BIPOC

Jill Nykoliation Recognized As One Of Canada's Most Powerful CEOs By WXN

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 8:30pm

TORONTO, Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Jill Nykoliation, CEO of global Toronto-based agency Juniper Park\TBWA, has been recognized as one of Canada's Most Powerful CEOs by Women's Executive Network (WXN), as part of the 2021 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. The awards span the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, with the winners selected by WXN's Diversity Council of Canada.

Key Points: 
  • Jill is relentless in her belief that the agency must continuously transform to stay at the forefront of the rapidly changing communications world.
  • "Modern leadership requires a combination of strong business acumen, game-changing innovation and social impact," said Jill Nykoliation, CEO of Juniper Park\TBWA.
  • "I am thrilled to be recognized by WXN as one of Canada's most powerful CEOs alongside so many brilliant leaders.
  • WXN delivers this advancement through training, events, mentoring, and award and recognition programs for members and partners.

Symetra Celebrates Climate Pledge Arena Launch with ‘Symetra Club’ Art Installation

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 4:00pm

From the beginning, our partnership with the Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken has been grounded in our aligned values around diversity and inclusion and a shared commitment to community.

Key Points: 
  • From the beginning, our partnership with the Climate Pledge Arena and Seattle Kraken has been grounded in our aligned values around diversity and inclusion and a shared commitment to community.
  • Symetra is the first founding partner of the Climate Pledge Arena and the Seattle Kraken, the NHLs newest franchise.
  • Home to the Kraken and the WNBA Seattle Storm, also a Symetra partner, the Climate Pledge Arena is the first net zero certified arena in the world.
  • In addition to the Symetra Club, the Symetra brand is prominently showcased throughout the Climate Pledge Arena as well as the Krakens Northgate Ice Centre practice facility, appearing on the ice and dasher boards.

Cresco Labs’ “Summer of Social Justice” Initiative Raised Over $250,000 and Supported the Expungement Process for Over 1,000 People With Cannabis-Related Criminal Records

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:30pm
Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211025005254/en/
    In June, a trailer was released for The Sentence of Michael Thompson, a documentary short film part of Cresco Labs Summer of Social Justice initiative.
  • (Photo: Business Wire)
    The Summer of Social Justice initiative that launched on June 19ththe 50th anniversary of the War on Drugswas supported by Cresco Labs, its Sunnyside retail brand and its flagship cannabis brand, Cresco .
  • The initiative also helped amplify the ongoing restorative justice, community business incubator and education and workforce development programming facilitated by Cresco Labs SEED (Social Equity & Educational Development) initiative.
  • Through our Summer of Social Justice initiative, we affirm our commitment to social equity as a company core value, said Charlie Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs.

Blackbaud Announces Major Gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters to Support a More Diverse Workforce of the Future

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 3:30pm

Part of Blackbaud's gift will support a new program called the BIG Beyond Scholar Program hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., where Blackbaud is headquartered.

Key Points: 
  • Part of Blackbaud's gift will support a new program called the BIG Beyond Scholar Program hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry in Charleston, S.C., where Blackbaud is headquartered.
  • In addition, Blackbaud will make gifts across the Big Brothers Big Sisters international network to support efforts to bridge the divide between education and employment for under-resourced youth around the world.
  • "We're proud to make this contribution to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization to support college and career readiness for high-potential youth locally, nationally and internationally."
  • "Big Brothers Big Sisters and Blackbaud share a common commitment to bridging the opportunity gap for high potential and under-resourced youth, and building a diverse workforce," said Merridith Crowe, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry.

TEN35 named 2021 Small Business of the Year by US Black Chambers, Inc

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 3:00pm

CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --TEN35 announced today that the firm has been named the "2021 Small Business of the Year" by U.S. Black Chambers, Inc (USBC).

Key Points: 
  • CHICAGO, Oct. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --TEN35 announced today that the firm has been named the "2021 Small Business of the Year" by U.S. Black Chambers, Inc (USBC).
  • "We're proud to partner with forward-thinking brands looking to make an impact, and it is an honor to be named 2021 Business of the Year by the USBC."
  • The agency represents brands including Facebook, Microsoft, Mountain Dew, Polaris Inc., and General Mills among others and was recently named 2021 Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
  • The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) is the voice of Black business and a top advocate for resources and policies that impact Black business owners.

Short Film "What's in A Name" Addresses Discrimination and Racism in American Climbing Culture and Route Names

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 2:59pm

After immigrating from Brazil to the United States as a teenager, Maiza Lima worked to find her place in American culture and climbing.

Key Points: 
  • After immigrating from Brazil to the United States as a teenager, Maiza Lima worked to find her place in American culture and climbing.
  • She discovers that she must define her own portion of American climbing, community, and place to make more space for people like her.
  • We've made a film dedicated to telling the story of an incredible woman, climber, and immigrant as she finds her place in American climbing culture."
  • "Part of that work is co-creating a solution to end derogatory route naming for good, and by addressing the issues within the climbing culture that have enabled it."

A Plus Creative Announces New Collaboration with Look Good Feel Better

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 12:00pm

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - Toronto digital ad agency, A Plus Creative has collaborated with Look Good Feel Better to create the 30th Anniversary Edition of their digital and print magazine, which recently launched.

Key Points: 
  • TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - Toronto digital ad agency, A Plus Creative has collaborated with Look Good Feel Better to create the 30th Anniversary Edition of their digital and print magazine, which recently launched.
  • Look Good Feel Better's mission is to help women and teens facing cancer feel like themselves again.
  • Anastasia Adani, President and Chief Creative of A Plus Creative, praised LGFB and the large and diverse group that came together to build and contribute to the magazine.
  • Look Good Feel Better President and CEO, Dee Diaz, is proud of the organization's growing impact on the community they serve.

Indigo Exceeds Representation Goal on Anniversary of Joining Fifteen Percent Pledge

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 10:00am

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Indigo (TSX: IDG) announced it has exceeded its representation targets since joining the Fifteen Percent Pledge.

Key Points: 
  • TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Indigo (TSX: IDG) announced it has exceeded its representation targets since joining the Fifteen Percent Pledge.
  • In 2021, Indigo exceeded 15% representation across the majority of its business areas including in social (30%), creative studio (86%) and book displays (30%).
  • Indigo continues to expand its assortment with more BIPOC-owned businesses and exciting upcoming partnerships with BIPOC-creators with its private label brands.
  • Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public elementary school libraries.

JPMorgan Chase, Salesforce and Afterpay to Provide More than $100 Million in Services and Support for Black Founders in Beauty and Wellness as Part of the Launch of BrainTrust Founders Studio

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 2:18pm

This tech-enabled community platform was designed for the specific needs of Black beauty and wellness founders who are redefining the future of Black entrepreneurship.

Key Points: 
  • This tech-enabled community platform was designed for the specific needs of Black beauty and wellness founders who are redefining the future of Black entrepreneurship.
  • Nine out of ten Black founders lack investment and working capital as well as access to opportunities available for many non-Black founders.
  • The platform will launch with 25 inaugural beauty and wellness founders, with new founders invited to join in January.
  • Lauren Napiers own experience as a founder attests to why BrainTrust Founders Studio will change the paradigm for other Black beauty and wellness founders.

Parents Seek More Diversity in Movies & Television for Kids, But the Entertainment Industry Continues to Fall Short

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 12:59pm

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite efforts by the entertainment industry to improve diversity and representation in front of and behind the camera, screen media continues to fall short on its portrayal of diverse races and ethnicities, even while parents are indicating they want more representation in the media that their kids consume. And unfortunately, the slow pace of change in Hollywood comes at the detriment of children's ethnic and racial development.

Key Points: 
  • And this is no different for kids," says Onnie Rogers, PhD, a researcher from Northwestern University who co-authored the report.
  • "Media representation is important to how kids build their perspectives on their own ethnic-racial group, as well as that of others.
  • This research gives us a deeper understanding of how media, race, and representation are all intertwined with lasting effects."
  • Parents responded with a clear message: It's about more than just seeing their race/ethnicity in the mediait's about being culturally and linguistically inclusive.