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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.


“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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CONTACT: Johise Namwira, Press Secretary and Issues Manager, Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, 873-353-0985, Johise.Namwira@cfc-swc.gc.ca; Media Relations, Women and Gender Equality Canada, 819-420-6530, CFC.Media.SWC@cfc-swc.gc.ca

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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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Michele Coleman Mayes and a lineup of prominent attorneys, activists, educators, and business leaders gather for a virtual summit on gender in the legal profession

NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Lawline, a leading provider of online continuing legal education, is presenting a two-day event exploring gender in the legal field.

Summit speakers include Andrea S. Kramer of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Brandon Cox of
Greenberg Traurig, LLP, James Dale, gay rights activist known for bringing Boy Scouts of America et al. v. Dale before the Supreme Court, Chinyere Ezie of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Joshua Block of the ACLU, Richard Saenz of Lamba Legal, Roberta Liebenberg of Fine Kaplan & Black, Gabriel Arkles of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, Megan Elizabeth Gray of Condé Nast, and many more.

The two-day virtual event will focus on both how to navigate the legal profession as a woman, LGBTQ+, or gender non-conforming attorney and how to create equitable policies for your employees. Sessions include Using Your Influence to Empower the Next Generation of Female Attorneys, Combating Gender Stereotypes and Reforming Law Firm Culture, the Importance of Gender Pronouns and Inclusive Language, and an Overview of Anti-Discrimination Laws and Major SCOTUS Cases.

Each of the sessions will offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers during live Q&A and the ability to access the event on demand in their Lawline account.

“Creating a safe, inclusive, and equitable work culture for attorneys of all gender identities and expressions is not only a legal obligation but a moral imperative for today’s law firms and legal organizations” said Eric Mathieu, Lawline’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at Lawline. “It’s our hope that these events can aid attorneys of marginalized backgrounds in navigating the legal profession, while helping firm managers and partners address systemic and institutional shortcomings to ultimately create more gender inclusive workplaces.”

This virtual summit is free for Lawline Unlimited members, and is the second of three Lawline events focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the legal profession. The first event, focusing on Lagging Diversity in the Legal Field, is now available On Demand. The next summit, Tackling Ableism in the Workplace, airs on Monday December 13, 2021.

About Lawline
Lawline is dedicated to helping lawyers take charge of their professional growth and provide them with the opportunity to live and breathe the reason they are an attorney.

With timely, relevant subject matter that covers a broad range of practice areas, Lawline’s platform transforms traditional Continuing Legal Education (CLE) compliance into practical knowledge that accelerates a lawyer’s ability to grow and serve.

Lawline is dedicated to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion within the legal community, and is driven by the belief that diverse backgrounds provide unique perspectives, resulting in innovation and excellence. As an online CLE provider serving attorneys nationwide, this commitment serves our members by enhancing the quality of programming Lawline provides and delivering fresh ideas to lawyers who serve a diverse clientele.

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10,000 Women, #HereToBeHeard: Mars Unveils Findings from Global Listening Study to Advance Gender Equity

MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Mars, Incorporated today released the findings of #HereToBeHeard, a global listening study created to amplify the voices of women across all intersections – including race, age, sexuality, religion, disability and more – in a meaningful dialogue on how to shape a more inclusive world. Launched at a time when the crushing and disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women has set the march to equality back by 136 years1, the new report aims to advance action on gender equity.

In just three months, 10,319 women from 88 countries took part in a crowdsourcing initiative and were inspired to answer one question: What needs to change so more women can reach their full potential?  From soundbites to deeply personal perspectives, women called for systemic change they want to see from their employers, governments, communities and men to break down the barriers they face. The result is a timely, inspiring report that challenges society at large to listen, learn and do more to help deliver gender equity. The study is part of the Mars Full Potential platform to advance action on gender equity.

Stefanie Straub, Vice President & General Counsel, Mars, Incorporated comments: “#HereToBeHeard is already having a profound impact on how we use our scale and influence as a global business to help create enduring, positive change for all women.  At Mars, we’re committed to doing our part and the report lays out the pieces of the puzzle that can help us focus our actions to create a more equitable, inclusive environment. We’re using its data and the expert recommendations to fuel our next steps, shape our priorities, and guide our investments. The message is loud and clear – it’s up to all of us to march forward and help 10,000 voices reach their full potential.”

Mars worked with a team of scientists from the Oxford University Saïd Business School’s Future of Marketing Initiative and external qualitative analysts to examine women’s responses. Through a combination of machine learning and network analysis, the Oxford team identified 28 topics, which were qualitatively grouped into eight themes most frequently mentioned by women: 

  1. An End to Systemic Discrimination and Harmful Gender Stereotypes (80%)
  2. Equal Career Opportunities (79%)
  3. More Decision-Making Power (65%)
  4. Support as Parents (30%)
  5. Greater Work/Life Balance (26%)
  6. Gender Equal Learning (24%)
  7. Mental and Physical Wellbeing (19%)
  8. An End to Gender Based Harassment and Violence (15%)

Notably, 71 percent of women stressed that men play a critical role – either as allies in solutions or as barriers to progress.

What Business and Others Can Do
Globally, the pandemic wreaked havoc on women in the workforce, triggering a “she-cession” that cost 64 million jobs and at least $800 billion in income – the combined GDP of 98 countries.2  This mass exodus of talent and potential represents both a tragic loss and an undeniable social responsibility for business to lead the recovery by creating more opportunities for all women to thrive.

Based on key findings from #HeretoBeHeard, BSR – in consultation with gender experts from The Unstereotype Alliance, convened by UN Women, CARE, and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media – have provided eight practical recommendations to help break down barriers women face to achieving their full potential.

“Businesses often move quickly to offer solutions, but there is something quietly radical about asking an open question, taking the time to listen and then acting with women, not just on their behalf” said Christine Svarer, BSR Director, HERproject. “The recommendations included in the #HereToBeHeard report are relevant and useful to any company committed to advancing gender equity – but they are only a starting point. Transformational change ultimately requires continued engagement. By purposefully giving women a meaningful role in decision-making, they can help to create the programs and policies required to address the barriers facing women of all backgrounds and create a more equitable, inclusive world.”

Moving forward, Mars will leverage the insights from #HereToBeHeard – which includes more than 1,200 Mars Associate voices – to design and implement new policies and actions in service of the Mars Full Potential gender equity platform, launched in 2020.  Since then, Mars has taken a series of evolving actions to unlock opportunities for women in its workplaces, sourcing communities, and the marketplace. The business has confirmed gender pay equity across its global workforce of 133,000 Associates, half of whom are women. Among a set of other I&D targets, Mars set a goal of reaching 100% gender balanced leadership teams.3 In its first year, the business made notable progress against this goal, increasing the balance from 43% to 50% today. 

Victoria Mars, family member and ambassador of the Mars Full Potential program: “We heard from women around the world who shared their stories, their ideas, their ambitions, and their frustrations. It’s a simple question but the depth and breadth of the answers have been insightful, challenging and moving. Businesses must do their bit to make a difference. Mars remains deeply committed to this work and we encourage businesses, governments and more civil society partners to step up action and invest where it matters most. May their 10,000 voices be a powerful instrument for change.”

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Together, we can ensure more women will reach their full potential.


1.     An End to Systemic Discrimination and Harmful Gender Stereotypes (80%)
“A new system is needed: one where women are conceived as strong, respected, and with the same abilities as any human being, without any prejudice. Different possibilities are needed for each woman, including transgender, Indigenous, immigrant, single mothers.” — Mexico, 18–24 years old, self-employed, mixed race/ethnicity, bisexual

Many of the women mentioned the need to address patriarchal systems and norms permeating politics, sports, work, education, family, and social life. They stressed the need to change how society views women’s strengths and skills, recognizing that both women and men have a role to play in changing these mindsets. Women just beginning their careers, ages 18–24, were the most likely to mention this theme (87%), as were women in the U.K. (84%) and the U.S. (87%).

2.     Equal Career Opportunities (79%)
“Expectations about how to develop a senior career must change to give women the space to grow their career alongside their personal aspirations.” – France, 45–54 years old, employed full-time, heterosexual

Women responded saying equal career opportunities are critical to break the “glass ceiling” and “level the playing field.” Women called on government and company-led initiatives to drive this change, including the importance of mentors and sponsors along the way. The gender pay gap was widely mentioned alongside its negative financial impacts on women and their families. While women across geographies and from diverse backgrounds spoke to this theme, particularly high levels of Hispanic and Latina women mentioned it (88%).

3.     More Decision-Making Power (65%)
“More women need to be present in leadership roles across all industries. Women—and not just White women, ALL women.” – UK, 18–24 years old, employed full-time, Asian/Asian-British, heterosexual

African American and Black women were more likely to speak to this topic (75% compared to 65% for the global group) as were women from the U.S. and U.K., particularly in relation to needing more women of color and other underrepresented groups in positions of power.Responses indicate a desire to see more women in positions of power in governments, businesses, communities, and families.

4.     Support as Parents (30%)
“When a man works late, he’s providing for his family. When a woman works later, she’s abandoning hers.” – U.S., 35–44 years old, employed full-time, White, heterosexual

Lack of “Support as Parents” was consistently identified as a barrier to fully engaging as mothers, caretakers, and employees. Women stressed the need for adequate paid leave to care for their newborns, assurance that their career would not be impacted, and a culture that accepts and encourages all parents to take leave regardless of their gender. This theme stood out among employed women in the 35–44 age range and women in the U.K., who mentioned “Support as Parents” 20% more often than the global group.

5.     Greater Work/Life Balance (26%)
“For me, that means … safeguarding certain areas in my life.”  – UK, 35–44 years old, employed full-time

Mothers in particular called out the challenge of balancing personal responsibilities and paid work, with little flexibility around working hours, location, and expectations. Regardless of location, women between the ages of 25–44 were 23% more likely to mention this theme than other groups. Their solutions covered ideas such as allowing more flexibility at work, and a strong push to break the stereotypes of women as the only suitable caretakers by having men take on their fair share of care outside of work.

6.     Gender Equal Learning (24%)
“Misogyny and sexism are taught from the earliest moments and permeate through the rest of our lives at work, school, and everyday life. It needs to be nipped at the bud and that can only be done through generational work, seeing women get to work in any industry they want, and equalizing social and gender roles.”  — U.S., 18–24 years old, student, Black/African descent, lesbian

The importance of education free from gender stereotypes was cited as critical for girls to see themselves in roles and fields where women are still underrepresented, such as STEM. This topic was raised by roughly 20–30% of women across different age, geographic, or ethnic groups, with a slightly higher rate for women in the U.S. Women emphasized the need for gender-neutral participation in all activities (e.g., sports, science, tech) and stressed that boys, like girls, need to be taught that everyone can achieve what they set their minds to and are not limited by their gender. They called for more role models for girls from different careers to inspire the next generation of female leaders in all fields. Women in France (34%) had a much higher instance of this theme.

7.     Mental and Physical Wellbeing (19%)
“It’s common for women’s issues to be dismissed, overlooked, or downplayed by medical professionals, preventing women from receiving necessary treatment and support, which sometimes has fatal consequences….” – U.S., 25–34 years old, employed full-time, White, bisexual

Women called for better access to healthcare services for both “Mental and Physical Well-Being.” They cited difficulties receiving proper healthcare, situations that were often exacerbated for women of color or those who cannot afford proper care. Women called out their health as under-researched and underfunded, leading to undiagnosed illnesses or misdiagnoses. They stressed the need to have control over their bodies and have the ability to make the right decisions for themselves by having access to resources such as contraception and mental health support, control over their reproductive rights, and proper sex education. Women who were either fully employed or between the ages of 25–44 cited this more frequency than other groups.

8.     An End to Gender Based Harassment and Violence (15%)
“We need to be seen as people, not objects. We need to be heard and [we need people to] believe what we say when we do it. We need our decisions to be respected.” Mexico, student, bisexual

Greater accountability from governments and businesses are needed to implement laws and policies to protect women and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. Respondents called on men to take accountability for and stop misogynistic thinking and behavior and asked them to actively call out violent words and behavior by other men to create safer environments for everyone. Women of all backgrounds mentioned this topic to varying degrees. Asian and Hispanic/Latina women (23%), women with a disability (28%), and LGBTQI+ women (33%) mentioned this topic more often and U.S. respondents were also more likely to raise this theme than the global average.

