Brigitte F. Daniel
Executive VP, Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc.
A ‘telecom visionary’ according to Marie Claire magazine and vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, Ms. Brigitte Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronics Systems, Inc., her family’s African-American privately owned cable operation. For over 30 years, Wilco has provided affordable cable and technology services to low-income communities as well as commercial, governmental, and educational institutions, in Philadelphia.
Over the last few years, Ms. Daniel has helped create several substantial private/public partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities in the United States, and thus, position Wilco as a digital and broadband leader, specifically working on behalf of disadvantaged communities.
A 2011 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient, Brigitte traveled to India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia to explore and cultivate global relationships in developing emerging technologies to serve and benefit underserved and low-income marketplaces in Philadelphia. In addition, Brigitte is currently serving her second term on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age.
Most recently, Ms. Daniel participated as a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and the 2015 TEDx Philadelphia, where she addressed various tech issues that included digital equality, universal access, net neutrality, and innovative methods to diversify the Philadelphia technology sector.
In June 2014, Brigitte was recognized as one of the 7 Brilliant Women in Tech according to Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and was featured in Marie Claire magazine as one of three profiles in its “Mogul Maintenance” column, a part of the @Work section for the September 2014 issue. That same month she launched an initiative called Mogulette, a program centered around educating, mentoring and empowering young women of color, between the ages of 20-25 interested in careers in entrepreneurism within technology.
Ms. Daniel graduated from Spelman College in 1999 and additionally received her JD from Georgetown University Law School in 2002.