Join us for a beautiful spring-time celebration of youth and philanthropy!
The Foundation's fourth Spring Inspiration Breakfast will be held May 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Wellesley Country Club. The event will showcase the philanthropic work of MetroWest community members (of all ages!) and guests will hear from Harvard professor Dr. Richard Weissbourd, author of the best-selling book The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development. We hope that you can join us! Tickets will be available in early spring.
Keynote Speaker, Dr. Richard Weissbourd
Author of The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Human Development and Psychology Program, Harvard University.
Richard Weissbourd is a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and the Kennedy School of Government. He co-directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to prioritize moral and social development in child-raising. He is currently working with college admissions officers to elevate ethical character and reduce excessive achievement pressure in the college admissions process.
He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston. He has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications and blogs, including The New York Times and NPR. He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996), named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top 10 education books of all time. His most recent book is The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin 2009).
Community Philanthropist Honoree, Stephanie Lawrence
Founder and Co-chair of the Community Endowment of Lexington and Former Executive Director of Neighbor Brigade
Passionate about nonprofit capacity building, philanthropy, community engagement programs, and women’s leadership initiatives, Stephanie is a founder and the current co-chair of the Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL), a town fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and during the course of her career has worked in the charitable, public, and nonprofit sectors. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Neighbor Brigade, a Massachusetts-headquartered nonprofit that establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers to provide free services and support for fellow residents facing a sudden and unexpected crisis. Stephanie's other past employers include Chase Manhattan Bank's Corporate Philanthropy Division, Massachusetts' Department of Social Services, and Minuteman Senior Services. Of her professional accomplishments she is most proud of her role with the CEL; established in 2013, the Endowment has raised nearly $1M to create a permanent endowment and has made four annual grant award cycles in support of services and programs that benefit and enrich the Lexington community and the lives of its residents. Stephanie is a native of Lexington, where she and her husband are raising their four daughters.
Event Co-chairs, Mother & Daughter
Susan Elliott, Executive Vice President/Chief Business Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
Kathryn Elliott, Young Philanthropist
Sally Marrer Langlois
Mary Beth Mahoney
A Special Thank You to Our Event Sponsors
Patty and Paul Gannon
Pam and Steve Lesser
Middlesex Savings Bank
R.W. Holmes Realty Co., Inc.
Susan, David, and Kathryn Elliott
Federal Home Loan Bank
On the Avenue Marketing
Janet and John Pattillo
Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation
Kathleen and David Baum
Cushman & Wakefield
Depositor's Insurance Fund
Donahue Maley Team
Brian and Shannah Frambes
Andrea Sussman and Andrew Troop
Clair Windsor and Eric Fireman