WhoIsShe? SHEGIVES MEDIA MAVEN FELLOW LINDSAY DURGIN

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New Year’s Baby

Ran a half marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Starting a blog to chronicle her adventures around New England

Favorite Place: Santa Barbara

Loves to bake

Member of the Executive Team at One Brick Boston - a nonprofit that sets up one-time volunteer opportunities with a social aspect

Q: LINDSAY, WE ARE SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU ONBOARD AS PART OF OUR SECOND YEAR TEAM OF FELLOWS! TO START, WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

A: Starting to work with SheGives! And I’m starting a new position soon at World Challenge, a company that creates adventure expeditions for students in over 40 destinations across the world to allow them to explore new cultures and develop important life skills.

Q: SO WE’RE GUESSING YOU ENJOY TRAVELING? WHAT’S THE BIGGEST ADVENTURE YOU’VE BEEN ON?

A: I did an exchange program through my middle school and lived with a French family in Grenoble for two weeks so that was pretty exciting. I’ve been studying French since first grade so it was pretty cool to put it into practice in a French-speaking area. And they don’t speak slowly! It was great to see different parts of the country too before heading off to Paris towards the end of the trip, which was amazing. How can you not love Paris?!

Q: SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALSO KEEP PRETTY BUSY HERE AT HOME, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW BLOG?

A: I’ve been wanting to start a blog for awhile now so I’ve been gathering pictures and ideas and I’m just about ready to start publishing. It will be about my experiences and favorite places in and around Boston as well as adventures (mostly) in the New England area. There’s so much within driving distance of Boston so I love to take little trips and see new places. I used to live in New York City so I’ll be posting about some of my favorite places there too along with a few other cities I’ve visited and loved.

Q: IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ENJOY WRITING, SO WHAT KIND OF THINGS CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE ON THE SHEGIVES BLOG THIS YEAR?

A: I’m so excited to get started with SheGives! I’ll be working with Lovin’ Spoonfuls, College Bound Dorchester, Teach Plus and BUILD. SheShinesOn will feature profiles of the staff from these wonderful nonprofits and SheFollows will feature news and events from the nonprofits on our slate and their areas of focus.

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES FOUNDING MEMBER HEIDI BROOKS

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Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for her 40th birthday and is planning to hike to Everest Base Camp for her 50th

Married with two daughters

Enjoys cooking ethnic food, reading suspenseful novels, and watching art house films

Loves travel and adventure: Has been to 79 countries and has her sights set on 100

Has leadership roles on the boards of several nonprofits, including Crittenton Women’s Union, Associated Grantmakers, and My Sister’s Keeper

Is an experienced corporate philanthropy leader, with senior-level roles in the insurance and banking industries.

Q: WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

A: After nearly eight years in corporate philanthropy, it’s not hard to get cynical. People are always pitching you to fund their nonprofit, and you have to say no a lot. That said, I am regularly inspired by the amazing women and men who are on the ground doing great work to change people’s lives. While it has been nice to meet so many new (and familiar) nonprofit executive directors, one of the really fun parts of SheGives has been meeting other members who are just blown away by many of these leaders. I feel like my sense of amazement has been refreshed through SheGives.

Q: WOW, BETWEEN SHEGIVES AND YOUR FULL-TIME JOB, YOU DO QUITE A LOT OF PHILANTHROPIC ACTIVITY! HOW ELSE DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND YOUR TIME?

A: I am a huge fan of Boston, and I enjoy telling people about all of the exciting cultural events in the city. From Restaurant Week to the Roxbury Film Festival, I try to support a variety of fun stuff in the city I call home. I enjoy taking my husband and daughters out for random adventures like ice skating, puppet shows and camping. I particularly love theater and serve on the advisory board of Company One, an award-winning theater company known for diverse and innovative productions.

Q: AWESOME. WHAT’S A GREAT PRODUCTION YOU’VE SEEN RECENTLY OR ONE THAT YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO ATTENDING?

A: I took some friends to see Lydia Diamond’s new play Smart People at the Huntington recently. It was very thought-provoking.

Q: TO CLOSE, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: Laura Gassner Otting brought me into SheGives, and I was flattered to be asked. I love Laura’s energy, and I figured it would give me an opportunity to get to know her better and to meet some new and interesting women.

