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Discovery Education Collaborates With AWS to Enhance Recommendation Engine

Discovery Education

SILVER SPRING, Md., September 27, 2021 /3BL Media/ — Discovery Education—a worldwide edtech leader supporting learning wherever it takes place—today announced that it has enhanced its K-12 learning platform with Amazon Web Services (AWS) machine learning capabilities. The pioneering use of machine learning within the Discovery Education platform helps educators spend less time searching for digital resources and more time teaching. Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education’s award-winning learning platform facilitates engaging, daily instruction in any learning environment. Several months of planning and deep collaboration with AWS enabled Discovery Education to innovatively integrate Amazon Personalize technology into the “Just For You” area of its K-12 platform. The “Just For You” row connects educators to a unique, personalized set of resources based on the grade level taught, preferences, and assets used in the past.  As the ability to deliver more sophisticated digital experiences has evolved over time, so has the expectation and demand from teachers seeking a more personalized user experience similar to that which they receive through interactions with brands in the retail, media, and entertainment spaces. Today’s tech-savvy teachers expect real-time, curated experiences across the digital resources they use daily, and the integration of the Amazon Personalize technology into Discovery Education’s digital resources for the first time delivers that experience to users in the K-12 education space. "For some time, educators have desired more resources to help personalize teaching and learning. ML technology is already being used to curate our entertainment experiences, help with workforce productivity, and more, and it’s exciting to see this innovation is being integrated into classrooms,” said Alec Chalmers, Director, EdTech and GovTech Markets at AWS. “Amazon Personalize creates high quality recommendations that better respond to the specific needs and preferences of today’s learners, which ultimately improves engagement in teaching and learning. AWS is proud to be collaborating with Discovery Education to support the educators and students they serve.” Discovery Education’s team is continuously adding, contextualizing, and organizing exciting new content and timely and relevant resources to the platform in response to current events and the ever-evolving needs of educators. These resources, sourced from trusted partners, are aligned to state and national standards, and help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day. These resources are the centerpiece of the “Just for You” row which adapts and changes with user behavior and preference over time. The K-12 learning platform is designed to work within school systems’ existing infrastructure and workflows and provides safe, secure, simple access methods for educators and students. Through expanded, lasting partnerships with Brightspace, Clever, and others, integrating Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform into existing IT architecture is easier than ever. “Continuous improvement is a core value at Discovery Education, and as such, we are constantly seeking innovative new ways to improve our resources and save educators time,” said Pete Weir, Discovery Education’s Chief Product Officer. “Integrating AWS’s robust machine learning technology into our K-12 platform’s recommendation engine helps improve educators’ productivity by providing the digital content they want and need even faster than before. We are incredibly proud to be collaborating with AWS and pioneering how education technology can personalize teaching and learning. The success of this collaboration to date encourages my team to look for even more places within our services to integrate machine learning technology and improve our services’ ability to adapt to our users.” For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through  Twitter and  LinkedIn.  ### About Discovery Education Discovery Education is the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place. Through its award-winning multimedia content, instructional supports, and innovative classroom tools, Discovery Education helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences engaging all students and supporting higher academic achievement on a global scale. Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and trusted organizations to empower teachers with leading edtech solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at Stephen Wakefield Discovery Education Phone: 202-316-6615 View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Discovery Education on

September 27, 2021 08:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CBRE Commits to Net Zero By 2040

