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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With an estimated 109,000 young men and women not in school or the workforce – nearly 13 percent of youth – the Dallas metro area has one of the highest rates of youth disengagement in the nation1. In response, a national coalition of more than 50 leading U.S. companies known as the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will come together on Friday, May 19, from 9 am to 4 pm at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to host the Dallas Opportunity Fair – an unprecedented, day-long hiring event aimed at Opportunity Youth – 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in school or working. The event will feature recruiters and resources from top U.S. companies including Starbucks, FedEx, JCPenney, Pizza Hut, Chipotle, Delaware North, Republic Services, Domino’s, Sprinkles, Five Guys, Target, Hilton Worldwide, Teavana, HMSHost, T-Mobile, Ulta Beauty, Macy’s, Villa, Papa John’s, Walgreens and Walmart. Together, they are offering more than 1,700 guaranteed job interviews throughout the day for local positions, as well as the opportunity to connect with more than 30 job-readiness and social services, including resume writing, interview skills, and college and financial aid applications – making this the largest and most comprehensive opportunity youth hiring fair ever hosted in Texas. Based on past events in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the coalition expects to extend hundreds of immediate, on-the-spot job offers at the May 19 event. It will also look to sustain investment in Dallas over the next few years, partnering with local organizations to create ongoing impact. “FedEx is dedicated to helping young people gain the skills and career connections necessary to find available jobs on the path to starting their careers,” said Kim Dixon, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Office. “We’re proud to be a founding member of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition of leading companies and look forward to connecting with young talent in the Dallas area.” “JCPenney is proud to be one of the founding members of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative coalition and we are in awe of the tremendous progress the cause has achieved in just under two years. We are excited for the next Opportunity & Job Fair to be hosted in our hometown of Dallas, home to a dynamic and thriving retail community,” said Marvin Ellison, chairman and CEO of JCPenney. “A job in retail can be the start of an exciting career path with a variety of opportunities for anyone who is passionate about delivering great products and exceptional customer service. We look forward to continuing our support of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative by engaging young job seekers to join the JCPenney stores team.” Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ reached its original goal of hiring and engaging 100,000 opportunity youth two years ahead of schedule. But with an estimated 4.9 million young Americans still left out of the U.S. economy2, the coalition has since expanded its commitment to a new goal of 1 million hires by 2020. Each of the companies and organizations involved share a commitment to helping youth connect with employers and develop basic job skills. The goal is to get these young men and women into the workforce and on to a long-term pathway to success. “Connecting America’s underserved youth to a pathway to employment has the potential to create an enormous ripple effect on our businesses, communities and the economy. And, we are excited to launch our next hiring fair in Dallas,” said Kevin Johnson, president and ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company. “Through a series of initiatives, including our work with the coalition, Starbucks has hired more than 40,000 Opportunity Youth. This has prompted us to expand our own goal to 100,000 hires by 2020. These young men and women are thriving in the Starbucks environment, demonstrating that opportunity youth can be an invaluable pipeline of talent for a company like ours, as we look to fill 68,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next five years.” “Since joining the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Pizza Hut has successfully filled thousands of jobs including several manager-level positions,” said Artie Starrs, President, Pizza Hut, U.S. “We are like-minded in the coalition’s mission of empowering youth to reach their full potential. We look forward to engaging with the smart, talented and ambitious youth in the city in which we work and live.” In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and around the country, youth unemployment still tops 12 percent3, disproportionately impacting young people from underserved low-income communities. The coalition will work alongside Dallas’ civic and community leaders including the City of Dallas, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, United Way of Metro Dallas, City Square and other key partners to build on existing opportunity youth hiring efforts and ensure the initiative is sustained in the long run. “Our young people are the future of Dallas, and every one of them deserves an opportunity to achieve their full potential,” said Mayor Mike Rawlings. “I’m grateful for the leaders of the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative and several Dallas-based companies and service providers that have stepped up. The May 19 Opportunity Fair will help launch a true employer-led, long-term effort to provide career and education pathways to thousands of opportunity