Hands-on and hair-raising fun with GSK Science in the Summer

Hands-on and hair-raising fun with GSK Science in the Summer

Did your child’s summer plans include creating chemical compounds, extracting DNA from a strawberry, or having a hair-raising interaction with an electrostatic generator? If so, then your child probably participated in a GSK Science in the Summer™ program held at local libraries. In Philadelphia, the program is administered by The Franklin Institute. 

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Working inside the business to achieve social change

Working inside the business to achieve social change

I recently returned from Aspen, Colorado, where I attended the first meeting of the Aspen Institute’s First Mover Fellows. The venue and program were outstanding, but by far the most impressive aspect was the cohort – an amazing and diverse group full of passion, energy, and optimism. We got to know one another and discussed ways to drive and maintain innovative change in organizations. Consistent with the philosophy of the Aspen Institute, there was an emphasis on long term vision and purpose.

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My week at Camp Happy Days – kids kickin’ cancer in Charleston

My week at Camp Happy Days – kids kickin’ cancer in Charleston

I love to draw and paint. As a human resources manager, you won’t be surprised to hear that art isn't listed on my job description. But every year, for the past 13 years, my company lets me spend a week revisiting my love of art while helping a bunch of kids discover their artistic talents. Not just any kids, but a really special, brave, and inspirational group of kids who are dealing with cancer – either themselves or their siblings – at Camp Happy Days in South Carolina.

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An opportunity for inspiration

An opportunity for inspiration

We often lose sight of how fortunate we are, and the stories and struggles of others can offer us perspective and humility. As a summer intern in GSK’s communications department, I was given the chance to work on the GSK Opportunity Scholarship program. This college scholarship is awarded each year to students who have overcome great adversities and are changing their lives through education.

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Days of wonder

Days of wonder

Glitter, therapy dogs, superhero capes, and prom dresses—seemingly strange bedfellows in the world of medicine and a gathering of approximately 60 children (ages 6 to 17) suffering from a range of skin diseases from epidermolysis bullosa to icthyosis. But, this is how my first  day at Camp Wonder, in the beautiful foothills of northern California, went.

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Their organization’s mission is to put themselves out of business

Their organization’s mission is to put themselves out of business

“It’s just skin cancer.” That statement is probably the single biggest misconception about melanoma. The summer season presents an opportunity to not only debunk this common myth but to pledge to take action against melanoma throughout the year with efforts such as practicing skin protection. While melanoma is a type of skin cancer, it is skin cancer in its most villainous form.

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Truckin' – why we want to cash chips in for chives and bok choy

Truckin' – why we want to cash chips in for chives and bok choy

Yes, my family is from Iowa. Yes, I spent much of my youth running through my grandparents' corn fields. That said, now that I live in Center City Philadelphia, I’m a big fan of eating food and not so much into growing it. Still, I was recently fascinated by all the work it takes to get that food to my plate.

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