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Centre Gives: $1.4M Total Community Impact

Community Breaks Record for Fifth Year in a Row, Benefits 147 Organizations

Press Release – State College, PA – Community members gave back to the place they love in a major way over the past 36 hours – raising well over a million dollars from over 8,700 gifts to benefit non-profit organizations serving Centre County.

“We live in such a tremendously generous community,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation. “Each year, the response is absolutely amazing! Since Centre Gives began in 2012, we’ve broken records every year –in participating organizations, in gifts, and in dollars raised.”

Voted “Best Fundraising Event,” part of the popularity of the online giving event is the way donors’ gifts go further when made during the 36 hours of Centre Gives.

“Donors know a good deal when they see it,” noted Kunkel. “Gifts go further during Centre Gives, stretched by the $200,000 stretch pool and $25,000 in prizes.”

Each year, Centre Foundation provides a $100,000 stretch pool and prize money. This year, the Hamer Foundation added a $100,000 gift – increasing the stretch pool to a total of $200,000.

“We are so grateful to the Hamer Foundation,” added Kunkel. “Their generosity will be felt across Centre County, from Philipsburg to Penns Valley and everywhere in between. Organizations working in every charitable field imaginable will be able to feel the impact of this gift.”

The more an organization raises, the larger its share of the pro-rated $200,000 stretch pool.

“In addition to the stretch pool, there are also many prizes during Centre Gives,” Kunkel said. “The prizes add a fun and competitive flair that donors enjoy vying for on behalf of their favorite organizations.”

Prizes based on most unique donors help level the playing field for organizations; they are also distributed in pairs, one for a large organization and one for a small organization.

“Top 5 Overall” prizes of $1,000 for most unique donors during the entire 36 hours of Centre Gives were awarded to Centre County PAWS, Schlow Library, ClearWater Conservancy, The State Theatre, Centre Volunteers in Medicine, Centre Wildlife Care, Pets Come First, State College Area Roller Derby, Penns Valley Conservation Association, and TriYoga.

Other organizations received a $500 prize for having the most unique donors during a given ‘power hour’ included: Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Camp Kesem – Central PA, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Centre County Housing & Land Trust, Centre County PAWS, ClearWater Conservancy, Discovery Space, Grace Prep High School, Nittany Greyhounds, Park Forest Preschool, Penns Valley Conservation Association, Penns Valley Youth Center, Schlow Library, Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, State College Area Roller Derby, The State Theatre, and TriYoga.

Organizations receiving $250 randomly drawn “Golden Ticket” prizes included: Centre County Library & Historical Museum, Juniata Valley Council Boy Scouts, Centre County Historical Society, and the State of Hope Foundation.

Finally, there were a few pre-event prizes given out to organizations participating in the March Success Series trainings and Facebook Challenges: Center for Alternatives in Community Justice, ClearWater Conservancy, The State Theatre, Nittany Beagle Rescue, State College Area Roller Derby, and Our Children’s Center Montessori School.

Since Centre Gives began in 2012, about $5.4 million has been invested in the local non-profit network. Community members’ generous gifts have supported local non-profit organizations working in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health & social services.

Centre Gives 2017 is sponsored by many forward-thinking members of our community, including the Hamer Foundation, Knight Foundation, First National Bank, PSECU, Balfurd Dry Cleaners, and Tom and Sara Songer of the Torron Group.

To learn more, please visit and save the date for next year: May 8-9, 2018!

Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a more vibrant community.

New York City Middle Schoolers are World’s First to Sequence DNA in Classroom

Press Release – New York City, NY – May 11, 2017 – A new STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) pilot curriculum is underway at Village Community School [VCS] in Manhattan where 34 seventh graders are the world’s first to sequence DNA in class. The curriculum is the creation of PlayDNA: a start-up company dedicated to educating students about data science and genomics.

The PlayDNA curriculum, a hands-on STEM course developed by Columbia University scientists, is designed to engage young people in the rapidly evolving fields of genomic science and big data management. “In the 21st century, genomics and data science have quickly risen to prominence, creating a fast-growing need for people with these highly technical skills,” said Dr. Yaniv Erlich, a genomic researcher and co-founder of PlayDNA. “The best time to engage and educate students is at an early stage in their educational careers.” Eve Kleger, VCS Head of School, added, “We believe the best path to knowledge is through in-depth, hands-on educational experiences. That’s what this pioneering PlayDNA program is all about: learning by doing.”

