American Association of Suicidology Announces New Executive Director

Together we can work to bring suicide prevention to the forefront of our national public health dialogue and expand its rightful place as a national priority.”

— Colleen Creighton

WASHINGTON, D.C., US, May 31, 2017 / — After an exhaustive nationwide search, The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Colleen Creighton, MA, as its Executive Director.

Colleen brings 15 years of experience in growing and leading national nonprofit foundations and expertise in creating innovative partnerships. Her previous work in advocacy at various levels of government, engaging both federal representatives and agencies, promises to bring substantial value to AAS’s national efforts in suicide prevention.

“The board and I are excited to have Colleen as the head of the AAS team. Her leadership and nonprofit management expertise are vital to the organization as we build on the foundations built by our members,” said AAS President, Julie Cerel, Ph.D.

“Colleen offers AAS an entrepreneurial spirit, which will guide the organization and the field of suicide prevention to reach new audiences and populations in ever more effective ways,” said AAS Chairman Anthony Wood. “She brings experience from the larger prevention field, strengthening the agency’s commitment to outcomes-based public health approaches in suicide prevention,” says Wood.

“I’m honored to be joining the American Association of Suicidology at such a pivotal time,” Creighton said in a statement. “AAS has an incredibly powerful reputation, a wonderful and dedicated staff, and a diverse and engaging membership. I am dedicated to combining a personal passion for this cause with more than 15 years in leading nonprofit foundations to help AAS grow as an organization. Together we can work to bring suicide prevention to the forefront of our national public health dialogue and expand its rightful place as a national priority.”

The AAS Board extends its gratitude to Amy J. Kulp who has served as Interim Executive Director since 2015 and who will continue in her previous role as Deputy Director.


About AAS: Founded in 1968 by pioneering Psychologist Dr. Edwin S. Shneidman (1918-2009), AAS is based in Washington DC, it promotes suicide prevention as a research discipline, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention. You can learn more about AAS at

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Banknote Market in 2017 to be driven by Increasing Demand for Foreign Currencies

The key factors driving the growth of Banknote Market are financial instability of the economy and GDP of the economy.

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, May 31, 2017 / — The Global Demand for Banknotes will continue to grow at a steady rate in the coming years but the rate of growth for individual countries will vary reflecting local economic circumstances. Majority of the world’s population has no access to any form of finance except cash. For many people banknotes are the only available option that enables them to trade freely and securely. It is also a noteworthy fact that the banknote industry influences trade between countries.

As per the report “Global Banknote Market Report: 2017 Edition”, the demand for banknote will be driven by financial instability of the economy and GDP of the economy. Some of the noteworthy trends and developments of this industry are adoption of polymer banknotes and new banknotes developments. However, the expansion of banknote market is hindered by rise of digital or cashless payment, secured production of banknotes and overcapacity.

Despite the ever growing technical world of cheques, cards, electronic payment; people’s reliability on cash has still not placated. Although, it is estimated that currency as a means of exchange will become obsolete but cash usage will continue to remain strong in the near future. Moreover, banknotes replacement remains the most important factor; other drivers for issuing new notes include changes in note design, changes in monetary policy and the introduction of new anti-counterfeiting security features. In addition to this, double digit growth rate of emerging economies, change in monetary policies, and introduction of anti-counterfeiting security features & replacement of poor quality notes in circulation would further keep the demand high for banknotes globally.

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The report presents an in-depth analysis of banknote market globally. It also provides detailed information for key regional markets of banknote industry. The major trends, growth drivers as well as issues being faced by the industry are being presented in this report. A thorough analysis has been conducted on key market players covering their business overview, product portfolio, financial overview and business strategies.

Points Covered in Table of Contents:

1. Banknote Market – An Overview
1.1 An Introduction
1.2 Banknote Manufacturing Process
1.3 Banknote Printing, Packaging and Waste Management
1.4 Banknote Distribution Logistics Model

2. Global Banknote Market Analysis
2.1 COEFER of Major Currencies Worldwide
2.2 Share of Currencies Worldwide
2.3 Global Banknote Substrate Market by Segments
2.4 Global Banknote Market by Threads

