Interactive Social Media Workshop

JOIN US on November 8th for our Interactive Social Media Workshop at Weymouth Country Club in Medina. We have partnered up with Jus B Media, a boutique internet marketing firm, to bring you an interactive social media workshop in a small group setting. Bring your laptop, and smart phone – get personal attention and tools you can use right away!

Lunch is included in the price of this workshop. To register visit www.womens-journal.com/workshop.

ATHENA 2018

Join us to Celebrate these Women of Medina County on October 10, 2018 at Williams on the Lake in Medina. The Medina County Women’s Journal will honor these exemplary women leaders from our community at this sixth annual signature celebration award dinner ceremony.

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat.

Meet the 2018 The Women of Our Community Award Recipients and ATHENA Award Nominees

Beth Kereszturi

Beth Kereszturi has spent her 20+ year career with marketing agencies in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio. It’s been her passion helping other businesses grow their brands and realize the true value in a marketing strategy investment. Utilizing her creative strengths, love of writing and art of conveying value, Beth has enjoyed evolving along with the online buyer landscape. For the last 15 years, she has concentrated on digital marketing with her colleagues at Proximity Marketing in Brunswick. As the VP of Digital Strategies, Beth creates the long-term online plans for the agency’s clients and leads Proximity’s team of web specialists. Her drive to help the business community is what pushed Beth to become more involved with the Northern Medina County Chamber Alliance, and their programming committee. Through educational sessions with the chamber, Medina County’s empowHER event and the United Way of Medina County – Beth has enjoyed sharing her online marketing expertise with local businesses and non-profits. She is also a member of the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and 2018 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Recently moving her family to Wadsworth, Beth looks forward to deepening her roots in her home community, sharing her time, skills and leadership.

Mauri O’brodo

Community, faith and family are Mauri’s top priorities. Mauri resides in Wadsworth and is co-owner of Sherman Provision Meats and International Grocery with her husband Michael. Mauri believes businesses have a responsibility to give back to the community and she volunteers with the Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition, Barberton Park system and her local church. She is responsible for community outreach, marketing and enjoys helping customers create the perfect meal. Mauri updated the company website to include a weekly blog featuring easy to follow, healthy recipes for busy families.

Elizabeth Orley

Elizabeth Orley is a 2002 graduate of the University of Arizona on the International Deans List. In 2003 Elizabeth started Elizabeth Ink, and over the years it has evolved into a boutique digital marketing company the deploys strategic marketing for businesses nationwide. She was recognized as a Global Ambassador for MOGUL an international platform for women. Elizabeth believes that to improve the world you must start within your community first, as an advocate for supporting local charities that impact our Northeast, Ohio community like Project Ed Bear, Heroes Home Project, the Greater Cleveland Chapter of American Field Service and many other local causes. Her role as Household Engineer has been the most rewarding position of her life, the support of her husband Andrew, and their children inspire her daily to be her best. She would not be able to do what she does without the love and support of her entire family.

Ann Plazek

Ann Plazek is the Outreach Services Manager for the Medina County District Library where she thrives on the opportunity to take the library beyond the walls. Ann supervises the bookmobile and oversees a team providing personalized home delivery for over 160 Medina County residents. Fueled by Ann’s passion and drive for early literacy, the library resumed story time visits to 27 daycares and head start programs where over 1,000 children are reached each month. Ann also secured grant funding from United Way to expand the Brunswick ROCKS program, and from the Office of Criminal Justice Services for Project READ: Inside to Outside which provides early literacy education to incarcerated parents and records them reading a book, they have selected for their child.   She is a member of Leadership Medina County Class of 2014, a recipient of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers Award, and the Ohio Library Council’s John Philip Award. She is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and has presented at several state and national library conferences.

Cathy Posner

Cathy Posner is the owner of Transition Consulting and Coaching, a career coaching and small business/organization development firm that helps individuals and organizations improve processes and achieve goals. Cathy has strived to make coaching and mentoring the core of her work. To stay true to that belief, Cathy is involved in multiple organizations as a volunteer, board member, and occasional consultant. She is past President and a current member of Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, actively serving on MCWEF’s grants review committee for ten years. Cathy also currently serves as a board member with Feeding Medina County, a member of the Farmers Market Advisory Committee, a member of Main Street Medina, a member of Medina City Schools PTO, a member of the Medina Diversity Project, PR Chair for Kids First Medina, a member of Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care and the Medina Chamber of Commerce, where she serves on the EmpowHER committee. Cathy believes that everyone has gifts to share with the world and is passionate about helping others identify and grow them!

