Kathryn Finney

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Kathryn Finney
BornMilwaukee, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
OccupationAuthor, entrepreneur, blogger
Years active2003–present
Known forFounder of The Budget Fashionista, digitalundivided
Website
www.digitalundivided.comwww.thebudgetfashionista.com www.kathrynfinney.com
 
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Kathryn Finney
BornMilwaukee, Wisconsin
NationalityAmerican
OccupationAuthor, entrepreneur, blogger
Years active2003–present
Known forFounder of The Budget Fashionista, digitalundivided
Website
www.digitalundivided.comwww.thebudgetfashionista.com www.kathrynfinney.com

Kathryn A. Finney author,[1] tech entrepreneur[2] Television Correspondent,[3][4][5][6] blogger, is best known as one of the first fashion and shopping bloggers for her blog, The Budget Fashionista.[7]

Kathryn was named in 2010, along with Maria Shriver, Elizabeth Warren, and Suze Orman, as one of the Top Ten Women in Money by AOL.[8] Her site, The Budget Fashionista, was named by MSN as one of the 100 most useful sites on the web.[9]

In 2011, Kathryn accepted a position with BlogHer, a global media media representing over 40 million women, as Editor-at-Large.[10][11]

Kathryn is also the founder of digitalundivided, a company that develops programs, projects and forward thinking initiatives that bridge the digital divide. The FOCUS100 Symposium and Pitch BootCamp is DID's first initiatives. Kathryn's work in the area of tech entrepreneurship has been recognized by several mainstream press outlets.[12]

Early and personal life[edit]

She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father, the late Robert Finney, was an Engineer at Microsoft and EMC2 and her mother, Karen Finney, is a philanthropist. She is graduate of Washburn High School, where she was Class President. She also attended the prestigious Phillips Academy Andover prep school on academic scholarship.

Ms. Finney's background includes an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Women's Studies and Politics, where she was a member of the Rutgers College Student Government, a James Dickson Carr Scholar, and was voted by her graduating class to received the class of 1998 Alumni Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Community Service. During her junior year, Kathryn was a Washington Center Washington Fellow and interned at the White House as well as with the late Senator Paul Wellstone.

She also has a graduate degree from Yale University, where she was a Courtland Van Creed Scholar and received the Weinerman Fellowship for her work in South Africa.

Prior to starting her media company, Kathryn worked for USAID and other non-profits in Ghana, West Africa and South Africa.

She currently resides in the New York area with her husband.

Professional[edit]

Early Online Career[edit]

Finney started her blog in April 2003 as a hobby, and started blogging full-time in June 2004. Her blog, The Budget Fashionista, which was one of the first fashion blogs,[13] is one of the top fashion blogs on the net.[14][15] The blog currently makes six-figures a year.[16][17] Ms. Finney is considered an icon and pioneer in the style blogging community.[18]

Ms. Finney is considered to be one of America's best bargain shoppers (Style Network, 2004) and has appeared on several national TV shows such as NBC's Today Show, Fox Network News, CNN, etc. She has also appeared in over 500 articles including Essence, USA Today, The New York Times, LA Times [19] and Redbook, as a style expert on looking fabulous for less. She's also the former fashion editor of Real Magazine.

In May 2006, her first book was published entitled, How to be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House. It became an Amazon bestselling book in the Art and Photography category and is now on its eight printing.

Ms. Finney is credited with coining several major shopping and internet marketing terms, including "The Budget Fashionista" [20] (which she owns the trademark), the term "Love what you buy and buy what you love", meaning shoppers should focus on purchasing items that make them feel and look great and "blogroots", which is a term meaning to aggressively market a product, book, idea, through networking with blogs.[21]

She has been called "Master of Cheap Chic" [22] and "Scheherazade of the Sales Rack" [23]

Kathryn's popular Twitter feed has been listed by numerous publications including the New York Post, Clutch Magazine,[24] and The Grio [25]

Ms.Finney has served as a spokesperson for several major brands including Marshalls/TJ Maxx, TIDE, Sears, Lane Bryant, and Paypal. Marshall/TJ Maxx sponsored her 17 city book tour in 2006. Since 2010, she's served as a spokesperson for TIDE.[26]

2011-Present[edit]

In late 2011, Kathryn accepted a position with BlogHer, a global media media representing over 40 million women, as Editor-at-Large. She provides strategic direction, guidance, and implementation on content, partnership, and community strategies targeting women online, with a special emphasis on the style and entrepreneurial spaces. She's also the creator and editor of "Game Changers", a weekly series featuring interviews with leading women founders and investors in the tech space.