3. Regional Market Analysis
3.1 The US
3.1.1 Annual Production Volume of US Currency Notes
3.1.2 Production Share of US Currency Notes by Denomination
3.1.3 Production Value of US Currency Notes by Denomination
3.2 The Eurozone
3.2.1 Euro Banknotes Production Volume
3.2.2 Euro Banknotes Production Share by Denomination
3.2.3 Value of Euro Banknotes Produced in the Eurozone
3.3 The UK
3.3.1 Stock of Notes in Circulation in the UK by Value
3.3.2 Stock of Notes in Circulation in the UK by Volume
3.3.3 Production of Bank of England Banknotes by Volume
3.3.4 Banknotes Production Volume in UK by Denomination
3.3.5 Issue of Bank of England Banknotes by Value
3.3.6 Issue of Bank of England Banknotes by Volume
3.3.7 Volume Share of Banknotes Issued in UK by Denomination
3.3.8 Destruction of Bank of England Banknotes by Value
3.3.9 Destruction of Bank of England Banknotes by Volume
3.3.10 Volume of Destructed Banknotes in UK by Denomination
3.3.11 Damaged Bank of England Notes Claims Received
3.4 Australia
3.4.1 Australian Banknote Production Volume
3.4.2 Australian Banknotes Issued by Value
3.4.3 Australian Banknotes Issued by Denomination
3.4.4 Number of Australian Banknotes Circulated by Denomination
3.5 New Zealand
3.5.1 New Zealand’s Low Denomination Notes in Circulation
3.5.2 New Zealand’s High Denomination Notes in Circulation
3.5.3 New Zealand Circulation of Banknotes by Denomination
3.6 Switzerland
3.6.1 Number of Swiss Banknotes in Circulation
3.6.2 Number of Swiss Banknotes in Circulation by Denomination
3.6.3 Swiss Banknotes in Circulation by Value/Denomination

4. Market Dynamics
4.1 Growth Drivers
4.1.1 Accelerating Economic Growth
4.1.2 Financial Instability of the Economy
4.2 Market Trends
4.2.1 Adoption of Polymer Banknotes
4.2.2 New Banknote Developments
4.3 Challenges
4.3.1 Rise of Digital or Cashless Payment
4.3.2 Secured Production of Banknotes
4.3.3 Overcapacity

5. Competitive Landscape
5.1 Global Banknote Print Market Share by Company
5.2 Global Banknote Substrate Market Share by Company

6. Company Profiles
6.1 De La Rue plc.
6.1.1 Business Overview
6.1.2 Financial Overview
6.1.3 Business Strategies
6.2 Geisecke & Devrient Group
6.2.1 Business Overview
6.2.2 Financial Overview
6.2.3 Business Strategies
6.3 Fortress Paper Ltd.
6.3.1 Business Overview
6.3.2 Financial Overview
6.3.3 Business Strategies

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15th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival – Chicago Line Up Announced – June 9-15, 2017

Thursday, June 15 @ 6:30pm

Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba

Friday, June 9 @ 6:30pm

Afro-Latino Program

Friday, June 9 @ 8:30pm

Everything But a Man – Opening Night Film

ADIFF Chicago celebrates 15 years of great cinema with 16 new fiction and documentary films, revealing stories, great talks and special events!

As diverse and porous as the diaspora itself”

— —TimeOut Chicago


The ongoing controversy around the love life of powerful women is addressed with great humanity in Nnegest Likké OPENING NIGHT film "Everything But a Man". This romantic comedy-drama tells the story of a sexy, strong and successful – but single – career-woman who has a life-changing romance with a mysterious, French-speaking black man from another culture. Director Nnegest Likké will attend the Opening Night reception on Friday, June 9 at 7:30pm and a Q&A after the screening.

"Paris Noir – African Americans in the City of Light". Joanne Burke’s film is an exciting, enlightening documentary on the presence of African Americans in Paris from WWI to the early 1960s. Looking back today at their astounding achievements and the beneficial cultural exchange between France and Black America stirs up lively conversation. These jazz musicians, writers, artists and intellectuals launched the appreciation of Black culture worldwide. The GALA SCREENING of "Paris Noir" on Saturday, June 10 @ 6pm will be followed by a Q&A session with Associate Producer and founder of Walking The Spirit Tours of Black Paris, Julia Browne and a reception.

From its inception, ADIFF has always showcased great films that explore the black British experience. Films like "Pressure" by Horace Ove, "Burning an Illusion" by Menelik Shabaz, and "The Stuart Hall Project" by John Akomfrah are some of the most representative works by black British filmmakers. ADIFF is now proud to introduce the next generation of black British filmmakers with the CENTERPIECE screening of "The Naked Poet" by Jason Barrett, a sharp, witty, sexy, deep and quite emotional exploration of the complexities of love presented from a black male’s perspective in contemporary London. Director Jason Barrett will travel from London for a Q&A after the screening and reception on Sunday, June 11 starting at 5:30pm.

Miriam Makeba died in 2008. Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba by Mika Kaurismäki is a powerful portrait of one of the most important performers from the continent of Africa. The SPECIAL PRESENTATION of "Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba" to be held on Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm will be followed by a Q&A with a representative of the Chicago South African Consulate. The screening and reception that will follow are sponsored by the Chicago South African Consulate in commemoration of Youth Day – the annual South African celebration of the June 16 Soweto Youth Uprising of 1976.

