Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO and co-founder of Do Big Things, which brings together a diverse team that uses new narrative and new tech like blockchain, AI, bots and machine learning to make the world a better place for everyone. Do Big things is proud to partner with inspiring nonprofits, NGOs, foundations and political campaigns to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs. Cheryl is also the author of Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success, a best-selling guide on how to navigate Silicon Valley and startup culture like a pro to ensure your startup’s success.
Previously, she was the co-founder and CEO of Fission Strategy, which helped the world’s leading non-profits, foundations and social enterprises design digital ecosystems that create change globally. She is also the co-founder of groundbreaking social marketing software Attentive.ly at Blackbaud, the first tech startup with a black female founder on board in history to be acquired by a NASDAQ-traded company. Cheryl is proud to be a co-founder of #YesWeCode, which represents the movement to help low opportunity youth achieve high-quality tech careers. Her company Fission helped write the early source code for Crowdtangle, earning sweat equity in a successful social enterprise startup acquired by Facebook in Dec 2016.
Cheryl has been featured in many media outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, C-SPAN, Black Enterprise, BBC, MSNBC and CNN. She serves on several boards and advisory committees including Netroots Nation, Citizen Engagement Lab & Digital Undivided. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. Cheryl’s the proud parent of a rapidly growing little boy and lives with her family in the Bay Area.