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Jennifer's Personal Announcement

Me and Jonah sharing a slice of pizza

My Dearest Correspondents,

It is with bittersweet tears mixed with anticipation and excitement that I announce that on November 15th, I will be leaving World Pulse to start working full-time with The Press Institute.

When Jensine came to me in 2008 and said she wanted a network of grassroots correspondents reporting on the frontlines of social change on PulseWire, I remember thinking, "uh-huh. How?" PulseWire was barely out of its infancy, the world did not yet know who we were, and our community was fledgling. But Jensine, like all revolutionary visionaries, is not one to sit idle. She has a vision and is impatient to make it happen!

From the first partner call with Gail Straub of The Empowerment Institute, Voices of Our Future has quite literally had legs of it own. A simple request for donated mentoring sessions as a final award turned into one-on-one mentoring for each and every one of you. An introductory call with Cristi Hegranes from The Press Institute turned into a robust curriculum that will be further shaped and refined for future years. And a chance meeting with a board member of The OpEd Project brought the art of public debate into the program.

Then, there is you. How do I even describe the irrevocable impact you have had on me, World Pulse, and our community? You are trailblazers in a field of social injustices. As Jackie might say, you are the world's chamomile in stressful and turbulent times. You are wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, lovers, activists, writers, visionaries, doers, and healers. You are woman.

Although I am leaving World Pulse, I am not leaving you. And although I will not be directing Voices of Our Future next year, I want you to feel confidence in the fact that if you choose, this journey has just begun. I am leaving you in the professional, capable and loving hands of Scott Beck, who embodies gender equality, empowerment, and balance. Scott will be working with graduates of Voices of Our Future to kick off the Global Correspondents Network, a new program of World Pulse.

These past months with all of you have been some of the most incredible, inspiring, and heart-felt months of my life. I feel I have 31 new best friends forever. Thank you for the incredible gifts you have given me through your words.

With love and tenderness,

Jennifer

PS To learn more about my new role and first project with The Press Institute, please visit The Press Institute's site

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jap21's picture

Hey Mother Hen!

How come you are leaving your chicks, dearest Mother Hen? How is it possible? My heart is weeping, but I know that you have taken this step thinking of the best interest for your future. Saying good bye has never been as hard as now. A part of me wants to beg: 'Please, please don't go', but the rational part of my brain says I should cool off and wish you well, my dear Mother Hen.

May the road be smooth and even, may the new world be brilliant, may your heart never forget me, or that you have a real friend in me.

Love you baby...

This is not good bye, it is just see you later darling.

As the song goes: 'You only think you are leaving, but one is where one is most missed, and you are greatly missed here'

Always with you, wherever you may go, your friend,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

sunita.basnet's picture

Hard to say Goodbyee

Dearest Jennifer,
Namaskar,

You have been an incredible women helping us in evey situation, bringing us together from the various corner of the world. My heart is heavy and my mind is blank. Please do not go, continue your journey with us. Howevr, I agreed with Jackie, you might have think about your future too. Please don't forget us, whever you have free time , post in the world pulse, we cannot wait to read about your life. We will be waiting and thinking you.

I wish your best future and wonderful life. Wow what a cool picture with Jonah.Thank you so much for being with us and helping us in every situation.
please keep in touch.Big hugs

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Khushbu's picture

All the Best Jennifer

Hi Jenni

We have a mixed feeling as well. On one hand, we are upset that our voices journey with you is coming to an end, but on the other, we are all super happy for you for a new phase of your life.. its really wonderful that you are embarking on a new journey, to meet new people, to achieve new feats, and to make a difference. Wherever you are, promise us that you will be in touch. That is the most that matters to us. really!

You and Jonah look amazing....

All the best dear mother hen!

We all love you
Khushbu

Khushbu Agrawal

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Jennifer, Congrats ! For

Dear Jennifer,

Congrats ! For moving on . I know you will have taken some other intersting project that will be touching lives of scores of other women. We will be in touch, won't we. But still I am missing you. It is probably the timing.

Love to you and Jonah. Just Don't forget us.

Nusrat

stella Ndugire- Mbugua's picture

Coming to Kenya...

