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Want Equal Pay? 12 Ways to Get It

By Aimee Cohen

When women try to negotiate for a raise or promotion, they often don’t feel empowered or prepared enough to ask for exactly what they want or what they rightfully deserve. It’s often not until they get home (or back to their desk), and they’ve had a chance to evaluate their “win”, that they realize they’ve ‘lost’ once again.

The problem is that women are never taught how to effectively negotiate, and don’t do it very often. They fear walking into a negotiation and assertively standing their ground, because they don’t want to be perceived as the “B-word”. Women are also notorious for committing the “Disastrous Triple-D” where they routinely, and often subconsciously, downplay, dismiss, and diminish their accomplishments. It’s very difficult to negotiate for more money if you describe what you’ve done as “no big deal”, or “anyone could have done that”.

The following “12 Tips to Transform Your Negotiating Skills” will take the mystery out of negotiating. These tips are written from my experience as a successful career coach and shared in my book, Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success:

  1. Be Yourself — don’t be an angel in the office, and then all of the sudden show up as a devil in the negotiating room. Nothing is more off-putting or confusing to a boss or hiring manager than having your alter-ego do the negotiating for you.
  2. Get a Goal — know what you’re trying to achieve before the negotiation even begins.
  3. Know Your Bottom Line — figure out ahead of time how low you’ll go and when you’ll walk away from that new job or opportunity.
  4. Be Realistic — do your homework and set realistic expectations. If you know the position only pays $100K, then asking for $250K is probably not going to happen.
  5. Script It Out — everyone gets flustered and nervous in stressful situations, so scripting out what you want to say beforehand, and practicing saying those words can mean the difference between a win or a loss.
  6. Anticipate Objections — proactively think about any and all reasons why the other person would say “no”, and plan out your responses accordingly.
  7. Bring Alternatives — come prepared with your first choice, your ideal outcome, but also bring alternatives to keep the conversation going until you reach a successful compromise.
  8. Avoid Emotion — Tom Hanks said, “There’s no crying baseball”, and there is also no crying in negotiations. Keep your emotions in check and save the tears or squeals of joy for the bathroom afterwards. This is when you need a poker face.
  9. Practice Makes Perfect — don’t expect to be a negotiating guru if you only do it once every few years. It takes practice. Go to a garage sale and practice negotiating for junk before you try to negotiate for something more meaningful.
  10. Seek Support — it takes a village to raise a child, and it can also take a village of support and encouragement to raise an assertive woman. Rallying support of your efforts is an effective way to create accountability. There’s no backing out and no retreat.
  11. Think of a Third Person — women can find negotiating for themselves painful and difficult, but thinking of who else would benefit from a successful outcome is often the motivation they need to get the job done.
  12. Celebrate Success — instead of thinking of negotiating as an all or nothing proposition, find a way to celebrate what you did gain. The reality is that women don’t like to ask, and would rather have root canal surgery without anesthesia than negotiate a higher starting salary, a bigger raise, or a more advanced promotion.  Not negotiating is not an option, and it will ultimately end up killing their careers. It’s time to pull on those “big-girl panties” and learn how to negotiate with power and confidence.  Woman UP! and find a way to get that “treat” and not a “trick” when it comes to negotiating.

Aimee Cohen is a career expert, veteran speaker, and author of Woman UP! Overcome the 7 Deadly Sins that Sabotage Your Success. She is owner of Cohen Career Consulting where, for more than 20 years, she has a nearly 100% success rate empowering women to achieve career success. Aimee provides strategic step-by-step action plans to clients during personalized one-on-one consultations. She leads outplacement transition seminars for Fortune 500 companies and is a contributing writer for the Denver Business Journal. She facilitates the LINK to Leadership program for The Leadership Investment, has appeared as a career expert on television and radio shows, and in print media such as Glamour magazine, the Denver Post, and Denver Woman magazine, and she was a past nominee for Outstanding Women in Business Award from the Denver Business Journal.

Aimee lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband of 22 years. She has two teenage children. Her son is a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and her daughter is in high school.

Woman UP! is available at Amazon.com as well as other online booksellers.

To learn more visit her on:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/womanuppower,

Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/aimeecohen,

Twitter: @WomanUpPower

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCMIM9SJcBcVSamvTNa7u48w

Special Needs Teacher Shares Lessons Learned on TEDx Talks

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. – Jack Viorel’s teaching career began 25 years ago in a classroom with medically-fragile, special needs, and at-risk kids. “That first year was a big wipeout … I had to find a way to make it work,” said Viorel, sharing his story with TEDx Talks at the University of Tennessee in March.