youth in Dallas. I urge our local businesses to take part in this opportunity to strengthen our city, our local economy and the workforce of tomorrow by investing in our youth in the form of meaningful jobs and training opportunities.” “We believe it’s our collective responsibility to invest in getting these disconnected youth into the types of jobs that are required for them to lead rewarding, productive lives,” said Ashley Brundage, Senior Vice President, Community Impact, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Their future is our priority. We applaud the leaders of 100,000 Opportunities Initiative for bringing global leaders together to make a deep, lasting impact in our future. This partnership furthers our purpose of putting knowledge and opportunity at the footstep of so many eager minds. We are excited to collaborate on May 19 to empower, engage, and equip our next generation.” “We welcome the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to Dallas. The event gives corporations with a Dallas presence access to a goldmine of entry-level trainable talent,” said Laurie Bouillion Larrea, president at Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. “The benefits of youth employment are staggering. Early employment translates to higher earning in adulthood and better financial inclusion. Dallas-area companies need this talent and our Dallas youth need paid apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.” Youth Can Register for Guaranteed Job Interviews at the Dallas Opportunity Fair Interested candidates are invited to register for free and schedule an interview ahead of time for the May 19 hiring event at www.100kOpportunities.org/Dallas. Youth will also have access to more than 30 vital employment, educational and social services, including one-on-one resume and interview coaching; opportunities for civic engagement like voter registration and national service; the chance to build an online candidate profile; and more. The event will also feature informative and inspirational performances and activities throughout the day. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ now includes more than 50 companies, including: Accenture, Alaska Airlines, Chipotle, Cintas, CVS Health, Delaware North, Domino’s, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Five Guys, Food Services of America, Gene Juarez, Greyston Bakery, Hilton Worldwide, HMS Host, Hyatt, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Leisure Care, Lyft, Macy’s, Mars, Microsoft, MOD Pizza, Nordstrom, Panda Express, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Porch, Potbelly, Prudential, Red Robin, Republic Services, Savers, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Target, Teavana, T-Mobile, Toms, Ulta Beauty, Villa, Walgreens, Walmart, and Yum!. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ is led by an Executive Committee which provides generous support. It includes FedEx, HMS Host, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, The Rockefeller Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Starbucks, Yum!, and Walmart Foundation. Premier sponsorship for the event in Dallas is being provided by FedEx Office, JCPenney and the JC Penney Foundation, and Starbucks and the Starbucks Foundation. As it has in Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ will partner with national and local organizations to provide continued investment in Dallas to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth in the region, including ongoing hiring fairs and other efforts to train and employ youth. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™ has the goal of creating the nation’s largest employer-led private sector coalition committed to creating pathways to employment for young people. Companies engaged in the coalition will help to launch careers for young people that are just entering the workforce, including internships, apprenticeships and on the job training, in addition to developing potential in youth who have some work experience but are looking to gain new skills that lead to a successful career. For more information, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. For a complete list of participating companies, community service organizations, funders and participants, please visit www.100kOpportunities.org. To learn more about the coalition’s impact at past hiring events, and what to expect at the Dallas Opportunity Fair on May 19, visit our YouTube video page at http://bit.ly/2oIozpo. Media interested in attending the event in Dallas must pre-register for credentials by contacting media@100kOpportunities.org.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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The public convocation, which will feature one-on-one interviews, panel conversations, film screenings, and more, is a three-day deep dive into global and domestic health. Spotlight Health 2017 will explore four main thematic areas: caregiving, moonshots, the brain, and intersections. More about this year's program can be found at aspenideas.org/spotlighthealth. Limited passes remain; to register and purchase your pass, please visit aspenideas.org/festival/register. Over the course of Spotlight Health, a robust and diverse audience is expected in Aspen, CO, and many more will be able to join the conversation online. The Atlantic will report on Spotlight Health in a special report at TheAtlantic.com. All video and audio clips of on-stage conversations will be on aspenideas.org and TheAtlantic.com/live, and on the Aspen Institute's YouTube channel. Regular updates from the Festival in the run-up and during the event will be on Facebook.com/aspenideas and on Twitter at @AspenIdeas, @AtlanticLIVE, and with #SpotlightHealth. Additionally, discussions can be followed all year on the Aspen Ideas Festival blog. Presenting underwriters for the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight Health are America's Biopharmaceutical Companies, Care.com, Merck, Mount Sinai Health System, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation. Supporting underwriters are Brigham and Women's Hospital, City of Hope National Medical Center, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, The Commonwealth Fund, and The Rockefeller Foundation. AARP, Annenberg Foundation, Caring Across Generations, Dignity Health, Infor, RTI International, and Welltower are contributing underwriters. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org. Founded in 1857 and today one of the fastest growing media platforms in the industry, The Atlantic has throughout its history championed the power of big ideas and continues to shape global debate across print, digital, events, and video platforms. With its award-winning digital presence TheAtlantic.com and CityLab.com on cities around the world, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/100-leaders-in-health-to-speak-during-2017-aspen-ideas-festival-spotlight-health-300451581.html


News Article | April 25, 2017
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To spotlight the issue of food waste, and its massive climate and environmental impacts, organisations across LA are coming together on May 4 to host Feeding the 5000, a festival which invites thousands to join us in Pershing Square for a delicious meal made from top quality ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. Hosted by Feedback (2) as part of the Los Angeles Times 'Food Bowl' festival (3), Feeding the 5000 LA will prove that while there's no shortage of delicious food in the City of Angels, there's plenty to do to take food waste off the menu. It is estimated 40% of food across the US is wasted (4). While food - and water - is thrown away in vast quantities, Los Angeles also has the largest population of food insecure people in the United States (5). Coming a week after Earth Day 2017 celebrations, Feeding the 5000 offers Angelinos a chance to come together and discover how to take food waste off the menu across their city and help meet the national target to halve food waste by 2030 (6). Action to target food waste has already begun, with a recent Los Angeles city council commitment to sustainable waste management through Zero Waste LA (7). "Every piece of food that is never eaten represents an item on a growing environmental cheque - and with 40% of food never reaching human mouths and going to waste instead, that's adding up to a sizeable bill the planet simply cannot afford to pay. Putting an end to food waste is one of the most straightforward and single greatest step businesses and residents can take to help preserve the environment and conserve precious water. That's why Feedback is delighted to join together with partners across LA to support the city's plans to take food waste off the menu, now and in the future." With the participation of partners across LA, the support of The Rockefeller Foundation, and hosted by Feedback, an environmental non-profit organization based in London dedicated to ending food waste at every level of the food system, the event will showcase city-wide solutions to food waste, such as urban agriculture and composting, as well as hosting chefs and speakers, including Tristram Stuart, founder of  Feedback and international food waste campaigner. Feedback has previously hosted Feeding the 5000 events in cities across the US, including New York City, Denver, Portland (Maine), Washington DC and Oakland. "Wasted food is everyone's problem, which means we all have a role to play in reducing it. Events like Feeding the 5,000 and the Los Angeles Food Bowl help people understand their potential for big impact, even by making small changes in their everyday lives," said Devon Klatell, Associate Director, The Rockefeller Foundation. "We're going to need that kind of community-wide engagement for cities around the country to meet ambitious waste reduction targets like Los Angeles' Zero Waste plans." Join us downtown in Pershing Square on May 4, 11am-4pm, for the chance to celebrate the delicious solutions to food waste, LA-style. Hosted by Feedback, the meal will be prepared by L.A. Kitchen, with ingredients sourced by Food Forward and Alma Backyard Farms, and the event is produced and features partners including: LA Food Policy Council, Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Food Finders, Kiss the Ground, Waste Not Want Not Now, Hunger Action Los Angeles, So Cal 350, Fallen Fruit, Tree People,St. Francis Center, L.A. Compost, Downtown Women's Center, Don't Waste L.A., Swipe Out Hunger, Alma Backyard Farms and Council member Jose Huizar. Monday 1st May   Gleaning, 11-12.30am - Alma Backyard Farms Volunteers will head to Alma Backyard Farms, where the formerly incarcerated are empowered and reintegrated through programs in urban farming, food sharing with families in need and horticultural therapy. There they'll glean fruit and vegetables to be part of the Feeding the 5000 feast, while learning about the work of Alma. Tuesday 2nd May   Disco Chop, 3-10pm - L.A. Kitchen Join us to chop (fruit and veg) and bop (to the beat) at Feeding the 5000 LA's fun-filled Disco Chop, where volunteers join the organisers to prepare the delicious ingredients for cooking the next day while dancing to some great tunes from our in-house DJ. Meet the organisers, volunteers and chefs. Wednesday 3rd May  Food preparation - L.A. Kitchen Chef Ryan Stewart at L.A. Kitchen will lead the preparation of a delicious vegetarian pozole to feed thousands at Pershing Square the next day. For more information and schedule visit: http://www.feedingthe5000usa.org/losangeles/ To arrange interviews or for more information:


News Article | October 28, 2016
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GENEVA, 28-Oct-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The world is facing an acute misuse of talent by not acting faster to tackle gender inequality, which could put economic growth at risk and deprive economies of the opportunity to develop, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2016, which is published today. The report is an annual benchmarking exercise that measures progress towards parity between men and women in four areas: Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, Economic Opportunity and Political Empowerment. In this latest edition, the report finds that progress towards parity in the key economic pillar has slowed dramatically with the gap – which stands at 59% – now larger than at any point since 2008. Behind this decline are a number of factors. One is salary, with women around the world on average earning just over half of what men earn despite, on average, working longer hours taking paid and unpaid work into account. Another persistent challenge is stagnant labour force participation, with the global average for women standing at 54%, compared to 81% for men. The number of women in senior positions also remains stubbornly low, with only four countries in the world having equal numbers of male and female legislators, senior officials and managers, despite the fact that 95 countries now have as many – if not more – women educated at university level. Click here for a selection of infographics. In 2015, projections based on the Global Gender Gap Report data suggested that the economic gap could be closed within 118 years, or 2133. However the progress has reversed since then, having peaked in 2013. Away from economics, the education gender gap has closed 1% over the past year to over 95%, making it one of the two areas where most progress has been made to date. Health and Survival, the other pillar to have closed 96% of its gap, has deteriorated minimally. Two-thirds of the 144 countries measured in this year’s report can now claim to have fully closed their gender gap in sex ratio at birth, while more than one-third have fully closed the gap in terms of healthy life expectancy. The pillar where the gender gap looms largest, Political Empowerment, is also the one that has seen the greatest amount of progress since the World Economic Forum began measuring the gender gap in 2006. This now stands at over 23%; 1% greater than 2015 and nearly 10% higher than in 2006. However, improvements are starting from a low base: only two countries have reached parity in parliament and only four have reached parity on ministerial roles, according to the latest globally comparable data. The slow rate of progress towards gender parity, especially in the economic realm, poses a particular risk given the fact that many jobs that employ a majority of women are likely to be hit proportionately hardest by the coming age of technological disruption known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This “hollowing out” of female livelihoods could deprive economies further of women’s talents and increases the urgency for more women to enter high-growth fields such as those demanding STEM skills. “Women and men must be equal partners in managing the challenges our world faces – and in reaping the opportunities. Both voices are critical in ensuring the Fourth Industrial Revolution delivers its promise for society,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Which are the world’s most gender-equal countries? With women on average benefiting from only two-thirds of the access to health, education, economic participation and political representation that men have, a number of nations are emerging to challenge the traditional hegemony of the Nordic nations as the world’s most gender-equal societies. While the leading four nations are Iceland (1), Finland (2), Norway (3) and Sweden (4) – with Finland overtaking Norway – the next highest placed nation is Rwanda, which moves one place ahead of Ireland to 5th position. Following Ireland, the Philippines remains unchanged at 7th, narrowly ahead of Slovenia (8) and New Zealand (9), which both move up one place. With Switzerland dropping out of the top 10, 10th position is taken up by Nicaragua. Elsewhere, the United States (45) loses 17 places since last year, primarily due to a more transparent measure for the estimated earned income. Other major economies in the top 20 include Germany (13), France (17) and the United Kingdom (20). Among the BRICS grouping, the highest-placed nation remainsSouth Africa (15), which moves up two places since last year with improvements across all pillars. The Russian Federation (75) is next, followed by Brazil (79).India (87) gains 21 spots and overtakes China (99) with improvements across Economic Participation and Opportunity and Educational Attainment. Countries from Western Europe – including the three largest economies, France, Germany and the UK – occupy 11 of the top 20 positions in the Index. While some countries have clear room for improvement (Italy drops 9 places to 50; Greece drops 5 to 92), it has now closed 75% of its gender gap, more than any other region. At the current rate, it could expect to close its economic gender gap within 47 years. After Europe and North America, the region with the third narrowest gender gap isLatin America and the Caribbean. With 70% of its gap now closed, it boasts six countries to have fully filled both their education and gender gaps, more than any other region. It can also be expected at the current rate of improvement to have closed its economic gender gap within six decades. With Nicaragua the only country in the top 20, however, the performance of the largest economies – Argentina (33), Mexico (66), Chile (70) and Brazil (79) – is mixed. The region with the fourth-smallest gender gap is Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with four countries – Slovenia (8), Latvia (18), Estonia (22) and Lithuania (25) – in the top 25. Slovenia is one of the top 10 climbers in the world since 2006. Like Latin America and the Caribbean, the region has also closed 70% of its overall gender gap; however, it is not expected at today’s rate to have closed its economic gender gap for another 93 years. East Asia and the Pacific follows next, having closed 68% of its gender gap. This is a region of stark contrast, with a large distance between the most gender-equal societies such as the Philippines and New Zealand and economic heavyweights China (99), Japan (111) and Korea (116). The sluggish pace of change in these larger nations in part explains why current projections suggest the region will not close its economic gap for another 111 years. Four nations from Sub-Saharan Africa – Rwanda (5), Burundi (12), Namibia (14) and South Africa (15) make it into the top 20; more than any other region except Western Europe. The region has closed nearly 68% of its gender gap; however, data suggest that it will only take 60 years for economic parity to be achieved – far less than other more developed regions of the world. But, high labour force participation for women tends to be in low-skilled roles in the region, a factor that will need to be addressed to ensure that economic parity leads to growth and inclusion. South Asia, with 67% of its overall gap closed, is home to two of the top 10 climbers of the world since 2006: Nepal (110) and India (87). Nevertheless, progress in closing the economic gap has been negligible and it could take over 1,000 years to close the economic gender gap fully unless efforts are accelerated. The lowest placed region – having closed 60% of its overall gender gap – is theMiddle East and North Africa. With only Israel (49) in the global top 50, the next highest in the region are Qatar (119), Algeria (120), the United Arab Emirates (124). Like South Asia, progress in addressing economic inequalities has been too slow and will not be closed for a further 356 years at today’s rate. Nevertheless, it is home to some of the most improved nations since 2006 on economic participation, including Saudi Arabia (141), Bahrain (131) and Yemen (144). “These forecasts are not foregone conclusions. Instead, they reflect the current state of progress and serve as a call to action to policy-makers and other stakeholders to double down on efforts to accelerate gender equality,” said Saadia Zahidi, Head of Education, Gender and Work, and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. The Global Gender Gap Index ranks 144 countries on the gap between women and men on health, education, economic and political indicators. It aims to understand whether countries are distributing their resources and opportunities equitably between women and men, irrespective of their overall income levels. The report measures the size of the gender inequality gap in four areas: Index scores can be interpreted as the percentage of the gap that has been closed between women and men, and allow countries to compare their current performance relative to their past performance. In addition, the rankings allow for comparisons between countries. Thirteen out of the 14 variables used to create the index are from publicly available hard data indicators from international organizations such as the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Health Organization, and one comes from a perception survey conducted by the World Economic Forum. In this year’s report, a key methodological change relates to the cap on the estimated earned income (raised from $40,000 to $75,000) to align with the UNDP’s new methodology and reflecting the change in income levels since the report’s inception in 2006. System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work In addition to benchmarking gender gaps through the Global Gender Gap Reportseries and other topical studies, the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work aims to ensure that talent is developed, nurtured and deployed for maximum benefit to the economy and society by mobilizing business, governments and civil society leaders to rethink education, close skills gaps, accelerate gender parity and boost employment. The World Economic Forum would like to thank Accenture, Adecco Group, African Rainbow Minerals, Alcoa, Alghanim Industries, AlixPartners, A.T. Kearney, The Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bank of America, Barclays, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg, The Boston Consulting Group, Centene Corporation, Chobani, Egon Zehnder, EY, GEMS Education, Google, GSK, Heidrick & Struggles, Hubert Burda Media, Infosys, JLL, Johnson Controls, LinkedIn, ManpowerGroup, Mercer (MMC), Microsoft Corporation, Nestlé, NYSE, Omnicom, Ooredoo, Pearson, PwC, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Saudi Aramco, Siemens, Tata Consultancy Services, The Coca-Cola Company, The Rockefeller Foundation, Tupperware Brands Corporation, Uber, Workday, WPP and Zain for their guidance and invaluable support of the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work, inclusive of this report. More on the top ten: http://wef.ch/gggr16topten More about the Forum’s work around Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work here Follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and WeChat using davos_wef


Over 1200 attendees are expected at Solve at MIT's Opening Plenary "Does technology still create more opportunity than it destroys?" at Kresge Auditorium from 3:30-5:00PM EST. Featured speakers include MIT's President Rafael Reif, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and Ash Carter, 25th Secretary of Defense, MIT Innovation Fellow, and Director of the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School. With its new application site just launched, Solve will announce four new challenges today asking for solutions from anyone from around the world. Submissions are due by August 1, 2017, on these four challenges: "We're excited to welcome our Solvers to MIT and to announce our new challenges and partnerships. Solve at MIT is all about building partnerships to turn promising ideas into powerful, real-world change. The goal is to connect our Solvers with the resources and expertise they need to implement and scale their solutions," said Solve's Executive Director Alex Amouyel. "At MIT, we want to do good for the world. It comes straight from our mission statement, and it's the wellspring of MIT's signature culture of real-world problem solving. Yet we know that even our most brilliant technologists and scientists cannot make progress against the most serious global challenges alone. It was in that spirit that we created Solve: By joining forces with innovators and influencers from around the globe, and by focusing together on the most effective ways to bring science, technology and policy to bear on the world's great challenges, we aim to accelerate positive change," said MIT President Rafael Reif. The event program can be found here, confirmed speakers can be found here, and Solve's advisors can be found here. Media interested in attending Solve at MIT may register at http://bit.ly/2pDrLjM. For the opening plenary, media can attend by bringing press credentials to Kresge Auditorium on May 8 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm EST. For the events on May 8 and 9, media can attend by bringing press credentials to the MIT Media Lab from 7:00am to 5:30pm EST both days. All plenary sessions will be live streamed at solve.mit.edu. New Challenge Chairs Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Laurene Powell Jobs, President, Emerson Collective will co-chair the Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future challenge. Ursula Burns, Chairman, Xerox will be chairing the Women and Technology challenge. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Indo-Pacific Development prize Up to US$1 million in grant funding will be awarded to innovative Solvers selected through MIT Solve's Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future Challenge by DFAT's innovationXchange who will have impact in developing countries in the Indo-Pacific (listed here). DFAT encourages in particular applications that address the needs of women and girls, and people with a disability. Atlassian Foundation International Seeks to Further "10 in 10" Mission with US$1 Million in Partnership Grants Atlassian Foundation International aims to help prepare 10 million disadvantaged youth for the workforce of the future, within 10 years, or "10 in 10." To further this mission, the foundation is pledging up to US$1 million in grant funding through MIT Solve's Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future Challenge to selected Solvers that uncover the world's most scalable education models. "Education has been proven time and time again to be the best way to break the poverty cycle, which is why we're focusing our philanthropic efforts on helping prepare disadvantaged youth for the workforce of the future. We're teaming up with MIT's Solve initiative to find the world's best scalable education solutions that will help prepare the workforce of tomorrow. We hope other organizations will join us in uncovering the very best education initiatives," said Mark Reading, Atlassian's head of foundation. The Arts and Culture Mentorship prize curated by Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist Yo-Yo Ma will bring together a group of artists and cultural leaders to mentor as many as three Solvers whose innovative solutions use arts and culture across all Solve challenges. Forbes partnership with MIT's Solve on Sustainability and Women and Technology challenges Forbes and Solve will partner together on the sustainability and women and technology challenges, including for the upcoming flagship Forbes Under 30 Summit, details to be announced. VICE Impact The newly launched advocacy platform, VICE Impact, is releasing a short documentary on Tuesday, May 9, about the refugee education challenge titled Solvers. VICE Impact's Director of Advocacy Nick Chedli Carter will also speak at Solve at MIT on Wednesday, May 10, during a working group on the new challenge Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future. VICE Impact is the advocacy arm of VICE Media, the world's leading youth media brand. Launched in 1994, VICE now operates in over 30 countries and distributes its programming and content to viewers across mobile, digital, and linear platforms. Axios Axios's Chief Technology Correspondent Ina Fried will speak at Solve at MIT on Monday, May 8, during the opening plenary "Does technology still create more opportunity than it destroys?" Fried will also send out a special edition of Axios's daily Tech newsletter Login from Solve at MIT