts and restored service for our customers.

Our Latest and Greatest Deals

V Team Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and this is the year to really blow your loved ones away.

And you’re in luck, for a limited time we have the perfect gifts, all at a great price.

And the best part? Verizon’s got you covered if you have more than one Valentine in your life with a buy one get one offer!

We’ve got deals on smartphones, watches, headphones and more, click here for all the details.

Win a $75 NFL giftcard

Remember when we told you that your friends could win Super Bowl tickets for the next 3 years?

I’m sure many of you want to be a +1 to the big game on Sunday and we’re sure you’re still texting your friends the details to enter the sweepstakes. Send us proof that you’re letting your friends know and you can win a $75 dollar NFL gift card.

All you have to do is leave a comment on our latest Linkedin post with this specific sentence: “I'm going to tell my_______ about our $25 Welcome Unlimited plan by _______."

Simply fill in the blanks with your answers and you’re set.

And if you prefer email you can send us your proof via email at .

First dibs on Beyoncé tickets

Here’s something you’re going to want to tell your friends and family about.

You can get first dibs to Beyoncé’s RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR presale tickets, they’re available every Thursday beginning February 9th through the 23 at 10 am local time.

So be sure to check to see when tickets are available near you only through Verizon Up on the My Verizon app.

4Q22 Survey Winners

We announced the winners of our 4Q Earnings survey giveaway. Winners had the choice between a GizmoWatch or a giftcard to our Verizon store.

Congratulations to: Detra Bell, Monique Guggino, GG Leeger, Patricia Krushnowski, and Ronald Farrell.

Thank you to all the V Teamers who filled out the survey, your feedback is so important to our team as we work to deliver our earnings results in the best way for you.

Women in Enterprise award

Verizon has a lot to be proud of. We’ve recently been recognized for many awards including being honored as one of America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

This recognition is dedicated to companies who demonstrate ongoing dedication to successfully implement world-class diversity and inclusion programs that enable growth and innovation, while breaking down barriers for women entrepreneurs.

World’s Most Admired Company Fortune Award

We’re also proud to be included in the Fortune Magazine 2023 World’s Most admired company list where we’ve been named #1 telecom company.

This is a big deal and we couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Verizon ranks in the top 3 for Military Friendly Companies

We’ve also been named the #3 Military friendly company for resources and camaraderie showing our dedication to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of veterans and service members.

Kyle Malady, Executive sponsor of our Employee Resource Group, VALOR, said it best when he said, “our active duty and veteran V Teamers and their families represent the best Verizon has to offer and Verizon is the best because of you.” Safe to say we all agree with that statement.

Take the Safety Pledge today

At Verizon the V Team’s health and safety is our company's top priority.

Our leadership team and many V Teamers have signed the pledge to be safe at work, home and on the road. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and if you see something that looks unsafe make sure to speak up and say something to correct it.

You can fill out your very own safety pledge to commit to safety for those you care about and the people around you.

Celebrate Black History Month with BOLD

All month long we’re celebrating black history month with the theme of “BOLDer together, We are One.”

Take time this month to join one of the many events, hosted by our BOLD ERG, as we explore the depths of black history in the United States.

Mark your calendars for February 9 at 12:30 - 1:30 PM ET for a Linkedin Live with Former US Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater who has been a member of Verizon’s Board of Directors since 2010.

Our Vice President of State Public Policy, Tony Lewis will sit down with Rodney to discuss the path that led him to the White House and Verizon’s Board of Directors. The conversation will be moderated by fellow V Teamer Justin Tanner.

How the V Team celebrated Lunar New Year

V Teamers have been celebrating Lunar New Year for the past couple of weeks with our PACE ERG with a robust lineup of events that celebrate the traditional cultural holiday.

Many of you sent in photos to share how you celebrated and leapt into 2023 - the year of the Rabbit.

Christina Schelling joins us to discuss our new Leadership Principle

Towards the end of the show, Chief Talent and Diversity Officer, Christina Schelling joined us to discuss our 2023 DEI priorities. Christina shared background on our Leadership Principles explaining that they define the behavioral expectations for V Teamers and emphasize how important leadership is to our culture, to our business, and to our Credo.

She announced that this year we are building on our leadership principles to include a new principle, “Foster Inclusion.” This addition will continue to embed the expectation around inclusiveness in the way we lead ourselves and the organization.

Christina also highlighted that Verizon’s commitment to Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is core to who we are and it begins with us all modeling a shared accountability to seek out and incorporate unique differences and perspectives of V Teamers at all levels, across the organization.

Christina ended by emphasizing that our principles and expectations have never been stronger or more actionable and encouraged the V Team to review the leadership principles as we continue to create and contribute to a culture that fosters inclusion each and every day.

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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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