Women Said Men Can be Both Allies and Barriers to Progress
“Men need to change…. Men have to choose to be different on their own, and until that happens, I think it’s going to be very hard for women to reach our full potential.” –  U.S., 35–44 years old, self-employed, mental health/emotional disability, physical disability, Black/African descent, heterosexual

While the eight themes represent opportunities for specific programmatic or policy changes, the data analysis revealed one more trend: the role of men in achieving gender equity. Most women (71%) mentioned men as either a barrier or ally to achieve their full potential. Women were clear in their call for men to change and assume accountability for harmful and discriminatory actions against women. They stressed the need for men to step up at home and take on their share of domestic and care work, to speak up at work when they hear derogatory comments, and to make space for women’s voices to be heard.

Partner Quotes:

Michelle Nunn, Chief Executive Officer of CARE: “Mars’ #HereToBeHeard is a critically important platform to help elevate the issues women face every day in their struggles to achieve gender equality. CARE has worked with women and girls to combat the systemic drivers of poverty for decades.  Based on that experience we know that when there is gender justice and women use their power, equality, rights, and human dignity also prevail.”

Madeline Di Nonno, Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: “The findings in the latest #HereToBeHeard report are unequivocal – the world has to change for women and girls to reach their full potential. One way in which businesses and brands can do that is by eradicating negative stereotypes of women and girls in media and advertising. Eliminating harmful bias in media advertising is not only the right and responsible thing to do, and companies and creatives that have invested in developing inclusive cultures and content will prevail.”

Professor Andrew Stephen, Associate Dean of Research, L’Oréal Professor of Marketing and Director of FOMI at Oxford Saïd: “The #HereToBeHeard research provides a number of very powerful findings. This should serve as yet another significant call to action for all of us to look at specific things that we can do in our organisations, institutions, and societies to address gender disparities so that we can break down the barriers that prevent women from reaching their full potential. The recommendations coming out of this research are practical, actionable steps that organisations can take. I’m proud that the Saïd Business School was able to contribute to this project.”

Sara Denby, Head of The Unstereotype Alliance Secretariat, UN Women: “#HereToBeHeard is a fantastic example of an evidence-based approach to driving impactful change. By listening to the lived experiences of women worldwide, this clear set of actions can help organisations develop a relevant path toward gender equality. The huge proportion of women who mentioned ‘an end to systemic discrimination and harmful stereotypes’ as an area for change (80%) underscores the need to ruthlessly scrutinise bias and challenge stereotypes wherever they occur. Advertising and marketing communications can dismantle some of the entrenched stereotypes that hold women back. This is a priority for women, and should be a priority for organisations too.”

#HereToBeHeard is a global campaign from Mars, Incorporated which drives change on gender inequality, in support of Goal Five of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It is part of Full Potential, the Mars platform for action on gender which aims to empower women and close the gender gap in the places we work, the communities where we source our ingredients and in the way we create our advertising.  For more information on the #HereToBeHeard report by BSR and an update on the Mars Full Potential platform please visit mars.com/heretobeheard

All women who responded to the #HereToBeHeard study gave permission to use their written and recorded responses.

For more than a century, Mars, Incorporated has been driven by the belief that the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today. This idea is at the center of who we have always been as a global, family-owned business. Today, Mars is transforming, innovating and evolving in ways that affirm our commitment to making a positive impact on the world around us.   Across our diverse and expanding portfolio of confectionery, food, and pet care products and services, we employ 133,000 dedicated Associates who are all moving in the same direction: forward. With $40 billion in annual sales, we produce some of the world’s best-loved brands including DOVE®, EXTRA®, M&M’s®, MILKY WAY®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, ORBIT®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, SKITTLES®, BEN’S ORIGINAL™, WHISKAS®, COCOAVIA®, and 5™; and take care of half of the world’s pets through our nutrition, health and services businesses, including AniCura, Banfield Pet Hospitals™, BluePearl®, Linnaeus, and VCA™. 

