By Laura Civiello
Yael Utt is a tireless promoter for the advancement of women, professionally and personally. She was hired to launch AWE’s New York membership in 2014 and has spent the past 6+ years working with thousands of women from Fortune 1000 companies in leadership development, team development, and DEI best practices. Part facilitator, part coach, part sales leader and strategist, Yael is a full time champion for the ways leaders want to, and should, show up in their organizations and communities.
Drawn to knowledge acquisition, other people’s stories, and trying to make people laugh, Yael has parlayed these traits into 20+ years with nonprofits, local government and public and private companies like Pfizer, HSBC, Viacom, PepsiCo, American Express, Condé Nast, Hearst, Avon, BD, Thomson Reuters, HP, Salesforce, Coach, LVMH, Tiffany & Co., CBS, Toyota, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Novartis, BNY Mellon, AOL, Verizon, Accenture, Scholastic and MasterCard.
In a previous life, Yael was a New York bar-admitted lawyer practicing employment law. A five-year move to London propelled Yael to the relationship side of business, and once back in NYC, was able to fulfill a lifelong passion in women’s leadership. Yael earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law and grew up in Virginia. Little known fact is that Virginia is called a Commonwealth, not a state. She loves to be outdoors, laugh, read, discuss tv and swear that “one day we’ll get a dog.” Maybe most importantly of all: Yael has three sons and is raising them with her husband in the little-known borough of Brooklyn.