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News Article | February 22, 2017
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What: AMA Tampa Bay’s 2nd Annual Marketer of the Year Awards As Tampa Bay’s premier, results-based marketing competition, the Marketer of the Year Awards will recognize and honor elite marketers from both brands and agencies for their excellence and successful results in 11 categories, as well as an overall winner, the Grand Marketer of the Year. An elegant evening of classical guitar, cocktails and a delicious dinner, the event will also honor a distinguished educator from the community and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be inducted into the AMA Tampa Bay Hall of Fame. 22squared/Shoe Carnival A Media Marketing BayCare Health System Bluleadz Cisco City of Largo Dr. Carolanne Kuntz Enthusem Enthusem/AVI-SPL FedEx Gabriel Patil/USF Girl Scouts of West Central FL/Mad Bear Productions Global Convergence, Inc. Grow Financial Federal Credit Union HCA/St. Petersburg General Hospital Hillsborough Community College Marketing Dept. MAS Marketing/VALID USA MMB Music-Studio 49/Odato Marketing Meridien Research Metropolitan Ministries Minor League Baseball Moffitt Cancer Center Monin Gourmet Flavorings The Moorings NARCA/The National Creditors Bar Assoc. Northwell Health/Mad Bear Productions Roger West Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning/dunn & co. Tampa Hillsborough EDC If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Jennie Jordan – Marketer of the Year Chair moy@amatampabay.org. AMA Tampa Bay is a membership organization of marketing professionals with the mission to foster an interactive community dedicated to the future of marketing and innovation. AMA provides access to marketing resources, networking opportunities, career resources and monthly events with nationally recognized speakers discussing the latest trends, developments and hot topics in marketing.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute has received a $20,000 gift from Constellation Brands to purchase a new ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis machine, a state-of-the-art device that breaks up life-threatening blood clots by combining clot-dissolving medication and ultrasonic waves. The gift was facilitated by the Pepin Family Foundation. “We greatly appreciate this gift from Constellation Brands. We are also grateful to the Pepin Family Foundation for being so instrumental in procuring this gift,” said Jan Berry, Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation. “As a not-for-profit hospital, we are sincerely appreciative when our community steps up with support to allow us to deliver the highest level of care to our patients.” “Constellation Brands is thrilled to support Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute,” said Lisa Boswell, Senior Vice President Southeast Business Unit for Constellation Brands. “It is truly an honor to join with Tom and Lauren Pepin, and the Pepin Family Foundation to positively impact heart health care in a manner that will make a difference in the lives of patients, their families and our communities for generations to come.” “Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is one of the most advanced specialty digital hospitals in the Southeast and has emerged as a leader in cardiovascular care,” said Tom Pepin, President and CEO of Pepin Distributing. “With the momentum we are generating with community leaders such as our Corona partners Constellation Brands, Pepin Heart Institute will continue to set a standard in heart health care.” Ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis is used for patients who have a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in their lungs. A catheter is inserted in a blood vessel and directed to the area of the clot. Clot-dissolving medication is delivered through the catheter, and high-frequency ultrasound waves are emitted to help break up the clot. The device, an EkoSonic® Endovascular system with Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis® Therapy, is the only device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of pulmonary embolism. “With the EKOS machine, we can break up a pulmonary embolism quicker and more efficiently,” said Vasco Marques, MD. “Patients who come in to our ER with chest pain and severe shortness of breath are usually discharged the next day with little to no complications. This is absolutely the best option available to help patients with pulmonary embolism.” About Constellation Brands Based in Victor, N.Y., Constellation Brands is a Fortune 500® company that believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit http://www.cbrands.com. About Pepin Family Foundation Pepin Family Foundation strives to engender a positive difference in the lives of our community’s children and families through education and health care. We aim to build a better tomorrow through lasting friendships with community partners who will help to serve the most at-risk populations of children and young adults, serving their educational needs at the Pepin Academies. Additionally, we are dedicated to the quest of eradication of heart disease through research, awareness and delivery of revolutionary patient-centered care at the Pepin Heart Institute. About Florida Hospital Tampa Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 527-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatrics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org. About Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, located at Florida Hospital Tampa, is a free-standing cardiovascular institute providing comprehensive cardiovascular care. Leading the way with the first accredited chest pain emergency room in Tampa Bay, the institute is among an elite few in the state of Florida chosen to perform the ground breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure and was the first in Tampa to offer the Watchman procedure to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), are exploring and conducting leading-edge research to develop breakthrough treatments long before they are available in most other hospitals. To learn more, visit http://www.FHPepinHeart.org.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Amber Hills Dental is set to open its doors on February 6, 2017. The Henderson dental practice aims to provide a comfortable and convenient dental experience for the entire family. Dr. Aimee Villamayor leads the practice as a skilled dentist who carries training and experience throughout a wide range of dental specialties. Patients can take advantage of general and restorative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Beginning from a first dental visit at six months old to getting dental implants as a senior adult, Amber Hills Dental is uniquely qualified to meet oral health needs through all stages of life. Patient comfort is deeply valued at Amber Hills Dental. They have designed their office environment to include patient amenities, such as Netflix, a beverage bar, children’s play area and video games. The entire practice is centered around taking the stress and anxiety out of dental care. This also includes easy financing options, family block appointments and same day dentistry. Amber Hills will be offering the latest and most preferred dental treatments available, ranging from Invisalign clear orthodontics to implant overdentures. Dr. Villamayor also treats children with a full menu of pediatric dental services, including stainless steel crowns and emergency dental care. “Our team shares a passion to deliver the best possible dental care to the Henderson community. I believe we’ve equipped our practice to do just that. We look forward to welcoming new patients in February,” says Dr. Villamayor of Amber Hills Dental. Dr. Aimee Villamayor received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of San Francisco (USF) and earned her dental degree at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD). She is an advocate for continuous learning and completed one year of advanced general dentistry residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Dr. Villamayor participated in extensive training in dental implants, oral surgeries and dental IV/ oral sedation. Her experience has equipped her to handle dental emergencies and treat medically complex patients. Dr. Villamayor is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and Southern Nevada Dental Association. For more information about the practice or to schedule an appointment at Amber Hills Dental, please visit amberhillsdental.com or call the Henderson office directly at (702) 830-7793.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Straightforward wireless plans that eliminate the confusion of hidden fees are now available. U.S. Cellular® has introduced new Total Plans with No Hidden Fees – no activation fees, no monthly device connection charges, no phone upgrade fees and no data overage fees. And because you can’t get more straightforward than unlimited, consumers and small businesses can now get unlimited data with U.S. Cellular for as low as $40 per line for 4 lines or just $60 per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment. “We want to be forthright with customers by knocking out hidden fees once and for all and showing wireless users exactly what they are paying for. Our new plans allow families and small businesses to customize their plans for each individual’s needs, from 2GB of data to unlimited, all with simplified pricing and discounts,” said Grant Leech, vice president of brand management at U.S. Cellular. “We also know that in order to deliver a great wireless experience, we need to have a reliable network that keeps up with the data demands of our customers, so we provide a fast 4G LTE network that works when and where our customers need it.” U.S. Cellular’s new Total Plans with No Hidden Fees include unlimited talk and text with buckets of 2GB, 6GB and unlimited data, and they include family discounts that reward customers when they add additional lines. The data is not shared, so customers can pick the right data amounts for each person on the account. There are no data overage fees, so customers can feel confident that their wireless usage charges will be the same every month. U.S. Cellular’s unlimited offering includes video streaming, hot-spot capability and free calling to Mexico and Canada. These plans are available to new and current customers, and those purchasing new devices can take advantage of the monthly payment option that best meets their needs – from 20, 24 or 30 months. U.S. Cellular’s New Total Plans with No Hidden Fees: Taxes and charges such as USF and RCRF apply. *Auto Pay/Paperless Billing required. Unlimited data plans will stream at standard definition speeds and will automatically shift to 2G when each line reaches 22GB. 2GB and 6GB data plans will stream at high definition speeds and will automatically shift to 2G when each line reaches the plans high-speed allotment. Things we want you to know: Total Plan and Retail Installment Contract for Smartphone and basic phone purchases or Customer Service Agreement with a 2-yr. initial term (subject to a pro-rated $150 early termination fee for modems and hotspot devices and a $350 early termination fee for Tablets) required. Credit approval also required. A Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee (currently $2.02) applies; this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Additional charges, taxes, terms, conditions and coverage areas may apply and vary by plan, service and phone. Offers valid at participating locations only and cannot be combined. Kansas Customers: In areas in which U.S. Cellular receives support from the Federal Universal Service Fund, all reasonable requests for service must be met. Unresolved questions concerning services availability can be directed to the Kansas Corporation Commission Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 1-800-662-0027. Limited time offer. Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. See uscellular.com or Associate for details. ©2017 U.S. Cellular King Street Wireless, L.P. is partnering with U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular's customers in most of its markets. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, King Street Wireless holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states. King Street is a recognized leader in its community through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com. U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don't and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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The Institutes are saddened to announce the passing of Lawrence “Larry” G. Brandon, former president and chief operating officer of The Institutes and as a Senior Trustee of The Institutes’ Board of Trustees, on February 20, 2017. Brandon held degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and Temple University, as well as earned The Institutes’ Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Associate in Management (AIM™) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM™) designations. Starting his career as an underwriting trainee at USF&G, Brandon was ultimately promoted to vice president. While in this role, he established a relationship with The Institutes as a grader of exams. In 1974, Brandon began working full time at The Institutes, serving as director of planning and development. He eventually ascended to president and chief operating officer, roles he assumed until his retirement in 2001. Brandon continued to support and contribute to The Institutes even after retirement, serving on The Institutes’ Board of Trustees until 2006. Throughout his career, Brandon authored several books, including Sound a Clear Call: Unveiling the Future of the Insurance Industry, Let the Trumpet Resound: The Insurance Industry in the 21st Century and Pathway to Progress: Life and Leadership in the 21st Century. He also received several honors, including the Franklin Award for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the insurance industry. In its 100th year anniversary edition of Leader’s Edge, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) named Brandon as a “game changer,” honoring him for his work in shaping the insurance business and its leaders. “Larry Brandon was indeed a game changer in the industry that we serve,” said Peter L. Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes. “I am honored to have known him not only as a mentor, but as a friend. He was an integral part of my career and greatly influenced how I approach my role in the industry today. He will be greatly missed.” A Funeral Mass for Larry Brandon will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Brandon family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Church or the Brandywine Valley SPCA. About The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group As the industry’s trusted and respected knowledge leader, The Institutes are committed to meeting the evolving professional development needs of the risk management and insurance industry. We prepare people to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities by offering innovative educational research, networking, and career resources. Our offerings include the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation program, associate designation programs, introductory and foundation programs, online courses, continuing education courses, leadership education, custom solutions and assessment tools. CPCU is a registered trademark of The Institutes. AIM and ARM are trademarks of The Institutes. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The 41 members of the University of San Francisco’s (USF) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a resolution backing the recent statements and actions by USF President Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., to protect USF students participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The resolution also includes the vigorous recommendation that the Trump administration maintain the DACA program. Below is an excerpt from the resolution: The Board of Trustees of the University of San Francisco, exercising its fiduciary duty to uphold the Catholic identity and the Jesuit mission of our university, does endorse and affirm recent statements and actions of university leadership to protect to the full extent of the law undocumented students attending USF. We have a special concern for those among our students who have voluntarily participated in President Obama’s 2012 executive order establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urge the new administration to retain and expand it. The board’s goal with this statement is to inspire members of the USF community, as well as other universities’ boards of trustees, to protect and promote the dignity of every human being, especially the most defenseless. “The board has taken this very seriously both in terms of endorsing Fr. Fitzgerald and the USF leadership team and adding our voice in support of society’s most vulnerable,” said Stephen A. Hamill, chair of the USF Board of Trustees. Fr. Fitzgerald has spoken publicly and in the media about USF’s commitment to protect undocumented students – and indeed, other members of our community whose lives and scholarship are vulnerable and at risk – to the full extent of the law. He is a signatory on recent statements from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. USF and Fr. Fitzgerald also support the letter from the American Council of Education and 46 other higher education associations to Homeland Security in hopes that the administration will amend the executive order restricting visas from a number of countries for students who wish to study in the United States. “In the name of the whole university community, I am very grateful to our board of trustees for taking this public stand,” said Fr. Fitzgerald. “This is an act of solidarity that clearly demonstrates their deep understanding of our mission and great commitment to our Jesuit values.” The members of the Board of Trustees dedicate their time, expertise, and resources to the advancement of USF. As a board, they play a fundamental role in preserving the university’s mission and ensuring that long-term planning and goals are defined and executed by the university community. Media interested in covering the board’s resolution, or to request interview time with Stephen A. Hamill or Fr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, senior director of media relations for USF, at 415.422.2699 or abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu. About USF The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, visit http://www.usfca.edu.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® for the fourth quarter of 2016, registered 3.81 on a 5-point scale (with 5 indicating high confidence and 1 indicating low confidence). This quarter’s index measurement edged lower from the previous quarter’s index reading of 3.88. This is the 52nd consecutive quarterly survey and research report and, thus, provides unique quantitative and qualitative trend data and analysis on the confidence of Silicon Valley venture capitalists in the future high-growth entrepreneurial environment. Mark Cannice, Ph.D., department chair, and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation with the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management, authors the research study each quarter. In the new report Professor Cannice writes, “Continuing concerns over political uncertainty restrained sentiment despite an outlook for rapid innovation and a more welcoming exit environment in 2017.” For example, Ajay Chopra of Trinity Ventures advised, “We are at the start of a massive innovation cycle driven by artificial intelligence (AI) that will have as broad an impact on multiple industries as mobile and cloud computing.” John Malloy of BlueRun Ventures added, “Some of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy, such as transportation and healthcare are in the early stages of what promises to be decades long transformations that will drive almost insatiable demand for innovation in AI, ML, robotics, and computer vision, and will require significant shifts in fundamental network architectures.” However, caution persisted around aspects of the entrepreneurial environment. Dag Syrrist of Vision Capital wrote, “a combination of political and international instability in the U.S. and abroad will likely cause market volatility, with great uncertainty before the new administration’s actual policies get unveiled…” Additionally, other VC respondent indicated, “…new administration creates a significantly higher risk of a major disaster (political, military, economic) that will appear as a one off event, but for which the foundation is currently being laid.” “The political uncertainty that the nation and its industries are currently experiencing would at first appear to deflate the present value of going concerns and new ventures,” wrote Cannice concluding the report. To review the complete report, please visit http://www.usfca.edu/management/svvcci


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Robert C. Merton, recipient of the 1997 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for a new method to determine the value of derivatives, will speak at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Thurs., Feb. 23. Dr. Merton’s speech, “Can Financial Innovation Change our Future?”, will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with USF Finance Professor Ludwig Chincarini. Credited for translating finance science into practice, Merton’s research focuses on finance theory, including lifecycle and retirement finance, optimal portfolio selection, capital asset pricing, pricing of derivative securities, credit risk, loan guarantees, financial innovation, the dynamics of institutional change, and improving the methods of measuring and managing macro-financial systemic risk. He is University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and