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CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE) today announced its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. This commitment encompasses carbon emissions from CBRE’s own operations and the properties it manages for investors and occupiers, as well as indirect supply chain emissions. “As the world’s largest manager of commercial real estate, we have a special obligation to help the world address the many challenges posed by the warming planet,” said Bob Sulentic, CBRE’s president and chief executive officer. “CBRE is deeply committed to doing our part and to working with our clients and across our vast global supply chain to help achieve net zero emissions as quickly as possible. This is an essential element of our commitment to the communities in which we operate.” As a part of its 2040 net-zero emissions strategy, CBRE today signed  The Climate Pledge, a commitment to achieving net-zero-carbon 10 years ahead of the goal stated in the Paris Agreement. The Climate Pledge, co-founded by Amazon and Global Optimism, forms a cross-sector community of companies and organizations committed to net zero carbon by 2040, working together to take action to address the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonizing our economy. The net zero commitment builds on the company’s science-based emissions reduction target announced last year. CBRE also recently signed the  Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment, a campaign led by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition. Earlier this year, CBRE released its 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report, which highlights the company’s accomplishments as a commercial real estate industry leader in environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. The report can be accessed at CBRE’s ESG performance recently earned the company a spot on the FTSE4Good Index for the eighth consecutive year. CBRE is ranked #22 on the 2021 Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies list. The company is ranked #24 overall and is the top-ranked real estate company on 3BL Media’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2021. About CBRE Group, Inc. CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2020 revenue). The company has more than 100,000 employees serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at We routinely post important information on our website, including corporate and investor presentations and financial information. We intend to use our website as a means of disclosing material, non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Such disclosures will be included in the Investor Relations section of our website at Accordingly, investors should monitor such portion of our website, in addition to following our press releases, Securities and Exchange Commission filings and public conference calls and webcasts.  Contact: Corporate Responsibility, Read More View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from 3BL Alerts on

September 27, 2021 08:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Arbor Day Foundation Celebrates World Rivers Day

Arbor Day Foundation

Former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once compared the world’s forests to being the “lungs of our land” as trees provide us all with clean, breathable air.  Renowned conservationist Mark Angelo likens our waterways to the body’s cardiovascular system, explaining that “rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” In a nutshell, the Earth consists of many intertwined environments that essentially serve as the planet’s vital organs – one cannot survive without the other, and neither will the whole. This week, the planet celebrated  World Rivers Day, and the Arbor Day Foundation would like to recognize the important role that trees play in providing clean water, thriving wildlife communities, and a stable climate in our riparian ecosystems. Many of the projects we do involve reestablishing forested areas along critical water ways so that they may thrive and help restore the health of our rivers and floodplains. In Oregon, the Arbor Day Foundation teamed up with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and other local partners to plant over 1.3 million trees in sites along the Willamette River and Columbia River – North America’s largest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Since the 19 th century, deforestation, industrialization development, and wildfires have caused significant damage to the region by polluting, diverting, and destroying key habitats and sacred cultural sites, resulting in a drastic decline in the salmon population. This decrease in salmon is also just the beginning of a series of potentially devasting chain-reactions. Since salmon are a keystone species which 137 species rely on, their decline significantly effects the well-being of other wildlife, such as the endangered orca whales whose diet primarily consists of salmon migrating just off the coast. Additionally, this project has benefited local communities in numerous ways, from helping to fortify the area’s floodplains and watersheds, to providing relief from the impacts of wildfires. Just last year, the Santiam Fires destroyed over 400,000 acres and caused an immense amount of loss in community members’ lives. Together with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and the North Santiam Watershed Council, native trees were distributed to more than 128 landowners impacted by the fires around North Santiam Canyon. “When you drive through the canyon and you see all of the burnt and the black, the new green growing is like hope," explained Rebecca McCoun, executive director of North Santiam Watershed Council. "We are just super happy to be able to get something green back. This is a healing process.” The tree-plantings in this project area were completed just this past spring, with maintenance and progress-tracking efforts to be carried out for the next 3-5 years. Through the support of our dedicated partners, this multi-year project will ultimately work towards rehabilitating an important ecosystem consisting of the diverse micro-climates needed to sustain wildlife habitats, clean water, and better environmental conditions for all who live along these rivers. Furthermore, we would like to recognize the Bonneville Environmental Foundation – a collaborator of Team Willamette, who won the 2019 Headwaters Award – for their tremendous work in bringing this project into action. They have been outstanding stewards and collaborators in providing rehabilitation and revegetation projects of degraded riparian and floodplain forests, and public awareness in support of increased tree-plantings in the region. The following is a list of the partners supporting the Columbia River Basin project: Champion Home Builders, DraftKings, Enterprise, GSN Games, International Paper, Pine Gate, Pottery Barn, Procter & Gamble, Quilted Northern, and #TeamTrees. This work would not be possible without their generous contributions. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Arbor Day Foundation on

