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Be Open to Think Globally, Act Locally

Thu, 2014-02-13 10:00
Diversity & Inclusion

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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Businesses are more successful when their employees, who differ in background, interact. To put it simply, diversity works. This is the mission of the Diversity & Inclusion team at Bloomberg. Elana Weinstein, the head of Diversity & Inclusion, point out that as a global organization Bloomberg needs to have a global strategy yet be tailored for the different regions Bloomberg is in. The team regularly holds trainings for managers to help them learn how to manage different types of people and to become aware of any unconscious biases. Weinstein notes, “The biases you have affect the day-to-day employment decisions you make. It’s important for managers to be aware of that.” Read more about Bloomberg’s Diversity and Inclusion team here.

 

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KEYWORDS: diversity, inclusion, csr, sustainability, Bloomberg

Yum! Brands: KFC Gives Back to Society via Tabung Penyayang

Thu, 2014-02-13 08:20

SOURCE: Yum! Brands

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KUCHING: In the spirit of Chinese New Year, KFC Malaysia is sharing the joy by giving back to the community through programmes under its Tabung Penyayang KFC.

At a special event held its The Spring outlet yesterday, the fast food chain operator handed over cheques worth RM13,500 to five charitable homes namely Sarawak Society of the Disabled, PDK Pemulihan Wawasan Harapan Kampung Buntal, Welfare Department-sanctioned Community Rehabilitation Centre (PDK), Salvation Army Bintulu Corps and Community Services, as well as Miri Methodist Children’s Home.

Continue reading the original article on the Star Online: http://bit.ly/1aZY2YW

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KEYWORDS: Central Region, East Malaysia, Family & Community, KFC, Charity, event, cny, collection box, Yum! Brands

$1.5 Million WellPoint Foundation Grant Supports American Cancer Society’s Work to Reduce Cancer Screening Disparities

Thu, 2014-02-13 07:00

SOURCE: American Cancer Society

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ATLANTA, Feb. 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The American Cancer Society will be able to provide more individuals in underserved communities with access to life-saving cancer screenings and community-based cancer education, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation. The funds will be distributed as grants to local community organizations and health centers in 14 states working to advance the American Cancer Society’s priority efforts to increase awareness, education, and screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.

Through the 14 grants, community health system partners within underserved areas will work to reduce the cancer burden and provide access to education and screening resources that assist individuals in preventing cancer and finding cancer early.  

“We at the American Cancer Society know that to finish the fight against cancer, we must increase cancer education and screening in underserved communities,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. “Donations from corporate partners like the WellPoint Foundation will enable us to expand our reach into communities with a disproportionate cancer burden, provide services to encourage cancer prevention, early detection and early treatment, and ultimately, save more lives.”

The American Cancer Society collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer and limited access to cancer screening. Through the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program, the Society provides grant opportunities to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates in those communities. Since 2011, CHANGE has implemented and sustained approximately 100 grant-funded projects within underserved communities across the country; educating over 328,000 people about cancer risk and prevention, and providing over 123,000 cancer screenings.   

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KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, cancer disparities, cancer screening, corporate philanthropy, CHANGE grant, American Cancer Society, WellPoint Foundation, cancer detection, cancer prevention

What Advice Would You Give Your Teenage Self About Staying Safe Online?

Thu, 2014-02-13 06:35
By Marian Merritt, Symantec Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs

SOURCE: Symantec

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Earlier this week, we heard about Safer Internet Day from Anne Collier of NetFamilyNews.org. Today, Marian Merritt, Symantec's Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs, shares online safety insights from college students around the country. 

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Originally a European initiative, this year the recognition of February 11, 2014 as Safer Internet Day (SID) is a global campaign. The theme we are celebrating is, “Let’s create a better internet together.”

This theme got me thinking about the many ways having the Internet helps us. We research, we share our experiences, we find maps and directions, we plan trips – all of this is great. Yet, the technology network that connects us as individuals enables us to experience a world vastly different from what many of us grew up with.  

Consider the lives of college students or recent graduates. They have grown up with the Internet and have been the unwilling research subjects for an industry in its infancy. Their youthful mistakes can offer valuable insights for today’s youth (and even adults) and help us all to be better at this online “thing.”

I asked a few college students to share their advice to their 6th grade selves; what they wished they’d known back then that would have helped them to create a better, safer, more mindful online experience.

Social Media

  • David, Lehigh University: “Don't friend random people on Facebook. If you don't have mutual friends, you probably don't know them."
  • KristenUniversity of Missouri: “Do not friend just anyone on Facebook. Make sure you actually know that person. Don't post any pictures you wouldn't want your parents to see. Be aware that companies look at Facebook and will Google you when you are interviewing for a position.”
  • Hanna, University of Arizona: “Watch what photos you put online. Once they are online (and out of your control), they are there forever.”
  • David: “Anyone can take a screenshot of anything. (Even if you think you’ve shared with just one person, there’s a chance the message or photo will be shared further.)”
  • Hanna: “Watch what you post about: topics, the language you use, what you are saying and about whom. What I've learned in school is that some employers will add you on Facebook or Twitter and then, they can see what you post. If you are using those sites to whine and complain and share all kinds of information, it can reflect poorly on you. The company may come to the conclusion that you can't keep a secret or have no filter.”
  • Nate, Johns Hopkins University: “I would say be careful about what you say on Facebook and other social media, not because when you are applying to places that they will look, but because at some point you will probably be social with your co-workers and naturally just become friends with them on social media. (They will be able to review your timeline, friends’ lists and see your history, including posts and comments.)”
  • Justin, George Washington University: “Do not get into crazy arguments with people. Almost 100% of the time, there is no way to get out of them without saying something you'd regret as a person, but that you'd also regret as it is written in ink forever online. Also, don't use social media as a screen between you and another person to say something that you wouldn't say to the person’s face. Friendships are ruined and reputations overturned because of that.”

