Women on the Move

Mary Nixon

Founder/Executive Director, New Leaf Club

Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

Tucked away behind Gullifty’s near the Rosemont train station is a place that has become a godsend for parents and teens grappling with drugs, alcohol, suicide and an array of mental-health issues. The walls of this café hold a lot of pain—and that’s exactly what Mary Nixon envisioned when she created New Leaf in 2012. “Children in this area are highly stressed and lost in competition and performance,” she says. “Nobody can be the best all the time and simply ignore what troubles them. We need to seek support, and feel safe doing so.” 

Nixon knows of which she speaks. Growing up on the Main Line and raising four children here, she saw the need for a community center like New Leaf, which hosts support groups, art shows, yoga classes, open-mike nights, lecture series and fundraisers. Nixon is perhaps most touched by New Leaf’s adult groups, where parents meet to talk about their children’s addictions—and sometimes their own. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Ashvini Mashru

Founder/Owner, Wellness Nutrition Concepts

Chloe Johnston

Founder, Chloe Johnston Experiences

Christine Doherty Kondra

Chef/Co-owner, Cornerstone Cheese & Charcuterie

Denise Day

President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Brandywine

Elizabeth Jaekle

Vice President of Business Development, Crozer-Keystone Health System

Elizabeth Romaine

Director of Communications and Public Relations, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

Jessica Canto

Project Manager, Pohlig Builders

Joan Docktor

President, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors

Judith Dwyer

President/CEO, Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Kate Schnittman

Executive Director/Co-Founder, The Kolbe Fund

Kelly Doyle

CEO, Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital

Kelly Roach

Owner/Founder, Kelly Roach International

Kim Cassidy

President, Bryn Mawr College

Kristina Erfe Pines

Founder/Editor in Chief, Spoonful

Laura Vanderkam

Author, I Know How She Does It, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and All the Money in the World

Lea Anne Welsh

COO, Korman Communities President, AVE

Liz Bland

Program Manager, Main Line Health's Women’s Emotional Wellness Center

Lori Landew

Partner/Co-Chair, Entertainment Law, Fox Rothschild LLP

Marisa Porges

Head, The Baldwin School

Mary Nixon

Founder/Executive Director, New Leaf Club

Mina Sabet

Director of Video Operations, TED

Rose Ann Scanlon

Facilitator, Society of Professional Women

Stephanie Cleck

Founder/CEO, Concihairge

Tracy Ashdale

Founder/Executive Director, Girls on the Run of Montgomery and Delaware Counties