Christopher Peterson Fellowship Fund Drive – to honor James Pawelski (a special blog for MAPPsters)

Christopher-Peterson-at-IPPA - B&WWhat would it be like to have more MAPP students attend from India?  How many people’s well-being could they affect in a country with the second largest population in the world (1.271 billion)?  Or how about Africa?  With 1.111 billion people in 2013, projections show 40% of the world’s population will be in Africa by the end of the 21st century.  Coming from India or Africa, it’s a major challenge to attend MAPP.  We can help make it possible with the Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship Fund.
At the Summit, we announced a challenge: to raise $10,000 by the end of the year to honor James Pawelski’s commitment to the MAPP program in the year of its 10th anniversary.  As Marty said, “With PERMA, there are 5 pillars of positive psychology, but there is only pillar of MAPP, and that’s James.”
Our second challenge was to achieve 100% participation.  There are 369 MAPP graduates.  That means that if everyone gave at least $30, we would exceed our goal.
Think about how much the MAPP program has meant to you. Think about something you learned from James or some kindness he performed for you. Think about the difference you’ve made because you studied at MAPP. Then think about making a donation.  Then do it!


Here’s a direct link to the page at Penn where you can make the donation online. Here’s a link to the page with the address where you can send a check.  If your company does matching funds for donations to universities, don’t forget to apply for it.


Then when you’ve donated, send an email to upmappaa – AT – with the subject line, “I gave to honor James-20xx”. (This mailto  link will work if your browser is configured for mailto links.) That way we can see which class is pulling into the lead.  You just need to add your class number to the end of the subject line.  No need to report the amount, not email content needed.  So far it’s 2007, with 2006 and 2008 coming in next.
The Christopher Peterson Fellowship Fund committeeIMG00066

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About Shannon Polly, MAPP

Shannon M. Polly is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and speaker and founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in downtown D.C. Shannon works with executives, managers and employees of Fortune 500 companies in two areas: executive presence/presentation skills (based on over a decade of experience as a professional actor/singer in New York) and positive psychology. Shannon is one the first 100 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale University. She also holds a coaching certificate from the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program.

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