Tiffany Haddish Honors Dr. Thyonne Gordon and Other Phenomenal Women
Tiffany Haddish spent her Tuesday night honoring some impactful women in Los Angeles, attending the 2022 YWCA Phenomenal Women Award Celebration and Concert.
The 42-year-old actress and comedian hit the red carpet at the YouTube Theater with Dr. Thyonne Gordon, the executive director of the She Ready Foundation that Haddish founded.
The event honored over 3800 of Los Angeles’ first responders and essential workers – from healthcare to retail workers, educators, transportation drivers, food service and utility – the largest celebration of its kind honoring the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Thyonne Gordon was honored for her work within the community and with small business and nonprofits. Under Dr. Gordon’s direction, She Ready Foundation inspires, protects and provides resources for youth impacted by foster care with summer internships, high school tutoring and providing luggage for those transitioning through the system.
About Thyonne Gordon, Ph.D., PGI Board Chair
Dr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished organizational and human development academician, instructor, and Emmy-nominated producer. Her work with 501(c)3 organizations and for-profit corporations has created growth-oriented businesses, strong board governance, productive teams, and sustainable fundraising strategies. She has raised over $50 million for causes and is committed to strategic growth in the social profit sector. With a passion for business development, she founded the company Beyond Story to coach, train, and develop executive leaders.
Dr. Thyonne’s ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the film From Watts to Africa, showcased in the 2015 Pan African Film Festival. This film highlights the impact of the organization Foundation for Second Chances leadership program, documenting the journey of 17 inner city youth traveling to Senegal, Africa, from Watts.
Dr. Thyonne’s career includes 12 years in the digital and entertainment industries; a 10-year stint as Executive Director growing A Place Called Home Youth Center in South Los Angeles; five years with CoachArt, mentoring chronically ill youth regionally; and currently she serves as Interim Executive Director of She Ready Foundation, providing resources for youth impacted by foster care. Additionally, Dr. Thyonne served as an Annenberg Champion for Executive Leadership and is an adjunct professor with Antioch College and an instructor with the African American Board Leadership Institute.
Her board and volunteer service include: Executive Service Corp. (coach); AARP Executive Council (board member); Pacifica Graduate Institute (board chair); Whitehall Arts Academy (board chair); Berklee School of Music Advisory (board member); and two gubernatorial appointments — the Naturopathic Medicine Board and the Chiropractic Examiners Board.
Dr. Thyonne’s gifts in bringing stories of significance to life and enhancing organizations for success is unparalleled. She works with enthusiasm towards making a difference in the lives of the underserved and prioritizing equity and inclusion. She encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.”
This year, Dr. Thyonne received an additional honor from TravelPro International as they showcase the work she does across the country. Take a look at the highlights here.