… for courage, change, and turning in the work keys

Change may be nerve-racking, but it is also very exciting and demonstrates the courage we have within us. One huge upcoming change in my life is the result of my decision to accept a position with Phase One Consulting Group, where I will serve as a Communications Consultant.

Over the past year and a half, I have had the incredible opportunity to work for the International Food Policy Research Institute, an organization dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to end hunger and poverty. I have grown in more ways than I could have ever imagined, learned how to more successfully navigate the workplace, utilized skill sets from previous internships that I never thought would be useful, discovered my strengths and weaknesses, and gained friendships with colleagues who are as brilliant as they are compassionate.

The time has come for me to move on. On June 19th, I will be turning in my keys and saying farewell to IFPRI. As difficult as it is to say goodbye to the phenomenal place I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for (and the place that offered me the first job out of college!), I am so grateful that I have had this experience.

To IFPRI and to all of my colleagues, thank you! Thank you for challenging me with demanding projects to help me grow in my career and learn more skills. Thank you for your patience and understanding when I made mistakes along the way. Thank you for your flexibility as I started my graduate studies at Georgetown and preparations for the Miss DC pageant. Thank you for your guidance and advice for anything work-related and life-related. Most importantly, thank you for the endless support and encouragement you provided to me. You will be dearly missed and always remembered.

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