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GE and Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Partner to Accelerate Mother and Child Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa

GE’s healthymagination commitment and Miller Center’s GSBI will provide expertise, resources and growth opportunities for social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship today announced a partnership that blends Silicon Valley entrepreneurial acumen with venture impact investing to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems: maternal and child health.

The partnership objectives support key elements of ‘Good Health and Well-being’, which is #3 of the 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” set by the United Nations, and focuses on the reduction of the global maternal mortality ratio and ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years of age.The partnership will focus on a training and mentoring program for social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program enables more women to experience better health by improving the quality, access and affordability of care.

The healthymagination Mother & Child program will help social enterprises operating in sub-Saharan Africa addressing maternal and/or child health strengthen their business models, refine business plans, reinforce organizational development, manage talent and learn how to scale sustainably. The program is being offered to 15-to-20 selected participants.

“This program supports GE’s long track record in developing innovations for emerging markets while increasing positive health outcomes,” said Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures and healthymagination. “We are excited to join Miller Center to accelerate the growth of social enterprises and commercialize innovative ideas while serving as a resource for entrepreneurs working to improve access, affordability and quality of maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa.”

The healthymagination Mother & Child program utilizes Miller Center’s Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) methodology, which has been proven and refined over 12 years of helping accelerate more than 560 social enterprises worldwide. The program will begin with a three-day, in-person workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, followed by a six-month online program accompanied by weekly, in-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley-based executives. Additionally, by introducing participants to GE’s portfolio of products, organizations will gain specialized support and training on technologies and resources for the maternal and child health sector.

“We share GE’s healthymagination vision for innovating new ways to address global health challenges,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., executive director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. “The partnership between GE and Miller Center highlights the potential for social entrepreneurship to improve maternal and child health in a region of the world that has limited access to skilled health care providers.”

“This unique collaboration is an opportunity to increase the access and familiarity of GE solutions in Africa,” said Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa. “The healthymagination Mother & Child program will empower sub-Saharan African social enterprises with skills training and economic development needed to improve maternal and child health across communities.”

Social Enterprises Invited to Apply to the Program

The healthymagination Mother & Child program is aimed at social enterprises focused in the following areas:

  • Delivery of health services to mothers and children
  • Medical equipment distribution, training, use or maintenance
  • Development of products or technologies that improve knowledge and/or access to care, such as telemedicine, mobile technologies, data analysis or image interpretation or
  • Infrastructure services or facilities associated with needs from pregnancy to pediatric care

To be considered for the program, qualified leaders of for-profit, non-profit or hybrid enterprises need to apply online by May 18, 2016. The selected finalists will be announced after a formal review and interview process by a panel of judges from GE and Miller Center.

The panel will evaluate applicant social enterprises based on whether they:

  • Have operating ventures beyond the ideation stage
  • Have a validated business model with a product or service in the marketplace
  • Have a sustainable financial model that can be scaled over time

Six-Month Accelerator Program Capped by Investor Showcase

The healthymagination Mother & Child program will end where it launched, in Nairobi, with an Investor Showcase event in February 2017. The 15-to-20 program finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their enterprises and health care innovations to a large and wide-ranging group of active investors in early-stage social enterprises.

For more information on the program and application, visit

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

About GE’s healthymagination commitment

GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more people. We continuously develop and invest in innovations that deliver high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. For more information about our healthymagination commitment, visit

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital and Education and Action Research. To learn more about Miller Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs, visit

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry and theology; and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.’s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

© 2016 GSBI is a registered trademark of Santa Clara University. All rights reserved.

Washington University In St. Louis To Shine Light On ‘Impact Investing’

pePartners presents Impact Investing Symposium in conjunction with TriLinc Global Impact Fund, Ascension Investment Management, Cambridge Associates, Breckinridge Capital Advisors and Goldman Sachs

Saint Louis — Washington University’s Olin Business School will present an Impact Investing Symposium on Friday, April 1 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Charles F. Knight Center. The event is presented by TriLinc Global Impact Fund, Asenscion Investment Management, Cambridge Associates, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, Goldman Sachs, and pePartners.

The gathering of invited students, faculty, investment experts, philanthropists, and leadership from for- and nonprofit businesses and organizations is designed to bring the subjects of impact investing and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria) to a more prominent position at Washington University and the greater Saint Louis community.

The symposium will feature keynote speaker Gloria Nelund, founder and CEO of TriLinc Global Impact Fund, former CEO of the U.S. Private Wealth Management division at Deutsche Bank and President and CEO of Bank of America Capital Management, the bank’s investment management subsidiary. Nelund has been a pioneer in the development of social impact products.

In addition to Nelund’s remarks, the symposium will include a moderated panel, Q&A breakout sessions, and a networking reception.

Martin M. Myers, managing partner and founder of pePartners, will serve as the symposium’s panel mediator. “Investments in both for- and nonprofit ventures with the intention of generating measurable and effective social impact are gaining ground, “Myers said. “We encourage capital partners to support the growth of high-impact entrepreneurs whose business models not only meet the risk-return requirements of investors but also go beyond conventional financial gain.”

Other participants include Tim Coffin, senior vice president of Breckinridge Capital Advisors; Erin Harkless, senior investment director of Cambridge Associates; Jessica Cook, senior director, business development of Ascension Investment Management; Howard Husock, vice president, research & publications of Manhattan Institute; and, Natasha Rogers, senior investment banker, public sector of Goldman Sachs.

The symposium is organized by a team of Washington University M.B.A. candidates, including Sara Berhie, Markey Culver, Terra Neilson, Maria Princen (lead organizer), Julie Stratmann, and Abhishek Venkataramanan. The students’ intent is to create an event that illuminates and amplifies the importance and viability of impact investing.

“Our intent is to educate capital partners and philanthropists about the benefits of impact investing, and present some of the building blocks required to integrate impact investing into the DNA of investors’ strategic planning,” said Culver, who is also founder & director of the Rwanda-based social enterprise, The Women’s Bakery.

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Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance Co-Authors Best Practices Paper On Educating Individuals And Families About Hereditary Risk Across Cancer Types

WASHINGTON – Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA) today announced the online publication of a collaborative best practices paper entitled, “Understanding Hereditary Cancer in the Era of Multi-Gene Panel Testing.” The paper offers key insights into the changing needs of individuals and family members who might be at risk for hereditary cancer. The paper also includes discussion of how advocacy groups and health care providers can support individuals along the continuum of the potential testing journey.

“The scientific advances around the causes and treatments of cancers are progressing quickly, and we have learned that genetic risk can span a variety of cancer types,” said Calaneet Balas, executive vice president. “Working together with our peer organizations, we are helping to create common language and understanding to clarify this complex topic and support individuals navigating the world of cancer genetics.”

Fourteen patient advocacy organizations focusing on several of the cancers for which there is known genetic risk co-authored the paper. The paper includes background on cancer genetics, highlights considerations for individuals, their families and health care providers, and calls for continued collaboration among advocacy groups. The co-authoring organizations agreed on the need for a united approach in providing resources and educating cancer patients and those at risk.

To access “Understanding Hereditary Cancer in the Era of Multi-Gene Panel Testing”, please click this link:

About Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Testing

Hereditary cancer occurs when a gene that normally helps to prevent cancer is altered (or mutated). People with hereditary cancers are more likely to have relatives with the same type or a related type of cancer. In addition, they often develop cancer at an earlier than average age, and may also develop more than one cancer in their lifetime.

Hereditary cancer genetic tests analyze the DNA of genes known to be associated with certain types of cancers for changes or alterations. A single mutation may increase risk for several different cancer types while several mutations may increase risk for a single type of cancer. Some alterations are not associated with any known increased cancer risk. Individuals should discuss their cancer family history with a genetic counselor or other qualified health care professional.

Personalized Learning Experiences Built for Classrooms Finds a New Use in Matching Investors with Entrepreneurs

Software developed at UCF is making its way to entrepreneurs through entrepreneurs

METIL Lab 2 photo

(ORLANDO, Fla) — Custom learning software originally designed to deliver personalized and optimal learning experiences for K-12 classrooms and for leadership and HR training is now delivering insights for improved matchmaking between investors and entrepreneurs. David Metcalf, Ph.D. and his research team in the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) created the intelligent software, known as a Multimodal Communications Framework, to advance human performance and well-being. This cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution is a result of collaborating on R&D projects with other institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

“The framework facilitates a learning and technology mash-up theory approach: personalized teaching practices within custom communication formats (video, text, image, etc.) to provide the right information at the right time in the right format, giving users an optimal experience, “ explains Dr. Metcalf.

An Orlando-based technology investment firm founded by a group of serial entrepreneurs, Merging Traffic, has licensed the software from UCF to streamline the process of investing in startups for both sides of the table – entrepreneurs and accredited investors.

Merging Traffic managing director Max Hooper, Ph.D. says, “In today’s on-demand economy, where consumer desire is fulfilled by immediacy and convenience, it’s critical to work ahead of the speed of business without compromising the regulatory compliance and due diligence required in raising or investing capital.”

Merging Traffic also plans on integrating the custom learning framework to provide investors with company and industry insights driven by robust analytics and intuitive performance evaluations, into its funding portal. “Today’s research becomes tomorrow’s industry. We are focused on cultivating and advancing this entrepreneurial spirit through expertise and continuous innovation,” says Dr. Hooper.

Although this is the first technology Merging Traffic has licensed from UCF, it will likely not be the last. Merging Traffic is already planning its next project with the METIL team to develop additional software solutions that offer startup companies personalized, entrepreneurial-focused education, to support the small business movement with scale and sustainability.

Dante’s Boys Foundation Announces 2016 Dante Benedetti Baseball Classic

11th Annual Event at AT&T Park Helps Preserve Dante Benedetti’s Legacy and Support the Next Generation of Dante’s Boys through Baseball

SAN FRANCISCO – March 22, 2016 – The Dante’s Boys Foundation (DBF), an organization dedicated to helping San Francisco Bay Area youth through the pursuit of sports, today announced that the 2016 Dante Benedetti Baseball Classic will be held at San Francisco’s AT&T Park on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.

Working in partnership with the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco baseball community, DBF provides meaningful financial support to organizations that facilitate active participation in athletics for more than 15,000 underserved youth in the Bay Area, funding the maintenance of fields and providing equipment and uniforms to ensure that all youth have a level playing field in the sport. The foundation was founded in honor of the longtime University of San Francisco Dons’ baseball coach and San Francisco restaurateur Dante Benedetti.

The first game of the doubleheader will feature the Bruce-Mahoney Trophy game at 2:30 p.m. between St. Ignatius College Preparatory and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in the oldest high school athletic rivalry west of the Mississippi River. The University of San Francisco Dons and the University of the Pacific Tigers are featured in the second game of the Classic at 5 p.m.

The annual baseball classic is the foundation’s main fundraising event. General admission is $15 at AT&T Park the day of the game; tickets can also be purchased in advance online for $10 at the event’s Eventbrite page. Attendees who would like to participate in the Dante Benedetti Classic Glove Drive and bring a new or gently used baseball mitt or make a $20 donation to the Junior Giants will gain free admittance to the event.

For nearly 40 years, Dante Benedetti was San Francisco’s own “Mr. Baseball” to thousands of boys and young men. His kindness, generosity and occasional firm hand guided many a young boy away from trouble and back onto the road to becoming a responsible adult. His legacy is seen today throughout the San Francisco community as “Dante’s boys” have become policemen, doctors, coaches, teachers and businessmen.

Before beginning a 30-year career as a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur and executive, DBF co-founder and board member Tom Lounibos played in the infield for the University of San Francisco Dons and was selected in the 1978 Major League Baseball draft by the Minnesota Twins – thanks to the coaching of Dante Benedetti. Lounibos never forgot about Benedetti and together withco-founder Kevin Cronin and others started the non-profit organization to support the development of the next generation of Dante’s boys through the game of baseball.

“Even though I’ve left the ball park for the corporate business park, my love of baseball remains as strong as ever,” said Lounibos. “Dante Benedetti was much more than just a baseball coach; he was a mentor to me and to many others and gave us the life lessons and confidence to succeed on and off the field. Through the foundation and events like the annual baseball classic, we’re working to continue this incredible legacy.”

“Dante Benedetti taught us valuable life lessons through the game of baseball,” said Cronin. “He provided equipment and sponsored teams for hundreds of kids that otherwise could not afford to play baseball. Our glove drive at the Dante Benedetti Classic is our way of honoring Dante’s legacy and paying forward those lessons to the San Francisco community.”

The 2016 Dante Benedetti Baseball Classic is sponsored by Blueback Global, David Powell Financial Services and SOASTA.

About Dante’s Boys Foundation

The mission of the Dante’s Boys Foundation is to facilitate active participation in sports for underserved youth. The organization works to preserve the legacy that Dante Benedetti left the San Francisco community by supporting the development of the next generation of Dante’s boys through the game of baseball. Dante’s Boys Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. For more information, please visit

Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton Gives Life to Final Dream

Santa Barbara, Calif. — While on the campaign trail this week in California, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with 45-year-old John Pecoraro from Scotts Valley, Calif. Pecoraro, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 and Lyme disease in 2015, asked Dream Foundation to help him meet Secretary Clinton to share his story and hope for a cure. Dream Foundation is the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults.

“I want to meet the potential future President of the United States,” Pecoraro told Dream Foundation.

Pecoraro’s Dream came true when he and Clinton had the opportunity to meet about raising awareness for ALS and Lyme disease. Pecorarois determined to spend the rest of his life raising awareness, helping others with ALS and Lyme disease, and sharing his story with those who can be influential in the fight against these debilitating diseases.


“We are grateful to Secretary Clinton for helping give life to John’s final Dream,” said Dream Foundation Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyerwho was also in attendance at the meeting. “At Dream Foundation we are passionate about helping people make the most of the days they have left, and hope John’s Dream provided him inspiration and closure.”

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, closure and comfort at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to nearly 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades, and has never turned down a qualified request. For more information, please visit

NobleHour Awards $1,000,000 In Community Grants To Foster Volunteerism

PORTLAND, OR (March 22, 2016) – To nurture acts of good and inspire greater community-mindedness and participation, NobleHour – a leading community engagement platform – has awarded more than 100 grants totaling $1,000,000 to educational institutions and non-profit organizations across the country.

The ‘NobleCause’ grant competition, launched last fall, invited high schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and non-profits to identify and address a local challenge. From a pool of several hundred applicants across the nation, 100 organizations were awarded $6,500 grants, while seven exemplary organizations were recognized at the $50,000 level. All grant recipients demonstrated a remarkable ability to raise community awareness, foster partnerships, and cultivate leaders who take action.

“Funding concerns are among the leading setbacks for organizations working toward social responsibility and cultivating sustained volunteerism,” said Wesley Barnett, managing partner for NobleHour and parent company TreeTop Commons. “The projects we saw told us that there are countless ideas out there to bring lasting change and improvements to communities nationwide, and we’re excited to help schools and non-profits continue to pay it forward.”

Among the funded projects are a student-led community kitchen in the north end of Niagara Falls, New York, that endeavors to provides healthy food at a low purchase cost, and a ‘Homework Diner’ – a family-friendly tutoring program paired with a hot meal – in Asheville, North Carolina. Another project pledges to help Nevada state residents navigate affordable healthcare via educational programming on Medicare choices and benefits.

For a full list of funded projects, visit

‘NobleCause’ was made possible by a GiveWell Community Foundation donor and organized by, a leading volunteer management tool that, for the past decade, has been connecting and equipping thousands of schools, non-profit agencies, and organizations to chart meaningful, measurable acts of goodness. To date, more than four million volunteer hours have been logged via NobleHour, totaling an economic impact of more than $110,000,000.

For more information on the NobleCause grant competition, visit To learn more about NobleHour’s online community engagement platforms and assess your ‘Noble Impact,’ visit


Since 2007, NobleHour has proven to be the volunteer management solution for organizations across the nation. With its robust online platform, NobleHour enhances community engagement with a variety of innovative and transformative tools for finding, tracking, and measuring volunteer, service-learning, and community service initiatives.

With offices in Lakeland, FL, and Portland, OR, the NobleHour team is dedicated to empowering good in communities across the country.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Los Angeles to Honor Terence Carter of FOX, Actor Wilmer Valderrama, and SHARE Inc. at Third Annual “Dreamer Dinner”

Actress and Comedian Melissa Peterman Will Emcee the Event

Jussie Smollett (EMPIRE) to Present

Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, March 20, the third annual “Dreamer Dinner” will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center to benefit “I Have a Dream” Foundation Los Angeles’ (IHADLA) ongoing efforts to provide educational support for local at-risk youth.

This year’s dinner will recognize the extraordinary contributions of Terence Carter (Executive Vice President Development & Programming at Fox), Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), and the Board of Directors of SHARE, Inc.

Melissa Peterman (“Baby Daddy,” “Reba”) will emcee the event.

IHADLA chooses entire classes of students (known as “Dreamers”) and supports them from early elementary school all the way through college – with financial support, afterschool tutoring, college preparation, field trips, and mental and social encouragement. Since 1987, IHADLA has worked directly with more than 1,000 students through 19 class sponsorships benefitting over 7,000 others including families, communities, and schools. IHADLA’s most recent sponsorship is a class of third graders in Boyle Heights. IHADLA is also currently sponsoring students at schools in Watts and Inglewood.

The philanthropic endeavors of Terence Carter and Wilmer Valderrama, along with the programming Terence has championed at FOX and Wilmer’s charitable commitments, make them outstanding honorees. SHARE, Inc. is an outstanding nonprofit philanthropic organization that raises funds for at-risk youth and children with disabilities. The vision of its Board of Directors has made a positive difference in the lives of Los Angeles youth.

WHAT: Third Annual “Dreamer Dinner;” Proceeds to benefit IHADLA’s programs in Watts, Boyle Heights, and Inglewood. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by IHADLA.

WHEN: Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Reception will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 pm during which photo opportunities and interviews with honorees and IHADLA leadership will be available.

WHERE: The Skirball Cultural Center

NOTABLE ATTENDEES: Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Terence Carter (Executive Vice President Development & Programming at Fox), Melissa Peterman (“Baby Daddy,” “Reba”), Jussie Smollett (EMPIRE), LL Cool J (NCIS: LOS ANGELES), Morris Chestnut (Nurse Jackie, Rosewood), Jason Collins (Former NBA superstar), Lee Daniels (The Butler), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Rick Fox (Boston Celtics), Aimee Garcia (Rush Hour), Justin Hires (Rush Hour), Scott Neustadter (The Fault in Our Stars), Jaina Lee-Ortiz (Rosewood), Peter Porte (Baby Daddy), John Salley (Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons) and the SHARE, Inc. Board of Directors.

RSVP: Email Sacha Evans at

“IHADLA has just sponsored a new class of third graders in Boyle Heights; 40 of these ‘Dreamers’ will be at the event,” said Debra Fine, CEO of IHADLA. “This year’s benefit includes a live auction, where attendees can support the greatest needs on the spot at the event, like clothes, healthy snacks, books, or field trips. Contributions will also go a long way to support a new college assistance program, which includes an important mental health component.”

IHADLA’s mission is more urgent than ever as data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that just nine percent of students from low-income families receive a Bachelor’s degree and data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that more than half of public school students are from low-income families.

IHADLA’s Dreamers have a graduation rate of above 80 percent. Eighty-six percent of IHADLA’s 2013 class graduated; of those graduates, 96 percent are enrolled in college or post-secondary education.

“The support of the IHADLA was essential in giving me hope for a better future,” said Britney Callins, Dreamer class of 2011. “When I was young, I went through a lot. I didn’t value education, I couldn’t picture my future, and none of it really mattered to me. It was then that IHADLA came to my rescue. Ms. Alvarado [IHADLA Program Coordinator] paid me a visit and explained the life I could have and how I was ruining it for myself. Her support gave me the kick I needed, and I resumed the fight. Now I’m finishing my B.A. at Cal State San Bernardino, and my ultimate goal is to earn a Ph.D in Psychology.”

IHADLA was recently featured in a CBS Cares Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign during the 2015 holiday season with ads by Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”) and LL Cool J (“NCIS: Los Angeles”). The PSA campaign was part of a CBS Cares partnership with the national “I Have A Dream” Foundation, which also included a spot during the 2015 Super Bowl.

***To RSVP: email Sacha Evans at


Terence Carter

Terence Carter is Executive Vice President, Drama Development and Programming for Fox Broadcasting Company. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all of the network’s one-hour scripted programming initiatives.
Prior to his promotion to Executive Vice President in 2014, Carter served as Senior Vice President, Drama Development for the network. While at FOX he has been responsible for developing and overseeing EMPIRE — the #1 broadcast network drama — as well as many other acclaimed shows like GOTHAM, ROSEWOOD, SCREAM QUEENS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, BONES, LUCIFER, “Glee,” and “The Following,” as well as the upcoming HOUDINI & DOYLE, and SHOTS FIRED.

In 2011, Carter received the honor of being profiled in Variety’s “New Leaders” edition. In 2009, he was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation: Top 35 Executives Under 35.”

Carter graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and a focus in Film and Media.

Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama most recently starred in the FOX/Amblin Entertainment series MINORITY REPORT, a sequel to the 2002 Steven Spielberg-directed movie. Valderrama also recently starred in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, Robert Rodriguez & Quentin Tarantino’s first original television series, as ‘Carlos Madrigal,’ the series’ main villain.

Up next, Valderrama will voice ‘Prince Charming’ in the John H. Williams animated film CHARMING, opposite, Ashley Tisdale, Avril Lavigne and Demi Lovato. Most recently, Valderrama starred in the indie dramas THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE, from director Julius Onah and Executive Producer Spike Lee; TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN from French director Manu Boyer and THE ADDERAL DIARIES, opposite Amber Heard and James Franco, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. His other film credits include, LARRY CROWNE, FROM PRADA TO NADA and FAST FOOD NATION.

As for his philanthropic efforts, Valderrama has directed several PSAs for multiple organizations such as Voto Latino, where he stands as co-chair, and the Environmental Media Association, where he is an Executive Board member. Valderrama is the spokesperson for CHCI, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and is the founder of their Ready 2 Lead program, which educates and empowers the Latino youth. He is also working with President Obama’s Organizing for Action campaign on future efforts involving immigration reform and education.


In 1953 seven women met for lunch. These women had an agenda and a mission: they had decided to passionately commit to raise money and help organize programs to improve the lives of children with special needs. It is now 63 years and a hard earned $52 million later, and there are now 80 SHARE ladies dedicated to carrying on that early mission. This team of women (still including some of the Founding Members) is as emotionally and financially committed as ever to helping children who are at risk or abused, as well as supporting treatment, research, prevention, vocational training and independent living skills programs for kids facing the broad spectrum of developmental disabilities.

Over the years, SHARE has provided critical support to many of the programs and facilities so vital to children with special needs. SHARE provided the first money for the now industry-leading Exceptional Children’s Foundation, and early money for Stuart House at The Rape Treatment Center. In later years, SHARE has provided critical support for research into developmental disabilities through the SHARE Child Disability Center at Cedars-Sinai, as well as vital funding for Ahead With Horses, The Sophia T. Salvin Center, Team Prime Time, Children of the Night, Baby2Baby, and The Art of Elysium and many others.

SHARE Board of Directors: September Sarno, Ellen Feder, Christine Wallace, Lynn Beyer, Samantha Faulkner, Joan Rush


Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Melissa Peterman first made a name for herself when she was cast in the local production of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.” She went on to perform in over 600 shows and became a staple on the comedy and improv scene.

Currently starring as Bonnie Wheeler in ABC Family’s hit comedy series “Baby Daddy,” Melissa is best known for her starring role as Barbara Jean on the hit series “Reba.” She also starred in “Working Class,” “Retired at 35,” “Surviving Suburbia,” “Rita Rocks,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Cedric,” “Living in Abandon,” “The Pitts” and “American Dad.” Her first televised comedy special, “Melissa Peterman: Am I the Only One?,” aired on CMT and she also starred in “Dusty Peacock,” the online series for Melissa has hosted several competition shows, including the fourth season of CMT’s “The Singing Bee,” ABC Family’s reality comedy clip show “Dancing Fools,” and will host another season of ABC’s primetime game show “Bet on Your Baby.”

Peterman is committed to many charities, including Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, Habitat for Humanity, The Red Cross and the non-profit Buzzworks Theatre Company.

Sofitel New York’s Boulangerie to Benefit the Bowery Mission on National French Bread Day, March 21

NEW YORK – March 18, 2016 – On Monday, March 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.National French Bread DaySofitel New York will reprise its popular $1 boulangerie to benefit The Bowery Mission. The private dining room of the hotel’s signature restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française, will be opened to the public and transformed into a shop brimming with 15 different kinds of French bread and delectable pastries, priced at just $1 apiece. Proceeds will assist The Bowery Mission in providing meals, shelter, clothing and more to thousands of New Yorkers.

