As everyone knows, the holidays are different when there are kids around.  So, as my son turns one year old, this year I’ve been thinking differently about the holidays and what’s important.  Here are a few things my family is doing / always does that you might consider:

  1. Use Amazon Smiles when you order from Amazon… same Amazon experience, just a portion or your purchase going to a cause you choose.
  2. Vote with your dollars by buying from local vendors, choosing US-made items, or skipping the “stuff” and sharing experiences to make new memories.
  3. Join a non-profit board — or a task-force if you can’t make an year-round commitment.  See more about Courageous Sailing below.
  4. Re-gift or donate the stuff you won’t use again.  We’ve lived in our house for two years.  This month we’re sorting through the bins in our basement and gifting/donating what we can live without.
  5. Governor Baker signed a proclamation declaring January 2017 Women’s Leadership Month.  See a list of ideas for how you can get involved with #advancingwomenjanuary.


Courageous Sailing is an amazing organization that embraces sailing as a platform for life-long learning and growth.  I am proud to be involved as a board member, a sailor, a personal donor and a volunteer.

In 2016 we set ambitious goals and were thrilled with the meaningful and lasting impact we made in the lives of inner city youth through enriched out-of-school time in the areas of STEM academic reinforcement and social-emotional learning.

Please consider joining me for

  • a cup of coffee to learn more
  • a day on the water
  • to talk about your company summer event
  • or to share connections with foundations
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Alison has more than fifteen years of professional services marketing and business development experience. She is a Boston College Double Eagle, holding both a BS in Management with concentrations in Marketing & Information Systems, and an MBA. Alison is a member of the 2009 Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of honorees.