Ariana Waller 

Keynote | Serial Entrepreneur | Innovator 

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Ariana Waller was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She has an educational background in Electrical Engineering and software development. She attended Tuskegee University respectively, a historically black college in Tuskegee, Alabama, where she became a NASA Grant Scholar for exceptional academic performance. Ariana previously worked as an engineer at Honda Manufacturing, Exelon Nuclear Company, and General Electric Aviation. Later Ariana decided that entrepreneurship was the best path for her success, she moved from Tuskegee, Alabama to where she now resides in Grand Rapids Michigan with her husband, Omar Waller.

 

Wanting to continue her education, Ariana decided to join one of Michigan’s leading coding boot camps, Grand Circus, where she became fluent in C-Sharp. This experience helped to jump-start her tech career in software development. In order to fast track her business development skills, she successfully completed one of Grand Rapids' leading, entrepreneurship training programs, Spring GR. In 2018, Ariana competed in the Thurgood Marshall, OFC Hack-A-Thon, a week-long, intensive competition where she led a team to victory for developing a mobile application in just 4 days. As a result of her performance, she is a 2018 Apple World Wide Developer Scholar.

 

In 2018, Ariana Waller launched Adoraa Company, an innovative cosmetics brand that’s developed a method to up-cycle pre-owned cosmetics, saving beauty consumers on average more than 50% off high-end cosmetic products. She is a 2018 winner of the Start Garden 100 Ideas, business pitch competition, beating 90 businesses for the grand prize of $20,000. Ariana is the Founder of Wallway Technologies, a technology firm that focuses on developing tech solutions for non-technical founders. Ariana consults startups and small businesses on how to use technology to help innovate their business models. 

 

Ariana is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Dalilah Cann. An all-female tech team, developing Michigan’s first Amazon-style, digital marketplace and delivery service that connects consumers to local cannabis products. Ariana is a 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 semi-finalist for the Under 30 Pitch competition, where she competed with the Dalilah Cann team.

 

Ariana is passionate about social justice and ensuring that black and brown communities have access to resources. She is the co-founder of the Black and Brown Cannabis Guild. An organization that focuses on advocacy, networking, and guidance for communities of color in the cannabis industry.

 

Ariana is the founder of the global podcast, Women in TECH with Ariana. In less than a year, Ariana launched her podcast, in 2019 was named one of the top 10 podcasts for women in tech and entrepreneurship by Medium, and listeners that represent 10 countries. In 2020 Women in Tech with Ariana podcast was featured in a Forbes for her work with women in tech. 

Ariana is a passionate speaker and has spoken at the following past events: 2019 Keynote for The Code for America National Brigade Congress, Panelists for Grand Rapids Area of Black Businesses Summit, Panelist for Grand Circus Coding Events, New City Kids Summer 2020 Speaker Series and many other events. 

Ariana is a full stack developer (C#, Java, Python, JavaScript). She has special interests in blockchain technology, voice technology, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Ariana is also the co-owner of Wallway Real Estate company with her husband Omar Waller. Ariana is a board member of the Grand Rapids YMCA Spartan Nash Location. 

Want to book Ariana as a speaker? Email her at ariana@wallwaytech.com.

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