Mentorship – Farris Law Firm http://farrislawfirm.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:15:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://farrislawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mentorship – Farris Law Firm http://farrislawfirm.com/ 32 32 DU’s Aditi Mahavidyalaya Launches Digital Incubation Platform to Foster Entrepreneurship Among Female Students https://farrislawfirm.com/dus-aditi-mahavidyalaya-launches-digital-incubation-platform-to-foster-entrepreneurship-among-female-students/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:15:37 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/dus-aditi-mahavidyalaya-launches-digital-incubation-platform-to-foster-entrepreneurship-among-female-students/ Aditi Mahavidyalaya of the University of Delhi (DU) – an off-campus girls’ college based in the semi-urban area of ​​Bawana – has launched a digital incubation platform with in-built mentorship to nurture its students, in large part from semi-rural areas, to become entrepreneurs. Principal Mamta Sharma said it was the first DU college to do so.

The incubation platform was set up in collaboration with SKILLSertifika Bootup 360. SKILLSertifika Global is an Indian research-based information technology company headquartered in Singapore with “expertise in thinking innovation, research and innovation and the creation of digital incubation platforms,” the college said.

Sharma said that with the establishment of the incubation platform, the college “aims and strives to achieve holistic development of rural female students, most of whom are first-generation learners.”

“The incubation center was created as a step towards digital empowerment for girls that will take them to greater academic and professional heights. I am confident that this initiative will equip girls with research and innovation skills and develop their entrepreneurial skills, paving the way for their financially secure future,” said Sharma.

“The model provides a systematic and integrated business approach for students that will expose them to many of the challenges they will face when starting their business and prepare them to meet these challenges through independent industry mentorship and providing a globally operational platform,” she added.

The incubation platform was officially inaugurated by Rajni Abbi, President, Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Proctor, University of Delhi; TC Dhoundiyal, Founder and CEO, SKILLSertifika Global, Priya Bir, Nodal Officer, Digital Incubation Center; and Sharma on January 7.

Aditi Mahavidyalaya is a 100% Government of Delhi funded DU college.

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Why did Arsenal remove red from their shirts? https://farrislawfirm.com/why-did-arsenal-remove-red-from-their-shirts/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 09:59:45 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/why-did-arsenal-remove-red-from-their-shirts/

The City of London saw record crimes against teenagers between June 2020 and June 2021. Knife crimes were the highest among these, which caused major nuisance in society and instilled fear in young people. Arsenal and Adidas have come together to work to protect young people in the community from such crimes.

The sports brand will help the London-based club’s already extensive outreach program to work with young people. The purpose of the “More Red” initiative is to provide positive spaces for young people who have a positive impact in communities. To give them opportunities to succeed and protect them from incidents such as crimes committed with a knife.

To promote the initiative, Arsenal FC, one of the most popular football clubs in the world, played in an all-white football kit in a recent FA Cup game against Nottingham Forest. They replaced their signature red and white kit with an all white kit that was not for sale/not for profit. In addition, this toolkit will only be provided to people who have a positive impact on their community.

Statistics

The seriousness of the situation can be gauged by looking at the statistics of recorded crimes. There were over 10,000 knife offenses in the City of London between June 2020 and June 2021. These attacks were also implicated in the record number of murders of teenagers in the city since figures began to be recorded .

Key steps

  • Through this initiative, Arsenal and Adidas will work to bring about positive change. In order to bring about this change, they will invest in creating safe spaces to play football in the community.
  • The creation of the No More Red mentorship program will see young people doing positive work in the community receive support from celebrities like Idris Elba, Ian Wright and more.
  • Young people will have access to talent networks that contribute to community outreach and provide training and other related opportunities to young people.

Major influencers

Actor Idris Elba and legendary footballer Ian Wright are one of the major figures associated with the initiative. The former is also the founder of the Don’t Stab Your Future initiative and in response to ‘No More Red’ he said: “From the time young people leave school, until they are home with their families, there is often a void, a dangerous peak of nothing to do, where nothing can easily turn into something dangerous. If there are still no options for this after school period, we will always see gangs forming. Let’s create options for these young people.

