Growing up in Elkins Park, Brigitte Daniel Corbin didn’t find her father’s business all that interesting, even if it was one of the last black-owned private cable operators in the country. Years later, that’s no longer the case. Now, as the executive vice president of the Fort Washington-based Wilco Electronic Systems, Corbin is pushing her dad’s company in new directions.
Focused partly on low-income communities, Wilco sold its cable division to Comcast in 2018 and is now moving ahead with things like security and surveillance, which it once provided on a smaller scale. The new platform provides smart home-and-office technology to the clients Wilco has always served. “Really, it’s all about access—whether it’s cable, security, door access or the internet,” says Corbin.
Today, such technology is more readily available and cost effective. “It’s totally democratized,” Corbin says. “What my father did was provide more mainstream services to a community who just couldn’t afford it. It’s the same thing we can do with this platform.”
In 2013, Corbin also launched Mogulette, a group that provides “spaces and places for women—particularly women in innovation and tech—to have and build a network, to find businesses, and to chart and navigate the innovation sector in Philadelphia,” she says.
To do so, Mogulette works with organizations to create mixers and networking events to expand initiatives. “Women are leading and changing the world right now,” says Corbin, who was featured in Marie Claire for her work in the industry. “It’s an important time to make sure the movement is as inclusive as possible.”