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES MEMBER CARLA MCCALL

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United Way volunteer

Married

Enjoys spending time with her family, golf, skiing

Audit Committee member of Strong Women, Strong Girls; Board member of The Jordan Matthew Porco Memorial Foundation; Smaller Business Association of New England

Vice Chair Finance for Massachusetts Society of CPA’s (MSCPA)

Co-Managing Partner at a regional CPA firm

Q: WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

A: I am truly inspired by the work of not-for-profit organizational leaders. This is why I absolutely love Alexander Aronson Finning CPA’s! The firm has been servicing the not-for-profit industry for over 40 years and it is 50% of our practice. We get to be a part of organizations changing the world. I am also deeply inspired by serving on the Jordan Matthew Porco Foundation board. My cousin and her husband started this foundation to prevent suicide among teenagers. Their son committed suicide at age 18 as a freshman in college. The foundation created Fresh Check Day – a day of programming on college campuses for freshman. In three years we have raised $2 million and have saved children’s lives. Our goal is have this program on every campus nationwide. No matter what the mission, together we can make a difference.

Q: THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT. I MUST SAY, YOU SOUND TERRIBLY BUSY! WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR (LIMITED) FREE TIME?

A: You’re right, running a regional CPA firm does not allow for a lot of free time! When I do get it, I enjoy spending it with my family. My daughter is 11 and my son is 8. Our family time is usually centered around our kids’ activities, baseball and gymnastics meets. Our vacations are usually outdoors – skiing, hiking, biking or beach!

Q: SOUNDS LOVELY. DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE FAVORITE SLOPES, TRAILS, OR BEACH SPOTS?

A: We ski and hike the mountains around North Conway, NH. My kids learned to ski at the Cranmore ski school. Last year we went to Colorado skiing, which was an incredible experience for the kids. Hard to ski here after that! No favorite beach spots, any beach will do.

Q: TO WIND UP, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: I was brought into SheGives by Laura Gassner Otting, a complete rock star! I have known Laura for about 10 years – we met as founding board members of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a Boston nonprofit dedicated to mentoring young women. What I like best about Laura is her complete passion and dedication not only to her business but to non-for-profits that create social change. She loves connecting people, which is something I always try to do.

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Help RAW Art Works Find their next Communications and Events Manager!

1.2_MG_0255_4Spread the Word! Do you know someone with strong writing and people skills, and innovative, creative ideas surrounding donor stewardship?  RAW Art Works is looking to hire a Communications and Events Manager.  This person will provide direction and materials for all fundraising activities including special events, donor and public relations, marketing projects, and direct mail appeals.  A full job description can be found here.  Applications can be submitted via e-mail to hiring@rawartworks.org with the subject line “Communications and Events Manager.”

 

 

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES MEMBER JULIE MCVEIGH

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Fifth-generation Kansan

Married, stepmother of two and mother of two

Current active parent in The Waldorf School community

Former board member of The Food Project, Camp Starfish

Is active traveling, meditating, running, practicing yoga, running, and skiing

Founder and managing director of a progressive investment firm

Q: JULIE, LET’S START WITH A REAL, MEATY QUESTION. WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?

A: Empowering others to engage and move their money in new ways. My goal is to bring people closer together through their investments. I believe we are healthier when we connect with one another, and we thrive when we are aligned with our community and our environment.

The primary way that I fulfill this passion is through my work. I am a co-founder and the managing director of Fresh Pond Capital, an investment advisory firm that helps clients integrate their values with their investments. Along similar lines, I have been inspired and challenged by a group called Resource Generation, which is composed of young people with access to privilege and a commitment to move resources in new ways for social change. I am also active in supporting local agriculture and children with Waltham Fields Community Farm and The Food Project.

Q: THAT’S SO COOL! AM GUESSING YOU RUN A VERY HEALTH-CONSCIOUS HOUSEHOLD AS WELL?

A: I try! I have two stepchildren and two young sons whose active pursuits and other escapades can be followed at www.finnmcveigh.blogspot.com. I love spending the day in my kitchen cooking and watching the boys play ball in the yard. I also personally enjoy yoga, a hike in the woods with my kids, or a run with my husband on the Western Greenway, which offers a bit of the wild amidst our urban-scape.

Q: THAT BLOG IS TOO FUNNY. WHAT’S THE GOOFIEST STORY YOU’VE EVER POSTED ON THERE?

A: I have to give my husband credit for the blog and the sense of humor. A recent one is a new favorite: June 5, 2014, which only requires that you know that a soccer field is also called “a pitch.” Many of the posts play on pop culture references and second meanings. Another post, “Bond” from September 17, 2012, is a classic from my stepson’s wedding. My laugh-out-loud favorite is August 22, 2009, though it’s more teasing than witty.

Q: LASTLY, WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: Laura Gassner Otting, a friend who used to organize a breakfast brunch for women to network with one another and who served on a board with me. I love Laura’s commitment to connecting us (women) with each other and the great things that come from introducing interesting people doing interesting work.

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES FOUNDING MEMBER ADRIA GOODSON

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Loves a good, old-fashioned pun, e.g. “Peeking Duck”

Fan of “The Far Side” cartoons

Has competed in sprint triathlons

Favorite place: Cinnamon Cay, St. John in the US Virgin Islands

Program director for a family foundation

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING YOU HAVE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

A: I am writing a book that captures the stories of 21st century social movement leaders and will inspire others to follow in their footsteps. It is exciting because I know my life choices are the result of movements throughout history. Through this book, I hope to make a contribution to the mighty, flowing river of social justice – encouraging others to become heroes and create history themselves.

Q: I LOVE THE IDEA. WHAT, IN PARTICULAR, INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? WAS THERE ONE MOMENT WHEN YOU KNEW YOU HAD TO PUT PEN TO PAPER?

A: In my day job, I get to work with 64 amazing movement leaders and have the privilege of listening closely as each one considers how to bring his or her dream to the next level. For me, it is most striking how human they are, how they are just regular people who cared enough to fight for change. I was reflecting after one coaching session that each of their stories could be my story or your story. I thought, “Maybe we all want to see the world changed for the better by our contributions.” I recognized how people across the country are hungry for knowledge about how they can really change the world and go beyond dreaming to action. That was when I knew I needed to share this story and invite others to re-create it as their own.

Q: WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR ENERGY, OR DO YOUR BEST THINKING?

A: I do my best thinking when I am hiking in the woods around Walden Pond, in Vermont or New Hampshire, or way out in Yosemite Valley. When I hike, I touch the trees, honoring the fact that many of them are way older than I am. I try to soak up some of their wisdom. And then I bring that image and energy back into my writing.

Q: OKAY, LAST QUESTION: WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: Laura Gassner Otting brought me into SheGives. What I like best about Laura is her authenticity and genuine interest in other human beings. She brings these qualities into her work as a world-class recruiter and into her friendships.

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Five things you can do to help end exploitation

L to R: TRICKED Filmmaker Jane Wells, MLMC Associate Director, Audrey Morrissey, and Lisa Goldblatt Grace, MLMC Director and Co-Founder

L to R: TRICKED Filmmaker Jane Wells, MLMC Associate Director, Audrey Morrissey, and Lisa Goldblatt Grace, MLMC Director and Co-Founder

On May 28th, My Life My Choice hosted a special screening of “TRICKED” with the film’s creator Jane Wells available for a special question and answer session.  The sold out show was a huge success -raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls throughout the United States and shining the light on survivors and other advocates working toward change.  To learn more about “TRICKED” or Jane Wells’ other films go to 3generations.org.

Here are 5 things you can do now to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Massachusetts. 

1. Call or email your Senators in support of H.R. 4058 - Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act. The bill was passed in the House on May 20th and has been received by the Senate. This legislation is critical to improving the safety net for the nation’s most vulnerable youth. In MA: Sen. Edward Markey/202-224-2742 and Sen. Elizabeth Warren/202-224-4543. Outside of MA and for more on H.R. 4058: www.opencongress.org 

2. Talk with your children, coworkers, community leaders, and neighbors about commercial sexual exploitation as a form of child abuse. Make sure that the people in your life know that you believe that no one should ever be bought or sold. Consider hosting a film screening of “TRICKED” in your home or organization.

3. Connect with My Life My Choice on social media to learn about local and national efforts to combat trafficking, upcoming events, and to connect with important resources. Help us build awareness and promote action by sharing with friends and family and inviting them to like us. facebook/mylifemychoice or Twitter@mlmcgirls

4. Make a donation to support our work with high risk and exploited youth. We also welcome contributions of your professional or personal skills and talents through volunteering. Email mlmcinfo@jri.org to get involved.

