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Adria Richards

Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in:

Adria has been in the IT industry for 12+ years and launched her own consulting company in 2006. Adria has appeared on the news and various media outlets due to her citizen journalism on her tech blog including The Rachel Maddow Show, NPR, Computerworld, The Associate Press,, Black Enterprise, Pioneer Press and more. She was hired on in 1999 at Geeksquad by Robert Stephens and has amassed experience in both technology and the soft skills needed to communicate with people.

Adria has become very active in cloud apps for business, social media and digital advocacy. She is a popular speaker at blogging and technology conferences. In 2009 Adria launched Freshworkshops to focus on technology training for business professionals. The website provides live, online training in small class sizes for WordPress blogging, social media, website development, SEO,GTD productivity, Microsoft Office and more. Adria holds her Microsoft MCSA, MCDST and A+ certifications.


Not only does Richards know her IT, but she goes against the stereotype that technology is a man's world. Her site,, speaks to the challenges she and other small business owning women face in the IT industry.


Website @adriarichards


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