On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the women of Verizon’s SGA East Region as kicked off the 5G Connecting Communities Series through conversations with women who are leading the way in tech. Leaders from New York, Washington D.C., and Virginia discussed economic development, STEM education, and digital divide investments happening up and down the coast. The event spotlighted how 5G drives local communities, including the nonprofit partners, businesses, and government leaders from across the region who are leveraging technology to advance their work.
Candice Austin, Director, State Government & Local Affairs, Verizon; Jessica Chait, Manager, State & Local Government Affairs, Verizon; Danielle Craddock, Founder/Director, Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead, Inc.; Kathleen Grillo, SVP, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Verizon; Kassandra Perez-Desir, Regional Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Verizon; Kelly Schulz, Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce & Department of Labor; and Michelle Watson, Tech Program Supervisor, Queens Chamber of Commerce.
Tavonia Davis, Director of State Government Affairs and Public Policy New York, Verizon and Jose Ortiz, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, New York Employment & Training Coalition speak about ensuring the New York workforce has the skills, training and education it needs to thrive in the 21st century.
On Wednesday, May 5, Digital Promise and Verizon welcomed Prince George’s County Public Schools into the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program (VILS). Verizon’s education initiative provides free technology, access and professional development that enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed to thrive in today’s digital world. Two schools from the district will join the VILS program this year: Nicholas Orem Middle School and Samuel P. Massie Academy.
One of the most rewarding aspects of our community engagement work is the opportunity to partner with many non-profit organizations and support innovative programs that help advance the diverse communities we serve. In May 2020, we launched our Verizon Community Partnerships Initiative to celebrate community organizations supported by Verizon and highlight their important work.
Today, we feature our conversation with Liz Crammond, Executive Director for Bright Minds Foundation, based in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Below we share an inspiring conversation with Liz about Bright Minds’ important mission and how its programs continue to support the Howard County community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. From learning at home, to connecting with doctors, to video calls with loved ones, technology is keeping Americans connected.
On September 17, 2020, local community leaders from Baltimore, MD, Newark, NJ, and Washington, DC, discussed how their communities are leveraging technology to help manage the challenges of the pandemic, the role that it will play in addressing issues of social and racial justice, and how it could transform the ways we live and work.
Watch the full conversation and learn more about our speakers below!
US Tech Future is a Verizon-led community-focused initiative working to engage the local community in a discussion about technology and how it can improve the lives of local residents for their benefit and the benefit of the community as a whole.
Our mission is to engage with citizens and community stakeholders in USA to provide information on how technology can work to have a dramatic impact on the way we work and live in our communities.