As the Founder and CEO of courageNpurpose, LLC, Jeannie Diefenderfer advises Boards and CEOs on strategic initiatives to drive operational and business efficacy. Ms. Diefenderfer is an independent director of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC), Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), and Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIN). She is also a member of the Accenture’s Network Advisory Council and a strategic advisor to Vasona Networks and Federated Wireless.
Ms. Diefenderfer spent over 28 years in a variety of executive leadership positions within Verizon Communications before retiring in 2012, including senior vice president – Customer Care and Operations for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, senior vice president – Global Engineering & Planning for Verizon’s wireline business, responsible for the planning and design of Verizon’s global data, voice and IP networks, and Chief Procurement Officer, responsible for the firm’s $12B strategic sourcing program. She serves on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and Tufts University. From 2001 to 2008, she was a member of the board of Independent Trustees at Citizens Funds, an SRI mutual fund complex. Internal to Verizon, she has served on the boards of the Minority Multicultural Association of NYNEX, Women’s Association of Verizon Employees, and the Asian Focus Group.
Ms. Diefenderfer was featured in the 1999 Crain’s New York Business “40 under 40,” as one of 40 young “rising stars” and was a member of the 1999 class of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program. In addition, she received the 1999 Corporate Achievement Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the 2001 Star Award from the New York Women’s Agenda. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Diefenderfer immigrated to the US when she was 13 years old.
She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University in 1984, and an MBA from Babson College. Ms. Diefenderfer and her husband, George, have two children, Mia and Derek.
She was first elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2008.