Happy Friday! On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Diana Alvear shared the following updates:
Earlier this week on Up To Speed:
Monday: We announced that Sam Hammock was named Chief Human Resources Officer effective December 1. We’re so excited to have Sam in charge and leading the way on Work Forward.
Tuesday: We gave you a gift-giving super power through our Holiday Your Way quiz. No matter what their personalities, get your favorite tech gadgets or items!
Thursday: We showed all the many ways Verizon utilizes drones and the rules we all need to follow when using them.
Black Friday deals
Our best deals are live in Verizon retail stores and online at verizon.com/black-friday. We have great deals on everything from 5G phones to home internet and the hottest accessories as showcased in our 2021 digital gift guide. Select the perfect gifts for your loved ones with the Holiday Your Way quiz. These results will help you choose the perfect gift for you and your family, as well as Black Friday deals that are right for you.
The return of Small Business Days
Verizon Business is bringing back “Small Business Days” to give small and midsize businesses early access to Black Friday deals through November 24. Businesses can take advantage of up to $1,200 in savings in addition to waived fees and personalized tech assessments.
Verizon Business has been selected by FM Logistic to transform its global network infrastructure throughout 14 countries. This company supplies supply chain services worldwide in the areas of consumer goods, industrial, and health. FM Logistic will be able to partner with Verizon to improve its infrastructure for future operational innovation.
The greenest arena
In Seattle, we’re creating the ultimate arena experience. The new, state-of-the-art Climate Pledge Arena, home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and the best in live music and entertainment. The arena will use Verizon 5G technology as well as the Distributed Antenna System (DAS), and Converged Network Service (CNS) for voice, data, and wifi services. It also features a video wall, rainforest wall, and cashierless scanners. This makes it one of the most environmentally friendly arenas. You can even freeze rainwater into the ice for hockey games.
Free Smart Family for V Teamers
If you have kids, check out Verizon Smart Family Premium. It costs $9. 99 and now it’s free for employees! Smart Family Premium offers parents control over how their children’s devices are managed. You can use location tracking, check-in and pick-me up features, and content filtering, monitoring and limiting calls, texts, and purchases. All of this is possible with one app. You can monitor and control their internet activity and screen time on certain devices. Our new driving insights feature will let you see when your child is online, whether they are using their phone or speeding. Get the app now or sign up for MyVerizon.
The latest 5G Portal
Yesterday, we celebrated the biggest night in Latin music as we partnered with Univision and the 22nd annual Latin Grammy Awards for a 5G enhanced experience. The Verizon 5G Portal allowed fans to be closer to the top artists and the red carpet live in Las Vegas from the comfort of their home. The portal allowed users to be transported onto the red carpet, backstage, and into the press area. The 5G Ultra Wideband’s massive capacity and ultra-low lag make this an unforgettable experience.
Kindness comes to Austin
Last Sunday, we helped Austin, Texas look a little kinder and brighter thanks to our latest Kindness mural, which encourages visitors to share the love. Many Austinites took up a brush to make their community shine, along with Tara Johnston, a local artist.
Supporting the Pat Tillman Foundation
Tuesday, we surprised The Pat Tillman Foundation with a $50,000 grant to support their mission in empowering active military, veterans, and their spouses with academic scholarships, lifelong leadership development opportunities and a diverse, global community of high-performing mentors and peers.
Never stop learning
Here’s one way to be kind to yourself and your brain – learn something new! Check out Christine D’Angelo’s insightful article on LinkedIn’s Inside Verizon page. Christine gives us an up close look at the benefits she experienced when she committed to doing one new thing every day for 30 days.
V Teamers going above and beyond
Senior Customer Service Representative Arlene Fraser was on a call helping a customer when she noticed he seemed to be having health difficulties. Arlene quickly acted and called the emergency services. Arlene remained on the phone with him, comforting him until help arrived. We were so touched by the customer’s gratitude. He said that without her assistance, he doesn’t know what would have happened. Arlene’s managers explain that this is Arlene doing all she can to help customers and company employees every day. Arlene, thank you!
We also want to thank Nate Taylor and his entire team for visiting Washington Episcopal School, Bethesda. Nate Taylor and his team of technicians and managers spoke to the children about Verizon’s communications with the U.S.A and around the globe. They set up stations to demonstrate Fios equipment and also for mock manhole installations. One of the splicers was seen getting up in a bucket truck, which is always a popular attraction. After class Mrs Owens stated that two girls jumped up and down, claiming they wanted to become a Verizon technician. One girl said, “Wow! That was awesome!” Verizon is awesome!’”
Thanks to Nate, Imani Fletcher, Jamar Johnson, Keith Mason, Karim Maynard, Hasan Garment, Jeff Swerczek, and James Watkins for inspiring the next generation of V teamers!
We also celebrate the great accomplishment of James Emmons, a V Teamer and Instructional Designer. Sean Emmons gave his senior speech recently about how he overcome his stutter with hard work and the support of his family and therapists. James agrees that Sean Emmons is a champion. We also believe that it’s important to respect and celebrate our differences.
Can you believe Thanksgiving Day is almost here? It’s almost Thanksgiving in America. We would love to hear from you about what you are grateful for this year. Send a video or photo to the good mailbox at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to share it next week.
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