Verizon has assembled a lineup of celebs and activists for its inaugural Citizen Verizon Assembly subsequent week, tapping Yara Shahidi, Karamo Brown, Andrew Yang, Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy and extra for a livestreaming occasion discussing methods for driving social change.
The July 28 occasion is a part of the telco’s corporate-responsibility initiative committing to a carbon-neutral footprint by 2035, a brand new job-skills coaching program and a digital-inclusion effort.
The free livestreaming Citizen Verizon Assembly will happen Tuesday, July 28, from 5-6 p.m. ET, obtainable on Yahoo Finance and Verizon’s Twitter account.
The digital occasion will embody a dialogue on constructing a future that’s inclusive, moderated by Karamo Brown (Netflix’s “Queer Eye”) with “Grown-ish” actress and activist Yara Shahidi (pictured above); Geoff Canada, educator and school-reform activist; and Meredith Walker, co-founder and govt director of Amy Poehler’s Good Women.
A CEO panel on companies taking motion on social points will embody Verizon chief Hans Vestberg; Matthew McCarthy, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s; David Heath, co-founder and CEO of Bombas; Mindy Grossman, CEO of Weight Watchers; and Enrique Lores, CEO of HP. The session shall be moderated by Ibram X Kendi, bestselling writer and founding director of the Antiracist Analysis and Coverage Heart at American College.
Closing out the occasion shall be a keynote delivered by Andrew Yang, former Democratic presidential contender, writer and entrepreneur.
The occasion shall be livestreamed on on Yahoo Finance (and the Yahoo Finance channels on Verizon’s FiOS, Roku and Samsung Good TVs), in addition to by way of @Verizon on Twitter and the Yahoo homepage.
In keeping with Verizon, it’s the primary in a collection of deliberate Citizen Verizon Assemblies sooner or later.
These occasions, leveraging Verizon’s media distribution retailers, are a part of Citizen Verizon. Beneath the overarching initiative, the corporate has pledged to: present 10 million youths with digital expertise coaching and 1 million small companies with assets to assist them thrive within the digital financial system by 2030; grow to be carbon-neutral in its operations by 2035 by lowering emissions, investing in renewable power and buying carbon offsets; and put together 500,000 people for “jobs of the longer term” by 2030 via expertise coaching.