September 27, 2021 07:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Au Bon Pain Caffeinates National Coffee Day with $1 Coffee for Three Days

Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain is raising the bar for National Coffee Day with a THREE-day pay-it-forward celebration. From Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1, the bakery-cafe chain is offering freshly brewed drip coffees for just $1 and encouraging guests to pick up two coffees — one for themselves and one (or two or three) to treat someone else. This inclusive promotion is open to any guest from National Coffee Day on Wednesday, Sept. 29, through International Coffee Day on Friday, Oct. 1. Participating restaurants include locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami and Philadelphia. “What’s better than brightening someone’s day?” said Au Bon Pain Chief Marketing Officer Beth Collins. “We extended our National Coffee Day celebration to three days so our guests have more opportunities to enjoy $1 coffee and spread joy to someone else.” Ampex Brands, a Yum! Brands Inc. and 7-Eleven franchisee with more than 400 restaurants and convenience stores, acquired Au Bon Pain from ABP Corporation, a subsidiary of Panera Bread, in June 2021. “Au Bon Pain’s greatest asset is its loyal guests,” said Au Bon Pain President Ericka Garza. “We are reminded of it every day while we’re in our cafes, and this is our way of giving back.” Au Bon Pain (translated “from good bread”) offers gourmet convenience to travelers, students, commuters and friends. Its quality products made from simple ingredients are served in locations including transportation hubs, airports, urban office buildings, universities and hospitals. Read its full menu of fresh and flavorful sandwiches, bread, pastries, salads, soups and coffee or order online at Founded in Boston in 1978, the company was acquired by Dallas-based Ampex Brands in 2021, catapulting the company into the franchisor role and expanding its footprint internationally. Contact Details Center Reach Communication Ashley Clontz Center Reach Communications Tracy Henderson +1 720-989-3530 Company Website

September 27, 2021 07:08 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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American Portfolios Recognized Five Times in the Inaugural ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES Recognition Program

American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc.

The New York-based, privately-held, independent broker/dealer has been included in Investment Advisor magazine’s first-ever ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES Class of 2021 recognition program, which showcases the dynamic and inclusive ways the financial services industry is driving the wealth, investment and retirement industry forward. American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (AP)—a privately-held, independent broker/dealer that provides services and support for financial advisors across the United States—has been recognized in Investment Advisor magazine’s inaugural recognition program, ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES Class of 2021. The LUMINARIES honors members of the financial services industry for the dynamic and inclusive ways they are driving the wealth, investment and retirement industry forward. The new program recognizes AP for five awards in four categories: Thought Leadership and Education; Executive Leadership; Diversity and Inclusion; and Dealmaking/Growth. “American Portfolios is honored to be included in the LUMINARIES Class of 2021 for the firm’s achievements in sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and leadership,” states CEO Lon T. Dolber. “In this, our 20th year in operation as a privately-owned, independent broker/dealer, we are extremely proud to be recognized by Investment Advisor magazine and the LUMINARIES judges as industry leaders in the financial services space. This recognition stands as a testament to the path we chose for ourselves when we opened our doors in 2001, which is to seek financial pathways for people in pursuit of their American Dreams.” “We are pleased to congratulate American Portfolios for being recognized in our new industry recognition program, the LUMINARIES, and for earning this honor in each category. AP stands out for the many dynamic, inclusive, thoughtful and innovative ways it is driving the financial services industry forward,” states ThinkAdvisor and Investment Advisor magazine Editor in Chief Janet Levaux. “An evolution of our Broker-Dealers of the Year awards, the LUMINARIES program aims to shine a spotlight on how top-performing industry participants are producing meaningful results in the areas that matter most to advisors.” Previously a six-time Investment Advisor Broker-Dealer of the Year award recipient, AP received five accolades from the LUMINARIES panels of judges in four distinct categories, the most awarded to any program entrant. AP was recognized twice for business leadership: 1) Executive Leadership: Individuals (Broker-Dealers) recognized Dolber, who serves as Chief Executive Officer of the thriving, independent broker/dealer comprised of 100-plus staff members whoserve approximately 850 independent investment professionals—inclusive of registered assistants—and more than 375 non-registered associates located in nearly 400 branch offices throughout the country; and 2) Executive Leadership Products, Programs and Services for the firm’s swift and comprehensive response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which ensured the safety of its home office employees with zero service interruption to its customers and end-clients. AP’s Going Paperless initiative earned double honors in two separate categories: 1) Thought Leadership and Education: Products, Programs and Services (Broker-Dealers) and 2) Dealmaking/Growth: Products, Programs and Services (Other). The multi-year business initiative involves improving e-delivery of documents to positively impact the environment, as well as help investors avoid paying statement and confirm fee charges for paper mailings. The existing initiative was refreshed with fervor when the COVID-19 lockdown necessitated a streamlined document review and client attestation process, which is integral for opting into digital mailings versus paper mailings. AP’s nuanced technological improvements, client-education pieces and advisor-awareness tactics—along with major enhancements to the AP Advisory Platform that provides IARs with a single interface to access and manage third-party managed and rep-directed accounts on certain programs that default-set new accounts for going paperless—led to increased adoption of the sustainable business practice. Since its rollout, AP has seen a reduction in investor paper mailings move from 17% in year-end 2018 to 44% in March 2021, with numbers continuing to increase on a consistent basis. AP was also recognized in the category of Diversity and Inclusion: Programs, Products and Services (Broker-Dealers) for the firm’s AP for LIFE Creative Residency, a two-year funding commitment to support the LIFE Arts, Inc. mission to usher in a neo-classical urban renaissance to Ferguson, Missouri, and its environs. The residency offers comprehensive community engagement to facilitate training and development of five young creative entrepreneurs who nurture talent within and drive revenue to a community in need of revitalization. Through AP’s CSR platform, the residency develops projects designed to bring hope, healing and economic recovery to the region and beyond. Each creative resident receives a yearly stipend and a small investment account that is managed by a dedicated AP-affiliated financial advisor who serves as their financial literacy mentor and financial planner, providing them with the foundation they need to manage their wealth for the future and see it grow. Stories pertaining to the LUMINARIES Class of 2021 will be told in print and online via features, interviews, podcasts and other coverage in Investment Advisor magazine and online at The program’s inaugural awards dinner is set to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. “American Portfolios is honored to be included in the LUMINARIES Class of 2021 for the firm’s achievements in sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and leadership. In this, our 20th year in operation as a privately-owned, independent broker/dealer, we are extremely proud to be recognized by Investment Advisor magazine and the LUMINARIES judges as industry leaders in the financial services space. This recognition stands as a testament to the path we chose for ourselves when we opened our doors in 2001, which is to seek financial pathways for people in pursuit of their American Dreams.” -- CEO Lon T. Dolber About American Portfolios Headquartered in Holbrook, New York, American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is a full-service, independent broker/dealer and member firm of FINRA and SIPC, offering a complete range of financial services, including personal financial and retirement planning, securities trading, mutual funds, access to investment research, long-term care planning, insurance products and tax-free investing. Fee-based asset management is offered through its sister subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., (APA), an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Both entities, along with technology entity American Portfolios Advisory Solutions, LLC, collectively reside under the legal entity American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. (APH). Full-service securities brokerage is available through a clearing firm relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon firm, the securities of which are held on a fully disclosed basis. The company supports independent investment professionals—inclusive of registered assistants and non-registered associates—throughout the nation. American Portfolios has numerous recognitions by a number of industry publications and organizations. Such acknowledgment includes: multiple Broker-Dealer of the Year * (Division III) wins by Investment Advisor magazine; multiple finalist and award wins by Industry Award in multiple categories**; Corporate Citizen of the Year by Long Island Business News; multiple top placements as one of the Best Companies to Work for in the state of New York by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management (NYS-SHRM) and the Best Companies Group (BCG); and one of the Top Long Island Workplaces by Newsday. * Based on a poll of registered representatives conducted by Investment Advisor magazine. Broker/dealers rated highest by their representatives are awarded “Broker/Dealer (B/D) of the Year.” ** Industry Award finalists are selected by a panel of independent judges made up of subject matter experts in the industry. Award is based on support provided to AP’s affiliated people and does not reflect public customers nor their account performance. About the ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES Investment Advisor magazine’s ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES recognition program honors members of the financial services industry for the dynamic and inclusive ways they are driving the wealth, investment and retirement industry forward. An evolution of Investment Advisor’s Broker-Dealers of the Year awards, the LUMINARIES program shines a spotlight on how the top-performing industry participants are producing meaningful results in the areas that matter most to advisors, rather than emphasizing asset levels, rankings or the latest industry buzz. ThinkAdvisor LUMINARIES Class of 2021 includes winners in four categories: Diversity and Inclusion; Thought Leadership; Executive Leadership; and Dealmaking/Growth. Members of the Class of 2021 LUMINARIES were selected by a distinguished and diverse panel of judges from across the advice industry, as well by the Investment Advisor editorial team. Contact Details Melissa Grappone Sr. VP, Mktg. & Corp. 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September 27, 2021 05:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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During Climate Week, Ralph Lauren Reaffirms Its Commitment to Achieve Net Zero

