Elevated PULSE

I am about to begin an amazing journey….even as I type it, it is hard to believe.

I know that I will be traveling to Singapore and several other countries in SE Asia, but much of this journey is still to be discovered.  I enjoy thinking about what life will be like on the other side of the world, but I also know that it’s impossible to accurately predict what life will be like when I get there.  The sights, sounds, smells, people, weather, and culture will all be new and that’s what makes it so exciting!

But when did this journey actually begin? Will it be when I get on the plane for a 23 hour flight?  Was it when I was accepted to the PULSE program?  When I completed my application? When I went to Ghana and my view of the world changed forever?  When I first came to GSK?  When I was born (that was an important first step!)?  When my parents met on blind date and my dad picked my mom up on a motorcycle (she rode side-saddle!)?

Life is a continuous journey and it has no beginning or end, but is made up of many journeys..…some small, some big. You can try to plan everything out, but life has a way of reminding you that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.  I don’t know what this journey has in store for me, but I do know that I will have many new experiences and I will meet many new interesting people.

Thank you to everyone I have ever met because with all of the sliding doors of life I may not be in my current situation without you. At one point we were all strangers, and I am very fortunate to have met you!

Thank you to GSK for this opportunity, to my study team and coworkers for covering for me while I am away, and especially to my manager Maura who has been helped me tremendously over my 9 years at GSK and has fully supported this assignment since I mentioned it to her.

Thank you very much to my family and close friends because I definitely would not be here without you. You are all amazing people!  I wouldn’t be the person I am today without your influence on my life.

Background:

-The PULSE Volunteer Partnership is GSK’s skills-based volunteering initiative.  Through PULSE, motivated employees are matched to a non-profit organization for 3 or 6 months full-time, contributing their skills to solve healthcare challenges at home and abroad.  When PULSE Volunteers return to GSK, they act as catalysts to change the company for the better.

-I will be working with Innovations in Healthcare (http://www.innovationsinhealthcare.org/) as a Southeast Asia Healthcare Innovation Fellow. During my assignment, I will be performing an in-depth landscaping study with the focus on researching healthcare innovations in Southeast Asia countries, as well as conduct site visits to better understand key healthcare delivery innovations.