On September 8, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its appointments for the National Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment. Of the 31 members selected from across the country, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appointed Philadelphia businesswoman Brigitte F. Daniel, Esq., a national thought leader and vocal advocate for gender and cultural diversity in the tech industry, to the committee. The committee will advise, make recommendations, and offer regulatory and legislative solutions to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of individuals and small businesses into the tech industry, including those owned by women and minorities in media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries. In addition, the Committee will develop recommendations to the Commission on empowering communities in order to spur educational, economic, and consumer access to digital technologies and opportunities in tech.
Brigitte is the Executive Vice President of Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc., a minority-owned cable operator serving the Greater Philadelphia Area for over 40 years. In her role, she has led and brokered numerous public-private partnerships that provide innovative solutions to address the digital divide within communities across the United States. Additionally, she has created several civic initiatives that specifically tackle and address the underrepresentation of diversity in the tech sector.
Brigitte will serve alongside national leaders representing the interests of women and minorities in tech and business, including Comcast, U.S. Black Chambers, Verizon, CBS Corporation, National Urban League, Dish Network, and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, to name few. This Committee is intended to provide an effective means for stakeholders with interests in these areas to exchange ideas and develop policy solutions in three focus areas: Broadcast Diversity and Development, Digital Empowerment and Inclusion, and Diversity in the Tech Sector.
“It is an honor to serve and assist FCC Commissioner Pai’s administration to strengthen and diversify our Nation’s tech industries. I look forward to working with such a well qualified group of experts also committed to promoting, advocating, and increasing diversity throughout the communications and tech industries and bringing digital opportunity to all Americans.”
Brigitte is an appointed member of the FCC’s Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, a 2011 Eisenhower Fellow, and was recognized in 2016 by Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Technology. In 2014, she was one of the “7 Brilliant Women in Tech” according to Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark. Additionally, she was a featured speaker at Philadelphia Magazine’s 2015 Think Fest and 2015 TEDx Philadelphia. In 2014, Brigitte was featured in Marie Claire magazine in its “Mogul Maintenance” column and 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.
The inaugural meeting of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017, at FCC Headquarters. The primary agenda of the ACDDE’s first meeting will be to introduce the members of the Committee, set out initial assignments, and begin discussing its mission which includes providing recommendations on how to create digital empowerment, inclusion, and diversify in the tech sector. The meeting is open to the public. The Commission will also provide audio and/or video coverage of the meeting over the Internet from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live. To learn more about the Federal Communications Commission’s Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, visit www.fcc.gov.