Katie Leavitt Sutton
CK Community Editor
Katie is the owner of KLSutton Design LLC. She has a passion for helping nonprofits and social entrepreneurs tell their stories in fresh, modern new ways through digital and print media. She has developed over 35 websites (including Clandestine Kitchen!), and also specializes in graphic design, branding and copywriting. Katie is also an attorney and practiced corporate tax law in New York City at Debevoise & Plimpton prior to relocating to the Boston area.
Katie currently serves on the boards of Coaching4Change, the Episcopal Parish of St. John the Evangelist and The Company Theatre. In her free time, she enjoys walking in the woods with her friends and her dog Chester, alpine skiing, reading, and doing anything with her husband and three sons.
Katie is excited to bring interesting stories about cool stuff individuals and organizations are doing to make our world a kinder, gentler place. Each post will also include suggestions for how the reader might get involved or otherwise support the great work being done by the subject of the story.
Many of us on the South Shore have heard of Holly Hill Farm, the only certified organic farm in these parts, and hopefully visited the farm stand or purchased the farm’s delicious produce at the Cohasset and Scituate Farmers Markets. But perhaps fewer people know that the farm is providing opportunities for kids and youth every day via a massive educational programming effort that extends far beyond the South Shore.
There is no planning when a child needs to be removed from a potentially dangerous living situation. Frequently, children arrive in foster placements with nothing but the clothes on their back. If they are “lucky,” they may have a black garbage bag with whatever the case worker who picked them up was able to grab on the way out the door. Here is how two West Newbury women are helping to change that.
CK Helps The Company Theatre Celebrate 40 Years of High Quality Theater and Education on the South Shore
In the 1970s, as Broadway directors like Tom Moore were thrilling audiences by putting a convertible on stage in Grease, Zoe Bradford and Jordie Saucerman, two young midwestern women, headed East to realize their own dreams of bringing imaginative live theater to the public. On a $50 budget, they produced their first show, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, in a church basement in Weymouth.
It's hard not to get excited (and hungry) when you listen to Irene Li talk about Mei Mei, the restaurant she co-owns with her brother Andrew and her sister, Margaret. I got a real “joy hit” as she explained the siblings’ commitment to using sustainable, locally-sourced food and treating employees fairly. Irene was generous to talk with me some more about how she and her sibs are changing the way Bostonians think about the food we eat and who is making it.
Even if you are flat out just trying to get dinner on the table and the kids dressed appropriately (anyone else have a child who is unwilling to wear a winter coat to school even when it’s 7 degrees outside?), hopefully just reading about the cool things these people are doing will bring you joy.