Welcome to Lifting Up: Lessons From Verizon Women Leaders. In each episode of this special series, we celebrate a Verizon role model. We hear their success stories and glean wisdom from the ups, downs and detours of their journey. By amplifying diverse voices, we discover the unique superpowers that each one of us brings to the table, and gain tools to achieve personal and professional fulfillment - whatever form that takes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.