TeLisa Daughtry—is an Award-Winning Diversity & Tech Advocate, Serial Social Entrepreneur, Investor, Author, Multi-Disciplined Creative, Technologist, and Disruptor!

She is the Founder & CTO of FlyTechnista, a mobile app which provides women and girls with direct access to highly-curated education, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities in technology; the Founder of STEEAMnista, a non-profit that seeks to increase the participation, visibility, and leadership of women across S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), entrepreneurship, and makers; both initiatives have been in partnership with The White House in 2016; the Founder & Managing Partner at FemX Ventures, a private fund and launchpad for female founders; and author of ebook “Learn, Lead, Launch: A FlyTehnista’s Guide to Tech FLY & Hustle FLY”.

In 2018 she was named 50 Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs in New York City, by My Boss Tribe. In 2017 she was an honoree and recipient of an ACT4 Award, recognized for her achievements in technology and advocacy for diversity; a Finalist for Code/Interactive: Diversity in Tech Awards; listed on MIC’s 1,000 Women in Tech and Science Speakers; and named Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017 by Innov8tiv Magazine. In 2016 she was recognized as a Changemaker for Innovation & Entrepreneurship by the United State of Women.

As an international keynote speaker, she has spoken at events such as The White House, United Nations General Assembly, Anita Borg/Grace Hopper, SXSW Edu, Google Women Techmakers, DevTO, Wellesley College; as well as several conferences, corporate and community events; and has been featured on television, radio, and in publications such as Entrepreneur, Fox News, Black Enterprise, Cheddar TV, CNN, CBS Radio, Salon, Good Day New York, WeRule, Bustle, BOLD, SWAAY, and more.

📰 SWAAY These Women Aren’t Just Using Diversity As A Buzzword (May 2018)

📰 EdSurge Words to Never Use If You Want to Build a Diverse EdTech Company (March 2018)

🔊 Fox News Radio Extraordinary [Podcast] (November 2017)

📰 Bustle 8 Women In STEM Who Are Changing The Game (September 2017)

📰 Code Like A Girl Meet TeLisa Daughtry, Founder of Flytechnista (September 2017)

🎥 Bold TV #BoldBiz: FlyTechnista (August 2017)

📰 Black Enterprise FlyTechnista is Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (June 2017)

📰 Mic 1,000 Tech and Science Speakers Who Aren't Men (May 2017)

🎥 Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology: Women Entrepreneurs & Innovation Summit - The B's of Building a Successful Business (May 2017)

🎥 Cheddar TV NYSE Closing Bell / Women in S.T.E.M. (April 2017)

🎥 W.I.N. Forum NY 5 Must Have Digital Skills (April 2017)

🎥 Code Eclectic Beauty, Brains, and Hustle (March 2017)

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I deliver talks & workshops for educational and inspirational purposes; that engage, empower, promote productivity, and create honest & positive dialogue about important and relevant topics.

Past talks have included:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Women in Technology: Retention & Engagement
  • Women's Empowerment issues: Gender-Gap, Pay-Gap, Funding-Gap, Leadership, Negotiating Salaries
  • Workplace: Future of Work, Culture, Collaboration vs. Cattiness
  • Web Development: Coding 101, Interaction Design, CSS, UX Design
  • Entrepreneurship & Startups: Pitching, Crowdfunding, Accessing Capital
  • Engaging Youth in S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math)
  • Navigating Tech Careers
  • Technology Trends: Artificial Intelligence, VR & AR, and Blockchain
  • Social Media: Marketing, Content & Strategy
  • Branding & Design

Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking

05.09.19 - Positive Innovation Club NY (keynote speaker)

05.22.19 - Tech in Motion - Diversity in Tech (panelist)

05.24.19 - A New Reality Tech Summit for Girls (keynote speaker / session facilitator)

06.07.19 - Bentley University: 2019 Gearing Up Conference (closing keynote)

06.17.19 - 06.21.19 - 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity: Diversity Collective’s Inkwell Beach (panelist)

Past Speaking

04.25.19 - YearUp - Women in Tech (panelist)

04.18.19 - French American Chamber of Commerce - Tech Talent Trends Forum (panelist)

04.12.19 - NYU Female Founders Forum - Female Founders in Male Dominated Industries (panelist)

04.08.19 - HuffPo - WoC in Tech (segment)

03.02.19 - Google Women Techmakers: International Women's Day NYC 2019 (panelist)

02.27.19 - Big Spaceship Presents: The Room Where It Happens- The Cost of Being The POC In the Room (panelist)

02.01.19 - United Nations / IM1B - Activate Innovation Summit - Innovation & Women in Technology (panelist)

05.21.18 - W.IN Forum NY - Innovation in Finance (panelist)

