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OWC Wind & Solar Energy Production to Exceed 100% of Its Nationwide Energy Consumption Needs

OWC Product Philosophy of Maximizing Resources Successfully Extended to Business Sustainability Initiatives

Woodstock, IL – April 22, 2015Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, announced today on Earth Day that as part of the company’s sustainability program, it will soon produce enough on-site wind and solar power to cover all energy needs for four facilities in three states (Illinois, Texas and Nevada), becoming completely energy independent due to its adoption of alternative energy sources.

OWC provides customers with products that allow them to maximize the longevity of their technology products and to improve the performance of those products. Since 2003, OWC has worked to extend this approach to its business operations, with the result that the company currently recycles 97 percent of its solid waste materials; received LEED® Platinum Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute in 2010; and will soon reach its goal of generating more power than it consumes.

Energy Independence

OWC has focused on facility efficiency to reduce energy requirements with technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling systems and on-site renewable energy production for the provision of energy needs. The company kicked off its alternative, on-site energy generation program with the installation of a Vestas V39-500kW wind turbine in 2009, and quickly became the first manufacturer/distributor in the U.S. to become 100% on-site wind powered. OWC’s headquarters in Woodstock, Illinois currently generates more power than is consumed at this location, where approximately 176 of OWC’s 215 team members operate from today. The excess power flows out to the local power grid, providing a renewable source of energy to other energy consumers in McHenry County.

OWC has also adopted solar power as an energy source. In late 2012 and early 2013, OWC opened two new locations in Texas, and soon installed solar panels on the roof of its downtown Austin location. Energized at the beginning of 2014, the highly efficient panels installed now generate approximately one-third of the power consumed by this three-story building, including the majority of power that is consumed by the third floor occupied by OWC. As in Woodstock, excess power that accrues during low usage periods is put out onto the Austin Energy grid. The project not only solidified OWC’s reputation as a leader in utilizing green technology, but it also helps to explain why the tech firm has fit in so well since it expanded into Austin about three years ago.

Even factoring in a total of four operational centers in three states, OWC’s current solar and wind generation still provides for approximately 88% of its total annual power needs, and OWC stipulates that any remaining power be purchased from available local renewable power providers. The goal is to generate beyond the need of the organization at large. To achieve this, a new project has already commenced to utilize the roof of the 37,000 square foot Woodstock HQ operation for solar generation. Following the completion of this project, expected by early summer 2015, OWC will not only generate more power than is used at its four facilities, but will also add excess, clean wind and solar energy to the local power grid, and be able to continue to self-power as OWC continues to expand to new facilities in the future.

“Everything we do at OWC is about going further,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO of Other World Computing. “Taking technology further, enabling existing technology to go further with better performance and greater lifetime of productive use, and going further in support of our customers and their technology needs. Using proven technology to see our natural resources go further and reduce consumption and waste benefits the world we all share for today and our children tomorrow.”

The Illinois headquarters also benefits from a geothermal heating and cooling system. Water is pumped into geo-wells set more than 200 feet into the ground, moving from the building to below ground level and then back, day after day, year after year. If the water becomes warmer in the summer when passing through the building, it will give up that heat to the earth, 200 feet below the surface, where it is always a range of 47 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. The process works in the reverse during cold weather months, preheating the air for the heating system so the system doesn’t have to heat air from the outside, which could be at zero degrees Fahrenheit or colder. For more information on OWC’s geothermal system, please visit http://eshop.macsales.com/green/points/energy.html.

PR-owc-wind-turbine-Earth-Day-2015Recycling

Starting with an aggressive corrugated box recycling program in 2003, OWC has expanded its solid waste recycling program to include all paper, plastic, and aluminum cans. The total of recorded recycled solid waste in 2005 was 32.5 tons. After moving to its new facility in 2008, OWC’s tally of recycled solid waste from 2008 to 2015 reached an impressive total of 287.3 tons — materials that otherwise would have become part of the solid waste stream.

Non-recyclable materials such as food materials from the staff lunchroom go into a solid waste compactor, but only after being monitored to extract any recyclable materials. And a composting program for a new onsite employee garden has further reduced food waste, resulting in a compactor box only needing to be removed about every 11 months. Imagine having your trash picked up only once a year!

