Byte Back Executive Director Makes The Root 100

On September 26, The Root published its annual “Root 100,” a list of “the 100 most important black influencers between the ages of 25 and 45.” On that list, among internationally recognized icons like Beyonce and Ilhan Omar, was Byte Back’s very own executive director, Elizabeth Lindsey.

Now in its 10th year of publication, The Root 100 features influencers of all kinds, from celebrities to chefs, athletes to activists. Elizabeth’s inclusion on the list reflects the importance of the work she does at Byte Back and major successes in the last year:

  • The Root 100 featuring Elizabeth LindseyShe successfully pitched the organization in two grant competitions, winning $1 million CAD in the TD Ready Challenge and $100,000 in the Kapor Center’s Tech Done Right Challenge to support Byte Back’s programs.
  • This summer, Elizabeth led Byte Back’s expansion into Baltimore, the first time the organization has offered classes outside of the DMV in 22 years.
  • In May she was featured in the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 alongside fellow Root 100 awardee and Washingtonian Kwame Onwuachi.
  • Just this month, Elizabeth’s TED talk from TEDxFoggyBottom was released online, already garnering nearly 1500 views.

Congratulations to all those recognized on this year’s Root 100, and especially to Elizabeth – thank you for your dedication to bringing tech within reach and helping adults find living-wage careers.


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