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Ready to Plan Your Summer Travel? Here Is What You Need to Know When Booking Your Stays

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With the unofficial start of summer now just weeks away, you might be wondering what are the new summer travel trends and destinations to take into account? And how can one plan ahead and make sure that their summer trip is stress-free? Recently, Senior Communications Lead for North America for Airbnb, Liz DeBold Fusco conducted a satellite media tour to share travel tips and talk about the Airbnb 2022 Summer Release. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Dy1egHtkpdI The Airbnb 2022 Summer Release represents the biggest change to Airbnb in a decade. It includes: Airbnb Categories - A new way to search that makes it easy to discover millions of homes you never knew existed. Split Stays - An innovative feature that provides more options for longer stays by splitting your trip between two homes. AirCover for guests - The most comprehensive protection in travel, included for free with every stay. Airbnb Categories Millions of people are now more flexible about where they live and work. But travel search has been the same for 25 years — you enter a location and dates into a search box. Most of us can only think of a few dozen cities to type into the search box, but there are Airbnbs in 100,000 towns and cities around the world. That’s why Airbnb is introducing a new way to search designed around Airbnb Categories, making it easy to discover millions of unique homes you never knew existed. When you open Airbnb, you’re presented with 56 categories that organize homes based on their style, location, or proximity to a travel activity. When you search for a destination, your search results are also organized by categories that are relevant to that destination. As you view different categories, the map intelligently zooms to show you where the homes are located. To create Airbnb Categories, Airbnb evaluates millions of homes using machine learning to analyze titles, written descriptions, photo captions, structured data from Hosts, and reviews from guests. Members of Airbnb's curation team review listings and hand-pick featured photos — so if a listing is in the Amazing Pools Category, the first photo shows a pool. Then, each category goes through a final check to help ensure consistency and photo quality. The 56 Airbnb Categories include more than 4 million unique homes that are made possible by our Hosts all around the world. Airbnb Categories organize homes by what makes them unique, which helps people discover places they wouldn't have otherwise found. This can help alleviate over-tourism by redistributing travel to new locations beyond the same popular destinations. Split Stays In the last three months, nearly half of nights booked on Airbnb were for trips of a week or more. That's why Aibnb created Split Stays, an innovative feature that splits your trip between two homes. With Split Stays, you will typically see around 40% more listings when searching for longer stays. When searching a specific destination, Split Stays automatically appear in your search results. They also appear within 14 categories — including Camping, National Parks, Skiing, and Surfing — to inspire you to stay in two destinations as part of a longer trip. For example, when browsing the National Parks Category, Split Stays might suggest a pair of homes near Zion National Park and Grand Canyon. When viewing Split Stays on a map, an animated line visually connects the two homes to show you the distance between them and the sequence of the stays. Once you select a Split Stay, you’re guided through an easy-to-use interface to book each stay, one home at a time. AirCover for Guests This summer, millions of people will travel for the first time since the start of the pandemic. That's why Airbnb created AirCover, the most comprehensive protection in travel. AirCover is always included and always free, and it represents the biggest upgrade to Airbnb customer service in a decade. With AirCover, you're covered by four protections every time you stay on Airbnb: Booking Protection Guarantee - In the unlikely event a Host needs to cancel your booking within 30 days of check-in, Airbnb will find you a similar or better home, or they’ll refund you. Check-In Guarantee - If you can’t check into your home and the Host cannot resolve the issue, Airbnb will find you a similar or better home for the length of your original stay, or they’ll refund you. Get-What-You-Booked Guarantee - If at any time during your stay you find your listing isn't as advertised — for example, the refrigerator stops working and your Host can’t easily fix it, or there are fewer bedrooms than listed — you'll have three days to report it and Airbnb will find you a similar or better home, or they’ll refund you. 24-hour Safety Line - If you ever feel unsafe, you’ll get priority access to specially-trained safety agents, day or night. AirCover has been designed directly into the Airbnb app and website, making it easy for you to contact an agent and resolve issues quickly. Airbnb created a team of specially trained agents for last-minute rebooking assistance. The platform also significantly expanded their 24-hour safety line to cover 16 languages. To find out more about the Airbnb 2022 Summer Release, go to airbnb.com. About Liz DeBold Fusco Liz DeBold Fusco is a Senior Communications Lead for North America for Airbnb. Prior to that, she was a Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker, a national public affairs firm, where she provided strategic communications guidance to organizations ranging from the NAACP and Demos to The Rockefeller Foundation and AT&T. Liz has also worked for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray as well as the New York State Attorney General. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 18, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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viBe Theater Experience Walks the Talk and Promotes from Within

