Author Archives: Annie Lawton Scurfield

October 27

Women and Children First

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of men too, but when it comes to development, big impact comes when women and children are targeted. My work with the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has shown me first hand how well women can perform, even in professions traditionally considered male dominated. The focus of […]

September 24

The Sustainable Development Goals

It’s a big week here in NYC. Leaders from around the world are converging on the city, including the Pope and the President, and we will have the traffic to prove it! Suffice it to say, I’ll be taking the subway for the next little while. Everyone here at the Earth Institute is excited about […]

August 21

Bells and Drums in Ghana

Do you remember when you got your first cell phone? How about your first smart phone? I remember the day I got my first iPhone – I instantly felt cooler! They are so handy for finding things to do, places to eat, maps to find your way, and obviously to keep you in touch with […]

July 17

“Do one thing every day that scares you”

 I am not big on motivational quotes, but I have always liked the one by Eleanor Roosevelt: “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I love the concept, but when I think of my life, I realize that I rarely do things that scare me. When I think of really scary things I’ve done, […]

June 26

Take your kids to PULSE day!

Since I’ve been in customer-facing sales for 14 years, I’ve never had an office to bring the kids to for “take your child to work” day. Today was the last day of school for Elsa and Sabine, so they came up to see me at the office. I’ve discovered that the offices of the Earth […]

June 15

End extreme poverty? Sign me up!

After 14 years of doing the same job, I’m about to embark on a major change.  GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), my company, has a philanthropic arm called Pulse that matches willing employees with non-profit organizations so that they can “volunteer” for 6 months.  The idea is that the volunteers contribute their skills to solve challenges at home and […]