100 Women We Love

photo by Alex Kaplan
Yvette Burton
"You're fighting to be totally free and equal," Burton’s father told her. Her upbringing cultivated a boldness that led her to IBM seven years ago, where she focuses on the LGBT community and leads large-scale business development in the U.S. and Latin America. Burton didn't always run with the white collar crowd. One of her first jobs was in the correctional health system, at a time when HIV/AIDS was a top concern. This job opened doors for her to work with epidemiologists and LGBT coalitions in context of government policy. "I'm so thankful that I started in a movement where there was a clarity about coalitions," Burton says. "Because if I had grown up in corporate America, I'm not sure I'd have the same boldness I have now." –TP