Abbie Waite

About Abbie Waite

Abbie Waite is the Executive Director of - Boston's leadership development destination for startups.

Special Event: Libations + Leadership with Mike Troiano

There’s a reason Mike Troiano is ranked as one of the top 1% of influencers on Twitter: people TRUST him.

Libations + Leadership with Mike Troiano

Helping to cultivate major brands (Ogilvy & Mather), leading a company from inception to record-breaking exit (m-Qube), and growing a billion dollar business (Actifio) are all pretty impressive pursuits. But what really knocks our socks off is how Mike so effortlessly enables people to act.

Join us on December 1st for Libations + Leadership to learn how Mike builds lasting relationships with colleagues, inspires greatness in his teams, and creates a unifying vision that drives results.

We’ll kick off the night with winter beverages and small bites, jump right into discussion, and then hand it over, so you can ask Mike the questions you want answered most.

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This fireside chat format is a fundamental component of every Exchange management development session. Now we’re giving you inside access for a chance to get personal with one of Boston’s strongest leaders. Tell your bosses, bring your friends, spread the word – Mike is truly an exceptional leader to learn from.

Truth: The first time I met Mike, the whole dynamic of the room changed, the office stopped, and people listened. He wasn’t even saying anything, but people knew they were in the midst of someone great! I’ve seen Mike in action and am honored to sit with him (and 100+ of our favorite friends!) for, what I’m sure will be, a stellar evening of libations + leadership lessons!

Photo: Abbie


Abbie Waite
Executive Director

Hello, Community!

After a good bit of searching, a lot of friend-making, and about 20 gallons of coffee meetings, I’m thrilled to join the team. Helping scaling startups develop their managers into highly effective leaders is a challenge I’m ready to tackle!

Not knowing exactly what I was looking for made for a wildly surprising and fun job search process. When people asked what I wanted, all I could say was, “I’m not sure, but I know that it must be 1) a company that provides real value 2) a learning experience that stretches my abilities and 3) with an awesome team that’s making moves.”

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with some of our city’s finest, and interviewing with some of our best (you all know who you are). And it all led me here. Thank you. After meeting the team, I knew this exactly where I am supposed to be. Fostering this growing community of learners and game changers will be a pleasure.

I spent the last 4 years helping build a stellar culinary pathways program with a kickass team, and am proud of the organization we got off the ground. Extreme dedication, sweat, sleepless nights, fearless solicitation, and true commitment to the cause – Future Chefs taught me what it takes to turn a startup into a successful venture.

Photo: AbbieSo bring it, Let’s make Boston’s managers the best, companies the strongest, and events the most fun!

Looking forward to meeting you all soon…


Turning TWO and Launching Something NEW!

BIG NEWS: is Turning TWO!
…and to celebrate, we’re rolling out new programs just for you.

After hosting almost 200 skills classes for over 4,000 Bostonians and launching Exchange for high-potential mangers in scaling start-ups, we’ve seen and learned A LOT. You’ve told us what you love, what you need, and shared some of your biggest challenges and greatest successes. Thank you.

To continue best serving you, we’re thrilled to focus our attention on management development and special events that build Boston’s broader start-up community on a large scale. What more could you want everyday than a great manager and a cold beer?!

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Our Approach: Exchange brings together top-performing new managers from high-growth companies to collaboratively grow their management skills. It’s limited to companies to enroll their teams, and is launching its third cohort in June. Learn More and Sign Your Managers Up for Success.

Our newest Management Development Workshops tackle key curriculum topics at an affordable price and are open to people whose companies may not be in a position to enroll them in Exchange but still believe investing in their professional development is essential. Learn More and Enroll to Become Exceptional.

Special Events: We believe a strong networks create strong leaders, and are proud to bridge connections with awesome events. We’re going to keep supporting (and hosting) the kind of events you love. Next up: Tech on Tap, RSVP Now.