Opening Plenary Presentation: Hadiya Roderique & Tycely Williams



Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, writer, speaker and the co-host of Commons, a political podcast produced by Canadaland. As an award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, and The Globe and Mail. Hadiya is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Her research broadly examines gender and racial diversity in the workplace, and her work is funded by the Institute for Gender and the Economy. She is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.




Tycely Williams, a self-proclaimed matchmaker, has inspired individuals and institutions to invest more than $84 million dollars in charitable causes. Currently, she serves as Vice President of Development for YWCA USA and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

A cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University, Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with distinguished departmental honors and a minor in journalism. Tycely possesses an Executive Masters in leadership from Georgetown University. In her spare time, she leads the Women’s Impact Initiative (WII) of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International. WII is charged with assessing, addressing and highlighting the specific issues and challenges that women in the fundraising profession face. In addition, she currently serves on the AFP International Ethics Committee and is a past president of the AFP Washington Metro Chapter, the largest chapter of charitable fundraisers in the United States. Tycely is also president of the Junior League of Washington, the first woman of color to hold the position in 105 years. A joyful divorcée, she enjoys traveling, crashing charitable fundraising galas, taste-testing fried green tomatoes and conversing with values-driven leaders in preparation for her first book.

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