Bittersweet... I dread these words, especially when they come from you. Its usually either bad news for many, or good news for some.

This time, I feel fortunate....you are coming to Kenya. That does not mean that I will not miss your leadership and commitment to us. I wish you the very best in your new work. I know you have probably thought so hard about this and it must be something your heart is up for. But do not forget the home of pulse where you will forever be treasured. You have indeed been our Mother hen as Jackie says. We will continue to follow in your footsteps, wherever life will lead us.

All the love and admiration.

Regards,

Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

cad_communication's picture

Taking up new challenges

Jennifer,
Congradulations for the new job with the Press Institute. I am happy for you and i have confidence that you will excel in the new project as you have already demonstrated. You are a valuable "asset" and anyone would be more than happy to have you on board. You continue to inspire me.

Good luck on the new project.

Love and hugs,

Gertrude

dr edonna's picture

Why Not a Woman

I am sooooo sorry to hear you are leaving, and honestly, I am not happy that you are leaving us in the hands of a man. Why not a woman, I feel so much safer with women, and I thought that was the whole point of this for women to give voice to their feelings in a safe environment. I just don't feel that safe with a man, don't know if anyone else feels that way, but there are enough spaces and places for men to be in without being in what I call women's space.

I hope you will find a woman to replace you! I have enough men in my life telling me what to do, and I don't need another one, though he may be sensitive, I think that position deserves a woman, just out of sensitivity to our issues and the topics we write about.

Congratulations on your new job, hope it doesn't take you away from your lovely son too much! Give kisses and hugs to him, please.

No offense Scott, just want a woman, in this sacred space.

busayo's picture

Oh Noooooooooo

Hi Jennifer,
I know this is for the best but we will all miss you. I hope we can always contact you in Press Institute
I know you will also have good time there with Cristi. Wishing all the best. Greetings to Jonah and his daddy.

Love you
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

olutosin's picture

All the best Jennifer

All the best Jennifer

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Tina's picture

I have no words!

Really, Jennifer, what are we going to do without you? You have been a rock, a friend, a teacher. a mentor, a sister, a mother. You have helped bring out our voices and you have have given us wings!!!

But I am sure your job with the Press Institute will be a fulfilling and perfect one for you. I hope you never forget us. Please come back and let us know how you are doing?

Thanks for all that you have done with this program over these past few months, for your honesty, companionship, direction and most of all your spirit. THis program really won't be the same without you.
Much love and many blessings for your new future,
Tina

Arda's picture

No more Jennifer?? How could it be??

When I read your message, my reaction was similar to Busayo's: OH NOOO!!

A little bit shocked, but also happy for you if you're happy.

And indeed, new friends you have made. Let's stay in touch!

Arda

Joannes's picture

Karibu Kenya!

Hello Jenny,

It is indeed a bittersweet moment for you and us from Kenya... bitter because of your permanent footprints and the fulfilling touch that you have left in our midst as correspondents. We cannot imagine a life on World Pulse without your hands-on leadership and mentorship... a mother hen indeed. The moment is also sweet for us who come from Kenya because a distant dream that we only dared to dream on World Pulse is coming to fruition. A world of possibilities indeed! Because who could have imagined that such connections through World Pulse could give birth to interactions and finally projects and initiatives for the benefit of the rest of the world?! It is indeed an honour that some of us will get an opportunity to meet face to face, hug and talk to someone that we only knew in our dreams.
Jennifer, i admire your courage, your sense of leadership and your innovativeness. Let this not be a moment of tears but of joy because your new role will help you touch more lives in Kenya. Remember that by making the lives of those you interact with better, you will still be carrying on the dream of World pulse of transforming the world. Please, Welcome to kenya!

Many Hugs,

Joanne.

We Can Do It!
Joannes

Jennifer!

You've been an incredible person to work with. You've been an inspiration to me, to every woman in this program, and to every life you touch. I know you will continue to change the world with your clarity, passion and charisma. You are a joyful person to be around...I feel blessed to have shared this opportunity with you.

And, to all the Correspondents!

