Speaker | Serial Entrepreneur | Innovator
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 also the Founder of Wallway Technologies, a technology firm that focuses on developing tech solutions to increase the efficiency of businesses.
Ariana is also the CTO 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 will compete with the Dalilah team to win $250,000.
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, was named one of the top podcasts for women in tech and entrepreneurship by Medium, and listeners that represent 8 countries.