I serve at the intersection of innovation, technology and social impact. As a technology marketing leader, I help venture-backed technology companies connect with customers, investors and other stakeholders through my fractional CMO consultancy iFusion and as startup catalyst and CMO-in-Residence at ATDC, I help founders launch and scale their startups from $0 to $1M in annual recurring revenues.
I am the licensee of the new TEDxAtlanta (TEDxPeachtree and TEDxAtlanta merged in early 2018), Atlanta’s TEDx group and a pioneer TEDx group in the world. TEDxAtlanta is a program of Ideas into Action, a Georgia nonprofit in which I serve as chairperson. Our mission is to amplify global ideas locally and local ideas globally to propel communities to action.
I was the publisher and editor of BeyondMVP, a blog for startups and about startups in the South.
I started on this journey when I moved to Atlanta in 1997 and along the way, I’ve had some extraordinary experiences and was fortunate to have met amazing individuals; many of whom are shaping our future here in the state and beyond. While my work in digital strategy and technology entrepreneurship — specifically working with women and people of color– has been recognized by my peers, [I was named a Spelman College Women of Color Conference Game Changer in 2015 and am a recipient of the Chozen Awards and the Digitini Awards.] there is still much work to be done in ensuring diversity of gender and ethnicity in the tech sector.
On a personal note, I am also passionate about mental health and specifically bi-polar disorder. I was always aware of the trials of mental illness having had friends who suffered from depression. But being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2005 heightened this awareness. Even as reports illuminating our understanding of many other chronic conditions continue apace, the same cannot be said about mental health or bi-polar disorder which continues to be one of the least understood conditions and difficult to diagnose. I gave a talk at TEDActive about my journey with bi-polar disorder and the need for more people remove the stigma of mental illness by simply being willing to learn about it and talk openly about it.
This blog serves as the home for my opinions and reactions to the technology, people and trends that are impacting the innovation economy as well as other non-tech related issues that matter to me.