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Transgender Conference Educates Community, Focuses on Unmet Needs  

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Members of the transgender community gathered en masse for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to connect on several key issues, from employment opportunities and best practices to understanding the current legal status of key rights, such as the ability to self-identify or change names.


The Center for Transgender Care at Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell kicked off Transgender Week by hosting the third annual Long Island, Transgender, Gender Non-Confirming, Non-Binary (TGNCNB) Conference on November 14 at Hofstra University. More than 100 participants attended the conference, which was supported by the Northwell Health Transgender Community Advisory Board and an ongoing contribution for transgender education from Steven and Stacy Hoffman.

“Northwell has treated more than 1,200 transgender individuals across Long Island since we began the Center for Transgender Care,” said David Rosenthal, DO, PhD, medical director of the LGBT Health/Transgender Program at Northwell Health. “Their needs are physical, mental and social, so it is essential that we create partnerships with community organizations who serve this community. This conference is created for, and by, the community here in Long Island.”

This year’s conference focused on medical care, social support and addressing unmet needs on Long Island for TGNCNB individuals both in adolescence and adulthood, as well as their parents and children. Educational workshops focused on community agencies and their services and highlighted topics regarding legal name change, an introduction to transgender vocabulary, health and wellness, loving yourself, positive parenting of gender expansive youth, physical fitness, education on assisting a transgender child post-COVID-19 and employment challenges and strategies in the trans community.

“This conference brought together medical providers from Northwell Health, community based organizations and our patients and their families to speak about issues of importance for Transgender Care in Long Island,” said Sundeep Boparai, MHA, operations manager for Northwell’s LGBT Transgender Program.

Several community-based organizations took part: LGBT Network, Pride for Youth, Transgender Legal Defense Fund, Camp Ga’avah, PFLAG Long Island, Thursday’s Child, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, The Out Foundation, Changing the Game and the NY Transgender Bodybuilding Federation.

The event also took time to commemorate the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is November 20. In 2021 alone, at least 46 individuals nationwide have been killed due to transgender violence.

“Trans folxs are regular people, and like each and every one of us, they need the same health care and family support,” Dr. Rosenthal said. “We cannot tolerate discrimination and hatred against people living their authentic lives.”

The Center for Transgender Care can be reached at CenterForTransCare@northwell.edu or 516-622-5195.

About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 77,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Jason Molinet

516-321-6705

jmolinet@northwell.edu

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Groundbreaking Documentary “A Day of Trans” Explores the Experiences of Three Generations of Transgender Individuals in China

In honor of the upcoming 2021 Transgender Day of Remembrance, filmmaker Yennefer Fang hopes her latest project will help move the needle of trans representation in China.

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ADayOfTrans–Independent filmmaker and LGBTQ+ rights advocate Yennefer Fang today announced the release of her latest equity-focused documentary, “A Day of Trans” (2021). This short film depicts the real lives of four Chinese transgender individuals – across three generations – and spotlights the unique challenges facing sexual minorities groups in the country. The documentary’s release comes in recognition of this year’s International Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Inspired by Fang’s own life experience, the short documentary uses an interview-style approach to describe to the audience how lives of the transgender group in China have been dramatically transformed as the country’s economy continues to grow. The documentary also focuses on the institutionalized imbalance and social barriers affecting transgender individuals of different ages, classes, educational backgrounds, and income levels.

Fang tries to dispel misconceptions through the documentary, including the perception that “transgenderism” is a contemporary or white, middle-class western term.

Fang says, “Transgender is not an exclusively western concept. Different generations of Chinese transgender people have been navigating their unique sets of economic and social challenges. They have different needs – from institutional protection to social welfare, from equal employment to health care. While the younger generations embrace more freedom of self-expression, systematic barriers remain for most transgender people.”

Fang also proposes critical questions about taken-for-granted gender assumptions in today’s mainstream culture, often intertwined with economic disparity and systemic marginalization.

