Lighting the Spark: Community Leaders and Changemakers

On International Women’s Day 2022, Verizon’s SGA team hosted a conversation between GoodrCo.’s Jasmine Crowe, Skills for Rhode Island’s Future’s Nina Pande, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital’s Lidia Soto-Harmon, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) LA’s Tunua Thrash-Ntuk for a conversation about how these women are helping their communities thrive. Watch the full conversation below.

Community Partnership Chat: Rhode Island Foundation

In this episode of our Community Partnership Chat, Verizon’s Adriana Dawson sits down with Angela Bannerman Ankoma, Vice President and Executive Director of the Equity Leadership Initiative (ELI) at the Rhode Island Foundation. The Rhode Island Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, and is the only community foundation serving the state of Rhode Island.  In her role as Executive Director of ELI, Angela leads the Foundation’s efforts focused on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion; with a first-focus on racial equity.

Community Partnership Chat: Tech Foundry

In this episode of our Community Partnership Chat, Verizon’s Adriana Dawson sits down with Tech Foundry CEO Bruce Dixon to discuss how TF works to address underrepresentation of people of color in STEM fields, by providing communities of color with the skills and opportunities to thrive and be leaders in those spaces. Tech Foundry is a workforce development organization that offers its students a comprehensive training program that gives them the keys to the be successful in technology. Check out the full conversation for more info:

Community Partnership Chat: RIBBA

Join Adriana and her featured guest, Lisa Ranglin, Founding President and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Black Business Association as they discuss the efforts RIBBA has been leading for more than a decade to advance business opportunities and the vitality of Black and Brown-owned small businesses in Rhode Island through a cadre of resources which includes; access to capital, contracting, business development resources, entrepreneur training, business advocacy, meaningful investor services, and workforce development.

Community Partnership Chat: Reentry Campus

In this episode of Community Partner Chat, James Monteiro, Founder and Director of Reentry Campus Program shares his personal journey of educational freedom while behind the walls and how that experience led him on a personal mission to assist other currently and formerly incarcerated individuals with an affordable pathway to accredited post secondary education and certificate programs to support their successful reentry and pathway to economic self sufficiency.

Community Partnership Chat: YWCA Rhode Island

This Community Partnership Chat between Adriana Dawson, Director of Community Engagement, Verizon and Deborah Perry, President/CEO, YWCA Rhode Island will offer highlights of its impressive 154-year history.  The YWCA Rhode Island members have been unsung trailblazers in the forefront of most major movements in Rhode Island – from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. The YWCA has also supported members of the military and military families for nearly a century, beginning in World War I when the YWCA and other women’s groups lobbied for a female military corp. Watch the partnership chat to learn more!

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