Meet Yvette! Sr. Manager of Patent Development at Comcast

What do you do for work and what do you love about it and what is most challenging?
Yvette:  Currently, I am the Sr. Manager of Patent Development at Comcast which means that I work with engineers across Comcast and NBCUniversal to capture and develop their innovative technical solutions so that they may be evaluated for patentability.  What I love most about this job is watching engineers develop a product from a high-level whiteboard concept into a product or service that directly impacts the lives of our customers.  For example, the voice remote, I don’t even use the channel guide anymore, it’s unbelievable.   And after being in the belly of a rollercoaster, I can’t ride it without thinking about how it works and what intellectual property we have around the various aspects of the ride.  I love our engineers and am constantly impressed with their creativity and ingenuity. Two of the biggest challenges of the job are (1) making sure that we are aware of the innovation that is happening on the various teams across the company and (2) staying ahead of their pace so that we are protected before product launch and/or public disclosure.

How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?
Yvette: There are so many amazing women who have inspired and shaped me.  One in particular was my grandmother Josie Clarke. She never stopped wanting to learn and well into her 80’s she continued to read and explore new things.  She was a woman of few words, but when she spoke, people listened and responded.  That’s a skill I want to master, the ability to speak quietly with purpose and power.

What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
Yvette: I am a mostly a binge watcher, so right now, I am loving the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Playing House and Born this Way.  As for movies, I am excited about the 20th anniversary of Love Jones (#ABluesForNina).

What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Yvette:  That’s tough, I’m an open book (LOL).  I guess some people don’t know that I decided to pursue a degree in Chemistry because I once caught my hand on fire while doing an experiment in high school.

What’s your role with WICT? What did you enjoy most about that role?
Yvette: I’m currently serving as Administration and Volunteer Director.  What I like most about the role is the ability to interact with people who freely give of their time and expertise to help make our programs successful.  Volunteers are some of the most generous and kind-spirited people. I am also in charge of the Networking on Demand program for WICT and I’ve met some amazing women who will be life-long friends and allies. 

Why do you think WICT is important?
Yvette: WICT is important because as an organization we strive to develop strong women leaders of today, while also giving back to our community to develop women leaders of tomorrow.  In a male-dominated industry, women helping and uplifting women is not just a nice thing to do, it’s essential. We must empower, promote and support each other every chance we get.