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Akina Connect aims to empower Black women in the digital age

todayMarch 17, 2024

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In a world where technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, work, and connect, a new online platform is making waves by focusing on the unique needs and aspirations of Black women. Meet Akina Connect, the brainchild of visionary entrepreneur Leigh Higginbotham Butler, who recognized the necessity for a safe space where Black women could come together to learn, grow, and support one another.

Born out of a personal need to navigate the challenges of raising Black boys during civil unrest, Akina Connect has evolved into a groundbreaking Community-as-a-Service (CaaS) app and platform. By leveraging culturally competent AI and machine learning technology, Akina Connect aims to galvanize experts and organizations to help Black women thrive personally and professionally.

At its core, Akina Connect is more than just a digital platform; it’s a movement rooted in empowerment, innovation, and community. The platform is meticulously designed to serve as a digital companion for Black women, providing access to a wealth of resources, including expert advice, information, tools, and a supportive network. In an interview with Essence, Higginbotham Butler puts it, “We have spent the last 18 months retooling, reconfiguring, and pivoting as a company to truly create a community for Black women, a Google specifically for them.”

One of Akina Connect’s standout features is its three main pillars: entrepreneurship and career development, mental health and wellness, and maternal health and healthcare. By focusing on these critical areas, the platform acknowledges the unique challenges and opportunities Black women face in their personal and professional lives. Members can access various programs, such as masterclasses, seminars, workshops, and networking events, all designed to propel them toward unprecedented heights.

The platform’s commitment to innovation is evident in its use of cutting-edge technology. Akina Connect’s AI-powered tool, “Ask Akina,” provides personalized guidance and support, taking into account Black women’s diverse cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values. This culturally competent approach ensures that the platform remains inclusive and accessible, offering its members a tailored experience.

In addition to its digital offerings, Akina Connect recognizes the importance of in-person connections. The platform organizes pop-up events across the country, providing Black women with opportunities to build meaningful relationships and expand their networks. These events facilitate professional growth and foster a sense of belonging and sisterhood.

As Akina Connect gears up for its official launch later this year, it is poised to significantly impact the lives of Black women everywhere. With a passionate leadership team that shares Black women’s struggles, triumphs, and daily experiences, the platform is built on a foundation of empathy, understanding, and a shared vision for a brighter future.

As Black women continue to break barriers and shatter glass ceilings, platforms like Akina Connect serve as a powerful reminder of this remarkable community’s strength, resilience, and limitless potential. With its innovative approach, commitment to empowerment, and dedication to fostering growth, Akina Connect is set to become a game-changer in the digital landscape, paving the way for a future where Black women can thrive and achieve their wildest dreams.


Written by: Tarik Moody

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