Amazon Announces Career Day 2021—America’s Biggest Recruiting Event, with Over 40,000 Corporate and Tech Jobs Available in the U.S., and Programming to Help Both Current and Future Employees Grow Their Careers

Career Day to take place across the U.S. on September 15 – To register visit

All Amazon regular full-time employees receive the same core benefits, regardless of their role, level, or position—from the company’s executives to front-line employees—including health coverage from an employee’s first day on the job, a 401(k) plan with a company match, up to 20 weeks of paid leave for birthing parents, and more.

Over 1,200 Amazon recruiters will offer 20,000 1-on-1 career-coaching sessions to job seekers, plus thousands of additional sessions for Amazon employees to help them continue to grow in their own careers at the company or elsewhere

New survey finds 40% of American job seekers say COVID-19 pandemic has caused them to reconsider their career path; over half willing to learn new skills to land higher-paying jobs

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it is hiring for more than 40,000 corporate and tech roles across 220-plus locations in the U.S., as well as tens of thousands of hourly positions in Amazon’s Operations network, and holding its biggest-ever training and recruiting event to help both current and future employees grow their careers. Career Day will take place on September 15, and anyone can register for free here.

The event is designed to support all job seekers, whether they are looking for a new job or hoping to transition to a different career altogether—at Amazon or another company. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in one of more than 20,000 personalized career-coaching sessions with an Amazon recruiter. The company is also offering thousands of 1-on-1 career-coaching sessions for Amazon employees looking to grow their careers at the company or elsewhere. The event will bring together world-leading experts—including New York Times best-selling authors David Epstein and Carla Harris—to provide candid advice on how job seekers can start, build, or transition their careers.

“We’re working hard every day to be the best place for people to have satisfying and fulfilling long-term careers,” said Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. “Amazon continues to grow quickly and relentlessly invent across many areas, and we’re hoping that Career Day gives both job seekers and current Amazon employees the support they need to learn new skills or reimagine their careers at Amazon or elsewhere.”

Amazon has hired over 450,000 people in the U.S. since the beginning of the pandemic, and is now the largest job creator in the U.S. The company was recently named by LinkedIn as the No. 1 company where Americans want to work and develop their careers. During Career Day last year, Amazon saw the highest one-week number of job applications in the history of the company. The event is open to all, regardless of their level of experience, professional field, or background. Those interested in attending will have the opportunity to receive:

  • Personalized career coaching. A team of over 1,200 Amazon recruiters will conduct 20,000 free, 1-on-1 career-coaching sessions with job seekers across the country in one day. The recruiters will offer advice to those interested in the wide variety of jobs available at the company, including entry-level positions in Amazon’s logistics network, corporate roles at our 18 Tech Hubs, as well as engineering, sustainability, data science, marketing, human resources, and finance roles that support Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Operations Technology, Prime Video, and many other businesses. Thousands of additional sessions will be offered to Amazon employees to receive career advice and learn about the company-funded upskilling programs available to help them move into higher-paying, in-demand jobs.
  • World-class insights, advice, and learning opportunities. The Career Day main-stage program will include a conversation with Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, who will share his own career experience and advice for job seekers. David Epstein, the author of Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and Carla Harris, vice chairman of global wealth management and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, who was recently named one of the Top 50 Black Executives in Corporate America by Fortune magazine, will provide tips to help people at all stages of their careers.
  • Tactical training. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in coding workshops led by Amazon software development engineers, and attend a “How to Interview at Amazon” breakout session led by two senior recruiters with a combined 25 years of interviewing experience.

Working at Amazon

All Amazon regular full-time employees receive the same core benefits, regardless of their role, level, or position—from the company’s executives to front-line employees. This includes health coverage from an employee’s first day on the job, a 401(k) plan with a company match, up to 20 weeks of paid leave for birthing parents, and more. In addition, eligible employees have access to company-subsidized training opportunities.

In 2020 alone, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company hired over 400,000 employees in the U.S.—of which, more than 60% are now paid more than they were at their previous job. Of the new employees hired across Amazon’s Operations network, nearly 30,000 joined Amazon from the manufacturing sector, another 19,000 from traditional retail, and 16,500 from education and healthcare, among others. The company received more than 30 million job applications for roles at Amazon in 2020, almost double the number from 2019.

Amazon currently ranks No. 2 on the World’s Best Employers list from Forbes and on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. Amazon was also selected by Fast Company as one of the Best Workplaces for Innovators. The company was awarded a top score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, which recognizes the best workplaces for the LGBTQ+ community, and granted the Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award for excellence in hiring, training, and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Amazon was also named as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index.

New survey shows COVID-19 having long-lasting impact on labor market trends

According to a new Morning Consult job-seeker insight survey commissioned by Amazon, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 40% of professionals in the U.S. are currently reconsidering their career paths. Almost half of the respondents (43%) identified better pay and benefits as the top reason they are looking for new work.

The Morning Consult survey also found that post-pandemic, one in five job seekers (21%) find the current talent pool too competitive, and one-third of job seekers (34%) believe their current set of skills will become outdated in the next five to 15 years. Over half (51%) of workers are now interested in learning new skills that could help them improve their career trajectory.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: Customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

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Give the People What They Want! Smirnoff Embraces Decades of Commitment to Inclusivity and Fun with the New ‘Vodka for the People’ Campaign Featuring Kaley Cuoco and Anthony Anderson

NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As the face of America changes, Smirnoff is celebrating by issuing a unifying rallying cry through the launch of “Vodka for the People,” a campaign that highlights inclusivity and moments that bring people together. No stranger to giving the people what they want since inception, Smirnoff has continued to change the spirits game from inventing the Moscow Mule to reimagining the vodka martini. 

Right now, adults are looking to let loose and celebrate life with the people and drinks they love the most. At its core, “Vodka for the People” highlights Smirnoff’s dedication to elevating the cultural conversation about how amazing things can happen when everyone’s invited to the party.

“We thought it was only fitting that our ‘Vodka for the People’ campaign be just as versatile and flavorful as our Smirnoff portfolio,” said Jennifer Holiday Hudson, Smirnoff North America Brand Leader. “The future belongs to the people, and with ‘Vodka for the People,’ we want to find opportunities to invite our drinkers to tell us what they’re looking for next. Whether it’s the delicious cocktails they can’t wait to try, organizations they’d like us to support or being a part of a neighborhood get together, we want to give the people what they want!”

As part of the new campaign, the world’s No. 1 vodka has enlisted a star-studded roster of talent – including actor and producer, Kaley Cuoco and comedian, actor and game show host, Anthony Anderson, who both share Smirnoff’s ethos that welcoming everyone leads to the best times. The first videos in the series to go live will feature Cuoco set to Pitbull’s newest global release “I Feel Good,” whose lyrics were customized for the campaign and perfectly set the stage for an at-home party where all adults are invited to gather – and drink responsibly – with Smirnoff No. 21.

“I love Smirnoff No. 21 – it’s what I reach for when I want a delicious cocktail without all the frills,” said Kaley Cuoco. “Vodka for the People’ is all about good times when good people come together, which is exactly how I live my life and what made this partnership a no-brainer!!!” 

Smirnoff’s “Vodka for the People” officially kicked off in August across TV, digital and social with more exciting announcements to come spanning the entire Smirnoff Trademark. Following the initial launch, the platform will be the starting point for future Smirnoff campaigns with new additions featuring a dynamic set of influencers and fun activations tapping into cultural conversations to truly be ‘for the people.’ The first campaign extension combines America’s favorite sport – football – with the people’s vodka – Smirnoff – for a first-of-its-kind partnership that will highlight the brand as the “Vodka for the People” who love football. As one of the first-ever official spirits sponsor of the NFL, Smirnoff will convert winning plays all season long by releasing new spots starring Anthony, showing up at fans’ watch parties and other activations, as well as on broadcast integrations, digital and social content.

In addition to its “Vodka for the People” campaign, Smirnoff is formalizing a Fund to centralize all its charitable endeavors, specifically those with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. Officially named the “Smirnoff for the People Fund,” the initiative continues the brand’s support of communities, organizations and individuals that embody the Smirnoff-way of welcoming everyone in and will continue to do so moving forward. In recent years, Smirnoff has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to deserving organizations, such as The Phluid Project, Transgender Law Center and Black Girl Ventures, and looks to further that commitment with future donations through the Fund.

Smirnoff No. 21’s production – ten times filtered and triple distilled – ensures the liquid is inherently mixable so adults of legal drinking age across the country are able to enjoy Smirnoff as part of their favorite cocktails. Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka is available at retailers nationwide in 1.75L, 1L, 750mL, 375mL, 200mL and 50mL bottles and has a 40% ABV with a suggested retail price of $14.99 for a 750mL bottle (price varies by size).

Make sure to follow along with @Smirnoff on Instagram as “Vodka for the People” content is released. No matter how you choose to celebrate Smirnoff’s “Vodka for the People,” please remember to always drink responsibly.