We know we can only be truly successful if our partners and the communities in which we operate prosper as well. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire our Associates to take action every day to help create a world tomorrow in which the planet, its people and pets can thrive.  For more information about Mars, please visit www.mars.com. Join us. on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

1 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/04/136-years-is-the-estimated-journey-time-to-gender-equality/
2 https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/covid-19-cost-women-globally-over-800-billion-lost-income-one-year
3 Gender Balanced is defined as 40 – 60% of any one gender, in Leadership Teams with 5+ Associates

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Black Business Owners, Celebrities, Influencers, and Leaders Gather with Visa at CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women in Business, Helping Corporations Fulfill Commitment to Equality and Inclusion

Two-Day Conference Provides Vital Resources for Black Women in Business


OAKLAND, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On October 26th and 27th, CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women In Business: Growth, Impact, & Community will kick off a two-day conference by welcoming Black women-owned businesses, industry leaders, and corporations in addressing the need for systemic change in leadership, gender, and race equality in a variety of different industries.

The two-day event will feature discussions from black business owners such as influencer Necole Kane – CEO/Founder of XONecole and Whitney Harper (Brand Manager/Creative Director for Rapper Sweetie) and (Host) Sports Broadcaster Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, along with many other amazing business professionals in different sectors who will share their insights on relevant topics and resources aimed at enhancing the approaches of Black professionals and CEO’s. By strengthening woman-owned companies within the Black community, CEO’s Making Waves will work on closing the 90% wealth gap faced by Black women in business today.

“This is a much-needed event to support the Black women in our communities starting in California with the large tech companies,” says Myeshia Jefferson, founder of Beauty Makes Cents LLC, a company dedicated to increasing entrepreneurial education through events, training, hands-on support, and empowerment.

Jefferson continues, “CEO’s Making Waves will help attendees tap into resources they may not know are available. Many black-owned businesses don’t need a handout, we need a hand up. As a Black entrepreneur, I understand firsthand the struggle of navigating the business world, and the challenges that Black women in business face to get access to the right people and positions that can open doors. Sometimes, we need more hands-on support to guide us to the next level. Many of the large organizations have the means and the resources to help.”

Aiming to connect start-ups and small business owners to companies with resources and mentors available for Black entrepreneurs, the event will act as a foundation for future growth and opportunities. Featuring an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, discussion panels, fireside chats, mentorship sessions, and workshops, CEO’s Making Waves will touch on a wide range of topics, such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, the future of e-commerce, the entertainment industry, sports, wellness, women empowerment, and recruiting.

“This year will have virtual celebrity appearances from Akon, Niecy Nash, Tamar Braxton, and more; but next year we will host the event in-person where we can include interactive activities such as dancing, live music, and a yacht experience! We see this as a great opportunity for black women entrepreneurs to connect, network, and grow,” says Jefferson.

CEO’s Making Waves 2021 participants will also have the chance to win mentorships from top industry leaders through an exclusive guest contest. Organizations can make this an opportunity to build trust and loyalty, while more Black women gain access and support.

Registration is open to all. Remaining space is filling up quickly, so get your tickets soon! Visit CEO’s Making Waves to secure your tickets and learn more.

About CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women In Business

CEO’s Making Waves for Black Women in Business was created in effort to get corporations to walk the talk of addressing the need for systemic change in leadership, gender equality, and race equality by supporting women-owned businesses and professionals. We aim to economically empower 1,000 Black women in California by 2022 with an end goal of closing the racial wealth gap with the help of our future partners.


