In 2012 she created digitalundivided (DID), a ground- breaking social enterprise focused on creating a world where women own their work. Kathryn started the social startup after selling her online media company, TBF GROUP and building the lifestyle community for the pioneering online community, BlogHer . She grew DID from a simple idea to a dynamic institution with a seven figure budget, 20+ staff, two offices (Newark and Atlanta) and partnerships with major institutions such as Pivotal Ventures, Microsoft for Startups, UBS, and JPMorgan Chase. After eight years as CEO, she stepped down to become the first black woman business author at Portfolio/Penguin Books.
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, Kathryn is also a former General Partner in the Harriet Fund, the first venture capital fund focused on Black and Latinx women founders. She currently chairs the Doonie Fund, which has made over 1600 micro-investments in companies led by black women.
A Yale-trained Epidemiologist, Kathryn 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.
Kathryn 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.”