Elena Sonnino is a freelance writer, strategist, traveler, runner, cancer survivor and chaser of dreams.
Elena is passionate about fostering self sufficiency and inspiring others by sharing travel, running and social good stories.
She believes in empowering tweens to become develop global citizenship.
That was the short version.
The long version is…
Despite being told that she would never have a biological child, Elena became a mom to a spirited and independent daughter who is now her favorite travel companion, bicycle riding buddy and budding advocate for global health issues that impact children around the world.
Elena spent twelve years as a teacher, educational leader and mentor to elementary students. Whether she was a classroom teacher or an advanced academic resource teacher, her focus was always on empowering students to develop independent and creative thinking. She continues to work with teachers now as a coach and mentor, helping teachers improve their practice.
One of the most important factors of Elena’s decision to leave teaching after twelve years was a passion for telling the social good story. During a trip to Haiti in January 2012, Elena realized that building capacity meant more than encouraging others to set a SMART goal or go for a run. It meant giving voice to those that wanted to learn and grow so that they could become self sufficient despite the obstacles that stood in their way. She has carried this passion through to working to foster global citizenship in tweens as a public speaker on the topics of blogging for impact and raising global citizens.
Elena is a Shot@Life UnFoundation Social Good Fellow and Shot@Life champion, a member of Bloggers4Haiti, a member of ONE Moms, and is on the American Cancer Society Blogger Advisory Council working to Finish the Fight against cancer… because she believes that each one of us can make a difference, big or small and that every moment matters.
Elena’s life long passion is travel. She shares inspirational travel stories and experiences here at LiveDoGrow, active family travel experiences at TravelingMom.com, family travel experiences at HiltonMomVoyage.com and anything travel related that sparks her fancy at ThisGirlTravels.com.
Elena’s Personal and Professional Life Goals:
To be a motivational speaker
Present workshop style sessions at conferences on the topic of taking concrete steps to use social media to build capacity in others and empowering youth to be change agents and global citizens (update, spoke on a panel at Mom 2.0 Summit 2013, on the topic of Random Acts of Impact).
Be published in print magazines with articles about finding the silver lining, life as a Cancer survivor, real life perspectives on far away lands, sustainable efforts by the voices of real people around the globe to become self sufficient, and the true story of a real woman struggling and challenging herself to be fit and healthy.
To write a book about growing global citizenship and empowering youth to be change agents
(Secret dream: To open an inflight magazine and see my own article!)
Be a columnist in a magazine like Runners World, The Washingtonian, Travel & Leisure, or Self
Return to Haiti to build capacity in groups of women and artisans to use their voice and become more self sufficient
Learn to use a DSLR camera to take fabulous pictures (also, own a DSLR) (update as of May 2013- now own a DSLR, and slowly working my way through a how to book)
Run a marathon in under 5 hours
(Run a third marathon-see above) (update as of May 2013, registered for the Marine Corps Marathon Fall 2013)
To be a Weight Watchers Leader (which of course also means getting back to my lifetime weight and keeping it off)
Travel to Napa, Yosemite, Costa Rica, Morocco and down the Nile River in Egypt
To hike the Grand Canyon basin with my daughter
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