“A transgender woman’s experience is different from a transgender man’s experience. It is inherently imbalanced due to the gender power structure, rooted in sexism, the dominant system that privileges men and masculinity. When women gain more equality, other sexual minorities also tend to achieve more equality,” said Fang.

On the screen, the four incredible individuals each offer a perspective that is rarely found in today’s social conversation: from the cultural revolution and the economic “opening-up” to the Generation-Z era that is underpinned by consumerism, each generation’s transgender individual chooses to define their identity with their own voice, or simply do not want to do so on non-binary terms.

Numerous local non-profit organizations supported the highly anticipated LGBTQ short film to increase positive awareness of the transgender community, which is often underrepresented or misrepresented in the motion-picture industry and foster more understanding and acceptance.

“We are proud to support Yennefer Fang as we believe that the best way to educate the public about the transgender community is by watching documentaries, movies, and TV shows that reflect the reality of trans lives. We hope that this powerful documentary will inspire dialogue, confront unexamined assumptions, celebrate the progress already made, and shed a spotlight on the unfinished work that still needs to be done in the fight for equality,” said He Tao, Head of Trans Projects at the Beijing LGBT Center, a non-profit, community-based organization empowering the LGBTQ+ community by providing social services and organizing advocacy programs.

The premiere was held at a local theatre in Beijing on November 18.

The “A Day of Trans” (2021) documentary is now available on Vimeo and YouTube.

About Yennefer Fang

Yennefer is a transgender independent filmmaker, producer, choreographer, dancer, and actress based in Beijing, dedicated to bringing more stories about LGBTQIA groups onto the big screen.

At the age of 16, Yennefer discovered her interest in the creative production field and her passion for defining how people interact with the mass media and how those interactions shape our culture and daily experiences.

She began her career by directing shows and performances about female empowerment in China. Later in the United States, she participated in numerous film projects centered around LGBTQIA groups as a producer and a cast member. In 2017, Yennefer worked as Second Assistant Director in The Eight Hundred, a Chinese historical war drama film directed by and co-written by Guan Hu and premiered in 2020.

She also co-led a destination commercial for China’s Liaoning Province and presented her work for the first time at Times Square in New York City in the following year. She later accumulated her experience in Hollywood by working as an Assistant Producer in Swimming (2017) and joined movements that support more Asian American and minority women representation in the motion-picture industry.

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Fenway Health brief shows anti-transgender bills harm the trans youth by curbing access to care and athletic activities, and contributing to stigma and discrimination

BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — In 2021, lawmakers from 33 state legislatures and assemblies representing every region of the country filed 98 bills that seek to restrict of the ability of transgender and gender diverse youth (TGD) to access health care, school facilities, and school athletics. A policy brief released by Fenway Health examines the potential harms to health that these bills pose to TGD youth—regardless of whether they are enacted into law or not.

“We are midway through National Transgender Awareness Month, which is a time to honor, celebrate, and advocate for transgender and gender diverse people,” said Carrie Richgels, lead author of the study and Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Fenway Health. “Despite the many barriers to health and well-being that transgender people face, many politicians are all too willing to play politics with the lives of transgender and gender diverse children and teenagers. We hope this policy brief can be used as a tool by health and legal advocates working to defeat these discriminatory bills.”

Approximately one-third of the bills filed in 2021 relating to TGD youth seek to prohibit or limit access to health care. The remainder seek to prohibit or limit the participation of transgender youth in school sports, with some also seeking to restrict access to public facilities such as school locker rooms and bathrooms.

“It is deeply concerning that at least six Arkansas TGD youth attempted suicide following passage of that state’s new law banning the practice of gender-affirming health care for youth,” said Julie Thompson, PA-C, Medical Director of Trans Health at Fenway Health. “Research shows that public debate about the rights of people who have been marginalized, including TGD youth, can have a significant negative impact on mental health, and these bills harm the health of TGD children and adolescents in three distinct ways. The first is by denying access to medically-necessary health care. The second is by subjecting TGD youth to government-sanctioned stigma and discrimination. The third is by denying access to educational activities and depriving TGD youth of the social, emotional, and health benefits such activities bring. Most troubling is that we now know that that lack of access to gender-affirming health care during childhood and adolescence can harm the mental health of TGD people over the course of their lifetimes, so the impact of these bills to the health of TGD youth will extend well into adulthood.”

