WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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by far is balancing school and running the Institute," says Reingold, who also co-founded an entrepreneurs' club at school. She relayed one story about working with a Wareham school while applying for a grant through a program honoring Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard. "Although it was a pleasure to be able to work with some incredible students, it was also a little bit stressful because I almost missed an exam," she said, noting her mother's support throughout. Typically, Reingold Starting Early 74 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 works on The Happy Institute during weekends and on early-release Wednesdays throughout the school year, devotes about eight to ten hours a week during the summer, and squeezes in work on it as well during school breaks. Future endeavors might include marketing Happy Institute-branded apparel to help fund free programs and tak- ing the Institute nationwide. Doing Good One theme among these budding business people is that they largely are drawn toward social entrepreneurship; that is, using tradi- tional and new business techniques to help address social issues. Wellesley High senior Sierra Levanto launched a venture in early 2015 called PandaBaby whose mission is to sell parents and caretakers on a brand new sort of cloth diaper to address "the mind-blowing waste of disposable diapers." The 17-year-old, who designed her own prototypes and then part- nered with an overseas manufacturer to produce these colorful, easy-to-wash, and relatively inexpensive baby necessities, is quick to rattle off numbers making her cawse about the environmental impact of disposables. Levanto has had a broad array of business experience since a young age. She has gob- bled up pretty much all of the business offer-

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