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Verizon Wireless Receives Diversity Trailblazer Award At Baltimore, Maryland's 11th Annual Minority Business Summit

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March 8, 2010

Melanie Ortel
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BALTIMORE, MD — Verizon Wireless was presented with a Diversity Trailblazer Award at the 11th annual Minority Business Summit (MBS), a gathering of minority business leaders held in Baltimore, Maryland. The company, which was honored for diversity in its retail sales force, was selected through a survey of more than 1,000 respondents, beating out several other national retailers. In addition to the retail designation, awards were provided in 11 other categories: banking, construction, media, restaurants, college/university, healthcare, government agency, hotel, law, suppliers and diversity champion.

(Image Caption: Verizon Wireless was awarded the Diversity Trailblazer Award in Retail Sales at the 11th Annual Minority Business Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. Accepting the award from LaRiann Finney, President & CEO of Visionary Marketing Group, Inc. is Erika Robinson on behalf of Verizon Wireless.)

“To be named a Diversity Trailblazer in the retail category is high praise. Our stores are the public face of our company, and that face is a reflection of America,” said Michael Maiorana, Regional President for Verizon Wireless in Maryland/DC/Virginia. “Our commitment to diversity begins at the top of our company and is reflected in each and every area of the business.”

With a diverse workforce of 83,000, Verizon Wireless drives workplace diversity by establishing programs to encourage the hiring and advancement of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. The company has received many national awards recognizing its commitment to workforce diversity, including being named to Black Enterprise magazine’s list of 40 Best Companies for Diversity; Latina Style magazine’s Top 50 for Diversity; MBA Magazine’s Top 50 Companies for Diverse Managers; and Hispanic Business magazine’s Diversity Elite 60 List.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 91 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

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