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Intellia, the financial analyst cloud unlocking emerging market talent globally, launches AI-powered vetting and project delivery platform


Helping agile companies find the best strategy and finance consultants around the world to explore growth opportunities and unblock hurdles, the world’s first managed talent marketplace for finance and strategy analysts, Intellia is today launching an AI-powered vetting and project delivery platform for finance, strategy and public policy powered by talent from frontier markets. Intellia offers on-demand, remote analysts that can be deployed within 24 hours, saving companies 80% on recruiting and advisory budget through its proprietary AI-driven analyst vetting, training and quality control platform. Businesses can hire remote analysts, teams or explore deeper consulting services. Launched in 2020, Intellia has already established operations globally, sourcing thousands of analysts from countries as diverse as Colombia, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. Having a presence in different continents allows customers to engage analysts 24 hours a day. Only the top 1% of these analysts are engaged to work with clients. Intellia analysts have gone on to be hired by leading corporates and advisory firms globally. Intellia boasts a 95% client retention rate volunteering to refund its fee pending client satisfaction. Intellia is now set to launch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Lagos, Nigeria next month. Intellia founder and CEO, Saad Raja commented: “Currently, consulting firms take weeks to negotiate exorbitantly high fixed project fees with limited flexibility for businesses. On the other hand, freelancer portals provide relatively low quality, unsupervised services not fit for corporates and the public sector. Intellia is addressing this gap by engaging remote talent from emerging markets which can now participate in higher value roles in finance, strategy and public policy. By sourcing and training analysts from these markets, Intellia is on a mission to transform these countries into knowledge economies.” Intellia has over 150 vetted analysts that are already advising multinational companies with their product launches, analysing new investments for sovereign funds and private equity firms, supporting expansion projects for Michelin star restaurants in Europe, and advising African and Middle Eastern governments on increasing foreign trade inflows. Additionally, over half of Intellia’s analyst workforce is female. Other use cases include value creation plans and portfolio monitoring; investment due diligence and memorandums; economic development policies; pricing strategies; trade, economic policies and strategies; merger and acquisition screening; deal pipeline development; financial modelling; and valuation and analysis. Last year Intellia raised $1.5m from Fatima Gobi Ventures and high-profile technology and finance leaders including global CFOs and former Managing Partners of tier one consulting firms. Saad Raja added: “Intellia is bridging the gap between finance education and what the industry demands. Our platform vets and trains analysts on exactly what clients need”. About Intellia Intellia is the world’s first managed talent marketplace for finance and strategy. Its AI-driven analyst vetting, project delivery and quality control platform helps customers engage analysts within 24 hours and save up to 80% cost. For more information please visit Contact Details intellia Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 Company Website

April 18, 2023 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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As He Pretends Anheuser-Busch is an American Company, CEO Brendan Whitworth Fails Leadership Test

National Legal & Policy Center

Anheuser-Busch has finally addressed the controversy that has embroiled the company since April 1 when it centered a Bud Light promotion around transgender “influencer” Dylan Mulvaney. Only problem is, Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth released a statement Friday addressing the issue by not addressing it, accomplishing nothing but to underscore his own helplessness and guaranteeing that the conflagration will continue. Whitworth’s statement asserted that “we never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people.” But nowhere could he even say what the “discussion” is about, as if the topic was too hot to even mention. He doesn’t say it was a mistake for a beer company to promote transgenderism, nor does he defend the ad campaign. It is as if he had to say something if only to quiet his coterie of underlings and PR consultants who were no doubt urging him to say something. He took the faintest stab possible to assuage consumers who might most object to the promotion by saluting “military, first responders, sports fans and hard-working Americans everywhere.” But he could not state the obvious about why all these great people might object to Dylan Mulvaney, namely that men cannot become women, and that it is a folly for anyone, much less a beer company, to advance this lie. Unfortunate for Whitworth, he is handcuffed by the company’s long association with activists who would turn on him as quickly and eagerly as they have accepted his company’s support and money over the years. Anheuser-Busch gets a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign so-called Corporate Equality Index, and the company promotes gender ideology in its internal training programs. Whitworth fails the leadership test. It’s easy to lay claim to effective institutional management when all the choices are good. Real leadership becomes evident, however, when the choices are bad. But maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on poor Whitworth because his authority as CEO is not what is seems. Whitworth, whose actual title is “CEO North American Zone,” proudly reports that Anheuser-Busch was “founded in America’s heartland more than 165 years ago,” but he does not mention that the company was sold to the multinational InBev in 2008. The company is now known as Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA/NV, and is incorporated and headquartered in Belgium. In addition, CEO Michael Doukeris is a Brazilian citizen. According the company’s website, nine of its 12 directors are appointed by something called “Stichting Anheuser-Busch InBev,” which it describes as “a foundation organised under the laws of the Netherlands, which represents an important part of the interests of the Belgian founding families of the Company and the interests of the Brazilian families previously shareholders of AmBev.” So, Whitworth’s real bosses are a group of ultrarich Europeans and South Americans, who will ultimately act in what they perceive to be their own interests, not those of American beer drinkers. These plutocrats attempt to keep the attention off their wealth by buying off the activists who might challenge it. That is why the company panders to, and bankrolls, a host of woke causes worldwide. Like Unilever, another Europe-based multinational whose American subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s plunged it into controversy (when it ended ice cream sales in the disputed territories of Israel), Anheuser-Busch InBev abets social and political causes that undermine the cultural values and economic interests of the consumers they purport to serve. National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) sponsors the Corporate Integrity Project. When Anheuser-Busch was still an independent company, NLPC filed a series of shareholder proposals seeking disclosure of its financial support for political and social activist groups. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

April 17, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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5 Best Crypto Bull Run Coins to Invest in April 2023

Finance News

The cryptocurrency market is showing strength as prices continue to surge, with many experts believing that the market is primed for its next bull market. As the global economic situation improves, several crypto projects with strong fundamentals and exciting use cases are ready to show explosive price growth. This article analyses the growth prospects of several exciting projects and reveals the 5 best cryptocurrencies to invest in this month. The Top 5 Cryptocurrencies To Buy Right Now in April 2023 Improving macroeconomic outlook in April 2023 will result in a strong price movement for the crypto market. Here are the 5 best coins to buy for the next bull run: Love Hate Inu (LHINU): Exciting new vote-to-earn meme coin with excellent potential. DeeLance (DLANCE): Brand new platform set to revolutionize the freelancing and recruitment industry. Ecoterra: Best climate-friendly crypto token with recycle-to-earn rewards Bitcoin: Largest cryptocurrency in the world, set for an explosive price surge after breaching $30K. Ethereum: Leading cryptocurrency and smart contract platform in the world. A Closer Look at the Best Crypto Bull Run Coins to Invest in this Month Let’s dive into the fundamentals and use cases that make these tokens the best cryptocurrencies to buy today. 1. Love Hate Inu (LHINU) - New Meme Coin That’s Raised Over $3.5m in Presale Love Hate Inu is an Ethereum-based vote-to-earn meme coin with a strong performance during its pre-sale and our pick for the best cryptocurrency to buy now. LHINU is quickly emerging as an alternative meme coin, with a stronger growth potential than Dogecoin and Shiba Inu. LHINU is the native crypto token of the Love Hate Inu platform. Love Hate Inu allows users to vote on a wide variety of topics, from trendy celebrities to politics to sports events, etc. Some of the exciting celebrities that Love Hate Inu users can vote for include Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Kim Jong Un, Andrew Tate, etc. Moreover, Love Hate Inu incentivizes users to vote on its platform through its vote-to-earn mechanism. Users can earn $LHINU tokens and NFTs along with other exciting rewards for participating in Love Hate Inu surveys. Love Hate Inu’s use of blockchain technology offers it numerous advantages over other Web2 voting platforms. Twitter and Reddit polls are increasingly susceptible to bots, spam, and trolls. However, Love Hate Inu solves these problems through its stake-to-vote mechanism. Users will have to own a small amount of $LHINU to vote on the platform. Furthermore, the voting power of individuals will be determined by the amount and duration of their stake. This allows the creators of surveys to be confident about the authenticity of the voters. Businesses can use the Love Hate Inu platform to gauge public sentiment regarding potential ideas and products. $LHINU meme coin is catching the eye of investors due to its strong pre-sale price movement. It has already raised close to $4 million and is priced at $0.000105. However, the price is set to surge to $0.000115 in a day. The token will launch soon at the price of $0.000145. Users can buy LHINU by connecting their wallets and purchasing the token using ETH, BNB or USDT. LHINU’s bullish price surge and its exciting use case make it one of the best crypto bull run coins. Visit Love Hate Inu 2. DeeLance - New Crypto Freelancing Platform Looking to Rival Upwork DeeLance is a blockchain-based freelancing and hiring platform. Using smart contract technology and a blockchain ecosystem, DeeLance is reimagining the hiring and recruitment industry. $DLANCE is the native crypto token for DeeLance. It is showing excellent growth during its ongoing pre-sale. The DeeLance ecosystem will consist of four main components: a metaverse and NFT marketplace for all users, a freelancing platform and a job and hiring platform. The $DLANCE token will be utilized for all the platforms. The use of smart contract technology gives DeeLance a significant edge over other Web2 competitors such as Freelancer or Upwork. For example, DeeLance charges a minimal client fee of 2% and a freelancer fee of 10%. Platforms such as Freelancer, Upwork and Fiverr can charge fees as high as 20%. DeeLance’s other significant attraction is its instant payment withdrawal. Using the crypto payment mechanism, freelancers can get an instant withdrawal of their funds. On the other hand, platforms such as Freelancer require a minimum payout of $100. Furthermore, such platforms also charge a withdrawal fee that can range anywhere from 2.75% to 5%. DeeLance also uses escrow accounts to ensure the reliability of payment for its users. It also has a scalable dispute system that can help resolve any issues between freelancers and recruiters. $DLANCE is showing strong bullish sentiments during its pre-sale. The token has already raised $117,000 and is currently priced at $0.025. However, the price will surge to $0.029 within the next 4 days and will continue surging till the launch price of $0.053. Interested users can purchase $DLANCE from using ETH or USDT. Users can also purchase the token via credit card on DeeLance’s partner platforms. DeeLance’s revolutionary use case makes it the best cryptocurrency to invest in now. Visit Deelance 3. Ecoterra - Eco-Friendly Token with Recycle-to-earn Rewards Ecoterra is one of the most futuristic crypto tokens in the world. It uses blockchain technology to incentivize individuals and companies to tackle climate change. Ecoterra is also playing a crucial role in changing the mainstream narrative around cryptocurrencies. One of the most damaging criticisms pertaining to the crypto industry is its energy-intensive and environmentally dangerous nature. Ecoterra’s environmentally friendly narrative is serving to improve the industry’s image among the general population. Ecoterra’s Recycle2earn application rewards users for engaging in eco-friendly activities. Users can scan the bar code of any recyclable item, upload an RVM receipt after recycling the product and earn Ecoterra as a reward. Each recyclable item equals a certain amount of the token. Ecoterra also provides a carbon offsets marketplace. The marketplace allows businesses to offset their carbon footprint and reduce carbon emissions. Its Recycled Materials marketplace allows businesses to purchase recycled products. The use of blockchain technology allows users and businesses to accurately measure their positive impact in a transparent manner. Ecoterra aims to expand its user base to not only include individuals and small businesses but also large corporations, NGOs, and even entire industries and governments. Ecoterra can be used by a wide variety of companies such as H&M, Coca Cola and The North Face. The Ecoterra token is showing a strong positive outlook during its pre-sale and is set for a bull run. The token has already raised over $600,000 and is very close to reaching its target of $800,000. It is currently priced at $0.004, which is expected to surge to $0.00475 within the next 6 days. The token has a listing price of $0.01. Users can purchase Ecoterra from its website using ETH, USDT or credit card. They can connect using either Metamask or the Trust Wallet App. Ecoterra’s ecological impact and strong price surge make it one of the best crypto bull run coins. Visit Ecoterra 4. Bitcoin The largest cryptocurrency in the world is set to explode as prices continue to surge. BTC has rallied over 80% in 2023 to breach the $30,000 mark for the first time after June 2022. The cryptocurrency has surged 9% in the last 7 days. Bitcoin prices are expected to continue their domination as the global economy is turning favorable for the crypto market. The recent banking crisis has raised concerns regarding the viability of the global banking system. Furthermore, the latest inflation data suggests that the US Federal Reserve can soon halt its interest rate hike. Bitcoin surged to its all-time high during the period of low interest rates and economic prosperity. With the next Bitcoin halving quickly approaching, Bitcoin is the best cryptocurrency to invest in this month. BTC prices explode near and after halving events as demand increases and supply gets reduced by half. Bitcoin also has a favorable image amongst regulators. The US Securities and Exchanges Commission believes Bitcoin is the only cryptocurrency that can be regarded as a commodity. This will result in favorable regulation for Bitcoin and a certain price surge. 5. Ethereum Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency and leading smart contract platform, is showing extremely bullish sentiments. Ethereum is also receiving a strong boost from the improving macro environment. Ethereum has breached the $2k mark as prices surged by 5% in the last 24 hours and 7% in the last 7 days. ETH’s strong performance is surprising considering the Shanghai update on Wednesday. The Shanghai update allows validators to remove their staked ETH for the first time after the Ethereum Merge. Despite the sudden increase in supply, Ethereum continues to dominate the crypto market. ETH is also set to expand its utility as upcoming updates will increase its network capacity and allow Ethereum to have a faster network speed than Visa and Mastercard. Ethereum’s surge and upcoming upgrades make it the best cryptocurrency to invest in now. DISCLAIMER: This is not to be taken as investment advice. Crypto is a volatile asset, do your own research before investing and only invest money you can afford to lose. We may receive commission for clicking links in this article. Contact Details Finance News Alex Brown

April 14, 2023 02:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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3 Best AI Essay Writer Tools in 2023 Reviewed

Skyscrapers LLC

With the advent of AI essay writer tools, the writing process has become more streamlined, efficient, and accurate. These tools use algorithms and machine learning to generate content that is well-researched and free of errors. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best fit for your needs. In this article, we'll take a closer look at three of the top AI essay writer tools in 2023 and evaluate their features, functionality, and overall effectiveness. By understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each tool, you'll be better equipped to make an informed decision about which one is right for you. So, whether you're a student looking to improve your grades, a professional writer seeking to boost productivity, or simply curious about the latest advancements in AI technology, read on to get valuable insights. Our Top Picks After reviewing 27+ AI essay writing tools available online, we’ve short-listed the three tools that students can use easily. In addition to our own user experience, we’ve also taken into account the reviews of multiple users that have used these tools and are satisfied with them. These tools are: - Best for All Kinds of Academic Essay Writing - Provides AI Writing Tool, Free Human Writing Services, and Free Essays - Faster and More Detailed AI Essay Writing Here’s a comparison of some key features of these three AI essay writer tools: Let’s have a look at these sites in detail and see what they have to offer! 1. Best for: Students who need help with multiple types of academic essays, lengthy papers, and outlines In 2023, students hailed as the best tool for academic writing and essay writer help. This AI-powered platform uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to generate high-quality essays on any topic. Its advanced features include contextual analysis, plagiarism detection, and auto-referencing. This ensures that the essays are original, well-researched, and properly cited. The website interface is user-friendly, allowing students to input specific requirements and preferences for their essays. With its ability to generate insightful and coherent essays, has quickly become the go-to tool for students looking to boost their grades and academic performance. How Does the Tool Work? Here is how students can generate an essay from Selecting the Tool: Firstly, students need to choose whether they want to use the AI essay typer or the AI essay outline generator. Fill in the Requirements Form: Students need to add essay topic, academic level, essay type, subject name, citation style, number of pages and required number of sources as requirements in the form. Generate Results: Once the students add their requirements, the tool will generate a unique and high-quality output accordingly. Edit & Download: The students can then review and improve the essay or download it right away! Pros: Can produce a large volume of content within 90 seconds only. Saves time and effort in generating content. Unique content every time. Follows the instructions perfectly. Coming up with a lot of other tools for students, including Citation Generator, Essay Topic Generator, Thesis Statement Generator, and Grammar and Style Checker. Cons: While the tool may offer suggestions for improving writing quality, it cannot provide the same level of feedback and guidance that a human teacher or editor can. Per month subscription charges of $5 to $14. Though the charges are lesser compared to other tools, is not entirely free. 2. Best for: Students who need free human essay writer help along with AI tools. is a website that provides various resources to students to help them with their essay writing needs. One of the main features of the site is its free AI essay typer tool, which allows users to generate essays quickly and efficiently. In addition, the site offers the option for students to work with a free essay writer, where they can receive their first 2-page essay for free. This can be especially helpful for students who may need additional support with their writing. This is the very first website in the industry to offer free yet high-quality essays to students. The site also provides access to a database of free essays that students can use as a reference or to help them generate ideas for their own essays. How Does It Work? The students first need to choose whether they want to get a free essay from a human essay writer or want to use the AI essay writer tool. The process to get a free essay includes the following step: Order Placement: Placing the order by filling out the order form Writer Selection: The service assigns a suitable writer that starts working right away. Essay Download: The essay or paper ordered is sent to the client’s inbox within the deadline mentioned. On the other hand, if the students choose to use an AI essay writer tool, then the process looks like: Entering the Topic: The first step is to add the title or topic of the assignment in the tool’s input box. Checking the Results: The tool will generate an essay on the mentioned topic within a few minutes that you can review. Editing the Essay: Students can improve the essay themselves or take help from the essay writers on the service to get it revised. Download a Flawless Essay: Once the essay meets the requirements, students can easily download it from the site. Pros: Caters students who need AI essay writing help or Human-based essay writer assistance simultaneously. Free essay database to provide students with model essays to improve their learning and essay writing skills. Easy-to-use site interface with clear navigation between the tools and the human writing services. Very reliable service providing essay writing help to students worldwide for over a decade. 24/7 live customer service via live chat, email, text, or call. Cons: Concerns about the quality and accuracy of free essays. It is important for users to carefully review and verify any information contained in these essays before using them as a reference. The service or tool is not available through a mobile application. 3. Best for: Students looking for entirely free tools without any subscription cost is an AI essay writer tool that assists users in generating high-quality written content. It uses advanced algorithms to analyze user input and produce original and well-crafted essays on various topics. Users can input their essay requirements and receive a completed essay in a matter of minutes. While it is not a substitute for human writing, it can be a valuable tool for students, professionals, and anyone who needs to produce high-quality written content that is flawless. How Does the Tool Work? Students can use this AI essay writing tool by following these steps: Add Requirements: Firstly, students need to add their assignment requirements, like the topic, word count, citations, etc. Get Results: The tool will read the requirements entered by the students and generate an essay based on that data. Download the Essay: The tool only takes a few minutes to generate results, after which students can download their AI-generated essay easily. Pros: The tool is accessible to anyone with an internet connection and can be used anytime, anywhere. Available through a mobile application as well. Maintains a consistent writing style and tone throughout the essay Entirely free without any tool usage fee or monthly subscription charges. Cons: Only limited to the AI essay writer feature for now. Doesn’t have other options like a grammar checker, prompt generator, etc. The tool may not be able to understand complex topics. To Sum it Up, The emergence of AI has brought about new and exciting opportunities for students in academics. AI-powered tools such as essay writers can help students generate high-quality content quickly and efficiently. These tools offer suggestions for improving writing quality and can assist non-native speakers in learning new languages. Keeping students’ needs in view, we have hand-picked the 3 best AI essay writer tools for students after using and researching 27+ tools available only. The three most easy-to-use and reliable tools are,, and These AI-powered tools can save time and effort in generating content, help users overcome writer's block, and offer suggestions for improving writing quality. All this while producing a large volume of content in a short period. While AI may not replace the need for human writing entirely, it can be a valuable tool for students looking to improve their writing skills and complete assignments more efficiently. Contact Details Skyscrapers LLC Nova Allison Company Website

April 14, 2023 05:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FEC Sued for Failure to Act on Massive Michael Bloomberg Campaign Finance Violation

