* Impact

These are some of the causes, projects, and topics that Treehouse has helped to amplify.

Treehouse #87 – Impact Presentation

David Homan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrhoman/) connects people. His primary skill in life is learning about people, helping them reframe and pitch themselves better, and then creating long-lasting relationships based on the premise that for everyone for whom he connects the dots, they would be described as an action oriented, natural giver with high integrity. His methodology, Orchestrated Connecting (https://orchestratedconnecting.com/), is currently being published as a book. He is a former non-profit CEO and a recognized classical composer. In addition, David serves as an Advisor to NEXUS, part of the steering committee of the DC Family Office Network, as a founding member of the First Republic FEA NY Chapter, as an advisor to the Catalyst Impact Foundation, as an Advisor to Regeneration.VC (http://regeneration.vc/), and as Board Chair of the Arthur Miller Foundation.

Treehouse #85 – Impact Presentation

Meg Hoffman Calleja (https://www.linkedin.com/in/megcalleja/)
Meg is the Director Of Development at Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) (https://mhsa.net/). Founded in 1988, MHSA is a nonprofit, public policy advocacy organization that has evolved to include nearly 100 community-based member agencies throughout Massachusetts. With their statewide perspective rooted in the experiences of local communities, MHSA brings member agencies and partners together around a unified vision to build a commonwealth where everyone has access to stable housing and the services they need to thrive.

Treehouse #84 – Impact Presentation

Marina Hatsopoulos (https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-hatsopoulos-114a116/) is a tech entrepreneur who has served as a financial expert on corporate boards, both public and private, from startup through enterprise. As an angel investor and advisor to an array of organizations, including the government of Cyprus, she is involved in the emerging startup ecosystems in Greece and Cyprus. She is a published writer of articles, fiction, and creative non-fiction (https://windystreet.com/), and she is a frequent public speaker on topics related to entrepreneurship, with one TEDx talk about the opportunity for startups to grow the economy in Greece, and another talk called “Kill Your Darlings” at Eurobank’s 2022 Growth Awards (https://lnkd.in/e4nxuDwt) (starting at 45:00). “Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone” was the title of Marina’s presentation.

Treehouse #83 – Impact Presentations

1. Dr. Amanda Gummer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandagummer/) has a PhD in Neuropsychology, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She founded The Good Toy Guide (https://www.goodplayguide.com) in 2012 to provide an independent and expert accreditation service for children’s products.

2. Steve Smith (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-smith-887a2/); serial startup CEO and mentor and a graduate of both MIT and Harvard; prestned about his latest passion project, Jump Juries.

Treehouse #82 – Impact Presentations

1. Mitchell Levy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mitchelllevy/); Global Credibility Expert, 2x TEDx speaker, international bestselling author of over 60 books, and executive coach at Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches; presented about his Credibility Nation membership community (https://community.credibilitynation.com/) and the credibility journey in general (https://mitchelllevy.com/).

2. Rachel Sagan (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-sagan-6669918/); whose career has focused on philanthropy, public interest law, and non-profit management; prestned on her latest venture as Co-Founder of Metrowest Women’s Fund (https://www.metrowestwomensfund.com/), which is on a mission to identify the needs of women and girls in our community and to raise resources to meet those needs.

3. Michael Lissack (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lissack/); immediate past President of the American Society for Cybernetics (2015 to 2020), Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (1998 to 2018), and Professor of Design and Innovation, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai (2015 to present); presented about about sloppy science.

Treehouse #81 – Impact Presentations

1. Tyler Mantel (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-mantel-6072a715/); Harvard Fellow, Startup Advocate, Board Member, Investor, and 2-time Founder; presented about MassChallenge Mentors (https://masschallenge.org/).

2. Glenn Paradise (https://www.linkedin.com/in/glennparadise/), Founder and CEO of Dep Slepwear, presented about his startup’s first product (https://depslepwear.com/).

Treehouse #78 – Impact Presentation

Jacquie Rodgers (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacquie-rodgers-0289726/) from Global Goods Foundation (https://globalgoods.org/). Jacquie is the founder and director of the Global Goods Foundation and an experienced traveler, having stayed in over 100 countries. As a former teacher at Maynard High School, she knows the importance of education to change lives. By selling artisan made goods, she has raised over $420,000 to support small, grassroots projects supporting education around the world.

Treehouse #77 – Impact Presentations

1. Susan Wilkinson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-wilkinson/) from Your Ally Foundation (https://yourallyfoundation.org/). Your Ally Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness & community sensitization, social mobilization, and health education about substance use disorders and related mental health disorders in low and middle-income countries as well as the African Diaspora in the New England area.

2. Julie Shafer Davitz (https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-davitz/) from Plus Media Solutions (https://www.plusmedia.solutions/). Plus Media Solutions provides an Impact Management System that seamlessly connects audiences to engagement opportunities at the moment of interest and measures concrete behavior.

Treehouse #76 – Impact Presentation

Eric Braun (https://www.linkedin.com/in/southshoreeric/) from Innovators for Ukraine (https://www.in4ukraine.com/). Innovators for Ukraine (#in4Ukraine) helps displaced Ukrainians in Poland become more independent and thrive through work, entrepreneurship, and community.

Treehouse #75 – Impact Presentation

Yangbo Du (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yangbodu/) from INNOVO (https://innovo-network.com/). INNOVO is a global accelerator of profitable proven Net Zero technologies.

Treehouse #72 – Impact Presentation

Bob Van Emburgh (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-v-5b4669/) from Fresh Start Furniture Bank (https://freshstartfurniturebank.org/). Fresh Start is a volunteer-run charity which helps restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture and housewares – for free – to people in need.

Treehouse #70 – Impact Presentation

Gregory Miller (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gmiller/) of the OSET Institute (https://osetfoundation.org/).

Treehouse #69 – Impact Presentations

1. Angela Haynes (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-martens-285aa324/) of Household Goods (https://householdgoods.org/).

2. Rachelle Fender (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachellefender/) of the Unstoppable Foundation (https://unstoppablefoundation.org/).

Treehouse #68 – Impact Presentations

1. Angela Haynes (https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelamhaynes/) of The Carroll Center For The Blind (https://carroll.org/).

2. Miles Fidelman (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mfidelman/) of Civic.net.

Treehouse #67 – Impact Presentations

1. Margot Kimball (https://www.linkedin.com/in/margot-kimball-a27152149/) of Village Art Room (https://villageartroom.com).

2. Leonard Samborowski (https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonard-samborowski-924b639/) of Luke Leaders 1248 (https://www.lukeleaders1248.com/).

Treehouse #65 – Impact Presentations

1. Megan Hanson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-hanson-0b65097/) of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Association (RPLA) (https://rplassociation.org/).

2. Gioia De Cari (https://www.linkedin.com/in/gioiadecari/) of Truth Values Community (https://truthvaluescommunity.com).

Treehouse #64 – Impact Presentations

1. Mark Foley (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark4jhamtse/) of Jhamtse International (http://jhamtseinternational.org/).

2. Devin Cole (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jdevincole/) of Neighborhood Villages (https://www.neighborhoodvillages.org/).

Treehouse #63 – Impact Presentations

1. Recovery coach Kate Duffy (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-duffy-a073561/) of Tipping Point Recovery (https://www.tippingpointrecovery.com/).

2. Impact investor Alex Holt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ash1347/) of Limitless Ventures (https://limitlessventures.org/), whose investments include the music-based program Recovery Unplugged (https://www.recoveryunplugged.com/).

Treehouse #62 – Group discussion: “Pandemic Anniversary”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_pandemic). On 2020-03-11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. On 2020-03-27, Congress passed the $2 trillion CARES Act to address the resultant recession. How do you think/remember about events before/after the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic/recession? Life changed forever after 9/11. And recently, COVID-19 was killing more people in the US per day than died on 9/11. Is 3/11 the new 9/11?

Treehouse #61 – Group discussion: “The Day After Inauguration: Looking Back, Looking Forward”(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inauguration_of_Joe_Biden). How do we think about the last 4 years? How do we prepare for the next 4 years? What can givers do to help? Do you need anything?

Treehouse #60 – Group discussion: “Jobs = #OpenForWork + #WeAreHiring”(https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=openforwork) (https://www.linkedin.com/feed/hashtag/?keywords=wearehiring). The #1 ASK by Treehouse members is for a better/faster/stronger job. Many Treehouse members have growing companies and are hiring. Bringing together those looking for jobs with those helping/hiring.

Treehouse #59 – Group discussion: “Election Recap: What Happened? What’s Next?” The day after the 2020 POTUS election (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_United_States_presidential_election) – and long before anything had been decided. Contemporaneous reactions from Treehouse members in multiple countries and states, including several swing states. A safe space to share opinions, reactions, thoughts.

Treehouse #58 – Book discussion: “Love Your Enemies” by Arthur C. Brooks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_C._Brooks) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062883755/). This book came out 365 days before the pandemic was declared (on 2020-03-11) and before the widespread Black Lives Matters (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives_Matter) protests (and counter-protests). Yet it still captures, clearly, what is wrong with America – and how to fix it.

Treehouse #43 – Group storytelling: “Love And Compassion,” inspired by the mission of Acton-based Jhamtse Gatsal (http://jhamtsegatsal.org/), in conjunction with Fugitive Productions (http://www.fugitiveproductions.com/previous-fugitive-stories-events).

Treehouse #40 – Group discussion: “USA – Still the Land of Immigrants?” moderated by immigration attorney Monique Kornfeld (https://www.linkedin.com/in/moniquekornfeld/). Discussing (apolitically) the advantages of immigration, the current legal framework for foreign nationals seeking to immigrate to the US, and how the policies of the current administration have eroded our commitment to immigrants. Plus what mere mortals can do to help! Again, not a political discussion, a humanitarian one.

Treehouse #1 – #20: Multiple book discussions: “Give & Take” by Adam Grant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Grant) (http://www.treehouse.red/1.html). Susan Dominus of The New York Times states that his book “incorporated scores of studies and personal case histories that suggest the benefits of an attitude of extreme giving at work.”

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