Moving our Work Forward with Gratitude

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Gratitude matters. It matters for our happiness, and in turn, our success. (Check out Shawn Achor’s entertaining TEDx talk, “The Happy Secret for Better Work,” for a 12-minute dose of inspiration.)

As Thanksgiving nears, it’s the perfect excuse to practice your toast take a minute and think about what you’re thankful for. In that spirit, I asked our EP team to chime in. Here’s what some of them said –

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“For listening to each other and pushing each other.” – Chris Reed, Manager, Fellowship Recruitment

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“I am thankful for being able to always be around to witness when my kids have those moments that melt your heart or when you just know that the experience helped them ‘grow a little bit.’” – Julie Angilly, VP, Marketing and Communications

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"I’m thankful for the health and happiness of my friends and family. They are an earnest, loving, and relentlessly curious constellation of individuals. Many of us will gather together over the holidays – for some, it will be the first time we will have seen each other since last year’s Thanksgiving feast. Yet no matter the time that has gone by, I know I will continue to draw inspiration and hope from the stories of hardship and triumph that my friends and family elect to share over the dinner table." – Jason Atwood, Senior Director, Evaluation and Learning

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“I’m thankful for wide front porches, warm winters, brass bands, and costumed parades. I’m thankful to work with constant learners. I’m thankful for my wife and daughters who inspire me every day to be my best self.” – Michael Richard, Director, New Orleans

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“Thankful for life, unconditional love from family and friends, and continual growth.” – Dawnell Powell, Associate, Career Advancement

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"My health and family. Precious to me." – Frances McLaughlin, President

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“I’m thankful for the family, friends, and coworkers who make me laugh and get me through the tough days. Also grateful for text messaging and FaceTime – technological wonders that help make those loved ones feel close when they’re far away!” – Jennifer Chin, Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing

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“I'm thankful for my crazy, loud, dysfunctional family. They are and have always been my foundation, support group, and safety net. And I'm thankful for maple bars because they have the square footage of 2 donuts but only count as 1!” – Leah Webster, Executive Assistant

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“I’m thankful for a marriage that makes me believe in fairy tales, access to great art in many forms, the opportunity to work at Education Pioneers, and the privilege of travelling to new and meaningful places.” – Elizabeth Dukovich, Manager, Development

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“I am thankful for my family, significant other, and our dog Lancelot, whom we adopted from a shelter three days after Thanksgiving last year. Getting kisses and giving belly rubs brightens the days!” – Jacqueline Bennett, Acting Director, Greater Boston and Connecticut

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"I’m thankful for two amazing kids, a husband who complements me in all ways, four incredible grandparents to my kids, work that I am passionate and committed to, and a community both personal and professional that enriches my life every day."  – Julie Horowitz, Senior VP, Strategic Talent Solutions

 

"I am thankful for the great experiences I’ve shared with the people I care about this year, and all the new experiences coming. There’s so many wonderful places to visit, sights to see, food to eat, and people to meet!" – Alex Hemmer, Associate, Collaborative Systems

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And as for me, I am grateful for the people who have the courage to speak up, to write, to make their voices heard, and to do the work that will create a better world for every single child, everywhere.

Thank you.

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I'm thankful for the years I got to work with education pioneers, and that there are so many familiar names on the list above! Happy Holidays!

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