In her dynamic talk, Tolkan proves young activists aren't just getting ready to lead in the future--they're leading right now.
Tolkan's momentum: "A belief in the power of my generation to inspire and lead our nation and our world towards a more equitable and just future."
Drummond Pike is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Awarded as an Outstanding Foundation Professional, Pike helped pioneer the advent of donor advised funds in philanthropy.
Through his leadership, Tides has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. Pike was a founder and Associate Director of the Youth Project in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation from 1976 to 1981. He was among the original founders of Working Assets, a telecommunications company dedicated to progressive philanthropy and political activism.
Jessy Tolkan is the Executive Director for the Energy Action Coalition, a group of 50 leading youth organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada that organize on college campuses, high schools, and in local communities. Energy Action Coalition is growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming, by advocating for green jobs, stopping new coal plants, and making young people's voices heard in the policy debate around global climate change.
As state director for the New Voters Project, Tolkan helped register more than 130,000 young voters producing one of the highest youth turnout rates in the country. Tolkan helped plan Power Shift 2007 and 2009, conferences that brought together more than 12,000 youth representing all 50 states, and resulted in the largest single lobby day on Capitol Hill focused on global warming. She also spearheaded Power Vote, a campaign to mobilize 1,000,000 young voters on climate and energy issues. She has been featured in Time, Vanity Fair, and on "Hard Ball" with Chris Matthews. In 2006 she was named one of the Real Hot 100 Women in America.
Jessy Tolkan, executive director of the Energy Action Coalition, explains how young people are transforming the movement to stop climate change by shifting the debate from an environmental focus to one about justice and economic freedom around the world.