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Government of Canada Invests More Than $150,000 to Advance Gender Equality in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ – Indigenous women, women with disabilities, members of LGBTQ2 communities, as well as newcomers, Black, racialized, and migrant women are all disproportionately impacted by longstanding inequities. Through support for Manitoba-based organizations that advance gender equality and work to break down barriers, individuals in these communities will be able to fully participate in the economic, social, and democratic life in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, visited the Rainbow Resource Centre and announced more than $150,000 for two Manitoba-based organizations to advance gender equality in their communities:

  • $26,390 for the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba to conduct research and make policy recommendations to ensure that Manitoba’s COVID-19 recovery is responsive to and supportive of the needs of marginalized communities
  • $127,144 for the Rainbow Resource Centre to strengthen its capacity and improve the inclusiveness of policies and practices with respect to sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression.

These projects will improve the wellbeing of women and gender-diverse individuals and will help ensure that women and gender-diverse individuals and their families and communities can prosper—creating a more inclusive Canada for all.

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“As a society, we cannot progress if women and gender-diverse individuals continue to face barriers that prevent them from fully accessing economic, social, and leadership opportunities. I applaud the Rainbow Resource Centre, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba, and all other organizations working to advance gender equality in Canada. It’s through collaboration that we’ll make a difference.”

The Honourable Marci Ien, P.C., M.P., Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“Capacity building is often neglected by funders who prefer to support outcomes related to service delivery. We are deeply grateful that Women and Gender Equality Canada understands the importance of strengthening internal processes to support long-term sustainability and success. The $127,144 funding will help the Rainbow Resource Centre nurture inclusive spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive.”

Noreen Mian, Executive Director of the Rainbow Resource Centre

“The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is exceedingly grateful for the opportunity to hire our first staff member, who is focused on bringing a Gender-Based Analysis Plus perspective to Manitoba and building capacity for an intersectional feminist recovery. The IIWR-MB is rooted in five values, one of which is collaborating with the wider community to raise issues related to gender equity, justice, and power within governments, institutions, and systems in order to achieve our vision of a world where dignity, gender equity, and justice are actualized for all people. The funding provided allows us to take action within our values towards such a world.”

Teruni Walaliyadde and Christine Williams, Co-chairs of the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba

Quick Facts

  • The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba project is funded through the Women’s Program, while the Rainbow Resource Centre project is funded via the Equality for Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Program. 
  • Women are less likely than men to participate in the labour force, partly because women take on a greater share of unpaid domestic and care responsibilities while being more likely to hold part-time or temporary jobs. As a result, women, particularly older women, have less earning ability and lower overall economic security.
  • Since November 2015, the Government of Canada has significantly increased funding to women’s and equality-seeking organizations, providing more than $488 million to over 1,100 projects to ensure that everyone can participate fully in Canadian society.
  • Budget 2022 demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continued commitment to supporting an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and support for women and LGBTQ2 communities. Key gender equity investments in this budget include:
    • $539.3 million over five years to work with provinces and territories to enhance services and support to prevent gender-based violence and support survivors
    • $25 million over two years to establish a national pilot project for the Menstrual Equity Fund to help make menstrual products available to Canadians in need
    • $100 million over five years to support the implementation of the Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan to support an equal Canada for LGBTQ2 people.
  • Since April 2020, approximately $300 million in emergency COVID-19 funding has been committed to organizations supporting individuals experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This includes over $230 million provided to date to over 1,300 women’s shelters, sexual assault centres, and other organizations that provide critical support and services to those experiencing gender-based violence.
    • This funding has helped ensure continuity of services throughout the pandemic and is enhancing the capacity and responsiveness of gender-based violence organizations.
    • Because of this funding, more than 1.3 million individuals experiencing violence have had a place to go and access to support during the pandemic. 
  • Budget 2021 provided $55 million over five years to bolster the capacity of Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations to provide gender-based violence prevention programs aimed at addressing the root causes of violence. A call for proposals for this funding closed in March 2022, and Women and Gender Equality Canada will be announcing the recipients this fall.
  • Other recent investments to support LGBTQ2 communities include $15 million over three years, starting in 2021–22, for a new, distinct LGBTQ2 Projects Fund dedicated to supporting community-informed initiatives to overcome key issues facing LGBTQ2 communities. Recipients of this fund will be announced this fall.

