hilary gleason

founder, ceo

I'm passionate about how partnerships can change the world. In fact, I've seen it first hand. Which is why I'm so thrilled to launch level -- our intention is to create new and innovative partnerships, to engage business in social good, and to make giving back easy for entrepreneurs.

With more than ten years of experience in program development with international non-profits, I am confident in my ability to generate compelling stories and impactful campaigns. 

At the age of seventeen, I teamed up with a neurosurgeon from Duke Hospital to form a neurosurgical partnership with Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Neurosurgical capacity in Uganda has grown steadily since the program’s inception, and I have maintained a lead role, traveling bi-annually to Uganda with the team from Duke.

While studying at the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!), I received a grant to supplement my research on crop yields in the southern African country of Lesotho. Directly after college, I worked with Global Health Corps and The United Nations Foundation, exposing me to international development issues on a larger scale.

During my time with the incredible team at Global Citizen, I organized several large scale events, including a day-long action summit focused on poverty, a learning trip to India for celebrity ambassadors Chris Martin and Freida Pinto, in addition to supporting the larger team in the production of Global Citizen Festival, a 60,000 person music festival in Central Park, and Global Citizen Earth Day, a 250,000 person musical festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 2015. 

I am so thrilled to venture into entrepreneurship for the first time with the creation of level, a philanthropic consulting firm working to seamlessly connect brands to humanitarian affairs.

In 2014, I had the distinct pleasure of launching The Mischief Collective with my friend Tory Pittarelli. This experience was a catalyst in the creation of level, and I am so grateful for Tory's encouragement in this venture. The Mischief Collective was level's first client, and we have had the great joy of raising more than $10,000 together in our first year.

 

tory pittarelli

event production

Tory has been in event production for more than 8 years now. She specializes in Artist Relations and Talent Management, currently working for ARISE Music Festival, and Colorado bluegrass group, The Sweet Lillies. She has worked for Global Citizen Festival, Envision Festival, String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth, Bohemain Nights, Colorado Earth Day, and many more. When she’s not working in the music industry, you’ll likely find her silversmithing in her home studio, for her business of 4 years, The Mischief Collective. She loves to find new and creative ways to tie together her love for the arts, which is why she began to produce events of her own.

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lindsay smith

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program associate

Lindsay is a passionate advocate for food justice, education, and social justice issues. After graduating from The University of Tennessee with a degree in global studies and a minor in political science, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she gained experience working for an international education non-profit as their head fundraiser and program director. Her studies and non-profit service has allowed her to work in Africa several times, experiences which shaped her into a fiercely dedicated civil servant. Lindsay volunteered, interned, and eventually was employed at the Growhaus in Denver, CO, helping to develop social programs, market and fundraise for their impactful work on food justice in low-income neighborhoods. She then took a job as a Program Director for Bienvenidos Food Bank where she organized distribution of food and managed volunteers. After working for two highly impactful non-profit organizations here in Denver, she decided to go back to school, to become an elementary school teacher, and has just finished her coursework at MSU Denver. Lindsay brings a variety of professional experience and great passion for the work we do here at level.

board of directors

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stephen grybowski

dayglo ventures

stephen joins our board with more than six years of experience in the live music industry. he has worked under the mentorship of peter shapiro since graduating from the college of charleston in 2012. having started as an intern at relix media group, stephen then oversaw all of their marketing efforts until eventually moving to brooklyn bowl to oversee their ticketing and marketing efforts. all the while stephen spent his free time traversing the country, and often times internationally, helping produce events such as bonnaroo, phish riviera maya, governor’s ball, electric forest, the march for science in dc, and many, many more. stephen now works directly under peter at dayglo ventures helping oversee all marketing for his companies. stephen has also played a crucial role for the tj martell foundation’s next generation committee in nyc for the past two years, helping to raise money to support innovative groundbreaking cancer research.