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March 10, 2023 Presentation:
"Uncommon Threads"
Heather Gasper
Program Director at Uncommon Threads

Heather has been a part of the nonprofit world for a long time. Most recently, she spent ten years with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, where she focused on increasing the number of girl scout troops and volunteers in the area as well as training and managing the local volunteer network. She has lived in the Merrimack Valley for more than 20 years with her husband and two daughters and has been involved in the Lawrence community through Girl Scout action projects, volunteering with Cor Unum and providing fresh vegetables from her church’s permaculture garden to local soup kitchens.

“After so many years of helping to build girls of courage, confidence and character, I am excited to turn my focus to women who are in need of care and a hand up. And what better way to do it than through fashion!”

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February 10, 2023 Presentation:
"A Conversation With Boston Lyric Opera"
Nina Yoshida Nelsen
Mezzo-soprano & BLO Artistic Advisor 
& Sara O'Brien
Senior Director of Public Engagement
Go behind the scenes at Boston Lyric Opera, New England’s oldest and longest-lived opera company in a discussion featuring BLO Artistic Advisor Nina Yoshida Nelsen and Sara O’Brien, Senior Director of Public Engagement. Get an inside look at how this organization innovated during the pandemic and continues flourishing on and off the stage today while learning more about how the art form of opera thrives today.
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October 14, 2022 Presentation:
"Building Cross Cultural Bridges for Success"
Catherine Wilson
Program Director of Protocol, Stewardship, and Partnerships at University of Notre Dame

Catherine M. Wilson manages international visitor protocol and donor stewardship for Notre Dame International, working collaboratively with units across campus to develop strategic priorities for international visitors and to coordinate and execute event and protocol management for distinguished international visitors to campus. Before coming to NDI, she was director of special projects and media relations for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the 60th Judicial Circuit of Indiana.

She earned both her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and her master’s in nonprofit administration magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a certificate in hospitality and tourism management from Florida Atlantic University. She is a graduate of The Protocol School of Washington®’s protocol officer training, and is licensed through PSOW as an intercultural protocol and etiquette trainer. She is also certified in GlobeSmart Profile and Inclusive Behaviors Inventory through Aperian Global.



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