A NH Signature Event
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:00p – 4:00p
100 Club — Portsmouth, NH
As seating is very limited, we encourage early registration.
Dianne Mercier, Tri-State Sponsor representative from:
Alison Pyott, Veris Wealth Partners
Facilitator: Celina Adams
Community Wealth Building: Deborah Frieze
Environment/Climate Change: Janice St. Onge
Gender Lens: Barbara Clarke
Sustainable Agriculture: Eleanor Kinney
Each panelist will be asked to create a Case Study for their theme for a hands-on activity for attendees.
Mary Johanna Brown, Brown & Company Design
Ellen Remmer, The Philanthropic Initiative & Invest for Better Initiative
Julie Glosner joined the NH SBDC in 2015 as a business advisor where she advises Manchester and Nashua clients in successfully launching their businesses. She brings experience in working with budgets, payroll, and human resources.
Currently, Julie is deeply involved with volunteer roles on a STEM Advisory Board and Girls STEM Programs in NH as well as an NH Lead for Northern New England Women Investor Network and Advisory Board Member for Impact NH Fund, a NH Women’s Angel Fund.
Some of Julie’s prior business roles include financial analyst, grants administrator, project director and finance director at various educational institutions. She also worked with the Office of Economic Initiatives — a former program of NH SBDC — and the Rural Economic Assistance for Products of New Hampshire (REAP-NH) program.
Julie’s education includes a B.S. in Business Administration from Winthrop University and a MBA from University of Pittsburgh.
Alison Pyott is a Partner, Senior Wealth Manager, and Certified Financial Planner™ at Veris Wealth Partners, a national wealth management firm founded in 2007 for individuals, families, and private foundations seeking market performance and social gain. Alison leads the firms Women, Wealth and Impact strategy. She speaks internationally on impact and gender lens investing. She has co-authored several papers on gender lens investing including Gender Lens Investing: Bending the Arc of Finance for Women & Girls.
Prior to Veris, Alison was the Director of Client and Shareholder Services for Citizens Advisors, a socially responsible mutual fund company. She also worked in client service and management positions at John Hancock Signature Services. In addition to her 21 years of financial services experience, Alison worked for the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, where she managed community investment and outcome measurement programs.
Alison serves as an advisor to the Northern New England Women’s Investor Network and is a member of the Seacoast Women’s Giving Circle, New England International Donors (NEID), and the Financial Planning Association of New England. Alison graduated from University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics with a B.S. in Hotel Administration and from Merrimack College with a Certificate in Financial Planning. She lives with her husband in Portsmouth, NH.
Celina Adams is the CEO of Celina Adams Consulting, a strategic philanthropy and social impact advisory firm. Celina Adams Consulting guides people and organizations with abundant resources to nurture, focus, and invigorate their philanthropy and community-focused capital so that it is effective and meaningful.
Celina began her early career as an educator and that skill guides her as a coach to wealth holders today. For more than twenty years she’s worked in the philanthropic and social enterprise sectors including as Manager of Global Community Investments at the Timberland Company, Senior Program Officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and as the first Chief Philanthropic Officer at the Thomas W. Haas Foundation. A recent Fellow with RSF Social Finance in Integrated Capital, Celina has deepened her approach to helping clients think holistically about their wealth, time, and social networks to support a wide range of enterprises working to solve complex social and environmental issues. She is also a 21/64 certified advisor in multi-generational philanthropy and has extensive experience managing grant programs, philanthropic collaborations, and grantee relationships.
In addition to her consulting work, Celina writes about integrated capital and social justice. She has served as an advisor to numerous organizations and is currently the vice-chair of the Northern Forest Center Board of Directors. For the past several years Celina has served on the Impact Investing Committee at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Celina holds a BA in Political Science and Economics as well as a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire. While Celina advises clients worldwide, she happily lives on the rocky coast of Maine.
Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. In 2013, she founded the Boston Impact Initiative, a place-based impact investing fund focused on economic justice, which means investing in opportunity for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life. The fund takes an integrated capital approach, combining investing, lending and giving to build a resilient and inclusive local economy.
Deborah’s focus on resilience began during her tenure as co-president of The Berkana Institute, where she worked to support pioneering leaders who were walking out of organizations and systems that were failing to contribute to the common good—and walking on to build resilient communities. These leaders are the subject of her award-winning book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley.
Deborah is also the founder of the Old Oak Dojo, an urban learning center in Jamaica Plain, MA, where neighbors gather to rediscover how to create healthy and resilient communities. This small studio, which shares a half-acre residential lot with a community home, is an experiment in dissolving the boundary between public and private. Its purpose is to provide a space for community to meet, learn, eat, celebrate and play—and thereby restore our wholeness as citizens.
