A sought-after strategist, speaker, instructor, and practitioner of philanthropy, Dien has spent the past 25 years fostering innovation and creating impact for communities worldwide.
Dien co-founded Daylight Advisors to revolutionize the field and practice of philanthropic advising. Bringing together her expertise in gift planning, wealth management, professional development, and
social impact, Daylight helps maximize philanthropy’s potential for transforming lives by advancing the training, research, professionalization, and diversity of today’s philanthropic field.
Dien founded the Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact at The American College of Financial Services, where she also developed and taught courses as the Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy for
the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) designation. While at the College, Dien launched the Advisors of Color Network, a study and support group for BIPOC advisors pursuing their CAP® designations. That initiative tripled the number of CAP-trained BIPOC philanthropic advisors in the field in less than three years. In addition, she developed and launched Purpose School, an immersive, interactive learning experience to help philanthropic leaders explore meaning and purpose in their lives.
Dien’s expertise and impact extend to Asia, where she is the lead faculty for philanthropy at Singapore’s Wealth Management Institute (WMI). She has taught in the inaugural Philanthropy Advisors Fellowship at the Asia Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN).
Overall, Dien has supported more than one thousand advisors seeking greater competence, confidence, and cultural dexterity in their work.
Earlier in her career, Dien worked for several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations. Today she serves on the boards of Give2Asia, Giving
Compass, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, and The 1990 Institute and is an advisor to the Asia Society Northern California and Global SF.