Visual Impaired Surf Camp with Jack Viorel

Visual Impaired Surf Camp with Jack Viorel

Nine years ago, with more experience and brimming with new ideas, Viorel moved his family to Wilmington, North Carolina and opened his own uncommon school.

“To succeed in teaching,” maintains Viorel, “there are three fundamentals: inclusion, self-esteem, and a vehicle to open a child’s mind.” In Viorel’s case, he and his staff use surfing as a means to reach children and open their minds.

“Surfing is our vehicle, it is not our goal,” Viorel said. “For the autistic child our goal might be to improve communication skills; for the child with cerebral palsy it could be mobility; for the child that’s blind our goal might be to shed limiting beliefs; for the orphan girl in India, it could be about building self-worth.”

“We decided to include anyone, everyone, especially those most excluded,” said Viorel. “We are never going to tell anyone we cannot help them.”

Thousands of students and many success stories later, Viorel’s techniques have gained acclaim and support. Services were expanded to include wounded soldiers to help with their physical and mental adjustment to life after injury.

In 2015, IndoJax Surf Charities will serve a record number of people in the U.S. and India thanks to grants and support from United Health Care, the Helen Keller Foundation, AlertTile, First Bank, Eco Media, Trot Nixon Family, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and many other organizations and individuals. Programs are provided at no charge to participants.

“We want to leave the world a better place,” said Keller Johnson-Thompson, Vice President of the Helen Keller Foundation, announcing a three-year grant for vision and hearing-impaired children in 2014.

“We are pleased to support these inventive programs which bring joy, self-esteem, and confidence to children and wounded soldiers,” said Mary Baggett, co-owner of Blockade Runner Beach Resort, a long-time supporter of charitable surf camps at Wrightsville Beach.

Derek Rabelo of Brazil

Derek Rabelo of Brazil

July 13-17, Brazilian surfer Derek Rabelo, born completely blind at birth, will assist teachers and students at the 2015 Visually Impaired Surf Camp in Wrightsville Beach. Beyond Sight, the story about Rabelo’s dream to surf Pipeline will be presented Thursday evening, July 16, at Blockade Runner Beach Resort.

Rabelo, a professional surfer sponsored by Billabong, travels the world surfing in a non-competitive role. “Now 22, Rabelo has surfed four seasons in Hawaii where he has won the admiration of world champions Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning,” wrote Richard Noone of Australia’s The Daily Telegraph.

“I love making a difference in a child’s life. I love helping a child to be successful, and I really love helping the underdog,” adds Viorel.

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Surf Camp Calendar

Apr 13-26: Homes of Hope Orphanage, India
Apr 18: Wounded Warriors
May 26-29: Boys and Girls Clubs
Jun 22-25: Children from Belarus
(Helen Keller Month-July)
Jul 13-17: Visually Impaired Surf Camp
Jul 27-30: Hearing Impaired Surf Camp
Aug 3-6: Boys and Girls Home of Waccamaw
(Autism Week)
Aug 17-18: Surfers Healing
Aug 19-21: Autism Surf Camp
Aug 22: Cystic Fibrosis, Mauli Ola Foundation
Sep 12: Wounded Warriors
Oct 3: Reunion Surf Day

Consumer Energy Solutions Forecast: Energy Efficiency Becomes the “New Normal”

Consumer Energy Solutions, a long-time proponent of energy efficiency, sees the potential for continued economic growth coupled with enhanced environmental protection.

(Clearwater, FL) April 6, 2015 — A recent report from the International Energy Agency notes, indicates that in 2014, for the first time in 40 years, there was a “decoupling” of economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions: the world economy grew, but CO2 emissions did not. The Washington Post, commenting on this announcement, observed that what appeared to be a tight link between economic growth and the use of more energy has seemed an almost invariant fact of the modern industrial world, and has led some to suggest that economic growth itself is incompatible with environmental protection. Clearly, it seems, that is not the case.1

The IEA report attributes the 2014 results to a number of factors. One is China’s shift to a greater use of renewable resources; another very important one is the fact that OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries have both advanced renewable energy production and combined it with greater energy efficiency. That’s certainly the case in the U.S. electricity industry, according to Patrick J. Clouden, CEO, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc., who adds that the report from the IEA supports, on a macro level, what his company has been seeing for years with thousands of customers: energy efficiency enables everyone to do more while consuming less power.