Michelle Powell

Michelle Powell is the founder and director of Let’s Make a Difference, a summer program for underprivileged kids in Medina and ACE, an after-school mentoring /tutoring program at Claggett Middle School. Michelle was born and raised in Medina by a single mother of five and graduated from Medina High School. She has remained active in her community where she also serves as a licensed minister. In 2000, Michelle, a single mother of two, began a journey that would change her life and positively impact the lives of many children in need. Michelle’s first vision for Let’s Make a Difference was formed using only her limited resources – a simple meal and a game of kickball at the park, but the positive feedback from the children inspired her to realize her vision.   Michelle has persevered in overcoming obstacles. She has organized a board of directors, oversees a volunteer team that provides daily summer activities, and remains the caring inspiration for Medina’s underprivileged kids. Michelle has received numerous awards including induction into the Medina Hall of Fame.

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac

Denise “Nisi” Pozderac is President/Administrator of Transitional Living Centers (TLC), providing homes for developmental and intellectually disabled residents in Northern Medina County. Growing up in a family dedicated to providing long-term care services, Nisi has more than 40 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She and her late husband, Patrick, envisioned a way to provide a better quality of life for individuals with disabilities by creating small, personalized group homes. They founded TLC in 1990, and later she initiated the TLC “Riverside Habilitation Center” to provide day programming to their clients. Nisi is a 2013 Ohio Health Care Association Honoree receiving the “Pioneer Award” and has served as chairperson on the OHCA’s (Ohio Health Care Association) DD/ID constituency. Nisi’s commitment to her local community shows in the various organizations she volunteers; Chairman of the Buckeye Education Foundation, board member of the Valley City Community Group, board member of the NMCCA, member of Leadership Medina County, past Board member of the Westfield Bank advisory board, to name a few. Nisi’s philosophy, “Do the right thing, always, regardless of the consequences” sums up her successful career and life path.

Krista Wasowski

Serving as the Medina County Health Commissioner since 2012, Krista Wasowski has been in public service her entire professional career. An awareness of emerging needs led her to create a newly designed health center to serve the needs of low to moderate income residents and has led her efforts as the co-chair and founder of the Medina County Trauma Informed Care Collaborative and the Medina County Opiate Task Force. Krista is a member of the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, 100+ Women Who Care Medina, the Medina County Economic Development Corporation, and is a Class of 2014 graduate of Leadership Medina County. Krista was recognized as the 2015 Medina Noon Kiwanian of the Year for her service to children and she was actively involved with both E4 Youth Summits for Medina County. Krista serves on the Medina County Job and Family Services Advisory Board, the Medina County Career Center Advisory Council, and the SHC Board. She also serves as the weekend coordinator for Operation Homes at St. Francis Xavier. In addition to being a leader in her field, Krista has actively encouraged other women to pursue advanced careers in public health management.

2018 ATHENA Young Professional Nominees

Kristin Baum

Kristin is a graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management. Kristin is an Associate Broker at RE/MAX Omega and resides in Brunswick with her husband Trace. She has completed additional training and has obtained certifications in pricing strategy, negotiation, and property staging to better serve her clients. She has a passion for running and volunteers her time with Girls on the Run, the Special Olympics and the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Nicole Perch

Nicole is an entrepreneur, starting her own business, Party N’ With Plants in 2015. She is a graduate of Akron University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Her business has grown beyond expectations and she has helped over 3,500 people create fairy gardens and has two franchises. Nicole has partnered with Akron Children’s Hospital to provide patients and their families the opportunity to make fairy gardens. She also volunteers her time as a Legal Volunteer Guardian for the elderly. She resides in Wadsworth with her husband and two young children.

YP Award Sponsored by the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce

“We are honored to sponsor the ATHENA YP Award. The recipient is a rising leader that demonstrates initiative and dedication in their profession and serves as role model for young women in our community. I look forward to presenting the award to one of the nominees at the dinner program ~ Jaclyn Ringstmeier, Executive Director

Register at www.Womens-Journal.com/athena or call 888-749-5994 to reserve your seat to attend and support these fabulous women! 