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Contact Details Cheryl Overton +1 917-373-3514 cheryl@cheryloverton.com Company Website https://www.vibetheater.org

May 18, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Sartorial Pioneer Officine Paladino Aims To Transform The Tailoring Of Menswear Through Sustainability And Digital Solutions

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SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 May 2022 - Purveyor of menswear fabrics Officine Paladino is an innovative, contemporary and eco-conscious fabric merchant that aims to inspire and enhance the tailoring experience for the modern man. They do this by curating sustainable high-quality fabrics, as well as offering digital solutions that simplify tailoring for everyone. Founded in 2017, Officine Paladino believes that tailoring and the slow fashion movement can be on trend, versatile and sustainable. They curate high-quality fabrics that weave refined style with versatility and material excellence sourced from accredited mills and farms that practice responsible farming. The fabrics selected are made exclusively with all-natural fibers that minimize the long-term environmental impact. It uses its technical know-how to develop fabrics with innovative high-performance qualities for the modern man. In its latest Eco-Evolution collection, Officine Paladino was one of the first fabric merchants in the world to introduce a crease resistant wool fabric that is both stain and water repellent. According to Vishal Advani, Managing Director of Officine Paladino, "Our vision is simple: Everything Starts with the Fabric. We're all about sustainability in the textile and fashion industry by adopting slow fashion — without a thread of sacrifice to innovation and quality. In fact, our partners must have strong adherence to sustainable practices and environmental care and comply with international guidelines such as REACH." Officine Paladino's sustainable fabric collections are showcased in lookbooks that speak the modern language of menswear today. These lookbooks go beyond the traditional expectations and help consumers visualize the final garment. To make tailoring more approachable, it utilizes digital solutions such as an online Styling Tool that allows users to create a look using any Officine Paladino fabric. This can be shared with their preferred tailor. "We want to redefine tailoring by encouraging customers to think outside the box of what they usually expect from a tailor - such as a classic suit - and expand the idea of made-to-measure and made-to-order to atypical tailoring and other menswear products," said Advani. Officine Paladino has also been favored by icons in menswear including The Bespoke Dudes's Fabio Attanasio and Sartoria Dalcuore. With well-cultivated partnerships among tailors and tailoring-aficionados alike, Officine Paladino aims to showcase the possibility of fashion that stands the test of time via utilizing ethically-sourced, traceable and 100% natural fabrics as well as through digital innovations. Tailors and avid sartorialists can access Officine Paladino's digital lookbooks which offer eagle-eyed trend analysis and stylistic inspiration, while the finer discussions on suiting and sustainable fashion can be discovered on Officine Paladino's Per-Suit blog and newsletter. ABOUT Officine Paladino: Established in 2017, Officine Paladino is Singapore's finest curator of exquisite menswear fabric with innovation in mind and sustainability at heart. Sourcing their fabric from renowned mills in Italy & the UK, Officine Paladino is redefining traditional tailoring with modernity. To date, Officine Paladino is the preferred fabric for Master Tailors from Australia, Canada, Southeast Asia, USA and more. To learn more about its tailoring and distribution network, click here. #OfficinePaladino Contact Details Officine Paladino +65 6935 8186 mail@officinepaladino.com Company Website https://officinepaladino.com/contact/

May 18, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nutritional Products International Files Federal Lawsuit Against Trulife Distribution for Deceptive Trade Practices