on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9-10, providing a recap of each day's events. Solve is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that identifies and supports lasting solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges around education, health, sustainability, and economic prosperity. Solve's mission is to crowdsolve global challenges by: Participants at Solve at MIT May 8-10 will include representatives from Founding Knowledge Partners – the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Atlassian Foundation, X (part of Alphabet), the Inter-American Development Bank. Also present will be representatives from Xerox, Novartis, HP, Dell, Biocon, Lego, PepsiCo, Bain Capital, The Rockefeller Foundation, Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation, Emerson Collective, Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, Malala Fund, Harvard University, and many others. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mits-solve-initiative-announces-partnerships-to-crowdsolve-global-challenges-with-her-majesty-queen-rania-al-abdullah-yo-yo-ma-laurene-powell-jobs-and-ursula-burns-and-up-to-2-million-of-prizes-including-from-the-atlassian-fo-300453535.html


News Article | November 16, 2016
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Intermedix Corporation and 100 Resilient Cities, or 100RC, - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation announced Wednesday a partnership that will see the company offer strategic consultancy and technology for emergency preparedness to network cities of the 100RC. Through the partnership, Intermedix will be working with a number of cities affiliated with the organization to enhance their emergency management programs with direct emergency preparedness and response consultation coupled with opportunities to pilot its crisis management technology, WebEOC. The consultancy and assessment process will help cities assess their current processes, and identify opportunities to leverage the use of technology to assess gaps in their emergency management and public health preparedness requirements and functions. The assessment goes further to help them develop a blueprint for addressing those gaps and better meeting resiliency goals. “It’s vital that cities around the world are equipped and prepared to deal with the kind of shocks and catastrophic events that are becoming more common as the century progresses,” said Joel Portice, CEO of Intermedix. “Effective preparedness today will save lives and property tomorrow.” Intermedix delivers technology-enabled services and SaaS solutions to emergency management stakeholders across health care providers, government agencies and corporations, working to enable crisis management, emergency preparedness and resilience. In the United States, the company’s WebEOC solution is the de-facto standard for emergency preparedness and response and is deployed by more than 50 federal departments and agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and more than 500 state and local emergency management agencies. “The work of the 100RC is so vital to resilience around the world, and naturally we’re thrilled to be getting on board as a platform partner,” continued Portice. “In the United States, the industry has years of history in developing processes and procedures for emergencies. However, many of the response structures that are second nature to emergency managers here in the U.S. are not yet implemented around the world.” By being selected by 100RC, Intermedix joins a prestigious group of other platform partners that have been identified for their subject matter expertise and where applicable for their industry leading solutions and services committing to assist cities around the world with resilience strategy and readiness, helping them to prepare for shocks and catastrophic events. This includes disasters such as hurricanes, fires and floods, as well as stresses such as terrorism – which are increasingly part of 21st century life. “We are eager to start supporting the cities enhancement of their own emergency preparedness plans, partner with them as they become more resilient, helping them prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” added Portice. Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities said, “As these new and complex problems and challenges arise, it’s becoming more and more important for cities to look outside of their own organizations for the expertise and solutions required to meet and overcome these challenges.” “That’s the strength of the 100RC initiative, which brings together platform partners and network cities to build a more prepared, more resilient planet,” added Berkowitz. “That’s why I’m delighted that Intermedix has agreed to lend its considerable expertise in crisis management and emergency preparedness to 100 Resilient Cities.” Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, the World Bank, MasterCard and ESRI. Network cities associated with 100RC are scattered all-around the globe and include cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, London and Sydney. About Intermedix Intermedix is a global leader pioneering innovations in data analytics and cloud-based technology to deliver best-in-class revenue cycle management, practice management and emergency management solutions. The company supports more than 500,000 emergency preparedness and response incidents around the world and enables more than 15,000 health care providers to focus on delivering excellence in patient care. For more information, please visit http://www.intermedix.com. About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: http://www.100ResilientCities.org.


