Magda Yrizarry has been a force for change at Verizon for over three decades. As the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, she is tasked with developing strategies and programs that infuse greater equity in Verizon's processes, behaviors and operations to ensure that all employees have equal opportunity to advance and thrive in their careers.
Magda is responsible for strengthening Verizon’s business objectives through clear and quantifiable DE&I goals around hiring, development, advancement, retention, representation and supplier diversity. To cultivate a more diverse workforce, Magda partners internally and externally to expand mentorship and development opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and neurodiversity, as well as veterans. Core to her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Magda helps to ensure our DE&I strategies care for all four stakeholders — employees, customers, society and shareholders.
A long-standing champion for advancing workplace diversity, Magda has led many global initiatives to foster an inclusive culture where employees are empowered to share their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging. Magda is responsible for Verizon's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), EEO, affirmative action, employee relations and leads the development of a constellation of learning pathways on topics like addressing conscious inclusion and implicit bias. In response to the recent calls for racial justice, Magda developed a Racial Justice Action Plan so that Verizon continues to live up to the highest ideals of equality. Magda also works alongside key partners like the Business Roundtable D&I Task Force, Valuable 500, World Economic Forum and World 50 to drive sustainable innovation and equitable growth within and beyond Verizon's walls.
Magda was previously responsible for Verizon's HR compliance, including ethics and environmental health and safety, campus and executive talent acquisition, and succession planning. She has also held numerous positions in external affairs, including executive director for public policy and strategic alliances, managing national outreach efforts across multicultural, LGBTQ, older adults and people with disabilities. Magda also served as director of operations for the Verizon Foundation, responsible for a national workforce development portfolio that included scholarships, economic development and diversity initiatives.