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Verizon – Small Business Week -Support for Small Businesses

Our first guest today is Michelle Strong, Director for Small and Midsize Businesses at Verizon Business. She will discuss Small Business Days, a week-long opportunity designed to support the needs of small businesses across the country and a new Survey on Latino small businesses.

Michelle Strong is the director of small and midsize businesses at Verizon Business. In this role, Michelle is responsible for leading a team of over 115 sales professionals in the Mountain West Territory of the US to care for America’s smallest businesses (1-9 employees) across 11 states. Based out of Denver, CO, Michelle leads the development of strategies that support long-term revenue growth for small businesses, which are the lifeblood of the American economy. In her role, she focuses on creating a culture of performance excellence combined with the highest integrity and developing a team of continuous learners focused on caring for all customers.

Michelle is a results-driven leader known for driving employee engagement and leadership development across her teams, and she has held various leadership positions at Verizon Business. In her last role as Director of Strategic Sales, Michelle led the largest agent partnerships nationwide, including Victra, TCC, and Wireless Zone. Before that, Michelle served as the Director of Retail Sales for the Mountain Territory, serving over 1.3 million customers and managing over 900 employees across 50 corporate retail stores. Michelle holds an MBA from Bellevue University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska. Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called More Than a Phone, which provides phones and data plans to victims of domestic violence.  For More Information, visit  www.Verizon.com/smallbusiness.


April Love Discusses The Pink Awards 5th Annual Awards

Atlanta-based breast cancer survivor April Love is spreading the word about “The Pink Awards.”  The 5th Annual Pink Awards took place in Atlanta, and this is the FIRST year it’s being broadcast, airing nationally on Impact Network on Tuesday, April 30 at 8 pm ET/PT.  The concept for this originated from National Minority Health Month (NMHM), which was established in 1915 by Booker T. Washington as an extension of his National Negro Health Week. In 2002, NMHM received Congressional support, as well as support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The iconic Pink Awards celebrates Black excellence through performances, celebrity guest appearances, and heartfelt tributes. Viewers will witness stirring testimonies from those who have championed the fight against breast cancer. The event will also uplift those who have been warriors in their battles against the disease. The Pink Awards were founded five years ago by cancer survivor April Love. April created the celebration to honor survivors, caregivers, and advocates within their respective industries and surrounding communities. The Pink Awards also salutes individuals overcoming and succeeding in other areas of life and the culture beyond cancer.  Award categories include “The Samaritan,” “The Vanguard,” “The Trailblazer,” and “The Warrior.”  These awards are tailored to honor visionaries, entrepreneurs, and those who have changed the trajectory of their respective fields.

The organization’s community-focused approach allows survivors, caregivers, and advocates to connect, share stories, and find support and encouragement. The Pink Awards raises awareness by promoting early detection, providing resources, and supporting those affected by breast cancer.


Dr. Nagaratnam on Cloud Security AI with Hybrid By-Design Strategy

Our last distinguished guest is Dr. Nataraj Nagaratnam, IBM Fellow and CTO for Cloud Security. Today, he covers how to scale AI with a hybrid by-design strategy, offering organizations advice on managing risk while meeting the security and compliance requirements needed to unleash the true potential of AI transformation. Enhancing Consumer experiences with AI while maintaining consumer trust.

Organizations and the tech industry are at an inflection point in how best to responsibly deploy AI in their business and throughout their workloads. In today’s hybrid cloud world, where data resides on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge, infrastructure plays a vital role in being able to successfully tap AI and meet performance, data latency, and scalability needs – ultimately enabling continuous innovation and put the security of data above all else.

Dr. Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam, IBM Fellow, CTO for Cloud Security Dr. Nataraj (Raj) Nagaratnam is a technology and business executive focused on designing and delivering innovative security solutions. As CTO for Cloud Security at IBM, he drives strategy, technology, and offerings related to security for IBM Cloud. Recognized as an IBM Fellow, he leads innovative products and capabilities that are helping businesses better manage their security. He has 20+ years of industry experience, has received the prestigious Asian American Engineer of the Year award in 2022, has over 100 patents to his name, and has authored numerous publications. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/cloud.


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