As Dr. Edonna questioned already, why not a woman? Why me? I do not take any offense to this question! I appreciate that you are willing to say how you're feeling. I respect your wanting to keep a sacred, safe and inspiring place to express yourselves freely. I want that space for you too, and it is my honor to work to help co-create that with you all. I have been with you all on this journey for many months, and I feel that I've learned so much about the world, myself, and your lives. It has been a true honor to be a part of this with you. As we proceed from here, I aim to work in partnership with you and not just be "another man telling you what to do." Who needs that?? I hope to build stronger connections with each of you and help to bridge the gap that Jennifer's departure leaves for us. I hope that you will welcome a connection with me, and be able to see me as an ally, a friend, a nurturer, a listener...a fellow on a journey with you, working to build a world that values things considered "feminine."

I will try my best to be at least half as AMAZING as our dear friend, Jennifer. Thank you again Jennifer, and we'll see you on PulseWire! Please, carry us with you on your adventures, in your heart, mind and soul.

With so much love,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Maria de Chirikof's picture

hugs and congratulations

It is bittersweet knowing you will still be here but in a different way. I hope we do stay in touch often and that your new project goes nicely! I read the one page you had linked to and it looks like a great undertaking, the woman's center in Kenya. Will you actually be heading over there to live? that is amazing and I wish you great luck with it!

Like Dr. Edonna I would also prefer a woman though like Scott and think it will be an interesting perspective to have him here with us. He has been great and encouraging so far, that is true!

Best of luck on the new venture and I look forward to keeping in touch!

love,

Maria

LUZ MARINA JARAMILLO's picture

¡BUEN VIENTO Y BUENA MAR!

Querida Jennifer:

Este mensaje de despedida lo recibimos con mucha tristeza, pues durante nuestro recorrido en World Pulse has sido una queridísima guía, inteligente, amable y entusiasta, receptora sensible a nuestras historias, pensamientos y escritos. Coordinadora con gran carisma y gran corazón humano, que has sabido transmitirnos alegría y amor por la causa y nos has orientado con valiosos comentarios e impulsado con tanto entusiasmo en nuestro aprendizaje en este mundo maravilloso de World Pulse.

Te agradecemos mucho tus palabras y al lamentar tu despedida también te deseamos muchos éxitos en tu nuevo trabajo y en tu vida personal. Gracias de nuevo y gracias por dejarnos en manos de Scott Beck, pues estamos seguras que continuará tu labor con el mismo entusiasmo, e inteligencia.

Esperamos contar con tu amistad y cuenta también con la amistad de las mujeres de este territorio hermoso de Colombia, en donde siempre tendrás voces amigas y corazones listos a escucharte en donde estés.

...Y como dicen los marinos...”!BUEN VIENTO Y BUENA MAR!”.

Un abrazo afectuoso,

Luz Marina

olakitike's picture

Big HugS!

We will miss you loads Jen, thanks for all you did for us and still do. Wishing you grace strength and mercy at your new JOb. Lots of love!

misscarly's picture

Dear Jennifer, It has been

Dear Jennifer,

It has been such a joy to work with you over the last year. Thank you for all your time, investment, and encouragement. You have brought a world of women together! Although you will be missed greatly at World Pulse, we are excited to see you take the next step in your journey. Many blessings on you and your future work with The Press Institute.

love,
Carly

Dando's picture

This news has come at a time

none of us expected it. I really don't know what to say coz every thing has been said already.
But I want you to know that you are such a great woman, a woman who has contributed to what I have become.
I will always be thankful to have come to know you. It is not easy to see you go but what can we do when the time has come for you to take another road. Although you won't be with us I believe you are always with us like scott said in heart,
and soul.

On the other hand, am very happy for you for your new Job. A big congratulation and hope to be hearing from you from time to time.

We love you and God bless you and your lovely family.

Nice pic

Dando

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Moving on?

Moving on.... Hmmmm... Is it good or bad, and we can always question that. But I think it is a good thing because first you can look back and see that you din do something that is working actually, the energy is moving from one person to another. And you endeawored all of us with the grat desire to follow you deeds

And moving to Nairobi... wow, I feel so jealous!!!
I loved that place and I always have it in my dream.

Good luck to you and inspiration to make more people benefit from you as a woman, mother, teacher, suporter and a great leader!!!

Always in my mind,
Victoria

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
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