About

Our Team

 
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FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Tuti B. Scott

Tuti Scott serves as a “Chief Inspiration Officer” and guide to countless leaders and teams that are advancing social change. With more than 25 years of experience educating and energizing bold change makers, Tuti advises organizations and boards on strategic planning, succession planning, governance, fundraising, and leadership development. Whether as coach, strategic planner, or facilitator, Tuti helps teams navigate growth, define the scope and scale of their work, and achieve critical sustainability.

During her time at the Women’s Sports Foundation, Tuti engaged thousands of supporters to raise $70 million over 15 years to support women’s leadership and equal access to sports for women and girls. Since then, she has mobilized support for leading organizations in the women’s funding space and beyond including Equal Rights Advocates, Root Capital, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and more. She has assisted renowned founders, leaders, and fierce feminists including Barbara Dobkin, Billie Jean King, Geena Davis, Serene Jones, and Jane Sloane. In addition to her consulting work guiding coalitions like ReflectUs, The Equal Pay Today Campaign, and The Jewish Women’s Funding Network, Tuti also serves as the inaugural Money and Power Fellow at The Women’s Funding Network. As a strategic philanthropy and investing consultant, Tuti helps individuals and foundations resource critical work using a gender and racial justice lens. At core, Tuti coaches all of us to be more courageous and values-based in our leadership, team-building, and relationship to money and resources.

An energizing author and speaker, “Coach Tuti” invigorates audiences to insist on impact. Tuti serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Tides, a leading global foundation and nonprofit accelerator, and a founding board member of Women Win. Tuti approaches her work with the drive and commitment of a lifelong athlete and is an aggressive, competent, and goal-oriented gender equity warrior. She is a proud intersectional feminist and investor in women. 

 
 
 
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EQUITY & INCLUSION TEAM LEAD

Gwendolyn VanSant

Gwendolyn VanSant is a well-recognized thought leader in diversity leadership and community organizing for racial justice. She is the Founding Director of BRIDGE, an independent coach and consultant, and the Equity and Inclusion Team Lead at Imagine Philanthropy. She was recently selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as one of the Commonwealth's Unsung Heroines of 2018.

In addition to providing award-winning cultural competence trainings, Gwendolyn is a frequent speaker and long-time activist. In January-February 2018, Gwendolyn co-curated the commissioned Town Of Great Barrington Du Bois 150th Festival. Gwendolyn graduated with a certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute at Kripalu in 2015 after studying with leading field experts, Dr. Tal Ben Shahar and Dr. Maria Sirois. She has founded several initiatives based in the principles of equity and justice, the inherent dignity and worth of individuals, and our interconnected web of humanity. She serves on the board of UU Mass Action Network.

 
 
 
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CLIENT RELATIONS TEAM LEAD

Julia Frost

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 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. 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. Her entrepreneurial spirit blossomed while co-founding CHIVE, New England's leading sustainable event design and catering company in 2009.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. 

 
 
 
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KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT &
COMMUNICATIONS TEAM LEAD

Lex Schroeder

As a writer/editor in the systems thinking community who is trained in lean process design and participatory leadership methods, Lex leads on strategic communications at Imagine Philanthropy. In addition to developing communications materials for clients, Lex works to get Imagine Philanthropy publications and resources to where they can make their greatest impact. 

Lex has led strategic editorial initiatives at The Berkana Institute and The Lean Enterprise Institute and helped build Take The Lead during its early startup years. She has studied resilience thinking with Walk Out Walk On co-authors Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley and lean thinking with the industrial anthropologist/Toyota veteran John Shook. Her views on collective leadership have been featured in Fast Company ELLE France. In 2015, Lex was selected by strategy+business magazine as one of ten thought leaders to map the history of management ideas and distill important trends for the future of work. In addition to her work with Imagine Philanthropy, Lex is the Co-Founder of Feminists at Work, through which she co-produces the Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum. Lex lives in Harlem and tries to get back to her home state of Maine as often as she can.