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Nutritional Products International, Inc. (NPI), a global brand management firm specializing in the distribution of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, sports nutrition, and skin-care products, recently filed a multi-count lawsuit against defendant Trulife Distribution, Inc., alleging deceptive and unfair trade practices and other violations. The federal lawsuit seeks significant monetary damages and requests an injunction prohibiting the defendant from using NPI’s proprietary marketing information. NPI and its founder Mitch Gould have represented top nutritional brands for decades. The company offers a turnkey, one-stop solution for brands seeking distribution within the U.S. marketplace, and its proprietary methodology is well known as “The Evolution of Distribution” and highly regarded within the industry. NPI has built a strong reputation within the industry since 2007 and has marketed its success over the years with numerous case studies and testimonials that illustrate its success and bolster its marketing efforts. According to the lawsuit, Trulife Distribution, whose principal is a former employee of NPI, has taken those same case studies and testimonials and misrepresented them as being those of Trulife Distribution. The defendant’s solicitation of clients and potential clients throughout the world using NPI case studies has resulted in significant harm to NPI, according to the complaint. The lawsuit also states that the defendants created a fraudulent email address designed to sabotage and convert NPI business to Trulife Distribution. The lawsuit further states that Trulife Distribution caused confusionin the nutrition, health, and wellness industries and that NPI will suffer irreparable injury unless a permanent injunction is issued. The lawsuit cites violations of Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and seeks to enjoin Trulife Distribution from using NPI's case studies, using the fraudulent email address, and representing to any third parties that Trulife Distribution is in any way affiliated with NPI. The lawsuit also seeks damages for violations of the Lanham Act and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, including monetary damages for lost business opportunities. NPI has retained high-powered law firm, Hantman& Associates, which has successfully handled countless high-profile cases, including lawsuits involving Magic Johnson, Montel Williams, the New York Yankees, Trump Model Management, Rick Ross, Fabio, Don King, and Danny De Vito, among many others. “NPI has developed a prestigious reputation within its niche industry which must be defended and protected,” said attorney Robert Hantman. “We fully expect to prevail as Trulife Distribution has deliberately deceived the marketplace by claiming NPI’s success as its own.” In 2019 NPI sued Trulife Distribution and its president, BrianGould, for theftof trade secrets,conspiracy, and unjust enrichment. NPI also sued Trulife Distribution in 2020 for civil racketeering, conspiracy, tortious interference, and violation of Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act. Those cases were settled in 2021 and are unrelated to the current lawsuit. ”NPI has been an innovative leader in the sports nutrition, health, and wellness industries, and we will do everything in our power to protect our good name and reputation in the global marketplace,” said Mitch Gould, CEO of NPI. Gould is a third-generation retail distribution and manufacturing professional. Known as a global marketing guru, he has represented icons from the sports and entertainment worlds such as Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan, Ronnie Coleman, Roberto Clemente Jr., Chuck Liddell, and Wayne Gretzky. A copy of the lawsuit and related filings can be downloaded here and at LawsuitPressRelease.com. More information on NPI is available at nutricompany.com. Contact Details LawsuitPressRelease.com John P. David +1 888-859-6637 news@LawsuitPressRelease.com

May 18, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Guide to a Lush Lawn and Bountiful Garden

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Lawn and garden season is here, and despite the late start to spring, now is the perfect time to plant and seed for the coming months. Recently, Turf Scientist at Scotts, Phil Dwyer, and Horticulturist at Miracle-Gro, Amy Enfield, participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss their top tips for getting your lawn and garden ready this spring. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/m0X3d6p3WzU When it comes to lawn care, the key thing is not to wait too long. In most parts of the country, spring has gotten off to a chilly start, but it’s important to not squander these prep weeks. The first thing to do is ask yourself whether you want to grow new grass - whether that is a large area or simply to cover some bare spots in your lawn – or are you simply looking to prevent weeds and have a thicker, healthier lawn overall. That question will help you narrow down what products you should be looking at. There are also several combo products like Scotts Triple Action and Scotts Rapid Grass that can address multiple lawn care needs in one bag. Always remember, lawns love nutrition and need to be fed. Another tip is for people to know the type of grass they have in their yard and a general sense for the condition of the soil. Many products are unique to specific grass types, and you may benefit from a product that enhances the condition of your soil. Finally, if you are planting new grass seed, don’t forget to water daily - it’s the number one mistake homeowners make when growing new grass. As for gardening, it may seem intimidating at first, but with the right products and a little bit of planning, getting beautiful results in your garden is really very simple. In the spring, the first thing to do is walk your garden and flower beds to plot out any new plants and flowers you’d like to add. Take note of how much sunlight touches the different areas you want to plant as sun exposure will really help narrow down your plant selection. Before planting, make sure the quality of the soil is good - whether in an inground flower bed, container, or raised bed. Miracle-Gro has a line of different soils specifically designed for each of these growing environments. And once you’ve planted your garden, don’t forget to feed your plants. As plants grow, they deplete the nutrients in the soil, but Miracle-Gro’s extensive line of plant food will help replenish those nutrients and keep your plants healthy all summer long. You can find more information on scotts.com and miraclegro.com. Right now, there is also a limited time promotion running on both websites for 30% off orders over $50, so head over and check it out. About Phil Dwyer: PhD Scotts R&D Lawns Research Principal works to develop new products and ways to help educate homeowners on how to succeed at caring for their lawns. Primary focus at Scotts is on lawn nutrition, disease management, new lawn establishment, water conservation and environmental research. A Graduate from MSU in Turfgrass Management with an MS and PhD in Turfgrass Pathology. About Amy Enfield: PhD Amy has over 25 years of experience in the Lawn & Garden industry. She has a BS and MS in Horticulture from Michigan State University and PhD in Plant & Environmental Sciences from Clemson University. She is responsible for driving live goods research for direct to consumer businesses and specializes in houseplants and succulents Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

May 17, 2022 03:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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BBQ Lovers, Start Your Appetites! Everett and Jones Opening at Graton Resort & Casino

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Sonoma County’s Graton Resort & Casino announced today that it will open an Everett and Jones Barbeque restaurant in the summer of 2022. It will be the newest addition to the Everett and Jones Barbeque family of restaurants. “Everett and Jones will be a great addition to our diverse family of restaurants,” said Mario Maesano, vice president of marketing of Graton Resort & Casino, the 200-room, 65-acre resort with a full-service gaming experience. “Everett and Jones has long been recognized as one of the top barbecue restaurants in the Bay Area. We are thrilled to welcome them to Graton Resort and Casino.” Renowned for its signature homemade beef links and pork ribs, Everett and Jones started in Oakland with their first location opening at 92nd Avenue. In 1974, Everett and Jones opened a second restaurant on the corner of University and San Pablo Avenues in Berkeley, and a third opened in 1975. Popular dishes include chicken, pork ribs, beef links, beef brisket with side dishes, mac & cheese, BBQ beans, potato salad and green beans. Founder’s story Dorothy Everett started Everett and Jones in Oakland in 1973 with her eight daughters, son and son-in-law, Jones. Dorothy realized if she wanted to get authentic barbeque sauce in the Bay Area, she would need to make it herself. Dorothy and her husband, Cleveland, moved from Alabama to California in 1952 looking for a better life. When Cleveland and Dorothy separated eight years later, Dorothy took care of the children and worked part-time tending a smoke pit at Jenkin’s Bar-B-Que on the famous 7 th Street in West Oakland. She later left Jenkins and became the manager for Flint’s Barbeque. Dorothy borrowed money from her best friend Cora and Harry Mock, of Fair Deal Market to start her own barbecue restaurant, and the first location of Everett and Jones opened. Dorothy named the restaurant after the maiden names of her children. Guide to the Good Life named Everett and Jones one of the top five of the 2022 Best Barbecue Restaurants in San Francisco/Bay Area. Everett and Jones’ “Super Q Barbeque Sauce” is a staple at all three restaurants and available wherever barbecue sauces are sold. About Graton Resort & Casino Located in Sonoma County, Graton Resort & Casino has a commanding presence among the rolling hills of Northern California's wine country. Owned and operated by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Graton Resort & Casino features table games, the latest slot machines, upscale and casual dining, plus entertainment options for visitors and locals alike. For more information, please visit www.gratonresortcasino.com. ### Contact Details Landis Communications Inc. Brianne Miller +1 650-575-7727 graton@landispr.com Company Website https://www.gratonresortcasino.com/

May 17, 2022 08:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Introducing NaRaYa and its Sub-Brands: From Humble Beginnings to One of the Most Well-Known Lifestyle Brands in Asia

