Speaker. Coach. Facilitator.
Tuti B. Scott is a leader and mentor for women and a catalyst for strategic philanthropic giving. An energetic speaker, trainer and thought leader, Tuti’s work inspires people and organizations to up the level of their leadership and to create and fund change within systems and cultures. Coach Tuti has been a leader bridging women’s rights, social justice philanthropy and women’s sports for three decades. As a “spiritual jock” and sports advocate, she integrates personal excellence, teamwork, competition and self-care into her body of work.
Tuti speaks on topics ranging from leadership, team building, philanthropy, to gender lens investing, brain power and social change. She has been a featured speaker at the Women’s Funding Network’s International Conference on a host of organizational development topics. Tuti spoke at the ESPNW Summit, awed audiences at the Women Moving Millions conference, and represented Women Win at the United Nations as part of a World Cup (men’s) panel discussing peace, development and sport. She was the keynote for numerous women’s funds such as The Women’s Fund of Iowa, The Miriam Fund and The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago inspiring their membership on collaborations, branding, advocacy and philanthropy.
The self-designated “Chief Inspiration Officer” of the women’s funding movement, and lifelong point guard, Tuti brings insights about sports, leadership, power and money to philanthropic circles, Board rooms, and management teams. For 15 years she worked at the Women’s Sports Foundation, an organization insuring access to all sports for all girls and women. The women’s sports movement was built by the leaders of the Women’s Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King) who mobilized people, leagues and corporations to embrace and invest in the idea of women being strong, competitive and bold.
Tuti serves as President of her own consulting firm, Imagine Philanthropy, where for eight years she and her team have worked with foundations and social sector organizations in learning and planning, team building, brand raising, and campaign strategy. She is a feminist philanthropist who served for six years on the board of the Women’s Funding Network, is an advisor to Women Moving Millions, serves on the Board of Directors of Tides and is a founding and current Board member of the Women Win Foundation.
Tuti offers her clients and audiences the learnings from being a coach at Amherst College, a captain at Ithaca College, a philanthropist investing in women, a Board member of social justice organizations, an entrepreneur and a woman who has thrived through immune system challenges, cancer and heart disease.
Kristen Elechko serves as a consultant for Tuti Scott and Imagine Philanthropy. She brings an entrepreneurial spirit to her work and is fueled by her diverse experiences in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. For more than 15 years, Kristen worked in product management and development, sales and marketing with The North Face, Marmot, Eastern Mountain Sports, as well as a number of start-up brands. Her annual sales for these territories and budgets ranged from $500,000 to $40 million per year. Motivated by the desire to create social change for women and girls and a desire to work with others who are passionate about social justice caused Kristen to pivot in a new direction. A Masters in Nonprofit Management, development internship, consulting, volunteering and serving as a chair on a board of directors have build the bridge between past experience and current career goals.
Kristen is a leader, philanthropist, athlete, strategist, diplomat and leading-edge feminist who is passionate about women’s leadership, human rights, and social justice. For the past two years, Kristen has managed the development of presentations and follow up reports, in-depth surveys, client support work and detailed administrative work for Imagine Philanthropy. She has served as the Interim Director of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI), developing civic leadership skills for cohorts of women through the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, as well as serving as the Assistant to Strategic Grantmaking.
She brings a strong business acumen, a creative mind developed by experience with global marketing, the capability of taking something from the spark of an idea to a finished product and the tenacity to pull it all together with heart, soul and a zest for life. Many years of playing soccer, baseball, basketball and lacrosse have taught Kristen how to set goals, make adjustments, use her voice and stand up as a leader. Kristen holds a Bachelor in Arts from Mount Holyoke College and Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact through the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts.