IEEE International Communications Quality and Reliability Workshop
23–26 October 2023 // Washington DC, USA


KeyNote Speakers

Kathryn Condello; Lumen Technologies, Sr.  Director, National Security / Emergency Preparedness

Abstract: Coming Soon

Bio: Kathryn Condello represents Lumen at the Federal level in all policy,  planning and operational issues related to National Security, Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Response, Cybersecurity, Critical
Infrastructure Protection, and Continuity of Operations. In this role, Ms. Condello

  • Is the Lumen Representative to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative and National Coordinating Center (NCC) supporting cyber and physical response efforts;
  • Is the designated conduit between the White House and Lumen CEO for national continuity of operations activities;
  • Represents Lumen in all planning activities associated with the DHS National Infrastructure Protection Planning (NIPP) process; and
  • Supports CEO’s role as Member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Ms. Condello is an operations-focused leader within Lumen and the Communications Sector, with extensive, executive-level experience in managing and directing broad corporate and industry initiatives
in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, government relations, network deployment/operations, and business marketing functions. Ms. Condello has more than 30 years’ experience in industry level initiatives associated with national security, network reliability, and
emergency preparedness programs, planning and policy initiatives.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from Loyola College, served as a Principal Associate (Research Professor) with George Mason University’s Critical Infrastructure Protection
Program and is currently an Adjunct Professor with the University of New Hampshire M.S. program in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management. Ms. Condello started her career in the public safety radio
business, was one of the first commercial wireless pioneers, and gathered more than 20 years commercial wireless experience prior to joining Lumen.

Ajay Ghanekar; Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Managing  Partner

Abstract: Coming Soon

Bio: Ajay Ghanekar is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Ubiquity where  he is responsible for all aspects of investment processes, operational  excellence, and value creation strategies across the platform.

Previously, ajay served as an Executive Director at Verizon where he was responsible for the design,
performance, and deployment of Verizon’s network in the Eastern half of the U.S. In this role, Ajay
provided oversight for Verizon’s network build with an annual capital budget of $3.5B and an expense
budget of $2B. Ajay led network transformation efforts driving over $250M in capital retention and over
$100M in annual expense savings.

Ajay managed teams of 500+ network employees to deliver business goals. Ajay is a futurist and strategic thinker who likes to challenge the status quo and drive organizations to achieve success. He has experience in creating a culture of innovation and excellence while meeting demanding goals.

Ajay earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a master’s degree in Financial Management from the University Mumbai.

Yoli Stancil; SVP Verizon 

Abstract: Coming Soon

Bio: Yoli Stancil is Senior Vice President of Wireline Network Field Operations  (WNFO), where she
leads a team responsible for building and operating the voice, broadband and  video network
serving Verizon’s consumer and business customers across the nine states within our Fios
footprint.  Her team installs and maintains the Verizon legacy core and Fios networks that
connect millions of customers.

Prior to this assignment, Yoli was Vice President, Wireline Operations for the New York Metro
Region, where she led an organization of 5K+ team members that delivered products and
services to consumer and business customers in the country’s largest and most diverse market
in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. As part of this role, Yoli was in charge of
Empire City Subway Company (ECS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon that facilitates the
installation, maintenance, and protection of underground cables in the greater metropolitan New
York City area.

Prior to her role in New York Metro, Yoli led Verizon Wireline Operations for the Mid-Atlantic
North region. She also previously led Network Engineering and Center Operations in the New
York City market.

Yoli began her career in 1988 with Bell Atlantic and has held a variety of positions of increasing
responsibility in operational field positions as well as support roles. She has led large
organizations serving Verizon’s consumer and business customers.   

Yoli is a leader of Verizon’s Women of the World program which empowers and equips Verizon
women with the tools necessary to achieve both their personal and career goals.  She is also a
leader of Verizon’s Moment to Movement program, an initiative that ensures and enhances
Verizon’s commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout all stages of the employee
life-cycle. She is also an active member of Verizon’s BOLD (Black Originators Leaders and
Doers) Employee Resource Group.

Yoli represents Verizon as an active member on the Heart of America board, an organization
focused on transforming learning spaces to enable all students the ability to dream, discover
and thrive. Yoli is also Verizon’s Executive Sponsor for the CUNY schools of Hunter College,
City College and Queens College, supporting recruitment and student engagement activities.
Yoli earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from St. Joseph’s University and a
Master of Public Administration from Long Island University. Yoli was named Working Mother
Media’s “Working Mother of the Year” in 2016.

Yoli is a mother to three beautiful daughters. She is actively involved in their education and
enjoys spending time with her family and giving back to the community through causes focused
on culture, diversity, and inclusion.