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Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Host National Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Educational Conference in Cleveland

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) national Educating America Tour will visit Cleveland on Friday, September 21 for a free Alzheimer’s and caregiver educational conference.  The conference is open to family and professional caregivers,
individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and the general public, and will be held at the InterContinental Cleveland Hotel, located at 9801 Carnegie Avenue, in Cleveland, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is designed to connect people with information about Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, healthy aging and caregiving, as well as to give them a place to have their questions answered. Guests will hear from leading dementia and caregiving experts who will share their research, services and stories and teach attendees about dementia, practical steps on how to be a better caregiver, and improving quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Knowledge is a powerful tool.  We want to equip as many people as possible with important information that will help them,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  “With more than 220,000 people in Ohio living with the disease, and many more serving as caregivers, we aim to help individuals understand Alzheimer’s disease and improve their quality of life through education and empowerment.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Leverenz, the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and the Joseph Hahn, MD Endowed Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.  Prior to his current position, he was a Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington, where he was an investigator in the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  His primary clinical and research interests are aging-associated neurological disorders, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Leverenz will provide an update on Alzheimer’s research and clinical trials, and what we can expect on the horizon.

The next session will feature a presentation by Jean Makesh, President and CEO of The Lantern, an assisted living and memory care facility, with three locations in Ohio.  He will talk about disrupting Alzheimer’s and dementia care.  He will talk about dementia, why it is not a normal part of aging, and what people can do to combat cognitive decline.  He will provide strategies on how to facilitate healthy living and provide superior services consistent with the needs of the elderly.

There will be a panel discussion on long-term care options led by Larry Mason, President of Senior Helpers Cleveland.  He will review the different types of care plans available, and their benefits, and which one is the best option for you.  He will discuss how to ensure a better quality of life for your loved ones by providing dependable and affordable care.

The conference will conclude with a session on ensuring the safety of our aging parents who drive.  The discussion will be led by Matt Gurwell, the Founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe.  He will provide a game plan on how to help overcome the challenges of an older driver’s safety.  He will review older driver demographics, understanding the fears of an older driver and their family, vision, hearing and memory concerns, vehicle adaptations, and other precautions to take.  Matt and his team have devised programs that provide senior drivers and their families with direction in helping to ensure a smooth transition from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat.

Free, confidential memory screenings will be conducted throughout the day.

For more information or to register, please visit: https://alzfdn.org/event/afa-educating-america-tour-cleveland/.

About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA):

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is a non-profit organization that unites more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide in the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals living with dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, and “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or LinkedIn

One Mom’s Battle

Founder Tina Swithin to Host Retreat for Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse

The common denominator in most high-conflict custody battles is Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) or other Cluster B personality disorders such as antisocial and borderline personality disorders. When a person finds themselves in the midst of a custody battle with a narcissist, there are a variety of fears and concerns related to the court process, the children, marital assets, and finances. Many times, the victim of narcissistic abuse is left operating in survival mode, and their own health and well-being is placed on the backburner.

Author Tina Swithin is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of high-conflict custody battles. Her books “Divorcing a Narcissist” and “The Narc Decoder: Understanding the Language of the Narcissist,” delve deep into the psyche of a partner who uses (and abuses) their significant other (and the family court system). In 2015, Tina began offering annual retreats affectionately known as The Lemonade Power Retreats. Tina created this retreat in an effort to share not only her own experiences, but to create a safe, healing place for attendees to share their own journeys with like-minded individuals. “I have dedicated my life to providing resources and support to survivors of narcissistic abuse through my books, coaching services, and advocacy in the family court system,” Tina explains. “The Lemonade Power Retreat is where my heart is – these women are amazing and the connections that are formed during the retreats will last a lifetime. This is such an isolating journey that few understand. We are taking lemons and making lemonade – together.”

The retreat also emphasizes the importance of sisterhood; the idea that “Lemonade Sisters” provide a sympathetic ear was resonant among many attendees. “The camaraderie we shared in a very short time period of time created a very strong bond among us,” the Lemonade Power Retreat attendee explained. “When we left the retreat, each of us was stronger and better equipped to deal with what our ex-husbands would be throwing our way in only a matter of time.”

“Each of us left with a long-awaited sense of peace and renewal,” explained one Lemonade Power Retreat attendee. “As with any trauma in life, unless someone has actually experienced it, the people around them just don’t get it. Each of us who attended were victims of either emotional, physical, sexual or financial abuse. Each of us could relate to something in everyone’s journey.”

The 2018 Lemonade Power Retreat takes place September 21st (4:30pm) -23rd (11:30am) in Sedona, Arizona, and the retreat will feature a host of activities that will help any struggling parent feel like they are standing on more solid ground. Some topics covered at Tina’s retreats include the NPD relationship, custody battle tips and strategies, PTSD and coping strategies, boundaries, communication, documentation, healing and empowerment. Retreats are limited to groups of 20 attendees which allows for each attendee to feel equally heard and supported.

Bio: Tina Swithin survived a Category Five Divorce Hurricane while acting as her own attorney in a custody battle that turned her family’s life upside-down. While divorces are never easy, Tina quickly learned that a divorce involving an individual with Narcissistic Personality Disorder takes the term “high-conflict” to a level that few can comprehend. In an effort to articulate what was happening in her life and custody battle, Tina took shelter from the storm by chronicling her journey in her (now) internationally recognized blog, “One Mom’s Battle.” Tina’s battle came to an end in October 2014 when she prevailed and the courts acted in the best interest of her daughters by revoking all visits and contact with her ex-husband.
SOURCE One Mom’s Battle

In Era Of #MeToo, Majority Of Employees Say Their Employers Fail To Take New Steps Addressing Sexual Harassment

Increased efforts to prevent harassment linked to better employee and organizational outcomes, survey says

The spotlight on workplace sexual harassment since fall 2017 has led to high-profile resignations, terminations and lawsuits. And while the revelations and consequences have prompted ongoing, national conversations about appropriate behavior, only 32 percent of working Americans said that their employer has taken new steps to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association.

According to employees, the most common action taken was simply reminding employees of existing sexual harassment training or resources (18 percent).

Workplace Sexual Harassment: Are Employers Actually Responding? from APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence was conducted online by Harris Poll from Feb. 15-March 1, 2018, among 1,512 U.S. adults who are employed full-time, part-time or self-employed. The data were collected as part of APA’s 2018 Work and Well-Being Survey. While the lack of meaningful change is not entirely surprising, it is disappointing, said David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, director of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “The #MeToo movement has given business leaders an opportunity to finally take real action addressing a complex problem that has been pervasive for generations,” Ballard said. “Our survey – as well as anecdotal reports – shows that too few employers are making comprehensive efforts that can have significant impact. Avoiding the issue is bad for employee well-being and business, but so, too, is a narrow, compliance-based approach. We know from psychological science that relying solely on mandated training designed primarily to limit the organization’s legal liability is unlikely to be effective.”

Only 10 percent of U.S. workers said their employer has added more training or resources related to sexual harassment since the recent increased media and public attention on this serious workplace problem. Just 8 percent said their employer implemented a more stringent policy related to sexual harassment, and only 7 percent reported that their employer hosted an all-staff meeting or town hall to discuss sexual harassment.

Research has shown training to recognize and report sexual harassment isn’t enough to change employee behavior or a workplace culture where harassment is more likely to occur. Instead, psychologists recommend a comprehensive approach that incorporates fair policies that are clearly communicated, ongoing training, leadership support of a civil and respectful culture, and the hiring and promotion of women into senior leadership roles.

The survey showed the difference when women have representation in upper management. Employees in organizations that have women in senior leadership roles said they were more likely to report sexual harassment at work if they experienced it (56 percent) or witnessed it (55 percent), and confront a coworker who is engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior at work (53 percent), compared with employees in organizations that don’t have women in senior leadership roles (39 percent, 41 percent and 34 percent, respectively).

The survey also found links between increased efforts to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and better employee and organizational outcomes more broadly. When new steps had been taken, employees were more likely to say they were in good psychological health (90 percent vs. 79 percent) and that their employer provides the necessary resources to help employees meet their mental health needs (76 percent vs. 36 percent) and manage their stress (63 percent vs. 31 percent). They also reported higher job satisfaction (86 percent vs. 60 percent) and motivation to do their best at work (89 percent vs. 64 percent) and were more likely to say they’d recommend their organization as a good place to work (79 percent vs. 51 percent), than those who said their employer had not taken any new steps.

“Sexual harassment at work occurs within a broader context,” Ballard said. “For training to produce long-term changes, the organization’s workplace practices need to align with and support the individual attitudes and behaviors it’s trying to promote. Leaders in a psychologically healthy workplace model civility, respect, fairness and trust. In an organizational culture where every employee feels safe, supported and included, people can be their best, and that’s good for people and profits.”

While most employers have been slow in taking new steps to address harassment, the ongoing headlines and resulting conversations may be encouraging individual employees to take action. About half of U.S. workers say they are now more likely to report workplace sexual harassment if they experience it (50 percent) or witness it (51 percent), and that they are more likely to confront a coworker who is engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior at work (47 percent).

About the Center for Organizational Excellence
APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. The center houses the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program, a public education initiative designed to engage the employer community, raise public awareness about the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance.

About the Survey
The survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association between February 15 and March 1, 2018, among a nationally representative sample of 1,512 adults age 18 and older who reside in the U.S. and were employed full time, part time or self-employed. Data are weighted where necessary to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population. A full methodology is available upon request.

About The Harris Poll
The Harris Poll is one of the longest running surveys in the U.S. tracking public opinion, motivations and social sentiment since 1963 that is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm that delivers social intelligence for transformational times.
The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA’s membership includes nearly 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

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Are Female Entrepreneurs More Successful Than Males? Data Says “Yes!”

While it’s no surprise that men own more businesses than women, some studies suggest their revenues and job creation rates apparently lag behind their female peers.  That’s part of a larger analysis conducted by FitSmallBusiness.com, the digital business publication.

More than 75 percent of businesses are male-owned, so it might logically follow that men are more successful entrepreneurs than women.  But data analyzed by FitSmallBusiness.com suggests that in reality, women tend to be more effective leaders, they create more jobs, have a larger appetite for growth, and significantly improve startup company performance. When you consider all the statistics, women entrepreneurs outperformed male entrepreneurs.

HERE is the full list of reasons why women are better entrepreneurs than men.

The publication researched and analyzed data from key sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau; Dow Jones, the Harvard Business Review, and others, to provide readers with these 5 reasons why women entrepreneurs are more successful than men:

5 AREAS WHERE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS ARE BETTER THAN MEN
1)    Female-Owned Firms Generate Higher Revenues
2)    Female-Owned Firms Create More Jobs Than Their Male-Owned Peers
3)    Women Executives Significantly Improve Startup Company Performance
4)    Women Are More Effective in Senior Leadership Roles
5)    Women Have a Larger Appetite for Growth

“There are a number of measures that suggest women are better at providing investment returns and creating new jobs than their male counterparts,” says Eric Noe, Editor-in-Chief, FitSmallBusiness.com.


About FitSmallBusiness.com:

With a rapidly growing monthly readership of more than 1.2 million, FitSmallBusiness.com is an online publication devoted to helping small business owners.  Its full-time staff of writers spends hours of research, data analysis, and interviews with industry experts to answer the questions that owners want in order to run a successful small business. 
For more information on this list and this topic, please contact Sarah Johnson, 194627@email4pr.com or 917-864-6355.

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New College Ranking and Review Aggregator Publishes Top Consensus Ranked Women’s Colleges for 2018

College Consensus (https://www.collegeconsensus.com), a unique new college ratings website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews, has published their ranking of the Best Women’s Colleges 2018 at https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-womens-colleges/.
To identify the Best Women’s Colleges for 2018, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce a unique consensus score for each school. According to College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder, “Like Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic does for movies, College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools. It is the ranking of all rankings, so to speak.” Learn more about the College Consensus rankings methodology at https://www.collegeconsensus.com/about/ .
To help prospective college students and their families evaluate the educational options open to them, College Consensus has identified the best women’s colleges, according to the combination of published rankings and student reviews. The top 10, out of more than 30, are:
1. Smith College – Northampton, MA
2. Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA
3. Scripps College – Claremont, CA
4. Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr, PA
5. Barnard College – New York, NY
6. Cottey College – Nevada, MO
7. Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, MA
8. College of Saint Benedict – St. Joseph, MN
9. Spelman College – Atlanta, GA
10. Simmons College – Boston, MA
“While nearly every other college and university today is coed, women’s colleges remain vibrant, exemplary, and essential to higher education,” Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris explains. A large part of the reason is the fact that “Women are still underrepresented in the highest levels of leadership, from government to finance to entertainment to the tech industry, and we see the consequences daily.” The Consensus Best Women’s College ranking is intended to offer “a panoramic picture of the women’s college landscape” by focusing on the needs of students “looking for a women’s college to build the knowledge, expertise, skills, and confidence to take on the 21st century.” As Sealey-Morris explains, “Women’s colleges give young women of all backgrounds the opportunity to study in an affirming, encouraging community, with some of the most influential and accomplished women in the world.” For college-bound young women who want to walk in the footsteps of America’s great women leaders, the College Consensus ranking points in the right direction.

