With a network of over 1,500 leaders from 115 countries, the Atlas Corps Community is growing every day. It is time to look back and to showcase the achievements of amazing network and share stories on the global impact of our Alumni, Fellows, and Scholars.

Join us as we speak with Atlas Corps Scholar Jeanne (Cohort 8, Singapore) from the Atlas Corps: Singapore Emerging Leaders for Economic Growth Initiative. Jeanne is a freelance editorial consultant and content creator for nonprofits while she is currently based in California, USA.

Thank you, Jeanne, for applying your extensive writing and communications expertise to support nonprofit—it is truly inspiring! We wish you the best in your current work and we are excited to see what more you have in store for the future!

Name: Jeanne Tai

Home Country: Singapore

Current Role: Editorial consultant and writer

Social Issues that you have worked with: Gender equality, Partnerships for the goals

Tell us about projects you have worked on?

I’ve spent 12 years in journalism, content & communications roles! My last organization was the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre in Singapore, a national nonprofit that strives to create a more other-centered culture. I spearheaded the organization’s branding and content creation efforts to promote volunteerism, donating, and other forms of giving! I’ve relocated to Berkeley, California and am serving as an editorial consultant & content creator for nonprofits. My current projects include writing research reports to educate donors on social causes, and advising nonprofits on social media strategy.

Emceeing for a film gala. In my last workplace, I had helped co-produce a series of short films inspired by acts of kindness among Singaporeans – these were meant to encourage the public to take action and give – Jeanne Tai.jpg

Why is it important for you to provide communications services to nonprofits?

Effective communication is critical to engage a non-profit’s constituents, be they donors, volunteers, government stakeholders, the media or the public. Without these stakeholders, a non-profit can effectively cease to exist. A good communication plan can cultivate trust among potential donors, opening the door to much-needed funds. It can also raise the profile of a worthy cause, garnering broad-based support and policy change that will benefit marginalised groups. Despite all this, non-profits – especially smaller ones – have fewer resources to support communication efforts compared to corporate entities. That is what drives me to use my skills and experience to serve a higher purpose. 

Giving a presentation on diversity and inclusion. My fave quote – Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a practice – Jeanne Tai

How has Atlas Corps contributed to your professional and personal accomplishments?

The Virtual Leadership Institute helped me learn more about myself, my strengths and areas of improvement as a leader. It gave me the space to think deeply about how I want to grow and learn as a more inclusive leader. As communities and workplaces become increasingly diverse, I believe it is imperative that leaders develop new skills such as intercultural communication, how to manage diverse viewpoints, and how to facilitate constructive conversations across difference. Thanks to the Atlas Corps’ Community Impact Fund, I underwent a training course and am now proudly certified as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) specialist. The skills I have learnt feel timely. In Singapore, there is increasing attention on how we can be more inclusive of different groups including women, older persons, and people with disabilities. I hope to contribute to the national movement to develop a fairer and more inclusive society.  

What is your favorite Atlas Corps memory?

Virtual coffee chats with my fellow Scholars and Atlas Corps Fellows! I was so privileged to be able to connect with peers from Brazil, India, Russia and more!

What advice do you have for applicants and current Scholars?

Believe in yourself and go after your dreams fearlessly.

What message would you like to send to individuals who support Atlas Corps?

Thank you so much for supporting this worthy program! It has surely opened doors for many emerging leaders and social change practitioners around the globe!

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Photos from Jeanne’s personal archive