Mom would be proud.

Lots of good news, including the Vax Live concert, Global Choice Connect, The N.Y. Times, Citizen Verizon and a new V Teamer baby.

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On today’s Up To Speed live, host Diana Alvear shared the latest updates:

Supporting India

As the COVID-19 situation in India remains dire, a reminder of what we’re doing to support our V Teamers there. We’re:

  • Working with local partners to give employees in India access to vaccines
  • Offering ambulance service support and food assistance
  • Setting up isolation centers for those who need to quarantine
  • Offering other resources which include our 24/7 helpline, the COVID-19 care management team, our COVID-19 employee resource page and our Employee Assistance Program.

A reminder that today is the last day that you can donate to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India and boost it with the two-for-one company match. Send as much love and support as you can for our V Teamer family.

News of the week

Did you miss any episodes of Up To Speed this week? Here’s a chance to catch up.

Small Business Days

Yesterday, Verizon Business Group Chief Revenue Officer Sampath met several small business owners in Hoboken, NJ, who are benefiting from 5G technology thanks to Verizon Business Group’s partnership with TechUnited. Monday, we’ll have lots more on our small business support.

And Sampath’s not the only one getting out to our stores. Hans Vestberg is surprising our V Teamers and letting them know we appreciate them. Be on the lookout for our fearless leader. He could be coming to a store near you.

The New York Times for students

Hey parents, don’t forget Verizon’s partnership with The New York Times gives students free access to is for all high school students across the U.S. Sign up your students today and help them understand their world during the summer months. Access runs from now through September 1. This includes:

  • Unlimited access to articles, videos and more on and in the New York Times app.
  • Lessons from The Learning Network featuring articles, photos, podcasts and more.

Global Citizen Vax Live concert

Up To Speed host Andy Choi, Chief Marketing Officer Diego Scotti, Ad Council CEO Lisa Sherman and Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans shared news of Saturday’s mega concert and how Verizon is playing a key role.

“When you think about it, there is probably no bigger issue right now than vaccine education,” said Lisa. The Ad Council looked to partner with brands to find a way to make a difference. Through Diego, Verizon was the very first corporate partner to step forward with this effort.

One of the highlights of this enormous project takes place tomorrow when the Ad Council, Global Citizen, Verizon and other brands, all partner to present Vax Live, a concert promoting the importance of everyone getting vaccinated. The show will be headlined by J-Lo, H.E.R. and Eddie Vedder, along with appearances by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the President and First Lady of the United States. Check it out on ABC, CBS and a host of other networks and websites tomorrow at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Citizen Verizon

Diego also shared three new “Leave no one behind” spots highlighting our Citizen Verizon work, including one on the digital divide, another on climate protection, and a third on human prosperity focused on helping small businesses thrive.

Global Choice Connect

Our popular offer Global Choice Connect is getting super charged! When you activate a new line with Verizon on a $40 plan or higher, you will receive Global Choice calling to one country free. You can choose from 11 countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia. And there is no expiration date on this offer. Entonces llame tu mami, abuelita, tias, todas!

Mother’s Day promos

This Mother’s Day, shop for Mom at Verizon. We have 5G gifts that she’s sure to love, like a new 5G phone. And when you buy one of our best 5G phones ‒ such as the Samsung S21+ 5G, Google Pixel 5 or iPhone 12 Pro ‒ you get one on us with any Unlimited plan. We also have deals on accessories like Kate Spade phone cases, JBL wireless headphones, FitBit Sense and more. Visit one of our stores or for more details.

Our (very) young leaders

Diana shared pictures of some young kids that grew up to be members of our Verizon Leadership Council (VLC). To find out which leader is which, and see them thanking their moms this Mother’s Day weekend, check out the article.

A future Up To Speed host?

A very special happy Mother’s Day to Alex, wife of our long-time friend and former Up To Speed host Jeremy Godwin, on the happy arrival of baby Quinn Susan. Six pounds, 15 ounces of pure preciousness. Watch the video to see the picture of young Quinn.

To all moms, have a relaxing and connected Mother’s Day weekend.

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