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Seed Global Health Announces Major Gift from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda employees choose Seed Global Health to benefit from $4.5m support to strengthen health systems in Africa

Press Release – BOSTON (July 9, 2018)Seed Global Health has been selected by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) as one of three global nonprofit organizations to serve as partners for the company’s Global CSR Program for 2018. Seed will receive ¥500 million (approximately $4.5 million USD) to support the education, mentorship and training of 5,000 health professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next five years.

Seed was founded with the purpose of strengthening health systems by teaching and training a rising generation of doctors, nurses and midwives in sub-Saharan Africa. Takeda employees voted and selected Seed Global Health, Last Mile Health and UNICEF this year for work to improve the health of people around the world.

“Seed Global Health is honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award,” said Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO and co-founder of Seed Global Health. “Partnerships are key to building a strong global health workforce necessary to improve health globally, and Takeda’s employees have shown a strong commitment to the education and training of local medical and nursing professionals to improve health.”

Since its founding in 2011, Seed Global Health has placed 191 physician, nurse and midwifery volunteer educators in 37 partner facilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, training over 13,700 in its first four years. Seed’s educators have taught more than 450 courses, working alongside local faculty on academic curricula, course design, and teaching techniques.

“A strong local health workforce is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Dr. Vanessa Kerry. “This generous support from Takeda will make it possible for our work to have an even bigger impact on health in Africa.”

About Seed Global Health

Seed Global Health envisions a world in which every country is strengthened by a robust health workforce to best meet its population’s health needs. Seed educates a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care, placing skilled educators at partner institutions in Africa for a minimum of one academic year. In five years, Seed has helped mobilize 191 US physicians, nurses, and midwives, who have trained over 13,700 health professionals in five countries.

http://seedglobalhealth.org/

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas, plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. Innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as Takeda’s presence in emerging markets, are currently fueling the growth of Takeda. Approximately 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with Takeda’s partners in health care all over the world. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/newsroom/.


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Thought For Food Partners With Leading Food and Ag Organizations for TFF Academy and TFF Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Events aim to connect food and ag innovators of today and tomorrow to co-create a sustainable food system that feeds 9+ billion people by 2050

Press Release – BASEL, Switzerland, June 20, 2018 (Newswire.com) – The Thought For Food (TFF) Foundation is delighted to introduce the TFF Academy, a 4-day immersive educational program focused on empowering the next generation of talents in food and agriculture, preceding to the 6th annual TFF Summit. The two events will take place from 23-27 July in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The 4-day TFF Academy opens its doors at the creative Eleva School, where 200 select young innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world will work alongside industry leaders including Syngenta, KWS, DSM, BASF, as well as non-profit organizations such as Sight and Life Foundation, reNature Foundation, Borlaug Institute for Food and Agriculture, and the Kirchner Food Fellowship, to help solve some of food and agriculture’s most important challenges.

The interdisciplinary learning program takes participants on a journey from inspiration to exploration, from reflection to activation. Expert-led specialization tracks will cover topics such as Nutrition, Big Data and GIS, Synthetic Biology, Urban Agriculture, DIY Innovation, Impact Investing, Rural Entrepreneurship, and more. Additionally, skill-building masterclasses will equip leaders with practical skills such as fund-raising, storytelling, digital marketing, creative thinking, and how to build and manage high-performing teams.

Supported by global experts in design thinking methodologies, TFF Academy participants will also have the opportunity to solve real industry challenges. They can implement an agroforestry project in Rio together with the reNature Foundation. Alternatively, they can develop new solutions for smallholder farmers with Syngenta, or participate in the project on autonomous machinery for farming with KWS. Furthermore, every day is intentionally infused with energizing community-building experiences, including slam poetry, cooking, art projects, yoga, dance, and other meaningful social interactions.

Everything culminates at the 1-day TFF Summit, which brings together top investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, corporate executives, policymakers and other types of innovators at the iconic Museum of Tomorrow, and features inspirational keynotes, pitches from the TFF Challenge Finalist teams, a “pop-up pitch room”, an awards ceremony and art installations.