OWC continues to work at bettering its 97 percent solid waste recycling record by only using recyclable plastic and aluminum containers in company vending machines. OWC also takes “green” even further by helping with local fundraising efforts, through donating aluminum cans to a local animal shelter and used printer toner cartridges to local schools. And by using native plants in landscaped areas, OWC helps conserve water.

pr-owc-monitoring-Earth-Day-2015Green Buildings

As part of its mission to design its new Illinois headquarters to be “green” from the ground up, OWC participated in the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The result was that the new OWC corporate campus was awarded LEED® Platinum Certification in March 2010 by the Green Building Certification Institute, the highest achievable level. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than 300 to achieve the Platinum standard. With this recognition, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly building in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

In September 2010, OWC’s headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. OWC continues to upgrade existing buildings for even more energy efficiency, such as recently installing high-efficiency air-conditioning units in its Austin facility, as well as special dual-reflective window film that blocks up to 66 percent of the sun’s heat.

“Today on Earth Day, we remind ourselves of the importance of respecting the environment. We at OWC are proud of our dedication to a greener planet with LEED and Green Initiatives and are committed to preserving the environment with non-polluting sustainable wind turbine and solar energy solutions,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder & CEO, Other World Computing.

The OWC Trust Advantage®

  • Over 25 years of product design and innovation
  • OWC tested for compatibility, speed and reliability
  • Comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos
  • 24/7 award-winning, U.S.-based technical support

About OWC

OWC is the manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts and has been providing OWC memory upgrades for Apple computers since 1989. For the last decade, OWC has been building SSD upgrades specifically for Apple computers, winning multiple awards while also earning accolades for OWC External Drives and OWC Optical Drives. OWC memory, SSDs and a growing number of our products are designed, engineered and manufactured in Austin, TX. Widely recognized for its exemplary customer service, OWC provides extensive US-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world. As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also produces a catalog of upgrades and accessories, having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988.

OWC’s industry awards include:

  • Videomaker Best of CES 2015 Spotlight Award for OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock
  • 2015 CES Innovations Honoree for OWC ThunderBay 4 External Storage Solution
  • Storage Visions, Visionary Product Award 2015 for OWC Envoy Pro mini, a SSD thumb drive
  • Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007–2013
  • Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2014
  • About.com Readers’ Choice Award winner for best Mac Peripheral Reseller
  • Business Intelligence Group 2013 Green Tech Company of the Year
  • American Business Awards “Stevie” Gold (2012) and Silver (2014)
  • Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010–2014

 

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Announces Medical Mutual as 2015 Presenting Sponsor

Sixth Annual Film Fest Slated for October 7 to 11, 2015

Chagrin Falls, OH April 20, 2015 – The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) is thrilled to announce that its sixth annual Festival will be presented by Medical Mutual. The Festival will run from October 7 to 11, 2015 at the iconic Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and venues throughout the century Village of Chagrin Falls.

“After several years contributing to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and seeing firsthand what a fabulous event they’ve created, we decided to step up our support,” said Jared Chaney, Executive Vice President of Medical Mutual. “It is events like this that make living in the Chagrin Valley special.”

“We are truly honored that Medical Mutual will be the Festival Presenting Sponsor this year. It is extremely meaningful to receive this support from a landmark organization that calls Northeast Ohio its home, as the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival has grown into a nationally recognized destination event for documentary film fans right here in Northeast Ohio,” said Mary Ann Ponce, Festival Director.

For the third time in as many years, CDFF has been selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 2015 “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” out of more than 6,000 film festivals around the world. The audience attending the festival also continues to grow with 7,000 attending last year with a new record predicted for the 2015 event.

“Our Fest audience is passionate, curious and engaged and they provide a warm welcome for visiting filmmakers, making it a memorable festival for filmmakers and attendees alike,” said Ponce. “We think this energy has contributed to the Festival being named to the MovieMaker Magazine list again and to the remarkable growth we’ve experienced.”

A kick off to this year’s Festival is planned with a “Best of the Fest” event beginning at 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 25 at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St in Chagrin Falls, and on Sunday, April 26 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood, at 2 p.m. A selection of award winning films from the 2014 Festival will be presented. Tickets are $10 per film. A performance by Alex Bevan has been rescheduled to a later date. Visit www.chagrinfilmfest.org for tickets and information.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is presented by Fevered Dreams Productions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is supported by grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. For additional information about film entries, sponsorship and/or tickets, visit www.chagrinfilmfest.org. The official film submission deadline for this year’s Festival is Monday, June 15.