“College Consensus is designed as an aggregate ranking,” according to Managing Editor Carrie Sealey-Morris, “with a mission of providing prospective students and their families a clearer, more comprehensive view of college rankings.” College Consensus “evens the playing field by giving every perspective an equal voice,” as Sealey-Morris explains: “Unlike other rankings, which are limited by their methodologies […], there’s no gaming College Consensus.” With the College Consensus methodology “students get the data computed into a simple, single rating based on all other ratings, making it the fullest, most objective rankings out there.” By taking the long view, College Consensus can become an invaluable part of a prospective college student’s research process; as Sealey-Morris asserts, “Young women seeking the supportive, inclusive environment of an all-women’s college – from empowering academic programs to the networking power of robust alumni organizations – can look to College Consensus for the full picture.”

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New ACR/SBI Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Call for Significant Changes to Screening Process

Assign Special Status and Approach for African-American and Other Women at High-Risk for Breast Cancer

 

New American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) breast cancer screening guidelines are the first to recognize that African-American women are at high-risk for the disease and should be screened as such. The ACR and SBI now call for all women to have a risk assessment at age 30 to see if screening earlier than age 40 is needed. The societies also newly-recommend that women previously diagnosed with breast cancer be screened with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The ACR and SBI continue to recommend that women at average breast cancer risk begin screening at age 40.

“The latest scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports a continued general recommendation of starting annual screening at age 40. It also supports augmented and earlier screening for many women. These updates will help save more lives,” said Debra Monticciolo, MD, FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission.

According to 2015 National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) data, since mammography became widespread in the 1980s, the U.S. breast cancer death rate in women, unchanged for the previous 50 years, has dropped 43 percent.  Breast cancer deaths in men, who have the same treatment as women but are not screened, have not declined.

Factors that contributed to the ACR/SBI reclassification of African-American women include that:
  • African-American women are 42 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-Hispanic white women despite roughly equal incidence rates
  • African-American women have a two-fold higher risk of aggressive — “triple-negative” — breast tumors
  • African-American women are less likely to be diagnosed with stage I breast cancer, but twice as likely to die of early breast cancers
  • African-American women have a higher risk of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations than those of Western European ancestry. These carriers are at much higher risk for breast cancer.

“Since 1990, breast cancer death rates dropped 23 percent in African-American women — approximately half that in whites. We changed our approach to help save more African-American women and others at higher risk from this deadly disease,” said Wendy B. DeMartini, MD, FSBI.

For more information regarding the proven effectiveness of regular mammography screening at reducing breast cancer deaths, please visit RadiologyInfo.org, MammographySavesLives.org and EndTheConfusion.org.

 

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Forever Fierce Revolution Emboldened by Chico’s Campaign Launches YouTube Channel With “Chicy Blinders” Video

Premiere Community for Women at Midlife and Beyond Steps Out in Shared Message Celebrating Empowerment, Confidence, and Reinvention at Any Age

Forever Fierce Media is pleased to announce the launch of “Chicy Blinders” a branded video inspired by Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou™ campaign, that unabashedly supports bold, fierce, and empowered women to proudly portray exactly who they are … because “Age is Just a Number and Attitude is Everything!”

Recognizing that Fierce is Bold and Bold is Fierce, Forever Fierce Media, the production arm of the Forever Fierce Revolution, a Facebook community that has over five thousand members, has created a video combining both companies’ messages on age positivity. The video will be the debut content for the Forever Fierce Revolution YouTube Channel. On February 19th, International Forever Fierce Day, Chico’s challenged the group to create video content to support Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou™ campaign requesting: “Real women, real ages, real attitude.”

Catherine Grace O’Connell, CEO of Forever Fierce Media, and Age Disruptor states, “Our community focuses on sisterhood, support, reinvention, and rewiring at midlife and beyond. As a demographic we are blessed with vitality, creativity, and a confidence that we are embracing. This was an opportunity to show how fierce and bold our demographic can be. I feel our companies inspire each other and I’m awed at Chico’s message about women embracing their age and unique life experiences, while offering fashion for a wide range of ages and body types. Our companies almost simultaneously created Tees that allow a woman to stand in her power and proclaim and revel in her age with pride. When I saw the Chico’s Tees emblazoned with an individual woman’s age, I jumped at the chance to make a statement!”

