A Follow-up to My Announcement
Thank you for your outpouring of support and love. I am making a second post to ensure everyone sees my response to a few themes I saw emerging.
First, I am not leaving you or PulseWire. PulseWire is a social networking site and I am excited that I will again have time to spend on the site, discussing important topics with you, and meeting women from around the world. (Plus, Corine made me promise to blog regularly about my project in Nairobi!)
Second, I am always available by Skype and email. I'll email you my personal email. You can also send me a private message on PulseWire!
Third, we agree with Dr Edonna. It is essential that Voices of Our Future continue to be directed by a woman. World Pulse will be hiring a new Program Director in 2010 to replace me and "she" will in fact be a woman. In the meantime, Scott will be our anchor, ensuring program continuity.
For most of the past year, Scott generously volunteered his time to support our work together. He was part of the original team (me, Elsie and Scott), who created the structure for Voices of Future from just a loose idea. From there, he set up all the back-end systems and has provided endless support to all of us. It was not until recently that we made Scott's role with World Pulse more official and brought him on as a program coordinator.
My intention is not to go on the defensive, but to share why I feel confident in Scott's ability to provide program continuity in a way that is feminine, empowering, and authentic. And, I also do want to talk anyone into feeling something that is not authentic for them. My personal experience with Scott is that he is an incredible ally, supporter, and contributor - they kind of man we would all be blessed to have in our lives.
I hope this clarifies anything that felt confusing or unsettling. I love each and everyone of you and would be devastated to not have you in my life anymore.
Hugs and kisses,