During ESSENCE Festival, I had a chance to meet various Verizon Wireless PR and HR executives such as Alan Gardner, Kim Collins and Krista Bourne. Krista Bourne, lead a panel discussion with actor Lance Gross and actress Regina Hall about Verizon’s role in the community, supporting ESSENCE and programs such at Black Girls Code and Break the Cycle, a national nonprofit working to end teen dating violence and abuse.

The event was held at the historic Dooky Chase Restaurant and fellow media attendees were able to participate in a Q&A afterwards. Verizon also talked about their efforts to support innovation with their innovation labs in San Francisco. Verizon Wireless is a sponsor of ESSENCE Festival and held a “Packer’s Power Players” Panel with Terrence J, Morris Chestnut, Will Packer and Lance Gross.

Prior to ESSENCE, Verizon also hosted a Twitter chat with Morris Chestnut to show how attendees and non-attendees could follow the conversation using the #VZWEssenceFest hashtag.

I had a great time talking with and meeting actress Regina Hall , actor Lance Gross and Verizon Wireless executive Krista Bourne during the ‪#‎VZWESSENCEFEST‬ dinner.

For more about on Verizon Wireless at ESSENCE read Divias and Dorks post Verizon Wireless Impacts And Empowers Essence Festival With Lance Gross And Regina Hall #VZWEssenceFest

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Part 2: Interview with ESSENCE president Michelle Ebanks on Women and Innovation with Google Glass
Part 3: P&G Uses Behavior Change Technology and The Braxton Sisters For More “Gains” During ESSENCE
Part 4: Verizon Connects ESSENCE To the World
Part 5: An ESSENCE Fest with McDonald’s @mcdscene + #365BlackAwards
Part 6: Ford Empowers Culture during ESSENCE #fordup
Part 7: An interview with Anthony Anderson on Black-ish at ESSENCE
Part 8. An actor with a purpose, Nate Parker talks Beyond the Lights
Part 9: Can ESSENCE Festival be the SXSW for African- Americans?
Part 10: 6 Inspiring photos from the ESSENCE Festival YESWECODE Hackathon
Part 11: Nielsen’s Diversity Intelligence Data Will Make You Rethink Inclusion
Part 12: Photos From ESSENCE Festival 2014

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