VtoV at work.

By: Jennifer Marin
Communications Strategist/Writer

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Happy Friday, V Team. To recap the week, host Jenn Marin took us through a quick rundown:

On Monday, we celebrated International Day of the Girl with a look back at the Women’s CoLab Fall Summit.

On Tuesday, our CEO Hans Vestberg introduced our new Global Services Organization. This new organizational change will accelerate efficiencies, enabling us to reinvest in expanding network superiority – and growing our customer base.

And on Thursday, we shared our second Hispanic Heritage Month episode of Enterate Con Verizon, where host Jenn Marin had the chance to sit down with SVP of Talent & Diversity Christina Schelling, who shared some background on her hispanic roots. Jenn also spoke to Carlos Esdailles Jr, a V Teamer who was on the ground as Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico.

3 Questions with Krista

Have you been keeping up with our 3 Questions with… series? It’s designed to help our leaders share important updates from across the business, and Up To Speed’s Raquel Wilson sat down with Krista Bourne, Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Consumer Group, to share her thoughts on the fourth quarter.

Krista described this as the “Super Bowl of our season” – the moment “when it all comes together.” Krista talked about how we, as a company, have been paying close attention to customer feedback, listening to our employees and are ready to go and finish strong in 2022. With offerings like the One Unlimited for iPhone plan, the Google Pixel 7 and more, we’re positioned and geared up for a strong end of the year.

Krista closed out by praising the V Team, who she said does “so much right every day” in carrying Verizon’s mission forward. Krista reminded V Teamers that it’s important to continue to believe, remember who we are and “believe we can win.”

Quarterly earnings

Next Friday, October 21st at 12 PM ET, is our earnings webcast. Make sure to tune in to hear from our leaders on our results, recognizing those who ran to a crisis during Hurricane Ian and you’ll have the opportunity to ask your questions live to be answered in real time by our leaders.

Check out Up to Speed next week for more ways in which you can get involved with earnings.

Carol Diaz and the VtoV Employee Relief Fund

Hurricane Ian has had a tremendous impact on the Florida community, including many V Teamers.

Carol Diaz, a member of our Finance Operations team in Lake Mary, Florida, was awakened as a large tree fell on her home in the middle of the night on Wednesday, September 28th.

The tree made its way through the roof, taking out the electricity and flooding her home. With the help of her supervisors, EAP and the VtoV Employee Relief Fund, Carol is preparing to make repairs and get her home back to normal.

If you’re ever unable to stay in your home due to a catastrophic incident like Hurricane Ian, the V to V Employee Relief fund is here to help.

Verizon’s Hurricane Ian response

Just yesterday, Verizon announced a $250,000 donation to support small businesses affected by Hurricane Ian.

Additionally, Verizon is partnering with Collaboratory, a local non-profit community-problem solving organization in Southwest Florida, and Florida TaxWatch, a non-profit organization that promotes economic development across the state, to create $10,000 grants to provide small businesses in the hardest-hit areas of Florida with critical relief.

For more updates, be sure to check out the Verizon Response to Hurricane Ian page.

Verizon Business is on social media

Inside Verizon has always been a one-stop shop for all things happening in and around Verizon, but Verizon Business is now also live on Instagram, and you can follow our new Verizon Frontline handles on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Verizon Business partnership

Verizon Business recently announced a partnership with Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in cloud networking, to deploy wireless connectivity solutions at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium as part of Extreme’s partnership with the Premier League club.

The deployment, expected to begin later this year, includes Extreme Wi-Fi 6 access points, which will provide the high-quality, low latency Wi-Fi connectivity required to power memorable, engaging fan-centric experiences, such as mobile ticketing, cash free concessions and more.

As part of the partnership, Liverpool FC will also leverage ExtremeAnalytics™ to get real-time insights into data, including fan foot traffic, app usage across the stadium and popular concessions.

Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams

In today’s world, mobile and hybrid workforces need communication tools that are flexible, and Verizon will be the first U.S. operator to bring true native mobile experiences to Microsoft Teams using Teams Phone Mobile.

Verizon Mobile for Microsoft Teams lets organizations use Teams as their phone system, with smartphones as Teams endpoints. This gives businesses our network quality, more collaboration and enhanced flexibility – essential building blocks for making work possible.

All things Pixel

The Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch are now available, and you’ll want to check out the latest George Talks Tech for everything you need to know about these exciting new devices.

And be sure to check out our new spot featuring Cecily Strong and a former NFL star – it’s safe to say they’re pretty excited, as well.

A BOLD Homecoming Season

Many universities across the country are coming together for homecoming, including HBCUs (which stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

On Monday, October 17, our employee resource group BOLD is talking all things homecoming with a lineup of exciting events, including an HBCU Alumni Mixer, a meet & greet with Verizon’s talent acquisition team, a financial literacy session and so much more.

VZPulse survey

Speaking of next week, on Monday, we’ll be launching our fourth quarter VZPulse survey which looks at 3 key areas: employee well-being, work experiences, and how well leaders are taking action in response to our feedback. Employees can look for an email on Monday from Gallup, or check your “to-dos” in VZWeb.

Annual enrollment

Monday is also the start of 2023 Annual Enrollment for US management employees. Find out how you can save $100 on your medical plan contributions.

See you next week for more important announcements around the business.

Until next time, you’re up to speed.

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

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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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