About Nerdy Diva

Nerdy Diva by Shanae Chapman

Our Mission

Nerdy Diva was founded by Shanae Chapman in 2018 and focuses on increasing diversity in tech, economic empowerment, and inclusive design.

  • By providing best in class User Experience, Development, and Angel Investing for businesses founded by women, people of color, and the LGBT community.
  • By empowering tech leaders with the resources and tools to create more equitable products, services, and workplaces.
  • By providing real world internships for knowledge building, access, opportunity and networking for underserved people in tech.

Shanae is an alumna of MIT, Northeastern University, Webster University, and Saint Louis University and has worked in tech for 10+ years. 

Nerdy Diva is building a legacy of entrepreneurs and innovative problem solvers to tackle issues with human connection, design, and technology. A portion of proceeds from the sale of Nerdy Diva merchandise supports angel investing in diverse businesses and internship opportunities for underserved people in tech. 


About the Founder

Shanae Chapman grew up in North St. Louis and is a proud African American, 1st generation college graduate, Christian, bisexual woman. She moved to Boston in 2010 to attend Northeastern University and graduated with an MPS in Informatics. She also holds a Certificate in Leadership from MIT, Certificate in Web Design from Webster University, and BA in Communication with a Certificate in African American Studies from Saint Louis University.

Shanae is passionate about anti-racism education, human-centered design, and emerging cloud technologies. She has over a decade of experience designing digital products and services for corporate, enterprise companies such as Boeing, IBM, Red Hat, MATLAB, Kronos, and Akamai.

As an Educator, She has taught UX Research, UX Design, Web Development, Storyboarding Apps, and Swift at Lesley University, Northeastern University, Maryville University, and Fisher College.

Shanae created the tech startup Nerdy Diva after 10 years of freelancing on passion projects while working corporate jobs. Nerdy Diva was created to fill a gap for inclusive design resources and training for designers, developers, and tech founders building the technology of tomorrow locally and globally.


MIT – Leadership Certificate

Bentley University – Data Visualization Course

Northeastern University – Masters in Professional Studies, Informatics

Webster University – Web Design Certificate

Saint Louis University – Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Emphasis in Communication Technology, Certificate in African American Studies


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