5. Continue learning about the commercial sexual exploitation of children by attending My Life My Choice events and trainings. Join us this fall for a forum on media and its role in the movement to end human trafficking. Go towww.fightingexploitation.org or facebook.com/mylifemychoice for updates.

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SheGives Boston named a #SoGood Award Finalist by BostInno!

 

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SheGives Boston named a #SoGood Award Finalist by BostInno! We are thrilled to be recognized for our innovative model for giving to nonprofits around Greater Boston. Thank you! Boston has a generous, dynamic and thriving giving community, and we are so proud to be recognized. Read more about us and the other deserving finalists here.

 

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES FOUNDING MEMBER KAREN DETEMPLE

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Used to be a competitive show jumper (horses)

Recently divorced, now dating

Enjoys adventure travel, yoga, entertaining, coaching her son’s baseball team

Favorite place: California

Principal at her own non-profit consulting firm

Q: WHAT IS THE LAST MEAL YOU’D HAVE ON EARTH, AND WHO WOULD COOK IT FOR YOU?

A: I LOVE Indian food, and the most amazing meal I have ever had was at the Lake Palace in Udaipur, India. AMAZING!

Q: WOW, A LAKE PALACE? WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO UDAIPUR IN THE FIRST PLACE (BESIDES THE FOOD, OF COURSE)?

A: The Lake Palace was one of the most beautiful and glamorous hotels I have ever stayed in. I was on my way to hike to Base Camp of Mt. Everest, and I traveled around India for a week before I headed to Nepal. Udaipur was the last stop before I flew to Kathmandu, and the Lake Palace was a bit of a splurge before I slept in a tent and didn’t shower for three weeks! That month-long journey to India and Nepal was a big influence in my life, and I have been wanting to get back to India to live in an ashram [Hindu spiritual hermitage] and explore other areas of the country.

Q: WHERE ELSE HAVE YOU TRAVELLED LATELY?

A: I am a California girl at heart so any chance I get, I hop on a plane and head West. I also love adventure travel. I have traveled to India, Nepal, Africa, all over Europe. I guess you can say I have a bit of a wild side and sometimes I need to get my ya-ya’s out!

Q: OKAY, LAST QUESTION: WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: The fabulous Laura Gassner Otting brought me into SheGives. I have known Laura for eight years, and I have always admired her passion for living life to its fullest. She is an incredible example of living a full, balanced life of family, work, play, and service (giving back to the community).

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WHOISSHE? SHEGIVES FOUNDING MEMBER DIANE LIM

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Dream job: ESPN reporter

Loves a good, single malt whiskey

Married

Enjoys cooking (especially Korean food), travelling

Favorite places: Buenos Aires, Barcelona

Runs her own architecture studio

Q: WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING THING YOU HAVE GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

A: My husband and I own a small cottage with a friend in Eastham, MA. We’re adding a bathroom and a bedroom so that we can spread out and spend more time down in the Cape.

Q: THAT SOUNDS LOVELY. AND RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY, GIVEN YOU’RE AN ARCHITECT! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER PASSONS, BESIDES DESIGNING BEAUTIFUL HOMES?

A: I love to eat. I also enjoy cooking Asian food, especially Korean. I took three months off work when I was 29 and travelled Southeast Asia. I was very close to leaving everything back in Boston and signing up for culinary school in Singapore.

Q: SOUNDS DELICIOUS. DO YOU EVER COOK FOR A CROWD? (HINT, HINT!)

A: I throw a Chinese New Year party every year at my house, and I cook for days for it. I even make my own kim chi. The most popular dish is pork bo saam – a modified version of David Chang’s recipe.

Q: OKAY, LAST QUESTION: WHO BROUGHT YOU INTO SHEGIVES? WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT HER?

A: Geraldine. She is amazingly humble and compassionate. I can just be “me” around her and talk about everything with her. We rarely get to see each other, but when we do, there is no loss in time.

SheGives connects committed, inquisitive, engaged donors with a slate of diligenced nonprofits in the Greater Boston area. We provide members with relevant data about the nonprofits in our portfolio and an opportunity to meet directly with our nonprofits’ Executive Directors and senior staff in small settings that promote in-depth q&a’s and, ultimately, informed giving. Giving is personally driven, but because we give side-by-side our collective impact is greater. See a list of the vetted nonprofits selected for our slate here.

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