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Lindauer CEO Deb Taft Recognized as a 2021 Academy of Women Achievers Awardee

Lindauer is honored to announce that CEO Deb Taft will be recognized by YW Boston as a 2021 Academy of Women Achievers awardee, which over 26 years has acknowledged more than 150 unstoppable women. Proud sponsors of the event, Lindauer has long been a partner and supporter of YW Boston and its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

A longtime respected leader in the nonprofit sector, Deb Taft, Lindauer co-owner and CEO, currently serves on the boards of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in Washington, DC; Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts; and The Giving Institute. Prior to joining Lindauer, she led domestic and global consulting practices for nonprofits around the world as Senior EVP and Managing Director for Grenzebach Glier and Associates in Chicago. Deb also served as Chief Development Officer and Interim Chief Strategy Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA in New York. As one of the most senior officers in this iconic leadership organization representing girls in 112 US councils and 94 countries, she played a critical role in transforming organizational talent, culture, and social impact, including leading the $1 billion ToGetHerThere campaign, the largest fundraising campaign for girls in the world. Deb was also one of the founding team members of City Year, which today has youth service teams in more than 31 regions across the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. She continues to advance inclusion and equity in fundraising, philanthropy, and nonprofit leadership through her current work with Women of Color in Philanthropy (WŌC) and Allies in Action, Women in Development, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the AI in Advancement Council, and Giving USA.

“YW Boston represents the breadth and depth of my value system and takes significant, meaningful action to undo the impact of historic, structural inequities and to build a better world forward. YW Boston develops leaders who go on to create lasting change and delivers education, training, and standard-setting for coalitions and communities.”

– Deb Taft, Lindauer CEO

Deb carries forward and builds upon the values and commitments that have been pillars of Lindauer since Lois Lindauer established the firm in 1997. Lois noted in the early days of the firm that women of color dealt with significant barriers in rising through the ranks of the nonprofit sector and founded “Sisters in Development” to attract and retain women of color in nonprofit leadership and to provide a support network for those already in the field. Owners and leaders of this global search and talent firm today continue to advance nonprofit equity and inclusion with a wide range of organizational partners.

Continuing this commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Lindauer is proud to sponsor YW Boston’s 26th annual Academy of Women Achievers celebration. YW Boston’s prominent social justice, leadership development, antiracism, and equity work develops bold leaders, ensures that organizations transform their cultures and their futures, and actively creates collective progress.

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