The Lauzie Award, named in honor of Laura Gallagher -- mother of Calling All Crows' co-founder, Sybil Gallagher -- is given annually to honor an individual who embodies a true spirit of service and inspires others to do the same. Each year, we look to honor someone who shared Laura's spirit: a spirit of giving, a spirit of lifting others up to their potential, and a spirit of loving friends, family, and all whom she encountered.
Saskia Epstein is an experienced strategist and program architect. She has led the startup and early growth of numerous social impact organizations. Most recently Saskia founded IdeaLift, a boutique strategy consulting firm. She previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Room to Grow and is a founding board member of City Awake, the Brookline Teen Center, and the Foundation to be Named Later.
Calling All Crows is deeply inspired by her commitment to the public sector and is honored to present the seventh annual Lauzie Award to Saskia Epstein for her dedication to human rights and social justice through a commitment to social services, social innovation, and volunteer endeavors that improve the quality of life for children and families in the Boston area.
Remarks from the first award program
One doesn't need to look far to understand the impact that Laura Gallagher, Sybil’s Mom, had in this world. The vibrance with which she lived her life was remarkable. she had the loudest laugh and biggest heart and the foulest mouth of anyone i'd ever met. but of all that she gave to us, what i learned most was that in her life time she lived for others. She celebrated her family, their friends, their friends' friends, and everyone she worked with with such fervor and genuine excitement that it is not hard to figure out why she became a mom to so many others besides her children. She had an insatiable capacity to love. the biggest kind of love you can imagine. you can see it in her kids and those that they've inspired. As if it rubs off like pixie dust. She was the first person to call if you were in trouble -- never judging, she just listened and then dolled out the just right advice - -
Tonight, for the first time we will be presenting the annual Calling All Crows award. In honor of a woman who encouraged her children to serve others, and someone who made love and celebrating all those in her life a top priority. Each year we will be honoring someone with The Lauzie Award to recognize those that share her spirit. The spirit of giving, the sprit of lifting others up to their potential, the spirit of loving friends and family so much that it hurts and having a ball all the while.