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Amazon Canada unveils Fièr.e.s, a colouring book for raising employee awareness of the experiences of people in the LGBTQ2S+ community

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 2, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Today, Amazon Canada unveiled Fièr.e.s [Proud], a project to raise awareness among the company’s Quebec employees on the realities encountered by their peers who are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community. In the form of a colouring book and collection of true stories, Fièr.e.s shares the experience of five Amazon employees

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in Quebec and Canada who tell their stories as members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The 50-page book with their stories accompanied by their portraits for colouring is being distributed to staff members of all Amazon centres in Quebec to encourage an engaged, constructive dialogue on inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

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Book Fièr.e.s, Amazon Canada. Preface by Chris Bergeron and illustrations by Maxime Prévost (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

“At Amazon, our teams are made up of people from all sorts of backgrounds with unique life experiences,” says Zoya Zayler, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Canada. “We’re so proud to launch Fièr.e.s to raise awareness about the various realities of our employees; It is our goal to continue to make our workplace an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and values its positive impact.” 

“When I talk about my job at Amazon, I’m proud to tell people it’s a safe place where I feel respected and valued,” said Yahir Castillo, Human Resources Business Partner, YUL2, Montreal. “There are so many programs, initiatives and activities that are implemented to ensure an inclusive work atmosphere. Fièr.e.s is the perfect example of this, and the impact projects like this can have on the lives of employees is immense.”

To bring Fièr.e.s to life, Amazon worked with Chris Bergeron, the established Quebec author of the novels Valide and Vaillante, who endorsed the book’s texts and wrote its preface. Visual artist Maxime Prévost created all the illustrations for the project.

Pride is contagious; that is its strongest quality. One person’s pride awakens another’s. That is the value, the usefulness of the few portraits you are holding in your hands. Spend some time with these touching testimonials. Embellish the illustrations, by Maxime Prévost, which accompanied them with all the colours of the rainbow.

It’s through small gestures like these that we push back the darkness.

Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)
Portrait of Yahir Castillo, Human Ressources Business Partner, Amazon YUL2 center, Lachine. Created by Maxime Prévost, illustrator, Montreal, Quebec (CNW Group/Amazon Canada)

– Chris Bergeron (translated excerpt from the preface of Fièr.e.s)

This initiative is part of Amazon’s efforts in line with its mission to become Earth’s Best Employer by creating inclusive workplaces where diversity is celebrated and where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and advance.

You can take a look at Fièr.e.s at the Amazon booth at Montréal Pride on Friday, August 5. The company will also be there on Sunday, August 7, when several dozen staff members from the greater Montréal area will participate in the Pride Parade.

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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.
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Glamazon is one of the 14 affinity groups at Amazon that helps connect, support, and empower communities of employees across the globe. The affinity group aims to raise awareness about LGBTQ2S+ issues and promote opportunities for engagement both inside and outside the company through mentorship and social gatherings, year-round. There are currently more than 40 Glamazon chapters around the world, including a chapter in Quebec.

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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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Baker Tilly Appoints Shane Lloyd as Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading advisory CPA firm Baker Tilly US, LLP (Baker Tilly) appoints Shane Lloyd as head of diversity, inclusion and belonging, reporting to CEO Alan Whitman. He is the first executive in this dedicated role for Baker Tilly where its diversity, inclusion and belonging strategy is embedded into all aspects of its business.

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Lloyd was first introduced to Baker Tilly as a lead consultant at Cook Ross, an organizational development firm hired by Baker Tilly to assess its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy and plan.

“Shane has tremendous ability to lead with both intellect and empathy, while setting the bar high for how we can keep getting better as an organization,” said Baker Tilly CEO Alan Whitman. “Personally, I felt challenged and inspired by the perspectives he brought.”

