It seems as if yesterday was my first day of MAPS. I was filled with nerves and excitement, wondering what was ahead of me. I had absolutely no idea what kind of journey MAPS would be, but I knew that it would be fulfilling. These past two years have breezed by, and have left me asking where the time has gone.
MAPS has taught and given me so much, that I don’t even know where to begin. I have gained confidence in my leadership abilities, as well as my communication and organizational skills. MAPS has opened my eyes to the world of philanthropy, a world that I will forever explore. As women, we have so much potential, and I am so thankful for the opportunities that MAPS has given me to empower myself and others. We have been on countless conference calls, made presentation after presentation, and most importantly, we have raised awareness. MAPS aims to educate and collaborate, and I have grown so much from these experiences.
However, MAPS has taught me not only about sustainable philanthropy and how to be an efficient worker, but through MAPS, I have fostered so many great relationships. Working so closely with a small group of great girls has been one of my favorite experiences. I will always look back on the car rides to New York, the inside jokes (Ramekins, anyone?), and the constant coffee runs with a huge smile.
To the Juniors: I am so proud of all of the hard work you’ve done, you have truly grown as great leaders. Each one of you has unique talents that make a stellar combination. Working with you was such an easy transition because we work so well together, and I will miss our chemistry. Perhaps your most admirable qualities are your abilities to endure our quirkiness: my singing, Evie’s jokes, and Meagan’s obsession with Taylor Swift and the Kennedys are certainly far from normal.
Meagan and Evie: Where to begin? I admire you both so much, and these past two years have been so memorable. We’ve grown together, and I can’t wait to see what each of us has in store. We all know I’m not as emotional as Meagan, so this is where I’ll stop.
And to Ms. Rubin: You have spearheaded this group, and I can not thank you enough for everything you have done for us. I know that I can speak for all of us when I say how grateful I am for you!