Great America PAC

The Federal Election Commission has been sued to compel it to act on an administrative complaint filed against Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign - more than three years ago. The lawsuit was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Dan Backer on behalf of Great America PAC. Backer has a long history of winning FEC battles, including a 6-figure fine against Hillary for America and the Democratic National Committee for lying about their funding of the Russia hoax. The original Complaint against Michael Bloomberg (included as an Exhibit to the filing today) challenged the billionaire’s unprecedented violation of campaign finance law in which he laundered over $18 million of his personal funds through his short-lived presidential campaign account to the DNC—effectively contributing over 500 times the legal limit to a national political party committee and quite possibly tipping the balance of the 2020 presidential election. After sitting on their thumbs for 3 years – without any dispute as to the facts – the lawsuit seeks to force action before the FEC lets the statute of limitations run out. The lawsuit states in part, “…Despite the fact Michael Bloomberg has publicly admitted the material facts of his illegal scheme, the FEC has remained characteristically inert for the past three years, failing to initiate enforcement action against Bloomberg or the DNC…” “The Supreme Court, since 1976, has held that candidates can spend unlimited amounts of their own money on their own campaigns. The FEC allows candidates to deposit their money into their campaign accounts to make that happen. While campaigns can generally transfer unlimited amounts of campaign contributions they receive – from other donors - to national party committees, it didn’t create an $18 million loophole for Mike Bloomberg,” explained Dan Backer. “Federal election law allowed an individual to only contribute up to $35,500 per year to a political party – and that same limit applies to Mike Bloomberg’s transferred money. It is shameful that the FEC has allowed the “Bloomberg Billionaire Loophole” to remain unaddressed for more than three years.” “There were lots of ways Michael Bloomberg could spend more of his money that were clearly legal – including through his pet SuperPAC - but unless the FEC or courts rule otherwise this isn’t one of them. That is why we are forced to sue them, again,” Backer continued. “It shouldn’t be this easy to just buy off a political party.” “Former President Trump is beset upon by radical leftists for every imagined slight – but Michael Bloomberg has caused real damage to our campaign finance system, to the tune of $18 MM, and we’re not going to let them get away without some accountability,” Backer said. ### For more information or to interview Dan Backer please contact Gabriel Llanes at Contact Details Great America PAC Gabriel Llanes +1 786-522-7364 Company Website

April 13, 2023 04:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Industry Visionaries Share Perspectives on the Future of Marketing and Communications at The PR Net Future Focus Conference