The overarching theme for this year’s TFF Academy and TFF Summit is Multispectral Thinking, which is a key part of TFF’s unique open and collaborative approach to solving the world’s grand challenges. Inspired by the power of multispectral imaging technology used to see beyond what is possible with the human eye, this theme is about encouraging people to open their minds to new perspectives and influences in order to uncover a broader spectrum of innovation possibilities. By bridging normally divergent areas like purpose and profit, social impact and technology, science and art, the TFF experience enables participants to better understand the complexities of our interconnected world, and build the skills, tools and professional networks required to become effective leaders of change.

Christine Gould, Founder and CEO of Thought For Food Foundation explains:

“The TFF Academy and TFF Summit represent a new approach to system-change in the food and agriculture sector by applying 21st-century learning methodologies that focus on experimentation and interdisciplinarity to achieve non-traditional results. We focus on fostering new ways of thinking and collaborating because, as Einstein once said, you can’t solve problems with the same thinking we used to create them.”

Interested in connecting with the planet’s most innovative food and agriculture startups, next-generation talent and building long-lasting business relationships? Join the TFF Academy and TFF Summit this July in Rio de Janeiro.

You can also follow TFF on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to stay in the know.

Source: Thought For Food Foundation


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Mental Health Nonprofit, Journey’s Dream, Earns Spot In Prestigious City Gala Program

Interviews with Journey’s Dream co-founders, Mark Hattas, Mitzi or Rex Montague-Bauer and Breaha Wallin available before, during and after the event

Press Release – CHICAGO – Your mental health diagnosis​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​to​ ​define​ ​your​ ​future. ​​You​ ​can​ ​get​ ​well, ​ ​and​ ​live​ ​a​ ​full​ ​and​ ​satisfying​ ​life. ​That’s​ ​the​ ​vision​ ​behind​ ​Journey’s​ ​Dream,​ ​a​ nonprofit​ ​that​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a portal​ ​to​ ​a​ ​world​ ​of​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​solutions.

City Gala supports nonprofits that are aligned with one of the 17 Global Goals identified by our world leaders through training, capacity-building and fundraising. Notable supporters and partners of City Gala include: Sir Richard Branson, John Travolta, Matthew McConaughey, James Cameron, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Ashton Kutcher, Quincy Jones and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. Journey’s Dream will be formally announced as a beneficiary by Mario Lopez of “Extra TV” at City Summit Wealth Mastery & Mindset edition, the world-class, socially conscious business acceleration event, held July 10 and 11 at Allure Banquet in Van Nuys, CA.

“Journey’s Dream was selected as a beneficiary of City Gala based on the passion, heart and focus of its co-founders,” said Ryan Long, founder of City Gala and City Summit. “They shared their beautiful and compelling story with me, and I know without a doubt that Journey’s Dream is going to touch the hearts and lives of billions.”

Almost​ ​44​ ​million​ ​Americans​ ​experience​ ​mental​ ​illness​ ​in​ ​any​ ​given​ ​year,​ ​according​ ​to​ ​the National​ ​Institute​ ​of​ ​Mental​ ​Health.​ ​From​ ​widespread​ ​maladies​ ​like​ ​anxiety​ ​and​ ​depression,​ ​to headline-making​ ​crises​ ​like​ ​PTSD​ ​among​ ​veterans​ ​and​ ​opioid​ ​addiction​ ​in​ ​rural​ ​communities, mental​ ​illness​ ​takes​ ​a​ ​real​ ​toll​ ​on​ ​American​ ​families.​ The partnership with City Gala and upcoming City Summit further equip Journey’s Dream to bring these mental health challenges out of the shadows, face​ ​them​ ​head-on,​ ​and​ ​fill​ ​an​ ​enormous​ ​need​ ​for accessible​ ​resources and hope.

City Summit, Wealth Mastery & Mindset Edition will be held at the Allure Banquet in Van Nuys, California on July 10 and 11, 2018. The event features over 30 speakers including:

  • Mario Lopez, “Extra TV”
  • Byron Scott, Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach and Championship Player
  • Frank Shankwitz, Founder of Make-A-Wish
  • Tony Horton, Creator, P90X
  • Alec Stern, Co-Founder, Constant Contact
  • Brian Smith, Founder of Ugg Boots
  • George J. Chanos, Former Attorney General of Nevada

“I started City Summit so that we could have a place for our community to network and learn from each other. I noticed that simply throwing the City Gala as a stand-alone fundraiser did not maximize the exposure for our beneficiaries, so we implemented the Wealth Mastery & Mindset Summit to keep the conversation going throughout the year. Ever since its inception, the City Summit has had more multi-million and billion-dollar founders deliver massive amounts of value to socially conscious entrepreneurs. Our community gets to network and share their business techniques, tools and secrets for mastering their craft,” said Ryan Long.

Mark​ ​Hattas​,​ ​a​ ​Naperville​, Illinois, ​resident​ ​who​ ​started​ ​a​ ​$20​ ​million/year​ ​tech​ ​company,​ knows from​ ​experience​ ​that​ ​a​ ​mental-illness​ ​diagnosis​ ​does​ ​not​ ​determine​ ​your​ ​fate;​ ​he​ ​co-founded Journey’s​ ​Dream and will be representing the organization at the City Summit.


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Trees for the Future at Cracking the Nut 2018 : Promoting Sustainable Natural Resource Use and Poverty Reduction

Press Release – SILVER SPRING, 05 July, 2018 – Trees for the Future (TREES) participated in this year’s Cracking the Nut Conference in Antigua, Guatemala. This two-day conference, held on June 12-13, 2018, offered three themes of discussion to participants in attendance from around the world. Trees for the Future presented under the Promoting Sustainable Resource Use and Poverty Reduction theme with their presentation entitled “How Forest Gardens Achieve Zero Hunger and Triple-Bottom-Line Resilience”. Other themes in the conference included Introducing Technologies in Support of Climate Resilience and Using Digital Platforms to Facilitate Agricultural Knowledge and Finance.

Speakers Ashleigh Burgess and Michael Carson led their discussion on the Forest Garden Approach (FGA) to touch on its many short-term and long-term benefits. With a focus on the parallel advantages created for smallholder farmers and the environment, the Forest Garden Approach improves the livelihoods of vulnerable populations through the combination of environmental sustainability and optimization of land use while mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing the population’s carbon footprint.

This session highlighted the non-profit’s facilitation of agroforestry and sustainable farming practices in the FGA to fight deforestation while improving the food security, dietary diversity, and resilience of households in the program. Following a reflection on the success observed from 14 projects in 6 countries, TREES led a hands-on activity to elaborate on what is taken into account when designing a Forest Garden, as well as the challenges experienced and solutions found through the FGA.

Additionally, TREES demonstrated how they apply agroforestry concepts to create a conscientious farming model with an interactive mapping activity. This activity took into account variables that often drive the FGA, such as group dynamics, geography, and agricultural experience. With this in mind, meeting a triple bottom line of positive environmental, social, and economic impact can be achieved quickly following the introduction of this ecological farming model. With this model farmers are able to produce what they need for their families, their livestock, and local markets- all while helping to restore ecosystem services, biodiversity, and soil health.

The session ended with a reflection of the success of the Forest Garden Approach and program implementation through Trees for the Future over the years, as well as discussion of the future of this farming model. By including new “nuts to crack” such as water funding, microfinance, and dispersing the FGA through TREES’ online training center, the presentation ended with a rich discussion of how other organizations may implement this approach. With a quick look at the mobile collection of impact data, climate-smart agriculture methods, Integrated Pest Management practices, empowerment of women through the programs’ methodology, and highly effective and replicable training program, the success of the FGA is obvious.

About Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future (TREES) is an international development non-profit that meets a triple bottom line: poverty alleviation, hunger eradication, and healing the environment. Through our Forest Garden Approach we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families and raise their incomes by 400 percent. We receive donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact. Since 1989, TREES has planted over 150 million trees. Learn more at trees.org.

About the Cracking the Nut Conference

The Cracking the Nut Conference is an international event that has been held since 2011 to build rural and agricultural markets sustainably around the world. Organized by Connexus, this year’s learning event focused on promoting resilience through the incorporation of new technologies for agricultural and financial needs. Through bringing together experts on sustainable agriculture from all areas of agribusiness involvement, this annual event seeks to draw attention to and solve problems relating to climate change and global hunger.


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Helping Refugees Get Into Higher Education

Computer Aid partners with UCL and Reconnect to create a short course

Press Release – London, England: Through a partnership with UCL Institute of Education and Reconnect, we are supporting refugees and asylum seekers oh their journey to higher education. This short course will offer 60 places at the Institute of Education for refugees and asylum seekers who want to gain qualifications such as Undergraduate, Masters or Doctorate-level degrees at UCL IOE.

