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Looking Back and Ahead with Gratitude

2010 has proven to be a year of growth, learning and global collaboration. I wanted to pause for a moment and share my appreciation for the following highlights. None of these milestones would have been possible without your support, input and inspiration:

  • Building a growing, active and generous tribe filled with linchpins!
  • Attracting more than 12,500 unique visitors from 62 countries to the Ingeniosus Web site in just 9 months and receiving more than 230,000 hits to the site since March.
  • Writing and publishing the following articles:
    • “Seven Guidelines for Parents of Gifted: How to Advocate Intelligently in a Tough Economy” in Understanding Our Gifted, Spring 2010. Thank you, Carol Fertig!
    • “Twitter and Gifted Education: How Social Networking Can Propel Advocacy and Learning” in Parenting High Potential, March 2010.
    • “Twitter and Gifted Education: Part II” in Parenting High Potential, June 2010. Thank you, Jennifer Jolly!

So, thank you all. Your support, participation, questioning, ideas and passion have ignited new life into the advocacy movement on behalf of these bright and creative students. And I feel so very fortunate to be on this journey with you.

Beginning in January, I hope to help take our digital movement even further, as I hone in on those areas which I feel can make the most impact. I look forward to watching you all lead in your strength areas. You motivate me daily.

In the year ahead, Ingeniosus will be offering companies, schools, individuals and non-profit organizations serving gifted and talented communities the following menu of options to increase their influence and impact:

  • Linchpin Business Reviews (LBR)
  • Strategic Marketing Consulting Services
  • Social Media Trainings
  • Global #gtchat Sponsorships/Advertising

I will also be working to ensure #gtchat continues to evolve, so that parents, educators and advocates from throughout the world can share information and resources in real-time, enjoy a sense of kinship, break down barriers and influence outcomes that benefit students.

Join me in celebrating all that we have accomplished together in such a short time. Well done! I raise my glass to you and look forward to an incredible 2011!

Warmest regards,

Deborah Mersino

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6 Responses to “Looking Back and Ahead with Gratitude”

  1. Audrey Grushcow says:

    Congratulations Deborah! You’ve accomplished so much in such a short time. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2011 and beyond!

  2. Lisa says:

    What an inspiring and informative year-end post! I join Audrey in extending my congratulations on a year you can be very proud of. Thank you, Deborah, for the kind mention.
    ~ Lisa

  3. Jo Freitag says:

    That is indeed an inspiring post! Congratulations on your accomplishments this year and wishing you success, safety and health for an equally great year in 2011! Thank you also for the mention of Sprite’s Site.
    Kind regards, Jo Freitag

  4. ljconrad says:

    Deborah,
    Thank you for listing my blog, Gifted Parenting Support!
    Thanks also for adopting Advocacy Without Borders as the name of our digital community. We are gonna rock the world of gifted advocacy in 2011!
    My life has been enriched by your friendship as well as by the close bonds formed within the gtchat group. The passion expressed by this group is infectious and inspiring!
    Fondest regards,
    Lisa

  5. Deborah –

    I can not full explain what an honor it has been to get to know you better and see you achieve so many fabulous things in 2010. Your advocacy for gifted has been inspirational on so many levels.

    I look forward to seeing what unfolds for you in 2011 as you extend your reach and do even more to help the GT population.

    Thank you for all of the friendship and support you have given me over the year, and especially with the launch of the book. That project has been near and dear to my heart for a long time – see that dream realized was made all the sweeter by your support.

    Hugs,

    Christine

  6. Rochelle says:

    Congratulations on truly making a difference in 2010. But you must consider the tee shirts your crowning achievement…they are a work of art and I am SO glad you mentioned them in your amazing list of accomplishments!
    I LOVE THE #gtchat TEE SHIRT!!!!!!

    You are an amazing person Deborah, very honored to know you.

    xoxo,
    Rochelle

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