“Without exception, these bills are based on bad science, and ignore the consensus of experts in medicine—including endocrinology, psychiatry, and psychology—in support of gender-affirming medical care,” said Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at Fenway Health.

The American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Endocrine Society, and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health have each issued formal, public statements opposing passage of these bills.

“In stark contrast with states like Texas and Idaho that have enacted laws prohibiting transgender youth from participating in sports, the most elite athletic organizations in the world allow transgender athletes to compete in accordance with their gender identity,” Cahill added. “The National College Athletics Association adopted a policy in 2011 that allows transgender women to participate in women’s sports after one year of testosterone suppression. The International Olympic Committee requires transgender women to demonstrate that their total serum testosterone level has been below 10 nmol/L for at least one year prior to competition.”

“Lawsuits have been filed in state and district courts challenging the legality of the SAFE Act in Arkansas and other anti-transgender bills that have been enacted into law,” said Mason J. Dunn, JD, Deputy Director, Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. “While this legal advocacy continues, it is incumbent upon school officials to remember that every child has a right to public education in this country and educators must create school cultures that support all youth, including TGD youth.”

The policy brief, titled “State bills restricting access of transgender youth to health care, school facilities, and school athletics threaten health and well-being,” outlines recommendations for clinicians, parents and other caregivers, school officials, and lawmakers. They include the following:

1. Medical providers have a responsibility to be familiar with the most up-to-date scientific and clinical information.

2. Parent and other caregivers should create a supportive home environment, connect their child or adolescent with gender affirming health care providers, and collaborate with school officials to create a plan to support your child.

3. School officials must:

  • Incorporate LGBTQIA+ history into the curriculum for all students.
  • Ensure that all students hear from LGBTQIA+ people, so that young people have a human face and experience to reference and relate to.
  • Establish firm policies around harassment to prevent bullying with clear procedures staff can follow.
  • Create space for kids to meet and interact with other kids like them. Gender-Sexuality Alliance programs allow LGBTQIA+ students and allies to come together in a protected space to share experiences.

“State bills restricting access of transgender youth to health care, school facilities, and school athletics threaten health and well-being,” is available online.

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Christopher Viveiros, Fenway Health, 6179276342, cviveiros@fenwayhealth.org

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AavantiBio Further Enhances Leadership Team with Appointment of Jenny Marlowe, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AavantiBio (“the Company”), a gene therapy company focused on transforming the lives of patients with rare genetic diseases, today announced the appointment of Jenny Marlowe, Ph.D. as Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Marlowe will be responsible for leading AavantiBio’s scientific research and preclinical development. She will also serve as a key member of the company’s executive leadership team as AavantiBio seeks to advance its diversified pipeline of gene therapies in areas of significant unmet medical need.

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Dr. Marlowe brings to AavantiBio nearly 15 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including extensive experience in molecular biology, drug safety, and nonclinical and translational development. She joins from Bluebird Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) where she previously served as Vice President of Preclinical & Translational Development, with responsibilities for preclinical development and translational biomarker strategies for the company’s portfolio of cell and gene therapies for both oncology and rare disease. She played a critical role in the success of several key regulatory submissions, including most recently a Biologics License Application for betibeglogene autotemcel for beta-Thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.

“We are delighted to have Jenny join the AavantiBio team and expand our scientific and early-stage development capabilities. She brings a wealth of leadership and expertise in research, toxicology, and investigation of gene therapies and shares our commitment to serving patients with rare genetic diseases,” said Bo Cumbo, President and Chief Executive Officer of AavantiBio. “Jenny’s deep experience in the development of cell and gene therapies further bolsters our ability to advance our growing pipeline of gene therapy programs and platform capabilities, and we look forward to benefiting from her scientific, development, and strategic insight.”

