Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. Headquartered in New York City, DID has partnerships with Facebook, Uber, Pandora and other major tech companies. DID runs the highly successful FOCUS Fellow program, a 8 week tech entrepreneurship program for black women founders/co-founders of tech enabled companies. 30% of FOCUS Fellows have raised funding, with 10% raising more than a $500,000.
In 2013, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award from the White House for her work increasing inclusion in the tech industry. She’s also received the SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100 and Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans, and the Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list.
From 2012-2014, she's served as Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, INC. She was also one of the first lifestyle bloggers and the CEO of TBF Group, LLC, parent company of the highly influential The Budget Fashionista Brand, which reaches a global audience of more than 13 million+ unique visitors a year. Kathryn and The Budget Fashionista has been featured in more than 1000 media outlets, including the TODAY show (12 times), Good Morning America, the New York Times, The success of the TBF has led to several cross platform partnerships, including the book: How to be a Budget Fashionista (Random House), which is currently in its 9th printing, and partnerships with major brands such as Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, Sears,Nordstrom, and Paypal.
An honors graduate of Yale University where she received numerous awards including the Courtland Van Creed Award for Academics and Community Service and Rutgers University, where she was a member of the USA Today All Academic Team and received her Class Award.
Kathryn is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as Velocity NYC, #FOCUS100, Black Enterprise Small Business, BlogHer, Future15 keynote at South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, Women's Funding Network, Columbia School of Business, and numerous colleges and universities.
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