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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Casting for Recovery and Tycoon Tackle, Inc. Join Forces To Support Women With Breast Cancer

The fly rod manufacturer donates a portion of its custom fly rod sales to the national fly fishing program for women with breast cancer

Manchester, VT— May 1, 2014Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to partner with fishing outfitter and rod manufacturer Tycoon Tackle, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tycoon Tackle has committed to building an unlimited quantity of custom co-branded rods named “The Martha Ann” in honor of Tycoon Tackle president Tim O’Brien’s mother, Martha Ann O’Brien, who lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007. $100 of every sale of “The Martha Ann” rods directly support Casting for Recovery’s renowned programs for women with breast cancer.

Martha Ann O’Brien spent more than 30 years of her life in and around Tycoon Tackle, as an employee and wife to the company’s founder. Although Martha Ann was not an avid angler, she was known to “mix it up” with the fish from time to time. Her spirit and wit would bring the most intense angler to laughter. One time after landing a 56-pound Amberjack on a light-spinning rod she quipped, “Is that all there is to that?”

“My mother waged a gallant battle with breast cancer, one that she ultimately lost, but not without a fight with vigor, humor, and gusto,” says Tim O’Brien, president of Tycoon Tackle. “Through the custom fishing rod named after her, her spirit will live on in the streams, rivers, lakes, and flats of the world. We believe in Casting for Recovery’s mission of providing life-changing programs that combine the therapeutic sport of fly fishing with counseling and medical education for women in any stage of breast cancer treatment and recovery.”

“We are excited to partner with one of the longest-standing custom rod makers in the industry,” says CfR executive director, Whitney Milhoan. “We are honored to be the recipient of proceeds of “The Martha Ann” rod since it’s so close to the hearts of the family at Tycoon Tackle. Nearly everyone has been touched by breast cancer, and it’s inspiring to see Tycoon Tackle’s passion to support other women who have been affected by this devastating disease.”

The Martha Ann rod will be available for order in mid May at It will be a custom, built-to-order, co-branded rod in weights from three to five. Each rod will be shipped in a custom rod sock and co-branded aluminum rod tube for $499.95 plus shipping and handling. $100 of every sale goes to Casting for Recovery. More details will be forthcoming.

To learn more about Casting for Recovery, or how to help, please visit or contact Holly Calloway at

Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 by two women — a breast reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. CfR’s unique program combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.

About Tycoon Tackle, Inc.

Tycoon Tackle, Inc. is a Charlottesville, Virginia-based angling outfitter that originated in Miami, Florida in 1935. The company was on the scene in the formative years of big-game angling and at one time more than 95% of all world record fish were caught on the company’s fishing rods. Tim O’Brien, owner and President the company, said, “The company began with little money but ‘a fortune in ideas’ and in time grew to become a leader in the angling world, by not only making the best and most desirable fishing rods but by being a leader in promoting the catch and release of gamefish” The company is still family owned and committed to manufacturing products in the United States of America.

Mompreneur And Breast Cancer Survivor Helps First Time Entrepreneurs And Work-From-Home Moms Create Successful Online Ecommerce Businesses — “Business-in-a-Box”

(Maui, Hawaii) February 16, 2014 – Jennifer Varner, Founder of is a seasoned, successful “mompreneur,” – her visionary business concept specializes in helping first-time entrepreneurs and work-from-home moms create successful online ecommerce businesses using their “Business-in-a-Box” solutions.

Each of the turnkey websites for sale comes with 40 hours of consulting and mentoring, which provides would-be entrepreneurs with guidance as they launch, manage and grow their business. Now in its seventh year, has helped launch over one thousand e-commerce businesses.

Prior to running, Jennifer was the CEO and founder of one of the largest maternity clothing companies, She sold the company to focus on helping others to achieve their dream of entrepreneurship. Since its launch, Pure-Ecommerce was selected as one of the top 50 Women-Owned businesses by Start-up Nation and was chosen as an Honorable Mention recipient for Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.

Jennifer’s journey to launching her own business was not an easy one “On the road to starting, I went through more than what most people go through in one lifestime— bankruptcy, separation, I endured my husband having cancer, and learned I had breast cancer while I was pregnant.” Fast- forward seven years — Jennifer is healthy, successful and living in paradise with her family in Maui. Varner says “Anything is possible with hard work and a believe in your ability to overcome.”

Jennifer encourages would-be-entrepreneurs to create schedules that work for the whole family. “Creating a schedule that works for you and your family is one of the biggest challenges Mompreneurs have, and I help women navigate the process.” says Jennifer.

