Founder, Advisory Board
As founder of the Wonder Women of Boston network, Jeanne Dasaro helps women leaders, artists, and professionals of diverse backgrounds connect with and support each other. She is a Boston-based storyteller, activist, and event coordinator as well as an avid crafter and bicycle rider. As a videographer, Jeanne developed and produced North End Stories, a project that has been featured by The Boston Globe that continues today, and has created short films for Boston Rising, Shikshantar, and Prosperity Catalyst.
From 2008-2012, Jeanne served as Co-Founder of The New Prosperity Initiative (NPi), a community media organization dedicated to social justice, knowledge-sharing, and dialogue across for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Jeanne believes stories have the power to inform, connect, and inspire--all things that can help embolden us to take an interest and make a difference in our communities. Her work at present focuses on storytelling that creates a sense of deep connection to place. For her work with NPi, Jeanne has been featured in O Magazine and The Boston Globe. Follow Jeanne on Twitter @JeanneDasaro.
Kendra has always been on the move. She grew up in Philadelphia, went to college in Maryland where she took her first big trip abroad and hasn't looked back since! She went on to live and teach English in South Korea for a year before moving to Boston. Her goal is to travel to 30 countries under 30 and she's well on her way!
Kendra is the Education Manager at the Lean Enterprise Institute, an education non-profit in Cambridge dedicated to "making things better through lean thinking and practice." She has spent the past five years at the institute learning as much as she can from the pioneers in the industry and gaining as much experience as possible.
When she is not working, Kendra probably is researching her next trip, cooking, reading or exploring a new part of the city on her scooter.
Trish Trish Fontanilla is the Global Director of Community at Startup Institute, a career accelerator focused on helping people develop the mindset, network, and skills they need to be successful at a startup. Prior to SI, she was the Vice President of Community & Customer Experience at Vsnap, an award-winning video messaging platform. In addition to WWBOS, Trish works to empower women and girls by serving on the conference committee for the Asian American Women in Leadership Conference. And she's a mentor for the Technovation Challenge, the Emerson College Accelerator, and Babson's WIN Lab.
Trish is a Jersey girl, but moved to Boston over 10 years ago. Ask her about Boston food, music, startups, volunteering and #wwbos! Fun fact: She first met founder Jeanne Dasaro 4 years ago at the first WWBOS event! Follow Trish on Twitter@trishofthetrade.
Courtney is a writer, marketer, startup enthusiast, runner and yogi. Originally from the Midwest (she grew up in Cleveland, OH and went to college in Madison, WI), Courtney moved to Boston 14 months ago after spending the first 8 years of her professional life in Washington, DC.
Courtney is excited to be adding the Wonder Women of Boston’s Events Committee to her plate so she can give back to the wonderful women who have helped her grow roots and make connections in the incredible city of Boston, where she now calls home. You can follow Courtney’s adventures on Twitter @courthgold.
A native of Montana, Erin Anderson moved to Massachusetts to pursue her undergraduate at UMass-Amherst where she studied history and sociology with a concentration on African American Studies and then received her MA in Intercultural Youth and Family Development from the University of Montana - Missoula.
In August 2011, She joined the Go Local MetroBoston team- a local for-profit social entrepreneurial business that works to champion local businesses that make the Boston community unique and reward the community members/consumers that support them based on a neighborhood and community development model. The amalgamation of her professional and personal work is an effort to drive attention and fuel discussion about cultural, history, existing community strengths, and their impact on social change. Follow Erin on Twitter @ErinKayAnderson.
Messaging and Communications
Lex Schroeder is a writer, speaker, and facilitator on leadership, mindful work, and creativity. Her work has always focused on how change happens, at the individual level and in community. Through Ideas That Move, she is starting new conversations in women's leadership and our relationship to work. In addition to leading workshops and retreats, Lex works as a writer and research fellow at the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI).
Lex has given talks and workshops on leadership, entrepreneurship, Gen Y and the future of work at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, See Jane Do's "Passion-Into-Action" conference, The Kauffman Foundation, and The Whidbey Institute. She has written on leadership for Boston.com, BostInnovation, Color Magazine, and LEI. Lex has worked as Content Manager at The Berkana Institute and is an active member of The Art of Hosting community. For four years, she served as co-founder and managing editor of a startup media organization aimed at cross-sector knowledge sharing and dialogue, The New Prosperity Initiative (NPi).