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A Twitter Chat with Diana Zaccardi

This week, The Online Mom had the pleasure of hosting a Twitter Chat with Verizon VP and Working Mother of the Year, Diana Zaccardi.

Here are some extracts from the conversation:

@TheOnlineMom
Q: Diana - what do you at Verizon Wireless?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I’m responsible for marketing & operations for the western U.S. for #Verizon Wireless

@TheOnlineMom
Q: How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Two children, ages 11 & 9

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Kids are back in school. I get to repeat 3rd & 6th grade all over again :)

@TheOnlineMom
Q: How do you keep in touch with your kids when you travel?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I text my children & use Skype & FaceTime a lot

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Keep UR tablet & smartphone handy & charged wherever U go!

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Each parent has to make an individual decision on best age for a cell for children. For me it was 10.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What is the most important thing you do to keep the balance between work and home?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Most important…to make the time (for home) & make it a priority every day.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What do you use to monitor your kids? Controls?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I use blocks; if I didn’t my daughter would text all night; check it out: http://t.co/SJkYeC6

@TheOnlineMom
Q: How do you manage your kids technology?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
We have an all tech curfew at 8pm every day.

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
LA Times post re: VZW colleague at #BlogHer11 offering parents tips re: managing child’s cell phone usage  http://t.co/A86GEel

@TheOnlineMom
Q: How do you feel about social media?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Social media is as much a part of life as the sun rising & setting. #Verizon empowers people to use it & parents need 2 know the facts.

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Why Social Media Matters 2 Parents #1 Social gamers 2 buy $6B in virtual goods by 2013; moviegoers=$2.5B in real goods

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Why Social Media Matters 2 Parents #2 If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 3rd largest http://t.co/6HQojKi

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Why Social Media Matters 2 Parents #3: 37 million people watched the Darth Vader Super Bowl Ad…on YouTube. http://t.co/6HQojKi

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Why Social Media matters 2 Parents #4: What happens in Vegas stays on Facebook, Twitter, Flicker, etc. http://t.co/6HQojKi

@TheOnlineMom
Q: what are some of the ways you connect with your kids when you travel?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
When I travel I read my son a bedtime story using FaceTime & help my daughter with homework using email

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Yes, I feel guilty every day. That’s normal. Quality, not quantity, makes the difference.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What are some of your favorite productivity tools?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I have me email available on all my devices so I can respond whenever I need to.

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Productivity apps are email, web access, calendar, whatever keeps you connected when you need it.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What is your favorite part about your job?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
What I like best about my job is the people I work with.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What is your best advice for young working moms?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Key to success is operating w/integrity, keeping priorities in balance & strive to be the best. And be a role model!

@TheOnlineMom
Q: Who are your role models?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
My mom & my boss, two very strong women who lead from the heart.

@TheOnlineMom
Q: Tell us about HopeLine

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
HopeLine: phone recycling to benefit victims of domestic violence w/grants of phones & airtime & grants 2 DV agencies

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Get involved 2 help victims of abuse & donate UR phone; check it out http://t.co/0djeBxz

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
You can donate UR phone to #HopeLine even if you don’t have the battery or charger.

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I want to show my kids how important it is to help others; HopeLine is so important http://t.co/0djeBxz

@TheOnlineMom
Q: What are your favorite apps?

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
My personal fave apps? Three starting with #Verizon Family Locator http://t.co/9AyYuQP

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
My two other fave apps are Weight Watchers (I’ve lost 15 pounds!) & Facebook

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
I like iBooks. I just bought The Paris Wife & reading it now! Liking this book by Paula McLain

@TheOnlineMom
Thanks to Diana and thanks to everyone for your questions and contributions!

@yektadi Diana Zaccardi Yekta
Thank you for taking the time to follow & participate tonight! It’s been great!



Comments:
Comment by Nikki @ Mommy Factor, posted 9/2/2011, 3:33 AM:

Good interview. Appreciate the tips and info shared.
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