Mobile Applications

  • Barbara, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): “I would say be careful with the information you give out. So many mobile applications link to Facebook to share authentication and other features that passwords and any content on Facebook could be insecure. I guess just be aware when you link 50 things to your Facebook that one of them is going to be insecure and anything could get out.”
  • Nate: “Also for apps specifically, I would stress that you should not only pay attention to how much of your data you are sharing but how much of your friends’ data you are sharing. For example, if you are joining some cool new messaging app and it asks for all your friends’ contact information, so it can ask them to join, you will want to think twice before allowing that permission.”
  • Nate: “Another thing I'm aware of is that anyone I spend a lot of time with (roommates, good friends, etc) willeventually learn the PIN on my phone, so what I do is install a secondary password application and use that to protect apps that I wouldn't want anyone getting into (such as email and Facebook).”

Communications (Texting, Email, etc.)

  • Jamie, University of Miami: “Don’t use apps that let you create anonymous messages, or send things to people without them knowing who it is. That always leads to trouble and people might be able to guess that it's you.”
  • Jamie: “Always check your texts before sending them. I once sent a text to my mom complaining about her, when the text was meant for a friend. Luckily, she thought it was funny but it could have been bad.”
  • Barbara: “Also, always check your email recipients! Don't send emails to the wrong people because you mistyped a name or used an old address. And the “reply all” option in email can send the email to the wrong people or annoy people with “spam”.”
  • Trevor, Harvard University:  “No Internet arguments or debates (no good can come from them). Check who you're texting with before you press “send." Triple check who you're sending emails to. Also, get into the habit of checking the subject line of your e-mails before you send them. If you're writing, even in a private e-mail, anything that, if read by anyone else would leave you mortified, consider mentioning it in privacy next time you get a chance. If you let it exist in writing in *their* inbox, it’s outside of your control.”

E-Commerce Advice

  • Kristen: “Make sure a site is secure before providing any credit card/ personal info. “
  • Elissa, Spelman College: “Being able to order clothes, shoes, handbags, food, and everything else imaginable and have it delivered right to your door might seem like it’s the best thing to ever happen to you. It’s not, especially when you are a college student on a budget. It’s so easy to lose track of how much money you’re actually spending when you shop online. Try to give yourself a reasonable amount to spend, and once you reach that amount, do not go over. Not even a little. Remember, spending limits are your friend, not your enemy!”

General Internet Advice

  • Kristen: “Everything is visible on the Internet and will not just go away. People can easily copy your photos or repost your comments. You should do a web search on your name every once in a while, especially before interviews.”
  • Barbara: “When choosing a password, you want to use a combination of capitol and lower case letters, numbers and characters. The more complex, the harder it is to hack into. And you should use different passwords for everything. Of course, remembering so many complex passwords may be harder so you want to store them down somewhere safe.”

In looking over the advice of these intelligent and thoughtful young people, you can see a common thread – you own your own online experience. It doesn’t have to be something you engage in with fear. You can enjoy online shopping, email, texting, mobile apps – you just need to do so mindfully. Pay attention to the motivation of your vendor partners. Understand how mobile apps make money from your information and usage. Consider your words and posts for a moment before you click send. Balance your need or desire to use any program with the tradeoffs you will make with your valuable information. The Internet is a powerful tool to connect the globe and empower us all. Use your good sense, consider those around you, be cautious and aware. And let’s create a better Internet together!

 

Marian Merritt is Symantec's Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs. 

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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Teen Action, safer internet day, online safety, cybercrime

Want to Improve Your Client's Experience? Just Add Hospitality!

Thu, 2014-02-13 06:00

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation

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What do hotels and direct service nonprofit organizations have in common?  More than you might think.

As you know, social sector organizations provide crucial services, resources and care to countless individuals every day. But these same organizations also face many challenges to delivering top-notch service to clients, such as staffing constraints and financial limitations.  Could an increased focus on hospitality and client service, a strategy honed by the hotel industry, be a vital part of solving these challenges, sectorwide?

This is the promise of the Hospitality + Service initiative, a new offering for nonprofits developed in partnership by Hilton Worldwide, Taproot Foundation and Points of Light.  Hospitality + Service consists of two key resources:

·         Hospitality + Service Curriculum for client-facing nonprofit staff and volunteers

·         Hospitality by Design, a toolkit for nonprofit leaders.

These first-of-its-kind resources bring best practices, strategies and tools, time-tested in the for-profit service industry, to the nonprofit sector.

The Hospitality + Service Curriculum presents practical, easy-to-implement hospitality techniques and information through seven modules. The curriculum is filled with exercises to keep the training engaging and can be facilitated either as individual hour-long sessions or a daylong seminar. 

Hospitality + Service’s toolkit for nonprofit leaders, Hospitality by Design, provides an easy-to-navigate guide to incorporating hospitality into your organization.  By hospitality, we’re not talking about a mint on your pillow, but rather the art of creating a warm, welcoming and safe experience for all clients. The toolkit focuses on the areas ripest for positive impact, including, Building Hospitality from the Ground Up, Knowing Your Client, Building a Strong Team, Facilities Design and Measuring Client Satisfaction.  

So, you may be asking, what, really, can hospitality do for my organization?  

We would argue, a lot.

A strategic focus on hospitality can help you deepen the impact of your mission by increasing client response to your services, tracking and improving client satisfaction, sharing that impact and, in turn increasing funding for your services.  Hospitality by Design guides nonprofit leaders through the journey of embedding hospitality within their organization, all with the intention of increasing social impact.

So whether your organization is already prioritizing hospitality or just starting to think about the effect hospitality can have, we invite you to explore the entire Hospitality + Service offering. We promise a very warm welcome when you do. 

The curriculum and toolkit are available for download on the Hospitality + Service homepage, providing easy, free access to any nonprofit leader. 

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Taproot Foundation
alexandra@taprootfoundation.org

KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Hospitality, nonprofit, pro bono, Hotel, Hilton Hotels, Hampton Hotels

American CEO Helps 'Boys and Girls Clubs' Around the World

Thu, 2014-02-13 04:00
Fox News Interview of Rick Goings

SOURCE: Tupperware Brands

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CEO of Tupperware, Rick Goings, interview with Fox News about his philanthropy with Boys & Girls Clubs....

