I was 5 years old when I encountered racism for the first time because I was “different.” At the time, I learned that “different” meant being the only Asian girl in my class. 20 years later, instead of getting bullied on the playground, I’m horrified to wake up to see people who look “different” like me, my friends, and my family, getting killed senselessly.

The Asian American community is heavily grieving over the murders of Delaina Ashley Yuan, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue. …


I still remember the moment I posted the first job description for my startup, the first few people I interviewed, and the struggles I faced to hire someone to work for me, a 22-year-old at the time.

There have been countless times in the first month of hiring where I would offer applicants the job, they’d accept it, and decline weeks later. This entire cycle repeated itself for almost every one of those applicants within that month. …


The 2019 Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards, hosted by the Social Innovation Journal (Left to Right: Jennifer Bogoni, Executive Director, Read by 4th and Free Library; Scott Peterman, Director of Strategy, BSD Education; Tiffany Yau, CEO, Fulphil, Hult Prize Ivy; Beth St. Clair, Urban Technology Partner Partner; Morgan Berman, CEO, MilkCrate LLC.; Caroline L. Watts, Ed.D, Director of School & Community Engagement, University of Pennsylvania GSE

Last week, I won the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award as the youngest finalist, a 22-year-old. I stood onstage next to all these amazing, established people who I personally admire for all the great work they do to make the world better every day. Being up against people who were so revered including a Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee made me believe my chances of winning were pretty slim. So, when my name was somehow announced as the first place winner, I was smiling for many reasons. Initially, it was to hide my shock from the results and the fact…


May 22nd, 2018 — It was my first day of work. I had to be in the office by 9am so I made sure to wake up a bit earlier for some buffer room. The office was located on the 15th floor in a building across from and overlooking City Hall. As I walked out of the SEPTA station, I began to make my way towards the building questioning everything: Is my outfit okay? Do I have everything I need for orientation? Will anyone else be there earlier than me? …

Tiffany Yau

Social entrepreneur | Education Nonprofit Leader | Doing my job to make the world a better place | www.tiffanyyau.info

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