Avis Yates Rivers
President and CEO
Avis Yates Rivers is the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGi), an information technology solutions provider and full-service equipment leasing firm. TCGi specializes in IT Asset Management, IT Procurement Management and IT Tail Spend Management. She possesses more than 35 years of general management experience in the information technology industry and has been a successful tech entrepreneur for 30 years.
Prior to establishing her first company in 1985, Ms. Yates Rivers enjoyed an 11-year career at Exxon Corporation and its subsidiaries. She rose to the rank of Account Executive as a result of successfully marketing line of early technology products of Exxon Office Systems Company in New York City. When Exxon sold the Office Systems Division, Avis decided to launch out on her own. January 2015 marked her 30th anniversary of business ownership.
In addition to her diligence in business development, Avis is a long-time advocate for the increased utilization of women and diverse suppliers (companies owned by women and people of color), and has served in many leadership positions in national organizations such as NMSDC and WBENC.
She is also a staunch advocate for increasing girls’, women’s, and underrepresented minorities’ meaningful participation in Information Technology. She is a Director of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (www.ncwit.org) and as a result of her work with NCWIT, was recently honored as a White House Champion of Change in STEM.
In addition, Avis serves as the National Spokesperson for ‘Sit With Me,’ the NCWIT outreach campaign that encourages everyone to take a simple, yet symbolic step of sitting in a red chair to take a stand for technical women.
Avis also serves on the Board of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), the Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP), and the NJ Small Business Development Centers.
She is a highly sought after business leader, a nationally recognized thought leader and social entrepreneur, and an effective, in-demand international speaker. Other awards and honors include Entrepreneur of the Year, Woman of Distinction, Shirley Chisholm Award for Business, Top 10 Women in Technology, Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners, among many others.
For more information about Avis Yates Rivers, please visit www.avisyatesrivers.wordpress.com and follow her at @sitwithavis.