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Artist + Entrepreneur + Generally Dope Human

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Artist + Entrepreneur + Generally Dope Human

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Kristina Ashley Williams

b. 1989

Surviving the loss of her single mother from Breast Cancer as a junior in high school, Kristina Ashley Williams learned grit and perseverance early on in life. As an adult, Kristina applied that strength to her career, most notably displayed during her industry pivot challenging her to take a risk on herself to quit her full time job in education and opt to sleep in her car to pursue her visions in art & tech. From there, Kristina built a foundation of social impact across disciplines. As an award-winning multimedia artist (film x photo x Augmented Reality) she has been featured in Huffington Post, Essence, Blavity, and Revolt to name a few. As a Founder & CEO, Kristina leads the business vision for her parent company ZiM Innovations Inc. which houses brands at the intersections of technology, business and life to foster health, happiness and healing.

CxE includes brands such as ZiM, a social marketplace for personal care, which works as an amazon-like marketplace that filters products and reviews by hair and skin type, and FUTURxFEST, a culturally caring wellness conference that brings together artists x techies x activists to ensure the future of social equity by centering wellness in company cultures and the lives of those who make them.

Holding a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University, two graduate degrees including an M.A. in Teaching and M.S. in Integrated Design, Technology, & Business, both from the University of Southern California, Kristina applies her field expertise and life experience to disrupting toxic tech & continuing the social impact legacy of her great-great uncle, Jackie Robinson.

Speaking Engagements:

  • Coalition of Black Excellence ‘19

  • Women in Data Science ‘19

  • AWE ‘19

  • NAACP Her Idea - Entrepreneurial Women '19

  • Tech Inclusion ‘19

  • AfroHella ‘19

Artist Commissions & Exhibitions:

  • Afro Tech ‘18

  • Black Joy Parade ‘19

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ‘19

  • SOMArts & Cultural Center ‘17, ‘18, ‘19

  • Oakland Unified School District - African American Female Excellence ‘19

Personal Projects:

  • Mothers of the Movement Symposiums ‘17, ‘18, ‘19 (With mother’s of Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice and more)

Accolades:

  • Founder Gym accelerator '19

  • Snapchat accelerator finalist '19

  • Google for Startups '19

  • Backstage Capital Mentor '19

  • USC Breaking Barriers Spotlight '19

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Public Safery Artist Fellow 18-19'

  • ARVR Womxn Futurist in Residence 18-19'

  • SOMArts RebootingTheFuture artist '19

Education:

  • B.A. Sociology @ ASU '11

  • M.A. Teaching @ USC '13

  • M.S. Integrated Design, Technology & Business @ USC '20

Volunteer Service

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Keystone Conference ‘15, ‘16, ‘17, ‘18, ‘19

  • Camp Akili ‘17, ‘18, ‘19

A word:

“I believe rappers are journalists, teachers are architects, and communities can police themselves.” - Kristina

FACTS.

Kristina bet on herself and quit her full time job to follow her intuitions leading her into art & tech.
Kristina is the great-great niece of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to break the color barrier in baseball.
After seeing Kristina’s work on Twitter, Arianna Huffington invited her to be a contributor to Huffington Post.
Kristina created a national speaking series with the mothers of Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, & Eric Garner and more to inspire social change.
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Namaste


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