Laura helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.
Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.
Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose.
Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.
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Katie brings world-changing ideas from dream to reality by catalyzing the greatness of others and discovering the spark of brilliance inside of each and every one of them. Helping leaders and teams set bold goals, realize new opportunities, and achieve extraordinary outcomes, Katie fuses unlimited faith and masterful insight, motivates big thinking beyond traditional ideological, creative, and operational bounds, brings her energy as a passionate advocate, strategic thinker, culture-builder, and connector to everyone who comes within three feet of her.
Katie’s professional portfolio reflects her mission-driven ethos. As one of City Year’s early stage Corps Members and then long-time staff, she helped support national expansion through AmeriCorps. In 2004, she helped found Commongood Careers, an executive search firm for social entrepreneurs and change organizations. Most recently, as Director of Network Engagement at New Profit, Katie collaborated with visionaries, philanthropists, and industry leaders to develop high-impact social justice initiatives and build dynamic networks to drive systemic change.
For Katie, philanthropy is a full-contact sport. She’s all in:heart, mind, soul, and sweat equity. Katie knows what it takes to match vision with the resources and talent to succeed, whether she is helping to launch the Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund with the Boston Foundation, serving on the Boards of Directors of Generation Citizen and Finding Species, the Leadership Team of The Boston Opportunity Agenda, or providing volunteer leadership advisor for Project 351 and the Company of Fifers & Drummers Junior Camp.
Katie draws infinite inspiration from those with whom she’s privileged to serve, and carries that with her as she explores the world from her home base of Somerville. She enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with loved ones, and catching live music anywhere her friends and family perform in greater New England.
Monica has shaped a career as a purpose-driven leader energized by the call to do good, enable social disruption, and spark the success of others by designing and producing creative projects that support social justice, human rights, and the empowerment of women. She is a collaborative, tenacious problem solver who brings an entrepreneurial and inclusive approach for leading initiatives and bringing people together for change.
As an event producer she spearheaded experiences such as The Nines Music Festival, large scale galas, political and nonprofit fundraisers, launch parties, film premieres and creative fêtes.
Monica has taken on volunteer leadership roles in peacemaking, art advocacy, and women empowering initiatives. She is a member of the Board of Directors for One Common Unity in DC, which offers innovative peace education. As an Executive Council member of the Business Council for Peace (Bpeace), she co-chaired an exploratory team, leading the research efforts to launch women entrepreneurial programs in El Salvador. She received leadership and environmental fellowships from The Center for Whole Communities and the Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment. The latter provided her the opportunity to visit UNESCO and other key sites in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Monica holds a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College School of Management, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently lives in Groton, MA.
Ellie is the Chief of Staff to Laura Gassner Otting. Ellie is also the Owner and Chief Management Officer of MCG Progress LLC. Ellie’s passion focuses on helping change agents, community leaders, and service groundbreakers realize their full visionary and programmatic goals. Ellie believes this starts with a strong foundation of back-office, organizational support.
Ellie’s 15 year career is defined by her commitment to community service. Her career is scattered with experiences in both local and state government. Most recently, Ellie served as the Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a quasi-public economic development agency tasked with supporting and growing the life sciences ecosystem throughout the state. Ellie also worked in programming at The Boston Foundation and proudly served in the Deval L. Patrick Administration in Massachusetts. In the Executive Office, Ellie staffed the Governor in the departments of Constituent Services, Operations, and in the Office of the Chief of Staff. She is most proud of her network of friends and colleagues whom she met throughout government service.
Originally from San Francisco, Ellie has her Bachelor of Arts from the College of the Holy Cross in Political Science and Urban Policy. She also has a Masters of Science in Public Policy & Administration from the London School of Economics. A firm believer in volunteer service, Ellie spends her time supporting organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Boston Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Roxbury.