Leadership Students Visit Verizon Headquarters

By Andrew Aguilera,
Stillman News Editor

On January 27, the Gerald P. Buccino ’63 Center for Leadership Development had the unique opportunity to visit Verizon’s headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. One of the leadership program’s initiatives, Leadership 102, initiated the visit. Within the initiative, team members organize visits to various corporate locations. In the past, the initiative has visited Wakefern and Wyndham Hotels. Brian Mitchell ’16, Anthony Pescetto ’16, and current senior Vina Tailor founded Leadership 102 in Fall 2014. Now, the initiative is led by Jeffrey Joyce, Henry Steck, Michael Bizzoco, Isabel Goodman, and Neeraja Thakur. John Boylan, Direct of Human Resources at Verizon, made the opportunity possible. Mr. Boylan also serves on the leadership program’s council. The day was put together through the work of the Leadership 102 team and Verizon’s human resources team.

Upon arriving at the Verizon headquarters, participants were introduced to Anali Lins and Noelle Albanito, Managers in Human Resources. The morning began with an introduction and welcome by John Boylan. Following that, the team had the amazing opportunity to meet Matt Ellis, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Verizon. Mr. Ellis shared some of his professional experiences with the team, as well as a few tips to succeeding in the workplace.

Prior to Verizon, Mr. Ellis was the Treasurer at Tyson Foods. In November, he was promoted from Treasurer to Chief Financial Officer. After he spoke, the team had the chance to ask questions and learn more about Ellis’ recent promotion experience.
The team then met with Jamie Margolies, Senior Manager in Campus Recruiting, and Lynn Rigaud, Manager in Campus Recruiting to discuss internship opportunities at Verizon.
Verizon offers a plethora of internship opportunities in various fields such as engineering, finance, and information technology. Later in the day, the team spoke with the Finance Leadership Development team consisting of Kerry Contarino, Director and Wes Mersinger, Manager to learn more information about the finance internships.

After a great lunch, a few Verizon employees took the team on a tour of the 1.2 million square foot headquarters. The tour escorts were Mike Louie, Sr. Analyst in Human Resources, Whitney From, Manager in Supply Chain, and Matt Smith, Analyst in Supply Chain.

Following the tour, the team met with Karyn Stetz, Vice President in Human Resources. She spoke about the industry and how Verizon is adapting to constant changes. Also, she expressed the importance of never forgetting where you come from. With success, it is important to give back and be grateful.

The final session of the day including a meeting with Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President in Supply Chain, and Jillian Kessler, Manager in Sustainability.
They discussed how Verizon is always trying to make decisions that are eco-friendly.

Afterwards, the team participated in a Jeopardy game to highlight what they learned from the presentation.

Overall, the day was an excellent opportunity for team members to learn more about Verizon, their internship opportunities, and gain exposure to senior executives. Looking ahead, Leadership 102 is in the process of organizing a visit to VaynerMedia.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, February 7th print edition.

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