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Rose Stuckey Kirk

Verizon Foundation

Rose Stuckey Kirk, a 26-year veteran of the telecommunications arena, currently serves as president of the Verizon Foundation with accountability for leading the $76M operation’s philanthropy strategy in alignment with the company’s strategic vision and goals. The Verizon Foundation’s focus is on accelerating social change by combining the company’s advanced technology with philanthropic resources to solve pressing problems in education, healthcare, domestic violence prevention and energy management.

Rose’s commitment to advancing the social innovation work of the Verizon Foundation is demonstrated by her numerous senior leadership positions across a range of profit and loss operations within the telecommunications industry, including positions in public policy, operations, sales and customer service, marketing and product development, as well as her background as an award-winning journalist.

A highly sought after speaker, Rose has spoken across the nation and around the world on a host of topics ranging from international philanthropy, women’s and girl’s issues, women in the workplace, the role of technology in education, and the role of corporations in creating a sustainable future.


Rose is the recipient of numerous awards, having been recognized as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews; as one of the most influential women in Corporate America by both Savoy Magazine and The Network Journal; as a Woman of Power by the National Urban League; as one of the Top Working Women in America by Working Mothers Magazine; and she was awarded the Exemplary Corporate Leadership Award by the domestic violence prevention organization, A Call to Men.  A former news reporter, she is the recipient of writing awards from the Associated Press and The New York Times.  She is a member of the board of directors of Dress for Success Worldwide; the media council of The Paley Center; a member of the national service organization, Jack and Jill of America; a board member of the Communications Department Advisory Board of Arkansas State University; and has served as board chair for the board of directors of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  

Kirk holds a B.S. degree in Journalism from Arkansas State University and is completing a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri. She and her husband, Robert, are the parents of two sons, Robert Jr. and Connor.