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Kristina Williams

CULTURxEAT

Founder, CEO

Kristina Ashley Williams is an academic researcher in Human Centered Design as diversity, equity and inclusion, a tech founder intersecting art x tech x equity, and a multimedia artist intersecting the mediums of film, photography, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Her start up, CULTURxEAT is a parent company powering brands which intersect equity x art x tech to co-design the future of social equity. Brands within the CULTURxEAT ecosystem include a range of innovations ranging from ZiM, an app powered by augmented reality to curate and gamify public art experiences to futurXfest, a conference bringing artists x techies x activists together to co-design the future of social equity. In realizing the necessity to understand the perspectives of the technology industry to truly inform her strategies for impact, Kristina decided to pause her Doctoral degree in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco to go back and receive a second Master’s degree. Building off of her MA in Teaching from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, Kristina is now completing her MS in Integrated Design, Technology, and Business from USC’s Iovine Young Academy, a school for disruptors, creators, and innovators founded at USC by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Kristina is a Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Futurist in Residence at ARVR Women. She has captured equity-centered tech spaces such as the AfroTech and Tech Inclusion conferences along with humbly receiving features in media outlets such as Essence, Huffington Post, Blavity, Revolt and more. Kristina has additionally produced works for and with activist change agents such as Alicia Garza, Shaun King, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West, Mothers of the Movement and more. Kristina’s work is inspired by the legacy of her great, great uncle Jackie Robinson, as she utilizes the storytelling tools of tomorrow to drive his example of inclusion forward today.