In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, chair of Ivy Child International’s First Annual Mindful Kids Yogathon. They talk about the business of helping each child achieve their best. This episode aired originally on March 2, 2014.
Ivy Child is a non-profit organization for “teaching children to use their mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership to build their resilience, emotional intelligence and healthy habits for life.” On April 5, Ivy Child, which is based in both Georgia and Worcester, held New England’s first Mindful Kids Yogathon at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.
Mayor Wong, one of Ivy Child’s board members, is at the forefront of an important movement in child health. She is also in her fourth two-year term as mayor of the City of Fitchburg - having won her latest re-election last fall. Mayor Wong was first elected to that office in 2007 at the age of 28. She is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian-American mayor in Massachusetts.
Mayor Wong has become known throughout the state as one of the most effective leaders in economic restructuring, environmental-affairs, and redevelopment projects. She and Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll co-chair the MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, which “envisions vibrant midsize cities driving regional economies.”