Over the last couple of years I have taken the shining moments listed below and reflected on how I hope to move forward. Speaking and educating others on how they can effectively be a voice for what they care about is what lights me up. I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration to build on these shining moments and spend my life doing some “world changing”!
The real “coming alive” started in September 2010 when I became a volunteer Congressional District Leader for ONE. In all actuality the underlying passion has been in me all along. Read the very first post on the blog, Coming Alive, for the whole story.
Things became more exciting in July 2011 after participating in a listening/learning trip to Kenya as a member of the ONE Moms Advisory Council.
From these two experiences the doors were opened and the media blitz began:
*Speaking with Members of Congress: I have had numerous meetings both locally and on Capitol Hill with Members of Congress and their Staff advocating for programs that are saving millions of lives on less than 1% of the US budget.
*ONE Moms on ABC World News and Good Morning America (My kids and I have an appearance!)
*UNC-TV North Carolina Now: Interview with fellow North Carolinian ONE Mom, Jennifer James, and myself on the UNC-TV program North Carolina Now– (we are at minute 17:30)
*WWAY-TV interview: Person of the week on our local ABC affiliate.
*Meeting in the West Wing of the White House with Dr. Jill Biden, USAID Administrator Raj Shah, and Gayle Smith of the National Security Council.
*WECT News: Numerous local events that I have organized; documentary screenings, Full Belly Project voluneer days, and UN Women Walk have been covered on local NBC news affiliate.
*Mom it Forward: Featured on blog.
*Lumina News: Post Kenya article by Michelle Saxton.
*Article in the September 2011 edititon of WILMA
*Articles published quarterly in the UNA-USA Coastal Carolina Chapter Newsletter. I can email a copies per request
*Cape Fear Rotary keynote speaker, as well as local chapter of UN Women, Coastal Carolina UNA-USA Annual Breakfast, Oxfam Hunger Banquet, UNCW School of Social Work, School of Anthropology, School of International Affairs and several local schools.