2017 Spring Inspiration Breakfast

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Spring Inspiration Breakfast a success!

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The Foundation's fourth Spring Inspiration Breakfast was held May 4, 2017 at 9:00 AM at the Wellesley Country Club. The event showcased the philanthropic work of MetroWest community members (of all ages!) and guests heard 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

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


Event Committee 

Kathleen Baum
Kathy Brennan
Brooke Brown
Jenny Ceppi
Anna Clapham
Elizabeth Clarke
Lynn Donahue
Kathryn Elliott
Susan Elliott*
Shannah Frambes
Patty Gannon*
Helen Goins
Lisa Hanmer
Elaine Holmes
Susan Kavoogian*
Anne Kelley
Sally Marrer Langlois
Pamela Lesser*
Mary Beth Mahoney
Wendy Murphy
Patty Sins
Andrea Sussman*


Exceptional Young Philanthropist Honorees

Sofia Garcia
Ben Scire


A Special Thank You to Our Event Sponsors


Patty and Paul Gannon

Pam and Steve Lesser

Middlesex Savings Bank

Carol and Jack O'Neil

R.W. Holmes Realty Co., Inc.



Leslie and Howard Appleby

Susan, David and Kathryn Elliott

Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd.

Susan and Brian Kavoogian

Yale Appliance and Lighting



Eastern Bank

Carol Geremia

Needham Bank

On the Avenue Marketing

Janet and John Pattillo

Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation


Kathleen and David Baum

Brack Family Fund

Brooke, Eric and Campbell Brown

Century Bank

Elizabeth, Stephen and Emily Clarke

Cushman & Wakefield

Dana Hall School

Dedham Institution for Savings

Depositors Insurance Fund

Donahue Maley Team

Emerson & Church, Publishers

Shannah, Brian and Libby Frambes

Anne Grape

Donna Hale and John Donovan

Lisa Hanmer

Anne and Mark Kelley

Sally Marrer, Stephen and Sophie Langlois

Nashoba Brooks School

Minou Palandjian and Madelon Palandjian

Andrea Sussman and Andrew Troop

Clair Windsor and Eric Fireman


On the Avenue Marketing

Roche Brothers

Check out the video from last year's event!