New Clients Announcement

Wakeman New Clients - October 2021

We always strive to work with clients seeking to provide the most innovative solutions to today’s most pressing issues. For that reason, we are excited to add Echoing Green, Interledger Foundation, Scratch Foundation and Choose Healthy Life to our client roster.

Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. “Women In Business” Award

Award Vanessa Wakeman Nonprofit Leader

Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve. 

Strategist Erica Payne Is No Shrinking Violet

Podcast Erica Payne, Women and Thought Leadership, The Social Change Diaries

Strategist and storyteller Erica Payne is a fearless advocate for economic justice. Known to “poke the bear,” as creator of some of the most powerful issue campaigns of the last decade, Erica has built a thought leadership platform that provides a trail of bread crumbs for how women can leverage their ideas and expertise to create meaningful change.

Rinku Sen’s 360 View on Racism, Classism and Sexism

Podcast Rinku Sen, Women and Thought Leadership, The Social Change Diaries

In this episode, Race Forward Senior Strategist, Rinku Sen, looks at the world through the eyes of an activist and journalist, sharing her observations and convictions about the challenges facing women of color, in advancing their respective agendas. As a racial justice expert, Rinku beautifully touches on the importance of support and what is needed for women to excel in leadership roles.

Reclaiming Your Voice with Marianne Schnall

Podcast Marianne Schnall Women and Thought Leadership, The Social Change Diaries

Answering the question “what will it take for women to occupy the spaces and places where we are normally silenced,” Marianne Schnall shares her insights gathered from over two decades of progressive thought leadership on feminism. During her interview, Marianne advocates for the reclamation of the term “power” and encourages women to consider how “power with” and “power to,” rather than “power over,” can be used to spark change.

Ana Oliveira Explains Why Money Follows Leadership

Podcast Ana Oliveira, Women and Thought Leadership, The Social Change Diaries

Ana Oliveira offers practical advice, and the wisdom of a sage, about thought leadership for women that are working in the nonprofit sector. Her profound understanding of the sector, and candid insights about how women can best professionally support women and the secret for raising money as leaders, makes this a “must listen” interview.

We The People: Passion and Action Speaks Loudest

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A few years ago I attended a fundraiser hosted by a board member of a local nonprofit. I attended the gathering because the passion and mission shared by the board member really made me feel like it was something I would want to be a part of. There were about 30 people in attendance; the majority of us had no connection to the organization and were there to learn more about their work.

She Roars: How Much Space Do You Take Up?

She Roars

Last night I was on a crowded Metro-North train in New York City heading home. I was seated in a four seat section of the train and was directly across from a male commuter. Without realizing what I was doing, I jammed myself into the corner of my seat, taking up as little space as possible, assuming that he and whoever occupied the seat next to me would need all of the space.