Reconnect have been creating education and training opportunities for people with refugee backgrounds for 15 years. This new course will offer qualified refugees a chance to develop literacy in cultural practices and develop academic confidence, as well as making links with the students’ own culture and community groups.

“This is the only project of its kind, but there is a great need for it. Educated refugees who want to contribute to society but don’t have the knowledge of British academic culture and practices need the training to further their education” – Keith Sonnet, CEO of Computer Aid

Suitable applicants can apply for the course, and get further information here:

http://bit.ly/ReconnectIOE

The program offers a wide variety of choices, and will run for 10 weeks over one term, each session will last 3 hours with modules such as:

  • Critical Reading in Higher Education
  • Intercultural learning and Understanding
  • Information Technology in Educational Contexts

About Computer Aid: Computer Aid International is a non-profit organization who combine IT asset disposal with global development. For 20 years we have supported eLearning and created access to technology in developing and remote areas throughout the world. We also offer IT asset disposal and data wiping for companies and organizations in the UK and Europe.


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Pace University Professor Honored with Greatest Public Service by an Employee by Jefferson Awards Foundation

Professor Collica-Cox recognized for her work with incarcerated women at Metropolitan Correctional Center and Westchester County Jail

Press Release – New York (July 2, 2018) – Pace University Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD, was honored on June 28 at the National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Washington, D.C., in the category of Greatest Public Service by an Employee. The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to inspiring and celebrating public service.

“Recognizing individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities – and encouraging people to follow their lead – has never been more important,” said Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO. “The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to continue its long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

Collica-Cox has spent nearly 19 years working with incarcerated populations and implementing programs to support them. Collica-Cox is a certified Prison Rape Elimination Act and American Correctional Association auditor and serves as a professional trainer in the cross-section between HIV and incarceration. Since 1997, she has worked with inmates, correctional staff, and community-based service providers. At Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, she serves as the adviser to the Criminal Justice Society and Alpha Phi Sigma student organizations. She developed a civic engagement course, which resulted in the creation and implementation of the Parenting, Prison and Pups (PPP) program, volunteering her time as the program’s director and lead trainer. In partnership with the Good Dog Foundation, PPP is an animal assisted therapy-integrated parenting program offered to female inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and at the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla, NY.

“Professor Collica-Cox truly epitomizes the goals of the Jefferson Award: not only is she fully engaged in supporting an often-forgotten community of incarcerated women, but she has also engaged Pace University students in life-changing experiences with this community,” said Nira Herrmann, PhD, dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. “Her personal commitment is expanding outward through her mentoring of students, to touch more and more lives in positive and uplifting ways. She is truly an influential role model and we are very excited to see her excellent work acknowledged with this prestigious award.”

“One major learning objective for our Pace University students is to grasp the complexity of the criminal justice system,” said Joseph Ryan, PhD, head of the criminal justice program at Pace. “It important to understand what happens to those who confined to our jails and prisons. The correction component of the system could be considered an oxymoron. Inmates receive little to no guidance on how to resume a better life upon entry back to society. My colleague, Dr. Kimberly Collica-Cox, is at the forefront of not only helping incarcerated mothers become better parents, but to learn how best to maintain a relationship with their children during their incarceration. I have rarely encountered a person with her level of enthusiasm. Kimberly brings light into the lives of those who need guidance. She is truly multiplying goodness.”

The National Ceremony, now in its 46th year, took place June 28 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. For more information on the Jefferson Awards Foundation visit www.JeffersonAwards.org.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

About Dyson College

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation

The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) powers others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. They are the largest multiplier of public service in America. Through celebration, they inspire action. With programs and partnerships, they drive Americans to change their communities and the world. They are celebrating 45 years of powering public service. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: JeffersonAwards.org or engage with their community on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook.


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Highlights From Day 2 Of Games For Change Festival Include A Discussion On The Impact Of The World Health Organization’s ‘Gaming Disorder’ Classification, And An Exclusive First Look At Schell Games’ Hololab Champions VR

Additional Programming Featured Microsoft Xbox’s Foray Into Inclusive Hardware Design, and Keynotes by Mimi Ito, Jeffrey Burrell, Ken Perlin, and More.