PlayDNA provides training and an infrastructure to use portable DNA sequencers in the classroom. “We see DNA sequencing becoming of ubiquitous interest and we want to give students a first-hand glimpse of their future world. At the same time we encourage integrative thinking by combining data science techniques to interpret the student-collected genomic data. We want to spark the interest of young students to become the next generation of data scientists and software engineers,” said Dr. Sophie Zaaijer, co-founder of PlayDNA.

Pilot at Village Community School

The four-month STEM pilot curriculum for middle-school students began at Village Community School in late February. These 12 and 13 year-olds are the first in the world to interact with a cutting-edge, portable DNA sequencing device called the MinION, a product of Oxford Nanopore technologies. “VCS has a long history of advancing K-8 education into new areas of inquiry and study,” said Dr. Zaaijer, “so we were thrilled to have them as our first curriculum partner. “

The PlayDNA coursework expands upon the school’s Life Science requirements to study the basics of DNA and molecular biology concepts. PlayDNA enables students to do hands-on DNA sequencing – of vegetable microbiomes in this pilot – through a carefully designed curriculum. Students learn about DNA and how to identify living species by conducting a variety of experiments and executing conclusive data analysis. The first group of students has responded with enthusiasm. Formative and summative assessments have shown that students have gained a strong understanding of the DNA concepts taught.

“The engagement of students has been truly impressive,” said Hristo Pepelanov, the VCS science teacher whose class is piloting the curriculum. “Our young scientists have loved PlayDNA’s holistic, hands-on approach to multiple aspects of DNA study. They’ve learned theory and lab processes as well as basic coding and how to interpret the data of their findings. As an educator, it’s been thrilling to see students take ownership of their discoveries.”

About PlayDNA

PlayDNA is a start-up providing a complete curriculum that promotes integrative thinking for STEM education. PlayDNA provides the curriculum and infrastructure for students to use the latest cutting edge DNA sequencing technology: the MinION which is the size of a Mars-bar. This miniature DNA sequencing kit can easily be set up in the classroom. The PlayDNA curriculum starts by introducing concepts of DNA in conjunction with the first steps in coding. Then, students start to explore the Internet of living things. Lessons are hands-on, as studies show that the post-millennial generation learns most effectively by doing. More information on:

University of Denver Receives $1.5 Million Gift to Serve Cancer Patients and Caregivers

Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE) treats people impacted by the disease, with a focus on psychological and emotional support

Press Release – DENVER—May 10, 2017— The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology received its largest-ever gift, a $1.5 million bequest from an anonymous donor to support the Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence (COPE). COPE is the first psychology program of its kind in the nation to provide comprehensive training at the graduate level in the social and emotional aspects of oncology.

“Through a partnership with Dean Smith-Acuña and Dr. Nicole Taylor, COPE has already been recognized for developing a national model for coping with emotional needs of cancer patients,” said Diane Simard, founder of COPE. “This generous gift draws further attention to the need for this program and contributes to its long-term sustainability.”

COPE was founded in 2016 by Simard, a Highlands Ranch resident who survived a diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer. Through her experience, she was surprised by the relative lack of attention given to the psychological aspects of dealing with cancer. Determined to change that, Simard partnered with Graduate School of Professional Psychology Dean Shelly Smith-Acuña and Dr. Taylor, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Denver, to design a training approach that incorporated treatment of stress, depression, anxiety, relationship changes, difficulty coping and other long-term needs of cancer patients. This model became the foundation for COPE, and Simard remains involved and instrumental in the evolution of the program.

While cancer affects one in two men and one in three women in America, many cancer centers lack the resources to provide counseling and treatment around the emotional aspects of the disease. Those needs are often misunderstood by oncologists and not covered by insurance. Through the COPE specialty, the school offers doctoral and masters level students the opportunity to specialize in psychosocial oncology, serving patients and their families.

“We are so grateful for this investment in COPE and in our graduates who will go on to provide this deeply needed service,” said Smith- Acuña. “By strengthening support for this underserved, but unfortunately very large, sector of society, we contribute to healthier, more resilient communities for all.”

