Tuti B. Scott is a leader and mentor for high achievers and a catalyst for strategic philanthropy. An energetic speaker and author, Tuti’s work inspires people, organizations, and movements to up the level of their leadership to create and fund change. Coach Tuti has been a leader in women’s rights, social justice philanthropy, and women’s sports/embodied leadership for three decades.
For eight years her company, Imagine Philanthropy, has worked with institutions, collaborations, and foundations on strategic planning, succession planning, campaigns and leadership development. Clients have included Union Theological Seminary, Women Moving Millions, Root Capital, International Women’s Development Agency, Equal Pay Today! Campaign among others. She has been a featured speaker, facilitator and workshop producer for the Women’s Funding Network, the Jewish Women’s Funding Network and many of their member funds on gender lens philanthropy, championing one’s advocacy, brandraising for success among other topics.
The self-designated “Chief Inspiration Officer” of the women’s funding movement, Tuti brings insights about sports, leadership, power and money to her speeches and presentations at philanthropic gatherings, award luncheons, Board rooms and management teams. Tuti worked at the Women’s Sports Foundation for more than 15 years raising $70 million to support the mission of creating leaders and ensuring equal access to sports for 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, media and corporations to “invest” in women being strong, competitive and bold.
Tuti is an intersectional feminist and a philanthropist who currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Tides and is a founding Board member of the Women Win Foundation. She offers her clients and audiences learnings from being a captain and point guard at Ithaca College, a coach at Amherst College, a philanthropist investing in leaders, a Board member of social justice organizations, a successful entrepreneur, and a spiritual being have human experiences including challenges from immune system issues, breast cancer and heart disease.
Kristen Elechko serves as a consultant for 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 human rights and social justice, Kristen pivoted towards a whole new direction in life. Earning a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management, completing a development internship, consulting, volunteering, and serving as chair on a board of directors have built 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 three 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 served a year as the Interim Development and Executive Director for Women's e-News and is currently the Interim Executive Director for the Cancer Connection. She 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.
She brings 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 sailed on the Westward in Fall 1996 from Woods Hole to St. Thomas as a semester-long program with Sea Education Association. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact through the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts.