Nerdy Diva Celebrates Milestone of 5 Years in Business

Written by Shanae Chapman

November 17, 2023

The boutique, Black woman-owned tech business has been operating in Boston and St Louis for 5 years. (Image source: Unsplash)

Boston, MA; St. Louis, MO: Nerdy Diva today announced its five year anniversary as a small, Black woman-owned business offering world-class e-learning, research, and design. This milestone is a major move for Nerdy Diva on its mission to create technology that is inclusive, equitable, and accessible, aligning with the vision for a more connected and equitable world.

“I thought it was important to have a [positive] representative showing of Black women in tech to share information about how to create inclusive products.,” says Shanae Chapman, CEO, founder and managing director. “We’ve made resources for teams to learn about more equitable terminology, which helps to make the relationship clear so that people have that understanding moving forward.”

2023, Women Who Empower Interview

In the past five years, Nerdy Diva’s greatest accomplishments include:

  • Building the Inclusive Tech Glossary online and on GitHub 
  • Curriculum development for LinkedIn Learning (1st course to be released in January 2024)
  • Facilitating 40+ workshops and talks on UX and diversity in design and technology for organizations globally including Camelback Ventures, Black Designers Ignite, NSBE Boston, UXPA International, UXPA Boston, STLX Meetup, ConveyUX, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Lesbians Who Tech, Interaction Design Association (IXDA), Harvard University, Northeastern University, Saint Louis University, Denver Startup Week, API Days London, and many more.
  • Leading design and research projects for diverse businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Completing the Mass Technology Leadership Council’s Board-Ready Bootcamp, Arlan Hamilton’s Investing as a Catalyst program, Greater St. Louis Inc’s Diverse Business Accelerator, and Focus St. Louis’ Emerging Leaders program. 
  • Providing career coaching services for women in tech and entrepreneurship. 
  • Partnerships with students, interns, and contractors from Northeastern University, LaunchCode, and St. Louis Youth Jobs.
  • Published chapters in the O’Reilly career guide, ‘97 Things Every UX Practitioner Should Know’ and in the women’s leadership anthology ‘On the Rise: Vol 3.’
  • Published articles for tech and design organizations including MassTLC, UXPA Magazine, UK Black Tech, API Scene, and Women Tech Founders.
  • Published LinkedIn Newsletter with information about design, tech, and social impact.
  • Recorded 10+ podcasts including the Revision Path podcast, 97 UX Things, Networking: It’s Your Superpower, and more.
  • Shared expertise with Good Morning America and in the NY Times about salary negotiations. 
  • Invested and donated to businesses owned by women and people of color including CurlMix, Black Girl, Bleu, Black Girls Do STEM, and Creative Reaction Lab.

    “It’s really important to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

    2022, Good Morning America Interview (Shanae Chapman)

    About Nerdy Diva

    Nerdy Diva is a boutique, Black woman-owned business offering world-class e-learning, research, and design that organizations trust for growing and scaling into mature businesses with excellent user experience, strategic diversity and inclusion, and investment in growing their community locally and globally.

    To learn more about Nerdy Diva visit

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