Panel Discussion: Nonprofit Management for Sport-Based Youth Development Organizations

November 21, 2013
The Faculty Club, 716 Columbus (6th floor), Northeastern University

Boston: The Hub for Sport-Based Youth Development

Boston learning from Boston

Over the course of the last three years, Sport in Society has worked extensively with local and national sport-based youth development organizations to identify their organizational challenges and assets.  With this data, Sport in Society has developed a series of collaborative learning forums, webinars, and online resources that are designed specifically for organizations that strive to use sport for positive youth development.  The offerings below are intended to meet these needs by providing solution-oriented meetings, panel discussions, and showcases.  Sport in Society will host bi-monthly panel discussions on relevant topics.  These events will be on a Thursday from 12:00 – 1:30pm at Northeastern’s Faculty Club.  Lunch will be served.

Thursday, November 21st: Nonprofit Management for Sport-Based Youth Development Organizations

Panelists will provide tips and insight on human resources, legal, finance, accounting, and different ways of bringing outside parties in.  Featured panelists include:

David Cohen, Executive Director of Doc Wayne

David is managing and overseeing the Doc Wayne operation while exploring ways to broaden the organizations reach to more youth on a national and global scale. In his career of over 18 years in the business and non-profit sectors, he has specialized in developing new business, building partner relationships, while sharpening organizational outreach.  David is a former college soccer player that has been deeply involved in sports-based youth development since 2008. He is also the founder of Playing It Forward, Inc., a non-profit that provides sports equipment to thousands of disadvantaged children around the world.  In 2012, he was the Major League Soccer (MLS W.O.R.K.S.) New England Community MVP.  David has a BS from Babson College and an MBA from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University.

Stas Gayshan, Founder and CEO of Space with a Soul

Space with a Soul was founded by Stas Gayshan, a Boston-area attorney and entrepreneur. Stas Gayshan’s background is at the intersection of technology, activism, and business. In his career, he has worked at large companies and small startups, campaigns, government agencies, and political parties. A graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School, his specialty is efficiency improvement. Stas’s approach to building a collaborative space is heavily influenced by a lifetime of work in the political arena, where he made his mark with innovative uses of technology, including the development of creative solutions to resolve difficult problems.

Stas believes that a similar approach to developing the space that nonprofits and startups work in can greatly enhance the effectiveness of each organization in a given space. To that end, Stas has developed the concept of Space with a Soul to take advantage of the operational efficiencies found when more people are using the same services and systems, and give small organizations better access to resources that greatly enhance their effectiveness in achieving their mission. Prior to starting Space with a Soul, Stas was the Director of Technology for a U.S. Senate campaign.

In 2012, the Boston Globe recognized Stas Gayshan for his work with Space with a Soul by naming him one of the 12 Most Innovative People in Massachusetts.

Stas is an active member of his community in Wayland, where he serves on the board of the Recreation department. He also holds leadership positions in several philanthropic and nonprofit organizations active in the Greater Boston area. Outside of work, Stas likes to cook for friends and family.

Mary McVeigh, Executive Director of Soccer Without Borders Boston
Mary McVeigh currently serves as the Executive Director of Soccer Without Borders, having co-founded the Granada, Nicaragua girls program in 2008. Prior to her efforts with Soccer Without Borders, McVeigh earned her Master’s degree in Sociology from Lehigh University and served four seasons (2004-2007) as an assistant coach in the Lehigh Women’s Varsity Soccer program. Subsequently, she returned to her Alma Mater, Dartmouth College, as an Assistant Coach. While a student and Philosophy major at Dartmouth (1999-2003), McVeigh was a two-time first team All-Ivy honoree and an All-America in 2002. A captain in her senior year, McVeigh led the team to two Sweet Sixteen appearances and national rankings during all four years of her tenure.  Upon graduation from Dartmouth, McVeigh headed to the professional field as the seventh overall draft pick for the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA, and subsequently played for IBV of the Icelandic Premier league. In her five years with Soccer Without Borders, Mary has remained Program Director of SWB Granada, Nicaragua, having also supported programs in Egypt, Guatemala, Boston, Greeley, New York, and Oakland through camps and coaches clinics. In 2012, Mary was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Jerry Yeagley Award for Personal Service for her work with SWB.

Please RSVP for this complimentary lunch forum. The event is free but registration is required.