Meet Our Team

 
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Vipin Thekk

Founder of Changemaker Communities

Change Leader at Ashoka

Vipin works primarily with individuals and institutions to co-create ideas on ways to adapt and thrive in times of rapid change. He does this by designing and facilitating transformational journeys towards creating a culture of innovation, agency and empathy.

His passion to unleash human potential has enabled and inspired him to launch initiatives and organizations around issues ranging from youth entrepreneurship and child sexual abuse prevention, to re-imagining parenting and education for the 21st century, to co-founding the Wellbeing Project for social entrepreneurs. 

Currently he is leading the Changemaker Communities initiative, which weaves together influential institutions in cities to support the next generation of changemakers in their communities. Vipin designed the innovative “Changemaker Journey”, which supports and equip individuals and teams to create systems and cultures that allow organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing world, particularly in the realms of education, religion and business. 

He is an experienced facilitator having led transformation-based work for groups and institutions in Asia, Europe ,and the United States. As an inspiring speaker, his recent speaking engagements include “Guiding the 21st Century Child – Artists, Changemakers and the App Generation,” organized by the Montessori Schools of Connecticut; Parliament of World Religions; National & State Teachers of the Year gathering organized by Council of Chief State School Officers, and many others.

Vipin has a master’s degree in Social Work and is an Integral Life Coach and a Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Angie Thurston.

 
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Lauren Mountain

Change team Leader – Changemaker Communities in North Central MassACHUSETTS

Director, United Way Youth Venture (UWYV) at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC)

 In her current role as Director of the United Way Youth Venture program, Lauren contributes to the MWCC Brewer Center’s efforts to spark entrepreneurial spirit in young people and cultivate their inspiring self-directed community initiatives. She is responsible for oversight of the program ensuring delivery of high-quality programming to nearly 15,000 area youth; providing support for 23 partnering organizations including K-12 schools, MWCC, and Girl Scouts; and facilitating spread of the UWYV program nationally through other local United Way organizations.

Lauren’s role also includes leading the Changemaking movement in North Central Massachusetts, which connects education stakeholders of education to the opportunity to learn and practice empathy, leadership, teamwork and problem-solving on a community level.

Lauren Mountain is a graduate of Northeastern University and has a degree in Political Science with a minor in Business and International Relations. She also earned her MBA from Suffolk University with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Lauren’s varied work experience includes nine years of nonprofit and board management, including running the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program for chamber of commerce and association executives; managing global membership for an international association of corporate real estate executives; and volunteering for the PKD Foundation’s Walk for the Cure.

A lover of lifelong experiential learning, Lauren has worked in a variety of industries and roles including health care, government, education, staffing, accounting, law, construction management, retail, and manufacturing.