Students enrolled in the COPE specialty complete significant coursework in oncology psychology and gain exposure to cancer patients through field placements and clinical internships. In turn, the COPE clinic at DU provides individuals, families and friends of cancer patients with counseling support at every stage of the cancer journey.

“Universities that will lead in the 21st century are those that are engaged with the community and working for mutual benefit to improve their cities for all residents,” said University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp. “Our Center for Oncology Psychology Excellence is a shining example of how the University of Denver works within our community to identify needs and respond in innovative ways. In the process, our students gain hands-on practice and develop skills that are very much needed not only in Denver but across the world.”

The first year of COPE courses will be completed in August 2017, and students will continue serving patients in the on-campus clinic and their community field placements. Over the next two years, COPE plans to expand its clinical services into satellite clinics to further grow the program.

“Our goal is to become a national model for training in psychosocial oncology, and we hope to continue to increase awareness about the importance of psychological services for cancer patients and their families. This generous gift will help us expand the program in so many important ways,” said Dr. Taylor.

The University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

Mancebo Jr. Pledges $1 Million To Fresno State Dairy Program

Press Release – (May 9, 2017) – The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology announced that Manuel Mancebo, Jr. from Tulare has pledged a $1 million bequest in support of the Fresno State dairy science program.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, Jordan College Dean Sandra Witte, faculty, staff, students and industry supporters honored the former area trucking magnate and his deceased wife, Katye, May 6 at a dairy science club banquet in Tulare.

In recognition of their generosity, Fresno State will request that the campus dairy production facility be renamed the Manuel “JR.” and Katye Mancebo Dairy.

“We sincerely appreciate this gift that will benefit our dairy program for years to come,” said Castro. “The dairy industry is a key part of agriculture in California, so it’s important to modernize our facilities and resources to give our students a real-life experience to prepare them for careers around the Central Valley and beyond.”

Mancebo, 87, helped build Kings County Truck Lines into an industry leader before selling the company in 2006. Starting as a mechanic apprentice for the family company at the age of 17, climbed the company ranks, taking over the family business in 1971 at the age of 41.

Founded in 1940 by Mancebo’s father and Portuguese immigrant Manuel S. “Spike” Mancebo, the company developed a reputation for its safe and reliable transportation of milk products and dry goods throughout the Central Valley and Southern California. Mancebo’s commitment to client service helped the company expand its operations to Northern California, Oregon, Arizona and Utah, as it added major contracts with companies such as Safeway and Baskin-Robbins.

At the height of its business, its shipping line grew to 1,000 trucks and more than 800 employees.

Mancebo was equally respected within the Tulare community with his wife of 61 years, Katye, who passed away in November 2014. They were active in supporting area charities, including Valley Children’s hospital, St. Aloysius Catholic Church and other community and education-based organizations.

“On behalf of my late wife and myself, we are especially happy to support Fresno State as it educates future leaders for the dairy industry – an industry that played such an important role in our lives,” said Mancebo.

The Fresno State dairy is run by first-year faculty member and Fresno State graduate Dr. Kyle Thompson and a workforce of 20 students. With a milking string of 170 Holstein and Jersey cows, Fresno State students are exposed to every part of the industry. Campus milk is transported each day to the California Dairies Co-op, and used by Fresno State students at the campus creamery to produce milk, 45 flavors of campus ice cream and other dairy products.

Tangata Group Welcomes Judith E. Heumann, A Seminal Figure In The Disability Rights Movement, As A Board Member

Press Release – Tangata Group announced the addition of the Honorable Judith E. Heumann to its board of directors. Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for people with disabilities. She served as the first Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State from 2010 – 2017 under the Obama administration. She previously served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

The leadership of Tangata commented on the addition of Heumann to its board:

“The members of Tangata Group are honored that Judith has agreed to join our board,” said Professor Brent C. Elder, assistant professor of inclusive education at Rowan University and president and co-founder of Tangata. “Judith has been a pioneer of disability rights in the United States and around the world. We are humbled and honored that she has consented to join our team.”

“Judy Heumann brings a lifetime commitment to disability rights and multiple groundbreaking successes as a legendary leader,” said Professor Janet E. Lord, a key drafter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also a co-founder of Tangata. “She also brings experience as a global advocate who has travelled to the far corners of the world to counsel disabled people’s organizations and advance their cause. I look forward to working with her and learning from her as we focus on advancing the principles of the UN Convention in places where disabled advocates most need our support.”