The PR Net

The PR Net Future Focus Conference was held on March 31st at The Wall Street Hotel and brought together top global players in the marketing communications field, to discuss innovative ideas and visionary perspectives that are shaping the future of the industry. The conference featured six panels covering a range of topics from the future of media to the new rules of events, and attracted a diverse audience of senior executives from various sectors. To purchase professionally produced recordings of the conference, showcasing all panel discussions from the day for $49, click this link here. The Future of Media Moderator: Tiana Webb Evans, founder & CEO, ESP Inc. Panelists: Skye Parrott, Editor in Chief, Departures; Jessica Cruel, Editor in Chief, Allure; Erik Maza, Executive Style Director, Town & Country; Amanda Sims Clifford, Executive Editor, House Beautiful 'The Future of Media' panel assembled publishing leaders to discuss the changing landscape of media. Amanda Sims Clifford acknowledged the current state of the industry in a post-pandemic world, noting that "disruption has become a state of existence" due to the significant changes the media industry has undergone over the past few years. Jessica Cruel, Editor-in-Chief of Allure, stressed the importance of engaging with audiences across various brand touchpoints, pointing out that "Many of our readers are typing in a question on the internet and Allure's got the answer. That means we need to meet them where they are asking questions.” Erik Maza, Executive Style Director of Town & Country, shared his appreciation for the value and luxury of journalism, describing it as a "bespoke, carefully crafted product that’s expensive to produce.” Skye Parrott, Editor in Chief of Departures, shared insight into the publication's approach to bridging the gap between online and offline mediums, stating that they give the same level of attention to both digital and print features to create a luxurious experience across all touchpoints. Web3 + Metaverse: Powering Brand Marketing and Innovation Moderator: Megan DeMatteo, Independent journalist, CoinDesk Contributor Panelists: Akbar Hamid, Founder & CEO of The 5th Column; Brian Trunzo, Metaverse Lead, Polygon Labs; Neda Whitney, SVP, Head of Marketing Americas, Christie's; Justin Breton, Director of Brand Experiences & Partnerships, Walmart ‘Web3 + Metaverse: Powering Brand Marketing and Innovation’, presented by The 5th Column, discussed the emergence of Web3, its impact, and the importance of integrating the platform into brands' marketing approaches with longevity in mind. Akbar Hamid, the Founder & CEO of The 5th Column, stated, "Brands are slowing down the hype but actually speeding up in terms of innovation. We're seeing brands test and try different things as part of a long-term strategy, not just a one-off." Justin Breton, Director of Brand Experiences and Strategic Partnerships at Walmart, emphasized the importance of adopting and adapting to this new technology as a part of a future-proofed marketing strategy, saying, "I think brands that fail to embrace the metaverse today are at risk of being left behind as we enter this new era of commerce and engagement. We'll witness an interesting blend of content experiences, socializing, and commerce that have never been seen before." What's Next in Influencer Marketing? Moderator: Reesa Lake, VP, Head of Creator Expansion & Agency Partnerships, LTK Panelists: Nana Agyemang, Multimedia Journalist and CEO, EveryStylishGirl; Luke Meagher, Founder, HauteLeMode; Emily Yeston, Co-Founder & CEO, Doré; Permele Doyle, Founder & President, Billion Dollar Boy; Cynthia Andrew, Founder, Simply Cyn The 'What's Next in Influencer Marketing?' panel brought together content creators and influencer marketing experts to discuss recent developments and future predictions for the creator space. Emily Yeston, Co-Founder & CEO of Doré, a brand co-founded by Garance Doré, one of the original social media influencers, shared her thoughts on brand partnerships, stating, "There’s so much freedom for individual creators now, to have more power over what you say yes or no to." Luke Meagher, founder of HauteLeMode, emphasized the need for education and strategy when switching platforms, saying, "It doesn’t matter if people are talking about that new platform; you have to understand it. If not going completely through the door, at least crack the door to understand it." Permele Doyle shared her forward-looking predictions on the next phase of marketing spend, stating, "We’ve seen a return to earned and advocacy – clients are going to invest into gifting, seeding, press trips, events." The New Rules of Events Moderated by Jack Bedwani, founder & CEO, New Moon Panelists: Rachna Shah, Partner, Managing Director PR and Digital, KCD; Sue Chan, Founder, Care of Chan; Brian Feit, Founding Partner, BMF The 'New Rules of Events' brought together event planning and production experts to discuss the current state of post-pandemic events and best practices for success in the future. Sue Chan, Founder of Care of Chan, emphasized the importance of creating bespoke memorable experiences that cater to targeted communities and audiences, stating, "Monoculture