Adora is a writer, speaker, and advocate for causes including feminism, youth empowerment, and literacy.
Adora began delivering writing workshops at local schools after publishing a collection of short stories. Later, she began advocating for student voice at education conferences. In 2010, she delivered the speech “What Adults Can Learn from Kids” at TED. The speech has received more than 5 million views on TED.com alone, and been translated into more than 40 different languages. Her passion for amplifying the voices of youth led her to organize a team of students to produce a TEDx event for youth, TEDxRedmond. Pacific Standard Magazine called Adora one of the "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" and "an activist for feminism, liberal politics, and youth-oriented causes [...] pretty far up the road to becoming intellectual royalty." In 2018, she graduated with a major in Development Studies and minors in South Asian Studies and Creative Writing from UC Berkeley. In 2020, she edited a collected volume of youth activist speeches, Speak Up! (Quarto). She is currently a graduate student in the joint PhD in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.
Talks and Media Coverage
Adora's audiences have included leaders in education as well as the non-profit, corporate, and public service sectors (e.g., Mashable Social Good Summit, Google, Genentech, Keller Williams, Sun Microsystems, and the United Nations Economic and Social Council). Media outlets including NPR, CNBC, Pacific Standard, Mashable, and others have written about her work.