Dionna Dorsey

Co-Founder & CEO
The Creative Ladder

Dionna’s love for design began as a young child with a coloring book and has since grown into an entrepreneurial passion. She uses culture, empathy, simplicity, and inspiring design to support clients in their brand development. Her compassionate nature allows her to empathize with her clients–as well as their audiences–and the result has been her unique ability to create, develop, and nurture ‘the’ message to best align purpose and passion for brands.

In June 2022, alongside her co-founders, David Griner and Ryan Reynolds, Dionna announced the formation of a new venture, The Creative Ladder, a nonprofit making creative careers more accessible to all – especially those from generally marginalized communities. Creative Ladder offers leadership training, mentorship, networking opportunities and career development resources for rising creative talent. As CEO, Dionna’s mission is to connect, inspire and elevate an inclusive new generation of creative talent and to highlight the opportunity deficit in Black and Brown communities. “Creative Ladder will help us cast a broader net and connect amazing young creatives to opportunities otherwise less accessible and known.”

She’s also the founder of DISTRICT of CLOTHING, a lifestyle brand encouraging progression, inspiring action and supporting self-love. With apparel and accessory items for the sideline rejectors who awake with passion for progress and desire to make their dreams reality, District of Clothing is worn by the change makers making change happen.

Dionna attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania and Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy.