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This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.

Deal Forum at Conference to Give Social Entrepreneurs Access to Impact Investors

Social entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference can qualify in advance for an opportunity to be mentored in developing their pitch to the Investor Panel at this special Deal Forum by the Wayne Brown Institute.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 27, 2014 – Mission-driven entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference now have the opportunity to apply for two slots to pitch accredited impact investors at the conference. The special Deal Forum will be run by the Wayne Brown Institute.

Entrepreneurs interested in pitching investors at the conference are invited to visit www.waynebrowninstitute.org/deal-forum-application/ to apply for the program, which will include being placed with aDeal Maker Team from the Institute for the selected entrepreneurs to be mentored in preparing for the pitch. Nonprofit leaders are also invited to attend the conference.

“Entrepreneurial companies that have completed our program in the past have gone on to raise billions of dollars,” said Brad Bertoch, President of the Wayne Brown Institute. “We’re excited to apply our proven mentoring process and proprietary Deal Forum model to the social impact space at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference.”

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“We’re thrilled to give entrepreneurs at our conference an opportunity to access professional investors who can coach them on their capital raises live,” said Devin Thorpe, conference host and “Champion of Social Good” at the Your Mark on the World Center. “All conference goers will have the chance to hear both selected companies pitch and receive feedback from the investor panel.”

About the Wayne Brown Institute: For over three decades, the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to help promising young companies achieve their potential. WBI has become the most efficient, cost effective, economic development organization in the country. For more information visit www.venturecapital.org.

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit www.secfc.co.

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit www.YourMarkOnTheWorld.com.

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WPEO Recognized As Best Organization for Women Business Enterprises

— Sandra Eberhard Honored for Commitment to Diversity in Business —

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2014) — Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO-DC, was honored by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA), for her work on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), recognized as the Best Organization for Women’s Business Enterprises. She was among twenty-two leaders of diversity celebrated at the 2014 11th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting/Business Showcase Expo, hosted by the business association that seeks to increase capacity for Minority, Women, Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Sandra Eberhard

Honorees represented varied industries, including government, healthcare, education, utilities, gaming, professional services, banking, finance, construction and small minority and women-owned businesses. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University, and Frank Kelly, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BGE, attended the May 9th event, which attracted more than 1000 attendees.

“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, and support its commitment to furthering the success of women-owned businesses and the value of third-party certification,” said Sandra Eberhard.

Ms. Eberhard was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of women in the state of Maryland and work to help to further inclusion. She received a citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a certificate of Congressional Recognition from the House of Representatives and a Certificate of Merit from U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, who cited her “outstanding commitment to diversity in business for all sectors of Government and Private business.”

“Sandra has done an exceptional job leading our WPEO-DC office during a time of unprecedented growth,” said WPEO founder and President Dr. Marsha Firestone.” Our operation supports women business enterprises that generate more than $3.1 billion in revenue and employ more than 30,000 in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area,” she added.

About The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization

The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s premier third-party certification organization for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide full-service, third-party certification to women entrepreneurs, in areas that include: New York; Northern New Jersey; Southern Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please visit www.wpeo.us.

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Building Tomorrow Launches #Oldschoolforanewschool To Finish Funding Primary School in Uganda

Humorous Social Challenge Campaign Asks Millennials Post an Old School Photo of Themselves to Crowd-Source Donations

Indianapolis, IN (April 8, 2014)Building Tomorrow, a charity building primary schools in Uganda, is launching a 24-hour social media campaign beginning Wednesday, May 21 at 12:00pm EST, with the aim of raising $34,000+ to help build its 21st primary school in Uganda’s Rakai District.

