Creative Technologist, Social Media Strategist, Filmmaker, Model.

Pierrah is a creative renaissance woman with backgrounds in multimedia design and social media strategy. Since attending her first hackathon, Pierrah has been teaching herself web design and learning the fundamentals of filmmaking as a fellow at DCTV.

Pierrah relocated to New York City and is now working on Portraits by P, a platform to simplify e-commerce for made-to-order designs. When she’s not designing, Pierrah is a social media consultant for startups and writes articles to help businesses create better visuals. Her mission is to create visuals that are interactive to encourage individuals to tap into their creativity.

What does diversity mean to you?

Diversity means embracing the unique differences we have. Society has primed us to judge each other’s differences when in actuality that is the best part of us. When we embrace diversity innovative solutions are created.

Once you incorporate a truly inclusive environment to your process, your way of thinking evolves. You surround yourself with open-minded individuals that all bring something different to the table. Diverse teams perform better – period.

What inspired you to start your current journey?

The two main factors were the online maker community and seeing developers in-person. After graduating college, I was online reading forums like Indie Hackers, and following along programming courses to build my technical knowledge. However, it wasn’t until I attended hackathons that I got catapulted into the maker space. Seeing people hack apps over a weekend was inspiring and I knew as a creative technologist, I wanted to use code as a medium to make products.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Everywhere. I love social media, so a lot of the commentaries or visuals I see online inspire my projects. But switching it up and going outside brings another source of inspiration. Something as subtle as a conversation with a stranger can spark a new idea.

How can we build more inclusive communities?

After working with people in the impact investment and D&I space, I realized that it has to start from the top. This involves starting communities like #BlackTechTwitter and Women Make, which mission is to support women makers or being an ally supporting inclusive initiatives. Overall, lobbying for policies that make inclusivity a responsibility. It can be easy to distance yourself from a problem “that you may not have” but it’s an issue we all need to address. Diversity gaps stifle innovation. Therefore, using resources like social media to rally individuals all over the world strengthens the cause.