In "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band" director Carol Bash tells us the story of Mary Lou Williams, a woman who overcame many obstacles in her life as a professional Jazz pianist. This revealing documentary will screen on Saturday, June 10 at 4pm.

"Gurumbé: Afro-Andalusian Memories" by M. Angel Rosales is about Flamenco, the African presence in Spain in the 16th century and the state of affairs of race relations in Spain. Well documented with a great intellectual rigor, the film goes into areas of Spanish culture seldom covered in Spanish films. "Gurumbe" will screen on Saturday, June 10 at 2pm and Tuesday, June 13 at 8:30pm.

For its CLOSING NIGHT, ADIFF is pleased to present an encore screening of "Hogtown" by Daniel Nearing, the city of Chicago’s first official filmmaker in residence. Set in Chicago during the winter of 1919, "Hogtown" is about a police hunt for a missing millionaire. Daniel Nearing will be in attendance on Thursday, June 15 at 7:30pm for the screening of his film and Closing Night reception.


EGYPT PAST AND PRESENT, two revealing films about Egypt. The life of Gamal Abdel Nasser – one of the African leaders who fought against colonialism and built a modern nation – is explored in historical documentary "Nasser’s Republic, The Making of Modern Egypt". The contemporary romantic drama "Sins of the Flesh" by Khaled el Hagar is set during the events of the Arab Spring, a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in early 2011. The film establishes a parallel narrative, in which an erotic and symbolic struggle for freedom plays out on a farm while the urban revolt serves as a backdrop.

THE AFRO-LATINO PROGRAM includes "The Valley Of Black Descendants" ("El Valle De Los Negros") by Richard Salgado about a group of descendants of enslaved men and women brought from Africa that is organizing the first African descendant census in the history of Chile and "Invisible Roots: Afro-Mexicans In Southern California" by Tiffany Walton and Lizz Mullis about Mexican African-descended peoples who have now migrated to Southern California. The screening of "Invisible Roots" will be followed by a Q&A session with co-director Lizz Mullis.

STORIES FROM GUADELOUPE PROGRAM – "The Black Mozart in Cuba" by Steve James is about Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de St George, a Black classical composer and violin virtuoso born in Guadeloupe in the mid 18th century. The son of a slave and her master, he achieved enormous success as a musician, fencer, and military man. During the French Revolution, Saint-Georges was colonel of the Légion St.-Georges, the first all-black regiment in Europe. Yet, when he died in 1799, he was all but erased from history. "Torments of Love" by Caroline Jules is a short contemporary drama about the difficult encounter between two sisters and their estranged father.

• "Adopted ID" by Sonia Godding is about a young woman from Haiti adopted by a White Canadian family when she was an infant. Both the director and main character of Adopted ID will be in attendance for a Q&A and reception. The reception and screening, sponsored by the Dusable Heritage Association, will start at 7pm on Saturday, June 10.
• "Montreal White City" by Bachir Bensaddek is about an Algerian taxi driver who picks up a former Algerian pop star whom he thought was dead. Their chanced encounter resurrects a past of turbulent times during the Algerian Civil War. Screening sponsored by the Quebec Government Office in Chicago.

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Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories – Saturday, June 10 @ 2PM & Tuesday, June 13 @ 8:30PM

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LGBTQ Authors Tour of Color Kicks Off Tour in Memphis on Saturday, June 17

LGBTQ Authors Tour of Color

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Authors Toni Newman, Victor Yates, Armistead Burks and Craig Stewarts will kick off the LGBTQ Tour of Color at Memphis Tri-State Pride on Saturday, June 17.

Empower current and future generations of the LGBTQ community of color to thrive and not just survive”

— LGBTQ Tour of Color

MEMPHIS, TENNESSE, USA, May 29, 2017 / — The LGBTQ Tour of Color will kickoff the tour at the Memphis Tri-State Pride on Saturday, June 17, 10 am to 1 pm, at the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown. The LGBTQ Tour of Color includes Authors Toni Newman, Victor Yates, Armistead Burks and Craig Stewart. They will be reading passages from their books with open forum to follow.

Craig "The Writer" Stewart, author of Words Never Spoken and One Thing for Certain, Two Things for Sure, memoir series contains enetrating commentary on drug addiction, incarceration, and transitioning from dating women to men.

Victor Yates, 2016 Lambda Literary Award Winner for LGBT Debut Fiction, is the author of A Love Like Blood; Half Somali and Cuban, 17-year old Carsten Tynes, deals with the intricacies of sexuality, race, Americanism, syncretism, and migration under his dying father's abusive hand.

Toni Newman, author of I Rise, the first African-American transgender memoir in the U.S., is the story of her transformation from an effeminate, conflicted male to a proud and educated transgendered woman.

