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Introducing myself and my journal: The Full Circle

About Me:
My name is Marie Bonheur-Gulotta and I was born on October 14, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I was six years old, when my family immigrated to the United States with my six siblings we were brought up and educated in New York City. In the years following high school, I signed on to serve four years of active duty in the United States Army. During my years in the military I participated in leadership training programs to acquire the skills and experience necessary to counsel individuals in extremely stressful situations. I was honorably discharged and remained active in the Reserves for many years. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany, NY. In addition, I attended the Institute for Not-For-Profit Management at the The Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY as a member of the Middle Management Program Class of 2001. While living on Long Island, NY, I founded a comprehensive social agency, Grace Women's Services Inc., dedicated to the advancement of disenfranchised women and children. The stated mission was to empower women in need with tools to become self-sufficient members of the community. Among my many interests is the art of photography and, in 2000, I presented a one- person exhibition of black and white portraits titled Social Expressions at the Nassau County Women's Center on Long Island. In 2007, I relocated with my husband and son to Georgia. Some of my past community services has been working for the Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign. I am actively involved with the American Association of University of Women (AAUW) as co-chair of the the Diversity Committee and State-level Public Policy Committee. I am also an Alumni of the White House Project. WHP is a national organization that provides leadership training to advance women's public service in the community and business sections. Local political leaders provide attendees with detailed strategies, help us to set goals and develop the necessary tools for leadership.

My Passions:
To empower women

My Challenges:
Road blocks that prevent me from succeeding to empower women.

My Vision for the Future:
To build a school in Haiti.

My Areas of Expertise:
Technical Coordinator

Comments

michellee's picture

A warm welcome!

Hi Marie,

I'm so glad you joined PulseWire! It seems like you have a lot to share with us and I would love to hear more about your work and experiences. You have joined an amazing community of inspiring members like yourself and we warmly welcome your voice to this conversation that is going on all over the world. Let me know if you have any questions about PulseWire and I will help to get you started. I look forward to hearing more from you!

Be well,

Michelle
World Pulse Technology Associate

Nicole Pampanin's picture

Hello and Welcome!

Hi Marie,

Welcome to the PulseWire community. We are happy to have you here with us. Be sure to check out the Groups section to join groups and find others that share your interests and passions, the Voices Rising section to read other women’s stories, and all the other resources that are here for you. I look forward to hearing from you here on PulseWire. Once again, welcome to our community!

Nicole

Marie Bonheur-Gulotta's picture

Thank you Nicole

Hi Nicole I appreciate your comment thank you. Indeed, I've started communicating thru PulseWire. I'm looking to network with anyone that is interested in helping me to rebuild Haiti. Its difficult to assess need when you live in the United State. I plan to go to Haiti soon. I'm waiting for my passport. I'm writing a grant for mental health issues that is going on in Haiti. Thank you again Nicole.

Nicole Pampanin's picture

Haiti

Hi Marie,
I would love to hear more about traveling to Haiti to help rebuild. I am actually leaving on Sunday for a week to help rebuild New Orleans during my spring break and am very interested in helping to rebuild in Haiti. I hope that your grant work is successful and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Sharese's picture

Welcome!

Wow. Your journey sounds like an amazing one. Thank you for sharing it with us! I look forward to reading more about your passions, your work, your goals and your achievements.

My passion too is to inspire and empower women. Currently I am working in Jamaica doing just that. I hope to go back to the United States and become a nurse so that I can continue to empower women with reproductive rights.

Is your primary focus on education? I noticed your vision for the future was to build a school in Haiti. What would that school look like? So many of the schools here in Jamaica are not what they have the potential to be- and we have not had such a disaster as the earthquake that hit Haiti.

Again, I am very glad you are here on WorldPulse and look forward to reading more about you and your work!

Much Peace,

Sharese

Marie Bonheur-Gulotta's picture

Thank you Sharese

Your voice encourages me to continue this necessary work in the rebuilding a new Haiti. lets continue this dialogue.

Hi Marie,

I just came across you page, and with your background in public service, I thought you might be interested in this opportunity.

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2013

Here is the link: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/exchange/post/62087

Kind regards,

Jennifer

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