CEO & Founder, Surge Assembly & FIN Digital
Rakia Finley is the Co-Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of FIN Digital and Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Surge Group. She is responsible for leading and strengthening both companies’ offerings and success internationally. At the age of 18, Rakia studied Sociology and taught herself database development building her first data consultancy at 19. With over 13 years’ experience in the technology industry, she is an expert on the needs associated with digital creation and growth. As a FemTech 2016 & 2017 Powerful Woman Programmer, Rakia worked with the Obama Administration on their ‘Girls in STEM’ initiative and continues to develop innovative technology solutions that support national organizations creating over 50 jobs in Washington, DC to date.
Rakia continues to serve as a resource for diversity and inclusion and frequently speaks on topics such as women in leadership, organizational change, inclusive leadership and global diversity and inclusion. She has founded and sold 4 start-ups in technologies that focus on childcare, apparel and artificial intelligence.
Outside of managing her firms, Rakia continues to lead initiatives on workplace challenges for women of color in hopes of developing solutions for building more productive and inclusive workplaces. Rakia founded Pastries and Champagne (now SATT) and additional initiatives geared toward educating future female leaders on navigating male-dominated industries through honest discussion with women in leadership positions.
Rakia is a serial investor and entrepreneur with ventures in a number of industries nationally. Rakia loves to empower her fellow women by speaking and providing mentorship to the next generation of businesswomen. She is a successful entrepreneur who thoroughly enjoys engaging with the tech community and sharing all the wisdom she has garnered throughout her journey.