Watch Rick Goings' interview here..

 

About Tupperware Brands Corporation
Tupperware Brands Corporationis a portfolio of global direct selling companies, selling innovative, premium products across multiple brands and categories through an independent sales force of 2.8 million. Product brands and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and beauty and personal care products for consumers through the Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.

Tweet me: Watch Fox News' interview of Rick Goings, CEO of #Tupperware, work with the Boys & Girls Clubs around the world http://3bl.me/qh28sk

KEYWORDS: Tupperware, Tupperware Brands, Rick Goings, Boys & Girls Clubs, philanthropy, South Africa, Mexico, Club de Ninos y Ninas, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

CITGO Fueling Good Project Helps Those with Neuro Endocrine Immune Disorders

Thu, 2014-02-13 03:40
PANDORA Org Awarded CITGO Gift Cards for Fueling Good in the Community

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation

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WYOMING, Mich.Feb. 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Petroleum Corporation has named the Patient Alliance for Neuro Endocrine Immune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy (PANDORA Org) as one of this year's Fueling Good project winners. CITGO representatives and local CITGO Marketer American Gas and Oil joined members of the organization on Feb. 11 at a PANDORA Org self-help meeting at the Lacks Cancer Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. to present the non-profit with $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards.

"The tremendous support we have received from CITGO has allowed us to make an even larger impact in helping those with neuro-endocrine-immune diseases (NEIDs)," said Lori Chapo-Kroger, president and CEO of PANDORA Org. "We feel honored to have been chosen as a Fueling Good winner for the second time and this year's prize will assist us in continuing our mission to raise awareness and support community members who suffer from NEIDs."

The assistance from CITGO will help PANDORA Org provide patient assistance to people who are debilitated with NEIDs. The organization will devote half of the gift cards to patients who need extra financial help traveling to and from medical appointments, while the remaining cards will benefit members of the organization who travel for home visits and educational community outreach programs.

PANDORA Org offers support to those who are battling NEIDs while raising public awareness of these disorders. Through PANDORA Org's efforts, individuals with NEIDs are able to experience fun outings and are given the financial support they need to ensure they receive quality medical treatment.

Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 organizations, further helping them to do good in their own communities. Visit www.FuelingGood.com for more information. For regular updates and to join the conversation, "Like" CITGO Fueling Good at  www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos deVenezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.CITGO.com.

 

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KEYWORDS: Citgo, Feuling Good, PANDORA ORg, Lacks Cancer Center, Health, community, Cancer

 

Bloomberg Philanthropies: 'Doing Good, Methodically'

Thu, 2014-02-13 03:00

SOURCE: Bloomberg

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Bloomberg Philanthropies has come in at number two on Fast Company's list of Most Innovative Companies for 2014 for "doing good methodically". Bloomberg Philanthropies donated $452 Billion in 2013. Using data, Bloomberg philanthropies focused on tobaco control to address 60% of the top ten global causes of death. Data-driven solutions helped Philanthropies fund anti-tabaco adds in low and middle- income contries to reduce smoking. Read more about why Bloomberg Philanthropies ranks on the list here

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KEYWORDS: tobaco, Innovation, sustainability, csr, esg, philanthropy, society

Sustainability Needs Accountability

Thu, 2014-02-13 02:00
Huntsman is proud to be a signatory to the UN Global Compact

SOURCE: Huntsman Corporation

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While reducing the impact on the environment and supporting local communities are vital pillars of Huntsman’s approach to sustainability, we also focus considerable effort ensuring that we conduct business ethically and responsibly across the globe. That means we pay fair wages, protect workers’ rights and uphold human rights. It also means that we do not tolerate discrimination or participate in corruption or bribery in any aspect of our business, including among our suppliers and customers.

To underscore our sustainability commitment, we signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in 2011. The UNGC’s Ten Principles provide a framework for addressing some of the pressing issues facing our world. Our Business Conduct Guidelines (BCG), which outline how each of our 12,000 employees all over the world should conduct themselves, serve to align our corporate policies and management systems with the Ten Principles.  We published our BCG in 25 languages and employees receive regular training on ethical business practices.

We use our annual Sustainability Report to communicate our progress to the UNGC. Because, at the end of the day, sustainability needs accountability.

You can view our Sustainability Report (link) and our Business Conduct Guidelines (link) on our website. And, as always, you can follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, CSR Reports, Huntsman, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), Accountability

Early Career Women Scientists from Developing Countries Honored for Research into the Medicinal Properties of Natural Compounds

Thu, 2014-02-13 01:00
The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS and OWSD recognize 2014 winners at the AAAS annual meeting

SOURCE: The Elsevier Foundation

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Chicago, February 13, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Five chemists are being honored with Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, each for research that looks to nature for ways to address cancer, malaria and other medical problems.

The winning researchers, representing five regions of the developing world, are from Indonesia, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Yemen. The prizes are awarded by The Elsevier Foundation, the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) with the aim of building scientific strength and advancing scientific knowledge in developing countries. The winners will receive their awards during a ceremony on Saturday 15 February at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The 2014 winners are:

  • Central & South Asia: Dr. Nilufar Mamadalieva, Institute of the Chemistry of Plant Substances, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
    Biochemistry: For her work on the phytochemical and biological investigation of active compounds derived from medicinal plants growing in Central Asia, in particular the development of efficient nutraceuticals and the discovery of new lead compounds for the pharmaceutical industry.
  • East and South-East Asia & the Pacific: Ritmaleni, Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr. Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
    Medicinal Chemistry: For her work in the field of organic synthesis, focusing on the development of tropical medicines, in particular improved methods for the synthesis of sulfoxides and their application in the preparation of biologically active targets.
  • Latin America & the Caribbean: Dr. Simone Ann Marie Badal McCreath, Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, West Indies
    Biochemistry: For her work in designing a new cell culture lab to investigate the cancer-fighting properties of Jamaican natural compounds.
  • Arab region: Dr. Eqbal Mohammed Abdu Dauqan, Department of Medical Laboratories Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Al-Saeed University, Taizz, Yemen
    Biochemistry: For her research on the antioxidant properties of vegetable oils and specialized research in sensory evaluation and organic chemistry.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Dr. Taiwo Olayemi Elufioye, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
    Phamacology: For her research on the medicinal properties of native Nigerian plants, in particular the effectiveness of different species in treating malaria, wounds, memory loss, leprosy and cancer.

The focus of the 2014 competition was chemistry. A selection panel of eminent chemists independently selected each winner based on her achievements, finding that the best candidates all had impressive accomplishments in applying the chemistry of nature to pharmaceutical science. The Elsevier Foundation prize includes USD $5,000 and all-expenses paid attendance at the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. In 2015 the prize will be for physics and mathematics.

"The winners of the 2014 Elsevier Foundation prizes are impressive not just for their research, but also for their potential," said TWAS Executive Director Romain Murenzi. "Certainly these awards could bring them exciting new opportunities for research. We also believe that, over time, these researchers also will fulfill their potential as teachers and mentors, as partners in international projects and as advisers to governments. Such leadership can make a long-lasting contribution to global science."

"These five women, like all women undertaking scientific research in developing countries, will certainly have faced challenges on the road to this award," said Fang Xin, president of OWSD. “But their determination, commitment and enthusiasm have paid off. The award is recognition that they are excellent scientists and that their research has made an impact both regionally and internationally. They are an inspiration to all young women considering careers in science."

Samira Omar Asem, Vice President for the OWSD Arab Region, emphasized that, “OWSD and TWAS see this award as vital for encouraging women in developing countries to be more involved in science and technology and to make a more significant contribution to social and economic developments”.

David Ruth, Executive Director of the Elsevier Foundation, said, “Professional visibility is crucial to developing high-profile international scientific careers, especially for women. The Elsevier Foundation provides support to early-career women scholars through our New Scholars grant programs and mentoring, research retreats, professional visibility, childcare, work-life integration and recognition programs. The awards for these impressive women scientists represent a cooperative effort supported by Elsevier, OWSD, AAAS and TWAS to build research capacity and advance scientific knowledge throughout the developing world – and what better place than the annual AAAS conference to raise awareness among scientists, policymakers, journalists and the public about the need to retain and celebrate women scientists.”

In interviews, the winners acknowledged that the awards could have a significant impact on their work. Dr. Ritmaleni, from Indonesia, said, "Women need science, science needs women and they need to work together."

Dr. Nilufar Mamadalieva from Uzbekistan, on hearing the news that she had won the award for Central and South Asia, felt honored that her hard work in science had been recognized. “This Award gives me confidence and confirms that I’m going for the right goal,” she said.

The winner for the Arab region, Dr. Eqbal Dauqan from Yemen, stressed the impact the award would have on women from her region. “The prize is very encouraging for Arab women and is the result of efforts to enhance scientific research in the Arab world,” she said.

Dr. Simone Badal McCreath, from Jamaica, said she was “overwhelmed and truly humbled to be receiving such a prestigious award. It will no doubt inspire my students, mentees and the community of Jamaican women,” McCreath said. “Such an award is also vital towards increasing awareness and consequently interest among the private sector and governmental communities and will encourage the development of an anti-cancer research facility of excellence in Jamaica and, by extension, in the Caribbean”.

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Notes for editors
To read more about each award winner go to: www.elsevierfoundation.org/ stories/the-elsevier-foundation-honors-early-career-women-scientists-from-developing-countries-for-research-into-the-medicinal-properties-of-natural-compounds

About TWAS
TWAS – The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries – works to advance innovation and sustainable prosperity in the developing world through scientific research, education, policy and diplomacy. Originally named the Third World Academy of Sciences, it was founded in 1983 by a distinguished group of scientists from the South under the leadership of Nobel laureate Abdus Salam of Pakistan. Today, the Academy's strength resides in the quality and diversity of its membership – more than 1,100 internationally renowned scientists from 90 countries elected by their peers. Based in Trieste, Italy, TWAS receives core funding from the Italian government and is administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (www.twas.org)

About OWSD
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) is an international organization affiliated with TWAS. Headed by eminent women scientists from the South, OWSD has more than 4,000 members. The central role is to promote women’s access to science and technology, enhancing their greater involvement in decision-making processes for the development of their countries and in the international scientific community. Created in 1989, OWSD's overall goal is to work towards bridging the gender gap in science and technology. OWSD uses its forum to promote leadership, exchanges and networking for women scientists as well as for discussions to assist in the development of national capabilities to evolve, explore and improve strategies for increasing female participation in science. (www.owsdw.org)

About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge-centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers.  Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. www.elsevierfoundation.org

Media contact
TWAS/OWSD
Edward Lempinen
Public Information Office
+39 040 2240 512
elempinen@twas.org

Elsevier Foundation
Ylann Schemm
Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager, Elsevier
+31 6 23982359
newsroom@elsevier.com

 

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KEYWORDS: Community, People, Women, Women Scientists, developing countries, natural compounds, medicinal properties, AAAS, elsevier foundation

How EY and SAP are Championing Corporate Volunteering

Wed, 2014-02-12 08:00
Volunteer programs are not just about helping the community. Businesses are reaping the recruiting rewards too

SOURCE: SAP

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Join live chat on corporate volunteerism

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For most people, volunteer work means a shift at the soup kitchen, or an afternoon wielding a hammer to build low-income housing. This fall, for Andrew Nawoichyk, volunteer work meant seven weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, helping a fledging footwear company create an expansion plan.

"The idea was to integrate directly into the company and really work with them hand-in-hand," said Nawoichyk, a senior manager at EY (previously Ernst & Young). "It was interesting and challenging, being in a different culture, working with a company in a different language."