The campaign challenges participants to 1) donate $4.00 to Building Tomorrow, and 2) post an embarrassing old school photo of themselves on facebook and/or twitter (@BldgTomorrow) using #oldschoolforanewschoool

Here’s a little more about the campaign: http://www.buildingtomorrow.org/old-school-for-a-new-school

Want to help, here is a “Cheat Tweet” & Sample Facebook Post:

  • Help fund a Ugandan school in 24 hours! Donate $4 to @BldgTomorrow and post an old school pic #OldSchoolForANewSchool http://bit.ly/1lZZI6N 
  • Building Tomorrow just launched #OldSchoolForANewSchool in an effort to raise $34,000+ in a 24-hour period to fund a much-needed new school in Uganda’s Rakai District. We need your help! Donate $4 and help to spread the word by changing your facebook profile picture to an old school photo. http://bit.ly/1lZZI6N

About Building Tomorrow

Building Tomorrow (BT) is an international social-profit organization empowering young people to invest their resources, time & talents in providing students in East Africa with access to an education. Over the last five years, supporters of BT, including a college network of over 25 chapters nationwide, have raised more than $1.5 million to seed 20 BT primary schools, 14 of which are currently operational. The remaining six primary schools are under construction and planning. For more information, visit www.buildingtomorrow.org.

About George Srour

George Srour, 30, is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow, Inc. (BT). Srour attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. Using both awards, Srour started BT from an unused room in his parents’ house in the fall of 2005. Under Srour’s leadership, Building Tomorrow has constructed classroom space for over 3,000 children in Uganda while engaging a college-based chapter network of students at over 25 universities across the United States. Srour has been recognized for his work in the field of social entrepreneurship by being named an Echoing Green Fellow (’07), a member of the GOOD 100 (’13) and added to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurs (’13).

7 Tips to Secure Funding They Don’t Teach in Business School

-Entrepreneur Asif Khan Offers Proven Tips to Woo Investors After Securing Multi-Million Dollars in Funding For His Company Caremerge-

CHICAGO – May 20, 2014 – Fundraising is arguably the most important issue for any entrepreneur. Without financial backing, even the most brilliant idea will never see the light of day.

This is a daily fight for start-ups as they delicately balance cultivating their billion dollar idea while struggling to come up with the next hundred dollars to keep the lights on. The reason this is so difficult is because wooing investors is an art and not a science.

Asif Khan, a successful entrepreneur who founded Caremerge in 2012 and recently received multi-million dollars in funding, has identified 7 tips that are proven to work when looking for funding.

Caremerge’s technology and first-of-its-kind apps have transformed senior healthcare providing unprecedented coordination in patient care between institutions, patients and their families.

Here are the 7 tips to secure funding:

  1. Quit Your Day Job, Take the Plunge: Investors will not give you a dime if they do not feel you are 100% focused on your new venture. Unless you’re a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold companies in the past.
  2. Show Capital Efficiency: Demonstrate that you have been able to get a great deal done with minimal to no money. In other words, you have done wonders while “bootstrapping.” Getting some revenue from at least 3 clients (proving that there’s value to what you’re doing) would be fantastic, but other types of traction and validation would help too.
  3. Enter Competitions and Incubators: Things like winning startup competitions, getting selected to a startup incubator, partnering with a large company, are all good ways to show traction and some proof that you’re creating value. Good examples include: Ycombinator, Techstars, Startup health and Rock health
  4. Solve a Real World Problem: Social networking is so last year. While said in jest, there is some level of truth to the idea that the next big thing may have not been conceived yet. The best place to start is to figure out a big real world problem. Nothing gets an investor to open their check book like identifying a big problem and offering a clear solution. 
  5. Moonshot: If you have spent time in a given industry, you have likely realized its complexity and therefore noticed that one simple solution will not fix everything. The term “moonshot” means that if you need to make something 10 times better then you have to start from scratch. Visionary investors love this stuff because it’s all blue ocean ahead which means minimal to no competition. The ability to create a new niche segment within an industry is very attractive to investors.
  6. Go B2B…2C: Everyone loves a good consumer product but even amazing products fail because it’s so difficult to get people’s attention. On the other hand, businesses have challenges they face on a regular basis due to changing industry needs and other regulations. Most importantly, they have funds and large budgets to fix those problems. Focus on solving those problems and then it’s gravy if you can spin the business model to get their end customers involved. 
  7. Kickstarter: The rise of technology has created new ways to raise capital. This is a particularly effective method for consumer products as the chances are higher that some people out there may want a certain product.

About Caremerge

Caremerge is a healthcare technology company dedicated to revolutionizing communication and care coordination in senior living. Caremerge is a member of the GE Health Growth Accelerator Program. For more information, please visit www.caremerge.com.