Smirnoff has been giving the people what they want since the brand’s inception in 1864. Over the years as the “Vodka for the People,” Smirnoff has changed the spirits game from inventing the Moscow Mule to reimagining the vodka martini.

Because the brand is dedicated to the people and their evolving taste preferences, Smirnoff has an option for everyone and every occasion. The Smirnoff portfolio offers a variety of options for adults across vodka and flavored malt beverages. Current offerings include the world’s No. 1 selling Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka, the top-selling line of flavors in North America, the Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions line, and ready-to-serve flavored malt beverages including Smirnoff Seltzer, Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff Ice Smash. From culturally relevant limited editions to new innovations and zero sugar offerings, Smirnoff has always been known for quality and affordability, and prides itself on having something for everyone.

The Smirnoff brand traces its vodka heritage back to 19th century Russia and is now enjoyed in over 130 countries worldwide. Visit for more information, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Please drink responsibly.

About Diageo North America
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Casamigos, DeLeon and Don Julio tequilas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: DGE) and their products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.
For more information about Diageo, their people, brands, and performance, visit Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice. Follow on Twitter and Instagram for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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WNBPA, Parity Join Forces To Create Marketing Opportunities And Drive Revenue To WNBPA Players, a socially driven online marketplace, gives players direct access to greater revenue and collaboration with leading brands.

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — OneTeam Partners is proud to announce a multi-year partnership between the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (“WNBPA”) and Parity, an online sponsorship platform for women athletes that aims to create strategic marketing opportunities and drive revenue for players in the WNBA.

Announced on Women’s Equality Day, the partnership will provide players the opportunity to quickly and seamlessly join the Parity online community of 600+ athletes across 40 sports and a growing list of brands. Parity’s clients already include brands such as MICROSOFT, Gainbridge, Morgan Stanley, Strava, Thule and Literati, since their launch in Q3 2020.

“If we are honest about our history, we recognize that the women’s movement has not always been inclusive,” WNBPA Executive Director Terri Jackson said. “Together with OneTeam Partners and Parity, we pledge to continue to break down barriers and commit to continue the fight for equality for women of color and all women.”

Authenticity is the key in the increasingly competitive influencer marketing space. By taking the extra step to unlock an athlete’s genuine interests and social advocacy and matching those interests and causes with potential corporate sponsors, Parity’s platform and focused approach facilitates more intentional and compelling brand marketing campaigns.

“The value that players of the WNBPA bring to brands through their authentic and powerful connections to their fans is a largely untapped resource,” said Parity co-CEO Minji Ro, who formerly served as commissioner of the New York City Gay Basketball League and a VP at Goldman Sachs. “We understand that these women are elite athletes, powerful advocates and leaders in their communities. We hope to  help move the needle for a more equitable revenue stream and an even higher profile.”

The move unites two national organizations catering exclusively to the advancement of women athletes. Established in 2020, Parity, powered by Evolution of Sports, drives revenue to women athletes, working toward pay equity in sport. Research estimates that women’s sports sponsorship accounts for only 0.4% of total sport sponsorship. The goal of the WNBPA partnership is to tackle the gender pay gap issue in professional sports sponsorship and develop a more socially responsible world in partnership with influential corporate brands. The WNBPA has historically fostered opportunities to amplify the voices and leadership of its members, who have led the way in professional sport in the constant fight for equality and justice.

“We could not be more excited about the synergies between the Players Association and Parity,” said WNBPA President Nneka Ogwumike. “We have a shared commitment to the financial stability of women athletes, but even more, we share a passion for equity and inclusion. On many levels, this partnership can help change the game for WNBPA members.”

The WNBPA and Parity already have a link in Seattle Storm guard Karlie Samuelson, who also works as the athlete engagement manager at Parity.

OneTeam Partners, the sponsorship and licensing partner of the WNBPA, facilitated the trend-setting partnership with the original introduction brokered by WNBPA President, Nneka Ogwumike. OneTeam is a global sports company unleashing the collective power of world-class athletes to drive business via group licensing, marketing, media and venture.

About Parity
Established by and for women’s sports advocates, Parity is revolutionizing the financial model for women athletes. With a current roster of 600 athletes from more 40 sports and more than 20 corporate partners, Parity unites data analytics and cultural relevance to match women athletes with sponsorship and revenue opportunities, primarily via social and digital media. To learn more about Parity, visit

About the WNBPA
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association is the union for current women’s professional basketball players in the WNBA. The WNBPA is the first labor union for professional women athletes. It was created in 1998 to protect the rights of players and assist them in achieving their full potential on and off the court. The WNBPA handles the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, filing grievances on their behalf, and counseling players on benefits and post-WNBA career opportunities. The WNBPA also serves as a resource for current players, while they are competing internationally during the offseason. The WNBPA encourages players to participate in union activities – including executive leadership roles, team representative positions, and global community outreach initiatives.

About OneTeam Partners:
Formed in November 2019, OneTeam Partners is a joint venture between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and RedBird Capital Partners. OneTeam helps athletes maximize the value of their name, image and likeness rights by transforming the way in which athletes interact with businesses across four verticals: licensing, marketing, content and investing. OneTeam represents a range of commercial business interests on behalf of the NFLPA, MLBPA, Major League Soccer PA, U.S. Women’s National Team PA, WNBPA, and U.S. Rugby PA.

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California Hispanic Chambers Of Commerce Demand Accountability As Recent Report Reflects California’s Newest Energy Providers Are Woefully Behind In Contracting With The State’s Diverse Small Businesses

Measures by energy providers to expand minority supplier participation are dismal and extremely disconcerting

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A recent report commissioned by the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has revealed that California’s Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) are woefully behind in contracting with the state’s diverse small businesses. Community Choice Aggregators are a much newer set of energy agencies regulated by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC). The report, Failure to Diversify found that CCAs contracted with diverse firms for less than 0.1% of purchases, cutting women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises out of $1.2 billion of economic opportunity when compared to investor-owned energy utilities.

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

“California is home to the nation’s largest and fastest growing segment of diverse small businesses,” said Julian Canete, President and CEO, CHCC. “We are extremely concerned at the lack of progress in procurement opportunities for those small businesses as set forth and required by General Order 156, adopted by the CPUC.  Despite being a critical part of California’s economic post pandemic recovery, small and diverse owned businesses have missed out on $1.2 billion in contracting opportunities, a situation that is unacceptable and must be remedied now.”  

Passed and adopted in 2002, Assembly Bill 117 authorized cities and counties to form their own agencies to procure electricity for individual customers within their own jurisdiction. These agencies, called Community Choice Aggregators compensate regulated utilities for the cost of electricity transmission and distribution to CCA customers. California’s first CCA, Marin Clean Energy, launched in 2010 and today there are 14 different CCAs around the state that are registered with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

“For more than three decades, General Order 156 has proven that when women, minority, and other diverse businesses finally get the opportunity to compete, they often beat their competition,” said Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), the author of several measures expanding supplier diversity requirements. “But it is clear that CCAs must step up on diverse procurement if they want the moral as well as economic leadership positions they want. Their lack of meaningful diverse spending shows they are not creating real jobs or contracting opportunities. The only diversity they seem to represent is in the communities that they claim to serve, but actually take advantage of. Much more must be done, and I appreciate that this report focuses attention on the need to increase GO 156 procurements across all providers, particularly from CCAs.”

In 1988, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted General Order 156 in response to calls from policy makers and the public to increase opportunities for diverse small businesses to contract with corporations regulated by the CPUC. General Order 156 requires energy utility, water and telecommunications companies overseen by the CPUC to provide an annual report of their percentages of contracts given to women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises, collectively referred to as “WMDVLGBTBE firms.”

Recognizing that promoting the interests of diverse businesses strengthens the overall state economy, GO 156 Section 8 set forth procurement goals for regulated utilities, requiring that companies establish plans to purchase at least 21.5% of each major category of products and services from diverse outside vendors, including 15% for minority-owned firms, 5% for women-owned firms, 1.5% for disabled veteran-owned firms, and goals to be established for LGBT-owned firms. In 2020, the state’s four large, regulated energy utilities contracted with WMDVLGBTE firms for 39% ($8 billion) of a total of $20.6 billion of products and services.

“CCA’s have been around for almost 20 years so it was shocking to see supplier diversity outcomes this low,” said José Atilio Hernández, Chairman of IdeateLABS, a statewide policy think tank issued the report commissioned by the Hispanic Chambers on the Failure to Diversify report. “As of 2020, California law requires CCA’s to take an initial step toward meeting CPUC requirements to contract with diverse businesses by requiring reporting of outcomes. Now that we see the numbers, it is clear that additional action is required for CCA’s to make meaningful progress toward meeting the state’s equity contracting goals.”

Following the 2019 expansion of G0 156 reporting requirements to CCAs through Senate Bill 255, CCAs filed their first Supplier Diversity Procurement Reports in 2021. The result was a dismal less than 0.1% of purchases, clearly cutting WMDVLGBTE businesses out of $1.2 billion of economic opportunity when compared to investor-owned energy utilities.