Myeshia Jefferson


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Inclusion 2021 – Chats with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace

Ahead of his speaking participation at the online DEI festival, INCLUSION 2021, we caught up with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace, and Founder & CEO of Brave Trainings on his thoughts on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the workplace.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Cornell speaking on an exclusive panel discussion at INCLUSION 2021, the leading virtual global business festival dedicated to equity, diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

Discussing Working towards a racially just workforce: One year on from global Black liberation uprisings 2020, Cornell will be joined by Leslie Gray, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla and Asif Sadiq MBE, Senior Vice President, Head of Equity and Inclusion at WarnerMedia International. Together they will tackle:

  • How have the commitments made by companies to address racial inequalities across the world since June 2020 translated into action? Has adequate progress been made in the short term? 
  • What should companies be aiming for in regards to quotas, and what are the pitfalls when quotas are the only driver for race diversity
  • How can companies create a safe work environment for Black and people of colour – what actions can be implemented?
  • There is also an emotional tax associated with being Black in the workplace – what are companies doing to ensure the wellbeing of their BIPOC employees?
  • Who is getting it right and from where can we draw inspiration?

Want to be part of this year’s conversation? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now and claim your free pass to attend the fastest-growing virtual event in the industry – INCLUSION 2021.

Experience a packed agenda featuring the biggest names in DE&I, interactive workshops and roundtables, plenty of social activities, and regular networking opportunities.

By attending, you will be able to:

  • Learn from in-depth D&I keynotes, case studies and panel discussions
  • Join interactive workshops and roundtables
  • Connect with essential D&I contacts at our online diversity exhibition
  • Grow your network during our INCLUSION social hour meetups
  • Discover how to support minorities, heal divides and increase staff unity

Hear from our incredible high profile line-up of 75+ expert speakers leading the charge for diversity, equity, and inclusion change in the workplace, including:

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Rashmi Verma, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at HUGO BOSS
Joseph Nwosu, Co Lead of the Black at Experian Network (ERG) at Experian
Cecilia Weckstrom, Senior Global Director, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO Group
Michael Vermeersch, Digital Inclusion Lead & Chair, UK Disability ERG at Microsoft
Michael Anaman, Head of Service Delivery and Head of Inclusion at NOW TV
Putri Realita, Global Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Danone
Leslie Gray MBA, Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla
Abigail Wilmore , Chief People Officer at Stella McCartney

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Class-Action Settlement Reached to Resolve University Pay Equity Allegations

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Outten & Golden LLP and Syracuse University announced a class-action settlement to resolve allegations of compensation discrimination raised by five female faculty members. Under the settlement agreement, the University will pay $3,713,000 to resolve the claims. This settlement does not represent an admission of any liability on the part of Syracuse University.

In a class action complaint filed today, the five female faculty members allege that the university-wide compensation and promotion policies and practices had an adverse impact on them and other female colleagues.

“We are pleased that Syracuse has agreed to resolve the claims, and the settlement will provide meaningful relief to our clients and other female faculty,” said Deirdre A. Aaron of Outten & Golden.

Syracuse University is committed – at all levels, across all faculty and staff positions – to providing an equitable and supportive work environment,” says Senior Vice President for Academic Operations Steve Bennett. “We continue to work closely with academic leadership to ensure salaries are commensurate with every faculty member’s job responsibilities, efforts and accomplishments, regardless of gender.”

CONTACTS: Adam T. Klein or Deirdre A. Aaron, Outten & Golden, 516.261.6080 or 320381@email4pr.com.

About Outten & Golden LLP

Outten & Golden LLP focuses on advising and representing individuals in employment, partnership, and related workplace matters both domestically and internationally. The firm counsels individuals on employment and severance agreements; handles complex compensation and benefits issues (including bonuses, equity agreements, and partnership interests); and advises professionals (including doctors and lawyers) on contractual issues. It also represents employees with a wide variety of claims, including discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, disability, national origin, religion, and age, as well as retaliation, whistleblower, and contract claims. The firm handles class actions involving a wide range of employment issues, including economic exploitation, gender- and race-based discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, violations of the WARN Act, and other systemic workers’ rights issues. 

Outten & Golden has nine practice groups: Executives & Professionals, Financial Services, Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination, Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights, Discrimination & Retaliation, Whistleblower Retaliation, Class & Collective Actions, and WARN Act. 

Outten & Golden has offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

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Outten & Golden LLP: Former U.S. Department of Justice Employee Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — A Washington, D.C. federal-court jury awarded a longtime U.S. Department of Justice employee $445,000 in her gender discrimination lawsuit against the government, the law firm Outten & Golden LLP announced today.

After a five-day trial, the jury sided with Debra Stoe, who worked for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a DOJ agency, for 20 years. Stoe alleged she repeatedly was passed over for promotions in favor of less qualified and less accomplished men.

Stoe’s professional achievements included development of standards and testing required to ensure that law enforcement equipment and technology such as bulletproof vests is safe and effective.

In evidence presented at trial, Stoe’s supervisors recognized that she “revolutionized” the standards and testing program, and that she was “singularly responsible” for “moving it into the modern era.” Stoe was credited with saving the government “millions” of dollars and saving “countless lives” of law enforcement officers.

Outten & Golden Partner Susan E. Huhta said, “This case involved blatant gender discrimination by the federal government. We are grateful the jury rejected the government’s specious defense. The verdict is a complete vindication of an exemplary employee.”

Outten & Golden Partner Cassandra W. Lenning said, “The trial made clear the impact of Ms. Stoe’s work. On the final day of the trial, a former supervisor of Ms. Stoe’s thanked her from the stand and credited her with saving his police officer son’s life. His son was hit by a speeding car, and the bulletproof vest he was wearing saved his life.”

Debra Stoe said, “My career meant the world to me. The work I did was important. I hoped the DOJ hiring system would be fair, but the evidence showed it was not. I felt strongly that we had to take a stand against how the DOJ too often disregards women. The importance of the #MeToo movement really hits home when you see people like me whose hard work, superior qualifications, and experience were so casually and consistently overlooked. We showed that people and the DOJ hiring system were manipulated by the discriminator. I’m grateful for the jury’s findings.”

Huhta added, “Debra Stoe’s courage should serve as an inspiration to all women in the workplace. This verdict sends a message to all employers that discrimination in the workplace will not be tolerated, especially in the federal government.”

The case is “Stoe v. Garland,” Case 1:16-cv-01618-JDB in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

CONTACTS: Susan E. Huhta and Cassandra W. Lenning, Outten & Golden, 516.261.6080 or og@outtengolden.com.

About Outten & Golden LLP
Outten & Golden LLP focuses on advising and representing individuals in employment, partnership, and related workplace matters both domestically and internationally. The firm counsels individuals on employment and severance agreements; handles complex compensation and benefits issues (including bonuses, equity agreements, and partnership interests); and advises professionals (including doctors and lawyers) on contractual issues. It also represents employees with a wide variety of claims, including discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, disability, national origin, religion, and age, as well as retaliation, whistleblower, and contract claims. The firm handles class actions involving a wide range of employment issues, including economic exploitation, gender- and race-based discrimination, wage-and-hour violations, violations of the WARN Act, and other systemic workers’ rights issues.

Outten & Golden has nine practice groups: Executives & Professionals, Financial Services, Sexual Harassment & Sex Discrimination, Family Responsibilities & Disability Discrimination, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) Workplace Rights, Discrimination & Retaliation, Whistleblower Retaliation, Class & Collective Actions, and WARN Act.

Outten & Golden has offices in New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

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WoLF Member Cited for Hate Crime for Feminist Stickers

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Thistle Pettersen, a Madison-based singer/songwriter and activist, has been cited with “disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer” for placing feminist stickers in public places. She has been called to appear at a mandatory court date on September 27th.

“The pursuit of these charges is intended to chill the free speech of women’s rights advocates.”

Pettersen says that she has been accused of placing feminist stickers along State Street in a variety of locations that have other stickers and graffiti on them, including telephone poles and a dispenser box for “Our Lives,” an LGBT magazine. Because gender identity is not a protected class in Wisconsin, it is unclear what the basis is for the hate crime enhancement.

The stickers included the slogans: “Woman = Adult Human Female,” “Trans Lie$ Matter” (a reference to Big Pharma support for the gender industry), “Everything is Transphobic,” and “TERF Collective.”

Pettersen, a WoLF member and founder of Women’s Liberation Radio News, became the subject of a years-long smear and harassment campaign by Madison anti-feminists after she spoke out against gender ideology. This campaign has included threats of violence against her in a local Facebook group.

