Leading Your Community

Where can you make the greatest impact? Is it the community you live in, the company culture that you’re a part of, or somewhere in the wider world that is calling you? Let's talk about it. 

Women hold the perfect attributes to create universal change, which is greatly needed on the planet at this time—from the community to the global level. For the past 20 years, I have been committed to resolving violent conflict and bettering the lives of families of limited means—providing support in the areas of housing development and early childhood education.

 

What area of change interests you the most?

 

Where can you make the greatest impact? Is it the community you live in, the company culture that you’re a part of, or somewhere in the world?

 

 

  

I support women at the forefront of community and global transformation and have dedicated much of my life's work to social change. Let's look together at the work you are destined to create.

 

Each year, I work with a couple of international projects in the areas of economic development and community organization. I would love to hear what you're passionately engaged in.

 

If you have a community project underway that you would like to discuss, or for general inquires regarding your project, please email: maureen@maureensimon.com

 

  

As featured on the "About" page, the following are highlights of the economic development and community organization work that I have had the good fortune to spearhead: 

 

  • As a team member in collaboration with the London School of Economics International Relations and the City of Belfast, I was privileged to mediate conflict in Belfast, Ireland and Moldova, Eastern Europe.

 

  • Served as an advisor to the board of Cooperation Ireland – a key nonprofit organization that bridged differences in Northern and Southern Ireland during the troubles.

 

  • Former Licensed Lobbyist for the New York State Legislature, advocating for over $1 million for model programs in low- and moderate-income housing.

 

  • Developed over $1.5 million dollars in private and commercial real estate for economic development projects and became a liscensed realtor in New York.

 

  • Served as Executive Director for Mohawk Hudson Community Foundation - a foundation based in New York State - as we increased the endowment funds by three-fold. The foundation has provided millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years.

 

  • Established preschool facilities in inner city and rural communities for Head Start, serving over 1,000 children in the state of New York.

 

  • Served as an adviser to Cornell University’s Early Childhood Education Program and supported their research on the topic of parent involvement in the Head Start Program.

 

  • Established programs in London for the Rensselaerville Institute, a New York-based social policy think-tank.

 

  • Co-designed a rural upstate New York needs assessment --- a project co-sponsored by the Rensselaerville Institute and Center for Disease Control (CDC) --- to determine and measure health and lifestyle concerns. Held community forums and designed classes attended by over 1,000 residents.

 

  • Co-designed The Center for Environmental Options and its signature event, “The Community Self-Reliance Festival” - a large-scale community festival in New York that attracted over 2,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors. The festival was the first of its kind to provide a wide-range of how-to and general information in the areas of alternative heath, energy, education, and nutrition.

 

  • Campaign Organizer for New York Assemblyman Paul Tonko – now Congressman Paul Tonko.

 

 

Women's Leadership and Empowerment Work - Worldwide
 
  • Founder of The Essential Feminine Company - a leading-edge online empowerment company providing courses to over 40,000 women globally.

 

  • A founder of the Global Women’s Leadership Network, The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley.

 

  • Designer of The Wells ™ and Global Innovation Dialogues™ at Santa Clara University –collaborative models for large group dialogues, now used worldwide.