One shark. No tank.

By: Katie Regner

On today’s Up To Speed, we talk with NBA owner Mark Cuban. Plus, V Teamer reaction to our #Next20 conversation on criminal justice reform.

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It’s almost VZPulse+ time

The VZPulse+ employee survey will arrive July 27. It’s powered by Gallup, a leader in analytics, to dig deeper into how we can serve you, our V Teamers, and keep our sights set on the future. Pulse+ is an expanded version of our current employee survey. Gallup will help us evaluate our results compared to other industry leaders. We need your participation, so we can continue to win for our customers and each other.

Andy’s very unique road trip

Has Andy bought a new camper? He wanted to hit the road this summer, but hit a roadblock. Now he’s got a new plan. Stay tuned to Up To Speed on Monday to see what he’s got in store.

Getting a shark’s POV

Earlier this week, Robert Fisher, who leads Federal Government Relations, sat down with Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and the original Shark Tank shark. The long-time friends discussed the successful show, as well as basketball, golf, 5G, technology leadership and social and racial justice. You can check out the full conversation here with Robert and Mark.

#Next20 - Reaction to series premiere

#Next20 is our new series of conversations about the top issues that will define the next 20 years. Each episode features emerging and established change makers, exploring the inspiration behind their activism and their ideas to build a more equitable future.

We kicked off the #Next20 series last week with a conversation on criminal justice reform with Adrian Burrell, Xavier McElrath-Bey and Christina Swarns, who shared their thoughts on what actions we can take to bring about change.

Today, as a follow up to that conversation, we’re providing a V Team perspective. Jeremy sat down with Mike Mason, head of corporate security, and Kathy Grillo and Donna Epps, leaders on our Public Policy team, to get their reaction to that Next20 segment and talk about what can be done.

#Next20 - next episode dropping soon

Our second episode will explore voter education and how advocates on the front lines are working to ensure that every vote counts. Diana will host the conversation with:

  • LaTosha Brown, Co-founder of Black Voters Matter
  • Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote
  • Chloe Mason, Senior Teen President, Greater Essex County, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
  • Dylan Wilkes, Senior Teen Legislative Chair, Greater Essex County, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Be sure to check it out on Tuesday, July 21, at 3 PM ET on Twitter.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!

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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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