About Asif Khan

Asif has more than 20 years of experience in Technology. Most of his experience (over 12 years) has been with GE in leadership roles with increasing responsibilities at various GE businesses. Asif served about 8 years in various Senior and Global Product Marketing roles at GE Healthcare IT. During his tenure at GE, Asif worked as an entrepreneurial catalyst driving positive change across various businesses. Before leaving GE Healthcare in late 2010 to start Caremerge, Asif was responsible for a portfolio of healthcare products generating $140 million annually with over 3000 customers (Hospitals and large centers) worldwide.

Asif holds a B.A. in Journalism & History and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. He earned his M.B.A. from Booth School of Business – University of Chicago. Caremerge brings the world’s first complete set of simple yet revolutionary communication and care coordination solutions, organizing healthcare teams, providers and families, with shared information around seniors and senior care. Therefore resulting in timely and efficient care delivery and care decisions.

#NuevaYork to Latin America: Building Bridges for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Companies

New York, May 19, 2014 —As part of Internet Week New York, join AS/COA’s Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) at a forum on tech entrepreneurship featuring a group of successful young entrepreneurs based in Latin America and New York on Wednesday, May 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.mA cocktail and networking reception will follow.

Panelists will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the entrepreneurial ecosystem connecting Silicon Valley and Latin America. Confirmed speakers include Aldo Alvarez, Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Aporta; Lisa Besserman, Founder, Startup Buenos Aires; Diego Saez Gil, Founder, WeHostels; Andres Blank, Co-Founder, Caliber; Laura Pastrana, Co-Founder and COO, QVit; Patrick McGinnis, Managing Partner, Dirigo Advisors; and Margaret Rohrmann, Associate, Kekst and Company.

Young Professional of the Americas (YPA) is an Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) initiative launched in 2013 with the purpose of creating a platform where young professionals meet, discuss, and network around the latest trends in the region through New York City, Washington, and Miami chapters. YPA programs provide a unique platform for members to develop professional and social networks and to share ideas, advice, and experiences.

Visit the event page for further details.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Registration: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Forum: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A cocktail and networking reception will follow

Follow the conversation via @ASCOA, #‎YPAIWNY

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Americas Society (AS) is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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Activist Designer Tatiana Pagés Teaches Incarcerated Women in Bogota, Colombia A Craft to Spread Hope and Develop Meaningful Skills

NEW YORK – May 15, 2014 – Tatiana Pagés, activist designer and founder of the Origomu Project, has brought her Origomu workshops to Bogota, Colombia to teach the women at the only all-female penitentiary, Reclusorio de Mujeres de Bogota, a trade that they can use upon their release. The partnership will teach the women how to make beautiful handcrafted jewelry that will be sold at Expoartesano from July 5th to July 11th. Expoartesano is a strategic alliance between Colombia Crafts and Plaza Mayor of Medellín aimed at offering visitors and shoppers a sample of the best of craft production in the country, as well as to promote good business, growth opportunities and visibility for the industry.

Pagés, CEO of Greencard Creative, a branding and strategy firm in NYC, created the Origomu Project as a movement to motivate people to act and embrace a greater sense of responsibility towards the planet by transforming plastic six pack rings into wearable art. Pagés also uses Origomu as a business model for low-income women in need. The project strives to inspire, motivate and encourage people to reach their limitless potential and see the creativity in themselves. Origomu is about giving women the tools to see beyond their immediate surroundings and to open their eyes to what is possible.

Following her return to the United States, a talented team of ambassadors and advisors will oversee the project with Pagés returning frequently throughout the year. “Origomu was created to show these women their potential, which much like the art they are creating can take something unassuming and turn it into something beautiful,” states Pagés. The purpose of the Origomu Project is to not only create high-end design, but to go beneath the surface of art to ultimately inspire creativity and encourage individuals to exercise their limitless potential and bring optimism to the world through the power of art.

Pagés leads workshops that teach women the skills they need to create art wear, which in turn teaches them a trade that they can use for income, along with a sense of empowerment.

To date, the Origomu initiative has reused more than one million six-pack rings, has attracted approximately 500 designs from over 25 countries and was featured in the Eco-Fashion Going Green Exhibit at the Museum at FIT. The Origomu movement won a Gold Davey Award (small business big ideas) for an Integrated Marketing Platform, and Greencard Creative was recently invited to give a speech at New York University.

About Tatiana Pagés

The mind behind The Origomu Project is Tatiana Pagés. Chilean by birth and Dominican by heart, she now lives in NYC. For the past 10 years, Tatiana has been exploring the relationship between the environment and human identity and how accessories are rituals for cultural expressions. Origomu was born in 2010 as movement to increase environmental awareness through design.

Often referred to as a Global Innovator, Pagés combines her love of design, art, branding, social responsibility, and sustainability to create innovative campaigns and brand insights for companies. Pagés is CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the New York City based Greencard Creative, a multidisciplinary communications company where strategy, design and technology are the basis for innovation. Her diverse experiences as an entrepreneur, business owner, strategist and activist designer, as well as brand visionary, have given her a unique perspective of consumer markets. Exploring and understanding human behavior is another of Pagés passions, one that is essential for her work process. By delving into the fields of psychology, economics and neuroscience, she gains important consumer insights that help her build local and international brand movements.

Pagés’ participation in several organizations and institutions also reflect her dedication to helping society. She is currently a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, The Art Director’s Club, and, lastly, The Americas Society. She is a board member at PINTA – The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show, and forms part of the Art Committee for the non-profit AID for AIDS. For more information, visit www.greencardcreative.com.

National Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Conference to Address Cutting Edge Issues

US SIF to Host Fourth Annual Conference:

“Markets, Mission and Materiality”

May 20-21, 2014 in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON — US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment will host its fourth annual conference, “Markets, Mission and Materiality” in Washington, DC, May 20-21.

Compelling topics for the investment industry and sustainability practitioners include:

  • Whether millennials are more interested than other investors in sustainable and impact investing;
  • New strategies and products in fixed income, community and impact investing;
  • How activists and company executives are working to build more sustainable companies;
  • The investment case for reducing income inequality;
  • Advancing ESG integration in investment practice;
  • The state of sustainable investment in European and Asian markets; and
  • Financing the shift from fossil fuels as well as addressing food security in the context of climate change.

More than 330 conference attendees have already registered. Conference speakers include experts in investment, business and public policy, including;

  • Anna Bernasek, Journalist and Author, The Economics of Integrity;
  • Headley Butler, President and CEO, Landon Butler;
  • Dave Castillo, CEO, Native Home Capital;
  • Elyse Cherry, CEO, Boston Community Capital;
  • Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader;
  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund;
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics;
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center;
  • Erika Karp, CEO, Cornerstone Capital, Inc.;
  • Michael Lind, Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation;
  • Will Oulton, Global Head of Responsible Investment, First State Investments;
  • Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Goldman Sachs;
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont;
  • Jessica Robinson, CEO, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA);
  • William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner, Physic Ventures, LP;
  • Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Hilton Worldwide;
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Principal and Co-Founder, The Blue Haven Initiative; and
  • Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude.

Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF, said “We are excited to be hosting our fourth national conference next week. With hundreds of attendees joining us, 35 generous sponsors, and more than 50 diverse and excellent speakers, we expect a thoughtful and provocative conference that addresses many issues that are important to sustainable, responsible and impact investors.”

Additionally, on May 20, immediately before the conference, a training will be held on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Fundamentals is an introductory course for investment advisors, planners and other financial professionals who want to learn the basics of sustainable and responsible investment.

New to this conference is a Student Scholarship Program, a special educational program of the US SIF Foundation in collaboration with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Seven undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated interest in a career in sustainable investment have been awarded complimentary registrations to attend the conference. These scholarships are made possible through the support of Campbell Soup Company.

The seven students selected for the scholarships are:

Marc Anthony Carr: The American University School of International Service, Masters in Social Enterprise with a focus on impact investing

Aashna Desai: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, International Studies and Business with a concentration in Finance

Lisa Fillingame: University of Wisconsin, International Studies and Spanish

Bridget Realmuto: Columbia University, Sustainability Analytics, focusing on sustainable finance and investing

Candice Ruiz: University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), International Development

Alexandra Sutton: Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment

Alex Zorniger: Tufts University, International Relations and Entrepreneurship

Brief biographies of all the scholars can be found on the US SIF website.

The conference is sponsored by 35 companies including UBS, McDonald’s, Bloomberg, Boston Common Asset Management, Cornerstone Capital, Inc., Neuberger Berman, Pax World Investments, TIAA-CREF, and Trillium Asset Management. For additional sponsor information, please click here.