is dead now – it’s all about niche culture. Brands are realizing they have to target niche markets in order to succeed." Rachna Shah added her perspective on the need for inclusivity and events that reach audiences beyond industry insiders, saying that "it's not just a press or VIP experience anymore – we're delivering to such a broader audience" and that "brands have to be in the market with their superfans, wherever they're located." Brian Feit, Founding Partner of BMF, rounded off the discussion by noting the influential movement of creating advertising content from the backdrop of an event, sharing, "The idea that events are to create content for ad campaigns is something new and exciting." Why Purpose & Impact Will be Inextricable from Tomorrow’s Marketing Strategy Moderator: Sophia Li, Award-winning Journalist and Climate Advocate Panelists: Janna Pea, Executive Vice President, BerlinRosen; Aidaly Sosa, Head of Marketing USA, Tony's Chocolonely; Anu Rao, SVP, Communications, Sustainability & Responsibility, Pernod Ricard During ‘Why Purpose & Impact Will be Inextricable from Tomorrow's Marketing Strategy,’ panelists discussed essential elements for brands to create an inclusive and impactful presence, including their mission, vision, purpose, team and sustainability. Janna Pea, Executive Vice President of Berlin Rosen, noted that "your North Star as a brand is to create moments and opportunities that are truly inclusive; so every person feels seen and heard." Anu Rao, SVP, Communications, Sustainability & Responsibility, Pernod Ricard, stressed the importance of prioritizing team values and beliefs, stating that "the ambassadorship for your beliefs and purpose starts with your team." By prioritizing these elements, brands can differentiate themselves from competitors, connect with customers on a deeper level, and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future. Aidaly Sosa, Head of Marketing USA at Tony's Chocolonely, added that their focus is on being an "impact company that sells chocolate, not the other way around." Rao emphasized the importance of "doing the right thing and doing it right" before communicating about sustainability efforts as a summary of the talk's thesis. Is Traditional PR Dead? Moderator: Elizabeth Harrison, CEO & Co-Founder, H&S Communications Panelists: Lisa Frank, President and Founding Partner, Derris; Karina Sokolovsky, Chief Communications Officer, Sotheby's; Andrew Lister, Executive Vice President, Purple PR; Gabrielle Gambrell, Senior Communications Lead, Amazon; Brian Strong, Global Head of Communications, Bloomberg Media The highly anticipated panel, 'Is Traditional PR Dead?', delved into traditional PR's role in the fast-paced communications landscape. Panelists highlighted the need to adapt to new technologies while retaining some traditional PR techniques for effective communication. Lisa Frank shared essential skills for modern professionals: "Be a voracious consumer of various outlets. Observe trends to bring to clients. Be a thoughtful, concise writer." Relationship-building and adaptability emerged as key themes. Frank urged, "Relationships – make them ongoing, not just when you need a favor." Brian Strong concurred, "Relationships are a traditional part of PR that will not go away." The conversation also touched on storytelling, audience identification, and message medium selection. Andrew Lister remarked, "PR is not just about getting stories. We now advise on everything with clients." Gabrielle Gambrell noted the enduring significance of outlets like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Discussing content selection, Gambrell advised using LinkedIn for self-publishing, while Karina Sokolovsky underscored the value of traditional media, mentioning Sotheby's success with well-placed articles in top-tier outlets, often leading to bids and clients. The Future Focus Conference was a resounding success, providing attendees with invaluable insights about the future of the marketing communications industry. The networking sessions peppered throughout the day were embraced by the audience, which included representatives from brands like Virgin Group, Airbnb, American Express, Sephora, Hilton Hotels, Dow Jones, COS, Tend, Mikimoto, Brunello Cucinelli, Small Luxury Hotels Group, Anthropologie, Four Seasons, Fritz Hansen, Proximo Spirits, Air France/KLM and Pernod Ricard, and agency leaders from MC Saatchi, Magrino, Finn Partners, Derris, Day One Agency, WE Communications, KWT Global and LaForce. ***ENDS*** PHOTOS: Socials & PR Panel: Link HERE (credit: BFA / Deonté Lee) Panels & Atmosphere: Link HERE (credit: Dusan Jovic ) Panelists: Link HERE (credit: Adele Makulova) ABOUT THE PR NET: The PR Net is the premier global network for marketing and communications professionals. It is a modern take on the classic networking club and an "industry insider favorite” for executives looking for a central platform for industry intelligence and connections. Founded by industry veteran Lisa Smith in 2015, The PR Net consists of online content that reads like a magazine, member-only services, and highly sought-after digital and in-person member events. Contact Details Sara Sturges +1 646-934-4631 Company Website

