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Lifting Up: Lessons from Verizon Women Leaders
31 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Season 4, Ep.6: Fueling Yourself Through Affirmations & Collaborations with Sheryl Suarez
Sheryl Suarez is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in Verizon’s Public Policy Law and Security Group. She spent numerous years practicing general commercial litigation, before her interest and openness to learn about corporations and corporate practice led her to Verizon. In her time here, she has become a more collaborative problem solver as both a legal counselor and business partner in numerous roles.. Sheryl reminds us to inhale confidence and exhale doubt, while resisting the urge to underestimate our abilities: if there’s an opportunity that you think you can manage, raise your hand and pursue it!
28 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Season 4, Ep.5: The Confidence Code with Karen Zacharia
Karen Zacharia is Chief Privacy Officer at Verizon. Karen followed her childhood aspiration of becoming a lawyer and shares her multifaceted (and globetrotting!) experiences, as she transitioned to working in house at Verizon over 27 years ago. The wisdom she gained during her career shines through, as she shares the importance of building confidence, asking for help, overcoming imposter syndrome, and taking care of your well being. While reflecting on her journey, Karen recommends maintaining a kitchen cabinet of advisors with whom to share goals and create accountability with each other, serving as a constant reminder of your collective priorities.
32 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Season 4, Ep.4: The Power of the Long Runway with Nia Mathis
Nia Mathis is Vice President for State and Local Government Affairs at Verizon. Nia shares how the wisdom and stories passed down from generations before her empowered her experiences as a professional woman of color and working mother. Describing the power of envisioning a long runway, Nia describes what she gained from practicing patience during difficult times, how learning new things and adding different skills can enhance your knowledge base, the importance of appreciation and gratitude, and the dynamism of the journey and relationships. Her story shows that you can excel no matter the boundaries or expectations set by others.
27 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Season 4, Ep.3: The Power of Being Flexible with Petra Fioretti
Petra Fioretti is the Director of Legal Projects & Strategy at Verizon Media. Throughout her journey, she’s learned the advantages of being flexible instead of rigid with career goals and plans. She is not a lawyer, but provides great value to the legal organization and has positively impacted the Verizon user experience over the past 15 years. Her love of learning led her to her current role, where she leads Project & Change Management in the global internet media industry. Reflecting on her career, Petra shared the importance of knowing yourself and embracing the valuable perspective and diversity that you bring to the table. What stood out most was her ability to tap into her superpowers, bring calm to chaos, the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone, and overcoming self-limiting views that often hold us back in our careers. She challenged listeners to identify their superpowers and trust their strengths and talents - reminding us how far it can take you along the way.
29 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Season 4, Ep.2: Leading with Empathy While On the Cutting Edge with Lily Yu
Lily Yu is the Lead Counsel for Customer Experience & Strategy at Verizon. From leading a news room to being on the cutting edge with AI initiatives, Lily knows about delivering under high pressure situations. But she also has been on the vanguard of leading with empathy and love, long before today's influencers brought those approaches in vogue. In this episode, Lily reflects on her decision to pivot to law, the new opportunities and challenges she experienced while working at the intersection of law and technology at Verizon, and her love of learning. Lily shares the wisdom she gained throughout her journey of being intentional about work-life balance, trusting the process, and the everlasting impact of kindness.
27 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Season 4, Ep.1: Being Elastic with Andrea Short
Andrea Short is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Verizon's Public Sector business unit. In this episode, Andrea shares how important flexibility over fragility has been in her career, as well as the significance of paying it forward. Inspiring with her insights, Andrea shares her experiences from working in a law firm to joining Verizon as an inhouse attorney, to building a strong sense of self, while avoiding burnout. She reminds listeners to ask themselves what’s important in their lives and to dig deeper on their pursuit of achieving their goals.
42 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 6: Embracing Courage with Michelle Goldman
Michelle Goldman is Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations at Verizon. In this episode, Michelle shares some of the many lessons she’s learned along the way, as she transitioned from her legal career as an Associate and Labor and Employment Attorney to Senior Vice President of Human Resources Operations. Michelle shares the wisdom she’s gained from stepping out of her comfort zone as she’s learned and evolved in her career. She reminds listeners of the importance of being open to new opportunities and having the courage to challenge and push yourself, no matter how bold or unconventional your path might seem.
34 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 5: Open heart, Open mind with Fiona Taylor
Fiona Taylor is Head of International Public Policy at Verizon. In this episode, Fiona reflects on her fascinating and immensely rewarding career across international policy, telecoms and contemporary affairs. Fiona shares so many lessons she’s learned along the way, including the importance of thorough and hard work, remaining authentic, and investing in personal development throughout your career. Fiona’s insight gained while collaborating internationally highlights how impactful recognizing, learning, and appreciating the diversity of others is to truly support one another.
34 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 4: Cultivating intention in your journey with Tonya Rutherford
Tonya Rutherford is Managing Associate General Counsel at Verizon. Tonya shares empowering advice learned while navigating her varied and never boring professional path. Her insight gained from being intentional and thoughtful about her career journey, while not allowing fears to limit her, has shaped her experiences tremendously. Through one incredible experience after another, Tonya models indomitable will: if there’s something you want to master, you can do, and the grace of giving back and making an impact while we can.