For full conference agenda details, including a list of breakout sessions, please click here.

For registration information, please click here.

WHEN:

US SIF annual conference plenaries and breakout sessions will be open to the press on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:

Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St., NW, Washington, DC.

TO PARTICIPATE:

Attending news organizations and reporters must RSVP by Friday, May 16, 2014 by contacting Megan Smith of US SIF at 202-747-7820 or msmith@ussif.org.

Summer Internships Abroad for Recent Graduates

Projects Abroad Offers Internship Programs in Over 25 Destinations Around the Globe

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Human Rights Interns in Ghana

NEW YORK – May 14, 2014 – It has become increasingly popular over the years for recent college graduates to embark on a summer trip abroad before entering the workplace. Many graduates are interested in traveling with a purpose, and want to do something meaningful with their time. International volunteer organization Projects Abroad offers a variety of internships in several disciplines that give graduates a worthwhile experience abroad for the summer while also enhancing their resumes.

Projects Abroad has internships available in over 25 destinations across the globe. Interns travel to a country of their choice, choosing from destinations in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific. These programs are designed to help graduates develop skills in a particular field by working alongside local professionals in the role of an intern and helping as needed. With internships in fields including Medicine and Healthcare, Law and Human Rights, Journalism, Microfinance, Business, International Development, and Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care, graduates from all backgrounds are sure to find something to suit their interests and fit their career plan.

“For graduates, a summer internship in an international location is a fantastic way to help their resume stand-out against the competition when applying for jobs,” says Rachel MacMillan, a Program Advisor at Projects Abroad. “And not only is their internship experience abroad educational, it is also meaningful. Projects Abroad offers a departure from the typical internship, allowing students to explore the world while sharpening their skills in a particular field.”

Projects Abroad offers a variety of internships in areas including:

Medicine & Healthcare

Students interested in pursuing a medical career can intern in a variety of practice areas. Internships are available in Medicine, Physical Therapy, Midwifery, Dentistry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, and Public Health. Medical interns learn directly from doctors and medical staff in hospitals and clinics, and are an important asset in developing countries where resources can be limited. Placements are made to suit people of all levels of qualification and experience, ranging from high school students to advanced medical students and beyond.

Law & Human Rights

International Law internships with Projects Abroad give students the opportunity to work side-by-side with legal professionals, becoming involved in many different aspects of the legal process. Offered in China, Mongolia, and Togo, these programs expose participants to unique legal practices and customs. Similarly, Projects Abroad’s Human Rights internships in Argentina, Cambodia, Ghana, Jamaica, Morocco, Senegal, and South Africa provide students the opportunity to work with non-governmental organizations that have a significant impact on the lives of locals. Law & Human Rights internships are available for a variety of qualification levels, including recent graduates with no formal law experience.

Journalism

Journalism interns can choose to work on a print journalism internship with an international newspaper or magazine, or on a broadcast internship, where interns work with a radio or TV station abroad. During the Print Journalism placements, interns not only get an insider’s view of how publications are run, but they also compile an impressive portfolio to take home. In Broadcast internships, interns are provided with an array of clips, as well as a host of broadcasting and production experience. Internships are offered to practicing journalists, as well students studying, or planning on studying, journalism in college.

Microfinance

A Microfinance internship focuses on supporting small local business and helping entrepreneurs develop a sustainable future in developing countries. Interns will get involved at a grassroots level and find themselves performing tasks such as reading though business plans, developing marketing strategies, conducting workshops, and providing business guidance and support. This placement is suited for people of all skill levels, and is ideal for students interested in business, international development, and microcredit.

International Development

International Development interns work toward furthering sustainable development in emerging economies. We work with small business and local NGOs to improve the quality of life in local communities. Interns can work on a variety of International Development causes. These may include disaster management, agriculture, immigration, marketing, fundraising, disability rights, and HIV/AIDS problems. Interns will find themselves working closely with children, women, the elderly, and the disabled.

Business

Projects Abroad’s business internships are designed to give practical work experience to those looking to acquire professional skills and hands-on experience in the business world with a company abroad. Business internships are specially tailored to suit the individual intern, as qualifications, previous work experience, and personal interests are directly relevant. International business internships give interns the chance to discover a way of life in another country with promising economic growth. Positions offer work experience in business sectors that are relevant for the 21st century, and provide a challenging environment that makes a business internship abroad an enriching experience.

