A recipe rich in history.

By: Andy Choi

Kicking off Native American Heritage Month with a special soup and more on how Verizon NAV moves our business forward.

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We hope your first day of November has been a good one. If you aren’t too full from eating too much Halloween candy, today’s Up To Speed Live features a traditional indigenous dish as we celebrate the start of Native American Heritage Month.

Chief Strategy Officer Rima Qureshi, who is also the Executive Sponsor of the Native Americans of Verizon (NAV) employee resource group, kicked things off with her personal perspective on the power of native foods. “During my time with NAV, I’ve met an amazing group of people, understood some of the challenges they face, and been able to learn about some of the various cultures.”

Host Andy Choi was joined by Malachi Hammonds, a member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina and the global co-leader of NAV. Malachi provided background on Three Sisters stew, a traditional dish that Andy made for the occasion that celebrates three fall harvest foods: corn, beans and squash.

NAV works to identify, hire and retain talent from Native American communities. In addition, since 2020, members of NAV have completed 26,000 volunteer hours, getting us closer to our goal of 2.5 million volunteer hours by 2025. The group also focuses on improving digital inclusion for younger members of the Native American community.

Here’s one example of a Three Sisters stew recipe from the Chickasaw Nation that you can try at home later this week. After all, it’s the perfect time of year!

Rima encouraged all employees to engage in the events being offered by NAV throughout November. “Remember, it’s not only for Native Americans,” said Rima. “It’s for all V Teamers.”

Volunteering for Veterans Day

As a top military-friendly company, Verizon has great consumer offers and a mix of virtual and in-person activities to show our unwavering support and appreciation this Veterans Day.

V Teamers can volunteer using our Volunteer Portal. You can also shop for Verizon-branded military apparel at Call For Fire (CFF). Partial proceeds from sales support veteran nonprofit organizations. And, please join our VALOR employee resource group and follow its events and activities.

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

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