Keynote Address - Tilly Levine

Our 2017 Commencement Ceremony Keynote Address was presented by Tilly Levine. 

In 1982, Tilly Levine co-founded Tillys, a leading specialty retailer in the action sports industry, selling clothing, shoes, and accessories. Tilly Levine has over 30 years of experience in the retail industry, serving as Vice President of Vendor Relations since its inception.
Prior to a move to the United States and a career in fashion, Tilly received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing as well as History, Geography, and Archeology from Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Furthermore, her passion for youth led her to complete an additional 2-year certification as a High School Teacher in Israel.
In an effort to combine her current business with her desire to help children, Tilly focused her attention on ways that the company could give back. As a key driver of Tillys philanthropic efforts, she has been committed to helping children and teens in need for many years through the Tilly’s Charity Golf Tournament benefiting organizations such as Boys and Girls Town, Boys & Girls Club, Casa Youth Shelter, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005, Tilly’s founded two Tilly’s Baby Homes in Trabuco Canyon as a result of her efforts. This program uses an innovative approach to maintain family unity for newborns and infants who are removed from their home.
Recognizing a need for life skills that build confidence, inspire compassion, encourage a positive mindset and create lasting changes in the lives of young people, Tilly founded Tilly’s Life Center (TLC). TLC programs are currently empowering teens in high schools, as well as through organizations such as CHOC Hospital, El Viento, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Operation Progress, Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles and more. It is Tilly’s dream to see all teens across the nation benefit from the life skills gained through TLC.
In her free time, Tilly enjoys life to the fullest. Her passions include golfing, dancing, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with her family.