Kathryn Finney

Kathryn Finney

The Social Impact ABIE Award recognizes those who have made a positive impact on women, technology, and society. This year’s winner is Kathryn Finney, a tech entrepreneur, social media visionary, investor and writer.

Kathryn is the Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), whose mission is to foster economic growth and empowerment in communities through training and supporting Black and Latina women entrepreneurs using technology as a tool. DID runs the BIG Innovation Center in Atlanta, home to the BIG accelerator program for startups founded by Black and Latina Founders. DID’s pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, was widely discussed and covered in Forbes, CNN, Fast Company and other media outlets for quantifying the state of Black women and tech entrepreneurship and is impacting policy from state houses to the White House. Prior to DID, Kathryn was the Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, which she joined after selling her online media company.

Kathryn is also a General Partner at the Harriet Fund, the first pre-seed venture fund focused on investing in high potential Black and Latina women-led startups and the founder of the Harriet Angels Syndicate, an angel investment syndicate focused on providing the “first” investment to exceptional Black and Latina women founders.

A lifelong builder of women-centered communities, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award from the White House and is a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow. She was included in Marie Claire’s list of 10 Women to Watch, was inducted into Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”, and was honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day.”

Read our interview with Kathryn here.

Meet Kathryn at the Speakers Corner at the AnitaB.org Booth (Booth #1420, GRBCC Hall B-D) on Thursday from 1 – 1:45 p.m.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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