Category Archives: North America

August 28

A Borderlands Story

This is my first blog post ever!  And like many before, I have to say, the idea of posting a story was a little bit daunting.  However, Pulse is about development and pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones, so here goes!!! Through the Pulse matching process, I was incredibly honoured to be matched with Save […]

August 06

Cali2Philly: My Favorite Day

Rewind to a few weeks ago… As I sit here down the shore (New Jersey, I’m a local now) escaping the triple digit extra high humidity of Philly, my friends are asking about the latest group of photos I posted. I got the biggest smile on my face because this day brought me so much […]

July 19

Cali2Phily: My intro to food deserts…

This concept was one I wasn’t familiar with until I moved to Philadelphia to start my assignment. Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy […]

July 08

World Pride Weekend NYC

The following isn’t necessarily a post about my Pulse experience per se. But, I think it was the universe linking Pulse to some ‘personal’ activities that my family planned. Sometimes the Universe screams at you and in this case reaffirmed why my PULSE assignment with Open for Business and promoting LGBT+ rights is absolutely the […]

February 13

Back at GSK – a new start

Finally, I am back at GSK, I started working last week on 4th February immediately after my return, as I felt that was the best way for me.  I used the past week to readapt to the weather and my daily routine in Siena. The most difficult part was managing the emotions, I was happy to […]

November 26

Expansion plans: The Family Success Model

I am excited to be writing about the rollout and my contributions to the new way of working and expansion at East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) in Durham North Carolina- called the Family Success Model. It has also been great to be building upon the previous work done by Jennifer and Megan who were GSK […]

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 […]

September 05

My first month at Cruz Roja Americana. What I can learn and what GSK can learn

After a month here, I have already an idea of the people I would like to learn from. I started  to reflect on what GSK could learn too. My Red Cross supervisor, who is an amazing manager, is the first person I could learn from here: he cares for his team of volunteers a lot, […]

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 […]

July 26

Meeting Collegues in GSK Nairobi

Isn’t it a lovely and amazing day having met our collegues here in Nairobi . It all happened, thanks to Elizabeth Msafiri ( Security lead Kenya & East Afrika) and Bernard Matheka. Before we head to the office, Elizabeth & Bernard inspected our apartments to ensure that we are living in a safe & secured environment so we […]

July 10

WE GOT YOU! ( Our NGO: Leonard Cheshire Disability )

I had to blog this, we dont get these coincidences very often, especially not a conincidence of the same mission! Mission to #BeChanged #BeTheChange #MakeTheChange Finally the two ( YES, 2 ) Adrienn _ have re-united in Nairobi, and not only our first names are 99% similar but we are both matched to the same NGO, in Nairobi, only in different branches. How ironic […]

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 27

Feeling Thankful for my trusted Market Research Vendors

This blog is dedicated to all of my dear Market Research Vendor Friends, and their extended team members whom I may have never met, for their skill and dedication to the craft of research and evaluation. The GSK PULSE Program has provided the opportunity to sharpen skills, and gain valuable outside-in perspective thru using them […]

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 […]