At a time where empowerment and achievement for women is front and center, Forever Fierce Media is proud to acknowledge that this video was produced by a woman owned company, directed by female Hollywood Director/Producer Ilyssa Goodman, and cast with real women from our community between the ages of 50 and 70!

About Forever Fierce Media
Inspired by the Forever Fierce Revolution Group on Facebook, the premier community for women at Midlife and Beyond, Forever Fierce Media produces message based promotional and marketing content for national brands that recognize the vitality and critical importance of the 35+ female demographic … and the fact that it controls 80% of the nation’s disposable income. The company features movie industry directors, cinematographers, and exceptional creative talent that can produce cinema quality output with budget savings and reduced lead times.

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Women’s Empowerment Organization Dress for Success Becomes Official Nonprofit Partner for First-Ever National Business Traveler Day on April 24, 2018

It has been a long time since business travel was just a man’s world. Today, there’s almost a 50 percent chance that the person across the desk negotiating an important business deal is a woman. To further its mission of empowering all women to achieve economic independence, Dress for Success announced today that it is the official nonprofit partner of National Business Traveler Day (“NBTD”), set for April 24th, 2018.

According to a study by TNS Global, women account for approximately 47 percent of all business travel. “More and more women are increasingly serving as the ‘face’ of companies in critical business dealings around the country,” said Dress for Success CEO, Joi Gordon. “Dress for Success’ participation in National Business Traveler Day will reinforce recognition of the equal and significant role women play in moving our economy forward, especially through business travel. In addition to building awareness, National Business Traveler Day will play an important role in supporting our mission of providing women with the tools they need to build their confidence and succeed in the workplace. Many women we serve may well become future business travelers for their companies.” Since its inception in 1997, Dress for Success has led the way in developing and training more than 1 million women for return to the workforce.

As part of the Upside Business Travel and NBTD partnership with Dress for Success, leading apparel brand UNTUCKit will be donating button down blouses from their women’s line to Dress for Success participants. “UNTUCKit is pleased to be supporting the upcoming National Business Traveler Day and its non-profit partner, Dress for Success. We are proud to be helping empower the women of Dress for Success to look professional and be confident and comfortable in the workplace, ” said UNTUCKit Founder and Executive Chairman Chris Riccobono.

Dress for Success is proud to join NBTD’s founder Upside Business Travel and NBTD’s media partner The Wall Street Journal in this important day of recognition. More than 20 well-known brands, led by United Airlines, XpresSpa, Hertz, Mastercard, and Uber for Business, will participate in the celebration with sweepstakes prizes, promotions, and special events. NBTD is also being supported by 1-800-Flowers.com; 24 Hour Fitness; Audible; BARK, the makers of BarkBox; Blue Bottle Coffee; Global Business Travel Association; Hudson Group, operators of Hudson and Hudson News; iHeartMedia; iPass; JetBlue; Journy; LATAM Airlines; LoungeBuddy; The Points Guy; THNKS; and UNTUCKit.

Created to recognize and reward business travelers across the country, National Business Traveler Day will offer thousands of prizes, giveaways, and live activations at select airports. NBTD also encourages business travelers to support Dress for Success through individual donations on the Dress for Success’ dedicated NBTD landing page. The six-week celebration kicked off on March 14th with the launch of The Business Traveler Dream Sweepstakes and The Greatest Business Trips in Historytournament bracket.

About Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 160 cities in 30 countries and has helped more than one million women work towards self-sufficiency.

About National Business Traveler Day
National Business Traveler Day (NBTD) is an annual event held on April 24th that celebrates, honors, and recognizes the under-appreciated business traveler. More than 20 leading companies support the inaugural NBTD and will shower business travelers with prizes, giveaways, and upgrades, and participate in live events.

About UNTUCKit

One of the fastest-growing men’s retail brands in the country, UNTUCKit was the first to create a signature shirt with perfectly-contoured hemlines and a tailored fit specifically designed to be worn untucked, creating a way for men to look smart and polished while still being casual and comfortable. Since launching in 2011, UNTUCKit has evolved to outfit the whole family with the addition of lines for women and children. Dedicated to creating an unmatched shopping experience, UNTUCKit is one of the most active e-commerce store expansions stories of 2017, with 25 retail locations across the country. To learn more, visit www.untuckit.com.

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