Janice St. Onge is President of the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C (“Flex Fund”), a mission based investment fund providing flexible risk capital to Vermont’s food system, forestry and clean technology businesses. As President of the Flex Fund, Janice manages all facets of the Fund’s operations, including raising capital, deal flow, due diligence, and portfolio / financial management. Janice brings economic and business development as well as financial expertise to the organization, having served in the technology, financial services, higher education and state government sectors during her 25+ year career.
Previously, Janice served as Director of the Vermont Business Center (now the Center for Innovation & Leadership) at the University of Vermont and was the Technology Business Development Director for Vermont’s Department of Economic Development. She received the 2001 National Tibbetts Award in recognition for her outreach work with the Small Business Innovation Research program in Vermont. As Assistant Vice President at Peoples Bank, she originated and managed a $21 million commercial loan portfolio.
Janice is a graduate of the University of Utah with a B.A. in Marketing and is an alumnus of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute. Janice is a 2018-19 Fellow of the RSF Social Finance’s Integrated Capital Institute. She recently helped launch the Vermont Women’s Investors Network, and serves on the Vermont Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and the Clean Energy Development Fund Board. She is a founding member of Slow Money Vermont’s Organizing Committee.
A Stowe, Vermont resident, Janice was co-founder of the Stowe Energy and Climate Action Network and is a former International Ski Federation (FIS —Fédération Internationale de Ski) World Cup Freestyle Skiing Judge.
Barbara is an angel investor with a personal portfolio of over 50 investments. She is a founding member of Astia Angels and Portfolia Investing Funds and serves as a deal lead for Rising Tide Europe, a program to encourage more women in Europe to invest in startups.
Barbara’s portfolio consists of a broad range of high-growth technology companies across the US and in Europe. All of the companies in Barbara’s personal portfolio had a woman on the founding team at the time of investment.
Barbara is co-founder and principal at The Impact Seat which works with companies to create more diversity and inclusion in their everyday work. She began her career at KPMG as an economist performing intellectual property valuations for multinational companies.
Eleanor Kinney is an organic farmer, impact investor and mother of three. Her focus is on building local food systems, and she invests in farms and food businesses in Maine. This summer she is launching her own business: a farm to table restaurant committed to sustainability and community values in Damariscotta.
Eleanor serves on the Board of Maine Farmland Trust, the steering committee of Slow Money Maine, and is a co-founder of No Small Potatoes, an investment club that provides micro-loans to farmers and the food businesses that source from them.
She is passionate about growing food, raising awareness, and aligning her investments with her values.
Mary Johanna Brown is Founder and President of Brown & Company Design, a strategic design firm established in 1992, and Big Brown Books, a publishing company established in 1997. Clients are varied in size and industry, including the Telluride Film Festival, Planet Fitness, Backyard Garlic, New Hampshire Public Television, RiverWoods and more.
As an active volunteer, Mary Jo has served on several New Hampshire nonprofit boards and is engaged in many community activities throughout the Granite State. She currently serves on the board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, a merger born in October 2014 from the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire.
Mary Jo was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” list in 2009, Business New Hampshire’s “Influence Index” in 2014, New Hampshire Magazine’s 2018 “It List” and recently named as an “Outstanding Woman in Business” in 2018 by New Hampshire Business Review.
She enjoys traveling, singing, and gardening with her thirteen-year-old daughter Haley.
Ellen Remmer is a recognized leader in the field of strategic philanthropy. She is a Senior Partner at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), the nonprofit philanthropic advisory firm that pioneered the field of strategic philanthropy advising and works around the globe to help donors achieve lasting social impact. Ellen has been with TPI since 1993 and served as President and CEO of TPI from 2007-2012.
Ellen has worked directly with dozens of family, corporate, and community foundations, helping them develop powerful strategies for social impact and strong governance structures and practices. She has developed many of TPI’s philanthropy promotion initiatives, including those aimed at building the capacity of community foundations and professional advisors to better serve donors. Recently, she led TPI’s work to help donors amplify their impact through impact investing and launched a range of initiatives including Invest for Better, which seeks to mobilize more women to impact invest. Among the many publications Ellen has authored are: Navigating the Territory: A Guide to Impact Investing for Donors, Philanthropy for the Wise Donor-Investor: A Primer for Families on Strategic Giving; Raising Children with Philanthropic Values; Making a Difference: Evaluating Your Philanthropy; and Passion: Discovering the Meaning in Your Philanthropy. Ellen has been featured in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes to Chronicle of Philanthropy and Town & Country.
Ellen currently serves as the President of her family’s foundation, which supports girls’ empowerment programs and sustainable fisheries. She chairs the Board of Prosperity Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that launches women-led businesses in conflict-ridden countries, and is a member of the Oxfam Leadership Council. Ellen completed a Bachelors of Arts from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
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