Nawoichyk's experience was one of a growing number of volunteer opportunities available to corporate employees, as more and more companies are looking to formal volunteer programs as a way to attract the best candidates, improve employee engagement and retention, and better target their philanthropic efforts to the needs of the organizations they serve.

Continue reading about corporate volunteering at EY and SAP on theguardian >>

Original source: theguardian

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KEYWORDS: volunteer, Social Sabbatical, SAP, EY, corporate volunteering

#DardenDigest: Pride in Our Culture

Wed, 2014-02-12 06:40

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants

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The inclusiveness of Darden’s culture is engrained throughout the organization, so much so that we continuously try to see how our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) can do more for our employees and the diverse networks we all represent. Like the five other ERGs at Darden, members of Darden’s Pride Alliance ERG are not only active within the organization but also in the community to champion an environment that recognizes and leverages the contributions of the LGBT community.

Continue reading at Darden Digest

Tweet me: #Pride Alliance ERG at @Darden_News is active within the company & in the community http://bit.ly/1eQtpq0 #LGBT #DardenDigest

KEYWORDS: darden, Darden Restaurants, Pride, Pride Alliance, employee resource group, ERG, human resources, Culture, LBGT, diversity, inclusion

Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International Team Up to Give Facelift to Outdoor Space of a Phoenix Nonprofit

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:50
More than 100 volunteers to revitalize garden and outdoor space for Civitan Foundation, which provides education and employment training to people with developmental disabilities

SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

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WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is working with Choice Hotels International to renovate the garden and outdoor space at the Civitan Foundation, Inc., an organization that offers a year-round camp, life skills training and employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Choice Hotels volunteers will provide free critical repairs to the recreation and garden space of Civitan’s newest facility, Civitan Village. Volunteers will install new wooden stairs and deck, landscape the grounds, and paint a new masonry wall.

“Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International are working together to provide the Civitan Foundation with a functional outdoor space, which will not only improve the lives of the program participants, but also will serve as a development tool allowing these individuals work to establish their personal life goals,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together.  “We appreciate the support of Choice Hotels International and its employee volunteers to make this community as well as others around the nation safe and healthy.”

The Civitan Foundation’s Day Training Program provides an opportunity for personal independence based on the principle of ‘community helping community.’ Individuals work towards their own goals through guidance on daily living skills, education, positive social interaction, money management, exercise, nutrition, computer skills, arts and crafts and self-care. The program will also offer volunteer and employment opportunities through partner organizations.

 “Our associates want to take real action and show how serious we are about supporting those in need; so we’re giving them the day away from the office to do just that,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International.

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About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About Choice Hotels:
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of September 30, 2013, 371 hotels, representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States.  Additionally, 84 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories.  The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges rewards program. With more than 19 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International Inc.

(c) 2014 Choice Hotels International, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

Media Contacts:

Victoria O'Banion
Rebuilding Together
202.603.2160
vobanion@rebuildingtogether.org

Scott Carman
Choice Hotels International
301.592.6361
Scott_Carman@choicehotels.com

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STEM Workforce Retention Topic of New Book from Association of Women in Science (AWIS)

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:30
Elsevier Foundation provides support to AWIS to publish Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices

SOURCE: The Elsevier Foundation

SUMMARY:

Note to Editors: Authors Dr. Donna Dean and Janet Bandows Koster are available for interview.
An e-book and hard copies of this book are available for review.
Please contact: 
Marie.Gentile@widmeyer.com or Lauren.Macon@widmeyer.com

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Chicago, IL, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ – “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices,” a new book from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) that addresses work/life integration and satisfaction issues faced by those in STEM careers, will premiere at the AAAS national conference in Chicago, February 15. The project was funded by the Elsevier Foundation.

Although work/life satisfaction is typically regarded as a women’s issue, “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices,” finds that it is an issue that crosses gender lines. Co-authored by Donna Joyce Dean, Ph.D., an expert on scientific and technical workforce issues, and Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director of AWIS, the book was developed to provide both academic and private sector STEM work environments with the tools they need to retain their workforce, especially women.

"The issue of developing STEM talent is at the top of the national conversation, but the attrition of top talent from the scientific workforce severely hampers countries’ ability to lead in innovation and stay globally competitive in these disciplines,” said Janet Bandows Koster, AWIS Executive Director & CEO. “Women make up 51% of the overall U.S. workforce but account for only 25% of STEM workers. More significantly, women who have advanced degrees in STEM are far more likely to leave related occupations than women in other professions.”

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” was developed as a result of the largest global survey ever undertaken about work/life integration issues among scientists. More than 4,000 researchers in both academic and corporate settings responded to the study that revealed 83 percent work more than 40 hours per week and that half those said that work demands conflicted with their personal lives at least two to three times per week. The survey’s findings raised serious concerns about retaining the necessary level of scientific talent required to sustain innovation. The data showed that key factors including lack of flexibility in the workplace, dissatisfaction with career development opportunities and low salaries, are driving many researchers of both genders to reconsider their profession.

“Many institutions and organizations have begun to recognize the need to address this issue,” said co-author Dr. Donna Dean. “The book provides case studies of successful, well-researched programs that are models for both academic as well as corporate workplaces. Each chapter offers practical tools that can be rescaled to develop programs similar to those described in the case studies.”

The Elsevier Foundation funded the development of “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” as part of their commitment to the research community. “Millions of dollars are being invested to encourage young people to consider STEM based careers,” said David Ruth, Executive Director, Elsevier Foundation. “The Elsevier New Scholars have created evidence-based programs that address the work/life challenges of STEM employment, including dependent-care responsibilities, dual-career relationships, mentoring, as well as the ability to travel to professional meetings. If we want to retain our STEM workforce we have to help those professionals be both successful and satisfied in this career choice. We are proud to support the development of this book.”

“Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” is currently available through Elsevier Store for $44.95. Read more at: http://www.elsevier.com/connect/new-book-proposes-solutions-for-stem-workforce-retention

 

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About the Authors

Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., is a consultant on leadership and talent development. She has presented more than 60 workshops and seminars at universities and professional meetings in the past three years on those topics, many in her roles as Executive Consultant to the Association for Women in Science and Career Consultant to the American Chemical Society. Prior to 2010, she was Senior Science Advisor for five years with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm. She has 27 years of experience in research and science policy at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Her training includes the B.A. in chemistry (Berea College), Ph.D. in biochemistry (Duke), postdoctoral research (Princeton), and executive leadership (Harvard JFK School of Government). Recent honors include the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award for her career achievements in the public sector and advocacy for underrepresented groups in science and engineering. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women’s health, and in career development strategies for young scientist. She has written two books, “Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in Stem” (Springer 2009) and “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” (Academic Press, 2014). She currently is on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity and the Senior Women’s STEM Council, University of Maryland.

Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Women in Science has served as executive director and chief executive officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) since July 2006. She has over 25 years of experience leading organizations in both the United States and overseas with particular expertise in global gender and workforce issues. A significant facet implicit to the mission of AWIS is the transformation of outmoded workplace structures. In rigorous, competition-driven work such as scientific research, where scientists are expected to publish papers, apply for and maintain grants with multiple research projects, manage postdocs and graduate students, teach undergraduate courses, and participate in their respective disciplinary societies, truly attaining “work-life balance” can be elusive. As Executive Director and CEO of AWIS, Bandows Koster has authored numerous reports and presented at professional meetings about issues at the nexus of gender and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on several federal grants including AWARDS (Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies) which partners with 20 disciplinary societies to increase women’s contribution to the research enterprise. Bandows Koster holds degrees in international relations as well as an MBA in international business. Most recently, she has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers as Director of International Initiatives. She is a Certified Association Executive, a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.

About AWIS
Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AWIS is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.

About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. www.elsevierfoundation.org

Media contact
Ylann Schemm
Corporate Responsibility
Senior Manager
+31 6 23982359
newsroom@elsevier.com

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BNY Mellon Recognized as Outstanding Legal Department by New York Law Journal for Pro Bono Work

Wed, 2014-02-12 02:30

SOURCE: BNY Mellon

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NEW YORK, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ — BNY Mellon’s Legal Department is one of seven to receive an Outstanding Legal Department Award from the New York Law Journal. The recognition is for setting a pro bono standard in the State of New York and nationally with its comprehensive, employee-led pro bono program providing exceptionally high-quality legal work for many of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) nominated BNY Mellon for the honor, to be awarded on March 10.

“Since the inception of their program in 2012, BNY Mellon is setting the pro bono standard in New York and nationally with its comprehensive employee-led pro bono program and exceptionally high-quality legal work for many of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Its pro bono leadership is unmatched,” NYLPI stated in its nominating letter. “The pro bono efforts of the company’s legal department have made a significant positive impact on New York’s underserved.”

Over the last year, BNY Mellon has worked on a wide variety of direct service projects that include:

  • Helping seniors establish supplemental needs trusts that allow them access to income;
  • Assisting service members and veterans affected by the repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law;
  • Ending discrimination against transgender people by providing legal assistance to those seeking to change their legal names; and
  • Aiding low-income women with services in the areas of matrimonial, family and immigration law.

The NYLPI also stressed that under the leadership of Jane Sherburne, senior executive vice president and general counsel, the Pro Bono Committee chaired by Deborah Kaye worked tirelessly to establish this program. “BNY Mellon’s attorneys have consistently exhibited extraordinary commitment and compassion for their pro bono clients,” they wrote. “They have expanded access to justice to New York City’s most isolated and underserved residents, making an immeasurable difference in their lives.”

“Our imperative has been to provide the leadership and the tools to enable our in-house lawyers to give back. Our lawyers want to do pro bono work, and they do it eagerly, and our Committee has developed a wide variety of projects for pro bono work in each of our geographic locations across the globe,” Sherburne said. “Our most successful projects in New York are those that have involved excellent partnerships with law firms and non-profit organizations, allowing us to do amazing things together.”

BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, has a longstanding heritage of philanthropy and community partnership dating back to the founding of the company in 1784. BNY Mellon encourages team and individual volunteering and fundraising year-round in the 35 countries in which it operates, and has contributed $200 million globally to strengthen and improve its communities over the past six years.

BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of Dec. 31, 2013, BNY Mellon had $27.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Learn more at www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.

 

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Seeds of Hope: Boeing Program is Helping Farmers on the Island of Bali

Wed, 2014-02-12 02:00
Firsthand look at one of Boeing's many Global Corporate Citizenship programs

SOURCE: Boeing

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Seeds of Hope

Boeing photographer Bob Ferguson recently accompanied Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, on a trip to Indonesia for a firsthand look at one of the company’s many Global Corporate Citizenship programs. On the island of Bali, they visited with local farmers who are learning to become more self-sufficient and better at their trade – with Boeing’s help.

Of the 17,000 island that make up the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is perhaps the best-known, an island paradise that conjures up images of smoldering volcanoes, rice-terraced mountains, paddy fields and a vivid Balinese Hindu culture.

And, of course, there are those inviting, postcard-perfect Bali beaches where the tourists come to soak up the sun. But Ketut Suratna sees an entirely different side of Bali life. He’s a farmer, a resident of Bangli, one of Bali’s poorer districts tourists usually don’t visit.

He became a farmer out of necessity – to feed his family and eke out a meager living.

“Many of the villagers here depend on farming for a living,” Suratna explained as he showed a small group of visitors the farm plot where he toils daily to produce crops such as eggplant and chili under hot and humid conditions.

“Farmers like me have been struggling in recent years because we cannot afford to buy seeds,” Suratna said. “The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is also costly and poses health risks to us.”

That’s where Boeing is helping through its Global Corporate Citizenship programs. 

Since November 2012, Boeing has sponsored a project known as "Saving Indigenous Plants-Seed Saving Partnership with Bangli Farmers."

