March 21, 2011
The last few weeks at EFLI have been very busy. Despite the snowy entrance into Spring, we have been bright and bustling in and around Westchester County. Find posters and postcards scattered around your towns, local high schools and local newspapers! Look for us this month in Natural Awakenings and The Hudson Independent.
We have also welcomed a new addition to the EFLI team: Sara Gonzalez. She has provided us with a short insight to her first couple of weeks:
My First Couple of Weeks at EFLI:
Antoinette Klatzky, whom I met when I was a dean for Sadie Nash, told me that when a person puts himself or herself in situations in which they belong, things tend to fall into place. For the past couple of years my set plan was to graduate and become a public middle school teacher hopefully in my home borough of Brooklyn, NY. Though that is still a life goal for me, when I returned from studying abroad in Cuba that plan didn’t feel definite anymore. Something in my life and my vision for it had shifted, though I could not pinpoint what exactly had changed. I found myself browsing through idealist.org looking for non-profit organizations that served young women. While trying to focus on my last semester at Sarah Lawrence College, my mind kept wandering to what my role in life is at the moment and will be when I graduate. During all this pondering Antoinette emailed me asking about Cuba, but most importantly telling me about the opportunity to work with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute summer program. This was exactly what I was looking for.
I have the opportunity to work with and serve young women and acquire experience as an organizer while simultaneously having the opportunity to be around great non-profit, business, and passionate female minds. I get to TEACH and LEARN! After chatting with two young women this week, one interested in the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute and the other a sophomore in EFLI interested in the LIFE fellowship, I’ve learned that inspiration does not only come from the great minds that came before me but also from the great minds coming after me. The inter-generational interactions that happen daily within the Eileen Fisher Foundation are amazing and keep me motivated through the phone calls to schools, flyer posting, brain-storming, interviews, program organizing, etc. Life has certainly begun to shift back into place.
~ Sara Gonzalez