Blog - Inspiration

A World Free of Poverty is Within Our Grasp

I had the privilege of listening to a speech at Georgetown University by the World Bank’s president, Jim Yong Kim. What an inspirational man! Full of vision, a spirit of collaboration, compassion and insight. Here are some excerpts and thoughts on what he had to say. He had some interesting collaborative and innovative approaches he...

Erase Poverty CEO, Joanna Wasmuth, Named Finalist in San Diego Business Journal 2012 “Women Who Mean Business” Awards

We are pleased to announce that Erase Poverty CEO and Founder, Joanna Wasmuth, was a finalist in the 19th Annual San Diego Business Journal’s 2012 “Women Who Mean Business” awards!   The awards ceremony luncheon took place on Tuesday, November 6 at the Town & Country Resort, and leading event sponsors included...

Reflections on One Year Anniversary of Erase Poverty

Thoughts become things. A year and a half ago, a speaker I was listening to asked “If you could do anything this decade, what would it be? What would make the next ten the best ten?” This is what I wrote: “I would erase poverty for good. I would connect people, organizations, resources and ideas that make a sustainable difference...

Volunteer Story: Off to Nepal

Note From Joanna: We have a team of passionate and talented volunteers working on all aspects of Erase Poverty. In the coming weeks, you'll have the opportunity to hear from several of them, starting with this post from Sarah Zoric. She has been a tremendous help! Thanks Sarah! Now she's off to Nepal (read below) for a bit, but will always...

Let's Rock - Enterprising Women's Magazine article

I recently had the opportunity to write an article about my passion for empowering women economically in the Enterprising Women's Magazine. Here is an exerpt.    I will never forget my first trip to Rwanda. Women gathered to meet me wearing brightly colored dresses and even brighter smiles. As I sat down to hear their...

Unleashing Hidden Potential

Mexicans recently commemorated the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). While this is not a holiday I’m used to observing, last week I paused to contemplate and remember the loved ones in my life who have passed away. My thoughts gravitated towards my grandfather, who my siblings and I lovingly called “Grampie”. He passed...

Joy Triggers

I recently stumbled upon an article by Margaret Wheeler Johnson in the Huffington Post (read full article here). She was talking about her sister’s recent improved level of happiness, and how she gave credit to “Joy Triggers.” She described the concept like this: “It's not enough to be productive, it's not enough to...