NEW YORK (August 31, 2015) – Registration is now open for The 2015 Advisor Playbook iConference, a virtual conference launched by Forbes and RIA Database. The live, free, online, educational conference for financial advisors will take place on September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. Forbes has tapped leading investment experts including Kevin O’Leary also known as Mr. Wonderful, star of Shark Tank and Chairman of O’Shares along with Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, to reveal their insights, research and predictions for 2016. Top investment managers from around the world will present at six live sessions throughout the day.
“Forbes is dedicated to financial advisor education and has successfully produced numerous Forbes Advisor iConferences over the years. We’re excited to partner again with RIA Database for this iConference. RIA Database has a long history as a premier virtual summit producer in the industry through its creation and delivery of last year’s conference as well as the ETF Virtual Summit and Alts Virtual Summit,” said Matt Schifrin, Managing Editor for Investing at Forbes Media.
“With nearly 100 online investment events, RIA Database has become a core educational resource for advisors as well as asset managers. We value our Forbes partnership, and look forward to delivering another great event for our clients,” said Julie Cooling, Founder and CEO of RIA Database.
Educational sessions will provide continuing education credit for CFP and CIMA accredited advisors, and will cover various investment topics.
For more information on discussion topics, or to register, please visit www.riachannel.com/forbes.
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Atlanta CEOs are invited to take the pledge to support Atlanta-based startups
ATLANTA (Aug. 14, 2015) – Startup Atlanta, a community nonprofit organization focused on growing and connecting the local startup ecosystem, recently launched a new campaign to help strengthen the ties between corporate and startup leaders. The Startup Atlanta CEO Pledge is an initiative to encourage Atlanta-based CEOs and Presidents to support the local startups.
CEOs who take the pledge promise that their companies or organizations will evaluate at least one new product or service from an Atlanta-based startup in the next 90 days, and at least one of their senior executives will seek to join a board of advisors of a local startup within the next 12 months.
“The Startup Pledge is a way for business leaders at established companies to help strengthen the Atlanta startup ecosystem,” said Adam Harrell, Executive Director of Startup Atlanta. “The two biggest things a new startup needs are new customers and access to business networks that will help them grow. This pledge helps on both fronts.”
Established companies and organizations throughout the metro Atlanta region can get involved in this pledge. CEOs from a variety of local companies have already signed on – including Paul Bowers from Georgia Power, Jim Hannan from Georgia Pacific, Larry Gellerstedt from Cousins Property, Kat Cole from Focus Brands and Hala Moddelmog from the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
“Advising startups and early stage companies is not only an incredible way to philanthropically pay it forward, but has the unique possibility of creating social impact and community wealth, particularly as it relates to serving entrepreneurs from under-represented communities. Atlanta’s entrepreneurial community is starving for more decision makers, advisors and mentors that are doing it, have done it and/or investing in those that are,” said Rodney Sampson, Founder & CEO of Opportunity Hub.
Mayor Kasim Reed has also signed on to the effort to demonstrate that government can also take steps to support the ecosystem.
“As the Chief Executive of the City of Atlanta, I am proud to take this pledge to support entrepreneurship and innovation in our city,” said Mayor Reed. “I urge other executives around the region to follow suit and join us.”
Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers added, “As CEOs, we are in a position to make a valuable impact on our local community. This pledge is a way to make a real and immediate difference.”
To learn more about Startup Atlanta and how to get involved with the CEO Pledge, please visit thestartuppledge.com.
Washington, D.C. – Climate Health Summit: Creating Health Leaders on Climate Change Sept. 20-21
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is bringing together hundreds of health professionals to learn about the health threats of climate change and how to achieve the health benefits of climate solutions. Attendees will engage with expert speakers including; Johnathan Patz, MD, MPH Professor & Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Linda Rudolph, MD, MPH the director of the Center for Climate Change and Health at the Public Health Institute. Topics to include climate impacts on health, health impacts of fossil fuels as well as urban design and carbon pricing. They will learn the best communications strategies to educate legislators about the Clean Power Plan – an EPA Rule recently endorsed by the AMA. Registration still open at www.psr.org
Gala for Peace and Health at the Austrian Embassy Saturday September 19th 6:30-8:30
Keynote speakers: Sandra Steingraber, PhD and James Doyle, PhD.
The evening will include the announcement and viewing of the winners of the Nukebusters Short Film Contest. Less than 4 minutes in length, the films are designed to draw a new/younger audience to movement to abolish nuclear weapons.
The Broad Street Pump Award and a Ceremony to honor our Capstone Members, those who have been PSR members for 25 years or more will also be presented.
Austrian wine, hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. Admission is $100 per guest.
Organizations Mix Preventative Work with Recovery Assistance
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 27, 2015) – The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, and its members are mitigating the threat and destruction of wildfires across the United States through proven practices and new resources.
Some land trusts – including Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (Wenatchee, Wash.), Methow Conservancy (Winthrop, Wash.) and Okanogan Land Trust (Okanogan, Wash.) – saw properties burn this year and are helping their communities recover. Others, such as organizations in Oregon and Colorado, are taking proactive steps to curb the destructive threat that wildfires pose.
“Land trusts, working in cooperation with their neighbors and other local allies, are doing their part to mitigate the heartbreaking losses and destruction that wildfires bring,” said Shannon Meyer, the Alliance’s Western conservation manager. “These best practices inspire us all to ask what more we can do to prepare and protect our communities from natural disasters.”
Tactics the Alliance and its members are using include:
Alliance representatives and spokespeople from many of these organizations are available on request for interviews. Note that Methow Conservancy may not be immediately available to respond to media inquiries due to an active wildfire in its region.
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Nicole K. Allen White as Director of Government and External Affairs, effective immediately. In this position, Mrs. Allen White will advance the Museum’s goals for public support for its programs and build on its relationships with city, state, and federal legislators and officials, as well as community groups. She comes to the Museum from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, where she has served as Director of Policy and Community engagement since 2014. She will report to Gail Harrity, the Museum’s President and Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Harrity stated: “Nicole is a strong advocate of arts and culture in Philadelphia and we are delighted that she will bring her considerable expertise to the Museum. At the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, she led the successful campaign to restore funding for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and in that effort broadly supported the city’s arts and cultural organizations, working diligently to build awareness for the arts as engines of social, educational, and economic development in Philadelphia. We are delighted to have found in Nicole a committed professional whose passion for the arts is so ably demonstrated.”
Mrs. Allen White stated: “I am thrilled to assume the challenges of this exciting position at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is the culmination of everything I have longed to achieve in my public service. The Museum is most certainly the cultural heart of Philadelphia, and in my work at the Museum I know that I will be serving the citizens of our city in all that I do. This is deeply gratifying.”
Prior to joining the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Mrs. Allen White was a Senior Legal Services Coordinator for Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She received her bachelor of arts degree in 2008 from George Washington University, graduating magna cum laude with special honors in communication. She obtained her law degree in 2012 at Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law, graduating magna cum laude with honors in an intellectual property concentration. While in law school, Mrs. Allen White interned with the City’s Law Department and worked in the law school’s Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and received the Best Student Performance distinction. She passed the Pennsylvania Bar in 2013.
Mrs. Allen White also has experience in philanthropic work in Philadelphia. She founded the Pattison Leader Group, a young professional group focusing on engaging millennials in the political process. Additionally she serves on the Board of USA250 and chairs the young outreach arm of the organization, Gen 250 and is a member of the Young Involved Philadelphia Advocacy Committee.
Original Story Link: http://www.philamuseum.org/press/releases/2015/1063.html
No matter where you live, soils protect the natural environment around you
August 27, 2015 — In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout the year to educate the public about the importance of soil. September’s theme is “Soils Protect the Natural Environment.”
