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CNH Industrial Enters Into Exclusive Multi-year Technology Licensing Agreement With Monarch Tractor

CNH Industrial

November 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ - CNH Industrial N.V. announces that it has entered into an exclusive, multi-year licensing agreement for electrification technologies with Monarch Tractor, a US-based AgTech company specializing in fully electric autonomous tractors. The license agreement foresees the launch of a scalable, modular electrification platform focusing on low horsepower tractors. These will be developed across multiple product families in the coming years, using an agile process that continuously gathers farmers’ input to ensure we create industry-leading, differentiated solutions aligned to customer needs. This agreement also furthers CNH Industrial’s ongoing commitment to decarbonizing agriculture through alternative propulsion systems. Electrification and machine automation are key tenets of CNH Industrial’s strategy to become an even stronger technology leader in agriculture and drive customer value. This mutually beneficial partnership enables CNH Industrial to enhance its internal electrification capabilities and develop and implement new electrified platforms faster. In turn, Monarch Tractor will be able to harness benefits of CNH Industrial’s deep sector expertise in product, brand, distribution, and supply chain strength. “We are confident that the new pathways provided by Monarch will rapidly strengthen our competitive position in sustainable precision farming. Their talented team, exceptional engineering acumen and Silicon Valley R&D ecosystem will greatly enhance our digital capabilities. We look forward to working with Monarch to accelerate innovation in EV technology and expeditiously bring customer-valued, autonomous, fully electric solutions to the world’s farmers,” said Scott Wine, Chief Executive Officer, CNH Industrial. CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com Monarch Tractor, headquartered in Livermore, California, USA, is empowering farmers with in-field electrification, automation, and data technologies to create a more profitable, sustainable, food ecosystem through its all-electric, driver-optional Monarch Tractor. For more information, visit www.monarchtractor.com Forward-looking statements All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release including statements regarding our future responses to and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; competitive strengths; business strategy; future financial position or operating results; budgets; projections with respect to revenue, income, earnings (or loss) per share, capital expenditures, dividends, liquidity, capital structure or other financial items; costs; and plans and objectives of management regarding operations and products, are forward-looking statements. These statements may include terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “could”, “should”, “intend”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “outlook”, “continue”, “remain”, “on track”, “design”, “target”, “objective”, “goal”, “forecast”, “projection”, “prospects”, “plan”, or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements, including those related to the COVID- 19 pandemic, are not guarantees of future performance. Rather, they are based on current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside our control and are difficult to predict. If any of these risks and uncertainties materialize (or they occur with a degree of severity that the Company is unable to predict) or other assumptions underlying any of the forward-looking statements prove to be incorrect, including any assumptions regarding strategic plans, the actual results or developments may differ materially from any future results or developments expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements include, among others: the unknown duration and economic, operational and financial impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the actions taken or contemplated by governmental authorities or others in connection with the pandemic on our business, our employees, customers and suppliers, including supply chain disruptions caused by mandated shutdowns and the adverse impact on customers, borrowers and other third parties to fulfill their obligations to us; disruption caused by business responses to COVID-19, including remote working arrangements, which may create increased vulnerability to cybersecurity or data privacy incidents; our ability to execute business continuity plans as a result of COVID-19; the many interrelated factors that affect consumer confidence and worldwide demand for capital goods and capital goods-related products, including demand uncertainty caused by COVID-19; general economic conditions in each of our markets, including the significant economic uncertainty and volatility caused by COVID-19; travel bans, border closures, other free movement restrictions, and the introduction of social distancing measures in our facilities may affect in the future our ability to operate as well as the ability of our suppliers and distributors to operate; changes in government policies regarding banking, monetary and fiscal policy; legislation, particularly pertaining to capital goods-related issues such as agriculture, the environment, debt relief and subsidy program policies, trade and commerce and infrastructure development; government policies on international trade and investment, including sanctions, import quotas, capital controls and tariffs; volatility in international trade caused by the imposition of tariffs, sanctions, embargoes, and trade wars; actions of competitors in the various industries in which we compete; development and use of new technologies and technological difficulties; the interpretation of, or adoption of new, compliance requirements with respect to engine emissions, safety or other aspects of our products; production difficulties, including capacity and supply constraints and excess inventory levels; labor relations; interest rates and currency exchange rates; inflation and deflation; energy prices; prices for agricultural commodities; housing starts and other construction activity; our ability to obtain financing or to refinance existing debt; price pressure on new and used vehicles; the resolution of pending litigation and investigations on a wide range of topics, including dealer and supplier litigation, follow-on private litigation in various jurisdictions after the settlement of the EU antitrust investigation announced on July 19, 2016, intellectual property rights disputes, product warranty and defective product claims, and emissions and/or fuel economy regulatory and contractual issues; our pension plans and other post-employment obligations; further developments of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, supply chains, distribution network, and level of demand for our products, as well as negative evolutions of the economic and financial conditions at global and regional levels; political and civil unrest; volatility and deterioration of capital and financial markets, including possible effects of “Brexit”, other pandemics, terrorist attacks in Europe and elsewhere; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from our business initiatives as part of our strategic plan; the impact of significant or unanticipated material extraordinary transactions or any business combinations and other similar transaction on our businesses; our failure to realize, or a delay in realizing, all of the anticipated benefits of our acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances or divestitures; expected benefits and costs of the proposed spin-off of the Company’s On-Highway business; the expected timing of completion of the spin-off transaction; the ability of the Company to complete the spin-off transaction considering the various conditions to the completion of the spin-off transaction (some of which are outside the Company’s control); business disruption during the pendency of or following the spin-off transaction, diversion of management time on the spin-off transaction-related issues, and other similar risks and uncertainties, and our success in managing the risks involved in the foregoing. Further information concerning factors, risks, and uncertainties that could materially affect the Company’s financial results is included in our annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2020, prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and in the Company’s EU Annual Report at December 31, 2020, prepared in accordance with EU-IFRS. Investors are expressly invited to refer to and consider the information on risks, factors, and uncertainties incorporated in the above-mentioned documents, in addition to the information presented here.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which such statements are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from CNH Industrial on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 04:01 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Generation Impact Episode 2: The Inventor

HP Inc.

Inspired by a robotic arm he built as a teen that won a state science fair, 25-year old inventor and entrepreneur Easton LaChappelle developed the world’s lightest weight and most affordable bionic limb using 3D printing technology. LaChappelle builds custom prostheses that work especially well for growing children with limb differences, transforming the lives of many. Watch the story of 14-year-old Aashna Patel as she learns how to use her new limb to accomplish everyday feats in this second film in the Garage by HP's "Generation Impact" series, which celebrates young people changing the world with technology. Directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Sarah Klein and produced by Redglass Pictures. WATCH EPISODE 1: Generation Impact: The Coder https://youtu.be/aBuW83053WY VISIT: http://hp.com/generation-impact MORE STORIES LIKE THIS: http://garage.hp.com View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from HP Inc. on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 03:56 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure abre en Bayside MarketPlace el 10 de Diciembre

Nevarez Communications

Facebook Twitter Email Pinterest LinkedIn Imagine Exhibitions brings a dinosaur-filled indoor experience to the Miami – Fort Lauderdale area for local families and visitors to get up-close-and-personal with larger-than-life replicas of the most fascinating, fan-favorite prehistoric inhabitants! Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure opens Dec.10, 2021, in Downtown Miami’s Bayside MarketPlace. Tickets are on sale Nov. 23 and can be purchased at DinoSafari.com. The limited-engagement, experiential family walk-through attraction will run through April 17, 2022. “South Florida families will not want to miss Dino Safari,” said Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “From the Sauropod Slide to interactive games and the sheer awe of giant moving dinosaurs, it’s the perfect activity for dinosaur fans of all ages to become immersed in an entertaining and educational globetrotting dinosaur adventure.” In this walk-through adventure, attendees will meet and interact with more than 30 life-sized dinosaurs, including the T.rex of North America and the Spinosaurus from Africa. With the help of scientifically accurate installations and realistic moving animatronics, Dino Safari will transport guests back millions of years to get up close and personal with prehistoric creatures in a replica of their natural habitat. Located in the second level of Bayside MarketPlace near the Skyview Observation Wheel, the experience showcases how dinosaurs evolved over time and offers hands-on challenges for visitors to solve, along with depictions of natural elements that often occurred during this time, such as earthquakes. The thrilling adventure features captivating VR technology, spectacular installations, and an interactive space for children. The exhibition was created by Atlanta-based Imagine Exhibitions in collaboration with world-renowned Ph.D. Dinosaur Paleontologist Gregory M. Erickson, who is one of 150 full-time professional dinosaur paleontologists in the world. About DINO SAFARI For more information about DINO SAFARI, visit DinoSafari.com. LOCATION: Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Fl. 33132 About Imagine Exhibitions Imagine Exhibitions is currently producing over 40 unique, immersive experiences and exhibitions globally in museums, science centers, zoos, integrated resorts, and non-traditional venues, attracting millions of worldwide visitors each year. Headquartered in Atlanta – and with offices in Las Vegas, Chicago, and France – the exhibitions company embraces a diversity of backgrounds to generate fresh and innovative ideas. Imagine Exhibitions maintains an extensive international network of industry partners and expertly manages the logistics of delivering immersive content to a wide variety of venues. In addition to developing successful traveling exhibitions, the company designs, opens, and operates permanent installations and venues, in addition to consulting on building, expanding, and directing museums and attractions. It brings a focus and purpose to all projects, shaping the inspiration, presentation, and operation into a plan that produces measurable results. With decades of extensive experience in the museum and entertainment industries, Imagine Exhibitions consistently develops exhibitions that educate and excite while exceeding attendance goals. For more information, visit ImagineExhibitions.com. About Bayside MarketPlace Bayside MarketPlace opened in April, 1987 as an entertainment shopping center. Located in the heart of downtown Miami Bayside has become a landmark throughout the City of Miami with more than 24-million visitors annually. The Miami Bayside Foundation 501-c-3 was created is 1986 to revitalize the community. The mission today remains the same, a nonprofit organization designed to advance economic development in Miami through the support of minority businesses and education. Contact Details Mayna Nevarez +1 305-591-3571 mayna@nevarezpr.com Company Website https://www.nevarezpr.com/

November 23, 2021 03:18 PM Eastern Standard Time

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As Green Hydrogen Production Scales, Blue Hydrogen Can Maintain Demand

Black & Veatch

The sheer abundance of hydrogen on this planet, along with the gas’ status as a clean burning fuel, makes it an appealing decarbonization tool. The alternative fuel source can be derived from water and has uses across sectors including food processing, fertilizer, medicines and rocket fuel. But while hydrogen produced with renewable energy offers a sustainable fuel for these applications, the global supply of hydrogen is still mainly derived from natural gas, according to a recent article by TriplePundit. The article, “ Charting a Sustainable Course for the Hydrogen Economy of the Future,” explores the hydrogen economy through a discussion with Jonathan Cristiani, an advanced power fuels engineer at Black & Veatch. He points out that although green hydrogen is the answer, it will take years to build its production systems to scale. As we bridge this gap, blue hydrogen paired with carbon capture technologies offer a cost-effective way to stimulate hydrogen supply over the near term, maintaining demand. "Some are not convinced that blue hydrogen is a sustainable solution, but the fact is that natural gas will be available well into the foreseeable future for hydrogen production and other uses,” Cristiani told TriplePundit. “The carbon capture technology for reducing those emissions is available now, at a scale large enough to make a significant difference." As the nation presses onward toward its target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, green hydrogen will be key in fueling the processes of various industries. When technologies catch up, green hydrogen production facilities may even be located offshore, using a practically endless supply of seawater to create the fuel. To get there, time, patience, blue hydrogen and a trust in innovation will chart the course. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Black & Veatch on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 03:01 PM Eastern Standard Time

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International Paper Donates $288,000 to Feeding America®

International Paper Company

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Food banks around the U.S. are combatting food insecurity, which has dramatically increased since the beginning of the pandemic. International Paper, a leading producer of packaging and pulp products headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, is proud to build on their #HelpFillTheBoxes campaign with a significant donation to Feeding America® to help combat this critical need in the communities where their employees live and work. The company is announcing a $288,000 donation to Feeding America® and their network of partner food banks in November to #HelpFillTheBoxes with critical supplies. The donation is providing $2,500 to Feeding America® partner food banks in each and every IP community across the U.S., directly helping families facing food insecurity. “Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our resources are essential for distributing food to people that have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement, International Paper. “Our employees and our resources are helping improve the ability of food banks to serve communities around the U.S.” International Paper mobilizes their people, products and resources to improve the lives of people in the communities where they live and work. The company is launching a social media campaign — #HelpFillTheBoxes — to encourage those who are able to donate to food banks in their communities. Taking action in the fight against hunger during the pandemic can be as simple as volunteering at a local food bank or donating money or resources. Learn how you can help at feedingamerica.org. About International Paper International Paper (NYSE:  IP ) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging and pulp products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. We produce packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and employ approximately 38,000 colleagues. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion*. In Russia, the Company has a 50/50 joint venture, Ilim Group, the country's largest integrated manufacturer of pulp and paper and its largest foreign-domestic alliance in the forestry products sector. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com. *Inclusive of our former pulp and paper mill in Kwidzyn, Poland, which was sold on August 6, 2021, and our former global papers business, which became a standalone, publicly traded company on October 1, 2021. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from International Paper Company on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 02:57 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Eyes and Ears of Southern California Edison

Edison International

At any given time of the year, day and night, a small and vigilant team keeps their eyes peeled — watching, monitoring and tracking  Southern California Edison’s 50,000-square-mile service area. “Being the eyes and ears of the company, it’s important to catch things early and to let leadership know as soon as possible so they can respond immediately,” said Didier Dorga, SCE Watch Office senior specialist. Those eyes and ears belong to the people who form the Watch Office, the utility’s team dedicated to monitoring all company operations and external activities that may impact employees or service to customers. During their 12-hour shifts, team members gather real-time updates from an arsenal of resources, including phone calls with field technicians and external stakeholders, fire notifications,  AlertWildfire cameras, Google and social media searches. The active monitoring enables the team to provide daily situational awareness reports to business units throughout the company. “There is a lot of research involved,” said Guadalupe Rodriguez, SCE Watch Office senior specialist. “We may see something on Twitter about a vegetation fire that is being reported that triggers us to map the location and see if it’s near any transmission or distribution circuits, or if we have any ‘wire down’ or emergency calls in the Outage Management System. We are also able to provide SCE Fire Management with an approximate location, the name of the fire, acreage and what agencies are on scene.” "We are also monitoring weather conditions, including dry or windy weather that could increase the threat of wildfires. We need to be ready to make notifications to the appropriate groups,” Rodriguez added. At no other time is the Watch Office more critical than when emergencies unfold. While incidents may range from Public Safety Power Shutoffs and power outages to medical emergencies and environmental hazards, the Watch Office is uniquely tasked with being on the virtual front lines and initiating SCE’s immediate response. “Safety is the primary value for the company,” said Dorga. “If management authorizes an activation, our involvement goes from the planning stage all the way to the activation stage. We’ll set up the phone calls and the conferences with the teams as they plan and prepare. Then we activate and we monitor the response.” For the Watch Office, incident management doesn’t begin the moment of activation, but in the weeks and months before an event. One of the team’s key responsibilities is maintaining a continuous roster of roughly 1,000 employees who can staff incident management teams at a moment’s notice. By deploying the very first emergency notifications to employees and partnering agencies, the Watch Office enables SCE to mitigate emerging issues as quickly and safely as possible. “Customers can rest assured that we’re continuously monitoring for incidents and passing along pertinent information to the correct groups, allowing them to plan their response,” said Rodriguez. Created in 2014, the Watch Office was modeled after the intricate communication networks that are a staple of intelligence centers. Over its seven years in service, the Watch Office has tirelessly delivered on its goal to be an accurate source of information, supporting SCE’s work to provide safe and reliable service to 5 million customers. “Through efforts to provide situational awareness and accurate, concise reporting of active incidents, SCE’s leadership team can assess and minimize the impacts of potential business disruptions and build a more resilient work environment,” said Pamela Pernin, Watch Office manager. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Edison International on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 02:56 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Medtronic Honored for Supporting Women Engineers

Medtronic

Inclusion, diversity, and equity (ID&E) are not programs at Medtronic. Instead, ID&E are values that are central to the company’s identity and workplace. The Society of Women Engineers recently recognized these values by awarding Medtronic its 2021 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Award, which recognizes a company’s efforts to create a pioneering D&I program. The organization also awarded Medtronic Engineering Director Jim Borowick with the Rodney D. Chipp Award, which celebrates a man or company who made a significant contribution to the acceptance and advancement of women in engineering. “The [award recipients] have lived and learned through significant contributions to the engineering community, and they continue to lead in their careers and personal lives,” said Rachel Morford from The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, Calif., and president of SWE. “They are leaders paving the way to empower and inspire future women engineers across the globe.” The commitment to advancing ID&E at Medtronic starts at the top and cascades down to each employee. Leadership is held accountable for reaching ID&E goals, and there are plans to expand accountability deeper into the organization in the future. “We are taking bold actions to ingrain inclusion, diversity, and equity even deeper into our company’s DNA,” said Dr. Sally Saba, chief inclusion and diversity officer at Medtronic. “Ultimately, we believe it will lead to more innovation and creativity that will help us alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life for even more people around the world.” Breaking gender barriers in engineering In awarding Medtronic, the SWE organization acknowledged Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), a company initiative focused on increasing gender diversity in technical leadership roles. From building career development toolkits to providing professional coaching to early career talent, WISE works to foster an inclusive work environment for women in a field that continues to be predominantly comprised of men. Through outreach programs, WISE helps young women overcome career hurdles such as a lack of role models or biased gatekeepers. Events at middle schools and high schools also give rise to new, creative opportunities to show young women what a career as an engineer can look like. To remove barriers to opportunity and support more women along the path toward professional engineering and scientific roles, the company also offers competitive college and high school internships. In 2020, Medtronic hired its most diverse group of interns in the company’s history — globally, 61% were women. Many participants go on to become full-time employees, where new-hire programs help them grow and connect with opportunities. “Our Women in Science and Engineering initiative focuses on creating both a tone at the top and a culture that fosters belonging for our women engineers,” said Shannon Vittur, an engineering director at Medtronic who chairs WISE. “Through our programs to attract, retain, develop, and advance women in STEM, we now have 31% of our science and engineering roles along with 28% of our technical management positions filled by women. These exceed industry benchmarks, but we still have work to do.” A Medtronic engineer doing his part for equity The SWE organization also honored Borowick’s work to establish a partnership between Medtronic and the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE) that includes mentoring, events, and internships aimed at removing barriers and helping women thrive along the way. More than 350 students and employees have participated since it began seven years ago, and it continues to grow. This year an additional 150 will participate, including another 60 women from Medtronic with science and engineering backgrounds volunteering to be mentors for first-year women students. Borowick, who helps secure $25,000 for the program each year from Medtronic, says his motivation stems from the fact that only a small percentage of women enrolling in college declare engineering as a major, and many leave engineering before their junior year. He witnessed this firsthand when his sons’ friends left engineering programs he encouraged them to pursue. And they were all women. “If universities aren’t retaining talent, then we’re not going to have that in our pipeline,” Borowick said. Kristina Yates, a systems engineering manager, led the partnership for the past year. The former WISE mentor said she benefited from the SWE and WISE programs at Medtronic early in her career and wants to pay it forward. “Having the WISE community where you can openly talk about these things lifts you out of that place of, ‘I’m alone, and I’m not sure I can do this,’” she said. “I think something that can be difficult for a lot of women is you feel like you’re the only one when you have a struggle or concern, but really that’s not the case.” Read more. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Medtronic on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 02:16 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Driving Upward Mobility for Black Prosperity

Comcast Corporation

At Comcast, we believe diverse entrepreneurs play an essential role growing jobs and building wealth. Business leaders and young innovators – especially those of color – often don’t have the funding or resources to bring their ideas to life and excel in a digital world. We are supporting entrepreneurs of color by offering marketing and technology resources through  Comcast RISE, providing access to our network through Comcast NBCUniversal  LIFT Labs, and partnerships with organizations nationwide working to create pathways to economic mobility. We recently spoke with one of our community impact partners Derick Pearson, Executive Director & President of the Center for Black Innovation (CFBI) about how the organization is advancing Black prosperity by building asset and talent-rich spaces in Black communities. Together, we are working to drive change and address systemic challenges to wealth creation by putting more people on a path to opportunity. Read the conversation with Derick below. Q: Derick, you co-founded CFBI, formerly Code Fever Miami in 2013. What led you to start this organization and looking back, what are some of CFBI’s achievements you are most proud of since then? A: In the beginning, our goal was to support other organizations to come into Miami and do that work, but we realized we had all the pieces – the sponsorships, the locations, the instructors – and executed our first event. From there it just gained traction with support from a number of organizations. We pivoted from a training model to something where we could facilitate access to job placement and did that through the first Black Tech Week conference, which was designed to hire our graduates. People tend to hire people that look like them, so we wanted to bring as many Black founders as possible to Miami to hire our graduates. Through feedback, we found that the entrepreneurs also needed support – they needed access to capital. So, in 2016, we added that to our organization and decided to cut through the red tape, bringing top venture capitalists to Miami. Our program evolved and now we have four main pillars: youth/adult technology training program; our VC in Residence program; our research division that studies how communities interact to be more inclusive to attack systemic issues; and continued advancement through our ecosystem builders fellowship, which helps educate and build up entrepreneurs. Q: You are an alumnus of Echoing Green, another one of Comcast’s community impact partners that supports leaders serving underrepresented communities. How did your experience there inform your approach at CFBI? A: Echoing Green was essential to my growth as a social entrepreneur. The family at Echoing Green pours into you and supports you, they really care about their fellows. The funds and support we received from them gave us a lifeline and validation. The application process itself is a means to evolve an organization, it took us several times to be awarded with the fellowship but each time we applied, we had a chance to rethink and rebuild our purpose and got better and better. Because of that process, Echoing Green truly believes in each founder and their vision to create impact in the long-term and as we came upon barriers and roadblocks, we were fully backed by the team. Q: What are some of the biggest challenges facing Black Innovation over the next five years and how are you working to address these obstacles? A: The main issue is access to capital, and it has always been the main issue. Without capital you can’t scale, hire the staff needed, acquire the equipment, or create a sustainable business. Until we tackle this, we will still have systemic issues. We also need training and mentorship, but people must be willing to give capital without extensive strings that hinder innovation. Startup institutions are agile because they have the ability to maneuver and compete with established entities, so founders need to be able to take advantage of their natural ability to do what they do best – innovate and move efficiently and effectively. That’s why we started our VC in residence program to make capital pathways more equitable. Q: What are some of the ways individuals and organizations can help to support Black innovation? A: Be true to what you say you are going to do. Be willing to go through the hard times and to fight for founders when things get uncomfortable. For CFBI, donate, partner, sponsor, and attend our conferences – that’s a major way you can support us. Intros to funders and corporations that have programs our entrepreneurs can take advantage of are great opportunities to help us scale and grow our impact. Q: You work with some incredible founders and entrepreneurs, tell us who you are really excited about right now. A: Notable companies that we have worked with include Rishelle Giscombe-Smith, with Glamo, a beauty industry app bringing a stylist to your doorstep. Andre Peart is another founder we have worked with, his company ConConnect has partnered with hundreds of nonprofits to offer pathways to jobs for people after incarceration. Another founder, Monique Hayes, with Estates Made Easy, is guiding families through the process of retaining and transferring wealth through generations. Partnerships with organizations like CFBI are part of  Project UP, our comprehensive initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of Unlimited Possibilities. Backed by a $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people, Project UP encompasses the programs and community partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators. Learn more about Project UP  here. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Comcast Corporation on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 02:01 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World Announce 2021 Drop by Drop Project Grant Recipients

Las Vegas Sands

Las Vegas Sands and the  Clean the World Foundation, a leader in global health dedicated to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and global sustainability, have announced the 2021 Drop by Drop Project grant recipients. The Project will fund work by  The University of Saint Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment  to provide nature-based solutions to climate change and by  Conservation International Singapore  to develop a virtual learning series to engage young children on the importance of protecting the ocean and nature. Sands and Clean the World developed the  Drop by Drop Project  in 2019 to reinvest capital from Sands’ water stewardship savings into innovative projects supporting water champions in its local regions. Funding from the Drop by Drop Project aims to increase local water resiliency, reinvigorate ecosystems, incubate new water solutions and engage the community. Since that time, Drop by Drop has supported several accomplishments, including creating water-based solutions for a clean and safer Macao using wetland ecosystems as a nature-based solution for climate change adaptation and mitigation, fabricating a river plastic collection device, launching teacher training programs and developing a marine conservation virtual learning series. “Because of Sands’ high-impact water conservation programs, these grant recipients are receiving critical funding to advance important research,” said Shawn Seipler, Chairman of the Board, Clean the World Foundation. “We are excited to see their findings and the solutions to local challenges that arise from their work.” This Drop by Drop grant is the second for the USJ Institute of Science and Environment to continue research pertaining to local wetlands, with special focus on mangroves. This grant is the first for Conservation International Singapore, which is aiming to further its efforts around inspiring and empowering future generations of Singaporeans to develop an appreciation of marine environments and take action for nature. “Both USJ and Conservation International are true champions of their causes,” said Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president and Chief Sustainability Officer at Sands. “Each organization is driving substantive change in their communities through local engagement on water stewardship and ecosystem health. We believe each project can make significant impact on the community.” Sands’ partnership with Clean the World on the Drop by Drop Project is part of its comprehensive Sands ECO360 global sustainability program that encapsulates efforts to ensure the long-term environmental health of its regions as sustainable tourism destinations by practicing responsible development and reducing impact on the natural environment. For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit:  http://cleantheworldfoundation.org/dropbydrop. View additional multimedia and more ESG storytelling from Las Vegas Sands on 3blmedia.com

November 23, 2021 01:51 PM Eastern Standard Time

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