MedShare CEO to Speak at en2emTalks

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, Enterprise2Empower Talk is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At the event,  video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  en2emTalks will feature four high-profile social innovators who will give TED-style (18-minute) talks on their businesses and experiences. Our very own Meridith Rentz is one of the four innovators that will be speaking, and we invite you to join us in hearing her speak.

The event is on March 10th, 2012 from 12-3pm at Georgia Tech’s Klaus Atrium. You can find more information about the event here.

We hope to see you there!

Kenya Trip Notes from the Field: Sandy Tytel

By Sandy Tytel, Chair, MedShare New York Regional Council

My name is Sandy Tytel, and I currently serve as a member of MedShare’s North East Regional Council. My daughter Jennifer is also involved with MedShare and is planning a Young Professionals Fundraising Event in NYC. We woke up this morning in Nairobi after 22 hours of traveling, filled with so much excitement and adrenaline. We couldn’t wait to start our day and adventure. While tomorrow is dedicated to meeting our Kenyan health care partners—more of a real roll up your sleeves work kind of day–today is more about getting acquainted with one another. Many of us have never met before. Ginny, Laureen, Jennifer and I represent the New York Region. Angie, Meredith, Pat, Lindsay, Charlie, Tom, A.B., Tina and Terry represent Atlanta. Ed, from Missouri works for Catholic Healthcare and Bob and Liz are from San Francisco. Following a relaxing and delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, our group was on its way.  First stop, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust—an elephant orphanage in Nairobi. All I can say is WOW. This place is so impressive and inspiring. We met 16 rescued orphaned elephants ranging from 3 months to 34 months of age who arrived at the Nursery in mourning and traumatized by the events that caused the separation from their mothers. These calves are fed, loved and cared for until they are ready to be released back into the wild. The humanity demonstrated by the elephant keepers was awe-inspiring. The keepers truly become parents to the orphaned elephants and stay with them up until they are fully comfortable in their new wild environment.

The experience at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was not only educational, moving and emotional, but also a wonderful start to what we know will be an amazing trip. The elephant orphanage was a wonderful introduction to Kenya, its landscape and unique wildlife as well as to each other. Can’t wait until tomorrow!

Angie Fife Engelberger, MedShare Southeastern Council Member

Baby Elephant

Elephant at the David Sheldrick WIldlife Trust

This post is part of a series we’re doing over the coming days while MedShare staff and Board of Trustee members travel through Kenya from February 17 – 27. We invite you to share the experience with them by reading their stories; to access them, click on the “Africa Trip“  icon in the right sidebar. Safe travels, team!

Kenya Trip Notes from the Field: MedShare’s Lindsey Barnett

By Lindsey Barnett, MedShare’s Senior Program Manager

From the moment Meridith and I stepped off the plane, a flood of excitement and gratitude rushed through me to be in this place – well, excitement mixed with a strong desire to shower and rest my eyes after an almost sleepless 24 hours. :) There’s so much to appreciate about Kenya and the countries surrounding this region, from the lush landscapes to the cheerful lilt in the voices of new friends who welcome you with warmth and graciousness. As we visit this incredibly diverse group of partners over the next week, I can’t wait to hear the thoughts, questions and ideas that come from those in our group – people who are coming together from across the U.S with a rich blend of knowledge, experiences and a deep-rooted passion for making a difference in our global community.  As we’re traveling, we’d love to hear from those at home who may have questions or seeds they’d like to plant during this opportunity to probe a little deeper in the field – could make for some really interesting dialogues with our Kenyan partners.

Send us your thoughts and stay tuned….

This post is part of a series we’re doing over the coming days while MedShare staff and Board of Trustee members travel through Kenya from February 17 – 27. We invite you to share the experience with them by reading their stories; to access them, click on the “Africa Trip“  icon in the right sidebar. Safe travels, team!

Kenya Trip Notes from the Field: MedShare CEO

By Meridith Rentz, MedShare CEO and President

We’re on our way……

Lindsey and I are on the flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam.  I want my body to think it’s 6:00 am (Nairobi time) but not much luck.  My mind is racing with anticipation and excitement and last-minute worries.  It’s much too hard to sleep as I consider all that we’re about to see, feel, touch, smell, hear…..experience.  We are going to have the gift of learning about the impact of our MedShare work up-close and personal.  What works?  What doesn’t?  How can we improve?  How can we have sustainable impact?

Once we arrive in Nairobi, Lindsey and I will do final preparations before our wonderful MedShare group arrives.   Bob, Liz, Sandy, Laureen, Ginny, Pat, Charlie, Tina, AB, Angie, Terry, Tom, Ed and Jennifer……hurry on up, we’re ready for you!

This post is the first of a series we’ll host over the coming days. MedShare staff and Board of Trustee members will be in Kenya from February 17 – 27, and they’ll be sharing their stories and first-hand accounts on the MedShare blog. We invite you to share the experience with them by reading their stories; to access them, click on the “Africa Trip”  icon in the right sidebar. Safe travels, team!