Here are some facts about soils protecting the natural environment:
As part of their celebration of IYS, SSSA developed a series of twelve 2-minute educational videos. September’s “Soils Protect the Natural Environment” video can be viewed at www.soils.org/iys/monthly-videos. Educational materials can be viewed at www.soils.org/iys by clicking on the August tab.
Follow SSSA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SSSA.soils, Twitter at SSSA Soils. SSSA also has a blog, Soils Matter, at http://soilsmatter.wordpress.com/. Additional soils information is on www.soils.org/discover-soils, for teachers at www.soils4teachers.org, and for students through 12th grade, www.soils4kids.org.
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, and founded in 1936, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members and 1,000+ certified professionals dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. The Society provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.
Access to money can make or break communities struck by disaster. Poor families lose all of their assets and savings in one fell swoop, and they need a lifeline to tide them over until they get back on their feet. However, transferring money can be difficult to set up and roll out and is a security risk for organizations responding to large numbers of affected communities.
International non-profit Oxfam in the Philippines, global electronic payments leader Visa, the largest Visa debit card issuing universal bank in the Philippines, UnionBank, and global provider of integrated payments and commerce solutions i2c, together with other private organizations, teamed up for the Electronic Prepaid Solution (EPS) Project, a simple and efficient platform that addresses the challenges in humanitarian “cash transfer programmes.”
“The program has proven that the Oxfam Visa Prepaid Card is more than just a payment tool that enables beneficiaries to purchase everyday items conveniently and securely. It also ushers many of the beneficiaries into the formal financial system, helping them develop life-enhancing financial skills. This project is a great example of how the world’s largest payments technology company and the world’s leading humanitarian organization harness our collective resources to innovate and overcome financial challenges during disasters,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Managter for the Philippines and Guam.
Through the EPS Project, a beneficiary identified by Oxfam is issued an EPS card, which is credited with a fixed amount that can be withdrawn from bank automated teller machines (ATMs) and partner remittance centers. It can also be used for over-the-counter purchases at local merchants and for purchases through a mobile store set up 20 kilometers from the city.
“The EPS Project is helping empower disaster-affected communities by allowing them to make their own financial decisions. Oxfam hopes to work with Visa to scale up the project and find more ways of delivering payment services for post-disaster recovery, including sustainable livelihood programs. This is just the beginning. After seeing the success of the project in the Philippines, Oxfam plans to replicate this in future humanitarian response programs, both here in the Philippines as well as in other countries across the globe,” said Justin Morgan, country director for the Philippines program of Oxfam.
“This project fulfills UnionBank’s purpose: to make Da Diff by elevating lives and fulfilling dreams. Leveraging on our card issuance expertise, we elevate the lives of disaster survivors by getting cash aid to them in the quickest way possible ushering their way back to normalcy. And this is only the beginning. UnionBank is committed to continuously work with our partners to improve our customer experience and increase efficiency. Together, we can look forward to bringing this same solution to as many Filipinos as possible,” said Justo Ortiz, UnionBank’s Chairman and CEO.
“The i2c technology platform enables rapid deployment of customized EPS solutions anywhere in the world, so Oxfam and Visa can react quickly to get funds into the hands of people in need in the most secure and efficient way possible,” said Scott Salmon, general manager, International, for i2c. “We are pleased to team with all of our partners to make a real difference in people’s lives, which is core to our company’s mission.”
Together with Metrobank Card, i2c, PhilPost, MLhuiller and local merchants, the EPS was tested in Tacloban City, Leyte and in the municipalities of San Sebastian, San Jorge and Catbalogan City in Western Samar, areas affected by super typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Since December 2014, 2,700 prepaid cards have been issued, with a total of USD 188,023 transferred to beneficiaries
Participating merchants said that the common items bought by beneficiaries were water, sanitation and hygiene items, food, and medicine. Beneficiaries said they saved some of the money as their “disaster emergency fund” and as investment, which dispel the myth that poor people are not ready for the banking system.
Flocerfida Babon, a Cash for Work beneficiary of Oxfam’s Typhoon Hagupit (local name: Ruby) humanitarian response in San Sebastian, West Samar, shared how the prepaid card’s speed and security made life more convenient for disaster survivors like her. “With this card, it is easy to get what you need, when you need. Most importantly, it is safer when you receive money through the card. It cannot be taken or stolen easily compared to having the hard cash on your hands.”
From its Silicon Valley headquarters, i2c provides the infrastructure that financial institutions, corporations, brands, and governments around the world need to launch and profitably manage prepaid, debit, credit, and next-generation commerce products. i2c’s global cloud-based platform supports virtually any card payment program in plastic, virtual or mobile form. Clients in 216 countries and territories use the i2c platform to deliver profitable payment solutions that meet highly differentiated customer needs. For more information visit www.i2cinc.com.
Global Green and MobileCause Partner to Recruit Climate Champions for Change One Click at a Time
Los Angeles, CA (August 26th, 2015) – Already at the forefront of providing smart climate change solutions for cities and communities across the country, the Global Green USA staff realized it was time to get on the innovative side of fundraising as well, migrating to a greener fundraising strategy via a paperless fundraising campaign with its new strategic partner MobileCause, the leading provider of cloud-based fundraising solutions for nonprofit organizations.
With one click of a button, MobileCause enables supporters to donate quickly and securely, become fundraisers themselves, and share their appreciation of Global Green’s activities to social media, text and email contacts, all from the convenience of their smartphone, tablet or personal computer.
The campaign, called Climate Champions for change, focuses on recruiting supporters not only to just donate themselves, but also to lead their own creative fundraising campaigns. This model has proven effective since like-minded people will unite around a relatable cause and generate substantial results. The message is simple. Devastation from climate change related natural disasters is threatening us all. New York City, Miami, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, and all of California, Texas and Florida are most at-risk. By becoming a Global Green Climate Champion for change and helping raise funds for critical projects, education initiatives and resources, you make your city safer and more climate resilient. Climate Champions are encouraged to text CLIMATE to 71777, sign up to become a fundraiser, and tell five friends.
The Climate Champions for change mobile initiative is launching in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, where Global Green continues to this day to make tremendous contributions in reconstructing and educating on the importance of climate change; currently scaling up resources to operate a climate disaster response team based out of its New Orleans Climate Action Center. The Global Green Disaster Response Team will assess ways to help at-risk cities prepare for and respond to the next hurricanes, floods, droughts or other natural disasters. The Climate Action and Community Center epitomizes the Ground Zero of climate change impact in the US and will function as a multi-purpose resource, educating visitors via exhibits, labs, classrooms, and a resource library on the importance of the environment and how communities can thrive in response to global climate change.
The Climate Champions for change campaign will operate in phases with the first running for 90 days beginning August 21, 2015. Each additional phase will have a unique tactical plan to be announced in the upcoming year to further our compelling agenda of educating, motivating change and recruiting even more Climate Change Champions.
NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Once a year, NYC’s top pizzerias unite under one roof to raise money for New Yorkers in need at Slice Out Hunger’s $1 Slice Night. This annual charity event sells $1 pizza slices from famous pizzerias such as Difara, Lombardi’s, Keste, John’s Pizzeria, Arturo’s and more — most of which do not offer pizza by the slice. More than fifty pizzerias are expected to donate over 1,000 pizzas for this unique event that attracts over 1,000 attendees.
The event is volunteer run and each dollar raised is matched by the generosity of Slice Out Hunger sponsors. 100% of the event’s proceeds will benefit Food Bank For New York City.