Following Cook Ross, Lloyd joined Amazon to advance their DEI efforts first within its Worldwide Consumer organization as the inclusion and engagement lead, and then as the Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion learning leader. He has experience working in higher education at Brown and Yale Universities and in public health.

“I was drawn to Baker Tilly’s commitment to building the competencies and skills necessary to drive meaningful change,” Lloyd said. “Diversity and inclusion work means taking a methodical look at systems, and it also means going off script, valuing calculated disruption and taking risks. Baker Tilly embraces all of that.”

Lloyd holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral neuroscience from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in public health from Brown University. Lloyd serves as the vice chair for the Maryland Montgomery County Racial Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee and holds advisory roles in several non-profit organizations.

About Baker Tilly US, LLP (bakertilly.com)

Baker Tilly US, LLP (Baker Tilly) is a leading advisory CPA firm, providing clients with a genuine coast-to-coast and global advantage in major regions of the U.S. and in many of the world’s leading financial centers – New York, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 148 territories, with 36,000 professionals and a combined worldwide revenue of $4.0 billion. Visit bakertilly.com or join the conversation on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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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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Spectrum Labs Will Relocate its Headquarters to Miami to Access the Diverse Technology Talent Required to Build Better and Brighter Online Communities

The company will also sponsor a first-of-its-kind Fellowship that supports diverse entrepreneurs and founders in building inclusion and representation into the core of their products through AI

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spectrum Labs, a leading AI-based content moderation platform, today announced the relocation of its headquarters to Miami. Spectrum Labs’ presence in Miami will enable the company to access a diverse and skilled talent pool to help realize its ambition of helping its customers to build online communities that serve as an engine of business growth. While Spectrum Labs’ headquarters are moving, the company will remain remote-first and continue to support employees from anywhere.

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“As a business, Spectrum Labs is focused on building brighter and cleaner communities,” said Justin Davis, CEO and Co-Founder of Spectrum Labs. “A key part of this is diversity of thought. Having diverse perspectives is a catalyst in building an inclusive AI company, especially one in content moderation. This move to Miami gives us access to a diverse and highly skilled talent pool that will enable us to build innovative solutions and power a better internet as we live more of our lives online.”

As a leading innovator in AI development, Spectrum Labs provides technology talent in Miami an opportunity to join a growing industry that is forecasted to reach around 126 billion dollars by 2025, as well as the chance to join the movement towards building a stronger and safer internet for future generations.

A key pillar in creating better online communities is ensuring they are built with inclusion and safety at the core. As part of its work in this area, Spectrum Labs is also announcing its headline sponsorship of the Inclusion by Design Fellowship launched by Oasis Consortium, a nonprofit organization that advances digital sustainability through ethical tech and standards. The Fellowship is created for diverse founders, including Miami based tech leaders, who run community based companies and aim to build safety into their emerging platforms. Recipients of the fellowship will receive access to Spectrum Labs’ content moderation platform at a discounted rate.

“Oasis partners with ethical technology companies like Spectrum Labs, to enable ‘ethical by design’ for emerging platforms,” said Tiffany Xingyu Wang, President and Co-Founder of Oasis Consortium. “Safety, Privacy, and Inclusion by design are the pillars to build ethics and civility into our digital future.”

“Miami offers leaders everything they need to build a tech company,” said Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez. “We’re focused on providing a business-friendly environment while also ensuring we build a city that works for everyone. We welcome companies like Spectrum Labs who will play a significant role in helping us grow a robust and inclusive tech hub, and commend their efforts to incentivize diverse startup founders to prioritize safety in their technology through their sponsorship of Oasis’ Inclusion by Design Fellowship.”

To learn more about opportunities with Spectrum Labs and how its content moderation technology works for text and audio, please visit Spectrum Labs’ website.

About Spectrum Labs

Safe online communities are profitable ones; our AI-based Trust & Safety platform identifies 40+ toxic behaviors across all languages enabling Trust & Safety teams to reduce content moderation efforts by 50% and increase detection by 10x. Spectrum Labs’ mission is to use the power of data and community to rebuild trust in the Internet, making it a safer and more valuable place for all. For more, go to spectrumlabsai.com.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

Contacts

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