Keynote Presenter

Conference Keynote

National Philanthropy Day Conference

Keynote Presentation

People. Purpose. Community.

In a social climate marked by polarization, binary thinking, and seemingly endless stressors, joy peaks out from the cracks in the surface and invites us to shift our perspective away from the doom and gloom. The choice to live and move in joy, independent of our external circumstances, is a radical act that nourishes the seeds of revolution and transformation. This keynote address will inspire attendees to reach within to reignite the spark of joy and hope that led them into philanthropy. Attendees will leave feeling empowered with knowing the importance of prioritizing communal joy as a social medicine that helps us all of us restore, repair, and recommit to the critical work of long-haul social change.

Niki Elliott, PhD is a clinical professor of education at the University of La Verne’s La Fetra College of Education. She currently serves as Director of the Center for Neurodiversity, Learning and Wellness, and is an author, speaker, and trainer in the fields of neurodiversity, mindfulness, holistic education, and healing-centered engagement. Dr. Niki earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Berkeley, a master’s degree and teaching credential at Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Education from UCLA. An experienced educator, Dr. Niki has taught students of all ages, from elementary school through university level over the past 25 years. She presently teaches educational neurobiology, neurodiversity and mindfulness for graduate students earning a master’s degree in Special Education. Dr. Niki is also the founder of the Mindful Leaders Project, a program designed to help teachers, school leaders, parents and other education professionals increase their own personal well-being and social-emotional regulation skills to support children’s academic success.