The Plug Welcomes Our Inaugural Data Fellows

This week we welcomed The Plug’s first cohort of data journalisms fellows committed to learning and growing their research, data, and reporting skills.

Leniece Flowers Brissett

Leniece Flowers Brissett is the Founder/CEO of Compass Talent Group, an HR consultancy that is unapologetically biased toward diversity, equity and inclusion. Her firm has partnered with forward-thinking organizations with annual revenues ranging from $2M to $25B resulting in 90% of hires identifying as underrepresented (Black or Latinx, LGBTQ+, and/or women).

Leniece’s work has been published in Vox & Quartz and she has been featured in Psychology Today, Prism & American Express. Outside of the workplace, Leniece spends her time chasing twin toddlers, cultivating community as the co-founder of Panther Mamas, and serving on the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley. Follow Leniece’s work and updates on LinkedIn.

Grace McFadden

Grace McFadden has been working with The Plug since we began our research on tech companies speaking out during protests of George Floyd’s murder by police officers in Minneapolis. She agreed to continue with

The Plug as a data fellow to continue supporting that project. 

Grace is a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut, where she studies English and computer science. She is the associate digital editor at The Daily Campus, and a correspondent at WHUS. Follow Grace’s work and updates on Twitter: @GraceMMcFadden

What They’ll Accomplish

Our fellows will be an integral part of The Plug’s reporting and data research. They will spend 10 weeks further developing our data set, writing weekly stories, creating data visualizations, and shaping the news. 

Fellows will be dedicated to reporting weekly news, assisting with research initiatives, supporting company data visualization projects, and representing the brand over the course of the fellowship. They will also receive mentorship, supervision, and support in cultivating data analysis and investigative skills, in addition to opportunities to write and publish stories via The Plug at 


Special Thanks to Our Member Partner Supporters

The Plug’s data fellowship program was made possible by the generous support of our corporate sponsor member partners including CSL Behring, Resilia, VettDeck, Above the Bottom Line,, Magnet Media, and Franklin Square Group. 

Individual member sponsor partners include Kiera S., Nathan B., Saba C., Kevin N., Bria S., Nomzana A., Caroline L., Sharhonda B., Rebecca S., Wayne S., Krystal J., Tamara T., Deandrea S., QuHarrison T., Savanna B., Qiana P., and Erica P., Calvin S. (In Honor of Mitzi Broussard), Derrick L., Nikita M., and Mahlet G.

Sherrell Dorsey

She is the founder and CEO of The Plug—a distinctive, Black tech news and insights platform covering Black innovators in tech, venture capital, future of work policy, and more. Follow Sherrell on Twitter @Sherrell_Dorsey.