Our first project, the annual FOCUS100 Pitch BootCamp and Symposium, held in Oct. 2012, had a reach of over 3 million people with 47 million impressions that resulted in several angel and venture funding deals.
FOCUS100. An annual conference for tech companies with a black women founder/co-founder, angel and venture investors, leading corporations, and those interested in the future of tech.
GROW. National monthly meetups held in four cities (New York, Detroit, Chicago, Bay Area).
START. DID’s initiative in local communities around the nation that teaches urban digital entrepreneurs how to go from idea to execution.
INVEST. DID’s initiative focused on investing in companies led by women and people of color.
From The Wall Street Journal to Business Insider to Essence Magazine, digitalundivided’s activities and initiatives continue to drive the discussion around people of color in the digital space.
Kathryn Finney, Founder/Managing Director
Kathryn Finney is the founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided, where she provides guidance and strategy on the overall direction of the company. Currently, Kathryn is the Editor-At-Large at BlogHer, Inc and CEO of TBF Group, LLC, parent company of The Budget Fashionista brand, based on one of the most popular and influential fashion blogs, The Budget Fashionista. An honors graduate of Yale and Rutgers Universities, Kathryn has been featured in more than 600 media outlets, including TODAY show, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Wall Street Journal. She is considered an expert in building branded, women-centered online properties and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as 92nd St Y, Decoded Fashion, South by Southwest (SXSW), New York Women in Communications, Women’s Funding Network, and numerous colleges and universities. Kathryn has won numerous awards and honors including, AOL’s Top 10 Women in Money, Black Enterprise’s 40 Stars Under 40, Silicon Alley 100, and Essence Magazine’s Woman of Style.
Darlene Gillard Jones, Event Director
Darlene Gillard Jones is the Event Director at DID, leads the implementation of all our events, including START and FOCUS100. Darlene has 20+ years of experience managing large scale projects for brands like eBay, BlogHer, Macy’s, and The International Downtown Association. As the Special Projects Editor at Essence Magazine, Darlene oversaw the development of several key projects and events for the Time, Inc owned brand, including the Annual Essence Music Festival. She has also has held editorial and marketing leadership positions at diverse, women focused media companies, such as Women’s Wear Daily, W, and ELLE. Darlene is the founder of The Gillard Jones Agency a Public Relations and event planning firm specializing in producing and promoting high-profile events for clients such as Black Retail Action Group (BRAG), Miracle on Madison, and Time, Inc.
Lindsay Wilkinson, Speaker Coordinator
Lindsay Wilkinson is the Speaker Coordinator at DID, coordinating all speaker details and assisting with events for START and FOCUS 100. She is a highly skilled Public Relations and Events professional with several years of experience. She’s held internships and position at The Studio Museum of Harlem, Chanel, fashion show production company The Ground Crew, Norma Kamali and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. During her time at Norma Kamali Lindsay launched one of the brands most successfully social media and email campaigns to date as the in house Social Media and Events manager. After leaving Norma Kamali Lindsay has consulted with Essence Magazine, Harlem Fashion Row and the Gillard Jones Agency. She’s managed contracts from collection launches, presentations, awards dinners and fashion shows with luxury brands. Lindsay is a native New Yorker and a graduate from Spelman College.
Kelechi Anyadiegwu, Social Media Manager
Kelechi Anyadiegwu is the social media manager at DID, where she leads our social media strategy and implementation. Kelechi is a current graduate student at Carnegie-Mellon University attaining her Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction. She is also the founder of JELYPals, an educational technology platform for youth that seeks to bridge the socio-cultural divide in the African Diaspora. As an interaction designer she is passionate about technological accessibility for individuals all over the world. From her days as an undergraduate at Michigan State University she has continuously been involved in projects that seek to make positive impacts in African and African-American communities.