Diversity Leadership: Magda Yrizarry, Verizon Communications

Magda Yrizarry
Vice President and
Chief Talent and Diversity Officer
Verizon Communications

“At Verizon, embracing and promoting diversity and inclusion is not an option,” Magda Yrizarry says in an article on the company’s website. “It’s a business priority and essential for us to win in today’s competitive marketplace. We have a shared accountability model that says we are all responsible for making diversity a priorityfrom the top of our organization (our board of directors) to our frontline employees.”

As Chief Talent and Diversity officer, Yrizarry leads Verizon’s global diversity, recruitment, executive development and succession planning. She previously served as the company’s Vice President of Workplace Culture, Diversity and Compliance. Since joining the company in 1990 as Manager of Educational Relations, she has held roles as Executive Director for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances and Director of Operations and National Workforce Development Programs for the Verizon Foundation.

Yrizarry sits on the board of the League of United Latin American Citizens‘ National Education Service Centers, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and the ASPIRA Association, which builds capacity for Hispanic youth. She chairs the ASPIRA Association of New York, is a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women and is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute.

She is a recipient of the President’s Award from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation for commitment to Latino youth.

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