Consumer Energy Solutions (http://www.consumerenergysolutions.com/) officials say a trend taking place in the world of commercial LED lighting (http://www.consumerenergysolutions.com/led-lighting/) is affordability. In the past LED lights were significantly more expensive than traditional lights, so making the switch could be daunting. But now it is becoming much more affordable to choose LED lights. In fact, companies can even lease them, Clouden says. CES is, on average, seeing a 30-50% savings per annum for their business clients who are converting their incandescent lighting to LED lighting. For one client, CES upgraded all types of lighting elements in one building to LED; the upgrades, for this one building alone, saved the company over $180,000 over a five-year horizon.

On the federal level, Clouden notes, energy efficiency for consumers is being encouraged by the residential energy tax credit provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provides homeowners a tax credit of up to 30% of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient improvements to their existing homes.2 More broadly, the Obama administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 calls for a seven percent increase in funding for clean energy and a new $4 billion fund to encourage states to make faster and deeper cuts to power plant emissions.

Nonetheless, in February the American Energy Innovation Council, a group that includes former Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates and General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, issued a report stating that federal government investments in energy research, development, and demonstration projects have been flat for the past five years.

“To solve the world’s energy and climate challenges we need hundreds of new ideas and hundreds of companies working on them,” says Gates. “That is not going to happen without the U.S. government’s continued tradition of leadership in R&D.” Echoing Gates’s comment, council member Norman Augustine, retired chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, says, “We believe it is deeply in America’s economic and security interests to double or triple long-term R&D investments. We urge this to become a priority for the new Congress, the president, and leaders of both parties.”3

It seems likely that as the public comes to a greater understanding of the benefits of energy efficiency for the environment and the nation’s economy, bipartisan support for intensified energy research will arise. In the meantime, there are a number of promising local initiatives in the works. In California, for example, the California Energy Commission has just released the latest in a long line of energy-efficiency standards that have made the Golden State a world leader in saving electricity. The commission is writing proposed minimum power consumption standards that it estimates would save 2,702 gigawatt hours a year of electricity, roughly the combined usage of the cities of Long Beach, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, and Riverside—an area with an aggregate population of 1.3 million.4

“As a pioneer in energy efficiency, both for consumers and for business,” says Clouden, “it’s both encouraging and satisfying to see what was once regarded as a fad become the ‘new normal.’ We devote a lot of our time to helping our customers operate more efficiently, and we also pay a great deal of attention to applying new technology as it develops. In a lot of areas, such as solid-state lighting, we’re just now beginning to find out what’s possible. The future of energy use, both in this country and worldwide, will be an increasing ability to do more, better, with less.”

About Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc.:

Headquartered in Clearwater, FL, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc. (CES) is one of the nation’s foremost full-service energy consulting companies, with over two million residential and 300,000 commercial customers across the United States and Canada, including many Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1999 by Patrick J. Clouden, CES transitioned in 2004 from selling primarily to residential customers to selling primarily to businesses. The company’s long-standing relationships with the largest independent energy suppliers in the U.S., coupled with its unparalleled knowledge of the industry, give CES customers access to the most competitive electricity and natural gas rates available in their area. CES is dedicated to educating its customers about the choices available to them as energy consumers, and to helping them, in a volatile energy market, to balance short-term savings against long-term risk. The company’s mission is to assist its commercial clients in better managing their energy costs so as to add to their bottom line. CES is an industry leader in providing its clients with effective strategies and solutions to reduce energy costs. References are available upon request. For more information, visit www.consumerenergysolutions.com.

1. Washington Post. washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/03/13/for-the-first-time-in-40-years-the-world-economy-grew-but-co2-levels-didnt/

2. U.S. Internal Revenue Service, August 18, 2012. irs.gov/uac/Energy-Provisions-of-the-American-Recovery-and-Reinvestment-Act-of-2009

3. Business Journals, February 24, 2015. bizjournals.com/bizjournals/washingtonbureau/2015/02/why-bill-gates-thinks-the-u-s-needs-to-invest-more.html?page=all

4. “Computers and monitors are targets of latest energy-efficiency rules,” Los Angeles Times. latimes.com/business/la-fi-capitol-business-beat-20150316-story.html

Space Foundation Brings NASA Administrator Bolden to Inspire Students at Harrison High School Presentation

Part of 31st Space Symposium STEM Education Outreach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 6, 2015) — As part of its 31st Space Symposium, the Space Foundation is bringing NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., to Harrison High School in Colorado Springs to deliver an inspirational talk to more than 500 middle and high school students selected to attend his presentation.