Ian Wright is a former Arsenal player and one of the mentors in the mentorship scheme. He was hopeful as he spoke of the initiative. He said, “Every young person deserves the chance to express themselves. The chance to exist in a safe environment. The chance to live free from fear of violence. By giving young people more places to play sport, more support and access to people who can inspire them, together we can help make a difference for young people in London.”

The iconic all-white kit will also be donated to various organizations that are actively working with young people to eliminate the threat of knife crime. It is a good initiative carried out by Arsenal and Adidas which should help young people in the city of London.

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Research evaluation must evolve over time https://farrislawfirm.com/research-evaluation-must-evolve-over-time/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:09:52 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/research-evaluation-must-evolve-over-time/

The European Commission in Brussels wants a European-wide agreement on the evaluation of research that recognizes ethics and integrity as well as teamwork and a diversity of results.Credit: Bernal Revert / Alamy

Many publicly funded researchers are required to participate in national reviews of their work. Such assessments are popular with governments because they help ensure a certain degree of accountability for taxpayer dollars. Funders love them too, as they provide a useful benchmark for the level of research being carried out. Universities also benefit financially when they craft their research strategies around the requirements of assessments. In contrast, researchers generally regard evaluations as unnecessary for their work. Assessments can also be stressful and cumbersome and in some cases create tension between colleagues in academic and administrative positions.

With a few exceptions, the major components of assessment systems have remained largely the same since the fiscal years began in the 1980s. But some countries are considering reworking these systems to reflect the way science is done today. hui. Change has been long in coming, precipitated by initiatives such as the 2013 San Francisco Declaration on Research Evaluation, the 2015 Leiden Manifesto for Research Measures and the 2020 Hong Kong Principles for Research. evaluation of researchers. Official research evaluations are clearly behind schedule and need to catch up.

Last November, the European Commission announced its intention to conclude an EU-wide agreement on research evaluation. He proposes that the evaluation criteria reward ethics and integrity, teamwork and a diversity of results in addition to the quality and impact of research. Britain’s Future Research Assessment Program, which is expected to report by the end of this year, has also been tasked with proposing ways to ensure that assessments become more inclusive. These changes cannot come soon enough.

Measures of success

Research evaluation systems are the closest universities have to common business performance measures. Individual researchers are assessed on a range of measures, such as the number and quality of journal articles, books and monographs they have published; their research income; the number of students who obtained a postgraduate degree; and any non-academic impact of their work, such as its influence on society or politics. In the UK, for example, this information is compressed into a composite index and the results are used to allocate funds.

British public funding goes preferentially to university departments with the best performing researchers. But assessments that measure individual performance make it more difficult for institutions to recognize science conducted as a team, both within and between disciplines. In addition, research evaluations have tended to focus on final published results, as researchers increasingly produce more diverse results, including datasets, reproducibility studies, and recorded reports, in which researchers publish study designs before starting the experiments. Most current evaluations do not value mentorship and struggle to recognize the needs of researchers from minority communities.

And then there is the question of costs. The 2014 iteration of the UK Research Excellence Framework – the exercise takes place roughly every seven years – cost around £ 246 million (US $ 334 million). The lion’s share (£ 232million) went to universities. It included the costs of academic staff who served on review boards that assessed approximately 190,000 results in 36 areas; and the costs to institutions, which go to great lengths to prepare their staff, including conducting mock assessment exercises. Here, the small institutions lack the resources to compete with the better funded ones.

Researchers who study evaluation methods regularly offer ideas on how evaluations might change for the better. Last August, a working group of the International Network of Research Management Companies developed a framework called SCOPE. This encourages donors to design evaluation systems around the “values” they wish to evaluate. For example, rewarding competitive behavior may require a different set of criteria than encouraging collegiality. The SCOPE framework also proposes that funders work with assessors to design the assessment, and urge them to work with experts in research assessment – a defined area of ​​research.

The importance of co-design cannot be overstated: it will allow the views of different research actors to be represented and ensure that no voice dominates. Large research-intensive institutions often do well in conventional evaluations, as they focus their multi-year strategies on attracting and retaining researchers who meet the criteria for success in publication of results and income, among others.