A breast cancer survivor, Jennifer started the nonprofit Kilian’s Kids (, which provides laptops and other electronic gear to children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses so they can keep in touch with friends or just escape from life in the hospital. It also helps ease the stress associated with long hospital stays, chemotherapy treatments, and even long trips to special hospitals for treatments.

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New Yorkers Celebrate 40 Years Of Building Healthy Families CCHP + ECDC Annual Gala 2014

WABC-TV Anchors Bill Ritter & Liz Cho, Comic Chuck Nice, Artist Frank Stella…and more notable New Yorkers in attendance

May 2nd, 2014—New York, NY; On Thursday May 1st, 2014 an extraordinary group of New Yorkers gathered for the CCHP + ECDC Annual Gala, to raise money and awareness on a program offered by the not-for-profit.

Becky Thomas (Gala Committee Chair), Unknown Guest


The Center for Comprehensive Health Practice (CCHP) is a multi-disciplinary community health center and substance abuse program located in East Harlem New York. The non-profit hosted their 2014 annual gala, which benefited the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC). ECDC is a parenting program to help parents in New York, with the first 3 years of the baby’s life. This year’s event raised a total of $182,790 to support the ECDC program.

Jay Frisch, Roger Frisch (Chairman, CCHP Board of Directors


“This year’s gala focused on honoring those who have contributed to ECDC success. The money raised will be used to provide access to the ECDC program, for those who need it most, but can not afford the tuition. Tonight was a tremendous success and we are looking forward to a larger event next year”, said Richard Porter, Chief Executive Officer of CCHP.

Bill Ritter (Anchor at WABC-TV), Richard Porter (CEO of CCHP), Liz Cho (Anchor at WABC-TV)


Highlights from this year’s event include:

  • WABC-TV Anchors Bill Ritter and Liz Cho served as master of ceremonies’ for the event and the central theme of the event was: “Across The Decades: Celebrating Forty Years Of Building Healthy Families.”
  • Actor, Comedian and TV personality Chuck Nice, helped to raise $30,870 through Raise the Paddle and the live dinner auction in the room. He also provided entertainment for the evening

This year’s event included a special awards presentation to honor key supporters of the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) across its four decades (1974-2014). Awards recipients included:

First Decade: Carol Kekst, Mary Ellen Fahs, Katherine C. Sincerbeaux.

Second Decade: Carol Kenney, Alice Kandell, Natalie Ross.

Third Decade: Harriet McGurk, Brenda Earl, Greg Ostling.

Fourth Decade: Thea Obstler, Marjorie Berkley, Carol Cram.

Luke Simone (Agent at Wilhelmina Models)  & Devin Goda (Ex-NFL Baltimore Raven player, turned Model) 


Becky Thomas, Chairperson of the Gala Committee commented: “Tonight’s honorees represent 40 years of contributions to the success of ECDC and we look forward to honoring more individuals in the years to come!”

Chuck Nice (Comic & TV Personality), Jenelle Hamilton (Publicist)


Guests enjoyed live music, an outdoor cocktail reception and a seated dinner in the Loeb Boathouse with stunning views of The Lake in Central Park. This year’s gala was produced by Bee Season Consulting.

Call For Papers: Groundbreaking Responsible Investing Study Sought For 2014 Moskowitz Prize Recognition

Best Academic Research Focused on Sustainable Investing to Be Recognized in November at The 25th Annual SRI Conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. AND BERKELEY, CA///April 28, 2014/// The Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Berkeley-Haas) has announced a call for papers for the 19th annual Moskowitz Prize—the only global award recognizing outstanding academic research in the field of sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing.

The Moskowitz Prize is awarded annually by the Center for Responsible Business. The only global award recognizing outstanding quantitative research in the field of sustainable and responsible investing, the prize was named for Milton Moskowitz, one of the first investigators to publish comparisons of the financial performance of screened and unscreened portfolios.

Since its inception in 1996, the Moskowitz Prize has been awarded annually at The SRI Conference, the largest and longest running conference serving investors and investment professionals in the sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investment industry in North America. The SRI Conference is produced by First Affirmative Financial Network. The author of this year’s prize-winning study will be notified in September and publicly announced at the momentus 25th annual SRI Conference, November 9-11, 2014, in Colorado Springs, CO, where the winner will present the findings and be honored at a Conference reception.

Both Berkeley-Haas and The SRI Conference acknowledge and appreciate the 2014 Moskowitz Prize sponsors: Calvert Investments, First Affirmative Financial Network, Nelson Capital Management, Neuberger Berman, Rockefeller and Co., and Trillium Asset Management Company.

DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION: Studies to be reviewed for consideration must be submitted by June 30, 2014. The $5,000 prize competition is open to authors of studies relevant to responsible investing. Studies may be published or unpublished, but unpublished studies should be of a quality appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Details about the submission process can be found at:

Entries are reviewed by an independent jury of scholars and investment professionals. The prize winner is determined based on practical significance to responsible investment practitioners, appropriateness and rigor of quantitative methods, and novelty of results.

2013 MOSKOWITZ PRIZE: In 2013, the Moskowitz Prize was awarded to Caroline Flammer, Ph.D., and assistant professor in general management at Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario for a paper titled, “Does Corporate Social Responsibility Lead to Superior Financial Performance? A Regression Discontinuity Approach.” See paper here:

In her winning paper, Flammer found that corporate financial performance improved sharply in the immediate wake of shareholder-sponsored CSR proposals that were “close calls” – those passing by a small margin of votes. Studying close call proposals is appealing since the outcome of the vote is as good as randomized and cannot be anticipated prior to the vote.

About the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business

Building on over a decade of research, teaching and industry engagement, the Center for Responsible Business ( is an “action tank” that brings together students, company leaders, and faculty to redefine business for a sustainable future. The Center for Responsible Business is a key contributor to Berkeley-Haas ( recently being recognized by the Financial Times as the #1 globally ranked MBA program in corporate social responsibility.

About The SRI Conference

The 25th annual SRI Conference (, the leading North American forum for investors and investment professionals involved in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing, is November 9-11, 2014 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado ( For more information about the conference or about supporting the conference as a sponsor, please contact Krystala Kalil, at 888-774-2663 or

Conference participation is open to all SRI industry practitioners, investment professionals, institutional investors, and related organizations and individuals. The conference experience features an outstanding series of educational sessions and a focused opportunity to network with hundreds of like-minded individuals, organizations, and leaders in the field.

About First Affirmative Financial Network

First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC ( is an independent Registered Investment Advisor (SEC File #801-56587) offering investment consulting and asset management services through a nationwide network of investment professionals who specialize in serving socially conscious investors. First Affirmative produces the annual SRI Conference (

CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell at 703-276-3266 or or Christina Meinberg of the Berkeley-Haas School of Business at 510-643-5642 or

United Way Worldwide Appoints Vicki Lins as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Marketing Veteran Tasked with Building a Worldwide Marketing Enterprise

Alexandria, VA – United Way, the world’s largest privately supported nonprofit organization, announces the appointment of Vicki Lins as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Lins is tasked with the creation of cutting edge marketing strategies that reinforce the organization’s image and heritage to galvanize engagement of donors, advocates, volunteers as well as partner relationships in communities around the world. Ms. Lins will oversee the brand, marketing and strategic communications divisions and will be responsible for brand innovation, creative development, media relations, affinity groups and strategic alliances such as the famed NFL and United Way partnership.

“Vicki brings a storied career as a marketer with a remarkable ability to develop complex strategies that build, transform and revitalize venerable brands,” said United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher. “She appreciates that at the heart of every great brand is a unique story. We are excited to tap into her expertise to tell the powerful story of United Way in new ways that will resonate around the globe.“

Ms. Lins has led a distinguished career crafting strategic marketing communications initiatives in media, technology and telecom sectors. She is an award winning marketer with more than twenty years of experience building brands and marketing platforms that drive growth. Most recently, Ms. Lins was executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Clear Channel Outdoor – North America where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications and served on the Executive Committee and Global Marketing Leadership Council.

“There is such a huge opportunity for United Way to mobilize millions of people from business, nonprofit organizations and governments as well as individuals to effect positive change that improves people’s lives,” said Lins. “I am excited at the prospect of building a marketing enterprise that reflects the organization’s ambitions and finding new ways to engage consumers and communities around the globe.”

Prior to joining Clear Channel Outdoor, she spent 15 years in the cable TV industry, where she served in leadership positions with Comcast and its advanced advertising initiative, Canoe Ventures. As senior vice president of marketing and communications with Comcast, she led the development of a cohesive national marketing organization for Comcast’s local ad sales business and launched the Comcast Spotlight brand. Prior to Comcast, Vicki led marketing and communications for Adlink, the nation’s largest cable interconnect, where she developed the “It’s Targeted TV” campaign successfully repositioning the industry for exponential growth. Prior to her time in cable, she held marketing roles at AirTouch Cellular and GTE.

Vicki has her M.A. in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the VCU Brandcenter, and has served on the board for Women in Cable & Telecommunications, and was a recipient of their Betsy Magness Leadership Fellowship.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Becomes The Trevor Project’s National Hotel Sponsor

The Trevor Project Partnership continues Kimpton’s longtime support of the LGBT community

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2014 — A longtime supporter of the LGBT community, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is proud to announce a new partnership with The Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-24. Kimpton is the first national hotel sponsor for The Trevor Project.

