Women Who Inspire: Annie Verde on Jane Goodall
For Women’s History Month we’re celebrating all of the women who have inspired us. Today’s installment is from Annie Verde, who is inspired by Jane Goodall.Name: Annie Verde Title: VP of Finance and Administration Inspired By: Jane Goodall For women’s history month, I’d like to acknowledge Jane Goodall, the primatologist, anthropologist, and activist who is one of the world’s leading experts on chimpanzees. She is an inspiring woman who achieved great success because she persevered despite often being dismissed for being “just a girl.” She is known for her ground-breaking discoveries in the field, completely transforming our understanding of chimpanzees. Notably, she was one of very few people to receive a Ph.D. without having a prior degree, but her accomplishments in the field proved her worthy. I am moved by how she is strong, dedicated and compassionate and has become such a loyal advocate for wildlife and sustainable development. She’s the founder of The Jane Goodall Institute and is a United Nations Messenger of Peace. She inspires others through various initiatives and institutes, encouraging ecological preservation. Even in her mid-80’s, she travels extensively, spreading her message to the next generation about environmental and conservation issues as well as raising awareness about poverty in local communities. She is the proof that passion can continue to drive you, no matter what age you are.
Women Who Inspire: Victoria Mendonca on Marie Curie and Maria Lewis
For Women’s History Month we’re celebrating all of the women who have inspired us. Today’s installment is from Victoria Mendonca, who is inspired by Marie Curie and Maria Lewis.Name: Victoria Mendonca Title: Manager of Business Development & Portfolio Management Inspired By: Marie Curie and Maria Lewis Why these women? Selecting just one individual who has inspired me is nearly an impossible feat; as such I have elected to focus upon two women who have helped shape the woman I have become. The first is Madame Marie Curie. She was fearless, persistent, and focused. Her contributions to the scientific community are vast (observed not only through her Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics); the discovery of Radium and Polonium changed the face of health care by championing the development of X-rays by leveraging radium to be the source of gamma radiation. She inspired me to remain focused and tenacious when pursuing my goals whether in Science, Business, within my personal goals, and life in general. The second, albeit she is not a scientist, she has supported and cheered on a scientist at heart for nearly 30 years. She is strong, independent, a natural hard-working leader, and fearless, she’s my Mom. Not sure how I got so lucky, but I am grateful each and every day for her love and kindness.
Women Who Inspire: Renee Kinkade on Rosalind Franklin
For Women’s History Month we’re celebrating all of the women who have inspired us. Today’s installment is from Renee Kinkade, who is inspired by Rosalind Franklin.Name: Renee Kinkade Title: Research Associate II Inspired By: Rosalind Franklin Why this woman? When I was attending Santa Rosa Jr. College and was deciding on a major, I visited with several chemistry and biology professors. I asked some questions and mostly just needed a little advice. One of the professors gave me the book The Double Helix by James Watson. I expected to be blown away by Watson and Crick and their puzzling out the structure of DNA, but it was Rosalind Franklin who spoke to me. She had a forceful personality, was driven, loved her work, was extremely intelligent and focused. It also didn’t hurt that she focused on DNA, the genetic blueprint for every cell. Unfortunately, she existed in a time of science when few women were able to breakthrough. I believe it was Rosalind’s focus, genius, and relentlessness that has inspired me the most. And of course, I love the science! I am grateful to live in a time when female scientists abound and are successful. I’m even more grateful to work for a company teeming with smart, supportive, and amazing women like Mercaptor.
Women Who Inspire: Amanda Ko on Maria Montessori
For Women's History Month we're celebrating all of the women who have inspired us. Today's installment is from Amanda Ko, who is inspired by Maria Montessori.Name: Amanda Ko Title: Senior Scientist Inspired By: Maria Montessori Why and How has this person's experience had an impact on yours? When I became a first-time mother over 5 years ago, I began researching all things relating to baby/child development and education. It was then that I discovered Maria Montessori, a humanitarian, doctor, and scientist who created a novel education system widely used today. Despite traditional expectations for women in her time, Maria Montessori broke gender barriers: first by attending an all-male technical school, then becoming one of the first women to attend and graduate from medical school in Italy. She utilized the scientific approach with her educational research, eventually developing her child-centered teaching philosophy, Montessori education. She focused on the development of a child's own initiative and natural abilities, especially through concrete, hands-on learning materials, and practical work. Maria Montessori was a fierce advocate for women and children’s rights and emphasized peace through education. Though nominated multiple times for a Nobel Peace Prize, she wasn’t awarded one in her time. She has inspired much of my parenting and teaching approaches with my own children, which I believe has helped my kids thrive, both at home and at their Montessori schools.
“Free the child's potential and you will transform him into the world”- Maria Montessori
Women Who Inspire: Esme Ponce on Berta Cáceres
For Women's History Month we're celebrating all of the women who have inspired us. Our first installment is from Esmerelda Ponce, who is inspired by Berta Cáceres.Name: Esmeralda (Esme) Ponce Title: Research Associate II Inspired By: Berta Cáceres Why? I am inspired by Berta and the many environmentalists that have fought and continue to fight for the health and well-being of our planet earth and its inhabitants. Berta was a member of the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras. She led many grassroots campaigns that fought to protect natural resources and the livelihood of the people. In 2015 she won the Goldman Environmental prize after one of her grassroots campaigns led one of the world’s largest dam builders to pull out of a project in Rio Gualcarque. She received many death threats for her continued work in social and environmental issues, but despite this, she continued to fight until her assassination in 2016. I believe that in today’s world that being an environmentalist, a marine biologist, a scientist… takes courage and passion. Courage to continue to speak out for those who cannot and passion to continue to help make the world a better place, whether that is by protecting natural resources or by continuing to research ways to help humankind live a healthy life without the burdens of health diseases. Mercaptor has both courage and passion. I truly believe that if given the opportunity to test our Captons in a clinic the benefit to humankind could be exponential.
Mercaptains and Mutts Hike to Ammo Hill on the Longest Day to Stand Up to the Darkness of Alzheimer’s Disease
June 21, 2019, also known as the summer solstice and the Longest Day of the year, was filled with sunshine, smiles and great company. A team from Mercaptor, which we call Mercaptains and our Mutts hiked three miles in support of those living with and affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) while also honoring those lost to the disease. The hike looped up to Ammo Hill and back to the walking path located at Hamilton Landing near Mercaptor Discoveries' headquarters. On the hike the team and our furry friends enjoyed an abundance of birds, a nice summer’s breeze and the beauty of nature, reminding us all to appreciate each day and make new memories. We are all even more energized and inspired to work toward finding a cure. Collectively Team Mercaptains and Mutts raised $400 to support the Alzheimer’s Association research efforts. With light, hard work and research team Mercaptains and Mutts hope to fight the darkness of AD.