The Women of Impact book (available on Amazon) with a foreword written by Pat Mitchell, the first female President and CEO of PBS and co-Director of TED Women.

The WoI museum exhibition ran from July 14 – September 3, 2018 at the Art, Design & Architecture (AD&A) Museum.The exhibition showcased three 6’x4’ canvasses including a mosaic created by students as part of a course-credit program.

More than 200 people attended the launch and WoI presentation on July 19, 2018. Close to 30 women from the book traveled from 8 U.S. cities and as far as Brazil, China, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.

The Human Mind and Migration program in collaboration with The Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Framed against the often volatile social and political backdrop of our species’ long history of migration, the “Human Mind and Migration” program will explore the neurobiological roots of human beings as they confront others who may be perceived as different and as they define the boundaries of their groups. The topic is intertwined with human social behavior and the very broad range over which sociality operates in humans as a contributor to our success or failure as a species.

We will continue to explore societal challenges through partnerships with impactmania’s education partners around neuroscience, technology, and humanity. The visualization of research and interviews will be presented in an interactive (online and offline) world map installation.

Featuring the Future of Business—successful organizations will be as much for-purpose, as it is for-profit. Check out the video stories we have created with partners around the world. The impactmania video co-produced and directed in India was featured at the United Nations Global (UN) Compact Conference in 2017. impactmania is creating a global video series of social enterprises; contact us if you’d like to collaborate.

Impact X profiled 30 impact makers from an oceanographer, a nine-time Grammy Award winner, to a U.S. Presidential Award winner for her work in STEM. As we work together, especially across sectors, we can address highly complex social issues. The book launch presented a panel with interviewees from Impact X sharing their work on a local, national, and outside the United States.


Art, Design & Architecture Museum (UCSB)
Material Research Lab (UCSB)
The Squire Foundation
Crush Santa Barbara
Melissa Bower
Ojai Alisal Wines
805 Connect

Montecito Journal
Masha Keating
Sudi Staub
Casa Magazine
Seasons Magazine
The Independent
Studio & Cine
Jaffurs Wine Cellars
KaViti Waters

Interested in collaborating with impactmania on a custom program? Contact us for more information.

people we have worked with…

Eric Bouwer

“Paksy is a high performance leader. She headed the European marketing division. An excellent liaison between field and corporate. From developing campaigns, managing staff and vendors, events, press, and online marketing, Paksy delivered excellent results on time and budget, again and again.”

Eric Bouwer
Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA, Banyan Systems, Inc.

Jos de Kruijf

“Openwave Systems recruited Paksy to implement marketing and communications functions from the ground up in a dozen countries. The company saw a surge in media coverage, in print and TV such as Bloomberg Television. She built successful relationships with our strategic alliances and customers resulting in additional sales and services.”

Jos de Kruijf
Vice President Sales, EMEA, Openwave Systems, Inc.

Ronald Richardson

“I worked with Paksy for a number of years. She is reliable, professional, and competent. Paksy managed the partnership with Microsoft in Europe and worked closely with the different field offices. Customers, strategic partners and our companies benefited greatly from this European-wide roll-out and launch of new services. Paksy drives successful outcomes.”

Ronald Richardson
Sales Manager, Microsoft B.V. The Netherlands

Nir Kabaretti

“I have worked closely with Paksy in her tenure as President of the Board of the Santa Barbara Symphony, and Interim Executive Director of the organization. Ms. Plackis-Cheng’s managerial and organizational talents combined with her leadership and social skills turned her tenure as Interim ED with the Symphony to a very successful period. I trust every professional organization will benefit from her leadership and vision.”

Nir Kabaretti
Music & Artistic Director, Santa Barbara Symphony

Richard S. Meyers

“During Paksy’s tenure as Interim Executive Director for the Symphony, she exceeded the goals for the Annual Fund, secured the prestigious Irvine Foundation grant, and brought in 6 legacy gifts. Over the years, she was responsible for helping to raise millions for the organization. In short, Paksy is the full package — intelligent, capable, successful, a good communicator and possesses a winning personality. Any organization would do well to have her on their team, and better yet, leading the team.”

Richard S. Meyers
Former President of Fielding Graduate University

Rob Williams

“Paksy Plackis-Cheng (DAG, LLC) advised the Founder and Executive Director of Look At Us, Inc. She has helped define the vision and structure of the organization, which is an early stage nonprofit. Given her broad strategic to operational experience, she is a highly valued adviser. I highly recommend her to fellow nonprofits.”

Rob Williams
Founder, Look At Us Alliance, Inc.

Ram Seshadri

“I write this letter to express my deep appreciation to you for your help and direction in initiating and guiding the formation of a “Friends of the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory” community. With your help and direction, we have rapidly been able to see what we need to do going forward, to better communicate with interested lay persons in the Santa Barbara community, frontier UCSB research in the materials domain (exemplified by the recent Nobel in lighting technologies).
I would also like to express my appreciation for the time you have taken, and continue to take, to talk to our graduate students and to link them up with others in the community, including helping them explore entrepreneurial possibilities. We at the UCSB MRL hope that this will be a long and continued relationship.”

Ram Seshadri
Professor, Materials and Chemistry, Co-Director Materials Research Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Yash Ranga

“I have had the privilege to work with Paksy, her sheer tenacity and ability to engage with the [Indian] communities was remarkable and the by-product was a globally acknowledged video on a critical issue of Women Empowerment. It was fun and a learning experience working with her.”

Yash Ranga
Strategic Partners, Jaipur Rugs Foundation, India