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Luvvie Ajayi

2016 Speaker

LUVVIE AJAYI is an award-winning writer and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and activism. A 13-year blogging veteran, she’s the voice behind the respected blog, where she covers all things pop culture with razor sharp commentary and wit. Her first book, “I’M JUDGING YOU” will be released in Sept 2016 by Henry Holt and Company. With a passion for social justice and a love of shoes, Ajayi co-founded The Red Pump Project in 2009 to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Their work has earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives, and Resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago. Ajayi launched in April 2014 as a resource for writers, small business owners and everyday people looking to use technology to make their lives easier. She is a contributing editor and columnist for, writer of recaps at, and has written for Essence, EBONY and Uptown magazines. She was named a 2015 Black Innovator by XFINITY Comcast, along with Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae. She is also winner of the Women’s Media Center’s 2012 Social Media award. @luvvie