“I am excited to join a company and management team that shares my passion for and commitment to scientific rigor and innovation,” said Dr. Marlowe. “I look forward to working closely with this dynamic and experienced team and supporting AavantiBio’s mission of bringing multiple groundbreaking genetic therapies to more patients.”

Dr. Marlowe began her career at Novartis (NYSE: NVS), where she held positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s Investigative Toxicology and Preclinical Safety functions, including directing projects across a broad portfolio of indications and drug modalities. Prior to joining Novartis, Dr. Marlowe earned a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Miami University.

Since launching in 2020 with foundational financial backing from some of the life science industry’s leading investors, AavantiBio has made significant progress building out the Company’s strategic and development capabilities. The Company has also announced strategic partnerships and collaborations with Aldveron, National Resilience, Inc., Catalent, and the University of Florida in recent months to support the development and manufacturing of a diversified pipeline of gene therapies.

About AavantiBio, Inc.

AavantiBio is a gene therapy company backed by a premier syndicate of life sciences investors including Perceptive Advisors, Bain Capital Life Sciences, and RA Capital Management, who led the company’s $107 million Series A financing. Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, AavantiBio’s platform is focused on advancing innovative gene therapies in areas of high unmet medical need, including a lead program in Friedreich’s Ataxia, a rare inherited genetic disease that causes cardiac and central nervous system dysfunction. The company benefits from strategic partnerships with the University of Florida’s Powell Gene Therapy Center and the MDA Care Center at UF Health where AavantiBio’s co-founders and renowned gene therapy researchers Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D. and Manuela Corti, P.T., Ph.D. maintain their research and clinical practices. Learn more at www.aavantibio.com.

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Media:
Scott Lessne

Stanton

646-502-3569

slessne@stantonprm.com

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Intuit Board Appoints Suzanne Nora Johnson as New Board Chair

Brad Smith to Step Down as Executive Chairman in January 2022

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intuit (NASDAQ: INTU), the global technology platform that makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, today announced that Suzanne Nora Johnson has been appointed by the Intuit Board of Directors to the role of Board Chair, effective in January 2022, following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Brad Smith, who served as CEO of Intuit from 2008 to 2018, Chairman from 2016 to 2018, and Executive Chairman since January 2019, will step down from that position immediately following the Annual Meeting. Smith intends to stand for re-election as a non-executive director of the company at the Annual Meeting.

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“I am thrilled that Suzanne will be the next Chair of Intuit’s Board of Directors. She is a strong leader and has been an incredible thought partner over the years for me and the Board,” said Sasan Goodarzi, CEO of Intuit. “I look forward to working closely with her as we continue our mission to power prosperity for consumers and small businesses around the world. I also want to thank Brad for his incredible leadership as the Executive Chairman.”

Nora Johnson has served as an independent member of Intuit’s Board since 2007 and as Lead Independent Director since 2016. She currently chairs the Compensation and Organizational Development Committee of the Board. She brings extensive experience in Board-level oversight of strategy, financial reporting, regulatory and compliance matters and executive compensation. She also brings strong business leadership from her prior role as Vice Chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group in managing large, complex, global institutions. Intuit will continue to benefit from her expertise in managing change in the financial services industry, public policy and the macro-economic environment. Nora Johnson currently serves on the boards of Pfizer Inc. and Visa Inc.

“I am honored to be appointed Chair of the Intuit Board. I look forward to continuing to work with Sasan and the Board to continue delivering for all our stakeholders,” said Nora Johnson. “Brad Smith has been an outstanding Executive Chairman, and I look forward to his continued service as a member of the Board.”

All changes will be effective immediately following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders in January 2022 and the directors’ election by shareholders.

About Intuit

Intuit is the global technology platform that helps consumers and small businesses overcome their most important financial challenges. Serving more than 100 million customers worldwide with TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint, Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to prosper. We never stop working to find new, innovative ways to make that possible. Please visit us for the latest information about Intuit, our products and services, and find us on social.