“Pizza brings people together and it’s a real dream come true to see these pizzerias join together for one night to help their community,” says Scott Wiener, founder of Slice Out Hunger. “This pizza party will be a blast! But the true mission of Slice Out Hunger is to support hunger relief initiatives by fundraising through the American pizza industry.”
Details for Slice Out Hunger 2015:
When: October 7, 2015 at 6 pm ET (ends when the pizza runs out)
Where: St. Anthony’s Church on 155 Sullivan St. (at Houston St.) – Google Map
How: Guests purchase $1 tickets at the door, each ticket is good for a slice, drink, dessert, or raffle ticket
Price: Free admission, $1 pizza slices, drinks and raffle tickets; $100 VIPizza Passport available in advance through sliceouthunger.org for pizza lovers who wish to skip the line
Give: If you can’t attend but want your donation to be matched by sponsors, visit http://bit.ly/SliceOutHungerDonation
“We’re honored to be a part of this event which has a tremendous impact on our network,” says Silvia Davi, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of Food Bank For New York City.
WNYC is a media partner of the event and Tumblr, Scott’s Pizza Tours, Joseph Campagna & Sons, Advanced Aircrew Academy, Summer Tech and Fog Creek Software are also generous supporters. It’s not too late for companies to match! Sponsorships are available until September 15.
The 212,000 Square-Foot Care Center Marks a Significant Milestone in the Together For The Children Campaign, Aiming to Raise $150 Million
MIAM, FL, Aug. 26, 2015 – Today, Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation), the fundraising arm for Miami Children’s Health System (MCHS), along with more than 100 physicians, staff, donors, community members, elected officials and volunteers celebrated the structural “topping off” of a new six-story building that will soon become a centerpiece of the health system’s flagship Nicklaus Children’s Hospital campus.
The construction of the new 212,000 square-foot Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion is one of the main priorities of the Together For The Children campaign, which aims to raise $150 million to serve patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. The new facility will make possible the relocation of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s three internationally recognized intensive care units (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) to a new state-of-the-art setting that will enhance the care environment and offer additional family-centered amenities.
“With this new facility, we will be able to impact and give hope to close to thousands of children on a yearly basis. We are overwhelmed that our community has come together in such an incredible way to make this dream a reality,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO, Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “Our goal is not only to help these children recover from illnesses, but to give them the resources they need to reach important milestones and achieve their full potential in health and in life.”
As part of the topping off ceremony, which celebrates a key construction milestone, the final steel beam, signed by members of the MCHS family, was placed on top of the structure, and Miami-Dade County District 6 Commissioner, Rebeca Sosa, issued a proclamation. A groundbreaking for the Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion was held in December 2011, which was then followed by several predecessor projects designed to make way for the new building. The structure will be the first freestanding pediatric facility of its kind in South Florida, dedicated to the care of children with complex and specialized needs. The facility is being designed with guidance from patients, families and caregivers to ensure their needs are at the center of all the enhancements.
“We are thrilled to celebrate this significant milestone in a project that promises so many benefits for the children and families we are privileged to serve,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Health System. “This state-of-the-art facility will offer an enhanced care environment, and greater comfort and privacy for those receiving care in our critical care settings.”
The Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, which is projected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016, is expected to infuse approximately $90 million into the local economy and is creating approximately 678 new jobs in construction, manufacturing and transportation.
About Miami Children’s Health Foundation
Miami Children’s Health Foundation (MCH Foundation) is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization established to support the creation of a world-class pediatric hospital so no child needs to leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care, MCH Foundation, now a part of the Miami Children’s Health System, has helped the 289-bed Nicklaus Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. Currently, MCH Foundation is dedicating all its resources to Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s, which aims to raise $150 million by 2017 and help fund priorities such as the expansion of the Emergency Department, construction of a new Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion, enhancements to its three centers of excellence, and expanding global/telehealth endeavors. Other campaign priorities include research, pediatric outreach and special programs.
About Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – part of Miami Children’s Health System – is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015-16, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.