Since Kimpton’s inception, the company has been deeply committed to an overall philosophy of inclusion and diversity that celebrates the unique differences of guests and employees. Continuing a legacy of employee-driven philanthropy, Kimpton’s engagement with The Trevor Project originated in 2013 through employees who have a passion for Trevor’s commitment to saving lives of LGBT youth in crisis, and the organization’s message of empowerment, pride, bravery and acceptance. It became clear when the relationship kicked off in January 2013 as a pilot partnership that the two organizations are strongly aligned on culture, beliefs and goals. This year, Kimpton will evolve its commitment to include a mix of marketing, social media, events and employee volunteer opportunities that will help The Trevor Project expand into new markets and raise funds to support its mission.

“One of the many reasons guests and employees love Kimpton is our philosophy of inclusiveness and the belief that everyone deserves to be appreciated for who they are,” said Kimpton Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Barry Pollard, who has supported The Trevor Project personally and is currently an active member on Kimpton’s internal LGBT committee. “Our organizations share similar values. We both believe that inclusivity and diversity of thought, beliefs, backgrounds, gender and sexual orientation make our communities stronger. The Trevor Project provides a serious and much-needed service to the LGBT community and we’re honored to help the organization support this mission and raise awareness for this important issue.”

“The LGBT youth who turn to The Trevor Project for support often lack a sense of acceptance, just because of who they are. That is why engaging with organizations like Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where diversity and acceptance are valued, is important,” said Abbe Land, Executive Director and CEO of The Trevor Project. “The Trevor Project is proud to partner with Kimpton.”

As part of the partnership, Kimpton will become the presenting sponsor of The Trevor Project’s Ambassador program. Trevor Ambassadors are volunteer groups in major U.S. cities that work to expand Trevor’s programs, communications and fundraising efforts, helping to ensure LGBT youth have the support they need locally when faced with a suicide crisis. Additionally, Kimpton’s active LGBT Employee Resource group, KPRIDE, which coordinates LGBT activities across the company, will work with existing Trevor Ambassadors at the local level to help with community outreach and regional fundraising events. Markets where Kimpton has a significant hotel and restaurant presence that are also locations for Trevor Ambassadors include Chicago, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Kimpton also will work closely with the organization on TrevorLIVE, a semi-annual fundraising event that brings together top entertainers and corporate leaders to support The Trevor Project’s life-saving, life-affirming work for LGBT youth in crisis. As part of this partnership, Kimpton hosted the TrevorLIVE kick-off party on April 23 at the Eventi, a Kimpton Hotel, in NYC where more than 200 guests celebrated and posted #lovethyselfie photos in support of LGBT youth.

Kimpton’s guests can also become involved and help support The Trevor Project by using a designated rate code when booking their rooms directly through Kimpton. By entering in the code “TRPR” when booking, guests will receive 10 percent off of their total room cost and Kimpton will donate $5 for every room reserved using this code.

Over the last 33 years, Kimpton has developed strong working relationships with pro-LGBT groups such as the Mautner Project, National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, The Transgender Law Center and The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. All Kimpton hotels are members of IGLTA (International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association), and TAG approved, a certification that assures gay-friendly hotel practices. Since 2004, Kimpton has also maintained a perfect rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index.

To learn more about Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and its LGBT initiatives, please visit,,, or


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants in the United States and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to America. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for while away from home through thoughtful perks and amenities, distinctive design that tells a story and inspires a sense of fun at each hotel and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Kimpton also leads the hospitality industry in eco-friendly practices that span all hotels and restaurants, and is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a Fortune magazine “Best Place to Work” four times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities. For more information, visit and


Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at

GLG Launches Social Impact Fellowship – World’s Largest Membership for Professional Learning and Expertise Now Open to Top Social Sector Young Leaders

Inaugural Class of 12 Nonprofits and Social Enterprises Spans Causes and Geographies; Will Receive Unlimited Access to GLG’s 375,000 Experts and Mentors

Missions Include Community Health, Global Poverty, Entrepreneurship, Volunteerism, Disaster Recovery

Los Angeles, California, April 29, 2014 — Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc. (GLG), the world’s largest membership for one-on-one professional learning, today launched the GLG Social Impact Fellowship ( to give twelve promising nonprofit leaders access to one-on-one learning from 375,000 experts and thought leaders, without cost. These creative problem-solvers have already demonstrated that they are among the most promising and gifted social sector leaders and are ready to move beyond the advice and mentorship typically provided by board members and donors. GLG made the announcement from the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, a gathering of business, political, philanthropic, and intellectual leaders from around the world to discuss and confront the biggest global challenges.

These Fellows join GLG’s community of leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations, and consulting firms, who learn every day from academics, current and former C-suite executives, scientists, policy specialists, former public sector leaders, and other professional leaders. Fellows and their teams will work collaboratively with GLG research professionals to leverage the breadth and depth of this network to inform their strategic decisions and increase their impact. GLG’s total in-kind donation to the Fellows and their organizations is estimated at $1.4 million.

“Our mission is to transform the way the world’s top professionals share expertise, learn, and make decisions. This vital one-to-one learning has been available to top professionals across the private sector, and now we’re making it available to the best and brightest innovators in the social sector, where the need for learning is particularly acute, and the opportunity for innovation especially rich,” said GLG President and CEO Alexander Saint-Amand. “These curious and innovative Fellows, already having a big impact, are the future of the social sector. We’re thrilled to partner with them as they scale their missions.”

The 2014 Fellows were chosen from a diverse group of leading early-stage and growing nonprofits and social enterprises invited to apply and interview. The competitive selection process, which will occur annually, was based on organizations’ missions and models and on applicants’ articulation of how GLG’s resources would help them increase efficacy and scale at key moments in their organizational growth.

The Fellows and their organizations tackle a range of social challenges around the world – from community health and entrepreneurship to extreme poverty in Africa and disaster response in the U.S. They are:

  • Rachael Chong – Founder & CEO, Catchafire; New York, New York (U.S. skills-based volunteering)
  • Aaron Fishman – Founder & Director, East Bali Cashews; Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (cashew processing social enterprise)
  • Christina Lewis Halpern – Founder & President, All Star Code; New York, New York (men of color in technology)
  • Jake Harriman – Founder & CEO, Nuru International; Palo Alto, California (sustainable global development)
  • Leila Janah – Founder & CEO, Samasource; San Francisco, California (global enterprise digital service jobs for underserved women and youth)
  • Leticia Jáuregui – Founder & Executive Director, Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales; Mexico City, Mexico (business support for marginalized women entrepreneurs in Mexico)
  • Manmeet Kaur – Founder & Executive Director, City Health Works; New York, New York (community health services in East Harlem)
  • Oliver Libby – Co-Founder & Board Chairman, The Resolution Project; New York, New York (global youth social entrepreneurship)
  • Ben Powell – Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships; Washington, District of Columbia (early-stage impact entrepreneurship in Latin America)
  • Zack Rosenburg – Co-Founder & CEO, St. Bernard Project; Chalmette, Louisiana (U.S. long-term disaster recovery)
  • Eugenie Teasley – Founder & Chief Executive, Spark+Mettle; Brighton, England (career support for marginalized youth in England)
  • Andrew Yang – Founder & CEO, Venture for America; New York, New York (post-college entrepreneurship in U.S. cities)

Jen Field, GLG Director of Social Impact, oversees the Fellowship. She explained, “Our first class of Fellows is an incredibly diverse group of social sector all-stars. They are energetic, dynamic, and deeply curious leaders of innovative and growing organizations. They present big ideas, face critical inflection points, and demonstrate sincere commitments to continuous learning and improvement, personally and professionally. We couldn’t be prouder to welcome them and to support them.”

The Fellows are eager to learn from the world’s leading professionals, from GLG, and from each other. “The scale of our organizational ambitions require not only resources and coordination, but meaningful expertise and experience,” said Manmeet Kaur of City Health Works. “The GLG Fellowship will give us access to specific expertise just when we need it. We will be able to make smarter decisions faster, and make a bigger difference for people in need.”

Zack Rosenburg of St. Bernard Project said, “I’m honored and excited to be among this elite class of GLG Fellows. The group’s diversity and range of missions combined with the breadth of GLG’s membership should lead to unexpected and inspiring exchanges and collaborations that will benefit the people we serve.”

Saint-Amand added, “We hope that having GLG at the table will help these young social sector leaders scale their impact and change lives. I believe they will find immense value in GLG and its network. Our teaching members have a lot to offer curious professionals across fields, and we are proud to now include these innovators who are changing the world.”

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is transforming the way the world’s top professionals share expertise and learn. GLG curates custom learning experiences among professionals and thought leaders across fields, within a rigorous compliance framework. GLG scales one-to-one learning through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions with its network of more than 375,000 experts. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG is the world’s largest membership for professional learning and expertise. Its 850 employees work in 21 offices in 12 countries. To find out more, visit and follow @GLG.

About GLG Social Impact

GLG Social Impact connects social sector organizations with experts across industries and geographies for perspectives and expertise to accelerate the impact of their work, including through the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. GLG Social Impact partners with leading social sector organizations around the world, including The Clinton Development Initiative, Endeavor Global, The Bridgespan Group, and The Julliard School, among others. To find out more, visit

Brief bios of our Fellows and their organizations follow. Further information is available at

2014 GLG Social Impact Fellows

Rachael Chong – Founder & CEO, Catchafire; New York, NY

Rachael Chong is the Founder and CEO of Catchafire, the world’s leading skills-based volunteer platform, which connects professionals with nonprofits on projects that create positive social impact. Rachael has been named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, and received the NYC Venture Fellowship and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Before Catchafire, Rachael helped start the US affiliate of the BRAC, the largest poverty alleviation organization in the world. To build her business acumen, Rachael worked at UBS Investment Bank after graduating from Barnard College. She has an MPP from Duke University and lives in New York.

Aaron Fishman – Founder & Director, East Bali Cashews; Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

Aaron Fishman founded East Bali Cashews after his experience volunteering with an NGO in rural northeast Bali in 2011. While Aaron taught the public health staff about wound care and nutrition, they taught him about cashews, and told him that this impoverished region ships their cashews to India and Vietnam for processing. Within a few months he garnered the support of four local investors and launched East Bali Cashews to process the cashews locally. Aaron believes that community development is best achieved and sustained through empowering people, especially women. So far, the company has produced 500 tons of cashews, providing 210 new jobs and employing an 85% female workforce. EBC recently opened the region’s first preschool, a community early learning center for 60 children adjacent to the factory. He lives in Denpasar, Bali.

Christina Lewis Halpern – Founder & President, All Star Code; New York, NY

Christina Lewis Halpern is a social entrepreneur and award-winning journalist who is the founder of All Star Code, a nonprofit education organization that attracts, prepares, and places young men of color in the technology sector. Christina is a board member of the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation. The White House recognized her as a 2014 Champion of Change for STEM Access. She has been profiled in Domino and Vanity Fair and her work has been published in The New York Times Magazine among other publications. She graduated from Harvard College and lives in New York City.

Jake Harriman – Founder & CEO, Nuru International; Palo Alto, CA

Jake graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy and served over seven years as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps. He led four operational deployments and was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat. From his experiences, Jake came to believe that the “War on Terror” wouldn’t be won on the battlefield alone: the contributing causes of terrorism – disenfranchisement, lack of education, and extreme poverty – must also be eradicated. Jake left his military career and enrolled at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build an organization focused on tackling extreme poverty, Nuru International. He lives in Palo Alto.

Leila Janah – Founder & CEO, Samasource; San Francisco, CA

Leila Janah founded and leads Samasource, a nonprofit connecting underserved and underemployed people living in developing regions to microwork – computer-based tasks that build skills and generate income, and now part of the broader field of impact sourcing. Samasource moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and introduced a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. Samasource received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate. Leila received the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, presented by President Bill Clinton. In 2011, Leila co-founded Samahope, a crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. She received a BA from Harvard and resides in San Francisco.

Leticia M. Jáuregui Casanueva – Founder & Executive Director, Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales; Mexico City, Mexico

Leticia Jáuregui founded Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales (CREA) in 2008 to support Mexican female-led micro enterprises, focusing primarily on the manufacturing sector of food and handmade products and accessories. She has presented her work about remittances and micro entrepreneurial development at the Wharton School of Business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, the Organization of American States, and the OECD, among others. Her recognition since then includes the StartingBloc and Opportunity Collaboration Cordes Fellowships in 2010; being named an “Architect of the Future” by the Wazdell Institute in 2009, and the Echoing Green Fellowship in 2008. Leticia has two bachelors’ degrees from ITAM and two masters’ degrees from the University of California Davis. She lives in Mexico City.

  • Money is Never Enough – Leticia M. Jáuregui Casanueva (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2013)

Manmeet Kaur – Founder & Executive Director, City Health Works; New York, NY

Manmeet Kaur has worked in New York to improve the working conditions of “unregulated” workers, in India to stabilize the livelihoods of construction laborers at LabourNet, and in South Africa to help HIV+ individuals create employment with Mamelani Projects. Before launching City Health Works, Manmeet was an advisor to the Earth Institute’s One Million Community Health Worker Campaign. In launching City Health Works, she sought to apply innovations from developing countries to the U.S., providing support for individuals and families struggling with chronic diseases in the East Harlem community. Manmeet holds a B.A. in History/Anthropology from Barnard College, where she was selected as a Third Millennium Human Rights fellow, and an MBA from Columbia University. She lives in Harlem.