35 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 3: Be a sponge! On learning and lessons learned with Ellen Cummings
Ellen Cummings is Regional Director for External & State Government Affairs at Verizon. In this episode, Ellen shares some of the many lessons she’s learned along the way, including the importance of asking for help, collaborating with others and advocating for herself while navigating her career. Ellen’s wisdom encourages listeners to be a sponge and learn as much as possible - not just through traditional means such as books, news articles, professional resources - but also from relationships with peers, mentors, and supervisors in your career.
40 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 2: Finding a Champion and Being a Champion with Rachel Juliana
Rachel Juliana is Public Sector Counsel at Verizon. Prior to joining the Public Sector group, she worked with the Wireline Product Marketing Legal Team after coming to Verizon from other tech companies. In this episode, Rachel shares her resilient story of adapting to change, navigating her career path, honoring her late daughter, and campaigning for her position as an elected official. Rachel is truly a champion in all that she's overcome and accomplished, reminding us how change has the power to energize and grow us.
43 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Season 3, Ep. 1: Crafting Your Own Path with Career Entrepreneur Julie Hines
Julie Hines is Chief of Staff to the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Verizon. She is also the head of Legal Operations and Innovation. Julie shares her unpredicted journey of creating a fascinating career across many areas from business development to legal operations management. In this episode, Julie shares her nonlinear path that started in business school, leading her to the next challenge and innovating positions and titles along the way. Julie is a trailblazer that's illuminated an incredibly unique career path. The wisdom she's gained reminds us to follow your passion and strengths - even if that leads you outside of the box.
32 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 6: Seeing Difference as an Opportunity to Shine with April Boyd
April Boyd is VP and Head of Global Public Policy At Verizon Media. April shares her fascinating career in politics, from working as Press Secretary and Chief of Staff for Rep. Tauscher, to Chief of Staff for Sen. John Kerry, to being appointed as Assistant Secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Commerce Department. She shares her story of being the then-youngest Senate-confirmed nominee while having a newborn baby. As she explains, work-life balance isn't something that comes with a job, but rather something you have to create for yourself. April gives advice on the importance of being bold, decisive, and taking pride in your work - with a dash of modesty for grounding.
31 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 5: Charting Your Own Course with Kacey Hall
Kacey Hall, an attorney in Verizon's litigation group, can only be described as resilient, determined and full of grace. In this episode, Kacey shares her inspiring story of crafting her own career path, even after life interfered and put her on a different timeline. Shaped by the resilience she developed as a gymnast competing on the world stage, Kacey describes dealing with major injury, the role of mentors in her career, and how she builds confidence and tackles self-doubt to help her succeed to this day.
35 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 4: The Power of Vulnerability With Beth Sasfai
Beth Sasfai is VP and Associate General Counsel of Corporate Governance at Verizon. In this episode, Beth shares the many jumps she's made in her career to thrive in her current role - but that her proudest accomplishment is in helping bring other women into new roles and opportunities. Beth explains how she learned the importance of getting comfortable not knowing the answer, and being vulnerable in asking for help and not hiding her weaknesses - and how that has become a powerful tool.
31 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 3: Finding What Energizes You with Laura Stolpman
Laura Stolpman is Associate General Counsel at Verizon, where she has spent fourteen years as a deal attorney, is on the board of directors of the LGBTQ employee resource group, and has developed an expertise in privacy issues. In this episode, Laura talks about how she escaped the "imposter syndrome" and being paralyzed with perfectionism. She talks about diving into the uncomfortable and acknowledging what you need as an individual to be your best. And she shares how her hobbies - including food photography and fishing - help her recharge and feed her lifetime love of learning.
47 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 2: Don’t Find Your Passion! Do Lift Others! With Caren Khoo
Caren Khoo is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Verizon. In this episode, Caren shares that she is not a believer of the typical "find your passion" career trope, but provides advice on how to have an interesting, challenging and satisfying career. Caren shares her experiences with having a personal board of directors, getting comfortable with not knowing the answer, and having a learning mindset. Ultimately, Caren explains that the greatest pride of her career has been helping others achieve their goals, while learning a lot about herself in the process.
44 minutes | May 14, 2019
Season 2, Ep. 1: Focusing on What Matters Most with Vandana Venkatesh
Vandana Venkatesh, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Verizon, shares how curiosity and an eye for macrotrends and emerging issues has driven her career journey. She talks about the importance of being vulnerable and knowing there are no stupid questions, and shares advice on leaving perfectionism behind and giving up on the mythical idea of balance. Rather, Vandana recommends living in the mess, identifying tasks that can be delegated by asking, "Is this something only I can do?," and focusing on what matters most.
27 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
Ep. 6: Just Do It Afraid! with Stacee Carson
Stacee Carson, Global Trade Compliance Manager, shares her story of advancing at Verizon by seizing every opportunity. Moving up from contractor, then executive assistant, Stacee impressed in every position and worked her way all the way up to her current position -- which she applied for even though she didn't meet all of the criteria in the job description. Never letting fear stand in her way, Stacee says, "Even if I felt like I was afraid, I would just do it afraid." Listen and get inspired to take a leap of faith and go for it!
26 minutes | Jul 31, 2018
Ep. 5: Setting Boundaries to Find Joy and Professional Satisfaction with Michelle Ifill
Michelle Ifill is the Senior VP and General Counsel for Verizon's Corporate Services Group and the Information Technology Organization. Michelle shares the evolution of her career, and how she is channeling her inspiring energy not just into work, but also efforts to lift up other women. Learn how to make boundaries to help discover what brings you joy and professional fulfillment.
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