The CHCC is demanding the CCAs rectify this abysmal situation immediately and recommends the following steps for the consideration of regulators and policy makers if CCAs are to meet the CPUCs 21.5% diverse contracting goal or match the 40% average seen by CPUC-regulated investor-owned energy utilities,

  • Require GO 156 Contracting Goals for CCAs. The Legislature stopped short of requiring the same 21.5% diverse contracting goal contained in GO 156 for CCAs. As a result, CCAs stopped well short of that contracting goal, procuring less than 0.1% of total procurement through WMDVLGBTE firms. CCAs therefore must be included in GO 156.
  • Public Hearing on CCA Supplier Diversity. These findings regarding 2020 supplier diversity outcomes should be subject to a CPUC hearing to elicit feedback and guidance on how to help CCAs meet the diverse contracting goals of GO 156, especially as the Legislature and Commission considers our recommendation to include CCAs in GO 156.
  • A Moratorium on New CCAs. Until CCAs are formally brought into the GO 156 Supplier Diversity Program, we recommend a moratorium on creating any new CCAs. These agencies have advanced policy conversations around the need to accelerate progress toward our renewable energy and climate change objectives. But these efforts cannot come at the expense of the state’s diverse small businesses, who we see losing out on billions of dollars as CCAs take on more procurement responsibilities in the energy supply chain.

About the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
The CHCC, through its network of over 103 local Hispanic chambers and trade associations, represents the interest of over 815,000 Hispanic businesses in California. For over forty years, the CHCC has served as the nation’s leading regional Hispanic business organization. The CHCC works to bring the issues and needs of Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the California and national economic agendas.

About IdeateLABS
IdeateLABS is an interactive non-profit think tank that provides real time solutions to clients and partners. It’s an idea generator to policymakers, practitioners, research institutions, and stakeholders.  We use real intelligence, in real time to develop and visualize policy solutions to effectively communicate solutions to policymakers. We measure the impact of policy, investments, and business development to deliver a real time analysis.

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– Half of LGBTIQ+ travellers (46%) report they have experienced some form of discrimination when travelling

SYDNEY, Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, leading digital travel platform released new research revealing half of Australian LGBTIQ+ travellers have experienced some form of discrimination when traveling.

With travel restrictions resulting in this year’s Winter Pride in New Zealand being cancelled, and this key moment of travel and celebration put on hold for LGBTIQ+ communities, it’s more important than ever to reflect on the challenges they face. With this campaign, aims to create a more inclusive experience when travel becomes a possibility again.

According to the research, 66% say they have to consider their safety and wellbeing as an LGBTIQ+ traveller when picking a destination and over half (57%) believe traveling as part of the LGBTIQ+ community means that some destinations are off limits.

As evidenced by this research with LGBTIQ+ travellers, and despite some positive signals, a substantial portion of the global population doesn’t feel like they can show up as themselves when they travel. In light of this, today announced its Proud Hospitality training program for its accommodation partners.

The first step for an accommodation provider to become a Proud Certified property on the platform is a 75-minute online Proud Hospitality training session. After completing the online course and making a commitment to deliver a more inclusive experience, Proud Certified partners will receive a Travel Proud badge on their property page.

“Everything we do at is about enabling smoother and more enjoyable travel experiences for everyone – no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify,” said Tracey Foxall, Regional Manager Oceania at

“One in five Australian LGBTIQ+ travellers say they are hopeful about being able to travel without restrictions or limitations in the next five years. We firmly believe we can get there together and that everyone should be able to experience the world as themselves, always.”

The training is available free of charge to property partners. The program is also rolling out to partners in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and New Zealand.


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Johnson & Johnson and Global Partners Announce Results from Phase 2b Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Clinical Trial in Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Investigational vaccine candidate did not provide sufficient protection against HIV infection

No vaccine-related safety signals identified

J&J HIV vaccine program continues with global Phase 3 Mosaico HIV study evaluating a different composition of the vaccine regimen in different populations

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), together with a consortium of global partners, today announced results from the primary analysis of a Phase 2b HIV vaccine clinical trial known as the Imbokodo study (also known as HVTN 705/HPX2008). Data showed the investigational HIV vaccine regimen did not provide sufficient protection against HIV infection in a population of young women in sub-Saharan Africa at high risk of acquiring HIV. The investigational vaccine was found to have a favorable safety profile with no serious adverse events.

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Based on these results, the Imbokodo study will not continue. Study participants will be notified of the results, unblinded and informed whether they were in the study group who received the vaccine or the group who received placebo. Further analysis of the Imbokodo study is ongoing, and the study has provided enough data to progress with key immunological correlates research.