Oliver Libby – Chair & Co-Founder, The Resolution Project; New York, NY

Oliver Libby co-founded The Resolution Project in 2007, in order to create a unique pathway to action for aspiring young social entrepreneurs. Undergraduates often hear that they are leaders of tomorrow – rather than leaders of today. Resolution identifies young leaders through Social Venture Challenges, empowering them through Resolution Fellowships to implement their ventures and to develop as socially responsible leaders. With Fellows on all six inhabited continents, working in fields such as education, healthcare, human rights, water, energy, and sustainability, Resolution is building a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility. Oliver is also a co-founder and Managing Director of Hatzimemos / Libby, a global growth catalyst firm focused on energy and advanced technologies. He is a Trustee of the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and lives in New York.

  • Young Wall Street Bankers Flex Their Philanthropic Muscles – Max Abelson (Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 2/6/201
  • Creating a Pathway to Action – Oliver Libby & George Tsiatis (The Huffington Post, 1/31/2014)

Ben Powell – Founder & CEO, Agora Partnerships; Washington, D.C.

Ben Powell is the Founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit increasing the flow of social, human, and financial capital to entrepreneurs solving social and environmental problems across Latin America. Ben started a miniature golf business in Mexico before earning an MSFS from Georgetown and completing a Presidential Management Fellowship at the Office of Management and Budget. In 2005 he earned an MBA from Columbia, where he won the inaugural alumni social innovation award and where he launched Agora, working initially with entrepreneurs in Nicaragua. Since then, he has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, an Ashoka Fellow, and one of the top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington D.C. Ben is an alumnus of Haverford College and a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Zack Rosenburg – Co-Founder & CEO, St. Bernard Project; Chalmette, LA

Zack Rosenburg is the CEO and Co-Founder of St. Bernard Project, a long-term disaster recovery organization working to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities recover promptly, efficiently, and predictably. Zack directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development, and fundraising for the organization, which he co-founded following Hurricane Katrina. Before founding SBP, he was a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C. Prior to his defense work, he founded Linking Communities for Educational Success (LINK), a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, and after school education and enrichment services to at-risk junior high school students in Washington, D.C. Zack, a Belmont, Massachusetts native, is an alumnus of Ohio Weslyan University and received his J.D. from American University and an LLM from Georgetown University. He lives in New Orleans.

Eugenie Teasley – Founder & Chief Executive, Spark+Mettle; London, England

Eugenie Teasley is founder and CEO of Spark+Mettle, a youth aspirations agency that builds character strengths, skills, and networks for less privileged young people. She holds degrees from Oxford University and UC Berkeley. She has taught in south London and has lived and worked in San Francisco. She speaks and writes on topics that center around flourishing, entrepreneurship, feminism, and youth development. She blogs for The Guardian about her experience as a Clore Social Leadership Programme Fellow. Eugenie lives in Brighton, England.

Andrew Yang – Founder & CEO, Venture for America; New York, NY

Andrew Yang is Founder and CEO of Venture for America and the author of Smart People Should Build Things. Venture for America places top college graduates in startups in low-cost U.S. cities for two years, generating job growth and training the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew previously worked in startups and early-stage growth companies for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company acquired by Washington Post/Kaplan; co-founded an Internet company; and was an executive at a healthcare software startup. Andrew was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2011 and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2013. He graduated from Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York.

Indiegogo Principal Adam Chapnick Bets Big on Real Estate Crowdfunding, Joins Upstart Platform AssetAvenue

Former Principal Exits VC-Darling Indiegogo to Oversee Strategy at Commercial Real Estate Platform Up-and-Comer

Los Angeles, CA—4/30/14—Adam Chapnick, former principal and employee number one with leading crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, today announced that he is leaving the industry giant to join real estate crowdfunding company AssetAvenue. The company’s first completed deal raised $485,000 from investors in less than 48 hours to acquire a commercial real estate loan backed by office space in New York City’s prestigious Trump Palace. Chapnick believes real estate crowdfunding is on the precipice of becoming a major disrupting force in real estate investing, and chose to join AssetAvenue’s team of highly experienced real estate and technology professionals, betting big on a newcomer in one of the fastest-growing segments of the crowdfunding market.

“AssetAvenue’s disruptive vision and the team’s industry expertise are what sets the company apart. The leadership team has decades of combined real estate experience, and they’re focused on breaking barriers, which is music to my ears,” said Chapnick. “When [AssetAvenue CEO] David Manshoory shared the scale of what he’s aiming to accomplish, I knew this was a mission I wanted to be a part of, and the team I had to join. I can’t wait for the impact we’re going to make together.”

