Leadership


 

Tuti B. Scott
Founder & President

Tuti is a catalyst for strategic philanthropy and coach to high-achieving women leaders, founders, and movement builders. A lifelong athlete, Tuti engaged thousands of supporters for the Women's Sports Foundation where she raised 70 million to support women's leadership and equal access to sports for women and girls. Known as the "Chief Inspiration Officer" of the women's funding movement, Tuti has been a leader in social justice philanthropy, women's rights, and women's sports for more than three decades.

Through Imagine Philanthropy, which she founded in 2008, Tuti helps women philanthropists be more courageous and strategic in their giving and helps organizations plan their next stage of growth. She's advised leadership teams and coalitions of organizations on strategic planning, fundraising campaigns, and leadership development, among other topics. Her approach has been described as "impact-focused and data-driven." Tuti has assisted many founders and leaders like Geena Davis, Noreen Farrell, Serene Jones, Jane Sloane, and others in their work. Her clients have included Women Moving Millions, Root Capital, Third Wave Fund, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, among others.

Always an energizing speaker, "Coach Tuti" uses stories and humor to inspire people to up their leadership game to create and fund catalytic, systems-level change. Tuti offers audiences leadership lessons from being a captain and point guard at Ithaca College, coach at Amherst College, philanthropist, board member of social justice organizations, and successful entrepreneur. She brings insights about sports leadership, money, and power into her speeches at philanthropic gatherings and award luncheons as well as management teams and boards. On personal leadership, Tuti bravely speaks about the wisdom she's gained having navigated challenges like immune system issues, breast cancer, and heart disease. She has been a featured speaker, facilitator, and producer for the Women's Funding Network, the Jewish Women's Funding Network, the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, and more on philanthropy and investing with a gender lens, championing one's advocacy, and "brandraising for success."

Tuti currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tides and is a founding board member of the Women Win Foundation. She is proud to call herself an intersectional feminist and bold philanthropist.

Contact: tuti@imaginephilanthropy.com

Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant
Equity & Inclusion Team Lead

A well-recognized expert and thought leader in diversity leadership and community organizing for racial justice, Gwendolyn leads Imagine Philanthropy's equity and inclusion initiatives within a positive psychology and systems thinking framework. She also coaches women leaders and founders on cultural competency specifically. 

In addition to her work with Imagine Philanthropy, Gwendolyn is the CEO and Founder of Multicultural BRIDGE, a justice and diversity-driven nonprofit that delivers educational, advocacy, social service, and empowerment programs designed with and for Berkshire residents and trains corporations and human services organizations throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. In 2015, Multicultural BRIDGE was recognized as a "Berkshire Trendsetter" for nonprofit impact and was cited in the criminal psychology/justice textbook Understanding Hate Crimes for best community-based practices. Gwendolyn has worked with corporations, schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, law enforcement, teaching and leadership institutes, and more. She serves as an appointed official on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women and on the Elder Services of Berkshire County Board of Directors. In collaboration with others, Gwendolyn spearheaded the Sanctuary Town campaign in Great Barrington to pass the Trust Policy in May 2017.

Gwendolyn has been trained by the Leadership Institute for Political & Public Impact (LIPPI), Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), and People's Institute for Survival & Beyond-Undoing Racism. She holds certifications in Positive Psychology from Kripalu and Wholebeing Institute. She has presented at the SPSSI Conference in Portland and Washington DC in 2014 and 2015 and throughout New England, most recently on Diversity in Law Enforcement at the 2017 MCAD Civil Rights Conference.

Contact: gwendolyn@imaginephilanthropy.com

Julia Frost
Client & Community Relations Team Lead

A powerful connector with a talent for building strong relationships based on trust, Julia directs clients to the team's consulting, leadership development, and learning resources based on their unique needs. Julia also co-facilitates Imagine Philanthropy events and workshops.

Julia's entrepreneurial spirit blossomed while co-founding CHIVE, New England's leading sustainable event design and catering company in 2009. She leverages over a decade of experience bringing leaders to the table, often around a shared meal, to advance work that positively impacts businesses, communities, and the environment. Her passion for developing leaders who feel connected to their authentic voice and vision has brought her to lead creative visioning sessions and facilitate multi-stakeholder strategic planning sessions in the social and for-profit sectors. Julia has a degree from Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School and earned an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute/Pinchot University where she studied systems thinking and specifically, how to integrate social justice and environmental sustainability into business models. Julia is active in the greater Boston startup and local food ecosystem as a member of the Slow Money, Sustainable Business Network, and Conscious Capitalism chapters. She volunteers with Change is Simple, Inc., the Food Project, and Wellspring House on Boston's North Shore to stay rooted in her community. And when she's not riding her bike around Gloucester, doing yoga, or enjoying life with loved ones, her new role as an auntie occupies as much as time as possible. 

Contact: julia@imaginephilanthropy.com

Samantha Watson
Operations Team Lead

Samantha dedicates her time to relationship management, project management, and intentional community building at Imagine Philanthropy. She also guides the team on overall workflow.

Samantha is passionate about coaching and supporting women at all stages of their lives. Her commitment to improving the lives of women and girls began while working with women on healthy eating and exercise goals as a Wellness Coach at Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center in Dorchester and continued as she worked as a Public Policy Intern at the Mass. Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and later as an in-home family therapist mostly providing direct support to mothers, children, and teens during times of transition. Samantha is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a diverse background in fundraising, public policy and advocacy, and intensive family and individual therapy. She holds a B.S. in Human Services with a specialization in nonprofit management from Lesley University and a Master's of Social Work from Salem State University. Samantha feels blessed to live by the water in Gloucester, Mass. where she likes to garden and adventure outdoors as much as possible with her husband, daughter, and very large golden blue-eyed dog.

Contact: samantha@imaginephilanthropy.com

Lex Schroeder
Marketing & Editorial Team Lead

Lex develops and produces new publications by Imagine Philanthropy authors and leads the effort to get Imagine Philanthropy resources to where they can make their greatest impact.

When she's not working on communication strategies with the Imagine Philanthropy team, Lex works as a writer and editor in the systems thinking community. As Co-Founder of Feminists at Work, Lex also brings a feminist lens to transforming businesses, organizations, and systems. Lex has led strategic initiatives at The Berkana Institute, The Lean Enterprise Institute, and Take The Lead. She's also presented workshops or spoken on collective leadership at NYU, Yale, See Jane Do, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Her views on leadership have been featured in ELLE France, Fast CompanyColor magazine, and Boston.com. In 2015, Lex was selected by strategy + business magazine as one of ten thought leaders to map the history of management ideas and distill trends for the future of work. Lex is trained in the Art of Hosting, a set of participatory leadership methods and way of working with collective intelligence. She lives in Harlem and tries to get to the Maine coast as often as she can.

Contact: lex@imaginephilanthropy.com

Jessica Avery
Digital Storyteller &
Researcher

From social media to new articles, publications, and community toolkits, Jessica crafts effective communications strategies for sharing the work of Tuti Scott and Imagine Philanthropy with the world. Jessica is a key member of the Imagine Philanthropy communications team.

Jessica also works at the Massachusetts State House as the Legislative Director for the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke, where she majored in Gender Studies with a Nexus minor in Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights. Jessica is the Young Alumnae Chair of the Mount Holyoke Boston Alumnae Club, and she recently joined Jane Doe, Inc.'s inaugural Young Philanthropist Giving ImPACT cohort, formed by and for young philanthropists who want to end domestic violence in Massachusetts. She currently lives in Boston where she enjoys exploring new restaurants and city sights.

Contact: jessica@imaginephilanthropy.com


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