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Today, we face a climate crisis, and we know ambitious near-term action to decarbonize our operations and value chain should be matched with long-term ambition. That is why this Climate Week, at Ralph Lauren, we are reaffirming our commitment to “Getting it Done.” Our goal to achieve net zero emissions across our value chain by 2040 will help reduce impact and contribute to a more stable climate for generations to come. More specifically, we are prioritizing the elimination of emissions within our value chain. In June 2020, we set a science-based target to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in line with the global reductions needed to limit average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. We are also committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity in our stores, offices and distribution centers to address emissions in our owned and operated facilities. We are moving to sustainable production practices for our raw materials and reducing emissions from manufacturing in our product supply chain. While our reduction efforts will be significant, they aren't enough to eliminate all of our GHG emissions. As part of our net zero strategy, we will supplement our reduction strategies with credible and impactful carbon removals. We acknowledge that the markets, initiatives and accounting systems for high-quality carbon removals are quickly evolving. We will continue to monitor and evaluate available options against external criteria to ensure additionality, permanence, robust quantification and verification as well as the delivery of social and environmental co-benefits. We are making our first commitments to carbon removal projects this year with an intention to continue to scale our programs and investments. Through this aspect of our net zero strategy, we aim to drive the conservation of high-functioning ecosystems such as primary forests, advance regenerative agriculture to sequester carbon while building soil health and support reforestation projects where appropriate. We believe restoring the planet’s natural ecosystem cycles and biodiversity are vital to reducing warming and rising atmospheric greenhouse gas trends. Download and read our full Net Zero Commitment Statement  HERE. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Ralph Lauren Corporation on

September 24, 2021 04:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: Interview with Author Kristin Meekhof