In parallel to the Phase 2b Imbokodo HIV vaccine trial, Janssen is sponsoring the ongoing Phase 3 Mosaico study (HVTN 706/HPX3002) which is testing the safety and efficacy of a different composition of the HIV vaccine regimen among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender individuals. This study is being conducted in the Americas and Europe where different strains of HIV are circulating. Given these differentiating factors and following consultations with the Mosaico study independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), it was decided that the Mosaico study will continue at this time.

“We are extremely grateful to the women who volunteered for the Imbokodo study, and to our partners, including the people on the frontlines, all of whom are contributing every day to this enduring quest to make HIV history,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson. “HIV is a unique and complex virus that has long posed unprecedented challenges for vaccine development because of its ability to attack, hijack and evade the human immune system. While we are disappointed that the vaccine candidate did not provide a sufficient level of protection against HIV infection in the Imbokodo trial, the study will give us important scientific findings in the ongoing pursuit for a vaccine to prevent HIV. We continue to stand in solidarity with people living with and vulnerable to HIV, and remain committed to furthering our research against this devastating virus.”

What the Imbokodo Data Tell Us
The Imbokodo vaccine regimen was administered to participants through four vaccination visits over one year. The primary analysis was conducted 24 months after participants received their first vaccinations. The study’s primary endpoint was based on the difference in number of new HIV infections between the placebo and vaccine groups from month seven (one month after the third vaccination timepoint) through month 24. These data found that through 24 months of follow up, 63 of 1,109 participants who received placebo compared to 51 of 1,079 participants who received active vaccine acquired HIV. This analysis demonstrated a vaccine efficacy point estimate of 25.2% (95% confidence interval of -10.5% to 49.3%). The vaccine regimen did not cause harm and was generally well-tolerated.

“The high incidence of HIV among young women in sub-Saharan Africa reminds us that, despite great progress made in treatment and prevention, HIV remains a major health challenge for the region,” said Professor Glenda Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and Imbokodo’s Protocol Chair. “This underscores the need to apply the knowledge that will be gained from this trial to continue to advance the pursuit of a global HIV vaccine.”

The Imbokodo study tested an investigational HIV regimen with an adenovirus vector containing four mosaic immunogens (Ad26.Mos4.HIV) at four vaccination visits over one year. The Imbokodo regimen contains a soluble protein component (Clade C gp140, adjuvanted with aluminum phosphate) which is administered at vaccination visits three and four. The ongoing Phase 3 Mosaico study is testing a different investigational vaccine regimen that involves the administration of a mosaic-based mixture of soluble proteins (Clade C/Mosaic gp140) at vaccination visits three and four.

About the Phase 2b Imbokodo Study
Imbokodo, a Phase 2b proof-of-concept efficacy study of Janssen’s investigational HIV vaccine regimen, began in 2017, reached full enrollment in 2019 and completed vaccinations on June 30, 2020. The study enrolled approximately 2,600 young women across five countries in sub-Saharan Africa, a region where women and girls accounted for 63 percent of all new HIV infections in 2020.1 The study took place at 23 trial sites in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Study investigators ensured that any HIV-infected participants in Imbokodo were referred to high-quality HIV treatment and care services. 

Imbokodo was supported by a public-private partnership led by Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V., part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson; the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). Additional partners providing support included the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard. The study was conducted at clinical sites coordinated by HVTN, and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) helped to implement Imbokodo in South Africa.

Since 2005, Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. has been participating as a sub-grantee in the NIH-supported Integrated Preclinical/Clinical AIDS Vaccine Development (IPCAVD) program under grants AI066305, AI078526, AI096040 and AI128751 (Principal Investigator, Prof. Dan Barouch).

Johnson & Johnson’s Commitment to HIV
Johnson & Johnson has been committed to the fight against HIV for 25 years, playing a central role in bringing nine therapeutics to people living with HIV, and continues to drive innovation in HIV prevention and care.

In December 2020, the European Commission authorized the first complete, long-acting injectable treatment for HIV, which combines Janssen’s rilpivirine with ViiV Healthcare’s cabotegravir, offering people with HIV living in Europe the potential of replacing daily oral treatments with six injections per year (every-other-month). In January 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the treatment for an every-month dosing schedule (12 injections per year), and is considering a supplement New Drug Application (sNDA) that would extend this approval to include the every-other-month dosing schedule (6 injections per year). Also in January, the dapivirine ring, a discreet long-acting HIV prevention method specifically for women developed by the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) and based on Janssen’s compound, was recommended by the World Health Organization as an additional prevention choice for women with a substantial chance of contracting HIV as part of combination prevention approaches.

