National tech leader Kathryn Finney discussed ways to increase innovation and diversity during a COCAbiz event presentation at the Grandel Theatre, Tuesday, March 6th. During her thought-provoking presentation, Finney discussed cultural, technological and historical barriers to increasing diversity in tech and how her organization—digitalundivided, or DID—is addressing those barriers to create a “New Normal.”
Finney is the founder and managing director of DID, which helps Black and Latina women working in technology by providing networking, coaching, and funding assistance to build, scale, and exit their high-growth companies. Finney also is 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.
An honors graduate of Yale University and Rutgers University, Finney was named an Eisenhower Fellow, and she received the Champion of Change Award from the White House in 2013. Finney has been identified as an important tech leader by several publications, including Black Enterprise, Cosmopolitan, Ebony, Entrepreneur Magazine, Marie Claire and the New York Business Journal.
Mr. Dennis Lower, President & CEO of Cortex Innovation Community introduced Kathryn Finney and Mr. Travis Sheridan, Executive Director of Venture Cafe Global served as the interviewer and moderator during the question and answer session.
Finney’s presentation is part of COCAbiz, which provides immersive arts-based training, programming and consulting for business professionals. bizSESSIONS welcome progressive thought leaders to offer insights, inspiration, and tips on embracing creativity and innovation in business.
Photo credit: COCA STL, Cortex staff