Press Release – (NEW YORK, NY) June 29, 2018 — Games for Change marked the second day of their 15th annual festival with programming that focused on looking into the past decade and future of social impact games. Key themes explored included games and empathy, connected cities, VR in the classroom, transforming STEM learning, news literacy, and more.

Day 2 Highlights included:

  • a panel moderated by Jennifer McNamara (Vice President Serious Games, BreakAway Games), Kelli Dunlap (Mental Health and Games Manager, iThrive Games), Lindsay Grace (Director, American University Game Lab) and Victoria Van Voorhis (Founder and CEO, Second Avenue Learning), which discussed the World Health Organization’s proposal of including ‘gaming disorder’ in the ICD-11. Panelists addressed WHO actions and the continued critique of games and worked to equip attendees for meaningful dialog on the issue;
  • an exclusive first look at Hololab Champions VR, a game looking to assist students with learning chemistry, presented by Jesse Schell (CEO, Schell Games) and Harley Baldwin (Vice President of Design, Schell Games);
  • the team from Microsoft Xbox was on hand led a panel on industrial design for inclusivity moderated by Chris Kujawski (Senior Designer, Microsoft Device Design Team, Microsoft) featuring Richard Ellenson (CEO, Cerebral Palsy Foundation), Erin Hanley (Web Content Producer, The Geeky Gimp) and Festival attendee Andrew Pilkington. Panelists explored the concept of games as a “shared human” experience and the development process of the new game console.

Keynote presentations were given by:

  • Mimi Ito (Director, Connected Learning Lab, University of California, Irvine), who spoke to her ongoing research on interest-driven and digitally enabled learning, and describe connected learning, as a framework for how to best support learning in a digitally connected era;
  • Sam Gill (Vice President/Communities & Impact, Senior Adviser to the President, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation) and Gabriel Stricker (Vice President of Communications, Niantic, Inc.) spoke about how technology is changing our relationship to the places we live to enable more engaged communities;
  • Jeffrey Burrell (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Riot Games), spoke to various programs and design decisions that Riot Games uses to help deliver sustainable, long-term value for players and communities around the world;
  • and Ken Perlin (Professor of Computer Science, New York University), who spoke about the future of connectivity and communication.

The Games for Change Festival continues on Saturday, June 30 with the XR for Change Summit at The New School’s Parsons School of Design.

About Games for Change

Since 2004, Games for Change (G4C) has been empowering game creators and innovators to drive real-world change, using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place. G4C partners with technology and gaming companies as well as nonprofits, foundations and government agencies, to run world class events, public arcades, design challenges and youth programs. G4C supports a global community of game developers working to use games to tackle real-world challenges, from humanitarian conflicts to climate change and education.

About Parsons School of Design

Parsons School of Design is one of the world’s leading institutions for art and design education. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. www.newschool.edu/parsons/


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2018 Utah Ethical Leadership Awards

Press Release – The fifth annual Utah Ethical Leadership Awards program is now underway to recognize and support the ethical leadership of organizations in the state of Utah. Applications are now open for these awards. All businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations with ethical standards are encouraged to apply. Applications close on July 30th, 2018. The application is available online by clicking the following link: Utah Ethical Leadership Award Application

Finalists will be announced after a thorough evaluation process and will be notified the beginning of August. All finalists will then be invited to an awards breakfast on September 7, 2018, where the winners will be announced. One award will be given to the winner of each of the business, government, and nonprofit categories. Finalists and awardees will receive extensive press coverage in Utah Business Magazine and other media outlets.

Governor Gary Herbert says: “The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards recognize Utah businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors. The finalists and awardees are a great representation of Utah’s principle-based ethical leadership.”

The awards are designed to recognize organizations that embody the spirit of ethical leadership exhibited by Bill Daniels, a founder of the modern cable industry and former owner of the Utah Stars. Bill Daniels believed deeply in ethics and integrity, and in the importance of absolute ethical principles, which earned him great respect throughout the business world. The awards program is sponsored by the Daniels Fund, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the David Eccles School of Business, the Community Foundation of Utah, Utah Business Magazine, and the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

Dr. Taylor Randall, Dean of the University of Utah’s Eccles school of Business, said: “The David Eccles School of Business is dedicated to making sure our students not only get an elite business education, but also learn how to better themselves, their workplaces and the world around them through leading an ethical professional life. The Utah Ethical Leadership Awards are an outstanding forum to showcase for students and Utahans in general, the local businesses that make ethical standards a priority. The awards will serve as inspiration for years to come for the future business leaders coming out of the David Eccles School of Business.”