Chapnick joined Indiegogo as its first employee in 2009 and quickly helped the company grow into new markets and become one of the most successful crowdfunding platforms in the world. The company, which recently announced it raised a $40 million Series B round in January led by prominent investors Kleiner Perkins and Institutional Venture Partners, has hosted more than 200,000 campaigns to date in over 175 countries, four languages and five currencies.

Chapnick will be AssetAvenue’s chief strategy officer, bringing his expansive network and crowdfunding expertise to revolutionize the real estate investment experience for real estate sponsors, lenders and retail and institutional investors.

“We are thrilled that Adam has chosen AssetAvenue as his next home out of all the opportunities available to him,” said Manshoory. “We’re excited to couple one of the thought leaders in the crowdfunding industry with our real estate team to create an exceptional experience for our community.”

“Crowdfunding as a whole has been an incredibly revolutionary force in so many business verticals. It was thrilling to help drive this growth as the original player in the space,” added Chapnick. “Looking forward, those of us who are steeped in crowdfunding have seen real estate as the next explosive opportunity, given the sheer market size, coupled with all of its financial benefits to investors.”

Headquartered in Los Angeles, AssetAvenue is led by a management team leveraging a combined $10 billion in commercial real estate acquisitions experience. The company was founded in December 2013 by CEO David Manshoory, a seasoned real estate professional and successful entrepreneur with a track record of building rapid-growth companies.

For more information about AssetAvenue, visit

Recording Artist Chris Chickering Aims To Inspire Through His New Music Venture, Music For Positive Change

Sophomore Album, Living In The Now, Now Available

(Nashville, Tenn. – April 22, 2014) – Singer-songwriter Chris Chickering is garnering attention for his new music venture, Music for Positive Change™. The theme of the project is to utilize empowering music to bring people together, lift their spirits and create a brighter, more unified world.

Music for Positive Change has been a life-long project for Chickering, who founded talent agency Guru Authority and spent many years representing various public speakers in the fields of health, wealth, relationships and spirituality. Chickering channels the knowledge he gained through working with these personal development experts when writing his music.

“Music is a powerful agent for breaking down barriers and getting us to recognize our common humanity,” said Chickering “and that’s what we’re doing with Music for Positive Change; leveraging that power to uplift people and bring us all together.”

Chickering’s sophomore album, Living In The Now, co-written and produced by Grammy-nominated and Emmy award-winning songwriter Greg Barnhill, is a record of transformative lyrics that speak to timeless, universal truths about the human condition. The 14-track album is a collection of original tunes focusing on connection, love, acceptance, gratitude and peace, with the mission of connecting and empowering people through music. Living In The Now is available on iTunes and other major digital retailers.

The album has already received recognition by winning “Popular Choice Award” at The Best Santa Fe Albums of 2013, presented by Hutton Broadcasting, as well as being ranked one of the Top 20 Albums of the Year by Transitions Radio Magazine. Additionally, seven of Chickering’s tracks are featured on’s Top 10 Songs – Best Indie Music: New Mexico, with his song “Getting Past The Past” taking the No. 1 spot. “Getting Past The Past” is also ranked No. 8 on’s Top 10 Songs – Best Indie Music: Rock – Alternative.

Thus far, Chickering and Barnhill have written over 49 tracks for the venture. Chickering is currently touring with his band and writing and recording new music for his upcoming Music for Positive Change shows and forthcoming album release. In support of Music for Positive Change, Chris is currently offering three free song downloads via his website To download your free tracks click here.

Chickering has also released a music video for his track, “The Crazy Crazy Ones.” The song is his tribute to those who have pushed the human race forward. The video stars 53 individuals, whom Chickering finds to be the most inspiring people of all time. He was led to write and produce “The Crazy Crazy Ones” after watching the ultra-inspiring, Emmy award-winning television commercial “Crazy Ones,” which was part of Apple Inc.’s “Think Different” ad campaign. The “Think Different” commercial was created in 1997 in response to Steve Jobs’ request for an ad campaign that reflected the life philosophy he promoted at Apple. For a free download of “The Crazy Crazy Ones,” visit

For more information on Chris Chickering’s music and his new music venture, Music for Positive Change, visit and follow Chris on Facebook at and Twitter (@ChrisChickering).

For booking inquiries, please contact or call 505-982-1000.

Living In The Now

Track listing:

  1. Time of Truth
  2. This or Something Better
  3. The Revolution
  4. Getting Past The Past
  5. Light of Day
  6. Living In The Now
  7. Our Story
  8. Lovesick Fool
  9. I Believe In You
  10. Pain-body
  11. Gratitude
  12. Run Blindly and Stupidly to Love
  13. Won’t Stop Tryin’
  14. You Got The Power

Living In The Now
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