 

Defending the Weak Is the Duty of the Strong

Retired military officer joins the fight to end sex trafficking

DENVER – Sex trafficking is a violation of basic human rights and impacts millions of adults and children worldwide. Imagine if there was a way to put an end to this crime once and for all.

Attention grabbing, crime thriller novel “Guardian Angel” dramatizes sex trafficking and other transnational crimes as a covert agent and his small support team fights to find, fix and finish a worldwide sex trafficking operation. With author Francis Murphy’s intelligence analyst experience in the Air Force, he brings a realistic approach to the tactics and techniques of terrorists, criminals and nation-states.

“The first-person narrative approach enables readers to submerge themselves into the story; to experience the action from the main character’s perspective and be the person who actually discovers the criminal’s identities and then deals with them,” Murphy said.

This border crossing, action-packed read will surely open the eyes of readers to the serious crimes our world faces today.

“Guardian Angel”

By Francis Murphy

ISBN: 978-1-4808-1448-6

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Archway Publishing

About the author

Francis Murphy holds a master’s degree in international relations. For 14 years he worked as an intelligence officer for the Air Force and 10 years as a defense contractor. Murphy has three children and three grandchildren. He and his wife currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

World Assurance Group Announces FINRA Approval Of Corporate Name Change To Power Clouds And New Ticker Symbol: PWCL

World Assurance Group, Inc. (www.worldassurancegroup.com) (OTC Pink: WDAS) today announces FINRA approval of the Company’s corporate action request changing its name to Power Clouds Inc. (www.PowerClouds.com) FINRA also approved a change of its ticker symbol to “PWCL” with an anticipated effective date at the open of the market on April 24, 2015.

“We are very excited that now both our name and our ticker symbol reflect the solar power and green energy focus of the business from now on. We feel that changing the name and symbol following the acquisition of the three Power Cloud operating companies in March, sends a clear message to the markets and customers alike that we are now a successful plant development and power generation company. Being a public company brings more funding options to the business in addition to the innovative model we have used to build the plants so far,” said the Company’s CEO & President, Roberto Forlani.

Mr. Fabio Galdi, Company Chairman, stated, “This is another key step in our transition to the Power Clouds business. With hard assets expected to exceed $15 million following the purchase of fully operational, revenue producing, power plants in Romania and Japan, Power Clouds is now well positioned to exploit additional projects already identified. We constantly examine our options to increase shareholder value and will continue to explore all available options, which may include a spin out of Cellad and World Media & Technology Inc. at a suitable time in the future.”

Mr. Forlani concluded, “In order to maintain continuity and to aid in a smooth transition for the investment community from the ticker symbol “WDAS” to “PCWL,” the Company will summarize Power Cloud’s accomplishments to date in a press release to be distributed on Friday, April 24, 2015 under the “PCWL” ticker symbol.”

About Power Clouds Inc.

Power Clouds develops renewable and sustainable energy projects worldwide and engages in planning, creating and managing photovoltaic plants all over the world. It identifies optimal locations for its solar plants and then supports these projects with the coordination of business development activities and the strategic resources of engineers, suppliers, skilled builders and partner companies. With operational plants in Romania and activities in Japan and other worldwide locations, the company has a core team of experts and project managers operating at international level, who have specific expertise in photovoltaics, the green economy and who have a proven ability to deliver the highest technical and cutting-edge solutions.

For further information about how the Power Clouds model works, see www.PowerClouds.com

New Profit Commits $2 Million in Funding & Strategic Support to Help MLT Dramatically Increase Impact

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is fundamentally transforming America’s talent pipeline for the private and social sectors by equipping underrepresented minorities with the coaching, skills, and relationships that accelerate their rise to senior leadership.

April 21, 2015 (Boston): New Profit, a pioneering venture philanthropy fund working to break down barriers to opportunity in America, will invest $2 million over the next four years to support MLT as the nonprofit organization scales its efforts to transform the face of leadership in America.

