Next up in our Equity in Entrepreneurship Spotlight, program mentor. Yvette D. Clayton. Yvette is President and CEO of Building Toward the Future (BTF) which specializes in helping organizations train and coach high potential students.

She has 26 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries, spending the last 10 years specializing in talent acquisition. In 2002, she developed and ran a career readiness program which helped her employer identify high potential talent from inner city schools. The program was so successful that she expanded and ran it for four consecutive years, then was given the responsibility to oversee the company’s Student Assistant and Co-op programs to hire quality talent throughout the organization.

Yvette holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications from Wright State University and a Master of Business Administration from David N. Myers University. She is a member of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

As a business professional and coach, she recognizes the importance of looking at all aspects of a business and knowing what environmental elements can affect the bottom line. As a career readiness coach, she helps individuals identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats around  to hone in on how to make a business unique and successful.  She’ll be working with our EE students to help them assess their own business environments and master professional presentation skills as they progress through the program.

“Whether you are interviewing for a job or speaking to someone about your own business, it is important to know how to represent yourself with confidence. My passion is in helping others succeed and having that confidence will take you a long way in life.”

We’re grateful to Yvette for bringing her passion for helping people become the very best versions of themselves to the Equity in Entrepreneurship program, to help these great early stage business owners succeed.

The Equity in Entrepreneurship program is a collaborative effort of AMRoC Fab Lab, Grow to Greatness Ventures and the Small Business Development Center.