Meet Christine

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A native of the Washington DC Metro area and graduate of Notre Dame University, Christine Johnson is the founder of DiversiTech/IamDTech, an organization that is the touchpoint for underrepresented communities to access and connect with the bevy of resources dedicated to fostering technology entrepreneurship and startup success. DiversiTech has been recognized by Washington Business Journal, Black Enterprise, Tech Cocktail, Silicon Bayou and Tech Crunch. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she is a published poet and advocate of the healing arts.

She has been interviewed on the topics of tech diversity and about her published poetry by Technology Today Radio Show, WPFW 89.3 FM (DC), The Mario Armstrong Show on Sirius/XM Radio and WYPR (NPR), and has been recognized by Greater Baltimore Technology Council, and “In the Capitol” as one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in DC Tech Startup Community (March 2012).

Christine has participated in a number of panels for technology entrepreneurship conferences around the country including: Foster.ly (Virginia), National Summit on Building 21st Century Urban Innovation Ecosystems at Rutgers University (New Jersey), South by Southwest (Texas), America21 Project’s Leadership Summit at Black Data Processing Associates (Maryland), Community Broadband Summit, Blogalicious Tech Summit (Washington, DC) and others.

Her career includes over 10 years developing award-winning technology transfer and commercialization event platforms for the nationally recognized Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), an organization that funds seed/early-stage companies. She is also noted for her work connecting the organization with the newest bustling movement of technology entrepreneurship in the region and spearheading TEDCO’s initial social engagement efforts.

A staple of various technology entrepreneurship ecosystems, she can be found frequently networking with those from the DC Tech, Baltimore Tech and Startup America regions (DC, MD, VA), as well as with various national industry leaders in the startup community (Latism, Pipeline Fellowship, Dreamit Ventures, Black Founders and more), technology transfer, economic development and small business development arenas. She is best described as a an ADVOCATE for #diversityintech and #womenintech, #youthintech as well as a BUILDER and CONNECTOR.

In addition to the technology scene, you can find Christine spending time as a member of the DC local arts community writing, Afro-Cuban folklore dancing and being a faux (wannabe) photographer.

DiversiTech Twitter: @IamDTech
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/christinecelise

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