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Kim Watkins

Intuit Inc.

650-944-3324

kim_watkins@intuit.com

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Kali Fry

Intuit Inc.

650-944-3036

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University of Phoenix Employees Celebrate Phoenix Pride Parade

Employee Resource Group leads participation in Phoenix community event

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–University of Phoenix employees support the Phoenix Pride Parade, held November 6, the annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community held in Phoenix, Arizona. University of Phoenix Employee Resource Group (ERG), Allies of Pride, with over 500 members, promotes the event to staff, students and faculty and provides volunteer support.

During the pandemic, many similar celebrations and in-person community events and support opportunities were cancelled or delayed.

“It’s important to remember that Pride is not just a parade or a specific month in which we celebrate. Pride is what we do every day. It’s what’s inside us, how we live our lives open and honestly and how we support each other. Pride is never cancelled,” shares Julie Fink, vice president of Human Resources at University of Phoenix. “However, we are excited to have a visual and in-person celebration of our community and support for each other, which is so critical as we emerge from a very difficult year and a half. This parade is an opportunity to celebrate, be together, and to support our loved ones, family members, and each other.”

The purpose of Allies of Pride employee resource group is to promote awareness within the University and community of LGBTQ understanding and acceptance. Additionally, the goal is to attract “allies” who support LGBTQ causes and rights to create a stronger support network both internally and externally of the organization.

“The University of Phoenix is dedicated to the work of advancing inclusion as part of its focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB),” Fink states. “It has received perfect successive scores on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. This highlights the University’s willingness to review practices to make changes or adapt to evolving nondiscrimination views.”

The HRC Corporate Equality Index is a self-reported system that evaluates workplace equality in regard to specific criteria, including workforce protections, inclusive benefits, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility, and responsible citizenship. University of Phoenix has received a perfect Equality Index score consecutively over the past four years.

Learn more about the Phoenix Pride Parade here.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

Contacts

MEDIA CONTACT: Sharla Hooper

University of Phoenix

sharla.hooper@phoenix.edu

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Nissan Americas Names New Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Chandra Vasser, a 17-year Nissan veteran, named to newly-created role

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nissan has named Chandra Vasser to the new position of vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, for its Americas region.

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In this newly created role, Vasser will drive Nissan’s strategy to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across business functions in the Americas region, while developing partnerships and plans to share the company’s DEI commitment with employees, customers and the community.

“Taking actions to strengthen our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion is a critical part of the culture change that we’ve committed to with our Nissan NEXT transformation,” said Jérémie Papin, chairperson, Nissan Americas. “Chandra brings great experience to the role and will drive how we value equity and inclusion with all of our stakeholders, including employees, customers, dealers and suppliers.”

Vasser most recently was a director of finance for several sales and marketing functions in Nissan’s U.S. business operations. She joined Nissan in 2004 and worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the finance and purchasing functions.

Among her roles, she currently is a member of Nissan’s Diversity Advisory Council, and she previously worked as director of purchasing for several functional areas, which included leadership of supplier diversity. Under her leadership, Nissan was recognized as the “2016 Corporation of the Year” by the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC).

Vasser earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tennessee State University, and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She recently completed the McKinsey Academy’s Black Executive Leadership Program.

For more information about our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit nissanusa.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

Contacts

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Ashli Bobo

Nissan Corporate Communications

ashli.bobo@nissan-usa.com

Aptar Named a Global Top 10 Female-Friendly Company by Forbes OutBuro lgbtq professional entreprenuer networking online community gay lesbian transgender queer bisexual nonbinary

Aptar Named a Global Top 10 Female-Friendly Company by Forbes

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material solutions, is named one of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies 2021 by Forbes. Aptar is ranked in the top ten and is number eight out of the 300 companies included for 2021. Forbes teamed with Statista to identify companies leading the way to support women inside and outside of their workforces, including making meaningful changes to address the burdens women have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We are honored to be included in the top 10 of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes as we further our progress in diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Shiela Vinczeller, Aptar’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We are focused on recruiting, supporting, mentoring and career planning for women at Aptar so that they can assume a greater number of leadership roles at all levels.”

