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 and accessible.

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 campaigns focused on water and sanitation and managed several large scale events, including a day-long action summit focused on poverty and a learning trip to India for celebrity ambassadors Chris Martin and Freida Pinto. I also had the great joy of being a part of Global Citizen Festival, a 60,000 person music festival in Central Park, for two years, and also worked on our 250,000 person show in Washington, D.C., Global Citizen Earth Day in 2014.

Following a recent move from Brooklyn to Denver, 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 2013, I took some time off work to travel, and had the great pleasure of co-founding The Mischief Collective with my best friend Tory Pittarelli. She continues to take our music and jewelry business to new heights, and I advise on all philanthropic efforts for the brand. It is a joy to use our individual passions to collaborate on new ways to generate social good, and is what initially led me to create level. This year already, we have raised $10,000 for charities including Natural Capitalism Solutions, ACLU of Colorado, Planned Parenthood and Girls Who Code.

celeste vandeventer

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project manager

As a recent graduate from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Natural Resources I am thrilled to be at level.

My interest in philanthropic event planning began during my time abroad in Northern India where I studied sustainable development and social change.  While in India I designed and executed an independent study research project on the issue of supply and demand of spring water in the Darjeeling.  Many of the interviews I conducted shared a trend in which gender roles affected the perception of the water crisis.  I strongly support the concept that human rights are a direct outcome of environmental rights.

Between attending various large events and getting a degree in Natural Resources I became passionate about ways to give back, especially to the environment.  Throughout my time in college I learned and experienced what sustainability means to different people, and how environmental degradation can directly affect all of us. 

I am passionate and very excited about how we can give back and create a more level playing field for our global community by forming social impact partnerships.

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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.