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The holiday will be celebrated during lunch and dinner in Gaby as well, with a trilogy of breads served with tapenade. Hotel guests will receive a cheddar truffle pretzel upon check-in and a croissant at check-out.

For hotel reservations or more information, call 212-354-8844 or visit

About Sofitel New York

Sofitel New York, part of AccorHotels group, is a stylish Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent in its contemporary décor, sophisticated artwork, brasserie cuisine and cosmopolitan service. It features 398 guest rooms, including 52 suites; function space that serves small to mid-sized events; and an outstanding brasserie, Gaby Restaurant, whose French executive chef has won the Food Network show Chopped among other accolades. Sofitel New York is ideally located at 45 West 44th Street, affording easy access to Fifth Avenue and the Times Square theater district. For reservations, call 800-SOFITEL (763-4835) or visit

Sofitel, AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand, blends local culture and French art de vivre to create magnificent moments for international travelers seeking a uniquely elegant experience.

Guests staying at one of Sofitel’s 121 addresses will enjoy design, culture, gastronomy and wellness. All over the world, Sofitel promises travelers looking for contemporary accommodation, a skillful blend of local culture and French art de vivre. Each address is distinctive, with its own “cousu-main” service, stylish interior, and inspired and creative gastronomy. The brand’s hotels are

located in large cities like Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Bangkok, Singapore and Shanghai, or set against wonderful landscapes in destinations like Morocco, Egypt, Thailand and even French Polynesia.

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, is present in 92 countries with 3,900 hotels and 180,000 employees. |

About The Bowery Mission

The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. This year, The Bowery Mission provided more than 406,000 meals to men, women and children, 91,000 nights of shelter and 44,000 articles of clothing, as well as showers, haircuts, and expert medical and optometric care. Each meal and every night of shelter is an invitation to residential recovery programs, where men and women get a second chance and lives are transformed from hopelessness to hope. Last year, the Mission’s residential programs served nearly 300 men and women who are regaining sobriety, reconnecting with family and faith, pursuing educational goals, and preparing for work and independent living. To ensure that at-risk children have a positive first chance at life, The Bowery Mission’s city camp and summer camp serves nearly 1,200 at-risk children from poor city neighborhoods.

Announcing Facing Race Keynote Speakers: Roxane Gay And Jose Antonio Vargas

Early Bird Registrations and Group Discounts Available for a Limited Time

March 17, 2016 (New York, NY) — Race Forward: The Center For Racial Justice Innovation is pleased to announce its keynote speakers for this year’s Facing Race will be Roxane Gay and Jose Antonio Vargas. Facing Race: A National Conference is presented by Race Forward and will be held in Atlanta, GA November 10-12, 2016. Early bird registrations and group discounts are available for a limited time. For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit

This is the first Facing Race conference to feature two keynote presentations, an exciting opportunity to highlight even more of the culture and politics of the racial justice movement. Roxane Gay — writer, professor, editor, commentator, and author of “Bad Feminist” — will serve as keynote speaker on Friday, November 11th. Jose Antonio Vargas — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American — will serve as keynote speaker on Saturday, November 12th.

Held two days after the national presidential election, Facing Race will present one of the first post-election opportunities to strategize and organize around issues key to communities of color. Early bird registrations are available on a first come, first served basis and provide a 15% discount off conference admission with code EarlybirdFR16; the discount is automatically applied by clicking here to register, or through the Facing Race site. A limited number of group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more that may offer deeper discounts than registering individually with Early Bird. Please contact for pricing.

Since Facing Race was created in 2004, Race Forward has located the national conference in cities around the country, working together with local racial justice leaders to lift up regional history and current challenges faced by communities of color. Presenting Facing Race 2016 in Atlanta, a historic epicenter for racial justice work regionally and nationally, will highlight the powerful legacy of organizing and justice-oriented work of Atlanta and the South, which has activated change on a national level for decades. The Facing Race conference will offer unprecedented access to information and resources on racial equity, exchanging best practices, innovative models and successful policy and organizing initiatives.

For more information or to register for Facing Race, visit, or follow on Facebook and Twitter with #FacingRace16. For press passes to the conference, please contact

ABOUT: Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.

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