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Verizon Business to Participate in Marathon
March 17, 2009

For the third consecutive year, Verizon Business is participating in the National Engineers Week Foundation’s Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering, a 24-hour virtual event that strives to educate and inform women worldwide about opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year’s event, themed “Connecting Women to Engineer a Better Future; Because Dreams Need Doing,” will begin at noon Eastern time on March 11th and end at noon Eastern on March 12th. Sponsored by Agilent Technologies, Motorola Foundation and the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, the event, now in its fifth year, is a combination of live Internet chats and teleconferences, accessible to anyone around the globe.

Judy Spitz, Verizon Business senior vice president and chief information officer, will close the Global Marathon with a 45-minute session airing at 11 a.m. Eastern on March 12th. Verizon Business also is supporting the Global Marathon through infrastructure support for conference bridges and net meetings. The Global Marathon brings together speakers from a variety of technology backgrounds, who discuss in 30- or 60-minute increments a range of topics related to women in technology and engineering. The complete schedule of speakers and how to access their presentations will be posted at Eweek.

The event will begin in North America, then “follow the sun” for 24 hours through five other regions – Mexico/Latin America, the United Kingdom/Europe, India, China, Africa and the Middle East — before returning to North America for the closing. The closing session, to be presented by Verizon Business, will feature prerecorded highlights of a day-long event to be held at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J. on March 9th. Approximately 200 middle-school girls from the Girls Inc. of New York City program at the Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, will attend the event, which is intended to raise the girls’ awareness about science and technology.

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