was the George Fisher Baker Professor of Business Administration (1988–98) and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor (1998–2010) at Harvard Business School. After receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1970, Merton served on the finance faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management until 1988. He is currently Resident Scientist at Dimensional Holdings, Inc., where he is the creator of Managed DC, a global integrated retirement-funding solution system that addresses the deficiencies associated with traditional defined-benefit and defined-contribution pension plans. Prior to earning his PhD from MIT, Merton received a BS in engineering mathematics from Columbia University, and a MS in applied mathematics from California Institute of Technology. He has also received honorary degrees from 14 universities. He is past president of the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Merton’s talk is part of the university’s Silk Speakers Series, created by USF alumnus and investment expert Jeff Silk and his wife Naomi, to bring international thought leaders to campus for insights on business, finance, and global issues. Journalists interested in covering the Feb. 23 event at USF must register by contacting Anne-Marie Devine Tasto at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu. Only registered media will be admitted. About the University of San Francisco The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit usfca.edu.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Darden Credit Union, a division of USF Federal Credit Union, based in Orlando, Fla., recently donated $10,000 to Darden Restaurants’ ‘Darden Dimes’ program. In 1999, Darden, which owns a number of leading restaurant brands including Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse, established Darden Dimes – a program that enables team members to provide financial assistance to their co-workers experiencing emergency and catastrophic situations. The program is funded by voluntary payroll deductions that typically amount to about 45 cents per week. “The program has provided more than $16.5 million in grant assistance to more than 42,000 team members since its inception. In the past year, Darden Dimes helped more than 2,700 team members and their families with grants totaling more than $1.5 million.” “Credit unions share a founding principle of people helping people and this program aligns perfectly with that mission," said Darden Credit Union President and CEO, Richard Skaggs. “The Darden Credit Union is committed to the financial success of our members and that is why we made the donation to this worthy cause. As a member of the Darden family, we want to do our part to assist employees in a time of need.” About Darden Credit Union: Darden Credit Union, a division of USF Federal Credit Union, was established in 1968 (then Sentinel Star Employees Federal Credit Union), under the spirit of the cooperative movement. In 2015, Darden Credit Union merged with USF Federal Credit Union in Tampa, Fla. which has more than 50,000 members and over $500 million in assets. For more information about Darden Credit Union, a division of USF Federal Credit Union, contact them at (877) 906-9328 or visit their website: dardencu.com


News Article | February 15, 2017
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What: University of San Francisco (USF) will host civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, Sr. for a community conversation as part of USF’s African American History Celebration. The event includes a one-on-one interview with Rev. Jackson and Dr. Clarence B. Jones Sr., a former speechwriter, attorney, and advisor to the late Martin Luther King Jr. and Diversity Scholar at USF, followed by an audience question and answer session. -What does African American History Month means to Rev. Jackson? -How has Rev. Jackson shaped Black history? -Rev. Jackson’s relationship with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King -Presidential run…How 1984 and 1988 set up 2008 -Rev. Jackson’s take on President Obama’s impact & legacy -The 2016 Election – Trump, Clinton, Sanders -The Trump Administration -How Rev. Jackson has been leading the charge to bring diversity to Silicon Valley—from the security shack to the boardrooms of Apple, Intel, HP, etc. -What’s Next for Rev. Jesse Jackson? “There is no talent deficit, there is an opportunity deficit,” said Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “But diversity isn’t just a moral and legal imperative, it’s good for the bottom line. America will soon be a minority majority country. Those corporations and institutions that reflect and embrace this reality are more likely to thrive.” Contact: Members of the media interested in covering Rev. Jackson’s visit to USF should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto at abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu or 415.279.9137 with your name, media outlet, and contact information. Anne-Marie will be your contact for parking details and a press pass. About:     The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past 50 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality, and economic and social justice. On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Reverend Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. Reverend Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier,” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.

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