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In the Face of Crisis, Don't Let Sorrow Replace Resiliency - A note from Dov Seidman

Many LRN colleagues living in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut areas were greatly impacted by the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last week. In the aftermath of the storm, LRN CEO Dov Seidman wrote the following note to his fellow colleagues to express his thoughts and support as we began to recover from the effects of the storm and continue to do so in the days and weeks to come.

Dear Colleagues,
 
As you each are by now surely and acutely aware, Hurricane Sandy has dealt a severe blow to a large portion of the Eastern seaboard. New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, although not the only areas affected, are particularly hard hit. The entire region's communications and transportation system, including our roads, rails, tunnels and airports, has been significantly damaged and interrupted. It will likely take weeks to bring everything back online. Literally billions of dollars in damage have occurred. The human cost in terms of pain, suffering, dislocation, and loss is incalculable.  This for me, and I'm sure for you, is profoundly sad.
 
My heart goes out to all who are affected. I am especially concerned about my dear LRN Colleagues. I wish to reiterate that if there is anything I, or LRN, can do to help you please do not hesitate to ask. Please, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly by email or cell.
 
As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said last night, it is natural to experience deep sorrow in times like this. We have sorrow for those who have lost their lives, their homes, their livelihoods and what they love. 
 
Yet sorrow should not replace resiliency, as he also said. We need to look forward to getting past this time, and to rebuilding. I have been so heartened by my colleagues here who have continued to try to keep our important work moving in the face of this extreme situation, and of course by all of our colleagues around the world who have offered their support to their fellow colleagues. At LRN, we have an obligation to continue to do so. Opening our office and keeping our mission moving forward is one way in which we remain resilient and how we contribute to a return not only to normalcy, but to thriving as people and as a community. 
 
I moved to New York from California as a matter of choice. I chose to live in a place where I felt I could help LRN evolve most and make the greatest impact. What I have come to know about New Yorkers in my time here is that we unite in times like these, that we stand together and face these challenges with an unwavering passion and commitment to fixing things and making them better. I believe the same is true at LRN. 
 
My thoughts and best wishes are with all those affected.  Let me also convey my continued gratitude to each of you for your dedication and commitment to what matters most – humanity, our community, and our families.
 
Warmly,
 
Dov