Kathryn Finney is the founder and Chief Shopping Officer of Simply Good Media, a media company dedicated to teaching the world how to live great on less and the CEO of it’s parent company, TBF GROUP, LLC.. She is one of the most respected and beloved social media experts, having built the Budget Fashionista(TM) into a global brand that stretches across several platforms (publishing, television, radio, internet, mobile, and merchandise).
Kathryn is the creative mind behind the successful site, The Budget Fashionista, and author of the best selling advice book “How to Be a Budget Fashionista”, currently in it’s sixth printing.
An honors graduate of Yale University and Rutgers University, Kathryn continues to receive numerous honors for her work, including selection as one of Americaâ€™s Smartest Shoppers (Style Network), an Essence Magazine â€œWoman of Styleâ€, one of Silicon Alleyâ€™s Top 100 People in Technology, one of the 100 Most Useful Websites by MSN Money and listed as a â€œfavoriteâ€ blog by publications as diverse as Real Simple MagaÂzine, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Womenâ€™s Wear Daily.
Kathryn has been profiled in The New York Times, O Magazine, Instyle, People, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Redbook, Sister 2 Sister, and over 500 other print publications. Sheâ€™s also a frequent contributor to television shows such as NBCâ€™s TODAY Show, CNN Headline News, E! News and ABCâ€™s Good Morning America and has served as a spokesperson for top brands including Febreze, Paypal, Rightfit, Marshalls/TJ Maxx and Sears.
As a top keynote speaker, Kathryn gives over 30 presentations per year, on topics such as entrepreneurship, new media and women, and challenges facing women leaders. Sheâ€™s been a keynote speaker at top conferences such as SXSW Interactive, Black Enterprise Small Business Conference, Blogher Business, Women Funding Network, and Professional Business Womenâ€™s Conference.
Kathryn is a strong supporter of projects that improve the lives of women and of projects that increase access to technology in African and African-American communities . Sheâ€™s a founder and trustee of the Robert Finney Technology Fund, a fund created in honor of her late father, Robert, who was an engineer at Microsoft and EMC2. The fund provides scholarships to African-American high school and college students pursuing studies in technology related fields.