Behind The Click: Kat Calvin Is Bringing The Tech Community Together With “Black Girls Hack”

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October 25, 2012 ‐ By Lauren DeLisa Coleman

 

Hey All!  It’s time for another “Behind The Click” profile from yours truly. Now, I recently found out about Kat Calvin because she is behind one of the first-ever black female hackathons. Not sure what that is? Read on.  Because there is much more to Kat than just even organizing this event.

Calvin is the CEO and co-founder of Character’s Closet, a site that lists where you can buy the TV wardrobes from your favorite shows. She is also the founder of Michelle in Training, an educational and mentoring organization that teaches professional and life skills to high school girls. And she is about to bring the first black female hackathon to life.

Whew!  I’m glad I found out about her through a particular Google Group of tech divas, and I’m glad — with all of that activity — that she had the time to sit down a bit for this interview.  Here we go….

Current Occupation:

CEO and co-founder, Character’s Closet; President and Founder, Michelle in Training

Favorite website: 

Favorite read:

Top three: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; and The City and The City by China Mieville

Recent read:

Iron Council by China Mieville

2012’s Ultimate goal: 

My big 2012 goal was to successfully launch our first class at Michelle in Training, which we did!

Quote governing your mission:

“No one’s ever gonna listen if you haven’t made a sound.” – Scissor Sisters

Twitter handle:

LdC:  How did you like attending Mount Holyoke College for your undergrad work and U of Michigan for your grad studies?

KC: LOVED LOVED and LOVED! MHC gave me four amazing years of intense curriculum and just focusing on who I was and who I wanted to be. And MLaw is the best law school on earth. Amazing people, gorgeous campus, the best fight song ever and an AMAZING football team (although not while I was there…).

LdC:  LOL. So how did all this education prepare you for your digital career?

KC: MHC taught me excellent thinking, writing, analytical and logical skills. I also had amazing experiences all over the world and had room to be young and silly and naive and really grow.

MLaw taught me diplomacy, arguing and writing skills, I had many more international experiences that were really incredible and I was really able to grow and change into the person I am today.

LdC: What lead you to become an entrepreneur? How did you select a business that handles TV wardrobes (and we’re sure that Basketball Wives wardrobe — particularly the handbags — is included.)

KC: I was pretty much born an entrepreneur. I don’t really do offices and bosses and waking up before 10. Even when I did theater I was a director and producer, not an actor. I have a very hard time doing what other people tell me to and I generally always think I’m right. So my two choices in life were entrepreneur and dictator. Right now I’m focusing on the former but I haven’t given up on the latter.

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