Down the Yellow Brick Road…to PATH!
Drum roll please….. This is a moment more than a decade in the making, that builds upon experience gained on two continents, and for the first time in my career, combines my corporate/professional experience with my heartfelt passion to be a force for good in the world.
It’s with great pride and happiness that I share with you that I am joining PATH! What is PATH, you say?! I’m so glad you asked! PATH is a global nonprofit focused on transforming lives through innovative health solutions.
Yeah, you still don’t know what they do.
Let me break it down another way-
Should vaccines for common, deadly diseases be available to EVERYONE around the world? Yes! PATH does that!
Should we develop and implement new ways to keep babies around the world healthy in the critical few days after childbirth? Yes! PATH does that!
Should women around the world have access to safe, effective family planning methods and services? Yes! PATH does that!
Should everyone have access to clean drinking water? Yes! PATH does that!
Should these things be done in a way that engages and empowers local communities? Yes! PATH does that!
If you weren’t familiar with PATH before, I hope this gives you some sense of what an incredible organization it is, the scale they operate on, and why I am so thrilled to be joining them.
Now, don’t pack your bags to visit me in some far flung land (just yet). My role is located here in Seattle at our global headquarters, though my heart is already in the field with our staff and the communities they serve.
I’m joining HR as Director of Operations, which will allow me to leverage my existing skills, build lots of new ones, and give me a chance to get to know the entire organization inside and out!
When I step across the threshold into PATH’s offices today, it will truly be the start of a safari njema (good journey) and I can’t wait to see where it leads me!
There is an oft-quoted African proverb that says, “If you want to travel fast, travel alone; if you want to travel far, travel together.” It feels especially fitting because I never would have gotten to this day, and this moment if not for the support of so many incredible friends and loved ones. I am deeply grateful for all the support and encouragement I have received over the years and especially recently.
Perhaps more importantly, I know this maxim will be crucial in my work moving forward and will apply not just to friends and family, but to my work colleagues located in Seattle and around the world! Join hands friends, we are going places TOGETHER.
To sum up my excitement and sense of optimism, I might say I feel a lot like Dorothy headed for Oz to see the Wizard. And, yes- I AM wearing my ruby red shoes.