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Verizon Business Sponsors Event
March 21, 2008

Verizon Business is once again joining with the National Engineers Week Foundation to present the 2008 Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, which educates and informs women worldwide about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As honorary chairperson for the event, Judy Spitz, Verizon Business senior vice president and chief information officer, will kick off the 2008 Global Marathon from the Verizon Corporate Center in Basking Ridge, N.J., March 26th at 12 p.m. Eastern time. The event will end the next day at 12 p.m. Eastern time with Spitz, joined by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway Personal Transporter, iBOT Mobility System and other medical technology devices and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

The event, now in its fourth year, will be webcast in its entirety for the first time. (Some sessions also will be available via telephone.)

Joining Ms. Spitz for a panel discussion during the opening ceremonies will be Virginia Ruesterholz, president of Verizon Telecom, and Jeannie Diefenderfer, vice president of global network operations for Verizon Business, as well as women executives from ITT Corp., Avis Corp., Texas Instruments and IBM.

Following the panel, the online sessions will begin with Verizon Business executives sharing career and lifestyle information, increasing awareness of educational and career opportunities for women, and dispelling myths about women in technical fields.

Speakers from a variety of technology backgrounds will discuss in 30- or 60-minute increments a number of interesting topics, all providing a female’s view of science and technology. The complete schedule of speakers and how to access their presentations can be viewed at

In conjunction with the Global Marathon, Verizon Business also will host, at its headquarters in the Basking Ridge Corporate Center, a Technology Fair for middle school, high school and college students. Interactive displays and demonstrations will be available for the students on March 26th from 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern time.

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