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NaRaYa is a leading lifestyle brand that produces handbags, accessories, clothing and skincare to customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1989 in Bangkok, Thailand, by Mr. Vassilios and his wife, Ms. Wasna Roongsaenthong who started a business trading electrical devices and mechanical gadgets, and then later added textiles and accessories. Over time, NaRaYa's renown grew due to its outstanding craftsmanship and unique designed handbags made from various types of fabrics. NaRaYa is now a fully integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of its products and sub-brands. As of 2022, NaRaYa has established four sub-brands, which include: NaRaYa Silk: Designed clothing and accessories made from silk LaLaMa: Bohemian style clothing and bags NaRaYa Tea Room: Specialty tea shop and light refreshments Darivari: Skincare products. Craftmanship, Quality and Competitive Price NaRaYa has prioritized its manufacturing process, which includes a thorough selection of the best materials for its products, in order to produce a long lasting, quality product. Because of the company's meticulous attention to detail during the production process, NaRaYa products are of excellent quality. NaRaYa has always operated with the same core values, seeking to provide only the best products while adhering to the four principles: Variety, Quality, Value and Versatility. Eco Bag The Simple Bag Travel Bag The Summer Bag Pleated Satin Bag Seamless omni-channel shopping experience both offline and online NaRaYa recognises the importance of offering a seamless shopping experience across numerous touchpoints to its customers. NaRaYa currently sells: in over 15 stores worldwide online through official website and mobile app through other shopping apps like Shopee and LINE MyShop. Supporting the local communities and pursuing a sustainable business NaRaYa’s mission is to grow under the philosophy of creating sustainable Thai products in the global market and are committed to investing in and sourcing sustainable resources to manufacture its products. NaRaYa has always supported various social causes and communities. For over 30 years, NaRaYa has given importance to the development of the well-being of the community through creating job opportunities and generating real income for locals in those communities. NaRaYa’s products are produced by skilled artisans in the provinces, and its purpose is to generate income and economic stability for people in these communities. NaRaYa also aims to present Thai products on a global stage, which creates value and strength for the sustainability of Thai people. ### About NaRaYa NaRaYa is a leading global brand with an extensive portfolio of products including handbags, accessories, clothing, and skincare that appeal to a wide range of customers. Founded in 1989, NaRaYa has grown to become one of the most well-known Thai brands, with over 15 branches worldwide. NaRaYa and its sub-brands are committed to producing high-quality products at affordable prices while also supporting a variety of social causes, local communities, and pursuing a sustainable business to reduce its impact on the environment. For more information about NaRaYa, please visit http://www.naraya.com/ Contact Details NaRaYa Sakao Praditsuwan +66 66 113 4363 sakao.pr@naraya.com Company Website https://www.naraya.com/

May 17, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Intus Care Announces Technical Assistance and Consulting Services to Support PACE Programs in Achieving Better Participant and Organizational Outcomes

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Intus Care, developer of an innovative predictive analytics platform designed for geriatric health, announced today they now offer Technical Assistance and Consulting (TAC) services. These services are aimed at helping PACE programs achieve growth, streamline operations, improve clinical outcomes, reduce unnecessary service utilization costs, and other functional strategies. Intus Care’s team of leading PACE experts will take a hands-on approach alongside PACE programs’ leadership teams and staff to execute and complete project work plans. Intus Care augments improvement projects with organizational data to assist in identifying valid issues and opportunities within a PACE program. “Everyone at Intus Care is personally invested in PACE’s mission of providing quality care to dual Medicare/Medicaid and special needs participants, and we share a vision with PACE to improve clinical outcomes through data and to grow their unique model of care across the country,” said Robbie Felton, chief executive officer, Intus Care. “We are proud to have cultivated a topnotch team comprised of PACE experts that will work hand-in-hand with our PACE partners to help them develop, optimize, and grow their programs.” PACE North in Traverse City, Michigan, has been one of the first programs to utilize Intus Care’s TAC services. Intus Care’s Chief Strategy Officer, Laura Ferrara, has worked closely with PACE North’s leadership team in preparation for their next CMS audit to facilitate new committees, manage interdisciplinary teams, and leverage data to identify the root causes of high utilization events and mitigate proactively. PACE North assisted five (5) participants who were experiencing recurrent falls to decrease falls by 81% between March and April of 2022 based on updated processes. ( See case study ). “By working with Intus Care, we’ve been able to translate data into actions in order to be more proactive when it comes to protecting at-risk participants,” said Michelle Reardon, quality assurance director, PACE North. “Intus Care’s team have provided us a practical, rather than theoretical, roadmap to success which is highly effective towards achieving better health outcomes for our participants.” Intus Care’s TAC services include (but are not limited to): CMS Audit Preparation, Mock Audit Proposals, and Remediation Quality, Compliance, and Utilization Management Program Development Operational Management and Growth The rollout of TAC services will help PACE programs across the country address organizational issues and implement strategies to incorporate the use of patient data into daily operations. Its technology is currently part of PACE plans in seven (7) states and it has recently entered a Letter of Understanding with the National Pace Association to pursue a strategic partnership. Contact us today to discuss what Intus Care can do for your PACE organization. About Intus Care Intus Care synthesizes data to improve care and reduce hospitalizations for some of the most socially vulnerable and clinically complex patients in today’s healthcare system – senior citizens. The company has created a unique data-driven predictive analytics platform designed for organizations such as PACE programs, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies. It easily integrates with existing electronic health records, claims, and financial software to automatically extract and analyze data. By highlighting participant risk and care-focused information, the Intus Care software empowers clinicians, nurses, and other care providers by informing decisions that improve outcomes. Learn more at http://www.intuscare.com/. Contact Details SVM Public Relations Jordan Bouclin and Erika Harris +1 401-490-9700 intuscare@svmpr.com Company Website https://www.intuscare.com/