The project is administered through the IDEP Selaras Alam Foundation. A local nongovernmental organization with the Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture, or IDEP. the foundation was established in 1999 to promote what It calls the "Cycle of Resilience." Organic farming features prominently within this framework and the foundation works closely with local farmers to educate and train them on the use of renewable farming techniques to achieve long­ term sustainability

Suratna and nine other farmers from the Bangli district are included.

Seed saving is a traditional farming practice of organically growing and preserving indigenous plant seeds in their original form for use from year to year, as opposed to purchasing seeds each year from commercial seed suppliers that might be genetically modified. Apart from training the Bangli farmers on sustainable and organic seed production, the foundation assists them in the packaging, marketing and sale of these seeds across Bali.

The BangIi farmers have so far produced more than 15 plant seed types ranging from beans to cucumber; eggplant, lettuce and tomatoes, according to the foundation project coordinator, Nyoman Sudiana.

"It's a simple but powerful concept," Sudlana explained."We produce local organic seeds, which are then sold and spread across the island of Bali. This generates income for the farmers and the markets that sell the seeds. Meanwhile we're promoting the goodness of growing and consuming organic food." Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, visited with the Bangli farmers last year to see their progress firsthand.

"When we sat down with them in the fields their faces expressed gratitude," Boyce recalled."It conveyed how the Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship program has helped empower the lives of these otherwise struggling farmers with the knowledge and tools they need to establish a steady source of income to improve their quality of life."

For Suratna, with this empowerment comes a renewed sense of pride in being a Balinese farmer."Before, I worried each day if there was going to be enough food on the table for my family,” Suratna said."Now, I hope we Bangli farmers have sowed the seed of inspiration in fellow farmers near and far so that they, too, will consider organic farming to help protect our environment and livelihood."

 

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KEYWORDS: Conservation, Farming, Local Farming, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change

  

Sears® Home Services Launches "Building Community Together" Local Give Back Initiative

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:55
Teams Up with DIY Expert Ty Pennington and Nonprofit Rebuilding Together to Help Communities Rebuild

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Feb. 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- In 2014, Sears Home Services will set out to restore homes and buildings in the communities in which their nearly 8,000 technicians, project consultants and contractors live and serve. Sears Home Services has teamed up with nonprofit Rebuilding Together to help identify homes and community projects in need of assistance.

The program kicks off today with DIY expert and TV personality Ty Pennington and nearly 80 volunteers from Sears Home Services donating their time to participate in the renovation of three local homes and an old church that is being converted into the new Tampa Heights Community Center.  Upon completion, the community center will serve approximately 200 children by teaching computer skills, encouraging healthy eating habits, providing other learning opportunities and more. Rebuilding Together focuses on providing critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes at no cost to service recipients.

"What I think is amazing about the 'Building Community Together' initiative is that you have local people helping to improve the lives of their neighbors," said Pennington. "I am so excited to be part of this effort and help kick things off.  Hopefully, this will inspire people around the country to volunteer in their communities and support what Sears Home Services is doing."

After Tampa, the initiative will continue in other communities around the country including the SacramentoChicago andPhiladelphia areas.  

BUILDING COMMUNITY TOGETHER: TAMPA, FLA.
In addition to Sears Home Services' in-kind material and labor donations, Craftsman tools along with Sears Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Home Fashions, Tools and Kmart Pharmacy business units also donated materials.  Funding by local supporters was provided by: Arc Document Solutions, Atelier Architecture, Beck Group, CGM Services, The Columbia, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, PNC Bank, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation, Spychala Engineers and Ulele.   

"The 'Building Community Together' project extends the mission of Rebuilding Together by helping more low-income homeowners and community centers in need of critical repairs," said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Through this partnership we are able to continue our relationship with Sears Homes Services and skilled trades associates. These individuals play a critical role in the much needed work that we provide to homes and community centers."

SEARS HOME SERVICES: HIRING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Accompanying the launch of the "Building Community Together" initiative, Sears Home Services is announcing a robust hiring effort.  The effort kicks off today with February as National Hiring Month at which the team is looking to fill more than 1,000 product repair service technician, project consultant, call center support, and various home improvement positions nationwide. 

"Sears Homes Services is the nation's largest home services provider including repair and home improvements– we provide more than 52 million solutions for homeowners annually, so you know we are serving your community," said Chris Granger, vice president of Sears Home Services.  "Our team members live in the local areas they serve and they're eager to provide solutions to their neighbors. This hiring initiative is part of our commitment to provide even better service to our customers and Shop Your Way members.  We are making the pledge to give back to the communities we serve and to hire and invest locally to join Sears Home Services."

Sears Home Services also supports the Sears Heroes at Home program, which assists military families facing hardship by completing repairs and other necessary improvements to their homes. Another way that Sears Home Services supports our military veterans is by encouraging them to explore opportunities with Sears Home Services.  Military veterans are a part of the fabric of the company dating back to General Robert Wood, Sears Chairman after WWI. That commitment continues today with over 30,000 veterans in our ranks including 1,500 still serving in the Guard and Reserve.

Visit Facebook.com/SearsHomeServices to view updates and photos from the "Building Community Together" events. And follow us on Twitter at @BlueServiceCrew or #BlueCrewCommunity.

And don't forget, Sears Home Services offerings now qualify for Shop Your Way points! Earn 10 points for every $1 you spend on qualifying purchases and redeem your points your way from Sears and Kmart*!

About Sears Home Services
Sears Home Service, the nation's largest product repair service provider, is a key element in Sears Holdings active relationship, providing more than 52 million solutions for homeowners annually. This business delivers a broad range of retail-related residential and commercial services across all 50 states, Puerto RicoGuam and the Virgin Islands.  Sears Home Services also includes HVAC services, home improvement services (primarily siding, windows, cabinet refacing, kitchen remodeling, roofing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and garage door installation and repair).  For more information about Sears Home Services, visit the website at www.searshomeservices.com

Sears Home Services is a division of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with more than 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada.  For more information, visit the website at www.searshomeservices.com

About Sears, Roebuck and Co. 
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn Points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through its Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S.  The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 8 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com

*Shop Your Way Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees.  Subject to full program terms available at shopyourway.com.