Marcia Thomas, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, shared, “As the pandemic has brought about new challenges, Aptar is placing an even stronger focus on supporting women and advocating for greater equality. We are enhancing our ability to support women by organizing internal conferences and networks. We also recently launched our first employee resource group aimed at advocating for the upward progression of women while connecting all employees across the organization.”

This is the first time Forbes, in partnership with Statista, has published this list. Multinational corporations were evaluated and selected through a global survey of over 85,000 women in 40 countries. Company rankings are based on the responses from employees, public opinion and an overall leadership score – awarded based on the share of the Board of Directors and executive leadership positions held by women. Statista also asked participants to rate companies on criteria such as pay equity and paternal leave and how companies are using their platforms to promote gender equality.

For a full list of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies 2021 and a breakdown of the methodology, please visit the Forbes website here.

About Aptar

AptarGroup, Inc., is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of a broad range of drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material solutions. Aptar’s innovative solutions and services serve a variety of end markets including pharmaceutical, beauty, personal care, home, food and beverage. Using insights, proprietary design, engineering and science to create dispensing, dosing and protective packaging technologies for many of the world’s leading brands, Aptar in turn makes a meaningful difference in the lives, looks, health and homes of millions of patients and consumers around the world. Aptar is headquartered in Crystal Lake, Illinois and has 13,000 dedicated employees in 20 countries. For more information, visit www.aptar.com.

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Investor Relations Contact:
Matt DellaMaria

matt.dellamaria@aptar.com
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Katie Reardon

katie.reardon@aptar.com
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New Partnership Offers Scholarships to Improve Access to Careers in Finance

To help more students from underrepresented schools launch careers in the financial services industry, SIFMA and Knopman Marks Financial Training have partnered with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to support SIE Exam preparation.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#DEI–The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the trade association for broker-dealers, investment banks and asset managers operating in the U.S. and global capital markets, and Knopman Marks Financial Training, a leader in FINRA exam preparation, have announced a partnership to help students from diverse backgrounds pursue a career in finance by offering scholarships.

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These firms recognize that companies that prioritize diversity and inclusion foster greater innovation and outperform financially.

To help build equity through education, Knopman Marks will offer scholarships to SIFMA Invest! students interested in training for the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam, the mandatory first step to all securities licensing.

SIFMA Invest!, a program and online platform, offers students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) opportunities to pursue a career in financial services.

“SIFMA is committed to expanding our outreach to students as they consider careers in the financial services industry. As SIFMA Invest! continues to provide educational opportunities to America’s HBCUs and MSIs, our partnership with Knopman Marks will help students have access to training material as they look to take and pass the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials exam. We are excited to announce this partnership,” said Cheryl Crispen, SIFMA EVP of Communications and Marketing.

The program also helps connect students with the existing efforts of The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets, to supply pre-paid vouchers to cover the cost of the SIE exam for students.

“We’re excited to partner with SIFMA and FINRA to help these students reach their career goals,” said Brian Marks, President of Knopman Marks Financial Training. “We look forward to making our SIE scholarships available to help open up access to a career in finance to those who otherwise would not have that opportunity.”

The Knopman Marks Scholarship offers training to prepare students to take the SIE Exam, a foundational exam for a career in financial planning or securities. Passing the SIE Exam will enable those in disadvantaged socio-economic or educational circumstances to stand out to employers in the financial services industry.

The SIFMA Invest! Platform offers students an opportunity to learn more about the financial services industry as a career choice. They can connect with SIFMA members, obtain resume assistance, and access mentors and networking opportunities.

The SIE Exam does not require sponsorship and provides an edge in the race to secure a competitive internship, analyst position, or another registered position at a financial firm. Candidates who train with Knopman Marks consistently score the highest pass rates in the industry. In a typical year, 98% of candidates studying with Knopman Marks for the SIE Exam pass on their first try.

