Connecting. Mentoring. Demonstrating Personal and Professional Excellence Through Altruism.
A note from Jennifer: Giving back to one's community is its own reward. It requires and teaches advocacy. Zachary Fisher, chairman of real estate company Fisher Brothers was my first boss and mentor. He ascribed to Kahlil Gibran, “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” Zachary taught me that community should be a proactive and outward facing philosophy.
I helped provide strategic planning for the Fisher House Foundation. It serves as a network of comfort homes where military and veterans' families can stay while family member receives treatment at a nearby military or VA medical center. When a close friend reached out when she needed a Fisher House and recounted her experience, it helped to instill in me the lifelong value of a commitment to community.
"Mom, don’t freak out because I am OK."
In her words, "I don’t think any mother would want a phone call with her son to start this way but since I was the mother of a Marine who was in Afghanistan, my heart stopped when I heard these words. My son was based at Camp Lejeune, NC and had to be transported from Afghanistan to Camp Lejeune for surgery. I was living in California at the time and had never been to Camp Lejeune. Of course, I asked about the closest hotel.
I was told that I would not need a hotel because a room would be waiting in the Fisher House. At a time filled with great stress and anxiety, the Fisher House provided a comfortable and convenient place to rest. It was located on base in a location convenient to the hospital. The individual rooms were on par with that of a 4-start hotel and there was a large family and kitchen area. The attitude of the staff was accommodating and caring.
I will be forever grateful for The Fisher House and what they provide for our military and military families. This organization and all those involved holds a special place in my heart."
The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research founded at Rockefeller University was founded to help make a key impact on Alzheimer's research. Dr. Paul Greengard, the center's director, was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his pioneering work in delineating how neurons communicate with one another in the brain. I worked in tandem with senior staff from the Office of David Rockefeller, The Executive Office of The President of The United States, congressional staff and many C- level executives to help establish the center.
Today, my personal community efforts are focused on two fronts –
mentoring individuals and STEAM education projects.
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