Bolden will be in Colorado Springs to participate in the Space Foundation’s 31st Space Symposium, to be held at The Broadmoor, April 13-16.

“The Space Foundation is bringing the NASA administrator to Colorado Springs students to inspire the next generation of space professionals,” said Space Foundation Vice-President for Education and Discovery, Iain Probert. “Our goal is to interest Colorado students in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM.”

Dr. Andre Spencer, Superintendent of Schools for Harrison School District Two, welcomes the visit. “This visit is such an opportunity for our students. We were the first district in the nation to implement a physics curriculum in all our middle schools to enhance the STEM experience early in the educational journey. Harrison School District Two welcomes partnerships that will meet the needs of our local workforce and provide exciting careers for our graduates.”

Learn more about Space Foundation STEM education outreach and programs at www.spacefoundation.org/education. See details about the 31st Space Symposium at www.spacesymposium.org.

For more information on Harrison School District Two, visit www.hsd2.org

About Bolden

Bolden began his duties as NASA Administrator on July 17, 2009, leading the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency’s missions and goals. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the Space Shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission. Bolden’s NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He later earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Bolden’s many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired a Major General in 2004. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

Specialty Food Foundation Announces Embrace Hunger Relief Week

Opportunities to Give Back Across the U.S.

NEW YORK (April 6, 2015) – The Specialty Food Foundation is staging its second nationwide volunteer event, Embrace Hunger Relief Week. From April 27 to May 3, specialty food professionals across the U.S. will volunteer at local anti-hunger organizations to support the Foundation’s mission to help reduce hunger and increase food recovery.

The Foundation, established last year by the Specialty Food Association, has partnered with anti-hunger organizations to organize specific volunteer events in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, and Seattle. Activities include re-packs of bulk produce donations and assembling grocery boxes to deploy to a network of local food pantries and high-need schools. The Foundation is encouraging companies to arrange their own staff events as well, and to share the details on social media with the hashtag #EHRW15.

“Our first event was only a day, with participants from Brooklyn to San Francisco. This time we’ve expanded to a full week, and hope to lend even more support and raise awareness about the continuing problem of hunger in America,” says Ron Tanner, vice president of philanthropy, government and industry relations for the Specialty Food Association.

For a full list of activities for Embrace Hunger Relief Week, or to register, click here.

About the Specialty Food Foundation

The Specialty Food Foundation works to reduce hunger and increase food recovery efforts through grant making, education and industry events. The foundation is an outgrowth of the social entrepreneurship and extensive efforts in the areas of anti-hunger put forth by many members of the Specialty Food Association. Learn more at specialtyfoodfoundation.org.

About the Specialty Food Association

The Specialty Food Association is a thriving community of food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952 in New York, the not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,200 members in the U.S. and abroad the tools, knowledge and connections to champion and nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace.

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God’s Love We Deliver Receives $25,000 Grant from Pfizer and the Avon Foundation for Women to Support Patients Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

— God’s Love is One of 23 Organizations Nationwide to Receive Funding; Grant Focuses on Enhancing Patient Support and Efforts to Increase Public Understanding of the Disease —

Brooklyn, NY – April 6, 2015 – God’s Love We Deliver is proud to announce that it has been chosen as one of 23 grant recipients for the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program: Identify-Amplify-Unify. The program, run by the Pfizer Inc. and the Avon Foundation for Women, granted a total of $1 million to 23 organizations nationwide to support and educate more than 5,000 metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers, and their communities.

God’s Love received $25,000 for our Breast Cancer Program to support our work providing 20,000 nutritious meals to 75 metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients, their children and their senior caregivers this year. With this grant, God’s Love will expand weekly meal service from 10 meals a week to 21 meals per week, so that MBC clients will receive meals to cover all 7 days of the week. God’s Love will target enrollment of metastatic breast cancer clients from the most marginalized communities through outreach activities, including community presentations, networking meetings, health fairs, and community events.

