A community is transformed when people work together for a common cause. Platform therefore intends to bring people from the academic, religious, business, grassroots, and nonprofit sectors into one space to empower daring women. In this space, these women will learn how to become effective leaders so they can become a platform for the socially marginalized in our communities.
Women have traditionally been oppressed in their communities. As a result, they have developed unique perspectives from their experiences living on the periphery of society. In spite of their potential and actual contributions to the conversation and work to change communities to mainstream the socially marginalized, they have been excluded or relegated to minor roles. Therefore, Platform wants to create the most conducive space to foster creative and constructive atmosphere for daring women to grow as leaders in their communities. We offer resources, network, and workshops to women so that they may take their visions and effectively transform their communities by establishing social justice, human rights, and dignity for everyone.
While our focus is mainly on daring women, our events are open to everyone.
"The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
interview with Jessica li
Jessica Ayden Li is a non-profit consultant, trainer, mentor, and advocate. She has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit organizations and in the social sector. She is passionate about ending gender-based violence and promoting immigrant and refugee rights. Jessica previously served as the Executive Director of San Francisco SafeHouse as one of a few woman leaders of color in non-profits in San Francisco. She was also the Executive Director at the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project in Washington, D.C. She has also served as the Public Outreach Officer with the United Nations Mission in Sudan and worked with the International Rescue Committee, advocating on behalf of internally displaced persons, refugees and asylum seekers.