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From drones helping seals to front row concert seats, it’s all positive vibes on today’s Up To Speed.

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On today’s Up To Speed, Diana lifted our spirits with the following updates.

Do good drones

Skyward, our commercial drone company, handles more than just a wide range of business applications in the skies. The team has been partnering with marine mammal researchers and related nonprofit organizations to help them rescue and protect animals such as seals.

“Any time we’re monitoring animals, we want to make sure that we’re not disturbing them,'' said Gennifer Brookshire, a marine biologist and FAA-certified drone operator. “A lot of animals respond well to drones.”

The testing of various drones allowed Skyward to educate marine biologists on which models are quietest and most effective for each type of animal being studied. “Monitoring seals with drones is just the beginning,” said Gennifer. “Looking forward, we have a lot to be excited about.”

Hurricane Laura relief extended

Unlimited call/text/data for Verizon customers impacted by Laura in Louisiana and Orange County, TX, has now been extended through next Tuesday, September 8. For all the latest updates, visit this page for more information.

A concert that’s Visible from anywhere

If you miss going to concerts, Visible has you covered. Check out the immersive Red Rocks Unpaused shows, including the electrifying Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Baby. You get front-row access to all of the best moments of recently taped blockbuster shows at the iconic Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado from the comfort and safety of your home.

Women in business panel discussion

Verizon Business Group CEO Tami Erwin will be back to host another empowering panel discussion as part of the Women in Business mentorship program. “Women in Finance” aims to empower and mentor women in business by bringing together leading executives in the financial services industry. They’ll discuss leadership, mentorship, and advice for women who are reinventing their careers or businesses as a result of the pandemic, particularly entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Be sure to tune in next Tuesday, September 8, at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT.

My Why: Aleena Taufiq

On this week’s My Why, meet Aleena Taufiq, an MTS II Data Manager in Irving, TX, who is much more than a data scientist. While Aleena has the ability and tenacity to build robots and Slurpee machines, she spends more of her spare time volunteering for the nonprofit she founded. Geared Up is an engineering enrichment program that helps underprivileged kids all over the country.

Aleena, thank you for all you do, and for inspiring all of us to do more.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 19 years since 9/11. You can check the volunteer portal for different ways to give back. A $10 donation will be made to the 9/11 fund for each V Teamer who signs up for a volunteer event from September 4-11. Let’s remember this day of remembrance and heroism by making a positive impact on our communities.

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

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