Today, Black, Hispanic and Native American minorities represent 30% of the U.S. population, but hold less than 3% of senior leadership positions and 1% of corporate board seats. Over the last 12 years, MLT has worked to close this leadership gap by identifying and providing high-potential underrepresented minorities with a winning professional playbook, one-on-one coaching and door-opening relationships to accelerate their paths to senior leadership. MLT has created a thriving network of more than 4,000 rising leaders and is transforming the diverse talent pipelines at its partner organizations, including more than 100 leading corporations, nonprofits and graduate business schools.

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MLT’s bold vision is to develop a new generation of diverse talent in America – 1,000 senior leaders and 10,000 more in the pipeline – by 2030. MLT is not only changing the careers and life trajectories of the individuals it serves, but its rising leaders are also creating a multiplier effect that allows them to have a profound impact on their organizations, communities and society as a whole.

“If we fail to develop a large and growing segment of our talent pool who will represent over 50% of our population within 25 years, we are setting ourselves up for dire social and economic inequity,” said John Rice, founder and CEO of MLT. “We see developing top minority talent as a national imperative, which will only strengthen our organizations and ensure our nation remains competitive,” said Rice.

MLT’s programs take talented minorities on a career journey that 95% describe as “life-changing.” More than 95% of MLT’s college fellows receive fast-track jobs prior to graduation, compared to about 20% of all undergraduates. MBA admission rates at the top ten business schools are three times greater for MLT’s “MBA Prep” fellows than other applicants, and 40% of the underrepresented minorities at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Kellogg and Columbia are MLT fellows. Seventy-five percent of professionals who participate in MLT’s mid-career advancement program are promoted within one year of program completion.

“MLT’s approach is transformative for individuals and organizations. Our investment will help them scale to further build a network of diverse leaders who are driving critical change throughout America,” said Elizabeth Riker, a New Profit senior partner who has been leading the engagement with MLT and a member of its board since New Profit’s initial $800,000 investment in 2006. “The dramatic growth in impact that we have seen during our time supporting MLT gives us confidence in John Rice’s vision and insight and the capability of his leadership team, and we are excited to be re-investing in the next phase of MLT’s growth and impact.”

The new funding from New Profit will be unrestricted and supplemented by hundreds of hours of strategic support delivered in collaboration with Deloitte. The strategic support program, which will be overseen by Riker, focuses on three areas: 1. executing the organization’s strategic plan to dramatically widen and deepen impact; 2. implementing a new measurement and evaluation plan; and 3. supporting the development and growth of the senior leadership team and the board of directors to continue to build the capabilities required for the next phase of growth.

“What distinguishes New Profit from other social investors is their holistic approach to helping organizations scale their impact. New Profit’s original investment in MLT, along with their advice and connectivity, was critical to helping us transform the careers and lives of thousands of individuals and get our organization to where it is now. New Profit has remained a valued strategic partner, and we’re thrilled that they’ve decided to reinvest in MLT to take us to the next level of scale and impact,” said Rice.

Learn more about MLT by visiting www.ml4t.org

Learn more about New Profit by visiting www.newprofit.org

Princeton Power Systems Energizes the Microgrid Market in Cuba, Haiti, and the Caribbean

Princeton Power’s Solar Microgrids Provide Economic and Health Benefits to Developing Island Nations 

Princeton, NJ – April 23, 2015 — Princeton Power Systems – a leading global designer and manufacturer of technology products and embedded software for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging – has made moves to expand efforts in the Caribbean and developing island nations, leveraging its base of operating projects in Jamaica, Haiti, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, with an eye toward building collaborations in Cuba.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Darren Hammell visited Cuba in April with a delegation from the New Jersey Technology Council.

“Like many nations in the Caribbean, Cuba has a stated goal of developing renewable energy sources and reducing its reliance on imported fuel,” Hammell said. “Princeton Power Systems was invited to Cuba to learn about opportunities and to discuss distributed solar and energy storage technologies that could play a significant role in Cuba’s future energy production.”

Haiti is also looking toward expansion of renewables and distributed generation, especially since the earthquake in 2010 that severely damaged its infrastructure and left roughly two thirds of the country without access to electricity. Especially in rural areas, economic and human development is handicapped by lack of reliable electricity, which affects health and safety, and limits opportunities for education and entrepreneurship. In areas without electricity, people often rely on burning kerosene, charcoal and wood.

