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Kathryn Finney

CEO/Founder of Genius Guild & General Partner of the Greenhouse Fund

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Kathryn Finney Biography

Kathryn Finney is the CEO/Founder of Genius Guild and General Partner of the Greenhouse Fund, a $20 million dollar venture fund that invests in amazing Black founders. One of the most influential women in tech, her groundbreaking work laid the foundation for generations of black entrepreneurs and investors.

Finney created Genius Guild, a business creation platform that uses the venture studio model (Lab & Venture Fund) to invest in Black entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that serve black communities and beyond. In April 2020, Finney founded The Doonie Fund with a $10,000 personal donation, to encourage other black women entrepreneurs to continue to build their businesses in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. One Medium post, a few emails and 6 weeks later, the fund grew to over $150,000, providing micro investments to over 1500 Black women-owned businesses.

Finney is the founder of digitalundivided, a groundbreaking social enterprise focused on creating a world where women own their work. She started digitalundivided after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, the pioneering lifestyle media company. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship.

A Yale-trained Epidemiologist, Finney has received numerous honors and awards including the Echoing Green fellowship, Eisenhower Fellowship, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch”, Grace Hopper ABIE award, Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list and more.

A White House Champion of Change and a past member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) appointed by the Obama Administration, Finney was honored by the Borough of Manhattan with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College and was inducted into both the African-American Alumni Hall of Fame at Rutgers University and Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”

Speaking Topics
  • Tech Needs Civic Leadership

    An engaging talk about the role of “civic” in Civic Tech and how government can be a positive force for diversifying tech.

  • Lean Startup Strategies For Small Business

    In this interactive keynote, Kathryn shares the strategies used by today’s innovative companies to rapidly develop and grow their businesses.

  • The New Normal: Reframing the Issue of Diversity in Tech

    You can’t innovative without diversity. Period. Yet most of the proposed solutions to increasing diversity in tech involve people of color moving to Silicon Valley (leaving their social and supports networks) or exposing black youth to coding (who then go back to techless homes and schools). So, what’s the solution? In this thought provoking presentation, learn about the very real cultural, technological, and historical barriers to increasing the number of blacks in tech and how digitalundivided is directly addressing those barriers and creating a “New Normal”.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kathryn Finney for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kathryn Finney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kathryn Finney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Kathryn Finney?

    Booking fees for Kathryn Finney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kathryn Finney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Kathryn Finney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kathryn Finney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathryn Finney for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kathryn Finney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kathryn Finney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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CEO/Founder of Genius Guild & General Partner of the Greenhouse Fund

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Kathryn Finney Biography

Kathryn Finney is the CEO/Founder of Genius Guild and General Partner of the Greenhouse Fund, a $20 million dollar venture fund that invests in amazing Black founders. One of the most influential women in tech, her groundbreaking work laid the foundation for generations of black entrepreneurs and investors.

Finney created Genius Guild, a business creation platform that uses the venture studio model (Lab & Venture Fund) to invest in Black entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that serve black communities and beyond. In April 2020, Finney founded The Doonie Fund with a $10,000 personal donation, to encourage other black women entrepreneurs to continue to build their businesses in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. One Medium post, a few emails and 6 weeks later, the fund grew to over $150,000, providing micro investments to over 1500 Black women-owned businesses.

Finney is the founder of digitalundivided, a groundbreaking social enterprise focused on creating a world where women own their work. She started digitalundivided after selling her company, The Budget Fashionista, the pioneering lifestyle media company. Her pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship.

A Yale-trained Epidemiologist, Finney has received numerous honors and awards including the Echoing Green fellowship, Eisenhower Fellowship, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch”, Grace Hopper ABIE award, Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list and more.

A White House Champion of Change and a past member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) appointed by the Obama Administration, Finney was honored by the Borough of Manhattan with the “Kathryn Finney Appreciation Day”. She has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Mount Holyoke College and was inducted into both the African-American Alumni Hall of Fame at Rutgers University and Spelman College’s “Game Changers Academy.”

