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FSG Welcomes Social Impact Expert Chirlie Felix As a Managing Director


BOSTON, January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ - FSG, a global social impact advisory firm, is pleased to announce that Chirlie Felix has joined the firm as a managing director. In her new role, Chirlie will help lead the firm’s corporate racial equity work alongside a talented team of social change experts. “We’re excited to have Chirlie join FSG as a managing director,” said CEO Greg Hills. “Over the past several years, our corporate consulting practice has increasingly focused on helping our clients center their purpose on equity. Chirlie is a respected global social sector leader with over a decade of experience working with both nonprofit and private sector partners to advance educational outcomes for kids around the world. While in pursuit of that mission, Chirlie worked with a wide range of leaders to develop and clarify their social impact aims, grow their leadership and storytelling capacities—always striving to center equity and elevate the voices of the most marginalized in these relationships.” “I’m thrilled to join FSG at this point in time,” said Chirlie. “We have come to a critical inflection point as a society when all must work together to ensure we are intentionally creating equitable systems change. Corporations have a unique role to play to ensure they are leading organizations that are diverse, inclusive, and just. This means removing barriers to entry and advancement for the most historically marginalized, reimagining workplace culture to ensure inclusion and belonging, and re-designing what partnership with local communities looks like to ensure they highlight community voice and bring wealth to historically marginalized communities. I look forward to bringing my expertise in helping to broker authentic partnerships, coaching and advising leaders for social impact, and working on organizational change management to help companies develop and implement strategies to advance racial equity,” she said. In addition to working with a talented team on corporate racial equity, Chirlie will help FSG support corporate and philanthropic clients on educational equity, corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, and community engagement. Chirlie joins FSG from Teach For All, where she held a variety of fundraising and programmatic roles over the past 10 years. Most recently, she served as senior strategic advisor, working with teams within the global organization on special projects related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, fundraising and marketing, community impact, climate education, and strategy. Before that, Chirlie lead Teach For All's Global Corporate Partnerships team, where she spearheaded relationships with the organization's corporate champions and donors and developed complex, multi-country partnerships that focused on growing classroom and community impact, particularly in the areas of STEM, girls and financial education, employability, and life skills for students and teacher leaders.  Prior to joining Teach For All, Chirlie was an Education Pioneers Fellow as a consultant for the Newark Legacy Charter School, a start-up charter school. There, she worked with the head of school in creating the school’s first system of operations and supporting the creation of a professional development curriculum for its kindergarten and first-grade teachers. Chirlie first became interested in racial and educational equity as an intern for the POMPA project (with the Steve Biko Institute) to train Afro-Brazilian students for careers in public service. Later, Chirlie continued that effort as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, undertaking research on other college preparatory programs that developed Afro-Brazilian students in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador, Bahia. Chirlie remained in Brazil to continue that effort, including working for the Steve Biko Institute to broker funding and programmatic relationships with nonprofit and philanthropic partners. Chirlie holds a BA in International Relations and Sociology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Chirlie is from the Dominican Republic and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Currently, Chirlie serves as a volunteer child advocate for the Young Center, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children. Since 2000, FSG has been at the forefront of helping foundations, corporations, nonprofits, and other philanthropic actors create a more equitable world. Today, more than 160 staff in the US, Europe, and India work with clients and partners from the private, public, and philanthropic sectors to reimagine how social change can happen. In addition to offering advisory services, FSG’s thought leadership offers the field practical insights drawn from our cross-sector work. FSG also helps build communities of practice through innovative programs and initiatives: the Collective Impact Forum, Growing Livelihood Opportunities for Women (GLOW), Program to Improve Private Early Education (PIPE), the Shared Value Initiative, and Talent Rewire. Learn more about us at ### Press inquiries: View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from FSG on

January 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The V Foundation for Cancer Research Receives $1 Million Gift

