SHIREEN MITCHELL is an award winning digital strategist, technological woman of color, founder, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, advocate, and diversity analyst.
She is a native New Yorker playing video games, designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide. As an early adopter and one of the few women of color web designers in the early 90’s, she’s been involved with tech and social networks for more than 30 years.
Shireen is the founder of Digital Sisters/Sistas Inc., the first organization to focus on women and girls of color in tech and online access. She created the first women of color web multimedia management firm (MHG); she founded Stop Online Violence Against Women (SOVAW), a project to address online threats against women; and she is co-founder of Nonprofit 2.0 and Feminism 2.0 conferences. Feminism 2.0 jump started traditional women’s organizations to join in using social media for organizing and online outreach.
Shireen was the manager for PoliticallyBlack.com. She created the game TechnoDemic, a multimedia based competition to help youth learn technology and programming terms. And, Shireen has helped to organize various tech events around the country and/or on planning committees including the Digital Community, Techno Rodeo, She’s Geeky DC, Geeky Girl.
Shireen has been awarded Washingtonian’s Top 100 Tech Titans, Fast Company’s Women in Technology, DC’s Top Ten Influencers, Social Citizen Award: Apps for Democracy DC, Rising Star: Woman of Color in Technology, Heroine in Technology, Community Technology Leader and The Root 100 African American Leaders of Excellence.