Professor Michael A. Schwartz, associate professor of law at Syracuse University and secretary/treasurer and co-founder of Tangata added, “Judith has inspired me by her example since the 1970s, and I’m thrilled to call her a partner in the good fight for disability rights at home and overseas.”

Heumann’s work in disability rights distinguishes her as one of the movement’s most important figures. From June 2002 – 2006, she served as the World Bank’s first Adviser on Disability and Development, expanding the Bank’s knowledge and capability to work with governments and civil society in addressing issues pertaining to disability in the Bank’s discussions with client countries. She also spearheaded the Bank’s support for improving policies, programs, and projects that allow disabled people around the world to live and work in the economic and social mainstream of their communities. She was also Lead Consultant for the Bank to the Global Partnership for Disability and Development.

From 1993 to 2001, Heumann served in the Clinton Administration as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the US Department of Education. She was responsible for the implementation of legislation at the national level for programs in special education, disability research, vocational rehabilitation and independent living, serving more than 8 million youth and adults with disabilities.

For more than 40 years, Heumann has been involved on the international front working with disabled people’s organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of disabled people. She represented Education Secretary Richard Riley at the 1995 International Congress on Disability in Mexico City. She was a US delegate to the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She has been active with Disabled Peoples’ International, Rehabilitation International and numerous Independent Living Centers throughout the world. She co-founded the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley, California, and the World Institute on Disability in Oakland, California.

Heumann graduated from Long Island University in 1969 and received her Masters in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975. She has received numerous awards, including being the first recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of efforts to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University in Brooklyn, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Toledo. She recently established an online presence, The Heumann Perspective, through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Tangata Group

Tangata Group is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the proposition that disability rights are human rights. The organization was officially launched in December 2016 with Professors Brent C. Elder, Janet E. Lord, and Michael A. Schwartz as founding members. The focus of the organization is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), an international treaty establishing disability as a critical category of human rights. Over 165 nations have ratified the UNCRPD, and our NGO provides technical assistance and guidance in the work to realize disabled people’s human rights. Technical assistance consists of qualitative research, community-based participatory research, action research, and decolonizing and indigenous methodologies. Tangata Group’s interdisciplinary collaborations focus on disability rights, international human rights law, inclusive education, and access to justice and health care.

Academy Award-Nominated Film LION Honored at International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s 2017 Gala for Child Protection

Thursday, May 4

Harvey Weinstein Accepts Award
Saroo Brierley Attends as Special Guest Speaker
NBC News Anchor Kate Snow Serves as Host

Press Release – The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), a non-profit organization that advocates, trains and collaborates with global partners to protect children from sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction, held the 2017 Gala for Child Protection: Because All Children Deserve a Safe Childhood on Thursday, May 4 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The third annual gala honored the 2017 Academy Award-nominated film LION in recognition of its critical role in raising the global community’s awareness of the issue of missing children. Celebrated-artist and ICMEC Board Member, Jeff Koons, presented the 2017 Champion for Children award in honor of the film to movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of The Weinstein Company which released LION. The event raised more than $1.3 million for ICMEC’s Global Impact Fund with close to 300 guests in attendance.

“I was with Harvey Weinstein when I saw LION,” said Koons. “It hit home, capturing both the tragedy of a missing child and the hope one always must have. I knew I needed to marry up my friend, his extraordinary movie, and ICMEC. …and that’s how tonight came to be”.

Saroo Brierley, author of A Long Way Home and whose life story LION was based on, also delivered remarks.

In addition, ICMEC honored Facebook with its 2017 Global Impact for Child Protection award. Facebook has long been an active and engaged partner, supporting ICMEC’s global training programs, and recently introducing emergency child alert response systems to help locate children around the world. Emily Vacher, Facebook Director of Trust and Safety, accepted the honor.

