Thought Leadership

Women of NYC Tech: Tanyella Evans, Library For All

Women of NYC Tech: Tanyella Evans, Library For All

Much has been said and written about the lack of women in the tech sector, be it as investors (or associates), founders, or in management positions at major companies. Is the problem the old boys network – or that success in technology is seen as a young man’s game?  In this series, we speak with some of the top women in tech in New York as they discuss the challenges they face, the perceptions that need to be changed and the work that’s being done – or not – to help to promote women.

Today we speak with Tanyella Evans, cofounder and CEO at Library For All, a nonprofit building a cloud-based digital library and platform for communities in the developing world. Tanyella has worked in social entrepreneurship and international development, focusing specifically on education and culture. Using her experience as an educator in some of the poorest communities, Tanyella has established a much needed school in Haiti and continues to provide necessary educational tools and resources to the world’s indigent communities. Tanyella is active in the NYC tech ecosystem and is doing her part to strengthen communities in a booming tech city to the poorest regions.

Tanyella Evans named one of ILA's 30 under 30 leaders in global literacy!

Tanyella Evans named one of ILA's 30 under 30 leaders in global literacy!

The International Literacy Association (ILA), a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all, announced Tanyella Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Library For All, today as an honoree on its second annual 30 Under 30 list. The list recognizes the next generation of young innovators, advocates and educators who are leading efforts to advance literacy for all, whether in their community or around the world.

Leaders for Literacy Day: International Literacy Assocation

Leaders for Literacy Day: International Literacy Assocation

This year at the Leaders for Literacy Day Conference, hosted by International Literacy Association (ILA), our CEO Rebecca McDonald will share her story about why Library For All exists to deliver quality, local books to children in developing countries via a cloud-based, digital library. Today, we are pressed to think about how to best support literacy champions across the world in order to improve learning outcomes. 

Avoiding the danger of a single story

Avoiding the danger of a single story

On April 2nd, International Children’s Book Day, the world celebrates the extraordinary gift of adventure and imagination that stories bring to children’s lives. It’s a humbling reality though that many children in the developing world are not able to experience the joy of a bedtime story, or their favorite characters in an adventure series

Q&A with Tanyella Evans, COO of Library For All

Q&A with Tanyella Evans, COO of Library For All

1. From where you pivot today, if you look back at your path, what would be one moment (however long it lasted physically) that altered your perception most profoundly? You are often working in a vacuum when you are working on a startup, whether it is for-profit or non-profit. For me the biggest turning point was during our Kickstarter campaign. I had never raised more than $3,000 in my life, and the idea of raising $100,000 seemed unachievable. I remember the sleepless nights and the frantic meetings before we launched our campaign.

Planning for Organizational Success: 4 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs to Start the Year Right

Planning for Organizational Success: 4 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs to Start the Year Right

It’s a new year, and you have so much to achieve. The opportunities seem endless as the months stretch out before you, but how you begin the year will determine whether you reach your goals or not. I have been fortunate to have had a huge amount of help over the last 3 years with planning at Library For All, including the expert management consultant Kathryn Ritchie at KRS Strategy. Last year, I also had a team of consultants from Net Impact work with me for three months to define a strategic planning process at Library For All. I have seen a remarkable difference in the focus, drive and energy of the team since implementing these simple tools.

A Side Conversation with Isabel Sheinman from Library For All

A Side Conversation with Isabel Sheinman from Library For All

THE SEVENTH WAVE: Who were some of the early influencers and supporters who helped LFA become something more than an idea?

ISABEL SHEINMAN: When I first met Rebecca McDonald and Tanyella Evans — the co-founders of Library For All —Library For All was still an idea. It was an idea that had huge potential — one that both Rebecca and Tanyella, their friends and families, and a number of advisors and volunteers had already put an entire year of time, energy, and thought into developing — but it was in need of a push to get it off the ground.