Keynote | 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.
In 2018, Ariana Waller her first tech startup, 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%-80% off on 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 for Adoraa Company. Ariana is the Founder of Wallway Technologies, a technology firm that focuses on developing custom tech solutions for non-technical founders. Since 2019, Ariana has consulted 60+ plus startups to help their businesses scale and increase their efficiency. Ariana is a full-stack software developer and 3X startup founder. Ariana is a 2018 Apple hackathon winner and Apple World Wide Developer Scholar.
Ariana was previously the the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Dalilah Cann. An all-female tech team, that developed Michigan’s first cannabis based, amazon-style, digital marketplace and delivery service that connects consumers to Michigan based cannabis companies. 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 host of the global podcast, Women in TECH with Ariana. In less than a year, She 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 and rated Top 5 podcasts for Product Management.
Ariana enjoys traveling and speaking on the following topics: Diversity & Inclusion in tech, Pivoting Your Tech Startup, The Founder Journey, Skills You Need to Develop a Robust Technology Roadmap and more. In the past has spoken at the following past events: 2019 Keynote for The Code for America National Brigade Congress, 2019 Startup Grind Grand Rapids, 2019 Grand Rapids Area of Black Businesses Summit, New City Kids Summer 2020 Speaker Series and many other events.
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