“God’s Love We Deliver is honored to be partners with the Avon Foundation and Pfizer,” said God’s Love President and CEO Karen Pearl. “With this year’s generous grant, we will be able to provide people living with metastatic breast cancer as well as their children and senior caregivers with the nourishment they require to get through difficult treatments and regain their strength. We will also be able to provide them with the nutrition counseling and education resources they need to achieve optimal health while living with this severe illness.”

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, including the bones, lungs, liver and brain. Nearly three in 10 women who have had early breast cancer will eventually develop metastatic disease. There are no cures currently available, and continuous treatment is needed to control the spread of the disease and its symptoms.

“To date, the majority of public attention on and funding for breast cancer has centered on early-stage disease – such as screening strategies and survivorship – not on late-stage diagnosis. As a result, the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Grants Program was established to address the gaps in support available to women and men living with metastatic disease, and to create new services for metastatic patients so they do not have to face this disease alone,” said Marc Hurlbert, executive director of the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade. “Our hope is that one day all patients can access the unique care and support services they need, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program was created in June 2014 to support advocacy, academic and other nonprofit organizations that provide information and services to help people with metastatic breast cancer navigate the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease.

“Pfizer is proud to join the Avon Foundation in supporting these 23 important projects and the organizations driving them,” said Maya Martinez-Davis, regional president, North America, Pfizer Oncology. “With the public breast cancer conversation focused primarily on early breast cancer, there is a need to foster greater understanding of metastatic disease and increased support for metastatic patients and their caregivers. Our hope is that the projects being funded by the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program will make a meaningful difference to the metastatic breast cancer community.”

About God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home-delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by a team of Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 29 years, God’s Love has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.

About Pfizer Oncology

Pfizer Oncology is committed to the discovery, investigation and development of innovative treatment options to improve the outlook for cancer patients worldwide. Our strong pipeline of biologics and small molecules, one of the most robust in the industry, is studied with precise focus on identifying and translating the best scientific breakthroughs into clinical application for patients across a wide range of cancers. By working collaboratively with academic institutions, individual researchers, cooperative research groups, governments, and licensing partners, Pfizer Oncology strives to cure or control cancer with breakthrough medicines, to deliver the right drug for each patient at the right time. For more information, please visit www.Pfizer.com.

About the Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. Since its inception in 1955, the Avon Foundation has promoted or aided charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on activities that improve the lives of women and their families. Through 2013, Avon global philanthropy, led by the Avon Foundation, has donated more than $957 million in more than 50 countries for causes most important to women. Today, Avon philanthropy focuses on funding breast cancer research and access to care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Visit www.avonfoundation.org for more information.

About the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, which launched in 1992 and is led by the U.S.-based Avon Foundation for Women, has placed Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer; today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the cause globally. Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have donated more than $815 million for research and advancing access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Avon awards funding to beneficiaries ranging from leading cancer centers to community-based grassroots breast health programs to support breast cancer research and access to care. The Crusade has enabled more than 18 million women globally to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings, educated more than 145 million women about breast cancer, and funded promising research into the causes of breast cancer and ways to prevent the disease. The Avon Foundation raises funds for the Crusade through the sale of Avon “Pink Ribbon” products.

Michael Todd Announces Partnership with Exclusive Product Launch In ULTA Beauty Stores Nationwide

Port St. Lucie, FL (April 6, 2015) – Today, beauty and science collide with Michael Todd, an organic based beauty brand focusing on groundbreaking innovation — with the official announcement of their launch into ULTA Beauty online at ULTA.com today, and in stores nationwide April 19, 2015. Michael Todd begins rolling out multiple products from their skincare and tools line, including an exclusive model made specifically for the beauty retailer.

“ULTA Beauty is committed to continuing to offer our guest the best in beauty innovation,” said David Kimbell, ULTA Beauty Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. “The Michael Todd line of at-home beauty tools is a great example of the type of brand partner we look for to make sure we provide our guest with a distinctive and powerful shopping experience.”

This launch will include two top sellers—the Soniclear, the world’s first Antimicrobial sonic skin cleansing system, and the Eye Eraser, a hydrating serum infuser with 3-in-1 delivery technology. The Soniclear will come in a new and vibrant spring inspired pattern called, Foxy Floral, which will include Michael Todd’s coveted complementing skincare products. The Eye Eraser will be sold as a duo, conveniently paired with the desired Intensive Eye Treatment.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with ULTA Beauty along with our first ever exclusive collections,” says Lewis Hendler, Founder of Michael Todd. “We have found the perfect home with ULTA for the Michael Todd brand—allowing us to stay true to our mission, creating the most effective, result oriented products for women to experience right at home”

Founder of Michael Todd, Lewis Hendler, who also co-founded SCUNCI International, one of the world’s best-known hair accessory brands, goal was to create a skincare brand that combined organic ingredients with anti-aging properties and blemish fighting components to achieve highly effective skin care products without potentially harmful additives. The Michael Todd line has earned acclaim for their most notable beauty tool, the Soniclear. Brush heads are treated with LIFE® antimicrobial product protection, allowing the brushes to kill bacteria around the clock, rather than collecting it.

