Learning from others on the #probono Twitter chat

Learning from others on the #probono Twitter chat

At GSK, employee volunteering is embedded in our culture. We've established company-wide programs ranging from a single day of service for all employees to long-term PULSE assignments (up to 6 months) that match the professional skills of our employees with nonprofit needs. In order to learn more about what other companies are doing in this space, and, in return, share some of our lessons learned, GSK participated in a Pro Bono Twitter chat last Friday. 

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Doing things a little differently for collective impact

Doing things a little differently for collective impact

Like many companies, we’ve wrestled with how to go beyond “the check” when it comes to our philanthropy. We want to bring our best to our partnerships and that means figuring out how we might also bring our passion for scientific discovery, our spirit of innovation, and our commitment to transparency to the table.

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Building a playground – and a healthier community – in one day

Building a playground – and a healthier community – in one day

A slide and swings to assemble,
a sandbox and benches to construct,
a fence and murals to paint,  
2,000 lbs of cement to mix,
...and the largest pile of mulch I have ever seen!

This was the view of the North Light Community Center in Philadelphia when I arrived to build a playground with 100 of my colleagues from top-performing sales teams across the US. 

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Answering the call to combat Ebola

Answering the call to combat Ebola

With no known cure yet and continuing to spread, Ebola has now been diagnosed in the first patient in the US. Making the situation more dire: the most severely affected countries in west Africa are not equipped to handle the enormity of this health crisis, fueling the spread of the outbreak. These countries include Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

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The Wall Street Journal experience

The Wall Street Journal experience

A long-standing litmus test guiding ethical behavior is to ask “How would my actions be judged if they appeared as the front page news?” Well, that test became very real when our San Diego account team was informed a Wall Street Journal reporter was scheduled to observe our appointments with customers and a regional planning meeting. The new question we faced was, “How WILL my actions appear WHEN reported in the WSJ?” 

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The perfect storm is here, but help to address antibiotic resistance could be on its way

The perfect storm is here, but help to address antibiotic resistance could be on its way

It’s hard to believe that six years have passed since I wrote a piece for the journal Science with the headline, “Desperately Seeking New Antibiotics.” I had a lot of concerns about the increase in the number of infections that were becoming resistant to antibiotics, the need for diagnostic tests to monitor antibiotic use and how pharma company pipelines for new antibiotics had dried up. Momentum to fix this situation is now at an all-time high. Image Credit: NIAID

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