During the closing keynote of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School's #SES16 last week, Unilever Vice President Jonathan Atwood asked the audience to think about their reason for being. He urged us to use that reason as fuel for our personal and professional trajectories and as a lens for the change we want to make in the world. 

I've been thinking about his speech, and the event, ever since. Why do I do what I do? What makes me excited about my work and motivates me to spend over 40 hours every week away in an office in downtown DC?

What I love most about my work at IREX is the opportunity to connect with career center staff from around the world who want to support their students to find and maintain fulfilling careers. I love thinking about the multiplier effect of my work and how providing training or coaching to one person can touch the lives of so many others. There are so many things and people around us that can so easily tear us apart. I choose to focus on what unites us (while remaining aware of the 

What I love most about my more creative ventures (i.e. this production business and my writing for GoAbroad.com), is to have outlets for my passion for people and adventure. My reason for taking on these additional ventures is to connect with a broader community and to share my enthusiasm for life with others through the talents I have. 

This week I'm celebrating Hyattsville, MD on the @ourhyattsville Instagram handle. I'm getting the chance to show the side of Hyattsville I see and love every day including the small businesses I know and love that make our community great. I hope you'll follow along as I celebrate the community I call home!

My reason for being is to connect with people to make, and celebrate, a better world. Let's celebrate you!