NBC News anchor Kate Snow was the evening’s emcee. Actress Melissa Joan Hart attended. Ambassador Maura Harty is the President and CEO of ICMEC. Dr. Franz B. Humer serves as the Chairman of the Board for the organization. For more information, please visit


The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children is a private 501(c)(3) non-governmental, nonprofit organization. For more than 16 years, ICMEC has been a leader in identifying gaps in the global community’s ability to protect children from abduction, sexual abuse and exploitation, and expertly assembling the people, resources and tools needed to fill those gaps. ICMEC focuses on programs that have an impact on addressing the issues surrounding missing children, child abduction, child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Volunteer as a Family with Projects Abroad

Combine vacation with service work on a family volunteering trip abroad

A family of four poses at the famous Machu Picchu site on their volunteer trip to Peru

Press Release – NEW YORK – May 10, 2017Projects Abroad offers volunteering trips for families as a meaningful way to spend their upcoming summer vacation. School breaks are fast approaching and families can use this opportunity to customize a trip abroad to positively impact a local community or environment in need. Families can make a difference together while experiencing a different country and culture abroad.

Family volunteering is becoming increasingly popular as a travel option. Families combine their vacation with service work to help in areas of need such as healthcare, education, and conservation. It’s an excellent opportunity for parents who want to open their children’s eyes to a world very different from their home. Grandparents can also travel with grandchildren as an enriching opportunity to grow together.

Last month a family of five from France volunteered on Project Abroad’s African Savannah Conservation Project in Kenya, an experience which allowed them to develop individually and learn about one another. “It was good to see the kids get involved with different tasks with other people. Even our youngest, in one week, succeeded to be less intimidated or shy, and the two older ones learned how to integrate into a group,” says Bruno Visser, father in the family. Madelien, the mother, encourages all families to consider volunteering to expand their horizons. “It’s so important to help others and to take care of the environment and not just be focused on ourselves and our little family,” she says.

Individual family members can choose to explore personal fields of interest or career options such as medicine, archaeology, teaching, or journalism. Or, families can choose to tackle a project together, such as building a school, running public health outreach campaigns, or planting trees for reforestation.

Projects Abroad has projects in destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific. Some locations are close to important tourism sites such as the breathtaking Machu Picchu ruins in Peru, or Table Mountain in Cape Town, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The world celebrates International Family Day on May 15th. Take this reminder to sign up for a family volunteer trip abroad, and to make this summer one to remember.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses to take place Summer 2017

Press Release – USITT’s Jay O. Glerum Rigging Masterclasses are slated for June in Atlanta, GA and August in Hartford, Conn. The masterclasses honor the memory of one of our industry’s greatest advocates for safety and training, Jay O. Glerum.

The Rigging Masterclasses offer a hands-on learning experience for each attendee in both advanced and entry level tracks providing the best of the best in training by the internationally recognized seasoned and skilled trainers.

The Rigging Masterclasses are appropriate for students, early and mid-career professionals.

The entry level track, taking place in Atlanta, GA June 13-14 is geared towards students and educators and includes both counterweight and automated rigging safety and operations.

Both advanced and entry level tracks will be offered August 14-15 at Hartford Stage in Hartford, CT. The advanced class will be taught for ETCP renewal credit and includes training on the latest innovations in rigging as well as advanced safety techniques such as life rescue and other topics. This course qualifies for 14 ETCP renewal credits. Early registration ends June 1.

These classes are offered through the support of donors and corporate sponsors. Through their generous giving these courses are offered at reasonable rates. Proceeds support the education offered by USITT including the Rigging Safety Initiative.

USITT, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is a national non-profit association for the live entertainment production industry. It provides hands-on learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities for emerging and working professionals in the backstage arts. Its Annual Conference and Stage Expo is the only complete production event in North America, featuring over 250 training sessions and 280 exhibitors of the latest tools and resources for creating live entertainment. More information is available at

Ipas and DKT International Partnership Expands Access to Safe Abortion and Reduces Associated Maternal Deaths for Millions in 100+ Countries Worldwide

Ipas Licenses Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) Technology to DKT International

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C.: Ipas and DKT International are pleased to announce an exclusive partnership in which the Ipas Manual Vacuum Aspiration (MVA) technology will be licensed to DKT for global distribution, furthering their joint mission of providing safe and high-quality family planning and abortion care for the estimated 56 million women worldwide who choose to have an abortion each year. Formerly, distribution of the Ipas MVA technology was overseen by WomanCare Global.