Whole Foods Market Foundations

Kristin Meekhof is the author of A Widow’s Guide to Healing, who after meeting microcredit clients in New York, is donating $1 per book sold to alleviate poverty through Whole Planet Foundation. Here’s why. Q: What inspired you to start writing and start supporting Whole Planet Foundation? Before my book was published, I flew to Kenya and visited a slum called Kibera. Families there live without running water, electricity or safe access to medical care and schools. Their one room homes are tiny and the walls are mud. I met several widows living here, earning less than a dollar a day, supporting their families with very little material resources. And I had the joy of getting to know one widow living here with her three young  children, including an infant. And over several days I learned from her and other widows how they benefited from a microfinance project. It was then and there that I decided upon my return to the United States of America, I would attempt to learn about other microentrepreneur projects. While shopping at Whole Foods Market, I discovered the Whole Planet Foundation cookbook, “Liberation Soup”. I purchased it, and read the stories of several female microentrepreneurs the Foundation helped. I sent a “cold email” to  someone at Whole Planet Foundation telling them I wanted to learn more about Whole Planet Foundation outreach.  And several months later, I met Whole Planet Foundation and part of their team in Harlem. In Harlem, the Foundation introduced me to other microentrepreneurs, and we also gathered with other corporate supporters to share meals and complete a service project. I continue to be impressed by the impact Whole Planet Foundation has on a global level, and I am delighted to give back.  Q: How did you progress from your origin story to where you are now?  I’m likely one of the few people you’ll read about who doesn’t know the exact date they were born. I was born in approximately February, 1974 and do not know anything about my birth story.  I was adopted from Seoul, Korea and arrived in Chicago in June of 1974 to my parents. At the time, my father, in his mid- twenties, was in remission from cancer. Tragically, in 1979, about two weeks shy of my fifth birthday, my father died at age 30 from cancer. This loss left a significant imprint on my life. Decades later, unfortunately, around Labor Day weekend in 2007 my husband was misdiagnosed with bronchitis. I was 33 at the time, and weeks later we found out he had advanced adrenal cancer. He died in November that year. Although I had a master’s degree in social work and was a psychology major (undergraduate degree), I struggled to understand how I would thrive after my loss. Over a three-year time frame,  I read everything I could about grief and loss, from medical journals about broken heart syndrome to popular magazine articles about people who survived a loss to biographies, and autobiographies. The content didn’t have to be specific to that of a widow. I was curious how people thrived and found purpose in their grief. I noticed a paucity in the research when it came to women. Their stories weren’t amplified, so I decided in 2010 that I would interview as many women as possible, and put their stories together in a book. I know that narratives can change the trajectory in which one experiences loss, both personal and / or professional. And my intent was to make others feel less isolated by connecting with someone’s story of resilience. I traveled the world to gather these stories, and hoped that my book, “A Widow’s Guide to Healing”, would one day help others discover healing, purpose and hope in the throes of sadness. I also desired to create a brand with my name that empowers one whenever they feel alone, scared, and defeated by life. It is a privilege to be able to do this with words, in my writing, speaking, and life coaching.  Q: Tell us how it felt when you experienced a setback, and how you overcame it? I’ve experienced several setbacks. When it came to getting a literary agent to take me on as a first- time author, it was a challenge, and I was scared. I knew I spent countless hours gathering  stories from women, and they were counting on me, in an informal way, to get published. And then getting blurbs for my book wasn’t easy either.  However, I never stopped believing in the message of my book- healing and thriving after loss is possible. So without any formal media training, I reached out on my own, to obtain blurbs and support for my book from Katie Couric, Maria Shriver, and Dr. Deepak Chopra, who is now my mentor and dear friend. I remain in contact with them, and what I’m most impressed by is their both their tenderness and willingness to support those in need from caregivers to cancer patients to entire communities. Another setback occurred when I was running the NYC Marathon. I hit the “runner’s wall” and simply stopped alongside the street. I was both mentally and physically exhausted. And yet, I knew the mental strength meant more at that moment than my physical strength. I remembered what my friend, a seven- continent marathoner, Michael Silvio (he also attended the Whole Planet Foundation Harlem service project) said about relying on the cheering of strangers to carry me on when I got tired. So, I made it a point to really listen to the cheers, and their applause and joyful words helped to carry me across the finish line in under five hours. We all have various finish lines, literally and figuratively, we wish to cross, and there will be setbacks along the way. Sometimes we have to lean into the kindness of strangers en route and other times it is the company of our friends and family. Q: What makes each day an opportunity to make a difference for yourself and microentrepreneurs around the globe? I love to create and accept opportunities for growth and contribute to the empowerment of women from diverse backgrounds. I’m grateful beyond measure to be able to practice generosity. Each day I try to carve out a sweet spot to nurture these kinds of relationships.   Q: What’s the most impactful part of a program/project/product you developed?  My book is probably the most impactful because it contains the stories of amazing and brave women from diverse backgrounds who triumphed after loss and trauma. A chapter in my book focuses on solo parenting, and my remarkable mother did this while teaching full-time. This section seems to touch the hearts of women. My book is also the foundation of my other work that embodies healing, resilience, empowerment, and tenderness. I’ve been told my coaching brings people to the next level of growth and fosters resilience, so that’s an important aspect of my career.  Q: What’s your 5-year dream?   As a person with a multi-hyphenate career I have several dreams. I will keep on sharing, writing, coaching, speaking, evolving, growing, and of course, reading.  And to be in the company of those people who value both inner and other growth is everything. There are some people I’ve admired from a distance and they’re a part of the Whole Planet Foundation community. I met some of these supporters at the Harlem gathering - the bright people of Chobani, Unilever, Papyrus, Pepsi beverage company, Whole Foods Market, and it would be an honor and dream to create a collaboration with them.  I’d also love to do book signings at Whole Foods Market in various cities, starting with the store in Harlem. As a mental health professional, I’d like to continue writing and speaking about the importance of mental health awareness, and how to cope with anxiety and depression related to trauma. And for caregivers and those who suffered losses, both personally and professionally, I’ll keep on offering wellness tips. Personally, I’d like to run another marathon for a charity. I’d also love to return to Kenya to give back in a meaningful way to the women and children who live in Kibera. And I’m eager to discover entrepreneurs, businesses, and authors who are new to me, and have meaningful conversations with them, in person, whenever possible.  Q: What’s your advice to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to embed a cause in their business strategy? Look at what the organization is actually doing and find a creative way to embed some of their actions into your strategy. Also, look for an alignment, so the process of integration is a bit easier. It should be a lovely cause who you’re eager to help, but take your time getting to know them. Make sure their fuel is generosity, and they’re truly mending the broken places. Remember, you can’t help everyone, but you can do something which is better than being inactive.  Learn more at View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Whole Foods Market Foundations on

September 24, 2021 04:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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CNH Industrial Logistics Center in Sorocaba, Brazil, Awarded Bronze in World Class Logistics Program

CNH Industrial

CNH Industrial’s Parts Logistics Centre, located in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo State, in the southwest of Brazil, was awarded a Bronze Medal in the World Class Logistics Program (WCL). This program identifies excellence in distribution and logistics processes. The Sorocaba site is the first in the Company’s global footprint to win this prestigious award. This achievement is a testament to the improvements in both the logistics practices and excellence in the services provided. “For us, this is the recognition of a lot of work and the honing of our processes and applications over time. Above all, it’s the result of our entire team’s commitment to delivering the best parts solutions for our dealer networks,” said Sérgio Cavalheiro, Director of Industrial Operations for CNH Industrial in South America. The WCL evaluation utilizes a point-based methodology based on four core competencies: Positioning, Integration, Speed and Measurement. The Sorocaba depot scored 50 points, securing bronze. Located in rural São Paulo state, the center achieved this ranking by demonstrating advances in the areas of cost, quality, productivity, and safety. The areas in which it scored highest were: Personnel and Cost Development, Number of Presented Projects, as well as Interaction with Supply Chain during process improvement. For Sérgio Cavalheiro, it’s the team’s commitment to improvement that has gradually refined the process. “We embarked on our WCL journey in 2016 with our official auditing partnership, and the spirit of continual improvement has always been ingrained in our team. We underwent eight inspections before receiving Bronze, eight successful steps which is testament to the learnings and dedication of our teams,” he concluded. Opened in 2010, the CNH Industrial Logistics Center is also considered to be the most modern center in South America. The 66,000m² depot can hold 20 million items, from where thousands of replacement parts for Case IH, CASE Construction Equipment, New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, IVECO and FPT Industrial equipment are shipped every day. Designed according to the most modern sustainability criteria, the depot is also a recognized Green Building, which denotes that it was constructed according to environmentally responsible principals. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from CNH Industrial on

