Tiana Day is an activist, organizer, speaker and founder of the non-profit organization, Youth Advocates for Change. She is an advocate for many social justice issues; most notably with her work within the Black Lives Matter movement. Tiana was instrumental in conducting and leading multiple peaceful marches across Northern California, including the first Black Lives
Matter march across the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco.
This march was reported to be one of the largest demonstrations in 2020, bringing together over 50,000 individuals from different backgrounds with her message to a “Lead with Love”. In response to the immense support from her march, she founded a nonprofit organization to amplify youth voices through intersectional activism and creative arts. Youth Advocates for Change focuses on giving students innovative and engaging outlets to create social change through journalism, film, photography, fashion and community. Her nonprofit has since expanded across 5 states with over 250 youth members and has raised over $30,000 to provide Black youth with educational scholarships.
Tiana was named CNN’s 2020 Hero of the Year, “Young Wonder”, the “Impact Warrior” from the Golden State Warriors and recognized by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her activism and the founding of her youth-led organization. She is currently attending the University of Southern California at the Iovine and Young Academy pursuing a degree in arts,
technology and the business of innovation.
Topher has been hosting impact leaders in collaborative environments for two decades. Starting with co-founding the Highland City Club, a membership community of 300+ change-makers in Boulder, Colorado, to managing Dunton Hot Springs, one of North America’s top all-inclusive resorts and retreat centers, to leading the Opportunity Collaboration, a global network of several thousand nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, impact investors, corporates and academics building sustainable solutions to poverty, and finally with Conveners.org, a collaborative group of fellow conveners and accelerators in the impact space.
Stephanie Dodson Cornell is in the startup phase of raising a philanthropic fund to provide financial and operating support to U.S. based organizations led by women of color leaders. She is also a Venture Partner at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation where she supports portfolio organizations with widely-varied missions and geographic focuses as an advisor and a board member. She was previously a Managing Director at DRK and a part of the Operating Committee and leadership team for over six years.
Prior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, Project Healthy Children (now Sanku), and the Maranyundo Initiative.
Stephanie holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University and she was a fellow with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.