Words of Pride – Amplifying Our Voices

In celebration of Pride Month 2021, Verizon spotlighted community partners empowering and supporting the LGBTQ youth. Verizon and leading national organizations serving LGBTQ youth and advancing programs spoke about initiatives that empower youth, prevent suicide, promote access to often life-saving technology, and build more inclusive communities. Panel features:

Sam Brinton, Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs, The Trevor Project; Kathy Godwin, President of PFLAG National Board of Directors and PFLAG Parent; Stephenie Larsen, Founder & CEO, Encircle; Aruna Rao, Executive Director, Desi Rainbow Parents & Allies and PFLAG Board of Directors; Chris Wood, Executive Director, LGBT Tech; Rudy Reyes, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Western Region, Verizon (Moderator); Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative, Legal and Public Policy Officer, Verizon (Closing Remarks)

ICYMI: Not Invisible: Taking Action on the Crisis of MMIWG

Verizon’s Thought Leadership panel on Thursday, April 29 kicked off the National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Our panelists discussed how individuals and companies can support Indigenous Advocates in their work to support Indigenous Women, and also how we can help non-native people get involved as allies in the movement.

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls are organizing a full National Week of Action (April 29-May 5) to call the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Indigenous-led, grassroots efforts are exposing systemic barriers that mandates the response of governments in consultation with tribes to address the MMIWG crisis.

Featuring:

  • Lucy Rain Simpson, Executive Director, NIWRC
  • Jordan Daniels, CEO of Rising Hearts, Indigenous Runner and Activist for MMIWG
  • Moderator – Ku’ulei Jakubczak, Executive Director – Government and Community Affairs: Utah, Nevada & Tribal Nations, Verizon

Artwork by Danielle Fixico

Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, the Verizon team has come together to share what Women’s History Month means to them and the importance of continuing to celebrate and uplift women across our communities. Thank you to our video participants for sharing their stories and advice with us:

Heidi Barsuglia, Vice President, Public Policy & Legal Affairs; Dominique Cano-Stocco, Executive Director, External & Government Affairs; Sophia Garcia, Executive Director, Community Affairs & Government Relations; Azmeena Hasham, Executive Director, Community Engagement; Erica Jacquez, Executive Director, External & Government Affairs; Ku’ulei Jakubczak, Director, Government and Community Affairs; Christine Keener, Director, Government and Community Affairs; Gabrielle Kohlmeier, Associate General Counsel; Rudy Reyes, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Western Region; and Marcela Zamora, Vice President, Federal Government Relations.

Telehealth Services Help Care Providers and Patients During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, care providers have increasingly relied on telehealth services to provide patients with services while also limiting the spread of the virus. Registered Nurse and IT Professional Cindy Cronin discusses how telehealth has expanded care offerings during the pandemic. Hear more about how telehealth services will benefit from 5G:

Community Partner Chat: New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

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 Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Below we share an important conversation on the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice’s work in fighting racial inequality and opening up opportunities for people of color across the state of New Jersey.

Community Partner Chat: Legal Aid Justice Center

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 Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center.

Below we share an inspiring conversation on the Legal Aid Justice Center’s work in fighting for equal justice.

ICYMI — Investment and Innovation for Students in Virginia Beach (1/28 Virtual Event)

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important access to technology is in communities across America. For students and educators especially, this time has spurred innovation in the education community amidst challenges with online learning.

On January 28, 2021, community and Verizon leaders discussed how the Verizon Innovative Learning Lab and Verizon Innovative Learning program at Bayside Middle School have engaged students before and during the pandemic.

Watch the full conversation below!

Community Partner Chat: Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District

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 Anthony Smith, Executive Director, Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District.

Below we share an important conversation with Anthony about Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District’s work in improving communities.

Community Partner Chat: United Way of Southwest Virginia

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 Travis Staton, President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Virginia.

Below we share a conversation with Travis about United Way of Southwest Virginia’s work in uplifting Southwest VA residents.

Community Partner Chat: Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA

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 Mario Valenzuela, Executive Director, Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA.

Below we share an in-depth conversation with Mario about the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA’s work in providing opportunities and resources for East Los Angeles communities.

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