Princeton Power Systems has worked with Home Control, a leader in home automation, renewable energy, and audio engineering for residential, commercial, and industrial customers with a focus in the Caribbean and Haitian market, for several years developing the market, and recently launched a distribution partnership enabling Home Control to develop commercial and residential projects with Princeton Power products.

“This is an ideal time to introduce solar power into Haiti on a large scale,” said Gerard Boulos, president of Home Control. “Since the earthquake in 2010 damaged Haiti’s electrical grid, solar lanterns have become increasingly common. Constructing solar-powered microgrids is the logical next step. Haiti’s government has a goal of bringing solar electricity to rural areas. Solar power can improve the economic well-being of Haiti while supporting public safety, health and education.”

Haiti has a massive untapped solar energy potential, according to a report by Climate Investment Fund. There is high solar irradiation across the nation throughout the year. Solar Microgrids with storage can often be designed, built, and operating in less than three months, making them the fastest way to bring reliable electricity to rural areas. Princeton Power and Home Control have projects operating in Haiti today, and the distribution partnership will allow efficient replication of these successful case studies.

Princeton Power Systems’ patent-pending Energy Management Operating SystemsTM (EMOS) and bi-directional converters have been used by many high-profile clients, including microgrids on Alcatraz Island in California and Annobon Island in Equatorial Guinea.

About Princeton Power Systems

Princeton Power Systems, based in New Jersey and founded in 2001, designs and manufactures state-of-the-art technology solutions for energy management, microgrid operations, and electric vehicle charging. The company is a global leader working with customers and partners across North America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. It manufactures UL- and CE-certified power electronics that are used in advanced battery operations and alternative energy, with built-in smart functions for ancillary services. The company solves power issues to allow continued growth of distributed renewable energy by providing energy storage solutions that are proven to work, even in harsh environments. Princeton Power Systems builds integrated systems and designs, commissions and operates microgrids for leading organizations including Fortune 500 automakers and industrial companies. It also works with nonprofit organizations. The company proudly manufactures its products in the USA. More information about Princeton Power Systems is available at www.princetonpower.com.

About Home Control

Home Control is a company providing home automation, audio engineering, and renewable energy in Haiti. Originally founded in 1990 in Miami, Fla., the company relocated to Haiti and has now been in business there for 19 years. Its founder and president, Gerard Boulos, has been interested in renewable energy since the 1970s.

VICE Media, Knight Foundation and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Innovators Fund Now Open For Applications

$500,000 Fund to support and train journalists on new storytelling techniques

Applicants can visit http://bit.ly/1DuYSEP for more information and to apply for the program

NEW YORK, NY (Apr. 22, 2015) — The Knight-VICE Innovators Fund is now open for applications from journalists and others seeking to adopt new ways of storytelling for the next generation of news consumers. VICE Media and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced an investment of $500,000 in the new initiative in collaboration with City University of New York’s CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in December with the aim of propelling innovation and experimentation in journalism.

Today, the application is live at http://bit.ly/1DuYSEP.

Awardees will be able to leverage the best-in-class production and storytelling ability of VICE News along with the vast resources of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to support the development and and distribution of their work. Finalists will spend three days a week with VICE News staff and two days at the CUNY J-School for up to three months.

Projects may encompass a range of journalism tools from investigative techniques to new presentations styles or ways of telling stories. Above all, the Fund is looking for applicants who have specific projects that have the potential to create a substantial impact to serve a global, connected audience.

“This is an amazing opportunity for journalists from all over the world to get uniquely trained, both at VICE and at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. I can’t wait to start reviewing the applications,” said Sarah Bartlett, dean of the CUNY Journalism School.

“Providing new avenues for journalists and others to engage people around news and pressing issues that affect communities around the world is essential to pushing the field forward,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “The Knight-VICE Innovators Fund was developed with this in mind—it will serve as a path for news providers to take advantage of new storytelling tools in the digital age, update their skills, and ensure that innovation in reporting is the norm.”

Finalists will be determined by a select group of judges from each of the three organizations.

The deadline for applications is June 1st.

