Life-long friends, shared ambition
Marnie Weinstein and Liz Slobasky met when they were 12 years old as classmates in Washington, DC. Later they lived together in Boston, MA and now are neighbors in Bethesda, MD. They’ve remained best friends as they each pursued separate careers—Marnie in education and Liz in business. They both share the fundamental belief that connection is key. Above all else, Marnie and Liz hope Project Tie-Dye’s service experiences bring people together to practice empathy and develop the skills needed to form deep connections with others.
In 2019, they teamed-up to launch Project Tie—Dye, a company aimed at building resilient empathetic children through service-based learning kits.
Marnie’s decades-long work in the field of education has given her countless opportunities to see that kids’ energy and capacity for learning explodes when they feel seen, valued and heard. In her teaching both typical and neurotypical children, Marnie has always found that connection is key.
In her 20-year career, she has mentored many teachers and taught professional development to school communities. She emphasizes the importance of getting to know a child’s interests, passions and fears before delving into their academic profiles. She believes when children feel safe, seen, and connected, they are available to learn, willing to take risks, happy and engaged.
The research shows, and Marnie agrees, that good social and emotional skills drive success in the classroom, on the field, and in the workforce. When we can connect with others, the world is our oyster. It starts at home, and our kits give you the materials, the language and tools to serve as building blocks.
To learn more about Marnie visit Weinstein Educational Consulting at wec.education.
Liz built a career advising businesses and families on critical financial decisions. Building trust, connecting with clients and colleagues, effective communication, and good judgement were skills she worked to hone along her journey. She believes that strong social and emotional skills contribute to overall happiness and engagement in the workplace. This passion drives her connection to the Project Tie-Dye mission.
As a wife, mother of two wonderful girls and a full-time working parent, Liz is always looking for ways to make the time she and her family spend together engaging and meaningful. Project Tie-Dye kits are the perfect way to accomplish that and Liz is thrilled to bring Project Tie-Dye's creativity and passion to parents and classrooms everywhere.
“Sometimes we buy things that are cute but not very interesting, and sometimes we buy things that are thoughtful buy not made well. Our Project Tie-Dye kit was perfect, thoughtfully designed and assembled. We loved it!”
“My daughter is crazy excited about this Project Tie-Dye kit! I can’t tell you how perfect the timing is on this. She was just crying and stressing about me going to work, so this makes her feel like she’s sacrificing and people get it. Thank you, this means more than you know.”
“This was hands down the best most meaningful thing I’ve done with my kids in years, so easy with such a big impact. We can’t wait until our next kit.”