About the Speaker

Cupcakes & Conversations: To Know Me is to Love Me Keynote Speaker
Yvette Carter is the Community and Government Relations Officer of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU). She is responsible for the utility’s community outreach, community partnerships, and community investments; and serves as ombudsman and government relations liaison for the organization. Inside GRU and in the community, she is a vital voice on issues of diversity and inclusion, social responsibility/corporate citizenship, and volunteerism.
 
Yvette serves as a board member of several local non-profit organizations and community advisory teams. She is the Immediate Past Board President of the PACE Center for Girls, an executive board member of the Alachua County Branch of the NAACP, a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville, a founding board member of the Center for Advocacy and Research on Health Equality (CARHE), an advisory board member of the UF Health Disparities Research and Intervention Program, a member of Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association, and an avid advocate for the American Cancer Society (East Gainesville Relay for Life).
 
Yvette has been blessed to sit under the covering of Jesus Christ her entire life. She is currently a member of Gainesville Church of God by Faith, where she serves under the leadership of Dr. Erta Livingston, Jr.
 
Yvette graduated from the University of Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences with a concentration in Community Development and minor in Education. She is proud of her family, which includes husband, Wade and children: LaKisha, Britney, Joe, John, Jordan; and grandson, Landon.
 
Yvette lives by this quote, “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Edward Everett Hale