LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition

Join Verizon’s Paul Plymouth as he chats with Chrissie Powell, Co-Founder of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC). BDEC works tirelessly to close the digital divide. They serve historically underserved and underrepresented groups, and implement initiatives that will enhance digital equity not only in Baltimore, but throughout the country. To learn more about their mission, their commitment to ending the digital divide, and why Verizon is so proud to partner with them, watch the video below!

Maryland Women’s Business Center – Verizon Tech Policy Center Event

Verizon was proud to welcome representatives from the Maryland Women’s Business Center and entrepreneurs from across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for an in-person networking event, as part of the Small Business Digital Ready initiative. The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready program is an online curriculum designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in the digital economy. The program provides learning modules, coaching, networking opportunities, and access to grants—with the overall goal being to support one million small businesses.

Watch more to view a video from our event, and to read more about Small Business Digital Ready, visit: https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training

5G Connecting Communities Series: Women Leading the Way in Tech

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.

Speakers included:

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.

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