Kathryn Finney Speaking Topics

  • Tech Needs Civic Leadership

    An engaging talk about the role of “civic” in Civic Tech and how government can be a positive force for diversifying tech.

  • Lean Startup Strategies For Small Business

    In this interactive keynote, Kathryn shares the strategies used by today’s innovative companies to rapidly develop and grow their businesses.

  • The New Normal: Reframing the Issue of Diversity in Tech

    You can’t innovative without diversity. Period. Yet most of the proposed solutions to increasing diversity in tech involve people of color moving to Silicon Valley (leaving their social and supports networks) or exposing black youth to coding (who then go back to techless homes and schools). So, what’s the solution? In this thought provoking presentation, learn about the very real cultural, technological, and historical barriers to increasing the number of blacks in tech and how digitalundivided is directly addressing those barriers and creating a “New Normal”.

Kathryn Finney Videos

  • Kim Scott & Kathryn Finney on How to Start a Successful Biz
    Kathryn Finney will discuss how to cut through the bias, prejudice and bullying too often disguised as "feedback" from entitled investors who pretend...
  • Typeform presents...Meaningful with Kathryn Finney
    Paul Campillo, Director of Brand at Typeform, visited Kathryn Finney, entrepreneur and activist investor. Going over the life-changing moments that...
  • Kathryn Finney: Why Changing The Face Of Tech Is So Crucial
    Founder of Digital Undivided, Kathryn Finney, discusses how to foster economic growth by promoting and investing in women of color in tech.

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FAQs on booking Kathryn Finney

  • How to book Kathryn Finney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kathryn Finney for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kathryn Finney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kathryn Finney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kathryn Finney?

    Booking fees for Kathryn Finney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kathryn Finney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kathryn Finney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kathryn Finney for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathryn Finney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kathryn Finney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kathryn Finney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kathryn Finney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Tech Needs Civic Leadership, Lean Startup Strategies For Small Business and The New Normal: Reframing the Issue of Diversity in Tech. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kathryn Finney for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Kathryn Finney generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Majora Carter, Ijeoma Oluo, Lisa Gelobter, Ellen McGirt and Angela Benton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kathryn Finney for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Kathryn Finney Speaking Topics

  • Tech Needs Civic Leadership

    An engaging talk about the role of “civic” in Civic Tech and how government can be a positive force for diversifying tech.

  • Lean Startup Strategies For Small Business

    In this interactive keynote, Kathryn shares the strategies used by today’s innovative companies to rapidly develop and grow their businesses.

  • The New Normal: Reframing the Issue of Diversity in Tech

    You can’t innovative without diversity. Period. Yet most of the proposed solutions to increasing diversity in tech involve people of color moving to Silicon Valley (leaving their social and supports networks) or exposing black youth to coding (who then go back to techless homes and schools). So, what’s the solution? In this thought provoking presentation, learn about the very real cultural, technological, and historical barriers to increasing the number of blacks in tech and how digitalundivided is directly addressing those barriers and creating a “New Normal”.

Kathryn Finney Speaker Videos

  • Kim Scott & Kathryn Finney on How to Start a Successful Biz
    Kathryn Finney will discuss how to cut through the bias, prejudice and bullying too often disguised as "feedback" from entitled investors who pretend to be looking for innovation but who are in fact...
    Typeform presents...Meaningful with Kathryn Finney
    Paul Campillo, Director of Brand at Typeform, visited Kathryn Finney, entrepreneur and activist investor. Going over the life-changing moments that lead Kathryn to fight the lack of diversity in tech...
  • Kathryn Finney: Why Changing The Face Of Tech Is So Crucial
    Founder of Digital Undivided, Kathryn Finney, discusses how to foster economic growth by promoting and investing in women of color in tech.
    CHANGING THE FACE OF TECH: Kathryn Finney, CEO of digitalundivided
    Kathryn Finney, CEO of digitalundivided (DID), quantifies the role of black and latinx women in the startup world.
  • Disrupting the Dialogue: Talking Women and Tech with Kathryn Finney
    As the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that helps Black and Latina women own their work, using innovation and technology as a tool, Kathryn Finney shares...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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