News Article | February 27, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Citing a desire “to connect national thought leaders to the executives, decision-makers, and influencers we serve,” Diversified Search President and CEO Dale E. Jones today announced the debut of the firm’s new “Lunches With Leaders” speaker series, an ambitious two-year program where prominent leaders from the worlds of business, higher education, philanthropy, healthcare, publishing, politics, and others will headline invitation-only luncheons around the country to share their views and insights on the American and global marketplaces. “As a firm dedicated to finding the best and brightest talent to lead increasingly complex organizations, we are delighted to introduce this series, which will feature some of the nation’s leading thinkers sharing their views on the trends and policies affecting our lives and commerce,” Jones said. The series will kick off at Philadelphia’s august Union League on March 22, when Forbes magazine editor Randall Lane will share his insights and predictions on the business outlook for the nation over the next few years. As editor of Forbes, Lane oversees the magazine’s signature features and events, including the Forbes 400 list of the nation’s wealthiest individuals, and the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 honors. An award-winning business journalist and wine critic whose work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Lane is also the author of the critically acclaimed 2010 memoir The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane, which Businessweek called “a delicious, salacious recounting of Wall Street’s bloated decade.” The second luncheon in the series, to be held in June in New York City, will feature as its speaker Dr. Rajiv Shah, the dynamic new president of The Rockefeller Foundation. One of the nation’s largest and most prestigious philanthropies, the foundation distributes more than $200 million in grants annually. The “Lunches With Leaders” series will subsequently offer luncheons in Miami in September, and in Atlanta in December. Each will be hosted by one of Diversified Search’s national offices. Plans call for a 2018 series that will once again kick off in Philadelphia before producing events in Diversified’s national-office cities of Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. The lunches, underwritten by Diversified Search, are by invitation only. Speakers for the two remaining events in the 2017 series will be announced in the spring. The initiative is the result of a “pilot run” of the concept held last December, when at the firm’s request former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stuart E. Jones spoke to a gathering of 90 leaders of the Philadelphia business and civic communities at the Union League. His candid and topical remarks on the subject of “The Middle East: The Path Forward,” held only a few weeks after the unpredictable presidential election, offered a candid and provocative insider’s assessment of one of the world’s most vexing conflicts. “The overwhelming positive reaction we received from those who attended the Ambassador Jones luncheon proved to us that we were on to something,” said Diversified Search Chairman Judith M. von Seldeneck. “Several business executives who had not been able to attend called me to say that they’d heard that the event had been highly impactful, and that they wished they could have attended. “From our many years in the search industry we are connected to so many of the nation’s preeminent minds, from all over the corporate and nonprofit sectors, that we wanted to establish a method for bringing these great minds directly to the leadership communities we serve around the country, in an intimate and informal setting,” von Seldeneck continued. “We feel this exciting new speaker series accomplishes that goal.” About Diversified Search Headquartered in Philadelphia, Diversified Search is the largest U.S. female-owned and -founded firm in the industry. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Diversified is also the exclusive U.S partner of AltoPartners, an international alliance of 58 independent executive search firms that spans 35 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. http://www.diversifiedsearch.com/ http://www.altopartners.com

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