Additional to the Soniclear and Eye Eraser, a select line of Michael Todd skincare will be available online including fan favorites such as the Honey and Oat Cleanser, Jojoba Charcoal Scrub, and Ageless Face and Neck Cream. Michael Todd’s philosophy of keeping it simple applies to all products under the brand: no added water, no parabens or triclosan, phthalates, or sulfates. No mineral oil, artificial color or synthetic fragrance, and no animal testing. This spring Michael Todd will bring ULTA beauty guests a step closer to organic solutions for healthy and radiant skin.

Select Michael Todd beauty tools and skincare products will be available online at ULTA.com on April 6, 2015 and in ULTA Beauty stores nationwide April 19, 2015 with additional products to follow into summer.

BirdieBox Partners with Els for Autism to Introduce Ernie Els Themed Box

(SCOTTSDALE, AZ)BirdieBox – the leading provider of curated golf and lifestyle products – today announced it has partnered with the Els for Autism Foundation to launch the “Els for Autism Box” – a limited-edition collection of golf related products associated with Els for Autism’s founder, and legendary South African golfer, Ernie Els.

A percentage of proceeds from the sales of these boxes will be donated to Els for Autism, the Foundation founded in 2009 by Els and his wife Liezl after their son Ben was diagnosed with the disorder. BirdieBox will officially debut the package during Autism Awareness Month at their pop-up retail store in Augusta, Ga., Sunday, April 5th through Sunday, April 12th.

Featuring an extraordinary assortment of golf gear, these limited-edition boxes are available through BirdieBox.com at three price points ($249.95, $149.95, $79.95), each boasting a total value nearly double the retail cost. Among the items included are TaylorMade TOUR Preferred balls, special-edition “Els for Autism” Daphne’s head cover, Els Collection polo, Zero Restriction outerwear, Stable 26 socks and an I-ONICS Power Sport band.

“Our foundation is committed to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives and we are delighted that BirdieBox, along with my partners, have developed this great new give-back initiative to help the Foundation raise funds and awareness for this important cause,” says Els. “The box has some great items and the timing is perfect as it launches in April – which is Autism Awareness Month!”

BirdieBox’s donation will go towards the funding of a state-of-the-art autism center and hub of worldwide operations for Els for Autism; The Els Center of Excellence. Groundbreaking for the Center took place last year and the first components are due to open in August 2015. Once complete, the Center will provide on-site education for 300 children on the autism spectrum ages 3-21. It will also bring together the critical components of early intervention, transition to adulthood, medical and professional services, and adult services all on one campus. Committed to a global mission, the Center has been designed to facilitate a multi-faceted global outreach program focused on the sharing of best practices and programs with the global autism community and beyond. More information is available here or at www.ElsforAutism.com.

“It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism, a truly staggering figure highlighting the millions of individuals and families affected by the disorder,” says Pat DePirro, CEO of BirdieBox. “We strongly believe in the Els for Autism Foundation and proudly stand by its side as it strives to make a positive difference to the lives of those affected by autism and their families.”

A turnkey solution for club, corporate and charity golf outings, BirdieBox offers event organizers a wide variety of packages for all budgets and tastes. These include numerous pre-configured options and prize boxes, or customers can totally customize their order by selecting from a diverse assortment of premium golf, lifestyle and nutritional products.

The exterior of each event box can be handsomely designed to showcase specific logos, imagery and messaging. Brand exposure can be furthered by inclusion of logoed golf balls, apparel, headwear, accessories or other items.

Among the scores of organizations and individuals who have turned to BirdieBox Events are Under Armour, Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, National Kidney Foundation, Bob Uecker Classic, Cure NF with Jack, Celebrity Golf Classic with Kevin Nealon, TPC Scottsdale, Ready Golf and Zo’s Winter Groove for The Alonzo Mourning Foundation.