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Larry Costello
Sears Holdings Corporation
+1 (847) 286-9036
Larry.Costello@searshc.com

Kelly Cagney
Zeno Group
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KEYWORDS: Sears Home Services, community, renovation, Tampa Heights Community Center, rebuilding together, Building Community Together

Safer Internet Day 2014: What “One Good Thing” Would You Do to Make the Internet Safer?

Tue, 2014-02-11 10:05
By Anne Collier, Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and Co-Director of ConnectSafely.org.

SOURCE: Symantec

SUMMARY:

Today is the launch of Safer Internet Day, an annual awareness campaign promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In celebration of Safer Internet Day we are featuring a two-part series discussing the importance of this campaign, ways to get involved, and tips for staying safe online. Our first post is from Anne Collier, Editor ofNetFamilyNews.org. On Thursday, we’ll hear from Marian Merritt, Symantec’s Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs featuring tips from students on how to stay safe online. 

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Join ConnectSafely.org, Symantec, and a whole host of US nonprofit organizations (see list below) and corporations in celebrating the United States’ largest Safer Internet Day (SID) to date on Tuesday, February 11. Started by the European Commission more than a decade ago and now celebrated in more than 100 countries, SID is an awareness raising campaign to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.

The campaign hasn't attained a whole lot of awareness in the US until it got a big boost a little over a year ago, when – under then-Sec. Janet Napolitano – the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commissionagreed to work together to make the Internet better for youth. Then the Brussels-based Insafe Network, which coordinates SID activities for the EC, appointed ConnectSafely as the United States’ official SID Committee.

There are a number of ways you can join the celebration, from watching our SID event (streamed live on the Webhere) to sharing "One Good Thing" you've seen or done to make the Internet, or the world, a better place by using the Internet. ConnectSafely's One Good Thing campaign is our own U.S. version of Europe's theme for SID 2014 – "Let's create a better Internet together" – an opportunity to illustrate how people all over the country are alreadymaking the Internet better, one kind word or deed at a time.

A word about the event: At our SID event in Washington, D.C. we'll have two panel discussions: one made up of student leaders who will talk about all aspects of teen life with digital media – positive, negative and neutral – and one made up of social media executives representing Instagram, Google/YouTube, Xbox Live, Tumbler and Twitter. The youth panel will be moderated by Yahoo tech journalist Dan Tynan, and the social media industry panel will be moderated by high school student leader Aidan McDaniel of Warm Springs, W. Va. From the auditorium's first few rows, more than two dozen students from around the country will be helping moderators and panels keep the discussion lively. US Sen. Charles Schumer will wrap up the event with some remarks.

So do join us. Safer Internet Day is an important reminder that it takes all of us – individuals, families, schools, corporations and governments – to make our global, increasingly social and user-driven Internet better.

 

SID Non-Profit Partners & Corporate Supporters include: Non-profits (National 4-H Council, National PTA, Committee for Children, Common Sense Media, the Family Online Safety Institute, iKeepSafe, the Internet Education Foundation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Cyber Security Alliance) Corporate (Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sprint, Symantec, Trend Micro and Twitter)

 

Anne Collier is the Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and Co-Director of ConnectSafely.org. 

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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, safer internet day, cyber security, online safety

Little Black Dress Event Raises Awareness And Funds

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:30

SOURCE: Mary Kay

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This week’s post is by Ana Farrell, Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director, of Ballwin, Missouri. 

Every girl loves a chance to dress up, fix her hair, try a bold new lipstick and have a fun place to go looking and feeling great!

A little black dress, amazing shoes, yummy munchies, lively music and prizes all add up to the perfect setting for fun and girlfriend time.

During the last 13 years of my Mary Kay business, I’ve attended a mix of events that helped me come up with the idea.  Plus, I love shoes!  So I combined my love of shoes and my desire to raise money for The Mary Kay Foundation℠, and the Little Black Dress event was born!

With the help of my Future Area and sister Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors, I’ve hosted Little Black Dress events in Philadelphia, Dallas and St. Louis for the past seven years. We all enjoy seeing each other and sharing in the fun with our guests.

For about two hours, guests enjoy snacks and mingle through our Beauty Bars to discuss the products.   We display the product on colorfully decorated tables, with seasoned Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and Sales Directors on hand to help. Our guests can also donate to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to get tickets for prize drawings, which go on all evening.

My favorite part of the evening is our Sexy High Heel contest, which gets very competitive!  We have two categories: independent sales force members and guests.  So we double the fun, and everyone feels like a model!  Each participant donates $1 to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to participate. Then, the ladies walk across the red carpet, and the audience votes on the sexiest high heel.

Between contests, we educate our guests about The Mary Kay Foundation℠. Because the two causes are very dear to many of us, this event really connects both independent sales force members and guests at the heart level.

You can connect with Ana at anafarrell@marykay.com or www.facebook.com/ana.farrell1.  Check out her website at www.anafarrell.com.

 

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Mary Kay, Little Black Dress, the mary kay foundation, Ana Farrell

Black History Month Takes Off

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:00

SOURCE: Justmeans

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February is the month when the U.S. and Canada celebrate and remember important events in th e history of the African diaspora in those countries. This tradition goes back to 1970 and is an important part of the yearly calendar. The contribution of LGBT African-Americans is also now being remembered.

It’s not only in politics, arts and culture that Black History Month thrives. Some of the events in the calendar can surprise people who focus on those areas. For example, on February 22, African American aviation pioneers will be the focus of an event in Washington, D.C. as Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions that African Americans have made to flight and space exploration.

Later in March, the National Black Law Students Association will hold their Annual Conference in Millwaukee, Wisconsin. The event promotes the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.

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Later in March, the National Black Law Students Association will hold their Annual Conference in Millwaukee, Wisconsin. The event promotes the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.http://

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