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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wreaths Across America Taps Blackbaud to Enhance Donors’ Online Experience

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — Aug. 19, 2013 — Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization best known for its annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 800 other locations nationwide — with a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach about the service and sacrifices of our veterans — recently partnered withBlackbaud, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLKB) to design and implement a comprehensive overhaul and significant upgrade to their online presence and fundraising structure. Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. 

By partnering with Blackbaud, WAA can help their current and prospective supporters more easily learn about the organization’s mission and activities — and translate that knowledge into action — while also allowing the organization to better manage their internal fundraising, tracking and communications processes. 

WAA is using Blackbaud products including: TeamRaiser, Luminate Online Marketing, Luminate CRM, and The Financial Edge, and is also partnering with Blackbaud’s design agency Guide Creative on design and strategy services. These systems will provide WAA with a new user-friendly website, the capability to engage in peer-to-peer fundraising, advanced bookkeeping software, a suite of marketing tools and a constituent management system.

A rapidly growing nonprofit, WAA’s need for a strong online presence has increased significantly since 2007 when it filed to be a 501(c)(3). The organization has experienced a consistent 46 percent year-over-year growth since first measured. “The expansion of support for WAA’s mission necessitated a top-to-bottom overhaul if we were going to be able to meet that increased demand and, at the same time, maintain our growth,” stated Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “Blackbaud’s cutting-edge digital tools will serve to steer more targeted communication through the most efficient channels, ensuring the right audience gets the timely information they need.”

WAA ultimately chose to partner with Blackbaud because of their ability to update and streamline antiquated and disparate platforms, analyze WAA’s current and future needs and design a dynamic and tailored online presence. Operations related to marketing, record-keeping, donor interface and fundraising can now seamlessly interact and help WAA avoid both gaps in service as well as duplication of efforts.    

“We are proud to provide Wreaths Across America the technology and services to support their noble mission of honoring veterans,” said Jana Eggers, Blackbaud’s senior vice president of products and marketing. “With their incredible growth, the WAA staff needed a solution that provided an engaging online experience to supporters and efficient operations.”

While most nonprofits collect donations to implement programming in line with their mission, WAA’s operational model is unique. For every donation made, a remembrance wreath is placed on the headstone of a fallen veteran to honor their sacrifice on National Wreaths Across America Day each December. Nearly 91 percent of funds raised go directly to support WAA’s mission.

“This new system is designed to empower our supporters,” stated Worcester. “With Blackbaud’s expertise, we are able to provide our supporters with an easy and intuitive way to interact with the organization in support of our mission to Remember, Honor, Teach.”

Worcester was recently selected to present WAA’s story of how it has achieved such rapid growth and success at bbcon 2013, Blackbaud’s conference for nonprofits.

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About Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman, Morrill Worcester, in 1992. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please

About Blackbaud
Serving the nonprofit and education sectors for 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines technology and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works with more than 28,000 customers in over 60 countries that support higher education, healthcare, human services, arts and culture, faith, the environment, independent K-12 education, animal welfare and other charitable causes. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions and related services for organizations of all sizes including: fundraisingeMarketingadvocacyconstituent relationship management (CRM), financial managementpayment servicesanalytics and vertical-specific solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company by Forbes, InformationWeek, and Software Magazine and honored by Best Places to Work, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

No Kid Hungry Dinner Raises Money With Help From Chef Brian Lewis

[NEW CANAAN, CONN] – Chef Brian Lewis, owner of acclaimed elm restaurant, is hosting a spectacular seated dinner featuring Connecticut’s most celebrated chefs, Carey Savona of Heirloom, Geoff Lazlo of The Whelk, and guest sommelier Jeff Barbour of New Canaan Wine Merchants. They will all join forces on Friday, September 30th to prepare a multi-course meal and wine pairing to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. Today, one in five children in this country struggles with hunger. When kids get the food they need, they feel better, they learn more and they grow up stronger. The good news is that, together, we can make that happen.

Guests of this philanthropic dinner will also have the opportunity to participate in auctions that include one-of-a-kind culinary, travel and lifestyle items. Since 2005, No Kid Hungry dinners have raised nearly $7 million to support the No Kid Hungry campaign, ensuring that kids across the U.S. have access to the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. There are 50 seats available and tickets are $200 per person. Reservations can be made at

Chef Brian Lewis, who dedicates one Saturday a month to educating children about seasonal cuisine in his “Lil Foodies” events, jumped at the opportunity to host a fundraiser for Share Our Strength.

“Ensuring that our country’s youth are fed and receive the nutrition they need is a cause I am grateful to be able to support,” says Lewis. “Children are our future and while elm is dedicated to providing food education, the reality is that many children are distracted from learning all over America because they are hungry.  As culinary professionals, my team and our guest chefs have been looking forward to bringing our community together to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign through this incredible evening.” 

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Seated Dinners:

Share Our Strength’s national series of No Kid Hungry dinners are hosted by renowned chefs who join together with their peers to prepare multi-course meals with a cause: ending childhood hunger in the United States. Guests enjoy a one of a kind dining experience and by doing so, help to raise funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Select events feature guest speakers and unique culinary, travel and lifestyle auctions. Since 2005, Share Our Strength dinners have raised nearly $7 million to support the work of the No Kid Hungry campaign, including starting and improving school breakfast programs, recruiting summer meals sites and teaching families how to shop for and prepare healthy meals on a limited budget. To learn more about the No Kid Hungry campaign and dinner series, please

About elm restaurant:

Chef Brian Lewis is one of Connecticut’s most celebrated chefs, lauded for the casually elegant, seasonally driven American cuisine at his New Canaan restaurant, elm. Chef Brian’s menu, which is both rooted in tradition and inspired by the seasons, has quickly garnered both national attention and regional accolades. elm was named one of the best new restaurants in the state by Connecticut Magazine in 2013 and landed a top spot on Esquire Magazine’s 2012 list of the 20 “Best New Restaurants” in the country, where it was declared that “Lewis cemented his status as one of the best chefs not working in a major city… cooking for people who work in the city but want to eat well where they live.”

Chef Brian is perhaps best known as the opening Executive Chef of actor Richard Gere’s The Bedford Post Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property that featured two destination restaurants, The Barn and The Farmhouse. There, he received national acclaim including Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” list in 2009, and an “Excellent” review in the New York Times for his thoughtful and consciously sourced cuisine. He launched his first solo venture in March, 2012 with elm, an inventive, seasonally driven restaurant located in the heart New Canaan, Connecticut. The 80-seat Modern American restaurant features the chef’s ever-changing menus featuring products and produce from local farms, foragers and artisans as well as specialty, imported ingredients. / @elmrestaurant 

Spigit Powers Innovation at the United Nations

PLEASANTON, CA – Aug. 12, 2013 – Spigit, the global leader in enterprise innovation software, today announced that it will be working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), its partners, and its beneficiaries to solve some of the most pressing challenges in refugee protection and assistance worldwide.

For the past 60 years UNHCR has been the leading agency providing refugees and others of concern with protection and humanitarian assistance. UNHCR Innovation is a multi-year initiative looking for more efficient, effective and creative solutions to challenges faced by refugees across the world, with the goal of enhancing refugee’s protection, empowerment, self-sufficiency and dignity.

UNHCR Ideas, an initiative lead by UNHCR Innovation, will be powered by the SpigitEngage platform. The first phase is a six-week challenge that launches today, which asks the UNHCR community – including staff members, partners and academic institutions – how access to information and services provided by UNHCR and its partners can be improved for refugees living in urban areas.  UNHCR employees and members of partner organizations will then evaluate the top ten ideas and help participants clarify and strengthen their proposals. The winning idea will be piloted in 2014.

“We are excited to launch UNHCR Ideas to better foster collaboration and harvest creativity within UNHCR to help the over 35 million people of concern to our organization around the world today,” said Olivier Delarue, UNHCR Innovation Lead.

“Over the last six decades – and in the face of ongoing emergencies and the rapidly changing world, we have continually adapted and innovated to better enable tens of millions of people restart their lives. Now, using UNHCR Ideas, powered by Spigit, we have the online innovation management platform that truly unites all of UNHCR stakeholders across the globe to address these challenges.”

Spigit’s leading platform will underpin and host specific challenges for UNHCR, activate crowds and enable purposeful social innovation that drives engagement and change. This grassroots approach will identify, validate and implement refugee-centered solutions, bringing together a global community of experts with common goals and experiences.

“Innovation is about adapting to the context.  It is often used in the private sector but, with a few exceptions, neglected in humanitarian work. We are honored to help UNHCR tap into the ideas and experiences of its broad ecosystem to solve some of the world’s most life-challenging problems,” said Shail Khiyara, CMO and Chief Customer Officer at Spigit. 

“Humanitarian innovation can transform lives and Spigit’s platform fosters a collaborative environment to bring challenges and solutions to light from UNHCR staff on the ground in countries around the world.”

Spigit is the innovation engine that drives growth, helping organizations unleash the creativity of its employees, partners and customers. Leveraging crowdsourcing, game mechanics and big data analytics, Spigit works with the world’s leading brands to spark ideas on a scale otherwise impossible, accelerating the rate of innovation.

For further information on the UNHCR Ideas, please visit UNHCR Innovation Facebook page here and follow UNHCR Innovation on Twitter here.

About Spigit
Spigit is the global leader in Enterprise Innovation Management, helping organizations unleash the creativity of employees, customers and partners to find transformative ideas that drive growth. Leveraging crowdsourcing, game mechanics and big data analytics, Spigit’s platform is helping the world’s leading brands invent disruptive products, generate new revenue streams, build an innovation culture, reduce costs and significantly improve employee and customer engagement. Highly respected companies in the Retail, Healthcare, Financial, Technology, Government, Insurance, Utilities and Pharmaceutical industries use Spigit. Headquartered in San Francisco’s Bay Area, Spigit is the innovation engine that drives growth and a key player in the social enterprise market. Spigit was recognized in the 2012 Inc. 500|5000 as the #1 fastest growing private software company in the California and the 4th fastest growing company in the software sector in the United States. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @Spigit.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

UNHCR Ideas is powered by UNHCR Innovation – a multi-year inter department initiative, established in 2012 by UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner, looking for more efficient, effective and creative solutions to challenges that refugees are faced with across UNHCR operations worldwide. In line with UNHCR’s mandate, the ultimate goal of UNHCR Innovation is refugee protection, self-reliance, empowerment, dignity and education. To fulfill its mandate, UNHCR Innovation engages staff members to re-thinks the way UNHCR works; the way it involves refugees in the design of the programs and the way it looks at good practices in the humanitarian and private sector world.


Who we are: 

Mu’Ron was created byAmadeusz Topka and Faisal Afzal in 2010 by a mutual interest in luxury, fashion, and fine fragrances. The company’s goal is to use the highest quality oils to create a long lasting scent to enhance one’s lifestyle. As Mu’Ron, their mission is to use environmental friendly resources and cutting edge technology to deliver the highest quality product. The current focus is to design a basic air-freshener, which will deliver a designer fragrance. 

Industry insiders understand that today’s air-fresheners lack masculine and feminine aromas and far from resemble the average cologne or perfume. Contemporary air-fresheners come in a wide-range of scents, such as pine, cherry, vanilla, lemon, and many more. However, none of them posses the unique fragrance that is present in contemporary perfumes & colognes.

What sets Mu’Ron’s products apart from the rest is their chic designer fragrance and distinctive shape. As of late, the team has primarily been working with designer oils, which are blended from the purest and highest quality materials. The team’s aim is to foster a meilleur ambiance et in the current air-fresheners for today’s market. 

Mu’Ron has taken part in many events that focused specifically on giving back not only to our communities but also for important social causes. We have attended two specific events in downtown Chicago where all the proceeds went to the National Diabetes Foundation of America and one for the Cancer Association of America and many more coming in the latter of the year. Since we are a start-up we get invited around our community to various schools to give lectures regarding success and share our story of success. Our community has started to notice us and have supported us over the years. We believe that every individual has what it takes to get to the top, all one needs is a little guidance and self-belief. If two immigrants can come to this country at a young age and work very hard and become successful people anyone can. Through all the adversities, trials and tribulations we managed to overcome all the odds. My partner who is the CEO/Founder of Mu’Ron has gone through everything from fighting poverty, ill health of his mother, to financial constraints. A good example of this is without a car, a working phone, and standard amenities he still managed to walk to wherever we needed to be so we can attend that specific meeting/event. Mu’Ron as a company and future leaders of the “Youth” feel a social responsibility to help out those who need that motivation to achieve their goals. Having whatever little resources we manage to find a way to get things done. Over the course of the coming years we have planned out everything from the expansion to the company, technology/resources we will use as well as creating a foundation to support those individuals who are in need of guidance in life to achieve success in becoming what they envision. Life is a journey that has many hitches along the way, but the measure of a true individual is one who can overcome the obstacles and get to where they need to be.  This is what Mu’Ron as a Company stands for, and these are the morals we as Leaders believe and follow.

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Flatrate Moving® Partners with Salvation Army to Introduce Upcycling Program

New York, NY, August 8, 2013FlatRate Moving®, the nationwide leader in moving and storage, announced today its new Upcycling Program partnership with The Salvation Army.  In an effort to provide customers the opportunity to donate items on their moving day, FlatRate Moving® will offer its clients two “upcycling” boxes they may fill with new or gently used books, toys, clothing or home goods to be donated to The Salvation Army and resold by Salvation Army Thrift Stores across New York City.

FlatRate Moving® redefined the moving experience in 1991 by introducing a guaranteed, all-inclusive, one-price move, allowing the customer to know exactly what to expect upfront. The Upcycling Program is another example of FlatRate Moving’s® commitment to making its customers’ moving experiences easy and stress-free.

Customers who order “upcycling” boxes from FlatRate Moving® will receive them in advance of their move date, allowing optimal time to set aside those items they wish to donate. All other customers will be offered the two“upcycling” boxes upon FlatRate’s arrival for their move.

With over 18,000 moves each year and the potential to donate over 36,000 filled boxes, The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers will be the beneficiaries of this innovative “upcycling” program, thanks to FlatRate Moving® and their customers.

“We are thrilled to partnerwith The Salvation Army,” said Sharone Ben-Harosh, Founder, FlatRate Moving®.“Through this partnership, FlatRate Moving® will connect our clients to this respected organization and facilitate a culture of upcycling items from those who no longer want them to those who may need them.”

“This partnership with FlatRate Moving® is a natural fit with our vision,” said Major David Wilson, Administrator of The Salvation Army’s Manhattan Adult Rehabilitation Center. “Not only can the size and scope of the organization absorb the volume of potential donations needed by The Salvation Army, but this program also advances our mission to provide men, women and children with any help they may need.” 


First Online Direct-to-Consumer Sustainable Hammock Manufacturer Transforming Hill Tribes Across Northern Thailand

San Francisco, CA— Yellow Leaf Hammocks, the eco-luxurious hammock manufacturer that’s empowering its customers to do good when relaxing, today announces a milestone. The growing global lifestyle brand now employs more than 100 artisan weavers from two marginalized hill tribes in Northern Thailand, providing these communities with a means to break their cycle of extreme poverty, disenfranchisement and systemic marginalization by bringing their vibrant, hand-woven artisan hammocks to the global marketplace.  With over half of the 1.5 million indigenous tribe members in Thailand living on less than $1 per day, Yellow Leaf Hammocks is on a mission to create jobs and build a lasting and environmentally sustainable micro-economy across the region—all while their customers around the globe relax in the comfort of their hand-woven hammocks.


“Hill tribes across Northern Thailand are suffering deeply,” said Yellow Leaf Hammocks Founder Joe Denim. “Until full-time weaving work is available to everyone, these communities will continue to be forced into ecologically destructive agricultural labor as a means for survival and the exploitative cycle of indentured servitude will not end. The 110 artisan jobs created in the Mlabri and Hmong tribes are just the beginning, but a critical step in our mission to turn their weaving skills into hammocks and jobs. There is a direct link between our customers’ purchases and the tribe people’s capacity to tackle all the obstacles in front of them—clean water, lobbying for citizenship and sending their kids to school.” 

Yellow Leaf is a rapidly growing global brand recognized for its updated twist on the classic hammock with stylish designs, sophisticated textile engineering and its popular “sitting hammock” recliner chair.  Each hammock is 100% hand woven using technically engineered weaves. What makes the Yellow Leaf hammocks particularly distinct from factory-made hammocks is that they use micro-yarns with a proprietary anti-flip “TripleWeave” that cannot be replicated by machines, making the hammocks incredibly silky soft, comfortable, and extra durable.  Unlike nylon and cotton hammocks, Yellow Leaf’s micro-yarns are weatherproof and colorfast, meaning they are not susceptible to mold or mildew and their bright colors do not fade.

Through their work for Yellow Leaf, a trained weaver is able to work from her home or village center, control her schedule, care for children and earn more in a week than her family would earn in a month of working in backbreaking slash-burn farming. “We are seeing first-hand how well this model works. And it’s a sustainable model, one with a huge environmental impact in diverting people away from jobs in destructive deforestation and the damaging use of pesticides,” added Denim.


The hammocks are sold on line, direct to consumers at They come in vibrant colors and can also be custom ordered to match specific color schemes.  The hammocks come in three sizes: King-Family Size (Larger than a King Bed), Queen Classic (1-2 Person) Hammock, and the Sitting (One-Person) Recliner Chair Hammock. 


About Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Yellow Leaf is a truly social enterprise dedicated to supporting sustainable economic development by creating high-wage jobs for artisans and building global sales channels for hand-woven eco-luxe hammocks and corollary home goods. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, the company was launched in August 2011. Yellow Leaf is bringing blissful relaxation to customers and creating a brighter future for communities at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid by empowering artisans.  The 100% hand-woven, customizable hammocks are designed for supreme comfort, strength, durability and style. Artisan craftsmanship is a keystone of the brand, along with a commitment to cultivating sustainable economic opportunities for marginalized ethnic groups like the endangered Mlabri Tribe. The core of the company is centered on the “Four Pillars of Sustainability” — dedicated to nourishing communities by promoting: long-term economic health, environmental stewardship, social equity and cultural vitality. More information can be found at

Nielsen: 50 Percent Of Global Consumers Surveyed Willing To Pay More For Goods, Services From Socially-Responsible Companies, Up From 2011

NEW YORK – Embargoed Until Aug. 6, 12:01 a.m. ET – Fifty percent of global consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for goods and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society, an increase of five points (45%) from 2011, according to a new study from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.Willingness to spend more with socially-responsible companies increased in 74 percent of the countries Nielsen measured.

Consumers Increasingly Care about Social Impact

The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility surveyed more than 29,000 Internet respondents[1] in 58 countries. The percentage of consumers willing to pay more increased among both males and females and across all age groups, with respondents under age 30 most likely to say they would spend more for goods and services from companies that give back. Among consumers ages 40-44, 50 percent agree they would pay more, up from 38 percent two years ago.

“While cause-marketing programs seem to resonate most strongly among younger respondents, the rapid change in sentiment among middle-aged consumers expands the cause opportunity for brands,” said Nic Covey, vice president of corporate social responsibility at Nielsen. “Today, brands can confidently focus purpose messaging on both younger and older consumers.” 

Geography Makes a Difference

According to Nielsen’s survey, more than two-thirds of respondents in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia – and three-quarters of respondents in India – say they would pay more for goods and services from socially-responsible companies, whereas European respondents are least likely to pay extra (36%).

“In countries where skepticism toward corporate social responsibility runs high, cause-marketers face an uphill battle,” said Covey. “In these markets, especially, social impact programs must be incontestably authentic to a company’s business objectives, vision and values.” 

Consumers’ Willingness to Pay Versus What They Actually Pay

Nielsen’s information reveals that 43 percent of global respondents claim to have actually spent more on products and services from companies that have implemented programs to give back to society (just seven percent fewer than those who say they would simply be willing to pay). Consumers in Asia-Pacific are most likely to say they had spent more on products and services from socially-responsible companies (Thailand, 66%; the Philippines, 64%; Indonesia, 56%).

Several markets indicated a high willingness to pay more for products and services from companies that give back, but lower rates of experience in actually paying more – potentially indicating, according to Covey, “markets that are uniquely ripe for cause-marketing programs.” In Slovakia, for instance, 50 percent of respondents say they would be willing to spend more, but just 22 percent say they had actually done so. Similar spreads existed in Bulgaria (53 percent willing, but 31 percent who had), Peru (62 percent willing, and 42 percent who had), and Hong Kong (52 percent willing but 32 percent who had).

“Today, the question is not whether consumers care about social impact, but which ones, how much and how to appeal to them,” said Covey. “The answer isn’t necessarily a traditional cause-marketing campaign – general responsibility, sustainable innovation and purpose messaging might also engage these consumers. No matter the approach, savvy brands are figuring out how to hit this nerve.” 

