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Higher Ground Labs Spotlight on Cheryl Contee

by Do Big Things • Leadership •

Higher Ground Labs is an accelerator for progressive political technology. They equip progressive campaigns, causes, and organizations with cutting edge technology to win 2020 and beyond. Over the past 3 years, portfolio companies have played a critical role in optimizing traditional campaign activities, such as organizing, fundraising, digital content creation, budgeting, and polling. We're thrilled that HGL Co-Founder Betsy Hoover is a member of the DBT Board of Directors. This week, HGL published a story on our CEO, Cheryl, and her book on achieving startup success.


HGL Advisory Board Member Cheryl Contee has built her career around politics and technology. She has started and sold multiple companies in the political space and now coaches entrepreneurs in the HGL network and beyond. She just published an Amazon bestselling book entitled Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Start Up Success, based on her own…

2019 Trends for Diverse + Contemporary Movement Builders

by Cheryl Contee • Conferences & Events •

In 2019, what are some key trends political candidates and nonprofit leaders should learn about in order to gain strength more quickly? From webinars to conferences around the country, we have key takeaways.

Design Thinking: 3 Takeaways

by Reed Dudley • Thought Leadership •

Earlier this year, I attended an all-day workshop hosted by AIGA Chicago about how to leverage design thinking in the social impact space.

As a designer for Do Big Things, I'm always searching for new and creative ways to tackle the problems and challenges that our clients present us with. Sometimes, it isn’t enough to fire up Photoshop, because design’s reach isn’t solely limited to Adobe Creative Cloud or a sketchbook. It affects everything around us, even down to the way we navigate things like airports or the check-out line at a grocery store (wayfinding). So, what do you do when you need to solve a complex problem without sacrificing creativity or the human touch? This is where design thinking comes in. Design thinking is the radical idea that we should put humans and empathy at the center of problem-solving, and I knew this workshop would be the…

Five Things – Observations from the Lesbians Who Tech Summit

by Cassie Tangney • Conferences & Events •

As the VP of Design here at Do Big Things, which is a diverse, majority woman-owned company, I’m actively interested in changing what the face of the world looks like—including, of course, the mostly straight, white, cis male-dominated tech world. With that goal in mind, I recently signed up to attend the 2019 Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco's historic Castro District.

This isn’t just your average technology summit—it’s the largest LGBTQ technology community in the world, made up of over 50,000 LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals, people of color, and allies. And you can bet the conversation was flowing all weekend. My experience at #lwtsummit reminded me that building relationships and alliances with other underrepresented folks who are also working toward something bigger than yourself will get you closer to that goal of changing the face of the (tech) world.

Here are five of…

How The Savviest Nonprofits Increase Facebook Reach

by Abigail Ahoude • Social Media Strategy •

Five effective tactics that some of the most successful nonprofits and foundations are using on Facebook and across other social channels alike to keep audiences engaged.