Day 23: Dr. Kathryn Finney
Queen Kathryn was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father, Robert Finney, who was once a Senior Systems Engineer at Microsoft and EMC, introduced her to technology. She graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis, MN and then obtained an undergraduate from Rutgers University in Women's Studies and Politics and a master's degree in Public Health from Yale University.
In the 2000s, she started blogging full-time on her blog, The Budget Fashionista, where she became an icon and pioneer in the style blogging community. During her blogging time, she coined the term, "Love what you buy and buy what you love". In 2012, she founded, digitalundivided (@digundiv
), a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation for black women in the digital space. Since its inception, alongside launching FOCUS Fellows-a tech insulator and fellowship program that provides diverse women founders with training and access to various startup resources, including support, mentorship, and seed funding-more than 50% of the women have raised Angel and venture funding, while 10% raised at least $1M. Many have which gone on to work in leadership positions at companies such as Uber and Facebook.
Thank you, Queen Kathryn, for all that you have done and still do for black women in tech. Your contributions and efforts in the are truly inspiring to the many aspiring black Queens who are attempting to break into the tech world! ✊🏿
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