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Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu

Founder & CEO

The Cru

New York, NY

My life's work is advancing women and girls. Whether launching a girls' middle school, raising money for a women's college, or running a national leadership org, I relentlessly pursue one goal: a world in which women's gifts and voices are fully harnessed for the benefit of all of us (and where English majors rule).







The Cru

Founder & CEO

I work hard, but the secret to my success is my Cru. They listen to me. They help me create a plan. They hold my feet to the fire. We have each other's back. I’m so grateful for everything they’ve done for me that I’m now inspired to do the same for you. Please apply to join a constellation of women committed to helping each other thrive. Visit


Amy Poehler Said It Best

Writing is hard. But I wrote a book because I've already written my epitaph - she got to as many women she could - and I'm not going to be worthy of it by only speaking on stages. The most common question I get is "How do you do it all?" and one day it hit me this wasn't a personal question. Women were asking me "How do YOU do it all?" because they were trying to figure out "How do I do it all?" Drop the Ball is my honest answer to their question. One part memoir, one part manifesto, this book shows women how to cultivate the single skill we really need in order to be successful: the ability to let go. Please (please) order it now.

Click Here to Listen to an Excerpt & Order Drop the Ball

Don't Let The Stage Fool You

I'm an introvert. It's just that when you're on the planet to advance women and girls you have to speak to a LOT of people to make it happen. For me, it's been about 40,000 people over the past six years. Being a preacher's kid has come in handy.


I Could Pinch Myself: TEDxWomen 2012

We are all the cumulative investment of others. My biggest career highlight was sharing the stage with my mentor and sponsor, Marie Wilson. Before founding The White House Project she built the Ms. Foundation and co-created Take Our Daughters to Work Day. She walks the talk in making the world a better place for women.



Chief Leadership Officer

At Levo they're committed to helping YOU create a life you're passionate about. I know it works because Levo did it for me. It's a place where I learned and grew. And where my kids could write on the walls. Here's me and our superstar CEO Caroline Ghosn celebrating my 2nd Levoversary. It was the #BestJobInTheWorld


The White House Project

Former President

I was honored to serve at The White House Project, a national women's leadership organization. The mission: to get more women into board rooms and the oval office. One day we'll succeed with an actual woman, not just a doll. Check out to support more incredible civic leaders.


Simmons College

Major Gifts Officer

Simmons is a place where they don't argue about whether leaders are born or made. At Simmons, women leaders make themselves. And the people at Simmons played a huge role in making me the leader I am today. When I moved from Boston one of them told me, "When you get to New York, go find Marie Wilson. Tell her I sent you." Following those instructions changed my life.


Seattle Girls' School

Associate Director of Development

SGS is a middle school that inspires and develops courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change. The future is in good hands with SGS alums.


University of Washington

B.A./M.A., English

My parents taught me that being in a community meant contributing to it. My most proud accomplishment is that at every school I graduated - from McCarver Elementary to the University of Washington - there's a plaque with my name on it. (P.S. Go Huskies!)

What I Talk About At Cocktail Parties

Innovative solutions for empowering women and girls; leadership development; mentors & sponsors; diversity & inclusion; fundraising; the art of being joyful while simultaneously nurturing a partnership, raising small children, being physically fit and fueling ambition through my career...having it all without doing it all.