5 Minutes with Director of Strategy and Development Maia Tolsdorf

Our community is a diverse and talented group of individuals dedicated to being By HER Side through breast cancer. HER Community is a monthly series that introduces you to the many faces of Unite for HER. 

Professional Background:

I have a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. I began my career as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia, but happily joined the ranks of SAHMs once my first born arrived. I found my legal background to be very helpful as I actively engaged in the vibrant philanthropic community here in Chester County, and I served in a variety of roles with many different nonprofits and community organizations. My husband Chris owns a local business so I have been involved in many different facets of running a business as well.

How did you become involved with Unite for HER?

I was introduced to Unite for HER through the Pink Invitational as a parent of an AJS Pancott gymnast, and began working with Sue as a volunteer grant writer in the fall of 2012. I joined the Unite for HER Board of Directors in 2013, and was honored to take the reins from Sue to serve as the first independent chair of the board. I rolled off the board two years ago and was hired into my current role.

What is your role in a Wellness Day and the Wellness Day Program?

My role in the Wellness Days is more behind the scenes, but you may also see me holding a big camera at some Wellness Day as our staff photographer. I love capturing the spirit of our incredible women! Beyond that, I am part of the team that continuously evaluates our Wellness Program to ensure that we are maximizing our reach and impact.

What Inspires Your Work With Unite for HER?

I am inspired by the spirit of community that is created when people serve and give together. Seeing our women, their loved ones, practitioners, students, businesses, donors, and other caring members of the community work together to support and empower—that’s my inspiration!

Words to Live By:

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” Rabindranath Tagore

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