10 Reasons to be Thankful this Season

We have asked Laura Kennedy, our Board Chair and COO of our Industrial/Environmental division, to share what Thanksgiving means to her:


I can honestly say that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. For me, it is all about family and taking time to reflect on the good things in life. The day to day challenges can be exhausting, and there is so much disturbing news in the world around us. It is too easy to focus on the negative, so I appreciate a day dedicated to giving thanks for what we have and often overlook.

This Thanksgiving, I will focus on the following 10 things that I am grateful for:

1. My family is my foundation. They provide unconditional support and keep me grounded. I am indebted to them for their love, no matter what, and for allowing me to completely be myself. I cherish the optimism of my kids and how they make me see the world from an entirely different perspective.
2. My friends bring out the best in me and are always there for me.
3. My community is a wonderful place to live. I appreciate my community and the people who contribute to it, especially the teachers and civil servants.
4. I am grateful for a home, warm clothes, food, and in knowing that my needs are met.
5. I am fortunate to have so many great experiences in my life. I value my memories of places I’ve been, things that I’ve done, and the people that I’ve shared those experiences with.
6. Good health is essential. I am grateful for my health and do not take it for granted.
7. Quality of health is linked to quality of the environment. The recent fires in California have accentuated how good our air quality is typically and the negative effect that poor air quality has on our lives. Unfortunately, there are places in the world where the air is routinely unhealthy. I am truly grateful for the air and water quality where I live and to live in a place where the environment is valued.
8. Clean Drinking Water. In addition to a clean environment, clean drinking water is essential to health and overall quality of life. I am so grateful to have a reliable, accessible source of clean drinking water.
9. Meaningful Career. My job gives me purpose. I like serving clients and solving their problems in order to improve the environment. I am thankful to have a career that I enjoy and that matters.
10. While my job has purpose, my coworkers make my job fun. I am grateful for the mentoring and coaching they provide. I learn so much from them and am glad to we’re on the same team.

Written by Laura Kennedy,
Board Chair and COO IEBU