Our Founders


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Karen Wawrzaszek
Co-Founder & Chief Empowerment officer

By day… Karen is a holistic financial planner and investment manager working alongside families and tax-exempt organizations helping them harmonize their financial behaviors with their investment and philanthropic goals.  It is in this expression that the greatest potential can be achieved. In her work with Rockefeller Capital Management, Karen is a Managing Director and Senior Advisor. Karen is an impact investment industry expert and also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and Certified Trust Financial Advisor working with varying degrees of wealth complexity. Over the past 20 years, Karen has led a variety of impact and sustainable investment initiatives important to her clients as they discover how their wealth can impact society. Among Karen’s non-profit clients, she has led strategic planning that involves a deep understanding of investment and grant making governance that has led to the organization’s optimization of investment and grant making capital.

Her heart for women… began as a young child growing up in extreme poverty in a single female headed household where her mother was not mentally equipped to care for her and her siblings.  Karen served as the head of the household at a very young age and felt a strong sense of duty and loyalty in caring for her siblings. It is through her own journey in overcoming barriers to alleviating poverty, that she developed a sense of justice and community awareness.  It is her life’s work to help women and children discover their own inner strength and to also utilize resources in finding a pathway to success. As a student of finance and economics, Karen strongly believes that it is in our society’s best interest in achieving fiscal sustainability, if we align our resources and influence to enable others to achieve economic success.

 

 

Abigail Skeans, Esq.
Co-Founder & Chief Impact officer

By day… Abby is the CEO and Founder of Glossator Advising. In her role, Abby sets the strategic direction of the firm, pioneers new methodologies to uniquely serve clients and projects, and ensures that “maximum social impact” is associated with Glossator’s brand integrity.

Over the years, Abby has counseled philanthropy, government, and the private sector on: (1) new areas of impact, giving, and policy, (2) cross-sector strategies and partnerships, and (3) brand and charitable model development, focusing on issues ranging from: poverty and opportunity for low income children and families, international development, child welfare, criminal and juvenile justice reform, economic policy, free speech, toleration, and polarization to millennial engagement.

Her heart for women … began 25 years ago as Abby watched her incredible single mother make uncompromising sacrifices to ensure the best life possible in a time when emotional and financial complexities where difficult to endure. Her mother’s dedication led her to become a lawyer, focusing on family and juvenile law, working on behalf of children and families for the past several years from East Africa to Eastern Kentucky. Today, Abby is committed to using her capabilities in the service of improving the lives of women, children and families in her city, Washington, D.C.

 
 
 

Our Team

 
 

 
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Molly F. Pattison
Director of Marketing and Communications

By Day... Molly is the Founder and CEO of Ennovation, a consulting firm focused on launching initiatives from idea to activation with a focus on measurement and long-term sustainability. Previously, she worked in philanthropy where she gained valuable experience building projects ranging from educational programs, to free speech campaigns, and supporting grantees with starting their own organizations. Molly graduated from Ashland University with a degree in political science and philosophy. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Molly’s a huge Cleveland sports fan (for better or worse) and an avid consumer of stand-up comedy. 

Her heart for women… Growing up in the Midwest, Molly saw a lot of women filling the important role of "Mom". She didn’t; however, see a lot of women in leadership roles with organizations, being the main bread-winner, or starting their own companies. Her own mother struck a perfect balance of caretaker for all those in her life and found time to pursue her love of working with kids as a children's librarian at the local library. She often spoke of how proud she was of Molly to make it to DC and do things "she never could have dreamed of". Molly hopes to apply her skills in a productive way for her own community so that women have a choice about whether to be a mom, an employee, or both and no woman feels that pursuing their passion is something that’s out of reach.