About the Survey

The Nielsen Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility was conducted between February 18 and March 8, 2013, and polled more than 29,000 online consumers in 58 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and North America. The sample has quotas based on age and sex for each country based on their Internet users, and is weighted to be representative of Internet consumers and has a maximum margin of error of ±0.6%. This Nielsen survey is based on the behavior of respondents with online access only. Internet penetration rates vary by country. Nielsen uses a minimum reporting standard of 60 percent Internet penetration or 10M online population for survey inclusion. The Nielsen Global Survey, which includes the Global Consumer Confidence Index, was established in 2005.

About Nielsen

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit

[1] While an online survey methodology allows for tremendous scale and global reach, it provides a perspective on the habits of existing Internet users, not total populations. In developing markets where online penetration has not reached majority potential, audiences may be younger and more affluent than the general population of that country. Additionally, survey responses are based on claimed behavior, rather than actual metered data.

MyCEO 2013 “Beauty, Brains & Business” Convention: A disruptive economic movement is in full swing

Dallas, TX – Thought leaders, influencers, and change agents will convene at the MyCEO “Beauty, Brains & Business” annual convention in Irving, TX, August 15th – 17th, 2013. The three day convention provides aspiring entrepreneurs and growth stage companies the opportunity to access capital, unlock innovation and participate in over 80 meaningful breakout sessions and roundtable discussions.

“Our Convention comes at an incredible time for the small business community.  Access to capital is a critical component to business creation and sustainability,” said Malcolm Allen, critically acclaimed thought leader, influential and founder of MyCEO, Inc. “Our convention theme “Beauty Brains & Business” will shape the enlightening dialogue engaged in during this annual event and throughout the year as we continue to support women and veteran owned businesses.

MyCEO 2013 will be co-hosted by a team of mega-watt speakers including:

  • Malcolm Allen, Influencer and Business Growth Strategist
  • Devin Thorpe, Crowdfunding for Social Good
  • Bill Walsh, Americas Business Expert®
  • Joel Bauer, Founder of Passion2Profit Systems
  • Tamara Lowe, Founder of Get Motivate Seminars
  • Debbie Allen, International Business & Brand Strategist
  • Noah St. John, Inventor of Afformations®
  • Gwendolyn Boyd,  Former President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
  • Eve Michaels, Transformation Makeover Expert
  • Patricia Russell McCloud, Former President of Links Inc.
  • Isiah Reese, Microsoft’s Director of Worldwide Marketing
  • DC Cordvoa, Ambassador of New Education
  • Fran Harris, CEO. TV Personality. Speaker. Coach. Publisher
  • Nicola Jackson, Serial Entrepreneur and Wealth Strategist

In addition, the City of Dallas,
Delta Sigma Theta, Links Inc., NAWBO, Dallas Regional Chamber, Christian Chamber, Texas Business Women, Veterans Chamber, Texas Veterans Commissions, Texas Department of Labor, Omega Psi Phi and hundreds of other organizations are lending their support to MyCEO 2013.

    This is an amazing day for attendees to interact with over 1000 zealous career and business women, receive timeless advice from innovative leaders, top experts and explore the hottest new products in the beauty, health and fashion industries.
    Attendees will experience some of the world’s most highly reputable influencers where they will discover leadership principles, effective business solutions and access to priceless resources to be a more effective leader.
    This day is action-packed with opportunities for startups and growth stage companies to learn powerful insights, gain access to capital and proven strategies to build profitable and sustainable business models in record time.

An economic movement is in full swing, and the MyCEO 2013 Convention is where beauty meets business, thought leaders and strategist become one, and influentials bond and strategize to shape the future. Get ready to experience a kinetic convergence of innovators from Silicon Valley, Fortune 500 companies and big thinkers just like you from around the nation.

Join thousands of attendees during three action-packed, thought provoking days at the Irving Convention. The three day revolution will be monumental. This is it! This is your moment! Embrace the opportunity! Register today!

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The Ad Council’s 60th Annual Public Service Award Dinner To Honor AOL’s Tim Armstrong, Seth Meyers to Host

NEW YORK, August, 5 2013 – The Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today that its 60th Annual Public Service Award Dinner will honor AOL Chairman & CEO Tim Armstrong, and Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers will host. The event will be held on November 20, 2013 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.


