10.12.2020|Inside Verizon

Taking the next step.

By: Andy Choi

Christy discusses International Day of the Girl and more on our Racial Justice Action Plan.

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On today’s Up To Speed Live, Andy welcomed Christy Pambianchi. They shared the following updates.

Hurricane Delta

Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by swift-moving Hurricane Delta, especially those who were still recovering from Hurricane Laura. Our response teams are working around the clock and progress is being made to keep our customers and first responders connected.

International Day of the Girl

If you haven’t had a chance to read Christy’s LinkedIn post related to International Day of the Girl, it’s a poignant, beautiful open letter to her daughter Sarah. Here’s an excerpt:

Every woman leading from the front was once a young girl, unsure of what their future would bring. They were in the same place as you are right now, wondering if their next step is the right one. However, one thing I have learned over my career is that there is no right step. Life is anything but linear and there are many steps we take that shape our journey.

“One of the things I fundamentally believe is that having all women help each other, including helping the next generation, is something that will help move us all forward,” said Christy. “Thank you to all of those who responded to my post and, in turn, inspired me.”

Inspired by Christy’s letter, V Team women from across the business shared their own message under #WhatINowKnow by offering advice to their younger self.

Our Racial Justice Action Plan

Following the death of George Floyd, we assembled a task force and built an action plan to map out how we, as a company, will contribute to a more equitable future both within our walls and beyond.

Today, just over four months later, Christy discussed how we’re doing. “One of things we heard from the beginning was not only excitement but a plea to keep things going and we’re doing that.” Our action plan has three pillars:

  • Continue the Conversation
  • Build a Strong Organization
  • Community Engagement

“In terms of Continuing the Conversation, I have to call out that we’ve had over 4 million views of our programs with leading thought leaders on race and social justice. Our ERGs have held over 100 Courageous Conversations and our biggest volunteer activity to date was the March On Washington,” said Christy. “It’s breathtaking to see so much engagement from so many people in and outside Verizon.”

As a reminder, for more resources, be sure to check out the Race & Social Justice Action Toolkit.

Calling all voters

Here in the United States, we have an important election coming on November 3. As a reminder, all U.S.-based V Teamers scheduled to work on Election Day 2020 are allowed up to four hours of paid time off to vote or participate in election-related volunteer activities.

Self-ID Campaign

Later this week, US-based employees will receive more information on the Self-ID campaign. This is a federally-mandated program that will also help us understand our workforce representation. While voluntary, some of the information you will be asked to disclose is whether you are living with a disability or have served in the military, and about your race. Your responses will help us learn how we can make Verizon a place where all of us can thrive. We hope that you’ll choose to participate.

Accessibility Expo

The Self-ID campaign coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Later this week, tune in for our virtual Accessibility Summit taking place October 14 and 15. The article on VZWeb includes links to both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sessions.

Flu shots

With Annual Enrollment just around the corner, one benefit you can take advantage of right now is to get your flu shot. Experts tell us doing so could be more important this year than ever. You can get your shot via your primary care provider, participating pharmacies or at various Verizon locations.

3Q Results webcast

Reminder - Our 3Q results webcast will take place Wednesday, October 21 at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT on Twitter.

Click here for a transcript of the webcast.

Get the latest information on our Coronavirus Resource Page (Inside Verizon, The Street).

Reminder, tune in to a special Up To Speed Live tomorrow at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT.

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