With over 50 keynote per year, Kathryn is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences such as Forbes Women Summit and South by Southwest (SXSW), corporations like Morgan Stanley and Facebook and organizations like New York Women in Communications and Harvard University.
What They Say About Kathryn
Kathryn is an engaging and insightful speaker! She is passionate about her work in supporting women of color founders and understands what it takes in the face of financial inequities to launch successfully women of color entrepreneurs. Kathryn is an important voice we need to pay attention to in the tech entrepreneur sector.Kathryn is an engaging and insightful speaker! She is passionate about her work in supporting women of color founders and understands what it takes in the face of financial inequities to launch successfully women of color entrepreneurs. Kathryn is an important voice we need to pay attention to in the tech entrepreneur sector.
Executive Administrator, FTE Leaders
Kathryn turns tough topics into educational and empowering moments – combining both her personal journey and research into a meaningful and engaging conversation. Her energy and passion for inclusion and n innovation and entrepreneurship is contagious.
VP, Women’s Digital Network, Forbes Media
Kathryn Finney is a phenomenal keynote speaker: gripping without sensationalizing, provocative and pragmatic, and honest without offending. Her keynote was a powerful story of someone who has experience, passion, and grit to challenge common perceptions of race, womanhood, and inherent abilities in the tech and VC worlds. Her strength is in her raw, honest storytelling – founded on jaw-dropping data that makes even the skeptics take notice. If you want a speaker that will challenge your audience to reconsider individual and systemic bias in whatever industry they’re in – invite Kathryn. Every time.
Vice-President of Marketing, Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)
Kathryn is an authentic and engaging leader. She spoke to our Young Professionals of Color Conference and made a significant contribution to our event. The attendees had numerous questions and she engaged them in a meaningful way. I highly recommend Kathryn for your next event if you desire to engage your attendees in a call to action. Our attendees had overwhelmingly positive responses to her presentation.
Executive Director, The SOURCE
Kathryn Finney is a dynamic and innovative leader. We had the pleasure of honoring her at The BOSS Network Launch Summit for “Minority Women in Technology”. Kathryn’s spoke about setting goals, overcoming obstacles through perseverance as a woman in the tech industry. She speaks from the heart regarding her unbelievable journey and how she is paving the way for new leaders. The feedback provided by the attendees was very positive, and most importantly, they connected Kathryn’s message.
Founder, The BOSS Network
2017 Keynotes (Keynote/Solo talks only)
- EMERGE Consumer Financial Health Forum
- Women In Tech (WIT) Connect 2017
- Young Professionals of Color Conference
- Do Good X National Forum
- Ultimate Software’s Women in Leadership
- Mt Holyoke 2017 Commencement Exercises (remarks) (citation for honorary doctorate received)
- Ohio State University Innovate (video)
- JP Morgan Chase’ Women’s History Month
- BOSS Network’s The LAUNCH Summit
See all keynotes from 2016 and earlier here.
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Selected Speaking Topics
– 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 diversity in tech and how digitalundivided is directly addressing those barriers and creating a “New Normal”.
– 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. Focusing on the “Build-Measure-Learn” feedback loop, the audience receives instructions on how to apply this concept to their daily work.
– Tech Needs Civic Leadership
An engaging talk about the role of “civic” in Civic Tech and the relationship between government and tech.
– A Small Guide to Thinking BIG
A thrilling chat on the five rules of thinking BIG and how to implement these rules in developing your own ideas and leadership style.