A.D. Burks, author of Sex and Surrender: An Addict's Journey, graphically recounts his 12-year sexual addiction and how he finally reconciled his sexuality and spirituality. In the 4 STEPS: A Practical Guide to Breaking the Addictive Cycle, Burks provides a framework to break the addictive cycle and uncover the sources of pain which trigger addiction.

GOALS of The LGBTQ Tour of Color:

– Prepare the future leaders of the current and next generation to be more knowledgeable and compassionate to the issues facing the LGBTQ community of color
– Educate attendees on how the intersections of race, religion, gender roles and sexuality affect the LGBTQ community and society
– Educate audience members about the transgender community
– Encourage attendees to lead authentic lives
– Deliver HIV awareness messaging that resonates beyond traditional Public Service Announcements
– Explain how undiagnosed cases of sex addiction are increasing HIV and STI rates
– Explain the signs and dangers of addiction
– Explore how The 4 STEPS can break the addictive cycle
– Address the stigma that the LGBTQ community of color faces within religious organizations
– Bridge the divide between intergenerational groups
– Empower current and future generations of the LGBTQ community of color to thrive and not just survive

To find out more about the LGBTQ Tour of Color or to book the authors, please email or visit

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Indspire Continues Youth Laureate Cross Canada Tour in Saskatoon on May 30

Josh Butcher, Fauna Kingdon, and Andrea Dykstra, along with our host, Suzette Amaya will take the stage in Saskatoon for a discussion about Indigenous education


To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada established the Canada 150 Fund, selecting a few Canadian signature projects from thousands of applicants, to participate in celebrations across Canada and to showcase events that are unique to the selected organizations.

Indspire was selected as a unique Indigenous-led charity that focuses on supporting Indigenous education. Indspire received funding to showcase their Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour, which will feature highly-interactive, youth-led panel discussions in seven Canadian cities – Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Yellowknife, Calgary, Vancouver, and Montreal.

This month, Indspire will feature three extraordinary Youth Laureates – Fauna Kingdon (Métis, Manitoba); Josh Butcher (Métis Nation of Alberta); and Andrea Dykstra (Mi’kmaq, Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia). The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, May 30th starting at 1PM local time in the Peter MacKinnon Building of the University of Saskatchewan.

“Our vision is to enrich Canada through Indigenous education and by inspiring achievement,” Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire.

The tour launched at Indspire’s Soaring: Indigenous Youth Career Conference held in Ottawa on March 23, 2017 at The Westin Hotel. Following the launch, there will be one tour held on a university campus each month (except for July and August) until November 2017, with the closing celebration to follow in conjunction with Indspire’s National Gathering for Indigenous Education at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal.

In addition to funding from the Government of Canada and from Shaw Communications as Youth Laureate Sponsor, TransCanada Corporation has also partnered with Indspire to support the Tour as part of a series of initiatives they are supporting in celebration of Canada’s 150th.

“As a company who has operated in Canada for over 65 years, we are proud to give back via organizations like Indspire who share our sense of purpose around creating lasting and positive impacts in communities through education,” says Kristine Delkus, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and General Counsel. “As a long-time partner with Indspire, we feel our support of the Tour is a natural addition to our Canada 150 gift and we are very excited to play a small role in celebrating these incredible youths who have achieved so much.”

The objective of the Tour is to encourage dialog between Indspire Youth Award recipients and local Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, educators, parents and community members to reinforce the importance of education and to highlight how Indspire can help students achieve their dreams for a brighter future. Each event will start with a VIP reception for host sponsors, local government officials, school faculty, media, laureates, board members, the host and Indspire staff and will allow for interview and photo opportunities prior to the panel discussion. Panel discussions will be approximately two hours long and will include a Q&A session.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Suzette Amaya, as the laureates share motivational stories from their childhood, education, life challenges and post-graduate success. They will describe how Indspire supported them and encouraged them to dream big, to move forward and create a better life. After the discussion, a Q&A period will create a highly interactive panel session geared towards Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

The opening and closing sessions will be taped for broader distribution and posted on the Indspire website. Attendance is free. To reserve your seat, please visit:

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through the K-12 Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. In 2015-16, Indspire has provided $12.2 million through 3,792 bursaries and scholarships to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

About TransCanada

With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas pipelines that extends more than 91,500 kilometres (56,900 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is the continent's leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada currently owns or has interests in over 10,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America's leading liquids pipeline systems that extends over 4,300 kilometres (2,700 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit and our blog to learn more, or connect with us on social media and 3BL Media.

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4 Distinguished Organizations Identified as National Models for Innovation + Inclusion Leadership

Innovation + Inclusion Leadership Awards Keynote Speaker

Laura I. Gomez, Founder & CEO of Atipica

The Society for Diversity will recognize the winners of the Innovation + Inclusion Leadership Awards at the Diversity 3.0 Conference in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, May 24, 2017 / — For the last 8 years, the Society for Diversity (SFD) has recognized the work of outstanding organizations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in employment equity and workplace inclusion. During SFD's annual conference at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Innovation + Inclusion Leadership Awards will be conferred in 4 categories on June 28th. The selected individuals and organizations serve as national models for getting better outcomes from the investment in workplace diversity and inclusion. What has been unique about SFD's awards is that its national nomination and selection process is completely practitioner led.

The Society for Diversity, the #1 global professional association for diversity and inclusion, acknowledges that the quality of equity work has evolved and improved over the years. Therefore, in 2017, SFD added "innovation" to the award to signify how collaboration, new strategies, and technology have changed equity, diversity and inclusion work. The 2017 award winners are:

– Individual category: Nzinga C. Shaw, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club
– Corporate category: Veterans United Home Loans (VUHL)
– Nonprofit category: The Institute for Sustainable Diversity & Inclusion
– Education category: Kent State University

Andrea Brandon, Society for Diversity Staff Liaison to the Awards Committee, noted that there were several characteristics that stood out about the award winners. Brandon said, "Nzinga Shaw's leadership as a Diversity & Inclusion Officer has resulted in major changes in the Atlanta Hawks organization, and her work has served as a blueprint for changes in the NBA. Despite the odds being against her as a young, African American woman, Nzinga's tenacity to see change has paid off and it enables her to stand out above the rest."

Each of the awards recipients have amazing stories to share, and have demonstrated success in a way that can be replicated nationally. For example, Effenus Henderson, Co-Founder at the Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion, is the former Chief Diversity Officer for Weyerhaeuser, where he worked for 40 years. As a thought-leader, Mr. Henderson has held numerous board level positions, as well as served as the Co-Chair for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Diversity and Inclusion Standards Taskforce. The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion created a collaborative learning model in partnership with major northwest firms such as Nordstrom, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, T-Mobile, Port of Seattle and more, in order to leverage transformative education and practical tools to address emerging issues in inclusive work environments.

Likewise, Kent State University developed an interactive Education and Training Lab that features simulations and intercultural assessment tools to facilitate dialogue and workshops for its 2,200 faculty, staff and students. It was so successful, that the University extended its work to over 500 community-based leaders and partners.

Loreli Wilson, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Veterans United Home Loans (VUHL), had already implemented several robust diversity interventions when she achieved her Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) Credential from SFD's Institute for Diversity Certification in 2016. Brandon notes, "VUHL's overall ability to increase racial diversity and improve their new employee tracking efforts have worked to ensure that employees are not expected to 'fit' BEFORE they start working, but that they are engaged to 'fit' into a great professional environment, and stay with the company, AFTER they are hired."

Other honorable award nominees include: Gail B. Williams, Hodges University; James Banks, Suffolk County Community College; Felicia Johnson, Goodyear; Sayumi Irey, Bellevue College Social Justice Leadership Institute; Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, University of Vermont; Eric Guthrie, BetterMEBetterWE; Mission Hospital; Empowerment Through Integration (ETI); and INROADS, Inc. Leah Smiley, President of the Society for Diversity, asserts, "I have personally worked with many of the nominees so I know choosing a winner was a difficult decision. Nevertheless, what makes this awards process organic is the fact that people who work in the field are making the decisions and determining what is most important in advancing this work around the world."

Angela Winfield, Director of the Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at Cornell University and Nikki McGruder, Regional Manager at Diversity Awareness Partnership, served as the Awards Committee co-chairs. The committee evaluated the following criterion in making their decision:

– Use of innovative or advanced equity, diversity and inclusion technology
– Next generation strategies for inclusion or culture change
– Enterprise-wide or management learning/collaboration
– Revenue generation or cost savings from equity, diversity and inclusion efforts

Winfield said, "The award recipients demonstrated clear, measurable and significant impact. In the diversity and inclusion space, it is easy to be lulled into thinking it is all about increasing awareness and how employees feel, which certainly is important, but it is at least equally important to get tangible results. By designing innovative approaches and programs aimed at making a measurable difference, we advance not only diversity and inclusion, but also our organizations. Each of the award recipients has done just this and moved into a brave new space where diversity and inclusion is bringing benefit to everyone involved."

McGruder added, "Being clear and intentional about driving forward diversity and inclusion goals was the main motivator for the choices I made for award recipients. Being creative in the approach to providing education, training and opportunities to create inclusive environments is what all organizations should be striving for. These recipients have figured out that we can no longer just talk about diversity in a "pie in the sky" way. They are about doing the work to get it done."

Smiley concurs, "The conversation about diversity and inclusion has to move beyond a simplistic discussion about race, gender or political correctness, towards innovations, strategies and skills that get meaningful and intentional results. This is the overarching purpose of the Diversity 3.0 conference."

The awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 28th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and Laura I. Gomez, Founder of Silicon Valley's Atipica, is scheduled to give a keynote address. Conference attendees will represent diversity and human resource executives from 3 countries and 27 states. For more information, visit or call 1-800-764-3336.

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Ms. Susan Burton, the Modern-Day Harriett Tubman, Discusses Her Memoir at Eso Won Books in Los Angeles on May 23, 2017

Renown TV Host, Journalist and Book Author Tavis Smiley gave Ms. Susan Burton the highest display of respect by kissing her hand and praising her accomplishments.

Social Justice Advocate Ms. Susan Burton makes an appearance at Eso Won Book Store in Leimert Park to sign her best-selling memoir, “Becoming Ms.Burton.”

Ms. Burton shares her amazing story of triumph on the KTLA Morning News.

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah welcomes Ms. Burton to his show and the ratings went through the roof.

Activist/Book Author Michelle Alexander dubbed Ms. Burton as the modern-day Harriett Tubman.

Burton, founder of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and author of "Becoming Ms. Burton," continues her national book tour with a stop in Southern California

The guard told me, 'You'll be back' and I came back. I came back and led women up out of that place.”

— Ms. Susan Burton​ on The Daily Show​ with Trevor Noah


What: Today, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Eso Won Books will host a discussion and book signing event to celebrate the recent launch of Social Justice Advocate/Activist Ms. Susan Burton's memoir, "Becoming Ms Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women."

Where: Eso Won Books
4327 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

When: May 23, 2017 at 7 pm

The event is open to the public.

Opportunities/Photos: Interview with Ms. Susan Burton and book signing visuals

Who: Ms. Burton is the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life Re-entry Project. As a formerly incarcerated woman, she understands the challenges people, especially women, face when leaving prison. After more than 20 years in and out of the criminal justice system, Ms. Burton was unable to find work, housing or addiction-recovery treatment. In spite of those obstacles, Ms. Burton mercifully gained freedom and sobriety in 1997 and made it her life’s work to help other women who walk in her shoes.

"The guard told me, 'You'll be back' and I came back. I came back and led women up out of that place," said Ms. Burton​ on The Daily Show​ with Trevor Noah. Watch the entire show here:—may-17–2017—susan-burton-season-22-ep-22109

Becoming Ms. Burton is her heart-wrenching journey to bring real change to the narrative about mass incarceration. Her crusade is likened to a modern-day Harriett Tubman. "I know that what I do rescues people, allows them to have an analysis of what's happening in their lives and breaks them free of the criminal justice system," said Ms. Burton on the Tavis Smiley Show.

Ms. Burton continues to take her message on the road with a national book tour and making the rounds with media appearances coast to coast. "I do the work because it needs to be done, so I picked up the banner to help women escape the prison system," said Ms. Burton who spent two decades in and out of prison. "I found the support, the services, and treatment in Santa Monica, California and brought it to South Los Angeles."

As a result of her relentless work, she has garnered numerous accolades and awards including named as a CNN Hero, the recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award, and being named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the nation’s 18 New Civil Rights Leaders.

Ms. Burton has helped more than 1,000 women out of the system.

This is a media friendly event. For press credentials, talent submission consideration, an interview request or speaking engagement for Ms. Burton, contact Marie Lemelle, publicist for ANWOL at 213-276-7827 or To view Ms. Burton's book tour dates, go to

About A New Way of Life
Founded in 1998 by CNN Top Ten Hero Susan Burton, A New Way of Life provides housing and support to formerly incarcerated women for successful community re-entry, family reunification and individual healing. ANWOL, based in South Los Angeles, California, also works to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people and empowering, organizing and mobilizing advocates for social change, civic engagement and personal transformation. She is nationally known as an advocate for restoring basic civil and human rights to those who have served time. Among the many honors and recognition bestowed on Ms. Burton, she is the recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2014. In 2015, the Los Angeles Times named her one of the nation’s 18 New Civil Rights Leaders.

In an effort to continue to bring social justice issues to the forefront, JustUS Voices | Storytelling for Change, a multimedia story project, is a partnership between Burton and a New Way of Life Re-entry Project and strategic communications firm, McKinney & Associates. The initiative embraces advocacy through the power of storytelling, interviews, testimonials and commentaries, blogs, video vignettes and social media.

A collaboration between Burton and award-winning author Michelle Alexander resulted in an annual Justice on Trial Film Festival, which is set for September 2017 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

#BecomingMsBurton #ANewWayOfLife #UpAndOut #FreeAmerica

Please be sure to connect with Ms. Burton and A New Way of Life Re-entry Project on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube!



Twitter: @anewwayoflife1 and @susanburtonLA

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“Repair the Damage from the Drug War”: Susan Burton on A New Way of Life to End Mass Incarceration

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Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary

The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Scholar, and Racial Justice Activist Named EDS’s New Dean

CAMBRIDGE, MA, UNITED STATES, May 19, 2017 / — Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary today announced that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.

“We had three goals when we began to plan this news phase in EDS’s life,” said the Rev. Dr. Gary Hall, chair of the EDS board. “We wanted to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting program, deepen our historic commitment to gospel-centered justice, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. Today, I am delighted to say that we have achieved all three.”

“This is an historic moment,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of the Union Faculty and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy. “We are honored that EDS has chosen to partner with us and are certain that the stewardship of our deepest commitments will be fulfilled in the years ahead.”

EDS appointed the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Maryland and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral, as the first dean of EDS at Union. Douglas will also join the Union faculty as a professor. She is the author of many articles and five books, including “Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” which was written in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

“Kelly Brown Douglas is one of the most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and activists in the nation,” Jones said. “We are confident that Union’s longstanding commitment to both the Gospel and social justice will be strengthened and enhanced under her leadership.”

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. Her academic work focuses on womanist theology, sexuality, and the black church, and she is a sought-after speaker and author on issues of racial justice and theology.

“Kelly is an Episcopal Church leader and an eminent scholar—and she is a daughter of Union,” Hall said. “Working together, EDS and Union aim to advance the causes of social justice and theology in the world and Kelly is the ideal leader for this new venture."

“I am excited for the challenge,” Douglas said. “What I am really happy about for the wider EDS community, is that this isn’t the typical bad news of a small seminary closing. This is the news that this place believed enough in its mission that it went out and found a way to carry that mission forward in a viable fashion, and found a way for the mission to grow. EDS is going to continue. The EDS community has found the platform to do that, and they have found a partner in Union that shares their mission. I feel privileged to be a part of this next chapter in EDS's life.”

Beginning in 2018, students who enroll in the EDS program at Union will earn graduate degrees from Union and also fulfill requirements for ordination in the Episcopal Church. In addition to Douglas, EDS will hire a professor of Anglican studies to join the four Episcopal priests currently on Union’s faculty.

“I look forward to the amazing possibilities that will be brought forth through this affiliation,” said Union’s Board Chair Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr. “Our work together will surely expand the ways we serve the church and the world.” A life-long Episcopalian, Dunham is also senior warden of St. James’ Episcopal Church in the City of New York and a former trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

EDS plans to purchase a floor in a new building being constructed at Union that will house offices, residential space for the dean, and other facilities. The EDS campus in Cambridge will be sold after operations there cease in July, and the proceeds will be added to the school’s endowment, currently valued at $53 million.

The EDS board has voted to cap spending at four percent of its endowment once expenses associated with the move to Union are paid. “We are in this for the long haul,” said Bonnie Anderson, vice chair of the EDS board. “Enshrining our commitment to sensible, sustainable spending in our affiliation agreement was important to us.”

EDS alums will enjoy the same library and campus privileges accorded to Union alums. The EDS library and archives will be reviewed by representatives from both schools and Union will accept items that do not duplicate its own holdings. The Burke Library at Union, part of Columbia University’s library system, is one of the largest theological libraries in North America with holdings of more than 700,000 items.

The initial term of the EDS-Union affiliation agreement is eleven years, and both schools have the option to agree to extensions beyond that time. EDS will remain its own legal entity with its own board of trustees.

The two seminaries began negotiations in February after Union was chosen from among nine potential partners who expressed interest in an alliance with EDS. The EDS board, spurred by financial challenges that were depleting the school’s endowment, voted in 2016 to cease granting degrees in May 2017 and to explore options for EDS’s future.

EDS has adopted a generous severance plan for its faculty and staff. All students who did not complete their degrees this month are being “taught out” at other seminaries with EDS’s financial support so as to avoid additional costs.

About Union Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of theology established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church.” Union prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy, and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, Union’s graduates make a difference wherever they serve.

Union believes that a new interreligious spirituality of radical openness and love is the world’s best hope for peace, justice, and the care of God’s creation. Empowered by groundbreaking inquiry aligned with practical realism and a bias for action, Union is charting a profound new course for enduring social change. Union’s graduates stand out wherever they serve, practicing their vocations with courage and perseverance, and speaking clearly and acting boldly on behalf of social justice in all of its forms.

About Episcopal Divinity School
Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was formed in 1974 by the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (1857) and Episcopal Theological School (1867). For more than 40 years, EDS has offered a bold and expansive vision of inclusion and social justice in the service of preparing students to lead faith communities.

In July 2016, the EDS Board of Trustees voted to cease granting degrees in May 2017 and to explore options for EDS’s future that would carry on the seminary’s historic mission, continue accredited degree-granting theological education, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. More information is available at



EDS: Jim Naughton, (202)288-5125

Union: Ian Rees, (212)280-1591

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Unique Early Childhood Storybook Guides Parents on Physical Differences

In an Era of Cultural Diversity Parents Read to Children About Appearance

I wanted a story that could show that we are all different in our appearances, cultures, foods, language and beliefs, but we are human.”

— Deborah Clothier

SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, May 18, 2017 / — Deborah Clothier’s timing couldn’t be better. Children are more confused than ever before regarding daily news stories and images, pleas from religious groups for understanding, and flag waving anger from both sides of the political spectrum. Simply a reminder that no matter how far we’ve come from the days of segregation, the differences in our skin color, dress, accents has brought up a legitimate concern— how do we tell young children that looking different should not be feared but embraced?

In the delightful tale of “Olivia’s First Day,” the one who is different is the adorable little girl name Olivia attending a school where the teachers and students are a palette from the world’s animal kingdom. The story is a charming tale with Mrs. Walrus, Henry Hedgehog, Gracie Goose, Penny Porcupine, Dougie Dog, Khloe Cat, and Jimmy Giraffe. The charming book has been written by veteran writer and mother, Deborah Clothier and colorful illustrations by Alexander Kulieshov.

“My objective was a story that I could read to my daughters. In addition to the bond between parent and child engaging, I wanted a story that could show that we are all different in our appearances, cultures, foods, language and beliefs, but we are human. I wanted very young children to entrust in their parents to be guided by these principals," says Deborah.

Deborah Clothier’s trilogy of books, “Olivia’s First Day”, “Timmy’s Hidden Reward” “ are available on Amazon and on her website at and you can reach the author at Her third book, “Teasing’ for a Reason” will be available Fall of 2017.

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Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center Now Urges an Employee of a Road Builder in Arizona to Call About Rewards If Their Employer Is Falsely Claiming to be a Minority or Woman Owned

If you work for a company that is falsely claiming to be a minority or woman owned to business in Arizona to get an unfair advantage on federal jobs-please call us anytime at 866-714-6466”

— Arizona Corporate Whistleblower

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, May 18, 2017 / — According to the Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center, “We are urging an employee of an Arizona based highway contractor or road builder to call us anytime at 866-714-6466 if their employer has falsely claimed to a minority or woman owned business. As we would like to discuss anytime the rewards for this type of information can be very significant-especially if the company is getting federal contracts." http://Arizona.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

The Center believes frequently companies misrepresent the nature of their ownership structure to gain an unfair advantage when bidding for lucrative federal contracts. As an example, the US Department of Transportation mandates that 10% of federal highway jobs go to a minority or woman owned business. These federal contracts can be worth tens of millions of dollars for even a subcontractor.

As an example, the whistleblower reward potential could be in the millions of dollars if a highway contractor based in Arizona has misrepresented or falsely portrayed themselves as being a minority or woman owned business.

The Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "Most federal agencies make it a priority to give minority or women owned businesses preferential treatment when it comes to biding on federal contracts. We think this is the right thing to do. However, if a white male appoints his wife falsely as CEO of a highway or road builder or heavy equipment company-it’s wrong-if she does not actually run the company. Unfortunately, the system designed to assist minority or women owned businesses obtain federal work contracts is very easy to manipulate. As an example, a Caucasian male could appoint his female wife president/CEO of an asphalt company in Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe. Peoria, Prescott or anywhere in Arizona and call the company a minority or woman owned business.

“If you work for a company that is falsely claiming to be a minority or woman owned to business in Arizona to get an unfair competitive advantage on federal jobs or federal contract bidding-please call us anytime at 866-714-6466 and let’s explore the reward possibilities. Why sit on a potentially winning lotto ticket without ever knowing what it could have been worth?" http://Arizona.CorporateWhistleblower.Com

Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center: Do not go to the government first if you are a potential whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing. The Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake. Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward. Do not try to force a company/employer or individual to come clean about significant Medicare fraud, overbilling the federal government for services never rendered, multi-million-dollar state or federal tax evasion, or a Arizona based company falsely claiming to be a minority owned business to get preferential treatment on federal or state projects. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help you with a focus on you getting rewarded.”

Unlike any group in the US the Corporate Whistleblower Center can assist a potential whistleblower with packaging or building out their information to potentially increase the reward potential. They will also provide the whistleblower with access to some of the most skilled whistleblower attorneys in the nation. For more information a possible whistleblower with substantial proof of wrongdoing in Arizona can contact the Whistleblower Center at 866-714-6466 or contact them via their website at http://Arizona.CorporateWhistleBlower.Com.

Thomas Martin
Arizona Corporate Whistleblower Center
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