“We look forward to expanding on the great work of Ipas and WomanCare Global, which have provided over 1 million reusable MVA kits and served more than 32 million women since 2009,” says Christopher Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International. “While DKT will handle all manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and regulatory oversight of MVA kits, Ipas will retain the training and education programs for providers and the public, creating an environment conducive to administering the technology to the women who need it most.”

“Ipas is proud to partner with DKT in an effort to expand global access to safe abortion care,” says John Hetherington, Ipas CEO and President. “This partnership will leverage our respective strengths and expand access for women in low- and middle-income countries.”

The Ipas MVA kit is used in over 100 countries, including the U.S. and is the world’s most utilized, safe, and effective surgical abortion technology. DKT is one of the largest providers of family planning services in the developing world with programming in more than 35 countries that contain approximately 65% of the world’s people. DKT expands access to abortion care by ensuring abortion-related products and technologies are widely available, and implementing education and outreach campaigns that reach women, especially in poor and rural areas.

“We know that through DKT’s innovative social marketing efforts, many more women will have access to MVA and therefore safe abortion,” says Hetherington.

Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global non-governmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Ipas works globally so that women and girls have improved sexual and reproductive health and rights through enhanced access to and use of safe abortion and contraceptive care.

Nurse Entrepreneurship And Career Alternatives Conference Empowers Nurses & Nurse Entrepreneurs

National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) announces annual educational conference on nurse entrepreneurship and career alternatives in St. Pete Beach, Florida this September.

Press Release – St. Pete Beach, FL (May, 2017) – The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) announced its 2017 Nurse Entrepreneurship & Career Alternatives National Conference to be held September 8 – 10, 2017 in St. Pete Beach, Florida at the fabulous Sirata Beach Resort. The conference brings together nurses, nurse entrepreneurs, self-employed nurses, nurse business owners, emerging entrepreneurs, and those desiring to learn more about options available for today’s nurse.

NNBA’s annual educational conference has become the signature event for nurses interested in the entrepreneurial path. Those that attend will enjoy nationally acclaimed speakers and nurse business experts sharing information, tools, and actionable takeaways to start their business or make their current business more successful.

NNBA 32nd conference highlights include:

  • Author of “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul” LeAnn Thieman who is a renowned motivational speaker and will provide Saturday’s Keynote Address, “From LPN to New York Times Best Selling Author and Hall of Fame Speaker.”
  • More than 20 sessions presented by today’s leading nurse entrepreneurs, industry experts, educators, and inspirational business leaders. Topics include:

Monetizing Your Niche / Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking / Build Your Business Plan and Perfect Your Pitch / Become a Health Coach / Create a Seminar Business / Discover Legal Nurse Consulting / Get a Million Dollars in Free Publicity / and Innovation and Invention as a Nurse Entrepreneur. For a full list of topics, sessions and speakers, and hotel visit:

  • NNBA’s 2017 Shark Tank Competition – Great fun and a fabulous way for attendees to get to know one another better.
  • Five amazing pre-conference workshops which include:

Business Basics Bootcamp / Launching Your Nursing Education Business / The Hidden Fortune in Community Based Elder Care / Nurse Blogging 101: Build a Profitable Business and Community / The Power of Podcasting. Each of these workshops offers additional insight into career alternatives and essential entrepreneur and business skills.

  • Opportunities to discover and obtain new business ideas, current business opportunities, and information on how to transition to independent nursing as a nurse entrepreneur, business owner, and leader as well as eligible contact hours are more of the benefits of attending.

“There are multiple reasons that many nurses today are choosing the entrepreneurial path to coincide with their nursing careers. A few include increasing levels of burnout, budget cuts and constraints due to continual merger activity, as well as the nurse’s desire for the freedom to fully express themselves and their nursing knowledge. Nurses make great business owners and the NNBA helps nurses with that transition, serving as the nurse’s bridge to business,” states Michelle Podlesni, NNBA President.

For more information and to sign up for this conference go to

About The National Nurses in Business Association: Nurses Helping Nurses Succeed in Business! The forerunner of the nurse entrepreneurship movement, provides education, support, empowerment and opportunities for nurses in business, since 1985. The NNBA is the #1 Nurse Business Owner Network and serves as The Voice of Nurse Entrepreneurship™.

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