Veterinary Medicine and Animal Care

Interns with a passion for working with animals, either in the field of veterinary medicine or in a more general animal-oriented role should consider Projects Abroad’s Veterinary Internship opportunities, as they’re an ideal way to gain knowledge and put skills to practice in the developing world. Interns will see cases that have been virtually eliminated in the developed world, and will develop a better understanding of the problems people are faced with in their host country.

For more information on internship opportunities with Projects Abroad, visit http://www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/intern-abroad.

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 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.

For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org

Big White Wall Launches in the U.S.

Multi-Award Winning Digital Behavioral Health and Well-Being Service for People in Psychological Distress Makes U.S. Debut

Washington, D.C.Big White Wall (BWW), a 24/7 digital behavioral health and well-being service, provides a clinically-supported, safe and secure online collaborative platform, with guidance from experienced facilitators or “guides,” for individuals 18 and above where they are empowered to improve their psychological and emotional well-being.

First launched in the United Kingdom in October 2007, Big White Wall was established to help individuals get support, take control and feel better, by creating an anonymous and safe space to share and access personalized pathways to recovery via a supportive online community and proactive self-management services, facilitated by experienced guides.

“What sets Big White Wall apart is the way it combines social networking principles with a choice of evidence based self-help interventions offered by BWW and trusted third parties to provide personalized support and recovery pathways,” said BWW Founder and CEO Jen Hyatt. “By doing this in a way that provides the utmost respect for and protection of an individual’s privacy, it addresses concerns over the initial stigma associated with individuals seeking help for behavioral health problems while also broadening access.”

Big White Wall has a large peer support community that, at present, primarily is made up of members from the UK. As Big White Wall builds its community in the U.S., it is offering new members three months free membership. New members will have until July 31, 2014 to join and receive three months free membership.

In 2013, Big White Wall was named a High Impact Innovation by the UK National Health Service, an accolade reserved for only the best new health initiatives. In 2014, Big White Wall was further lauded as the best eHealth solution developed by an SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprise) across the whole of the European Union.

Big White Wall offers a range of proactive behavioral health self-management support services, including highly creative self-expression. In the service’s signature offering, members use powerful images, drawings and words to make vibrant and expressive “bricks” that are posted to the Big White Wall, where they can choose to share and discuss the underlying “story” of their pictures and words in an anonymous, peer-supported setting.

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Sample bricks posted to the Big White Wall by members in the UK, demonstrating the highly creative self-expression aspect of BWW’s signature service offering.

Other anonymous behavioral health support services include:

  • Outreach and connection to guides for advice and reinforcement of self-help principles.
  • Guided Support: Evidence-based digital group courses – offered by BWW and trusted partners – for behavioral and physical health conditions including depression, anxiety, smoking cessation and other topics.
  • Extensive “Useful Stuff” resources to help members self-manage a variety of conditions causing psychological distress.
  • Networking based on peer support including the ability to make positive, online connections with other BWW peers.
  • Interactive surveys that help members determine which self-help resources to utilize or to seek support for professional services when ready.

To ensure the safety, engagement and anonymity of its members, BWW employs a team of Wall Guides (facilitators), who are charged with monitoring and reviewing all new content generated by members on the site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“With an ever-increasing need for behavioral health services and no increase in the size of the workforce equipped to provide them, Big White Wall has proven to be a crucial behavioral health support option, successfully augmenting existing services,” said Hyatt. “And by providing an environment in which members feel safe and supported while retaining their anonymity, it has the unique ability to appeal to the many people—an estimated 50 percent of all persons with behavioral health conditions—who will never go in person to visit a health professional for fear of the stigma.”

With over 20,000 members in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and a host of accolades and commendations, the Big White Wall has seen encouraging results from past and present members. An independent review of BWW found that 95 percent of members reported one or more improvements in wellbeing, 80 percent reported self-managing their psychological distress, and 73 percent disclosed a significant personal issue for the first time. During a pilot period of just three months, about 50 percent of members showed a significant improvement in symptoms, with an average 30 percent reduction in depressive symptoms and 34 percent reduction in anxiety symptoms.