Alex Eaton, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Utah says: “We look forward to receiving applications for the Utah Ethical Leadership Awards. This is such a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate leadership in Utah businesses, nonprofit organizations and government entities that embody best practices in ethical behaviors.”

Last Year’s Winners:

Business – Tink’s Superior Auto Parts
Nonprofit – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah
State/Government – Lowell Bennion Community Service Center

Apply Now.


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Mesh Omnimedia’s ‘This Business of Autism’ Now Available to Stream on Amazon Video

Acclaimed Documentary Featuring Spectrum Designs and Dr. Temple Grandin Now Available as a Full-Length Movie Download for Audiences Worldwide

Press Release – Port Washington, NY, June 28, 2018 – Spectrum Designs, amongst the largest employers of individuals with autism in New York, and Mesh Omnimedia announced that the esteemed documentary This Business of Autism is now available for the first time as a full-length download on Amazon Video. It examines the economic and societal benefits of employing young adults with autism and traces the growth of Spectrum Designs, highlights initiatives from across the country and features the world-renowned Dr. Temple Grandin.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Spectrum Designs helping to further its mission to provide gainful employment and meaningful work opportunities to individuals with autism within a social enterprise. The documentary can be rented for $4.99 or purchased for $14.99, here.

When purchased, viewing rights don’t expire and rentals include 30 days to start watching video and 48 hours to finish once started. This Business of Autism can be viewed on compatible Fire TV, Smart TC, streaming media player, game console, mobile phone, or tablet. A trailer for the film is available here.

“By teaming with Amazon On-Demand, we are making it possible for This Business of Autism to reach the masses, inspiring them through Spectrum Designs’ story,” says filmmaker Stephen Mackey, Creative Director at Mesh Omnimedia. “Our goal is to empower individuals on the spectrum and give them a boost of confidence to pursue employment opportunities, while raising awareness among the neurotypical community about the capabilities of this population.”

In the next decade, 500,000 people on the autism spectrum will age into adulthood, and an estimated 70% to 90% of these adults will be unemployed or underemployed. This Business Of Autism addresses the positive impacts of developing profitable businesses, like Spectrum Designs. The nonprofit has identified unique traits and perspectives of its employees to grow as a social enterprise.

“We are eternally grateful to have our story told in such a beautiful and powerful film. We’re also tremendously proud of our employees and supporters who worked so hard for this recognition,” says Patrick Bardsley, Co-Founder and CEO at Spectrum Designs. “Most importantly, the film continues, and significantly adds to, the wider narrative of disability employment in America.”

The film recently premiered on the big screen at Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, New York, as part of the Gold Coast International Film Festival to a sold-out crowd of Autism advocates, local politicians and more. Soon-to-be announced screening events will take place across the country in the coming months.

In addition to exploring the growth and success of Spectrum Designs, the film examines several other initiatives from across the country, including the following:

  • The Autism Job Club, a networking and support organization based in San Francisco, illustrates how their group has made significant progress in placing individuals on the spectrum in high-tech Silicon Valley jobs as well as other industries.
  • Mercyhurst University’s Autism Initiative (AIM) program is helping their students acquire not only the hard skills central to their degree, but also the “soft skills” critical in networking and interviewing.

Dr. Temple Grandin is joined by other high-profile figures in the film, including New York State Senator Elaine Phillips, former New York State Senator Jack Martins, Nassau County DA Madeline Singas, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, and the former California Director of Employment Development Department, Michael Bernick.

For more information on This Business of Autism, visit the film’s website here. For more information on Mesh Omnimedia, visit the website here.

About Spectrum Designs

Spectrum Designs is the largest and fastest growing non-profit of its kind that offers its customers a ‘meaningful purchase’​ by providing gainful employment and significant vocational experiences to people with disabilities. Spectrum provides businesses, corporations, community members and private clients with customized printed apparel and unsurpassed customer service. Spectrum’s goal is to raise awareness regarding the abilities and employability of these exceptional individuals, and is determined to prove that this business model is self-sustaining and replicable. For more information, visit www.spectrumdesigns.org


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