April 13, 2023 01:50 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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In Proxy Memo, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Are Urged to Stay Out of Divisive Abortion Issue

National Legal & Policy Center

Following last year’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, advocates have continued their battle for unrestricted abortion access in a new forum: Corporate America. Under the guise of two shareholder proposals that demand reports on “Impacts of Reproductive Healthcare Legislation” as the result of newly enacted state laws that limit or ban abortions, activists seek to bully The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo Inc. into advocacy for their own policies on the controversial political issue, and for the companies to steer their campaign contributions accordingly. In responses filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this month, National Legal and Policy Center argue why shareholders of the two multinational soft drink makers should oppose the resolutions sponsored by the radical pro-abortion proponents. NLPC’s reports to the SEC can be viewed at the following links: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo. As NLPC’s filings explain, the proponents of the two shareholder proposals cite biased research, selective data, slanted opinion polls, and preconceived outcomes to make their cases. For example, the sponsors assert that it will be more difficult for the companies to recruit women to their workforces in states where abortion limits or bans have been enacted into law. But the proponents stake their claim based on a “study” that one critic said suffered from “self-selection bias,” using “an unrepresentative, highly biased sample and misleading questions.” The boards of directors for Coca-Cola and PepsiCo also ask shareholders to vote against the proposals on their respective proxy statements, but for reasons that don’t address the misleading and even deceitful claims of the proponents. Coca-Cola, in its opposition, proudly points to its coverage of travel expenses for medical procedures that are “not available in-state.” PepsiCo repeatedly emphasizes its “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” policies that “improve the attraction, retention and advancement of women,” which include “a robust and highly competitive set of flexible benefits” with “reproductive health” coverage. “Although we wish their opposition was stronger, Coca-Cola and Pepsi are right to resist these thinly veiled attempts to push their companies to take a public stance on the divisive issue of abortion, which would undermine their fiduciary responsibility to all their shareholders,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “We hope the directors and company executives are finally starting to learn that capitulating to aggressive Leftist politics is a long-term loser for the bottom line.” The so-called “Reproductive Healthcare” resolutions that NLPC opposes are Proposal No. 9 on the Coca-Cola proxy statement, and Proposal No. 7 on the PepsiCo proxy statement. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or Please visit Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

April 13, 2023 09:16 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Bank of America Shareholders Asked to Increase Accountability for ‘Woke’ Chairman/CEO Brian Moynihan

National Legal & Policy Center

Bank of America ’s annual meeting is scheduled for April 25, and shareholders will be asked to vote on a proposal that would increase accountability for the company’s longtime Chairman and CEO, Brian Moynihan. National Legal and Policy Center is sponsoring Proposal No. 6 on the company’s proxy statement, which requests the Board of Directors to require the two powerful roles now filled by Moynihan to be held by two separate individuals. NLPC argues that Moynihan has inappropriately engaged the company in a multitude of divisive political issues that are not in the fiduciary interest of Bank of America or its shareholders. As an investor in the company, NLPC has filed a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission that explains its rationale for identifying an equally authoritative counterpart to keep Moynihan’s left-leaning political excursions in check. “Brian Moynihan has been around too long and has aggregated too much power, to the point where he seems to think and care little about the controversial political decisions he makes that implicate the company,” said Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for NLPC. “For example, Bank of America has instituted lending and employee training programs that claim to promote racial advancement and healing, but instead are themselves racist.” In its report to the SEC, NLPC points out several examples of Moynihan’s leadership failures, including: a $421 million commitment to over 130 equity funds that provide capital exclusively to non-white and female entrepreneurs and small business owners; creating a discriminatory program that reduces interest rates for commercial borrowers that hit certain diversity quotas; zero-down payment, zero-closing cost mortgage advances for first-time home buyers only in black/African-American and Hispanic communities, without typically required home insurance or a credit score; a “Racial-Equity 21-day Challenge” training program for employees that teaches that the United States is a “racialized society” that “use[s] race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression,” which “give[s] privileges to white people resulting in disadvantages to people of color”; handing over the financial data of 211 clients to federal agents following the January 2021 U.S. Capitol disturbance, based on those customers being profiled simply because they visited an ATM in Washington at the time of the “riot”; building a held-to-maturity (“HTM”) portfolio that is high-risk and double the size of such assets in 2020, and increasing it by over 50 percent in 2021 – a purchasing spree with over 80 percent of the securities maturing in over 10 years, giving the Company significant exposure to interest rates. Moynihan has been more than willing to place Bank of America in a globalist posture, subjugating shareholders’ interests under those of the World Economic Forum agenda of transhumanism, abolition of private property, consumption of bugs, social credit systems, and other “Great Reset” priorities. As chairman of the WEF’s International Business Council, he worked with the big four accounting firms to create stakeholder standards for companies to follow. Moynihan said after this year’s Davos confab about companies who fall short of such globalist standards, that “we shouldn’t do business with you.” WEF’s agenda, he said, “at the end of the day, will align capitalism with what society wants from it and get us going faster.” “Brian Moynihan’s ego and elitism are so far gone, that he thinks he gets to redefine ‘capitalism,’” Chesser said. “And now he assumes that he and his fellow Davos elites can establish a new social credit system that decides who is and who isn’t allowed to play in their newly redesigned ‘capitalism’ playground.” “It’s way past time for Bank of America to appoint a separate chairman to counterbalance Brian Moynihan’s proclivities – as long as the board doesn’t choose Klaus Schwab.” Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 Company Website