About VICE Media

VICE is a global youth media company and the industry leader in producing and distributing the best online video content in the world. Launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, VICE now operates out of 36 countries, and has expanded into a multimedia network, including the world’s premier source for original online video, VICE.COM; an international network of digital channels; a television & feature film production studio; a magazine; a record label; and a book-publishing division. VICE.com

About the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism opened in 2006 with a commitment to blend traditional journalistic values with new forms of storytelling that embrace digital technology. Its innovative curriculum offers multimedia-focused Master of Arts degrees in journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, and social journalism in the heart of the nation’s media capital. It also offers a one-semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism and a summer intensive digital journalism workshop series focused on emerging skill sets.

Journalism.cuny.edu

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

For more, visit: KnightFoundation.org

Civil Rights and Federal Contractor Communities Unite In Celebration of 50 Years of Equality at Work

September 24, 2015 Day-Of Milestone Anniversary Event Presented by The OFCCP Institute to Honor Civil Rights Community and the American Workplace

April 22, 2015, WASHINGTON D.C. – On September 24, 1965, the Nation took a historic step towards equal employment opportunity when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed and issued Executive Order 11246 (“EO 11246”). On September 24, 2015, in commemoration of that historic day, The OFCCP Institute (“The Institute”), a national nonprofit employer association based in Washington, D.C., will host and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this significant civil rights milestone with a black tie gala event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in our Nation’s Capital.

Receiving widespread support from the civil rights community, corporate supporters include The Memorial Foundation, builders of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the National Civil Rights Museum. The OFCCP Institute has announced that 100% of the proceeds raised from the event will go towards the EO 11246 Equality at Work Scholarship Fund, benefitting high school students. The black tie reception and dinner will feature a “Who’s Who” from the civil rights community among its keynote speakers, honorees, and event attendees. The event will also honor the federal contractor community’s achievements in furthering the goal of equality in the American workplace.

Signed more than two years after the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and more than a year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became the law of the land, EO 11246 charged the Secretary of Labor, a Cabinet-level official with strong enforcement authority, with the responsibility of ensuring equal opportunity for minorities in federal contractors’ recruitment, hiring, training and other employment practices. Until that time, such efforts had been in the hands of various Presidential committees. EO 11246 further reinforced the requirement that federal contractors not discriminate in employment, and that they take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity based on race, color, religion and national origin. Amended by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 to protect women from employment discrimination, and most recently by President Barack H. Obama in 2014 to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, EO 11246 continues to lead America’s success in achieving equal employment opportunities in the American workplace.

Said David S. Fortney, Co-chair, The Institute, “Executive Order 11246 paved the way for historically underrepresented groups to be given an equal chance to compete for jobs in the American workplace. For 50 years federal contractors have led successful efforts to eradicate unlawful workplace discrimination and to encourage all to seek employment opportunities. The OFCCP Institute is proud to honor these significant achievements that have benefited America.”

Said Harry E. Johnson, President, The Memorial Foundation, “The 50th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 11246 is an historical event for the civil rights and federal contractor communities, ultimately creating a more equitable workplace in the United States. We join The OFCCP Institute and the civil rights community at large in commemorating this truly meaningful action with this much-deserved anniversary event later this year, and encourage others within the civil rights and federal contractor communities to join in the celebration.”

About Executive Order 11246:

Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors and federally–assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The Executive Order also requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

About The OFCCP Institute:

The OFCCP Institute (“The Institute”) is a national nonprofit employer association based in Washington, DC. The Institute trains and educates federal contractors in understanding and complying with their affirmative action and equal employment obligations. The Institute also addresses related human resource management strategies to assist employers in creating and maintaining diverse organizations free from workplace bias. The Institute is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

StriveTogether Launches Investment Fund to Accelerate Education Impact

Annie E. Casey, Draper Richard Kaplan, KnowledgeWorks, Schusterman Family, Target foundations pledge support

Cincinnati, Ohio, April 21, 2015 – More than 60 communities nationwide are working to change local education systems to improve results for kids using a collective impact approach. A new investment fund will focus on accelerating this impact in select communities, and some big-name funders have already pledged support.

StriveTogether announced today the launch of the Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund, a multi-year $15 million investment designed to help communities reach their education improvement goals faster, while building a sustainable civic infrastructure for the future. The Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund will also support the development of new tools, resources and training to drive sustainable education improvement across the country.

