Three Tips for Better Strategic Planning

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Baystone Development

Upon leaving his role as the president of The MacDowell Company, Roy MacDowell became principal of Baystone Development, a real estate developer located in Weston, Massachusetts. A regional leader in real estate development and investment, Roy MacDowell is responsible for establishing the strategy of the organization and planning its path. If you find yourself with a similar task to perform, keep these tips in mind to improve your strategic planning.

1. Get rid of all of the buzzwords and awkward terminology that is often associated with strategic planning. Your aim should be to be as clear and concise as possible.

2. Create a good team made up of people with diverse skill sets and actually listen to the advice they provide. You will gain a better understanding of how your strategic decisions affect each department of the organization.

3. Create goals for the plan and make them actionable. You should review everything from the various tasks that need to be undertaken to how accountability will be considered. This is crucial in gaining buy-in from senior management and boards.


The Rivers Day Camp – Unforgettable Experiences for Young Minds


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Rivers Day Camp

Roy MacDowell leverages decades of experience in the real estate industry to operate efficiently as a principal with Baystone Development in Weston, Massachusetts. When not working, Roy MacDowell is deeply involved with the community and formerly served as the president of the Board of Trustees of The Rivers School.

During the summer, The Rivers School provides opportunities for continued growth through the Rivers Day Camp. At present, two different camps exist. The Junior Camp is for children aged 3.5 to 5.5 and provides a structured environment for learning and having fun. Participants engage in age-appropriate swimming and crafts while playing field sports and developing camping skills. Children can also participate in music, dance, and woodworking workshops.

The Boys’ & Girls’ Camp is meant for students in kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. Through the camp, children develop independence while also having the chance to collaborate on meaningful projects. Structured mornings give way to afternoons that provide the freedom to pursue personal interests. Students have the ability to choose the activities they want to participate in, such as paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing, and archery.

The Work of the Raab Family’s Confronting Anti-Semitism Program

Raab Family

The founder and former president of the MacDowell Company, a New England construction and landscaping services firm, Roy MacDowell is now the principal of real estate company Baystone Development. Beyond his work, Roy MacDowell serves as a trustee for the Anti-Defamation League of New England (ADL), which oversees the Raab Family’s Confronting Anti-Semitism Program (CASP).

The CASP’s goal is to help Jewish youth, families, and communities develop a greater understanding of anti-Semitism and acquire the skills needed to confront it. To achieve this aim, CASP operates the three internal programs described below:

Family Awareness Workshops. Open to 7th and 8th-grade students and their families, these workshops provide young people with the opportunity to discuss anti-Semitism in their communities and create safe strategies for confronting the issue.

Confronting Hate and Anti-Semitic Incidents (CHAI) Workshops. Focused on adults, CHAI helps members of the Jewish community identify instances of anti-Semitism in neighborhoods, work, and at home, in addition to equipping participants with the tools needed to respond appropriately.

Words to Action Workshops. Available to college students and young people preparing for college, these workshops prepare participants for confronting anti-Israel bias on college campuses and examine practical ways to confront anti-Semitism.