April 12, 2023 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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DonorsTrust Givers Recommended $242 Million in Grants During 2022

Donors Trust

The DonorsTrust community of givers in 2022 recommended $242 million to more than 1,100 unique charities nationwide, supporting nonprofits during a year of economic uncertainty as inflation continued apace and the Federal Reserve tightened its monetary policy. “The fact our accountholders granted more dollars than ever before is a reflection of our givers’ deep-seated belief in our mission and in the power of philanthropy—not government—to change people’s lives in a meaningful way,” says DonorsTrust CEO and President Lawson Bader. The total grants to charities during 2022—$242 million—is a whopping 21% increase over the previous year, when DonorsTrust accountholders recommended granting $190 million to charity. The $190 million granted in 2021 was a 3% increase over 2020 when donors recommended $186 million. When compared to pre-pandemic grant levels, these numbers are even more significant. DonorsTrust accountholders in 2019 recommended a total of $163 million, a 33% increase compared to 2022. “Our donor-advisors’ record grant-making in 2022 is indicative of our ongoing growth as charitable givers continue to break ranks with the big banks and seek refuge with mission-driven giving-account providers that honor and share account-holders’ conservative and libertarian values.” DonorsTrust welcomed many new accounts last year and, of those accounts, 13% migrated from a big commercial bank to DonorsTrust in a bid to align their giving. This continued the trend of givers aligning their philanthropy with a giving-account provider that honors their values. Total Grant-Making in 2022 Nearly Eclipses Total Account Contributions Another remarkable thing about 2022 is that total grant-making nearly eclipsed total account contributions. DonorsTrust account-holders in 2022 contributed $299 million to their respective accounts. Compare that to the $242 million that went out the door. What’s more, all of that giving happened during a year in which the International Monetary Fund forecast half as much economic growth compared to the previous year and the annual inflation rate nearly doubled over the previous year, a hard reality that prompted one copywriter at The Economist to pen a headline that reads “ 2022 has been a year of brutal inflation.” These numbers sent an important message to DonorsTrust givers: Give even more—and that’s exactly what account-holders did, deploying much-needed dollars out of nimble giving accounts filled with charitable reserves intended for critical charities during times of crisis. DonorsTrust Givers Respond to Higher-Ed, ESG Crises During a year in which America’s top 50 donors gave a staggering amount of money to higher education, DonorsTrust givers likewise granted a considerable amount to universities, including Catholic University of America and George Mason University Foundation. DonorsTrust account-holders also directed a hefty amount of money to public-policy organizations like Consumers’ Research, an organization actively tracking anti-ESG legislation nationwide and putting corporations on notice for their liberal-leaning environmental agendas. After the Wall Street Journal reported last year that investment firm BlackRock was gobbling up real estate on behalf of public-pension funds and others (all the while pricing individuals and families out of the real-estate market), Consumers’ Research came out swinging. “It’s not so much that people are clamoring for Larry Fink and BlackRock to solve all the problems of the world; it’s that Larry would like to be in charge and he uses the immense amount of capital provided to him... to basically dictate terms to the rest of the American economy,” Will Hild, executive director of Consumers’ Research, says in an episode of Giving Ventures. Established in 1999 as a 501(c)(3) public charity, DonorsTrust is a community of donors devoted to creating a better future. Its donors support charities they believe protect our nation’s constitutional liberties and strengthen civil society through private institutions rather than government programs. Its boutique size lets it offer our donors personal attention and advice that helps them achieve their philanthropic goals. It ensures donor intentions are protected and offers simple, effective, and tax-advantaged ways to give. Since its inception, DonorsTrust has granted more than $2.5 billion to thousands of charities that protect our constitutional liberties and strengthen civil society without government funding. ### To learn more about DAFs and DonorsTrust, please visit and listen to the Giving Ventures Podcast here To schedule an interview with a DonorsTrust spokesperson, contact Carolyn Bolton at 703-535-3563 or Contact Details DonorsTrust Carolyn Bolton +1 703-535-3563 Company Website

April 11, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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