Karen Sessions

SVP, Carrier Strategy

Karen is responsible for overseeing carrier relationships, strategy, and portfolio sales nationwide.

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Beyond ExteNet

  • Karen is the co-founder of the Diebel Legacy Fund, 501(c)3, with a specific mission to serve medically uninsured the community.
  • She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation and The Congressional Award, the only official charity of the United States Congress.

About Karen

Karen brings over 30+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She spent over 22 years with Verizon and most recently held the position of Vice President & Director of Public Policy, Law, and Security.  She was responsible for both present and emerging public policy that included smart cities, telematics, internet of things, transportation, machine to machine (M2M), healthcare, energy, security, and cybersecurity. She also managed stakeholder relationships including businesses, academics, think tanks, and engineering and standards experts for research and external corporate communications.

Before joining ExteNet Systems, Karen served as Vice President Congressional and Public Affairs at Millennium Challenge Corporation.  The U.S. government-owned corporation provides U.S. foreign assistance grants to promote economic growth, reduce poverty, and strengthen foreign institutions through policy reform.  Many of the digital infrastructure investments are directed to the Internet Communication Technology (ICT) sector for economic progress.

Karen also served as the Chief External Affairs Officer for XG Communities, a leader in small cell installations in cities and communities.  While at XG, she led a joint effort with Deloitte Consulting to identify municipal assets and aesthetic policies that met industry standards for 5G nationwide deployment.

Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of South Florida.

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