September 24, 2021 04:01 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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On World Cancer Research Day, Illumina Highlights the Transformative Power of Genomics


Cancer is a devastating disease that is quickly becoming the leading cause of death worldwide. In 2020, there were nearly 10 million cancer deaths around the globe. But with the advent of genomics and a democratized access to specialized data, cancer researchers have been able to make great strides in recent years, and cancer survival rates have increased thanks to advancements from research. September 24 marks World Cancer Research Day. The initiative aims to promote research in the oncology field and calls on institutions, leaders, and enterprises to increase their efforts and accelerate momentum as they strive to lessen the burden of this heartbreaking disease. At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City, Assistant Attending Computational Oncologist Elli Papaemmanuil, PhD and her lab utilize Illumina technologies to analyze multiomic data (any combination of DNA, RNA, epigenetics and protein) from thousands of patients to gain actionable insights into cancer. “There is so much information embedded in the cancer genome that speaks to a patient’s risk predisposition, disease state, and the likely response to treatment,” says Papaemmanuil. “We now have the technologies that allow us to access that information. When thinking about a new problem, reading a paper, or working on a challenging patient, clinicians’ thought processes now immediately jump to thinking about how they can use the latest technologies to solve a problem. I find this shift incredibly inspiring. It shows that we’re just at the very beginning of adopting these technologies in a much wider context.” Danny Wells, PhD, is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Research & Scientific Co-Founder of Immunai, and is equally enthusiastic about the power of next-generation sequencing to gain critical insights. “I’m a true believer in genomics—I think the sky’s the limit. This technology will become central to every major disease research area.” His company, also based in New York City, is mapping the body’s immune system using multiomics and AI in order to discover new therapies. Wells’s background includes biology and applied mathematics, but today he focuses on immuno-oncology research. “For me, there are two really profound differences between working with genomic data in the context of human health compared to the computational work I did in the past. The first thing is that I just love genomic data. It’s so incredible that you can take these unbiased approaches. I don’t think any other data types give you access to that much information. Secondly, it’s meaningful to be working on human samples and to know that discoveries you’re making can help identify new treatments for patients, new ways to get them the right therapy.” Wells is one example of how advances in sequencing have attracted a range of talent to the field of genomics research. According to Papaemmanuil, the global research community is no longer just trained scientists predominantly studying genomics and data science. “Now, individuals that may have diverse backgrounds in cell biology or molecular biology are routinely incorporating technologies that allow the decoding of the cancer genome, methylome, and transcriptome on a daily basis. An important point is that these technologies are not only generating the data, but are also naturally paired with an associated workflow for quality control and data mining after the data generation. The stability of that output is what has effectively enabled and democratized the adoption of these technologies across disciplines. The high quality of the output has enabled very reliable new discoveries for us and for many others.” But there is much more work to be done, and it begins with the researcher. “The more comprehensively we interrogate the genome, transcriptome, and methylome, the faster we will be able to develop and validate relevant biomarkers,” she says. “Once we have exhausted our search space, we will be able to link multiomic data to patient response status and outcomes in all our correlative studies and clinical trials.” To read Illumina’s Cancer Research Methods Guide, click here. To support cancer researchers, visit World Cancer Research Day and use the hashtag #WorldCancerResearchDay on social media. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Illumina on

September 24, 2021 03:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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