Verizon goes Beyond the Conversation this Black History Month.

By: Verizon Careers

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Throughout the past year, we took bold, and sometimes uncomfortable, steps to start conversations that we never thought possible. These movements included courageous conversations with business leaders, training opportunities that delved into difficult topics, toolkits for all V Teamers and people leaders, and so much more. 

In 2021, we’re moving #ForwardTogether to take our momentum from 2020 into 2021 to help achieve equity and justice for everyone. This year’s theme, Beyond the Conversation, embraces and encourages its own type of movement — one of taking individual and collective action to inspire change for racial and social justice with urgency, passion, and conviction.

From virtual networking sessions with our BOLD (Black Originators, Leaders, and Doers) ERG, to impactful volunteering initiatives and more, here’s a quick overview of everything we have planned for the month. 

Monday, Feb 1. CHRO Christy Pambianchi joins Up To Speed Live for an update on our Racial Justice Action Plan. Watch the replay here.

Tuesday, Feb 2. #Next20 Episode #11: Sports and Activism

Tuesday, Feb 2.  How to Build Generational Wealth in the Black Community, a masterclass with Chris Lyons, Verizon Media board advisor, and serial entrepreneur.

Thursday, Feb 4. Chief Strategy Officer Rima Qureshi interviews two leaders on the Strategy team regarding our Racial Equity and Justice Learning Plan.

Friday, Feb 5. “Funky Friday” virtual networking gathering for BOLD members. 

Tuesday, Feb 9. Up to Speed: Best of Black History Month episode (date subject to change).

Wednesday, Feb 10. Trailblazers in Our Family Ancestors panel discussion moderated by Kwame Trotman, VP of Network Field Operations. This session will focus on exploring the trailblazing past of BOLD leaders.   

Thursday, Feb 11. BOLD Thinking: Discovering Your Own Black History will guide BOLD members in starting their family tree research with certified genealogist LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson. 

Thursday, Feb 18. Employees can learn more about Verizon’s patent program through our Verizon Patent Program Panel Discussion. Panelists will include BOLD members who have been through the process. They can answer questions and share the ins and outs of the program.

Friday, Feb 19. “Funky Friday” virtual networking gathering for BOLD members. 

Monday-Friday, Feb 22-26. National Engineers Week Volunteering Events led by BOLD. 

Tuesday, Feb 23. A #Next20 and Sister2Sister event with special guest Angela Rye.

Tuesday, Feb 23. Stories of Race and Identity: A Global Conversation will feature panelists from different parts of the world discussing challenges and solutions to this international crisis.

Thursday, Feb 25. BOLD Men Speak: Black Men in Tech panel discussion with BOLD members discussing their experiences in the technology field. 

Friday, Feb 26. In tandem with the Verizon Media Mindfulness team, BOLD will host a Black History Month Mindfulness Workshop. This workshop is meant to end the month with an hour of curated mindfulness, meditation and discussion about mental health within the Black community and how this translates to the work and home environment. The event will be led by Mindfulness teacher and Yoga Instructor Kristen May.

Friday, Feb 26. Up to Speed: Hope for the Future episode. 

Friday, Feb 26. “Funky Friday” virtual networking gathering for BOLD members. 

Support a great cause with our BOLD shirts.

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This month, we’re introducing a new t-shirt to reflect our commitment to equity and equality. Now available for pre-order, our equality shirts will also support a great cause, similar to our black checkmark shirts.  

These great shirts help support the National Urban League by donating $5 with the purchase of each shirt. The National Urban League works to provide economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and the guarantee of civil rights for Americans who are underserved.

Order your t-shirt, sweatshirt, or equality shirt today and show your support to our Black and African American V Teamers during Black History Month, and throughout the year. The shirts are made available by Ten10 Designs, a Black and women-owned business. Check out the shirts here

Learn more about Verizon’s empowering culture as we go Beyond the Conversation this Black History Month.

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