Teaching Equitable & Accessible Tech Practices

About Nerdy Diva

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Our Story

Nerdy Diva was created to fill a gap for inclusive design resources, training, and coaching for designers, developers, and tech founders building the technology of tomorrow locally and globally. Nerdy Diva 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.

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About the Founder


Shanae Chapman is a Senior UX Researcher and Designer with a focus in Developer Experience. She is a UX Professor at Lesley University, O’Reilly author, featured in the 1st edition of 97 Things Every UX Practitioner Should Know, and was featured in the New York Times on salary negotiation in tech. She Leads UX Research for Secure Products at HashiCorp. She previously led UX Research and Design for Swagger and SwaggerHub at SmartBear. Her 10+ career in tech has included large enterprises like IBM, Boeing, and MATLAB, startups, and higher education. She is the Founder of Nerdy Diva, where she speaks, teaches and writes on the topics of inclusive design, diversity in tech, and angel investing. She has been a guest speaker at Harvard University and taught at various colleges across the US. She’s passionate about empowering UX Researchers, Designers and Developers with tools to build inclusive products, services, and teams. She has a Master’s in Professional Studies in Informatics from Northeastern University, Certificate in Leadership from MIT, Certificate in Web Design from Webster University, and Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a Certificate in African American Studies from Saint Louis University.

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