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Shireen Mithcell is an award winning technological woman of color, author, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocator, analyst and a social media strategist.
As a self-proclaimed “geekette,” Shireen has always embraced her inner techie. You could always catch her playing pong or “chatting” on her computer on the bulletin board systems (BBS) before we had the World Wide Web. She managed the Politically Black.com website prior to its sale and public offering during the 90′s as one of the only women of color web entrepreneurs. All of these achievements were accomplished before Shireen founded Digital Sisters, Inc., an organization that focuses on using digital media and technology to access tools for women and children.
Shireen consults on social media campaigns and helps organize various tech events and conferences around the country. A few notable mentions are the Digital Community’s Techno Rodeo (where she created the game TechnoDemic),She’s Geeky D.C.,Feminism 2.0, Tech Adventure DC, Nonprofit 2.0, Computers, Freedom and Privacy, Gov2.0 Expo, TEDx Potomac and others.
As an author she has written “Gaining Daily Access to Science and Technology” in the book 50 Ways to Improve Women’s Lives and Access to Technology: Race, Gender, Class Bias. Shireen covers various areas of tech, media, policy and diversity in articles and blogs.
Shireen has spoken on topics that include the impact of technology, social media and mobile apps on communities across the country. She has appeared on media shows like WETA, KPFA, NPR,Women’s Radio and presented on various topics including “Tweet This Change”, “Social Media ROI”, “Social Media Women of Color”, “Google Apps for Nonprofits”, and “Technology Savvy Secures Economic Stability”.
As Chair of the Media and Technology Task Force of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), Ms. Mitchell works to increase participation in technology and media by women. She also sits as the Vice Chair of the parent organization. In addition, she is a member of various women’s media and tech groups.
Shireen has been awarded Top 100 DC Tech Titans, Social Citizen Award: Apps for Democracy DC, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, Heroine in Technology, Community Technology Leader, The Root 100, Black Twitterati and finalist for the Shorty Awards & Young Woman of Achievement.
Shireen was born and raised in the projects of New York City. She currently resides with her family in Washington DC, a city engrossed in government 2.0, and politics.
Jay-R Aguda has been in graphic design for over 10 years. Bringing out the color and the passion of his clientele via art, design, and social media is his expertise. He has designed for numerous indie film festivals and indie film projects, musicians, bloggers, and has designed market and branding for emerging businesses and non-profits. On the side, Jay-R is a face of many talents and skills. His formal occupation in education is one that Jay-R is immensely passionate about. He is also an accomplished musician, having performed and winning competitions featuring his songwriting, vocal, and other musical abilities. In 2007, Jay-R fulfilled a childhood dream and earned his pilot’s license. Currently, his new venture is developing a web-series that will feature amateur chefs. He works as the series’ co-producer and graphic designer.
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