Given its ability to enhance population based behavioral health through this evidence based online support pathway, BWW’s arrival in the States couldn’t come at a better time. In March 2014, the annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps study (a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program) found an acute shortage of mental health care providers in some areas of the country.

“The arrival of Big White Wall in the U.S. reflects the growing practice of sharing high-value innovations across national boundaries, and the recognition that behavioral health is of paramount importance in meeting the needs of people with chronic conditions of all types,” said Dr. Molly Joel Coye, Chief Innovation Officer for UCLA Health System and Chair of Big White Wall’s Board of Directors. “BWW encourages people to take a larger role in their own care, by enabling them to take proactive steps and providing them with enhanced choice and personalized services, while protecting their privacy. And it does all of this within the scalable, and critical, context of building community and connectedness as integral features of mental wellbeing.”

For Founder and CEO Jen Hyatt, an award-winning social entrepreneur based in the UK, Big White Wall is the latest in a series of successful social purpose ventures in over twenty countries. Hyatt has received numerous honors and awards for her work, and has been published widely. In 2013, she was recognized by the Health Service Journal as one of the top 50 innovators in healthcare, and one of 14 ‘Women to Watch in 2014‘ by Disruptive Women in Health Care. When Hyatt founded BWW in 2007, it was the world’s first online community for improving emotional health.

For more information about the Big White Wall visit www.bigwhitewall.us.

To set up an interview with Founder and CEO Jen Hyatt, please contact Robin Strongin.

Contact:
Robin Strongin
202-263-2917
rstrongin@amplifypublicaffairs.net

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Have Entrepreneurs Lost The Will To Innovate?

Richard Branson Set For Live Streamed Debate In San Francisco With Leading Entrepreneurs

Guy Kawasaki Will Moderate A Panel That Includes Richard Branson Of The Virgin Group, Tony Fadell Of Nest And Megan Smith Of Google [X], For Virgin Disruptors’ Upcoming Debate On Friday, May 9th, 2014

On Friday 9th May, 2014, Virgin Disruptors will ask the big question – have entrepreneurs lost the will to innovate?

Business leaders and entrepreneurs will debate the state of innovation in 2014 at the second ever event in the Virgin Disruptors series held on Friday, May 9th at 9.30AM/PDT at The NWBLK venue in San Francisco. This panel will feature leading global entrepreneurs that include Richard Branson (Virgin Group Founder), Tony Fadell (CEO of Nest) Megan Smith (VP of Google[X]), Dave Evans (Chief Futurist at Cisco), Leila Janah (Founder and CEO of Samasource) and will be moderated by Guy Kawasaki (former Chief Evangelist of Apple and current Chief Evangelist of Canva).

The series of Virgin Disruptors events will see key cultural tensions debated online and offline, with each conversation culminating in a live debate streamed exclusively via a Google+ Hangout. Through Virgin Disruptors, Virgin will look to give everyone, no matter what side of the argument, a real voice. The latest debate will address the many obstacles currently facing disruptive entrepreneurs across the globe, which include government regulations, red tape, corruption, patent theft, antiquated laws and litigation. Are we innovating at the same rate of the past? What do entrepreneurs risk when attempting to disrupt the status quo and what is the future of innovation?

Research released today by YouGov and Virgin reveals that 70% of people in the UK believe that we are living in an age of significant innovation, while 73% of those asked in the US also agree that we are currently experiencing a healthy level of innovation. However there appears to be some disagreement as to where the focus for this apparent innovation should lie. 62% UK respondents believe the tech industry benefits the most from innovation. However, when asked what one industry they think was most in need of innovation 51% think that the healthcare sector is in greatest need of innovation. One potential block on innovation reaching the sectors that need it most are government regulations, with 43% of Americans agreeing that regulations hinder companies who attempt to innovate.

The debate will be live streamed with Google+ Hangout (google.com/+virgin) and Virgin.com/Disruptors. Questions will be sourced and streamed in live from a global audience via Google+.

To join the conversation now, head to Virgin.com/Disruptors

**LIVE STREAM**

The debate will be live streamed with Google+ Hangout (google.com/+virgin) and via Virgin.com/Disruptors

Questions will be sourced and streamed in live from a global audience via Google+

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