“Even if true, stickering feminist slogans in areas already full of stickers and grafiti is neither disorderly nor hateful,” said Lauren Adams, WoLF Legal Director. “The pursuit of these charges is intended to chill the free speech of women’s rights advocates. If the police want to stop hate crimes, they should investigate the threats against Thistle instead of using tax-payer money to facilitate anti-woman bullying by extremist activists.”

WoLF has launched a petition calling on the Dane County DA to drop the citation and not pursue criminal charges against Thistle Pettersen.

Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, restoring, and advancing the rights of women and girls.  For media inquiries please contact: media@womensliberationfront.org

Pettersen is represented by Sarah Schmeiser of Stroud, Willink, and Howard, LLC.

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Employee Exhaustion: The Hartford Survey Finds Widening Gap In Burnout Rates Of Women And Men; Burned-Out U.S. Workers More Likely To Seek New Jobs

  • As burnout levels for U.S. workers remain high, Americans want their employers to provide additional time off and flexibility
  • More than one-third of U.S. workers are likely to search for a job in the next six months

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New research from The Hartford, a leading provider of employee benefits and absence management, found a widening gap between men and women in workplace burnout rates, as the overall exhaustion level remains at 61% – the same high level reported in February. Burned-out U.S. workers were also more likely to look for a new job, the national survey showed.

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“This high level of burnout and growing gap for women should be cause for alarm for business leaders,” said Jonathan Bennett, head of Employee Benefits at The Hartford. “The need for flexibility in the workplace has never been greater as the lines between work and home continue to be blurred amid the pandemic. Fostering an open, inclusive work environment that provides flexibility is an important step in addressing burnout and helping employees remain productive at work.”

The Hartford’s July 2021 Future of Benefits Pulse Survey found 68% of female U.S. workers now report experiencing burnout at work, compared to 52% of male workers – a 16-percentage point difference. This marks a significant increase in the difference between genders compared to The Hartford’s February survey, when there was a nine-point gap in workplace burnout rates between women and men (66% vs. 57%, respectively). Recent research found working mothers have been grappling with a “double shift” of household responsibilities, mental health challenges, and a more difficult remote-work experience.

The Hartford’s latest survey showed the more burnout employees are experiencing, the more likely they are to look for a new job. Of the workers who say they are “extremely likely” to look for a new job in the next six months, 55% say they “always feel burned out” and 16% say they “often feel burned out.”

The July survey also found 37% of U.S. workers are likely to search for a job in the next six months. The top three factors motivating the job search included:

  • Better salary or wages: 74%
  • Career growth/promotion: 44%
  • Tie between better benefits through their employer: 38%; more flexible schedule: 38%; better workplace culture: 38%

For the 63% of employees who don’t plan to search for a job in the next six months, the top three factors keeping them on the job included:

  • Salary or wages: 66%
  • Benefits through their employer: 58%
  • Flexible schedule: 43%

“The pandemic has changed the workplace – including the hiring landscape – and once again elevating employee benefits and a flexible work culture as critical elements to attracting and retaining talent. I encourage employers to take a fresh look at their benefit plans to ensure they remain competitive,” Bennett said.

To help address workplace burnout, U.S. workers surveyed said they want their employers offer the following:

  • Additional paid time off: 22%
  • Condensed four-day work week: 22%
  • Schedule flexibility: 17%
  • Remote work options: 13%
  • Company-wide mental health days: 13%
  • Lighter workload: 12%

The Hartford’s claims data demonstrates untreated mental health and substance use disorders can lead to unplanned absences and prolonged disability. Mental health conditions are among the top five reasons for U.S. workers to file a short-term disability claim, according to The Hartford’s disability claims data (excluding pregnancy).1 The Hartford partners with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help employers and employees reduce stigma in the workplace and encourage those with mental health conditions to seek support.


A national omnibus online survey was conducted in the U.S. among approximately 2,000 adults aged 18+, including 966 full-time and part-time employed respondents. The research was conducted July 27-30, 2021. The margin of error is +/- 3% at a 95% confidence level.

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1 Top five reasons for short-term claims for the last four years (2016-2020), excluding pregnancy, were musculoskeletal injury, cancers and other neoplasms, digestive conditions, and mental health conditions


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