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A Conversation with Tiffany Dufu

Wed. June 9, 2021      3–4 p.m. PT

Free and Online

You are invited to join a conversation with author and CEO, Tiffany Dufu, ‘96. Devoted to advancing women and girls, she has reached thousands through her book Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less and The Cru, the company she founded to help women meet goals and face life’s challenges.

How do we maintain our careers, goals and sanity? Where do we find support and accountability? How do we make sense of a world that asks so much of women? This discussion, presented in partnership with the College of Arts & Sciences and the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, will explore how Tiffany’s philosophy has helped guide her work through these questions.

The conversation will be moderated by Colleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94, the Head of Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity at HashiCorp and feature a special introduction from Jeanette James, Director of Strategy for the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity.

There is no cost to attend but advance registration is required.


Portrait: Tiffany Dufu Tiffany Dufu, ’96, is a catalyst-at-large in the world of women’s leadership and the author of “Drop the Ball,” a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they really need in order to thrive: the ability to let go. According to foreword contributor Gloria Steinem, “Drop the Ball” is “important, path-breaking, intimate and brave.”

Named to Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women, Tiffany is Founder and CEO of The Cru, a peer coaching platform for women looking to accelerate their professional and personal growth. She was a launch team member of Lean In and was Chief Leadership Officer at Levo, one of the fastest growing millennial professional networks. Prior to that, Tiffany served as President of The White House Project, as a Major Gifts Officer at Simmons College in Boston and as Associate Director of Development at Seattle Girls’ School.

Tiffany serves on the board of Girls Who Code and Simmons College. She is a member of Women’s Forum New York, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. and is a Lifetime Girl Scout. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Portrait: Colleen Fukui-SketchleyColleen Fukui-Sketchley, ’94, has 25 years of experience building inclusive environments in the retail and technology industries as well as in the public and private sectors. She is currently the head of Engagement, Inclusion and Diversity at HashiCorp where she provides strategic direction and integrates inclusive practices throughout HashiCorp’s global footprint and people processes.

As a passionate advocate for equity, Colleen develops and operationalizes more equitable systems and processes that are sustainable and scalable. She is often called upon to speak on numerous topics around leadership and inclusion along with actively sitting on non-profit boards that strive for economic and social change in the world.

Portrait: Jeanette James

Jeanette James is the Director of Strategy for the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (UW OMA&D). In this capacity, she supports diversity, equity and inclusion efforts university-wide including leading campus climate assessment efforts, supporting the UW Race & Equity Initiative, staffing the Board of Regents Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and leading strategic planning efforts for OMA&D.

From 2004-2013, Jeanette served as Director of Admission and Advancement for Seattle Girls’ School (SGS), an Independent day school in the Central District. While at SGS, she was one of four Black admission directors who launched the Independent School Fair for People of Color, which supports families as they seek access to and information about private school options.

Dedicated to community building and public service, Jeanette co-founded and served as inaugural President of the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals (SULYP) an organization that fosters advocacy, civic engagement, and professional development for Black professionals. She is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow (’10) and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Seattle. Jeanette is an active member of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and is the immediate past president of the Greater Seattle (WA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

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