Kristina Ashley Williams
Founder & CEO - Chief Executive Officer
Surviving the loss of her single mother from Breast Cancer as a junior in high school, Kristina Ashley Williams learned grit and perseverance early on in life. As an adult, Kristina applied that strength to her career, most notably displayed during her industry pivot challenging her to take a risk on herself to quit her full time job in education and opt to sleep in her car to pursue her visions in art & tech. From there, Kristina built a foundation of artistic social impact through her achievements of award winning multi-media art (film, photography, AR) that has been featured in Huffington Post, Essence, Blavity, and Revolt to name a few. As a Founder & CEO Kristina leads the creative vision, business strategy and operational development of ZiM, an AI powered platform curating products for skin, hair, and all personal care. Holding a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University, two graduate degrees including a M.A. in Teaching and M.S. in Integrated Design, Technology, and Business, both from the University of Southern California, Kristina applies her field expertise and life experience to Disrupting Toxic Tech and New Majority Entrepreneurship speaking engagements and trainings. Her motivation for social impact is rooted in continuing the legacy of her great-great uncle, Jackie Robinson, through the tools and technologies leading the way for the future.
Kristina is a Founder Gym accelerator alum, a Google for Startups Partner.
See her work as an artist here: www.KristinaAshleyWilliams.com
CTO - Chief Technology Officer
A software genius leading ZiM’s Technology. With a BA in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, Ivan’s expertise spans MarTech, Enterprise, IoT, Mobile and Web apps, and Digital Engagement. He also has a not so secret obsession with Arya Stark.
Senior Director of Software Partnerships, Microsoft
As the Senior Director of Software Partnerships at Microsoft, Chris advises our team in building a strategic business ecosystem with his over twenty years of experience in Telecommunications, Government, M&E and High Tech verticals; focused on Building ecosystems, Business Development, Strategy, Operations, Customer Service, Consulting, Pre-Sales and Sales.
VP of Digital Product, Madison Reed
As the Director of Mobile Product at Sephora, Tyler led cross-channel revenue via mobile platforms increasing MAU by 3x, conversion rates by 15%, and achieved Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award along with the Webby award for best shopping app. As VP of Digital Product at Madison Reed, Tyler has led the company to be ranked as the strongest mobile site for hair care in Digital Beauty and supports the ZiM team in a trajectory of paralleled exceptionalism.
Professor of Design & Innovation, USC
Building upon 20 years of 2D, 3D, exhibition design, and children's product design, Davina channels her expertise in management at The Getty Museum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and as faculty at USC's Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy to guide ZiM's perspective in artistic and experiential design.