Magda Yrizarry

Magda Yrizarry is a senior vice president and chief talent and diversity officer for Verizon Communications, a leading provider of wireless, fiber-optic, and global Internet networks and services.

Yrizarry is responsible for the development and implementation of Verizon's global diversity, strategic talent acquisition, development, and succession planning strategies. In addition, she leads all corporate human resources business partner and change management initiatives.

Prior to her current duties in human resources, she led communications and compliance teams, including those responsible for ethics, equal employment opportunity, and environmental health and safety.

At Verizon, Yrizarry has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in external affairs including executive director for public policy and strategic alliances, responsible for Verizon's key national stakeholder relationships and outreach efforts with multicultural communities, senior citizen, and disabled constituencies. Prior to that, she served as director of operations and national workforce development programs for the Verizon Foundation, where she was responsible for the organization's $75-million budget and oversaw a workforce development portfolio that included scholarships, diversity initiatives, and economic development projects.

Yrizarry received her bachelor's degree in architecture with full funding from AAP. She went on to complete the coursework for an M.R.P. but chose to postpone writing her thesis in order to work in her field and to raise a family. Professor Stu Stein was a mentor to her throughout her time at Cornell and continued to advise Yrizarry until his death in 2014.

In addition to her degrees from Cornell, Yrizarry has completed an executive training program at Harvard University. She is a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women, an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, chairperson of ASPIRA of New York, executive board member of the ASPIRA Association, a member of The Catalyst Research Center for Corporate Practice's Expert Community, and a  Cornell University Council member 2012–13.