Founder + Executive Director
Kelly's communications background working with financial services, corporate clients, luxury brands, non-profits and associations world-wide has provided a foundation for forming strategic partnerships and developing messaging for varying levels of local and global communication. She has formed working relationships and partnerships with several United Nations department and inter-departmental agencies over the last four years. Through the organization that she founded, Peace Day 365, has organized the annual Peace Day Youth Summit for the observance of the International Day of Peace on 21 September. The most recent Youth Summit was hosted by two missions, DPI NGO, the NGO DPI Executive Committee and the SDG Action Campaign. She continues to develop and grow extensive, strategic partnerships both within the UN and with UN affiliated NGOs world-wide, particularly youth organizations.
With experience in governance, NGO best practices, and partnership building, Neal brings a strong understanding of the work of PeaceDay365 to the table. Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Neal has been active in engaging youth in the democratic process, and brings a talent for design, policy writing, and marketing. With experience in Confluence, JIRA, and Zoho Projects, Neal's adaptability and focus on deliverables makes value-orientated results the norm. A volunteer last year with the organization, alongside work at the United Nations with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and Think Equal, Neal has seen the results that PeaceDay365 delivers to program participants and is excited to be one of the people making the Peace Day program a success year after year.
Senior Project Manager
CCBC SDG GAME JAM PILOT TEAM
Peaceday365 Youth Representatives
The Community College of Baltimore County and PeaceDay365 are excited to collaborate on the first ever Baltimore area SDG Game Jam Pilot Program. Students of CCBC are partnering with fellow area colleges and local gaming companies to create the Baltimore chapter of the Global Game Jam. We hope to raise awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in an entertaining and innovative way!
"The event planners, are responsible for the activities, line-up, and execution of our Game Jam event. Our group hopes to create a positive environment for youths and our community at large to promote the SDG's in a fun and innovative way."
-Gary Wooten - Event Planning Team Lead
"The Marketing and Sponsors Group spearheads the financial and advertisement needs of the program. We deploy valuable information to potential sponsors and work with other groups to make the Game Jam a success."
-Kafayat Sulaimon - Marketing Team Lead
"The Web Design group is working to build a platform where our work is properly advertised and event information is easily accessible. We’re making sure that people have enough information to understand the value of our effort to inspire peace."
-Amarachi Joe-Nweke - Web Design Team Lead
"The Representatives Group is at the forefront of this initiative, learning how the UN and its affiliates promote and achieve crucial goals around the globe. Our goal is to represent CCBC, PeaceDay365, our different communities, and our worlds."
-Amin Rimdans - Representatives Team Lead
"The Social Media group hopes to use the many facets of our socially and technologically interactive world to help spread the message of peace and incite action in individual communities."
-Debra Brennen - Social Media Lead
Dominique Schwenner (Nicki) wears many hats. As Pumpernicki she is a tribal fusion belly dancer, visual artist, singer, writer and fire spinner. She believes that art is powerful in every way and swears by its therapeutic healing. She is currently the Director of Operations for Tertulia, a high end chamber music and dinner series based in NYC and San Francisco. She also works on all kinds of performing arts productions as well as conferences. Prior to this Dominique has worked at the four theatre complex, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. There she was Education Coordinator, Company Manager and at last Programming Manager. She has also served as Production Manager on several freelance gigs including multiple festivals at the United Nations, Lincoln Center as well as at times at beaches. Dominique is originally from Wuppertal, Germany, but has lived in New York since 1999. She frequently visits family and friends in Berlin and Düsseldorf. When not busy, you can find her rollerblading the many NYC bridges.
Sustainable Fashion Program Advisor
Dr. Gayathri Banavara, a lecturer at LIM College, Where Business Meets Fashion, an undergraduate level teaching courses such as Power of the Brand, Leadership & Negotiation, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Social Responsibility and Project Management.
Gayathri worked in a buying office in India for several years before moving to Canada. There she worked at Roots Canada and was involved in the development of official attire for the 2002 and 2004 U.S. and Canadian Olympic teams. She later worked with Kahn Lucas Lancaster Inc., an importer of girls’ dresses in New York.
Her current research interests are in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices and ethics. She has been interviewed on those topics by WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) and Columbia University’s Uptown Radio.
Dr. Gayathri Banavara holds a Ed. D in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delhi (India).