“We’re dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive financial services industry,” says Marcia Larson, Head of Partnerships at Knopman Marks. “We’re excited to share our team’s expertise with candidates seeking to break into the industry.”

About SIFMA Invest!

The SIFMA Invest! program and virtual platform offers students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) a myriad of educational, industry research and career development opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in financial services. SIFMA Invest! Provides students with new and fresh educational resources; opportunities to study for and take the FINRA Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) exam; chances to connect with SIFMA member firms and obtain resume assistance; and access to mentors and networking opportunities with financial services professionals through virtual events, webinars and student forums.

About Knopman Marks Financial Training

With the best exam results in the industry, Knopman Marks Financial Training is the leader in FINRA test prep. We have helped thousands of candidates pass their licensing exams on the first attempt, and our pass rates are consistently above the industry average. That’s why the biggest Wall Street firms trust us to train their new analysts and associates. Our expert instructors have led programs on five continents and prepared more than 100,000 students for various FINRA and other licensing examinations. Visit www.knopman.com to learn more about how Knopman Marks inspires financial professionals to thrive by preparing them for their exams—and their careers.

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Those seeking to apply to the SIFMA Invest! program can contact students@sifma.org.

To learn about participating in a Knopman Marks SIE Scholarship partnership program, please contact partnerships@knopman.com.

For SIFMA press inquiries, please contact Lindsay Gilbride at lgilbride@sifma.org.

For Knopman Marks press inquiries, please contact Sydney Berman; (917) 594-4835 x1008; sydney@fullyvested.com

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New “Identity Affirmation Project” Helps Trans and Non-Binary People in the Name Change Process

BOSTON, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A new student-led project has officially launched under the Center for Law and Social Responsibility at New England Law | Boston: The Identity Affirmation Project.

Learn more at www.nesl.edu/IAP.

Founded by law students Katharine Nakaue (she/they) and Greg Newman-Martinez (he/him), both in the evening program at New England Law, the Identity Affirmation Project aims to assist transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people in the process of legally changing their name or gender marker in Massachusetts, including probate court filings.

When a person identifies by a name or gender other than what was assigned at birth, they may seek to legally change their name or gender marker so official documents match their identity. The project’s mission is to guide people through often overwhelming legal steps at no cost.

After months of research, building community connections, and securing final approval from the Law Center’s Director, Professor David Siegel (he/him), the Identity Affirmation Project (IAP) is officially accepting participant inquiry forms from individuals who wish to start the legal name change process. For now, participants must be U.S. citizens, Massachusetts residents, and at least 18 years of age.

Co-founder Greg Newman-Martinez says they hope to expand services as the project grows. “We are so excited to be able to fill this need and provide some peace of mind for trans,  non-binary, and gender-nonconforming adults in Massachusetts. During the pilot phase, we successfully assisted several clients and also discovered that we would be able to take on more clients than originally anticipated. My hope, in addition to seeing this project continue to grow, is that similar services will be available across the country, and ultimately that these processes will become less burdensome.”

The probate filing process is often the most difficult to navigate. IAP participants receive assistance filing in probate court, and with name or gender marker changes on the following documentation:

  • Social Security Card
  • MA Driver’s License
  • U.S. Passport
  • MA Birth Certificate
  • Other documents as needed

Fees associated with these documents may apply. Services through the Identity Affirmation Project are provided at no cost to the participant and volunteers can assist with seeking a waiver for court fees. Student volunteers guide participants through the probate and documentation processes with oversight from the project’s faculty advisor, Director of the Center for Law and Social Responsibility at New England Law, Professor David Siegel.

Siegel explained the importance of such work for the students as well as the individuals receiving assistance. “Fostering student-initiated, student-driven, and student-led projects like this is exactly why we created the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Students who recognize critical legal needs and develop ways to meet them become lawyers who have impact.”

For more details, contact information, and an inquiry form for interested participants, visit www.nesl.edu/IAP.

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