Advisors Excel

Pediatric cancer research recently received a million dollar infusion during an Advisors Excel training event. The V Foundation for Cancer Research will administer the funds through an open grant process. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano with one goal in mind: to achieve Victory Over Cancer®. Since 1993, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It has become one of the premier supporters of cutting-edge cancer research. “Advisors Excel headed by Cody Foster and David Callanan, gave us at The V Foundation a golden opportunity to help youngsters in their battle vs. cancer,” said Dick Vitale, legendary sports commentator. “They blew us away with their generosity from their annual event by donating an incredible 1 million dollars that will go for pediatric cancer research through The V Foundation. I simply say the clients and staff of Advisors Excel are awesome baby with a capital A.” Advisors Excel raised funds in conjunction with more than 500 of the nation’s top financial professionals attending a three-day training event in Orlando. Each year, the company hosts the event, including an opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause. Since 2008, Advisors Excel and its affiliated independent financial professionals have raised approximately $6.3 million to help incredible nonprofits and organizations around the country. Private funding of pediatric research is critical to saving the lives of children with cancer. The disease is the leading cause of non-accidental deaths among American children. Government funding for pediatric research is minimal, and without funding, better tests and treatments cannot be developed. About 15,000 kids (infant to 19) are diagnosed with cancer every year. There have been great strides against the disease – the death rate for pediatric leukemia has declined by 70% over the last 45 years. The goal is to grow that number even more and to make those same strides against other cancers. For more information about the V Foundation, visit ### About Advisors Excel: Advisors Excel, founded in 2005, has redefined the role a marketing organization can play in supporting independent financial advisors. Their growth has been unparalleled in the industry and is achieved by working with a smaller group of select advisors. With a focus on making good advisors great business owners, Advisors Excel has revolutionized how financial professionals build and operate their businesses. In 2021, the 500 advisors working with Advisors Excel did over $8.9 billion in annuity, Medicare, and life insurance production. Their affiliated Registered Investment Advisory Firm, AE Wealth Management, currently manages over $18.8 billion and has been named one of the fastest-growing RIAs in the country. Contact Details Advisors Excel Tracey Stratton, Public Relations Manager +1 866-363-9595 Company Website

January 20, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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EPA Recognizes PNC Bank for Leading Green Power Use

PNC Financial Services Group

PITTSBURGH, January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ - PNC Bank, National Association, is pleased to announce its membership to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. By choosing green power, PNC Bank is helping advance the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources; and is using more than 81 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25% of the organization's electricity use. According to the U.S. EPA, PNC's green power use is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 8,000 average American homes annually. "EPA applauds PNC Bank for its leadership position in the green power marketplace," said James Critchfield, program manager of EPA's Green Power Partnership. "PNC is an excellent example for other organizations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green power investment and use." PNC Bank committed to RE100 in 2019 to source 100% renewable purchased electricity by 2025 and will reach this goal through a multi-faceted approach inclusive of power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits and on-site generation. "At PNC, we strive to be good stewards of the environment, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is essential to supporting a high quality of life for our employees, customers and communities," said Lora Phillips, VP and director of PNC's Environmental, Social and Governance practice. "Our commitments to operational sustainability are a critical component of our overall climate action strategy." "We are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for our green power usage and to contribute to a reduction in air pollution while lowering our emissions footprint," said Kate Zettl, VP and Energy manager at PNC Bank. "We are making great progress to achieve our 100% renewable purchased electricity target by 2025 and encourage other companies to consider green power as an affordable and accessible choice." By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, PNC Bank and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain and regional haze. PNC holds longstanding commitments to reduce its environmental impact, finance the transition to a low carbon economy and leverage its resources to move all forward financially. In August the company pledged $20 billion in support of environmental finance and earlier this year joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials. The company also released its first  Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) report  in Aug. 2021, which focuses on PNC's climate risk management strategy. For full detail of PNC's ESG commitments, refer to the  2020 PNC Corporate Responsibility Report. About EPA's Green Power Partnership The Green Power Partnership is a partnership program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. In 2020, the Partnership had more than 700 Partners voluntarily using nearly 70 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit About PNC Bank PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit For More Information PNC Media Relations (412) 762-4550   View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from PNC Financial Services Group on

January 20, 2022 12:30 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Past and Present: What's Ahead for BIER in 2022

Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable

Notably, 2021 marked significant collective progress as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) hit the mainstream.  Accompanying the growing focus of initiatives aimed toward target setting and improved assessment and measurement of ESG plans, acute attention is now focused on addressing rapid decarbonization, deforestation, energy efficiency, and other critical impacts of businesses’ value chains. Reflecting on 2021, the members of the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) have maintained a steady and unwavering focus acting as a common voice across the beverage sector, speaking to influence global standards on environmental sustainability aspects, and sharing best practices that raise the bar for the sustainable performance of the industry. Specifically, 2021 marked the 15 year anniversary of BIER as a consortium of leading global beverage companies advancing environmental sustainability.  BIER continued to step up to the challenge in 2021 and accomplished a number of achievements. The following highlight some of BIER’s achievements in the past year: In response to increased pressures to move towards low carbon economies, BIER published The Facility Decarbonization Playbook. The focus of the Facility Decarbonization Playbook is on providing guidance to less mature facilities to accelerate the journey from negative to positive impacts with regard to emissions. Because facility decarbonization needs to occur locally, the Facility Decarbonization Playbook offers foundational information to spur local efforts and is considered hugely informative to other sectors that might be lagging. BIER’s Charco Bendito watershed project in the Municipality of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco Mexico has been hailed as a “first of its kind” collaboration among leading beverage companies. Meeting the increased need for business operations to address challenges related to water quantity, quality, and value from a context-based perspective, BIER in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) developed The Water Circularity Metrics Tool and Tool Application and Guidance Note. The tool is a scenario-based tool providing a practical methodology for businesses to adopt a common metric for water circularity at a facility and enterprise level. The step-by-step process supports more informed decisions to evaluate a specific facility’s water needs, water source options and determining post-use and discharge options allowing for a transition from linear to more circular and less demanding on the local watershed. Promoting the sustainable use and protection of water is a business imperative for BIER members and in keeping with BIER’s focus on water, it published The Six Principles of World Class Stewardship in the Beverage Industry. This was an updated BIER Water Stewardship Framework Definition with technical contributions from industry experts Tom Williams of World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Paul Reig of Bluerisk, and Will Sarni of Water Foundry. Our biannual Global Water, Energy, and GHG Benchmarking Study was completed this year with data from over 1,600 global facilities across BIER member companies as well as partner organizations participating including Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), and International Bottled Water Association (IBWA). Our latest benchmarking report will be published in January 2022. As we look toward 2022 and beyond, commitment to being corporate leaders within environmental sustainability requires that beverage companies look beyond their own operations and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. Due for publication in 2022, BIER is releasing guidance for the following: Decarbonization Playbook for Small/Medium suppliers - Building on the Facility Decarbonization Playbook aimed at providing guidance to less mature facilities to accelerate the journey from negative to positive impacts with regards to emissions, the Decarbonization Playbook for Small/Medium suppliers aims to provide similar guidance to support decarbonization in the value chain. As mentioned previously, the publication of the 2021 Benchmarking report is expected to publish late January 2022. In early 2022, we plan to publish BIER’s GHG Sector Guide v4.2. For the beverage industry, as for all industries, the ability to make informed decisions on GHG reduction efforts and climate change mitigation is dependent upon an accurate inventory of all relevant GHG emissions associated with a company, its value chain, and the life cycles of its products. The BIER Sector Guide is intended to provide supplementary guidance to primary global GHG protocols, with the objective of creating beverage sector consensus and consistency on inventory scoping, calculation steps, and data use. Moving forward in 2022, there will be a continued focus on providing guidance and tools related to global water quality and supply, greenhouse gas emissions, climate resiliency, and decarbonization. As the year unfolds, you are invited to keep current with BIER, its members, and publications by reading our 2022 Spotlight Series and connecting with BIER on Twitter and LinkedIn. 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January 20, 2022 12:10 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Spotlight Sports Group Announces Title Sponsorship of the FSGA Winter Conference

Spotlight Sports Group

Spotlight Sports Group, a world-leading technology, content and media company specializing in sports betting and fantasy sports, announced the company will be the title sponsor of the upcoming Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA) Winter Conference at the LINQ Hotel in Las Vegas on Feb. 15-16. The FSGA Winter Conference brings together fantasy sports, sports betting and gaming executives from across the world to network and discuss major trends in the marketplace, new technologies and emerging legislation and regulation impacting the entire sports gaming industry. In addition to breakout panels and keynotes, the conference features an awards ceremony and an innovation pitch competition. Spotlight Sports Group’s SVP of Business Development, Rick Wolf is a founding member of the FSGA and will co-host the event. As the title sponsor of the event, Wolf will also provide the opening remarks to start the conference focused on the massive expansion of sports betting and gaming set to take place for 2022. “With the emerging legalization of sports betting across America, specifically in states with large populations like California and Texas, companies have a limited time to take advantage of the gold rush. In 2022 alone, we’re predicting the number of American sports bettors with legal access to sports betting could double, from less than 40% to close to 75%,” said Wolf. “This year’s conference will explore all the ways businesses can innovate and create sustainable revenue streams before it's too late to scale efficiently.” In addition to the title sponsorship, the company will co-sponsor a free-to-play game for all attendees alongside the FSGA. Spotlight developed the free-to-play game through its self-service game engine. The game concept provides the FSGA audience a proof of concept of how companies can quickly bring to market a coveted user engagement tool like free-to-play games. The prop-style free-to-play game will be available to all attendees and will feature a prize of an autographed NFL jersey. “For more than 20 years, the FSGA has been at the forefront of progress for the fantasy, sports betting and gaming industries,” said Harry von Behr, Spotlight’s managing director of sport and co-US CEO. “Spotlight is one of the only companies to provide a full-service technology and content offering across the entire fantasy sports, sports betting and gaming industries. The sponsorship is a natural extension of our capabilities, providing value and insights to all those in attendance.” For more information regarding the conference and other attendees here: ABOUT SPOTLIGHT SPORTS GROUP Spotlight Sports Group (owned by Exponent Private Equity) is a leading technology, content and media business specializing in sports betting. Evolved from the Racing Post Group, Spotlight Sports Group engages millions of people directly through Racing Post, Pickswise, Free Super Tips, Fantasy Alarm and myracing. The company also has decades of experience in powering growth and conversion for the world’s biggest sportsbooks and media companies, delivering best-in-class technology and expert scalable content experiences in more than 70 languages. Contact Details Michael Adorno +1 212-931-6143 Company Website

January 20, 2022 12:08 PM Eastern Standard Time

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International March of the Living commends historic UN resolution condemning Holocaust denial

March of the Living International

International March of the Living President Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Chairman Dr. Shmuel Rosenman said today in Washington and Tel Aviv: “As we continue our efforts to educate the next generation on the history of the Shoah and the perilous danger of antisemitism, International March of the Living expresses its gratitude to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan and to UN member states on the passage of this important resolution condemning the destructive wave of Holocaust distortion and denial afflicting our world. "Passage of this historic resolution honors those Holocaust survivors gratefully still with us, dignifies those who senselessly perished and sends a clear message to the world that the Holocaust is history's unforgettable fact.” “We were convinced antisemitism perished here [in Auschwitz-Birkenau]. Antisemitism did not perish here. Its victims perished here,” said Elie Wiesel on Yom HaShoah 1990 during the International March of the Living in Poland. “Sadly, Elie Wiesel’s eloquent words, shared with young March of the Living participants over three decades ago, are no less true today. They are more relevant than ever as antisemitism, Holocaust denial and trivialization, as well as the demonization of Israel, regularly dominate news cycles and give rise to a grave sense of insecurity among Jewish communities around the world. “Only by acknowledging the reality of the past, and committing to learning the lessons of the Holocaust, can we hope to build a world safe for all humanity, free of antisemitism and all forms of racism, bigotry, hatred and intolerance.” International March of the Living is proud to have hosted over 100 UN Ambassadors from 60 countries around the globe on five separate delegations to both Poland and Israel. During these meaningful journeys, these representatives of the world’s most influential body were personally introduced to and benefitted from firsthand Holocaust education and survivor testimony. With fewer and fewer Holocaust survivors able to share their story, there is a universal fear that history will re-write itself: "When there are no longer Holocaust survivors on earth, Holocaust deniers will sprout up like mushrooms" worries Israeli survivor Aliza Landau. And as the words of Auschwitz survivor Henry Appel so succinctly remind us: “There is only one thing worse than Auschwitz itself... and that is if the world forgets there was such a place." The International March of the Living is an annual educational program, bringing individuals from around the world to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hatred. Contact Details International March of the Living Revital Yakin Krakovsky +972 52-874-0310 Company Website

January 20, 2022 11:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Meet Vishakha: Motovlogger and Gamer Inspiring Women to Break Down Barriers


I remember the first time I rode on the back of my father’s motorbike as if it was yesterday. I loved feeling the wind on my face as we cruised through the streets – it’s a vivid memory I will have forever. When I told my dad motorsports is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, he finally allowed me to ride his new Hero Honda Passion bike. There was no turning back after that. I used to sneak the bike out with the help of my mother and we’d practice for hours together. Until one day, I purchased my own. Motorsports and bike riding have taught me so much about myself— especially during those solo rides. I can affirm who “Vishakha” is; what I like, dislike, what I stand for, and what drives me. I can be creative and innovative, channeled through the bursts of inspiration while driving. When my father passed away, riding was one thing that helped me move on with my life. Through the bad phases, riding has remained my constant and has given me the courage and strength to overcome the most challenging times in my life. After finishing college, there always comes the pressure of having to choose a “career”. How do I make a career out of biking? After months of research, the idea of motovlogging came to me. Four years later, I turned it into a profession. I faced challenges right from the moment I decided to step into the world of motorsports. Naturally, when you decide to step into a field that is considered ‘unconventional,’ you are asked questions about its financial success and longevity. And, I faced the age-old “who’s going to marry a biker girl?” stereotype. My goal was to make my family understand how serious I was about making this a career. My first ride was with my mother as pillion to Lonavala, 149 kms away, during the monsoons. I took great care of my bike (and my pillion), which is why that was the day she gained confidence in me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t only my family that needed convincing, but the entire motovlogging industry. My fellow motovloggers wrote a 9-step thesis on becoming a female motovlogger, trolled me endlessly on social media platforms, and posted hurtful comments. I took this to heart and found myself in a dark place because of the harassment. However, I started getting positive responses from my audiences. Receiving the encouragement and support of my audience and fans helped boost my confidence. In addition to motorsports, I also have a great passion for gaming. I’ve been playing video games for as long as I can remember. By the time I was 9 years old, I owned about 650 cassettes. My father bought my brother and me PlayStations which inspired me to delve into the world of adventure gaming even more. I grew up in a colony with only boys, which influenced me a lot. During my college days, I remember playing CounterStrike with all the boys, and even representing my college and winning gaming events. Gaming has taught me how to win and cherish each victory. When I lost my first game of CounterStrike, I broke down. You only enjoy victory once you’ve lost. And that’s what gaming has taught me. “You only enjoy victory once you’ve lost. And that’s what gaming has taught me.” After completing my MBA, I took a break from gaming, but I couldn’t shake the gaming “bug” in me. So, I decided to launch my own YouTube channels –  GamerGirl  and  RiderGirlVishakha  – to showcase both of my passions. A month later, I became a proud member of the  Lenovo Innovators program. This opportunity gave me the push I needed to chase my dreams and get me back into the gaming world. Lenovo’s support is something I’m truly grateful for. With  Lenovo’s Legion  gaming products, I have everything I need to successfully launch, maintain, and grow my new gaming channel with the ability to stream for hours on end. I am hopeful that with this new technology I will have a greater reach and inspire other girls and women within the gaming community. In my life, technology has been ubiquitous. I use it every single day. As times have changed, communication has too. Our world has moved ‘online’, making it easier than ever to communicate with my followers, brands, and other people. Everything is one tap away. During rides, I use GPS to find my way. I can share my location with family and friends, and locate petrol pumps, halt stops, restaurants, chemists, and hospitals. When it comes to day-to-day life, I use my camera to record my rides and my Lenovo laptop for editing video. I sleep with a gadget and wake up with another. Technology is simply a part of who I am now while helping me reach my next goal. If you’re interested in learning more about motorsports, gaming, and my  #LenovoInnovators  journey, follow along on Instagram  @ridergirlvishakha  & on YouTube at  RiderGirl Vishakha. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Lenovo on

January 20, 2022 11:45 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CIT Serves As Lead Arranger of $50.5 Million Financing for New York State Solar Portfolio


NEW YORK, January 20, 2022 /3BL Media/ - CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank, announced that its Power and Energy business served as lead arranger of $50.5 million in financing for construction of Amp's NY3 assets, a planned portfolio of new community solar installations in New York State. CIT arranged the financing on behalf of a subsidiary of Amp Energy, a leading global developer of clean energy infrastructure. NY3 consists of six solar projects located throughout central New York State. Taken together, they will comprise a total of 34 megawatts of generation capacity. Commercial operation is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022. Energy generated by the project is fully contracted for sale to area businesses and consumers. Amp is a leading global energy transition platform. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with global operations throughout North America, Australia, Japan, Spain, Czech Republic, and the UK, Amp has acquired or developed more than 6 gigawatts of renewable power generation since its inception. Earlier this year, CIT supported Amp Energy as the sole lead arranger of financing for the AMP NY2 community solar and battery storage portfolio. That project represented 40 megawatts of solar generation capacity across five sites, with three sites having battery storage capabilities of 9 megawatts each. "This new portfolio of solar power assets continues our investment in NY community solar, creating jobs and supporting economic development while also responding to growing consumer demand for clean, renewable power generation," said Jared Donald, EVP and Head of USA for Amp. "We were pleased to again leverage CIT's industry knowledge and experience to finance this project." "Amp is recognized industry-wide for its development and operation of top-tier renewable power generation projects," said Mike Lorusso, managing director and group head for CIT's Power and Energy business. "We look forward to the opportunity to support their future growth as they continue to build their portfolio of clean energy assets." CIT consistently ranks among the nation's top lenders for renewable energy projects, as reported by market research firm Inframation, an Acuris company. CIT also was recognized as Renewable Energy Lead Arranger of the Year in 2020 by Power Finance & Risk, a top energy industry trade publication. Power and Energy, part of CIT's Commercial Finance division, leverages its deep industry knowledge and expertise to offer comprehensive financing solutions for renewable and conventional power generation. The unit manages a large, diverse portfolio that includes investments in all asset classes across the energy sector. About CIT CIT is a division of First Citizens Bank, the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, continuing a unique legacy of strength, stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. Parent company, First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) is a top 20 U.S. financial institution with more than $100 billion in assets. The company's commercial banking segment brings a wide array of best-in-class lending, leasing and banking services to middle-market companies and small businesses from coast to coast. First Citizens also operates a nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 600 branches in 22 states, many in high-growth markets. Industry specialists bring a depth of expertise that helps businesses and individuals meet their specific goals at every stage of their financial journey. Discover more at MEDIA RELATIONS: John M. Moran 212-461-5507 SOURCE CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from CIT on

January 20, 2022 11:40 AM Eastern Standard Time

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A Conversation with Calvin Hilton and Mike Schmidt: Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Alliance Data

In remembrance and celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions, Mike Schmidt, SVP, Credit Risk, sat down with Calvin Hilton, Chief Diversity Officer, to reflect on his personal experience, the importance of Dr. King’s legacy and Alliance Data’s commitment to promoting inclusion, equality and respect for all. *Editor’s note: some responses have been edited for brevity Mike: If I think about the message and legacy of Dr. King and your experience, what is your first recollection and memory of Dr. King? Calvin:  My first recollection of him is around 1966 or 1967, when I was 10 or 11 years old. My most fond memory was that my dad used to listen to an LP, and every week I would listen to my dad play a recording from 1963 from the “I Have a Dream” speech, and he would listen to that over and over and over again. And I didn’t understand what it meant, but every now and then I would see tears in my dad’s eyes as he would listen. And it wasn’t until some years later that I really started to appreciate what my dad had gone through. Mike: Talk to me a little bit about growing up. Where did you grow up and go to school? Calvin:  I’m from North Carolina and I grew up in a small town called Monroe, about 20 miles south of Charlotte. I grew up in segregated schools, so my first five years I went to a secondary school which was all black. There was eventually forced integration, but, people talk about “separate but equal.” When I looked at the books in my elementary school and I saw five or six different names, I had no idea that they weren’t only secondhand, but second generation. In high school, our mascot was a rebel – not a rebel like you’re thinking, but an actual plantation owner. It was a largely segregated school, but, it was my hometown and where I grew up and was what I knew. I was in a segregated Boy Scout troop. I was the first person in my family to go to an integrated school. Mike: Can you talk to me about when you heard that Dr. King had been assassinated? How was that perceived by you, your family and your community? Calvin:  I can still remember when I heard about Dr. King being killed. I was in the sixth grade and it was my first year in an integrated school. My sixth grade teacher happened to be black and that morning she pulled me aside and she said, “They killed Dr. King.” And I had a classmate that day say, “we got him.” We got him. That’s really tough. My parents never said much about that to me, but I still remember my dad listening again to “I Have a Dream” over and over that day. It’s pretty powerful. Mike: When you focus on Alliance Data’s DE&I journey, how have you seen diversity, equity and inclusion change over time? Calvin:  When you take a look at where we are now, and if you take a look at what Alliance Data and other companies are doing now, there’s a lot more emphasis on the equity and inclusion parts of DE&I. So that’s where you start to become more holistic when you put those things together – that’s the sweet spot. That what I think we’re all searching for. Mike: That’s a great point, because diversity with inclusion doesn’t really encourage people to engage and take the opportunity to learn from others. Calvin:  The example I used to use when I was recruiting people – I said, “I grew up in North Carolina. It’s where I learned to read and where I learned to write.” Mike, I’m not sure where you grew up, but my guess is that we both learned how to read and write differently, but the key is that today we can both read and we can both write. Diversity, equity and inclusion means that I should be able to learn something from the way you learn. You should be able to learn something from the way I learned and we can spend time together to make something better. That’s diversity, equity and inclusion to me. Mike: When you look ahead, and you look at the journey Alliance Data is on in 2022, what are some of the things that you’re looking forward to? Calvin:  I had a chance to think about this conversation today, and go back and take a look at our mission statement, and I have to tell you that I’m so proud of the work that the team has done and I’m so proud of the buy-in that we’ve had from the senior leadership team around DE&I. I want to read a piece of that to you: “We’re committed to creating a culture that attracts and values diversity of thought, experience, backgrounds, skills and ideas.” Giving associates the opportunity to thrive within their workplace and contribute to the success of the organization. That’s powerful stuff. Promoting an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of our cardmemebrs, brand partners, shareholders and communities is essential to Alliance Data’s long-term growth and sustainability. It’s inspiring, and it says a lot about who we are as an organization and where we want to go.  View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Alliance Data on

January 20, 2022 11:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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