Tim Armstrong will be presented with this year’s public service award in recognition of his personal and corporate commitment to philanthropy. In recent years Armstrong has led important philanthropic efforts such as the 9/11 “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and AOL’s annual Monster Help Day to inspire staff members to give back. Under his direction, AOL has supported every Ad Council public service campaign, including digital literacy and Internet safety, in addition to being a founding partner of the bullying prevention campaign. AOL’s corporate stewardship has been evident through its generous contributions of ad space across various web properties. 


Seth Meyers is currently the head writer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live and the anchor of “Weekend Update.” In May 2013 it was announced that Meyers will succeed Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s Late Night program in the spring of 2014. Previous hosts of the Ad Council’s dinner include Conan O’Brien, Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Ellen DeGeneres.


Attended by more than 1,200 prominent executives from the media, advertising and corporate communities, the Public Service Award Dinner recognizes the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service campaigns. The dinner will be chaired by Debra L. Lee, the Chairman & CEO of BET Networks and the recently announced Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors. 


“As we mark the sixth decade of our annual dinner, it’s sure to be a stellar event,” said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “We’re thrilled to honor Tim Armstrong for his commitment to using media and technology to benefit communities throughout the world, and we’re equally excited that Seth Meyers will be our emcee.  We are looking forward to a wonderful program.”


The Ad Council has been honoring corporate leaders for their contributions to public service since 1953. The Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Last year’s benefit raised an unprecedented $3.4 million to support the Ad Council’s programs and was ranked by BizBash as one of the top 100 events in New York City and one of the top three advertising events of the year.


The Ad Council
The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization with a 70-year history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has affected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit You can also visit or follow the Ad Council on Twitter @AdCouncil.

President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visit Rwanda and see P&G Purifier of Water Packets at Work

KIGALI, Rwanda—(BUSINESS WIRE)—President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited Kanombe school in Kigali, Rwanda to see the P&G Purifier of Water packets at work as part of Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most. P&G continues to deliver on its commitment to save one life every hour by the year 2020 by providing 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year.

“Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me,” said President Bill Clinton who met children who use the P&G packets to purify their water.

This visit to Rwanda follows Chelsea Clinton’s recent trip to Myanmar, where she traveled with P&G and World Vision to deliver the 6 billionth liter of clean drinking water purified by the P&G Purifier of Water packets. Rwanda is one of the countries most affected by the clean drinking water crisis, with 80 percent of diseases affecting Rwandans coming from the water they drink and 11 percent of Rwandan children dying before they turn five.

“At P&G, we want to use our innovation to make social investments that allow people everywhere to thrive,” said Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) Manager. “These packets are being used all around the world to make dirty, unsafe water clean enough to drink with simple tools – a bucket, a stick, a cloth and a tiny packet. We’re honored to share this work with President Clinton and Chelsea and grateful for the work with World Vision that is bringing us closer to our goal to save one life every hour.”

P&G has been working with partners to provide clean drinking water in developing countries for nearly a decade with its award-winning water purification technology. To date, clean drinking water provided by P&G has saved an estimated 32,000 lives and prevented 250 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 71 countries. The powdered water purification product is a simple and effective way to make clean drinking water for the entire family, as the packets turns dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water very quickly.

“It’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives,” President Clinton said.

As a part of its CGI commitment, P&G will be participating in the Flash Flood for Good – a new social media initiative to be launched at the CGI Annual Meeting in New York City on September 24th. This effort will focus the attention of global leaders, not-for-profits, NGO’s, academics, celebrities, private sector partners, corporate brand and the public at large on the need for clean drinking water. The funds raised through this initiative will be used to deliver life-saving clean drinking water to Myanmar, Rwanda and Ethiopia through implementing partner World Vision. Supporters of can use their digital voice to amplify the call to action to raise awareness and donate funds.

About Procter & Gamble and the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program

P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) is a non-profit initiative that has provided 6 billion liters of clean drinking water to people in need since 2004. CSDW has partnered with a diverse network of organizations to help distribute water purification packets in developing countries. To learn more about the P&G CSDW Program, and see how the water purification packets work, please visit

About Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at

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