04.21.18 - Google Women Techmakers + Google Developer Group: IWD NYC - Our Digital History: Tech's Role in Diversity, Equality & Humanity (*Closing Keynote)

04.21.18 - Boston GLOW - Career and Empowerment Conference (*Closing Keynote)

04.10.18 - Women of Culture - Equal Pay Day (panelist)

04.01.18 - AwesomeCon DC- Girl in Space (panelist)

03.20.18 - United Nations 62nd Commission on the Status of Women / The Concordia Project: How to Empower Rural Women and Girls Through Entrepreneurship (panelist)

03.12.18 - DevTO: 4th Annual International Women's Day - Debugging Life; Grit, Grind, and Gratitude (*Keynote)

03.09.18 - Global Tech Women - VOICES 2018 Conference (presenter)

03.05.18 - SXSW Edu - Diversity in EdTech, It's Not A Pipeline Issue (panelist)

02.24.18 - Mavens I/O - State of Black Tech (moderator)

11.14.17 - One Goal - Looking Back + Forward (*keynote)

11.04.17 - Get Shit Done Summit - The Power of Broke (fireside chat)

10.27.17 - She Leads 2017 Conference - SheTek (panelist)

10.20.17 - Brooklyn Marketing Week 2017 - Entrepreneur's Roundtable

08.29.17 - BOLD TV - Bold Business (segment)

06.22.17 - Academy for Software Engineering - *Commencement Keynote Speaker

06.22.17 - Designers+Geeks: Change x Design

05.25.17 - Anita Borg Institute / ABI Local - 2nd Annual Women's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit - The B's of Business (plenary presentation)

05.10.17 - Dream Chasers series (panelist)

05.06.17 - SheTek Conference - Women in Tech (panelist)

04.29.17 - WomeneurCon - Funding (panelist)

04.25.17 - #SHEBOSS: Collaboration vs. Cattiness (panelist)

04.21.17 - Women in Innovation Forum - 5 Must Have Digital Skills to Thrive (panelist)

04.06.17 - Tha L-Spot - How Technology Influences Our Daily Lives (segment)

04.10.14 - Cheddar TV @ NYSE Closing Bell- Women in Tech & STEM (segment)

03.18.17 - Beauty, Brains, & Hustle (panelist)

03.10.17 - Lower East Side Girls Club - STEM Careers Seminar (*keynote)

02.22.17 - New York Code & Design Academy - Women in Tech: Crowdfunding (panelist)

02.17.17 - Tech:inColors - The Role of Art in a Tech-Driven World (panelist)

01.04.17 - P.S. 94: Career Day (*keynote)

12.03.16 - Brooklyn Law & Tech: Inspired x S.T.E.M. (*keynote)

11.04.16 - STEEAMnista Summit - Event Host + Fireside Chat

10.24.16 - Salon Talks: Women in Tech (segment)

10.01.16 - She's A Badass (panelist)

06.04.16 - Art x Tech: Creative Discussion and Expo (panelist)

Let's get social. Follow me online @TeLisaD

Accolades & Awards


  • SWAAY (founding member)
  • Bank of America / eCornell, Women Entrepreneurship Program (Fellow)


  • My Boss Tribe, 50 Most Influential Women Entrepreneurs in NYC (Honoree)


  • ACT4 Award, Diversity (Honoree)
  • The Ariane de Rothschild, (Fellow)
  • eBay Startup Cup, (Finalist)
  • MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (participant)
  • Y-Combinator, Startup School (participant)
  • Startup of the Year, (participant)
  • Social Enablers #SE100, (Fellow)
  • 1,000 Women in Tech Speakers' by, Melanie Ehrenkranz
  • 200 Black Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter #200BWT,
  • Code Interactive: 2017 Diversity in Tech Awards, (Finalist)
  • Leading Woman Entrepreneur, (nominee)
  • Tech Crunch Disrupt, Pitchoff Winner
  • Nespresso Innovation Challenege, Winner
  • UNCF, STEM Scholars Scholarship Application Reader
  • Women@Forbes, Next Step Advisor
  • Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech to Watch in 2017, Innov8tiv Mag


  • The White House: Computer Science for All #CSforAll, (participant)
  • The White House: United State of Women, Changemaker, (nominee)
  • Centre for Social Innovation Women's Lab, Founding Member
  • Dreamers//Doers, (founding member)
  • Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Creative >> Founder Lab (participant) / Women in Tech (scholarship recipient)
  • Google Women Techmakers, (member)


  • Best for NYC Challenge, (participant)
  • Women Who Code, (member)
  • The Founder Institute, (participant)


  • Pepsi Refresh Project, (participant)