Category Archives: Philadelphia Education Fund

Improving the quality of public education in Philadelphia and the region, so that youth are prepared for college and careers

October 29

Where Do We Begin?

I’ve been busy at my PULSE assignment, focusing on STEM education initiatives in Philadelphia, and it’s going great! I’ve learned a lot, taking part in as many workshops, meetings, and volunteering projects as I can; helping educators through professional development workshops; leading our initiative to recruit, train, and schedule STEM Speakers to present to students […]

August 22

The Courage to Become…

Be a good girl. Smile. Don’t cry when you skin your knee. Share your toys. Go to school. Get good grades. Make plenty of friends. Stand up straight, the ugliest thing in the world is a tall girl who slouches. Be young, thin, and the socially accepted version of pretty – oh, and do that FOREVER. […]

August 17

STEM in Philly!

When I was first accepted into the PULSE program, and was matched with the Philadelphia Education Fund, people asked me what I would be doing. I happily gave a nice answer, memorized from my assignment document, but I really didn’t have any idea what it would be like, and what I’d actually be doing. I’ve […]

June 05

The start of a brand new adventure

As I sat in my hotel room near GSK House, preparing for the PULSE training that would begin the next morning, so many different emotions ran through my head. I was jet lagged, excited, nervous, hopeful, and anxious to meet the group. What would they be like? What would the training be like? Would I […]

November 17

5 Months in a Blink

It is hard to believe that my PULSE adventure is almost done. It seems like it was only yesterday when I arrived at the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) ready to get started.  It has been a very interesting 5 months and a time that I will remember for years to come. PEF is a nonprofit […]

November 15

My Friend Ed

My PULSE assignment is going well. So much so, I’m reluctant to take the time to blog about it. I’m well past the half-way point so it’s time to tell you what going on. I’m working for the Philadelphia Education Fund and most folks refer to it as the Ed Fund. It’s a well established […]

August 08

Emerging from the Change Curve

Today is the 30-day mark of my PULSE assignment at the Philadelphia Education Fund. The office is located downtown near GSK’s former site. I’m very familiar with the commute and thought it would be an easy transition. My biggest hurdle has been the change in my routine. I became a bit depressed. I just didn’t […]

June 13

Life Pre-PULSE & Post PULSE

As some of you know, last July I went on a PULSE assignment at The Food Trust working on Get Hype Philly! which is a citywide initiative promoting positive youth development in Philly and empowers youth as leaders to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. This volunteer experience became a point in my life […]

June 01

Ready to go!

I am just about three weeks away from starting my PULSE assignment and I can’t wait to get started.  I will be working with the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) as Special Assistant to the CEO to develop new business models to create sustainable funding sources that will enable PEF to continue to provide educational improvement needs to Philadelphia […]

March 18

I am Experiencing My Pulse Every Moment – Kindling Hope ♣ & Happiness Around ♥

“Hands Raised to Serve are More Blissful then Hands Raised to Pray”.

February 03

Don’t Let Fear Stop You

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela   On the heels of my PULSE assignment, I had two choices…. I could (attempt to!) go back to my “old […]

November 17

Top 5 more reasons to be a Proud PULSEe….

If anyone has read my previous countdown blog, you’ll know I love a good (& quick!) countdown – 5 Things I heard or read over past 2 weeks that made me feel so proud to be PULSE volunteer: 5. A fellow PULSE volunteer here in Philadelphia, Georgiana Walz, said such inspiring words the other day as […]

October 21

Unbecoming in the most positive way!

[Full disclosure – my blog isn’t about the assignment work. I like to focus on all the gooey stuff happening below the surface, deep in that introspective place of the soul. Read on if you dare enter that place on a corporate blog site :-)] I told myself (and most of you) that I would […]

October 21

Don McKinney, Philly’s Elder Statesman of STEM

Greetings! The subject of this posting will be long-time Ed Funder and distinguished community member, Don McKinney, who I affectionately refer to as “the Elder Statesman of STEM”.   Don has an unsurpassed level of passion for education and sense of commitment to his community.  It would be impossible to even estimate the number of Philly school […]

July 27

The Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition – creating a STEM Ecosystem in Philly

Greetings! It’s been 5 weeks now since I started my work at the Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund), working with the Philly Math + Science Coalition arm. What a change, working for a non-profit in the same metro area where GSK is located! I don’t have interesting photos to share for this first blog, as many […]