Beyond the company’s event services, personal monthly subscriptions that remove the hassle from shopping and gift-giving are available at BirdieBox.com. Packages include a selection of the hottest golf, lifestyle and nutritional items from major brands. Offered in one-, three-, six- and 12-month options, subscriptions start at $49.95 per month while retail value of each delivery is $100 or more.

More information: www.BirdieBox.com. Get social: @BirdieBox.

About Els for Autism

The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Ernie and Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism. The Els son Ben is profoundly impacted by the disorder, which affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S.

The Foundation’s overarching mission is to helping people on the autism spectrum fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives. In the U.S., to help fulfill its mission Els for Autism is currently building a state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Jupiter, FL, on a 26 acre campus with a local, national and global reach and is in the middle of a capital campaign to finance the development. Once completed, the Center will host a uniquely designed, on-site educational program for 300 children on the autism spectrum ages 3-21 and bring together the critical components of early intervention, education, applied research, transition to adulthood, medical and professional services, and adult services all on one campus. Having all the essential components on one campus, with the integrated programing and continuity of service that this allows, will not only be a game-changer for the children in the local area, but positions the Center as the perfect hub for a global outreach program; that will ensure its influence is felt far beyond the boundaries of its walls.

Groundbreaking for the first components of the Center, the Lower School and the Auditorium Building, began in March 2014. The Lower School is on schedule to welcome its first students in August this year, and the Auditorium Building is also on track to become the new home of the Foundation this summer, enabling the team to further develop its global outreach programs using this magnificent, and fit-for-purpose building as its base. In the meantime, the Foundation continues its fundraising efforts to ensure a continuous build schedule for the remaining components of the Center; the Upper School, the sports facilities, the medical and professional building and the adult services component.

More information: ​​www.ElsforAutism.com

Follow the Foundation at:​Facebook: /ernieelsgolf​​ Twitter: @elsforautism

About BirdieBox

Launched in January 2014, BirdieBox is an eCommerce platform with three core focuses. These include a monthly subscription service delivering a curated box of premium golf and lifestyle gear every month, a specialty box service commemorating major championships and holidays, and BirdieBox Events, a new and hassle-free way to source unforgettable tee-gifts for corporate, charity or country club outings and tournaments. The highly trained staff work closely with event organizers to create a truly unforgettable package. Adorned with a logo of the customer’s choice, each finely-appointed, custom-curated assortment is hand-selected to match designated preferences and impress guests. The company is devoted to ensuring a positive and fun customer experience.

Last Chance for Advance Media Registration for 31st Space Symposium

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 3, 2015) – With just 10 days remaining before the start of the 31st Space Symposium, April 13-16, 2015, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., this is the last opportunity for reporters to register in advance before on-site registration.

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Due to a new badging system, on-site registration may take longer than in the past, so reporters are strongly encouraged to register now at http://www.spacesymposium.org/media/online-media-registration.

Reporters who register in advance may pick up a media badge upon arrival in the media center at The Broadmoor.

Reporters who wait for on-site registration will need to complete a form and may need to wait for security clearance before being issued a badge.

The media center is located on the second floor of Broadmoor Hall, above the parking garage. Media Center Hours are:

  • Monday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 16, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please note the following important items:

  • Official media badges are required to be worn at all times during the Symposium
  • For 2015, media will be excluded from two classified programs – Cyber 1.5 and Space Classified

See the current agenda and speakers at www.SpaceSymposium.org.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

E2: Obama’s Utah Swing Shows How Clean Energy Works In Red States, Blue States – And On Military Bases

WASHINGTON (April 3, 2015) – President Obama is in Utah today highlighting the bipartisan nature of clean energy job growth and the important role the U.S. military plays in training the next generation of highly skilled private-sector workers.

Following is a statement from Nicole Lederer, co-founder and chair of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national nonpartisan business group that’s been promoting clean energy for nearly 15 years.

“Clean energy works for America – in red states, in blue states and on military bases scattered all across our nation.

“Whether you’re a Utah business leader who views solar as a good business opportunity, or an Air Force officer who’s trying to get a better handle on costs by deploying more low-carbon alternative fuels, we have to put policies in place – right now – that ensure our nation remains on the cutting edge of the fast-growing clean energy sector.”

These E2 resources may be helpful in your reporting:

To speak with E2 members/business leaders/veterans from across the country to get their take on clean energy jobs, please contact E2 anytime.

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