Current partners and investors include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, KnowledgeWorks, Target and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, a philanthropic account administered by Vanguard Charitable.

“We have the opportunity to invest in local capacity-building to change the way we make an impact, rather than creating new programs,” StriveTogether Managing Director Jeff Edmondson said. “We are grateful to our partners for their support and look forward to working together toward systems change and improved education outcomes for every child.”

Specifically, the Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund will directly support a group of community partnerships involved in the StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network. New investment will focus on accelerating action in these communities, scaling effective efforts to create learning ecosystems focused on personalized learning, and speeding progress toward community-wide goals. Selected communities will receive additional support from StriveTogether, including strategic assistance, capacity-building activities and advanced training in specific skill sets, such as continuous improvement and results-based leadership.

Investments will be based on unique local goals and context, and support StriveTogether’s goal for five communities to achieve “Proof Point” status by 2018. According to StriveTogether’s collective impact approach, called the Theory of Action, “Proof Point” communities will experience sustainable behavior change across all education stakeholders and see 60 percent of cradle to career education outcomes improving year after year, such as kindergarten readiness scores and high school graduation rates.

Communities will be selected through an open competitive application process by May 2015 with community-specific work beginning in June 2015. The Cradle to Career Accelerator Fund will focus 80 percent of its investments to directly support local community work.

“The investments will help communities overcome the hurdles that stand in the way of fully realizing the potential of quality collective impact,” Edmondson said. “Our learning through these investments will help inform other Cradle to Career Network communities, as well as collective impact approaches across the social sector in other areas, such as health, public safety and the environment.”

Budweiser Celebrates America’s Greatest Treasures with National Park Foundation, Brings Partnership to Life with Patriotic Packaging

America’s Macro Beer Provides Macro Support to the National Park Foundation, Commissions 13th Witness to Unveil New Summer Packaging Featuring Statue of Liberty

ST. LOUIS (April 22, 2015) – Today, on Earth Day, Budweiser announced its continued support and commitment to the environment through a partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, for the Find Your Park movement. The multi-million dollar partnership raises awareness about national parks and the centennial milestone of the National Park Service in 2016. In celebration, Budweiser is rolling out limited-edition patriotic packaging featuring the iconic silhouette of Lady Liberty.

Budweiser commissioned famed city streetscape and mobile photographer 13th Witness to unveil this packaging with compelling visual content that captures Budweiser’s spirit for the summer.

“We want to encourage a new generation of beer drinkers to get out there and see what America is made of,” said Brian Perkins, vice president, Budweiser. “And where better than in America’s national parks? It’s fitting for Budweiser—a big, bold brand—to team up with a pioneering partner like NPF. We are looking to draw attention to these parks with our eye-catching packaging … as well as a pretty epic surprise concert this summer.”

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser will bring monumental and surprising moments to the national parks through a summer music program that celebrates the brand’s pledge to safeguard these breathtaking landscapes and places of cultural and historical importance, and inspire generations of national parks enthusiasts. To kick off the partnership, Budweiser launched a day of service in various parks throughout New York City on April 21 to unite a sense of duty and responsibility for a new America – made better.

“Budweiser is an American brand with a steadfast commitment to our nation,” said Dan Wenk, interim president of the National Park Foundation. “With their generous, multi-faceted support of our Find Your Park movement, we will ensure that these special places are loved and protected well beyond the next 100 years.”

Budweiser’s new Statue of Liberty summer packaging highlights the partnership with NPF and marks its commitment to protect our country’s beloved historical, cultural, natural and urban parks. The Lady Liberty packs will be available in 8-, 12-, 16- and 25-ounce cans and in a 16-ounce aluminum bottle.

“America’s national parks are some of the most beautiful places on earth,” said Perkins. “We want to recognize that sense of scenery. That’s why we’ve brought one of the most iconic, inspiring visuals in the world to beer drinkers. That’s why we’ve commissioned an exciting Instagrammer to help unveil the partnership. And, most importantly, that’s why we’ve joined NPF to drive more young adults to see these sights for themselves.”

For more information about Budweiser’s partnership with NPF, new summer packaging and images, please visit http://newsroom.anheuser-busch.com/budweiser-npf. For more information on the Find Your Park movement, please visit FindYourPark.com.

About Budweiser

Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character. The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

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