Expanding the fight against Ebola

Expanding the fight against Ebola

President Obama headed to CDC headquarters today, where he was briefed on the Ebola outbreak and subsequently announced the expansion of a plan to help West Africa combat the outbreak and prevent its spread to the US. This comes after members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee inquired about US protection from the global epidemic – a stark reminder of our vulnerabilities and preparedness.

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A new bill is good news for working moms in Philadelphia

A new bill is good news for working moms in Philadelphia

I was proud to witness the signing of the Breastfeeding Accommodation Bill by Philadelphia's Mayor Nutter at City Hall this week. GSK was invited to the event to give an industry perspective on how providing these accommodations will benefit new moms and businesses.  It was eye-opening to find that there are companies that do not provide their employees who are nursing mothers with a private place and time at work to express breast milk for their babies. 

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The path to cures

While many of us have plans to head out early today for a long Labor Day weekend, leaders from Capitol Hill, GSK, NIH, FDA, and beyond will head to Lancaster, PA to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by Congressional members of the Energy & Commerce Committee on an exciting bi-partisan initiative called 21st Century Cures.

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Vaccines safety and effectiveness: how aware are you?

Vaccines safety and effectiveness: how aware are you?

Today, vaccines are available to protect the public from more diseases than ever before. Many common, devastating, and infectious diseases have been reduced to a very rare occurrence  through vaccinations. As a pediatrician in training in the late 1980s, I personally witnessed the impact of vaccination with my patients.

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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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