SCOTT TILLITT / founder
Scott is a connector — of dots and people. At times — often at the same time — throughout his 20-plus year career he has been a strategist, publicist, marketer, social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and writer (full bio). He has a broad perspective working in various culture-shaping (and sometimes suffocating) worlds — advertising, media, interactive design, photography, technology, television and fashion… before turning to social impact.
He has an insatiable interest in transforming failed systems, in big ideas and the behaviors that drive people, what resonates with them, and how to communicate with them.
Some years ago, catalyzed by 9/11 and an ongoing process of spiritual and social awakening, he broke the trance of an increasingly cynical consumer culture and started applying his corporate-honed skills to social impact.
In his new incarnation, he has worked with a range of groups, people, films and books covering the environment, localism, religion and spirituality, social justice, healthcare and education. He’s done media for the Dalai Lama and publicity for Phil Donahue’s anti-war film Body of War, PR for healthcare “whistleblower” Wendell Potter and groups like the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and Rainforest Action Network, branding for Rippel Foundation, strategic communications for the the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation. (In a rare lapse of socially-focused work, he did creative naming development for American Express and global visual rebranding support for Coca-Cola with Ogilvy & Mather’s Brand Integration Group.
He founded communications consultancy Antidote Collective in 2004 and has served clients across the US, in Europe, Asia, and down under in Australia.
Scott is the co-founder and board chair of Re>Think Local, a nonprofit affiliated network of the national BALLE, which is co-creating a better Hudson Valley economy that is vibrant, sustainable, locally rooted and human-scale with an equal concern for people, planet and profit. He is a co-producer of Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley, a weekend retreat for world-changing social entrepreneurs and was a producer of TEDxLongDock, a day-long event of stimulating and inspiring talks exploring the intersection of the creative economy and entrepreneurship and their impact on community vibrancy and economic development in the Hudson Valley. He’s a former board member of BeaconArts.
He moved to Beacon from Brooklyn in 2006 and started BEAHIVE in 2009.
VANESSA VIGLIETTA DESSERT / community animator
Vanessa joined the Beacon hive in Jan. 2017 as a member and then that summer joined the BEAHIVE team as a community animator — helping to manage various aspects of the space and to animate the community. She lives in Beacon.
Through her own enterprise The Superwoman Solution, she works as an administrative consultant to entrepreneurs who bring mindfulness practices into the world — women who run wellness retreats, inspirational speakers, holistic healers, community leaders, and women who teach creative expression.
Vanessa holds an AS in Business Administration from Berkeley College and a BA in Applied Psychology and Human Relations from Pace University, where she graduated with high honors in 2012.
TRACY METZGER / partner, Albany
Tracy has been active in commercial real estate in the Capital Region for more than 20 years. In early 2000, she opened her own brokerage and consulting business, TL Metzger & Associates, which has been ranked as one of the top brokerage companies in the region. As principle broker, she specializes as a Tenant/Buyer Representative and represents Landlords/Sellers in the Capital Region.
Tracy has received a number of awards, including Capital District Business Review: Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Capital Region (2000); Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Award; Women of Excellence, Excellence in Management, For Profit (2003); Capital District Business Review: Best Places to Work (2006); and Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce Award: Small Business of the Year (2008). She’s very active in the community, affiliated with a number of professional and nonprofit groups.