Team Lead, NOW Program
A professional storyteller and a global-minded leader, Nygia delivers a verifiable record of achievement as the Global Account Manager for The Wall Street Journal and as a bold philanthropist. She serves as a strategic explorer, identifying business needs and developing winning initiatives that are focused on brand advancement, content messaging and innovation. A media partner for C-level executives, Nygia helps her clients deploy their marketing efforts and to enhance and reinforce their brand messaging in various industry sectors across the world. A Georgetown University Executive Master’s student in Global Strategic Communications (GSC), Nygia believes that partnership is built on the values of trust, integrity and solid communication.
An exposure to planning analytics, culture and client demands combined with marketing skills strengthens Nygia’s capacity to offer effective solutions to address the needs and challenges in a competitive landscape. Combining the right methodologies to motivate, mobilize and generate revenue serves as the bedrock to execute smart, insightful and creative solutions. Nygia is a transformational leader and advisor who focuses on dialogue to engage stakeholders, explore emerging markets and address community needs proactively and collaboratively. With demonstrated expertise in developing global programs, custom content and digital plans that generate results with measurable return, Nygia has trained and managed several peers using her expertise in integrated strategy and has served as the developer for WSJ’s internship program in Atlanta and Here Media in New York where she worked as an Account Executive for Out , HIV Plus and The Advocate magazine. The development work and building of new client relationships requires full commitment and responsibility. It is in this role, Nygia has gained an incredible reputation with clients. Exemplifying excellence in her work, Nygia is the recipient of The Wall Street Journal Indy Award and Atlanta Business Chronicle’s People on The Move.
Team Lead, Sustainable Development Goals Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Gaming Program
Tyler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University for his Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Tourism Development. Upon graduating, Tyler continued his career in San Francisco where he led a $22M renovation on the historic Fairmont San Francisco. Living in New York City since 2014, Tyler has now opened 3 new NYC hotels, along with leading operation teams at the famous Plaza Hotel on 5th Avenue.
Inspired by the underrepresentation of gender and race in gaming; Tyler began his initiative, Gaming in Reality, a sustainable movement that enables individuals to discover ways in which they can use gaming to improve quality of life for various communities. Tyler's passion and determination has connected him with organizations like The Trevor Project, Game Developers of Color, GeekOut, and Playcrafting to support QoLab's mission to Level Up Human Rights. Working alongside PeaceDay365, QoLab is powering Gaming in Reality - A Sustainable Game Jam with one of their partners, Playcrafting.
Tyler is committed to partnering with PeaceDay365 to develop engagement in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with future generations of Innovators, Activators, and Creators. With their combined efforts, PeaceDay365 and QoLab are reaching into the world of technology and sustainability to develop a new type of engagement for present and future collaborators of tomorrow. QoLab is a new type of coworking space powered as a platform for gaming professionals and other individuals to achieve their own sustainable development goals with the assistance of gaming.
Social Media & Marketing Manager
Madison Ross is PeaceDay 365’s Social Media and Influencer Marketing Manager. This aspiring philanthropist is an International Business student and peer mentor at LIM College - "Where Business Meets Fashion.” Though she’s originally from sunny San Diego, California, Madison has lived internationally throughout her tween and teen life. During her leisure time, you'll most likely find Madison writing for her blog, or heading to or from an art gallery or philosophy lecture. As a founder LIM's Philanthropy Club and Web Director of The Lexington Line, Madison wishes to further merge philanthropy with international trade. Ms. Ross is interested in social change and cultural awareness seeking opportunities in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and international relations. This peer mentor provides guidance and support to the student body. This campus leader values collaboration and actively seeks out community partnerships for the college. Madison maintains an awareness of past and present cultural trends and events.
As the manager for PeaceDay 365’s Social Media and Marketing, Madison generates and shares content building meaningful connections. Additionally, Madison tracks progress on all channels, continuously capturing and analyzing the appropriate social data/metrics, insights and best practices, and then acting on the information. Overall, Madison is here to attract and interact with virtual communities and networks users interested in the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of peace. Let’s connect!
We enjoy supporting and the support provided with our work and events from:
International Day of Peace un.org/peaceday
NGO DPI Executive Committee ngodpiexecom.org
SDG Action Campaign sustainabledevelopment.un.org
Global Compact and Global Compact PRME www.unprme.org/
Secretary General Envoy on Youth un.org/youthenvoy