Alumni Voices, Events, Impact House

RECAP: Impact+ House for Teams


From August 2 – 6, 2018 the Center for Social Impact Strategy hosted the Impact+ House: our first ever Impact House for CSIS alumni and their teams. We hosted 16 people at Galusha Hill Farm Lodge in central Vermont, with 6 teams representing a range of social impact areas: youth development, arts and culture exchange, workforce development, farming and food security, job training for adults with autism, and purposeful storytelling. Teams refocused on their purpose and programs, and set a vision for the future.

Galusha Hill Farm Lodge is an operating farm and event space nestled in the rolling hills of Vermont. Teams stayed in comfortable, farm-chic accommodations with access to running trails, morning yoga, a home theater, and hot tub.

On the first day of the program, participants dove in to interactive activities, getting to know one another a little better.

Every evening, the group enjoyed a fresh, made-from-scratch meal prepared family style by Chef Philip Meeker and his sous chefs, Ayanna ‘JC’ John-Carter and Jay Derby. Participants lingered over dinner on the deck, overlooking the surrounding hills and valleys.

Each morning, yoga instructor Brittany Anderson invited participants to start their day with an hour of movement.

Teammates worked with their partners as well as participants from other teams to revisit core values and beliefs about their work.

Teams learned about and tracked the life cycle of organizations, and plotted the current trajectory of their work. Sessions also included scenario planning, vision setting, how to give and receive feedback, portfolio analysis, and team member health and wellness.

Jim Rosenberg (Workbench Consulting) sketches out principles for his private coaching sessions with teams.

Teams and teammates had access to mentors and instructors for input on their venture, work-life balance, and personal wellness.

Ariel Schwartz (right) – CSIS Managing Director – met with teams to discuss growth plans and avenues for support.

Teams toured Galusha Hill Farm with founding farmer John Harkins.

Harkins explained the history of the land, its peoples and generational ownership, and the crops he currently grows for seed.

Participants broke loose in an end-of-week finale variety show, showcasing diverse talents such as K-pop choreography, proper push-up technique, and folding paper ‘jumping frogs.’

On the last morning, participants gathered to share final commitments to move their renewed visions forward.

You can view the full event photo album here. Thank you to our photographer Crouching Tiger LLC for capturing this event! We look forward to offering it again.