Author Archives: Carmen

It isn’t goodbye….it is see you later

On June 21st, 2012, I boarded a plane headed for Santa Barbara and started a new chapter in my life. For 6 months I worked, played, learned, explored and evolved. My time at Direct Relief International for my PULSE assignment gave me more than what I gave to them. I learned about myself, my values, […]

October 31

Hurricane Sandy: It is personal

In my 7 years working at GSK, I have come to truly believe in our mission to help people Do More, Feel Better and Live Longer. Never has that mission been clearer to me than these past few months when I have been on assignment at Direct Relief International as part of GSK’s PULSE volunteer […]

September 12

Out of the office

My PULSE assignment at Direct Relief International as a Communications and Marketing Team Lead is pretty similar to my day job at GSK as a Employee Communications Manager. At GSK, I come into an office, sit in an open plan environment and develop communication plans and strategies for large projects. At Direct Relief, I come […]

One date many meanings

   September 11th is a day I don’t think any of us will forget. I think we all have our 9/11 memories. For me, I was in a plane flying from Portland to my new home in Houston. I remember an emergency landing and listening to panicked voicemails from my family wanting to know where I […]

Strategy vs. Tactic

When I received my email telling me that I was matched to a PULSE assignment, I was ecstatic. Reading over my assignment, I saw that as the Communications and Marketing Team Lead at Direct Relief I was going to be responsible for developing the overall communication strategy. Now that I am 2 months into my […]

Hurricane Isaac August 28

Being prepared vs. being lucky

My favorite Direct Relief story is one I heard as soon as I arrived. I had been in my PULSE assignment for about a week talking to someone who works in our International Program area, and they were telling me about their work in Haiti. Direct Relief had been working in Haiti way before the […]

A visitor at home

I haven’t blogged in awhile. It’s a combination of writer’s block and being extremely busy. While the busy thing probably won’t change, I need to figure a way to break through this writer’s block. I’m going to try writing about something I haven’t been able to stop thinking about and hopefully you will find it […]

Your reputation precedes you

With two weeks under my belt as the Communications & Marketing Team Lead at Direct Relief International I’ve had the opportunity to have meetings with almost all of the Direct Relief team and talk about their role, my role and how I might be able to help. I am constantly hearing how excellent the previous GSK […]

The mission in action

The mission of Direct Relief International is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty, disaster and civil unrest. It is my first week in my role as the Communications and Marketing Team Lead at Direct Relief and we have been thrown into action to respond to the Colorado wildfires. Being from […]

You’ve got no mail

I began my first day at Direct Relief International as the Communications and Marketing Team Lead anxious and excited. Anxious because I had to drive, which I don’t do much of back home in Philly, and excited for the new adventure. In total un-Carmen fashion, I arrived early. 8 AM to be exact and thank goodness […]

June 23


Anyone who has met me once knows that I have a “slight” obsession with shoes (and clothes to a lesser degree), so when it came time for me to pack for my GSK PULSE assignment I ran into a bit of difficulty trying to figure out what to take with me for the next 6 months. […]