Avis has more than forty years of general management experience in the information technology industry. She has been a successful entrepreneur for over thirty years.
Along with being an advisor at BigR.io for spend analysis, Avis is currently the President and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC, (TCGI), an information technology asset management and supply chain solutions provider and Value Added Reseller. 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 the early technology products of Exxon Office Systems Company in New York City. Avis is an avid advocate for increasing the meaningful participation of girls, women and people of color in the invention of technology. As a Board Member of NCWIT, she is passionate about uncovering the hidden genius in underserved communities across the country.
Avis is the National Spokesperson for NCWIT’s Sit With Me Campaign and travels across the country encouraging everyone to take a stand for technical women and their contributions by ‘sitting’ in the red chair. She often presents keynote addresses, serves on panels, or delivers presentations as well as participates in many STEM activities. In 2014, Avis was invited to speak at the White House Summit on Working Families and was named as a White House Champion of Change in STEM.