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OUR 2021 Stories & News

Welcoming New Member

Feb 27, 2021

IWFCT is pleased to welcome Wendy Foster as one of our new members. 

Wendy is an accomplished executive with more than three decades of executive leadership in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  Wendy recently brought to a close an 11-year run as Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts (BBBSEM), the largest youth mentoring organization in New England and among the top 1% of Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates in the nation. 


Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Wendy served as a senior executive with America Online (AOL) and was Marketing Director for New Product Development at Time-Life Inc., a division of Time-Warner.  She began her career in direct marketing with the country’s leading agency, Wunderman. 


Wendy is nationally recognized for her leadership within the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America federation, and most recently served as Vice Chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council and co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Large Agency Alliance.


Wendy serves on a number of boards including YWCA Boston, the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. She is a Director Emeritus of the BBBSEM Board of Directors. Wendy is a member of the LeadBoston Class of 2010. Wendy received the 2017 Pinnacle Award for Nonprofit Management from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. She received the 2018 Silver Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year, Government or Non-Profit - 11 to 2,500 Employees.


Wendy Wendy holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A from The George Washington University.

Additional information about Wendy can be found at the following link


Jan 27, 2021

Join us in congratulating our own Debra Hertz, Principal of The Strategy Group, for her contribution in the process facilitation for the unification of the two largest nonprofit anti-hunger organizations--Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank.  The transaction will be effective Saturday, January 30, 2021.

As many of you know, Debra the Founder and Principal of The Strategy Group, LLC has over 25 years advising nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  Debra holds a PhD. and Master of Social Work from Fordham University where she also teaches leadership courses in the Graduate School of Social Service.  A Darien resident, she is on the Board of Directors of Achievement First - Bridgeport. 


Additional information regarding the unification can be found at the following press release link 

Meanwhile, please take a minute and reach out to Debra to congratulate her critical contribution on this very important and critical merger.

Welcoming New Member

Jan 27, 2021

IWFCT is pleased to welcome Karen Peart as one of our new members. 

Karen is currently Director, University Media Relations at Yale Office Public Affairs & Communications.  Karen provides strategic counsel to the University leadership on a broad range of sensitive issues while managing the University's media relations strategy amplifying Yale's name in news outlets worldwide. 

Before coming to Yale, Karen was an award-winning education writer and editor at Scholastic/New York Times Upfront Magazine; a reporter at Gannett Newspapers, and a writer for the National Academy of Sciences, NBC Universal, Planned Parenthood, and many other magazines and websites.  She has also worked for public relations agencies in New York City, where she managed multi-million dollar product launch campaigns for pharmaceutical clients such as SmithKline Beecham, Wyeth-Ayerst, and Rhône-Poulenc Rorer.  Karen’s work at Yale has earned countless placements in top media outlets, bolstering Yale’s reputation for excellence in the sciences, medicine, and research across many disciplines, such as autism, women’s health, psychiatry, immunobiology, pediatrics, cardiology, outcomes research, big data, and precision medicine.

Karen has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.


Karen’s philanthropic and volunteer work includes serving as treasurer and currently chair of the Fund for Women & Girls at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. She serves on the Wellness Committee and the Title IX committee at Yale University. 

Additional information about Karen can be found at the following link

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