Johnson & Johnson also supports communities affected by HIV through initiatives such as the DREAMS Partnership in sub-Saharan Africa, the MenStar Coalition and the New Horizons program. To learn more, visit

About Johnson & Johnson
At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Learn more at Follow us at @jnjglobalhealth.

About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
At Janssen, we’re creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. We’re the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, working tirelessly to make that future a reality for patients everywhere by fighting sickness with science, improving access with ingenuity, and healing hopelessness with heart. We focus on areas of medicine where we can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology, and Pulmonary Hypertension. Learn more at Follow us at

*Dr. Glenda Gray, President and Chief Executive Officer, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), is Protocol Chair of the Imbokodo study. Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V. partnered with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) to help implement Imbokodo in South Africa.

Cautions Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding Janssen’s investigational, mosaic-based HIV vaccine regimen. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention B.V , any of the other Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies and/or Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: challenges and uncertainties inherent in product research and development, including the uncertainty of clinical success and of obtaining regulatory approvals; uncertainty of commercial success; manufacturing difficulties and delays; competition, including technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; challenges to patents; product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action; changes in behavior and spending patterns of purchasers of health care products and services; changes to applicable laws and regulations, including global health care reforms; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and descriptions of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Johnson & Johnson’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2021, including in the sections captioned “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors,” and in the company’s most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, and the company’s subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at or on request from Johnson & Johnson. None of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies nor Johnson & Johnson undertakes to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information or future events or developments.

1UNAIDS. GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS – Fact Sheet 2021. June 2021. Last accessed July 2021.

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Nifty Games Raises $38M in New Capital to Redefine Mobile Sports Games as NFL Clash and NBA Clash Move Towards Worldwide Release

Nifty Games’ Series B Round Brings Available Capital Raised-to-Date to $53M

LAFAYETTE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Nifty Games Inc., a videogame developer and publisher focused on quick-session, head-to-head sports games for mobile, has raised $26M in a Series B round of equity funding led by Vulcan Capital. In addition, the company has secured $12M in connected debt financing.

Attracting investors globally, Nifty Games has raised over $50M since the company was founded in 2018 by gaming industry veterans Jon Middleton and Pete Wanat.

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The Company’s Series B round is led by current backers Vulcan Capital, and supported by ongoing investors March Gaming, Defy Partners and Courtside Ventures, as well as a strategic group of new investors, including Korea-based funds Woori Capital, K-NET and Yes24. Other new investors include Steve Pagliuca, managing owner of the Boston Celtics, Speedwagon Capital, Brighton Jones, and Gaingels, a global network of LGBT/Ally investors. With this additional funding, Nifty Games is now one of the industry’s most well-funded mobile gaming startups.

Nifty Games is focused on delivering quick-session competitive mobile games with licenses from the National Football League (NFL), National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), National Basketball Association (NBA), and National Basketball Player Association (NBPA). Nifty Games aims to build out a slate of titles with the world’s largest sports licenses to deliver gameplay tailored for mobile first. The company’s premier game NFL Clash, already available in select markets worldwide, launches in the United States this year. The latest round of funding will be used to further grow the Company’s sports games line-up as well as investing in top-tier development staff to deliver state-of-the-art gameplay for global sports fans.

Jon Middleton, CEO of Nifty Games, said “With Nifty Games Series B, we’ve been fortunate to add further investments from partners that are true supporters with each believing in our team and the larger opportunity ahead. We’ve purpose-built Nifty Games to deliver a new slate of sports games for mobile gamers worldwide. We’re proud of the team we’ve assembled, our incredible partnerships with the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, and the NBPA, as well as our family of financial backers committed to seeing Nifty Games win big. We’re excited to grow Nifty Games as NFL Clash and NBA Clash lead the way!”

“We see an incredible commercial opportunity in bringing premium sports games to casual mobile game fans, in which they get to build a roster with favorite pro players and call the shots as their team competes all season long,” said YB Choi, Partner at Vulcan Capital. “Given our early involvement with Nifty Games, we’re excited to step up our support as they head towards making their first games, NFL Clash and NBA Clash, available to sports fans worldwide.”

Stephen Pagliuca, Co-Owner of the Boston Celtics and Co-Chair of Bain Capital, said “Nifty Games sits at the exciting intersection of sports fandoms, mobile gaming, and IP-driven business models. I’ve been impressed with the team’s vision and execution to date, and believe their approach will redefine the mobile sports game sector. And as a fan myself, can’t wait to play their games and see them top the charts!”

