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How Verizon hopes to level the playing field for working women

CHRO Christy Pambianchi discusses the telecom giant's new 'collaborative career engine' for women everywhere

Source | | Jen Colletta

Among the many side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a mass exodus of women from the workforce, as they bear the brunt of added caregiving responsibilities and other ongoing inequities.

Global telecom giant Verizon sought to respond to that trend with a series of tailored programs, including most recently the launch of the Women’s CoLab. Verizon calls the initiative a “collaborative career engine” that offers women everywhere—employees, customers and the public—access to digital resources designed to help them grow professionally and personally. The program will offer free content, thought leadership from industry experts, training and networking opportunities.

“Our vision is to develop a network powered by women for women and call on our partners to create a broader community of support that will ultimately shape a more equitable future,” CHRO Christy Pambianchi wrote in a letter to employees announcing the initiative, with Tami Erwin, CEO of Verizon Business, and Rima Qureshi, chief strategy officer at Verizon.

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