Founder & Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID)
Over the past ten years, Kathryn Finney has made her mark as a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, investor, writer, and television correspondent. Kathryn is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth in communities by finding, training, and supporting women of color entrepreneurs. She is also a General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first pre seed venture fund focused on investing the untapped potential of high potential Black and Latina women-led startups. Prior to this, she was an early social media pioneer, founding one of the first lifestyle blogs, the highly influential The Budget Fashionista, which she sold in 2014 to a prominent media company, making her one of the first Black women to sell a tech company. Read More >
Go BIG or go home: this is the mantra of Kathryn Finney. For this White House honoree, there is no fault for thinking big. But what does it mean to think big? How does one start becoming a big thinker? Why is this crucial to forging one’s path to success? What barriers to thinking big should one be wary against? Kathryn sets out to challenge the audience to not allow the fear of failure stop them from going BIG.
Decades after the Mad Men era, women leaders remain few and far between in numerous industries. Many companies still tend to associate leadership positions to men, sticking to society’s entrenched gender roles. In this rousing presentation, White House awardee Kathryn Finney examines the true strength and power of female leadership, the valuable role of women leaders in nation-building and economic progress, as well as the missed opportunities for not capitalizing on this crucial talent pool.
Around 137,000 new startups are created around the world every day, thus your idea has probably been pitched by somebody else. Then how does one still thrive as an innovator in a system where everyone else claim to be innovators themselves? There is no person better to ask than seasoned entrepreneur and social media pioneer Kathryn Finney. Since her heydays as one of the first women bloggers, Kathryn has gone on to blaze numerous trails in the tech industry. She started the first lifestyle blog, was the first lifestyle blogger to get a major book deal, and created the first accelerator to find, develop, and fund Black and Latina women founders exclusively. Let Kathryn share valuable insights and takeaways drawn from her decade-long journey as an innovator in the fast-paced tech industry.
Once upon a time, conformity and assimilation were the only way to succeed in many top industries. But with the birth of the innovation economy, more and more companies are starting to recognize the importance of “unicorns”-- people who stand out from the cookie-cutter crowd for how they look, think, and act-- at the reins. Thanks to these unicorns, we are able to enjoy fresh, enterprising solutions to problems we encounter. In this presentation, Kathryn invites the audience to embrace the essence of their inner unicorn and bask in their ingenuity, inspiring them to become inventive, daring leaders of their respective fields.
Everyone from Amandla Stenberg to Willow Smith has been staunch supporters of this awesome movement to celebrate black womanhood. In this inspiring talk, Kathryn Finney (a #BlackGirlMagic icon herself who is an Essence Magazine ‘Woman of Style”) narrates her own moments when she saw herself as most ‘magical’, and shares how other Black girls and women can unveil their own #BlackGirlMagic moments in their lives.
"Kathryn is an extremely dynamic speaker who engages her audience from start to finish. She offers a unique but much-needed perspective to technology and entrepreneurship discussions and consistently captivates her audience with clear, understandable and tangible stories and examples to bring her presentation to life. I have heard Kathryn speak at many events and after every presentation, she is consistently viewed as the standout speaker with countless people in the audience asking to follow-up and continue the conversation."
"When Kathryn speaks, she commands a room with a dynamic mix of charm, intellect, and tenacity. She has an incredibly profound ability to connect with and captive her listeners, and more important, to move them to action. Kathryn may be one of our most powerful and memorable speakers, in our three years of running the Lesbians Who Tech summit."