Writer and Editor
Book Author
Communications Consultant
 

Books

The inspiring

true story of a

start-up that

is changing the lives

of base-of-the-pyramid families

"A story that truly matters"
 
Michael Chu, Harvard Business School and co-founder of Ignia Partners LLC
"The adventure of a couple of special young guys whose experience as entrepreneurs provides hope for a better world"
 
Russell Sturm, global lead for energy access, IFC

Available Now

"A unique book about a unique company that is changing the world. Let there be d.light."
 
Seth Godin, author of This is Marketing
"If you are intrigued by the potential of for-profit social entrepreneurship and you enjoy a roller-coaster ride, read this book! "
 
James Patell, co-founder of the Design for Extreme Affordability Program, Stanford University
The ultimate
relationship guidebook for entrepreneurs
and those who
love them
"A must-read for entrepreneurs"
 
Gary Hirshberg, chairman and former CEO of Stonyfield Yogurt
"Rich in data, actionable advice, and insights"
 
Andrea Miller, founder and CEO of YourTango
"A godsend for entrepreneurial couples and families"
 
Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and USC Marshall School of Business instructor

Consulting

Dorcas brings a wide array of professional experience in Asia, Africa, and the U.S., in the NGO, social enterprise, and public sectors. She writes corporate copy with heart and compelling insight, creating articles, newsletters, press releases, marketing collateral, case studies, and websites that people love to read. She is particularly passionate about highlighting positive stories of personal transformation and social impact.

 

Dorcas is honored to work with such firms as:

Speaking

With over fifteen years of experience in public speaking and training facilitation, Dorcas incorporates powerful narratives and poignant truths into her talks, presentations, and workshops. She is a heartfelt storyteller and honest guide along life's toughest journeys, addressing topics ranging from entrepreneurial marriage,  authentic faith, and writing. Her words are full of humor, honesty, and heart.

Previous engagements include:

Editing

Dorcas loves collaborating with writers to shape their words and stories into the most compelling and authentic version they can be. She has worked with first-time authors and experienced writers to provide a range of editorial services, including developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Dorcas has a professional editing certificate from UC Berkeley.

Previous clients and collaborators had this to share about Dorcas's work:

"Dorcas did some great editing work on a book I wrote... She's good at both detailed work and looking at the big picture. Best of all, she's a pleasure to work with."

Nury Vittachi

Journalist, columnist, and

author of The Feng Shui Detective series

"It's rare to find someone who is not only a meticulous editor but who also has a great feel for the emotion of a story... I can unreservedly recommend her services for any part of the writing, editing, copyediting, or proofreading process, for fiction or non-fiction."

Audrey Kalman

Author of What Remains Unsaid and Dance of Souls

"Dorcas was a complete God-send, taking my book manuscript to the next level in so many ways... She not only edited the work, she helped me manage the manuscript process with grace, agility and professionalism."

Chris Bruno

Author of Man Maker Project

 
 

Recent Work

A selection of Dorcas's recent writings, interviews, and talks

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The Wilderness of the Double Pandemic

The Well
July 21, 2020

The Most Steadfast Foundation (Devotional)

Stability in the Storm Devotional Guide
July 2020

Hard-Won Perspective from Life in an International Social Enterprise (Interview)

Committed: The Entrepreneur Marriage Podcast
June 17, 2020

The Grace of Waiting

The Well

December 10, 2019

My Identity Journey as an Asian American Woman (Interview)

Someday Is Here Podcast

October 22, 2019

How to Stay in Love with Your Entrepreneur​ (Interview)

Mrs. Startup Podcast

August 27, 2019

Why Entrepreneurs Must Pace Themselves

Inc.com Column

April 15, 2019

How "This Is Us" Shows the Entrepreneur Marriage

Inc.com Column

April 1, 2019

 

About

Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is an award-winning writer, editor, speaker, communications consultant, and former Inc.com columnist. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Image Journal, and dozens of other publications in the U.S., Asia, and Africa. She currently serves as the editorial director for the Asian American Christian Collaborative.

 

Dorcas has more than fifteen years of experience as a nonprofit and social enterprise professional. She served as the first director of communications for d.light, one of the world's leading social enterprises, and continues to provide communications consulting for social-benefit companies around the world. A Silicon Valley native, she has lived in mainland China and Hong Kong, and Nairobi, Kenya. She and her entrepreneur husband, d.light CEO and cofounder Ned Tozun, have been married for fifteen years and have two adorable hapa sons.

Dorcas has a BA in communication and an MA in sociology from Stanford University, as well as a professional editing certificate from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of East Africa.

 

© 2020 by Dorcas Cheng-Tozun