Kathryn is also the founder of digitalundivided, a company that develops programs, projects and forward thinking initiatives that bridge the digital divide. She created FOCUS100, the first tech conference for black women.

Public Speaking[edit]

Kathryn been a keynote speaker at top conferences. In 2009, she gave the closing keynote address at the Blogher Business conference.[27] In 2008, Kathryn spoke on Guy Kawasaki main stage SXSW panel.[28] She was also one of the keynote speakers at the ERDA Alliance Money Makeover Summit.[29] She's also spoken at Black Enterprise Small Business Conference, Blogher Business, Women Funding Network, and Professional Business Women's Conference.

Philanthropy[edit]

Kathryn is a trustee of The Robert Finney Foundation,[30] a foundation she started with her mother and brother to honor her late father. The foundation provides scholarships to African-American students pursuing studies in the field of technology. Kathryn has also served on the boards of the Hudson Guild

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kathryn Finney Author Bookshelf - Random House - Books - Audiobooks - Ebooks Random House Author Page- Kathryn Finney
  2. ^ Minorities Entering Tech Wall Street Journal
  3. ^ Kathryn Finney on Dallas Fox TV Video Fox Dallas, June 2006
  4. ^ Kathryn Finney on Geraldo Rivera's Fox Show Video Fox News Network- Geraldo Rivera Show
  5. ^ Kathryn Finney/The Budget Fashionista CNN Clips Video CNN
  6. ^ Kathryn Finney on CNBC's On the Money Video CNBC, September, 2009
  7. ^ Gothamist: Kathryn Finney, Blogger, Thebudgetfashionista.com, Author, How To Be a Budget Fashionista
  8. ^ The Top 10 Women in Money | The Top 10 Women in Money | Comcast.net AOL Top Ten Women in Money
  9. ^ Liz Pulliam Weston: Best Web sites for saving money and time - MSN Money
  10. ^ [1] BlogHer Names Kathryn Finney, Editor at Large
  11. ^ [2] BlogHer Names 'The Budget Fashionista', It's new Editor at Large
  12. ^ Wall Street Journal, Kathryn Finney Wall Street Journal
  13. ^ "Shoppers flock to designer deals" Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
  14. ^ Chicago Sun-Times: jump local: Fashion's best blogs[dead link]
  15. ^ mode femme vetement fashion verbaudet at fashionnewssite.com[dead link]
  16. ^ 13 questions for a fashion blogger
  17. ^ Build a Blog: Creating a Six Figure Blog | Kathryn Finney
  18. ^ Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Fabulousness: The Budget Fashionista 5th Anniversary « Clutch Magazine
  19. ^ http://www.look-look.com/look/abus.news.html?sectionName=online&id=1 Archived July 13, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ I Am Not A Fashionista: Why We’re Over All Words Ending in ‘-ista’ Coco & Creme
  21. ^ BlogWorks: June 2006 Archives[dead link]
  22. ^ Book Review: How To Be A Budget Fashionista
  23. ^ Express: A Publication of The Washington Post
  24. ^ Tweeting Fashion: The Top 15 to Follow « Clutch Magazine
  25. ^ Fashion to follow: 15 top twitter feeds
  26. ^ Tide to Go Teams Up With Kathryn Finney, “The Budget Fashionista,†Video
  27. ^ BlogHer Business ’08 : Agenda | BlogHer
  28. ^ Dailymotion - AustinLifestyles SXSW 2008 interview - Patricia Handschiegel - a News & Politics video
  29. ^ ERDA : The Money Makeover: Renew Your Relationship with Money
  30. ^ http://www.wfmn.org/PDFs/EqualityReport_Spring2007.pdf

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