About Nifty Games
Nifty Games is a mobile-first developer and publisher of quick-session, head-to-head sports games. To date, the company has raised funding from leading sports, video game, and technology focused investors. The company is based in California. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter at @NiftyGames.

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Mon, Aug 30, 2021 Daily LIVE LGBTQ+ News Broadcast | Queer News Tonight

In this episode:
– @Its JoJo Siwa to become first @Dancing With The Stars competitor paired with same-sex partner
– Virginia school board to pay $1.3 million in transgender student’s suit
– Chinese university appears to ask for lists of LGBTQ+ students for ‘investigation’
– This is How Gay Men Justify Their Racism On Grindr
– March on Washington rally featured prominent LGBTQ+ speakers
– Happy 82nd Birthday: Is ‘The Wizard of Oz’ the best movie ever?
– Canada Set To Replace Hungary In Billie Jean King Cup Tennis Because of Hungary LGBTQ+ Rights Policy
– Deranged pastor claims “sodomy” is causing COVID-19 vaccines to stop working
– Scott Holland presents this week’s “What’s Hot In South Florida” for the weekend of August 3rd
– These Are the Nation’s Most LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges, Universities

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March on Washington rally featured prominent LGBTQ speakers

US Representative Mondaire Jones who this year became the nation’s first only gay African American member of Congress and Randi Winegarten the out lesbian president of Federation of Teachers were speakers at a rally associated with one of two separate Marches on Washington that happened Saturday, August the 28th, 2021. Organizers say both marches were called to build support for voting rights at a time when Republican-controlled state legislatures are passing laws to restrict voting and DC statehood. Other speakers at the March On for Voting Rights include Martin Luther King III, Andrea Waters-King, Yolanda Renea-King, Reb. Al Sharpton, and US Representative Shelia Jackson -Lee, and Joyce Beady,

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Only 50% of Employers Check Their Workers’ Digital Literacy

Employers must ensure their people have the modern skills they need

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Questionmark–Just half of employers check whether their workers have the digital literacy for their jobs, despite the importance of technology skills to the workplace.1 Questionmark, the online assessment provider, is encouraging employers to ensure their staff have the right modern skills they need to thrive.

Questionmark has launched a report, “Modern skills for a post-pandemic world”, which shows that staff are struggling to make the most of new digital technologies.

Workers report they spend 45 minutes a day searching for information between different technology platforms.2 Teams struggle to collaborate and communicate digitally, despite the advances during lockdowns.

The lack of digital literacy can also undermine the safety of data and systems. Human error contributes to some 95% of cyber breaches.3

John Kleeman, Founder of Questionmark, said: “It doesn’t matter how many times we write ’digital transformation‘ or ’tech adoption‘ in a business plan. If our staff haven’t got the modern skills to make the most of new tools, employers are never going to feel the full productivity benefits. Testing staff’s digital literacy and tech abilities provides real information on strengths and weaknesses across the workforce. Employers can use it to make better decisions on training, recruitment and development.”

By regularly assessing the workforce, employers can:

  • Measure current abilities of workers – leaders must decide how to equip their workforce with the modern skills they need. This is impossible without first understanding strengths and gaps across teams.
  • Reduce wasted training – testing potential participants before they do a training course ensures that only those that need it will take part. The investment is not wasted on those it’s not right for.
  • Measure the effectiveness of training – testing employees during and after training indicates whether the training is working.
  • Check skills of potential employees – by measuring the skills of people during the hiring process, leaders can ensure that they are bringing the right people into their teams.
  • Check skills of new recruits – similarly, measuring the skills of new recruits will enable employers to tailor their individual development programs to help them develop more quickly.

Read the full report: “Modern skills for a post-pandemic world: preparing workers with the skills to thrive in today’s ever-changing business environment”.


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Questionmark unlocks performance through reliable and secure online assessments.

Questionmark provides a secure enterprise-grade assessment platform and professional services to leading organizations around the world, delivered with care and unequalled expertise. Its full-service online assessment tool and professional services help customers to improve their performance and meet their compliance requirements. Questionmark enables organizations to unlock their potential by delivering assessments which are valid, reliable, fair and defensible.

Questionmark offers secure powerful integration with other LMS, LRS and proctoring services making it easy to bring everything together in one place. Questionmark’s cloud-based assessment management platform offers rapid deployment, scalability for high-volume test delivery, 24/7 support, and the peace-of-mind of secure, audited U.S., Australian and European-based data centers.



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