May 17, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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viBe Theater Experience Names New Co-Executive Directors Beryl Briane Ford and Michelan Le’Monier

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viBe Theater Experience’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Beryl Briane Ford and Michelan Le’Monier as the organization’s new Executive Co-Directors. The organization has been under their interim leadership in this capacity since November 2021, and viBe’s Board unanimously approved their permanent appointments in March 2022. Ford and Le’Monier are well suited to lead viBe in its next chapter, having lived, institutional experience and demonstrated success in growing the organization’s operations, budget and programming. They are poised to shape, manage and inspire viBe's advancement as collaborators and in partnership with its talented staff and deeply committed Board of Directors and Junior Board. “I’m very ecstatic to be co-leading this organization with Beryl Briane! Ever since my participation in the viBeApprentices program in 2017, I knew that I wanted to contribute something to this community of artists and being in this position really brings my experiences as a participant and as a staff member full circle. As Co-Executive Director, my vision is for abundance to be a lifestyle, not a privilege for Black girls, young women, and femmes through art and wellness. viBe has grown immensely over the past few years and it’s my goal to continue to guide that growth with the support of our Board and Staff."- Michelan Le’Monier “I firmly believe that investing in the leadership of Black girls, young women, and gender expansive youth is one of many critical pathways to liberation. I am eager to build and sustain these pathways in my new role as Co-Executive Director. I came to viBe in October 2020 from The Museum of Modern Art with a desire to support viBe’s larger mission of creating safer spaces for youth to make art that’s deeply rooted in their lived experiences. It’s an honor to be amplifying their work alongside Michelan, viBe’s Staff & Board. I am thrilled to be co-leading an organization that’s responsible for nurturing the artistic & professional praxis of emerging artists, administrators, and educators. I look forward to continuing this legacy.”- Beryl Briane This shared leadership model is a living manifestation of viBe’s ethos of investing in and activating leadership opportunities for young people. So much of viBe’s work uniquely positions the organization in the larger nonprofit sector, cultivating pathways for program participants to become arts practitioners in the field, and leaders in their own right. In fact, the co-executive leadership model is not new to viBe – the organization was co-founded and led by Dana Edell and Chandra Thomas when they were both under the age of 25. Ford and Le’Monier look forward to continuing the organization’s nearly 20 year commitment to centering the voices of young Black women. Both Ford and LeMonier have tenured histories as leaders within viBe Theater Experience, having been trained and mentored by former Executive Director, Toya Lillard, as Development Associate and Operations Director respectively. “As Board Chair, I couldn’t be more proud of viBe’s growth and impact — and our new co-leaders are proof positive that our way WORKS! Inclusive and dynamic programming, an unwavering purpose, implicit trust in Black women, centering lived experiences and cultivating leaders from within is what we practice and preach.” Cheryl Overton Ford and LeMonier are committed to continuing viBe’s impact within the theater community both locally in NYC and nationally, bringing greater visibility and supporting more young people who seek to share their artistic genius with the world around them. They’re committed to deepening the organization’s advocacy work in its core areas of focus: racial equity, gender & healing justice, youth and women’s empowerment, and financial equity. Together, they will strive to ensure that viBe’s at the forefront of these issues through key partnerships with individuals, community and impact-oriented organizations, and mission-aligned corporations. With a clear vision for the present and a larger vision for viBe’s future, their appointment will preserve viBe’s historical impact while also leading the organization into a new era of growth. Their appointment demonstrates a deep commitment to centering Black women’s leadership in the arts. As an organization, viBe is dedicated to building pathways for the professional and artistic advancement of Black women. This appointment not only exemplifies this investment, it‘s also a clarion call to the larger community to consider and build up the systems and structures that will ensure the success and advancement of Black women in the arts. viBe Theater Experience produces original theater, music and media written and performed by NYC teens, young women and nonbinary youth of color about their lived experiences. For more information, visit www.vibetheater.org For downloadable high-resolution images, visit vibetheater.org/press-room Contact Details viBe Theater Experience Cheryl Overton, Board Chair +1 917-373-3514 cheryl@cheryloverton.com viBe Theater Experience viBe Marketing & Communications Team us@vibetheater.org Company Website https://www.vibetheater.org

May 17, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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