Small institutions can’t always compete on these bases – but could win if future evaluations include new criteria, such as rewarding collaborations, or if the evaluations place less weight on the ability to secure research funding. A wider range of evaluation criteria could ensure that a greater diversity of institutions have the opportunity to do well. And this must be welcomed.

Large institutions should not feel threatened by these changes in any way. It is often said – in this journal and elsewhere – that making the research culture more welcoming requires systemic change. Research evaluation is at the heart of the research system. If the evaluation criteria can be made more representative of how research is carried out, this much-needed culture shift will take one more important step.

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Brooklyn Bar Association Seeks Newly Admitted Lawyers For Their Mentorship Program https://farrislawfirm.com/brooklyn-bar-association-seeks-newly-admitted-lawyers-for-their-mentorship-program/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 18:02:11 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/brooklyn-bar-association-seeks-newly-admitted-lawyers-for-their-mentorship-program/ Brooklyn Bar Association President-elect Richard Klass Eagle files photos by Rob Abruzzese

The Brooklyn Bar Association will rekindle a long tradition later this month when its mentoring committee hosts an interest meeting on Zoom.

On Thursday, January 27, President-elect Richard Klass will lead the virtual meeting where the BBA will begin to match newly admitted lawyers with more established lawyers with the aim of enhancing their careers and uplifting the legal community.

The program is free for BBA members, and lawyers admitted for less than five years can join the Brooklyn Bar Association for free now if they participate in the mentoring program.

Mentorship has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn Bar Association for generations. However, in recent years the program has been limited. Klass, who will be installed as president in June, has been working behind the scenes for months now, trying to revive him.

Klass got his start thanks to mentors from his uncle and two other lawyers who worked with him. The trio shared a suite with him and often passed on any overflow work that they didn’t have time to handle.

Klass, who joined the BBA as a law student at New York Law School, eventually made a name for himself within the association while working with numerous committees, including the mentoring committee, it is why he wanted to see it revived.

Judge Joanne Quinones, vice-chair of the mentoring committee.
Natoya McGhie, former president of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association.

The legal community is collegial, so, of course, Klass does not run the program on his own. He will have the help of the Hon. Joanne Quinones, vice president of the mentoring committee, and Natoya McGhie, past president of the Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association.

Another obsessed with mentorship is Justice Quinones. She always has interns working for her, often many interns, and runs what has become affectionately known as Camp Quinones every summer. The camp often invites alumni every summer as part of programs to teach new interns.

McGhie was President-elect of the BWBA when Carrie Anne Cavallo relaunched her mentorship program. So not only was she able to participate in the program, but she also got to see up close what it takes to start one. The same program flourished while she was president of the BWBA, even during the height of COVID.

The 27th event will put McGhie’s experience to the test, as it will take place entirely on Zoom. The Brooklyn Bar Association had started hosting hybrid and in-person events. However, with COVID numbers on the rise, he decided to suspend similar events until spring.

However, the trio are up to the task and have already recruited many potential mentors, as well as a few mentees. The bulk of BBA members have currently worked as lawyers for at least 10 years, so members who know more recent lawyers are asked to sign up for a mentor. All lawyers with less than five years of experience will receive free membership fees for the remainder of 2021-2022 as an incentive.

If you are interested in participating in our Brooklyn Bar Association Mentorship Program, please visit our website – www.BrooklynBar.org – to register and for more information.

Flag-raising ceremony delayed

Speaking of suspending hybrid and in-person events, the Brooklyn Bar Association regrets to announce that they will briefly postpone our flag-raising ceremony which was previously scheduled for January 12.

The event was slated to kick off our 150th anniversary in 2022 and was to include several of our past presidents as well as Attorney General Letitia James and many other guests. However, we believe that we do not want to risk the health of our guests, which led to the decision to postpone.

The plan is to have the event virtually later this month. Details will follow, but a virtual flag-raising ceremony is expected to take place live in the last week of the month. To verify BrooklynBar.org and this column for announcements.

Hon. Nancy Sunshine, County Clerk, Supreme Court Clerk and Commissioner for Jurors.
Hon. Charles Small, Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Terme civil.

Virtual meeting with the Hon. Nancy Sunshine and the Hon. Charles Petit

The Brooklyn Bar Association welcomes two of the borough’s top clerks for a virtual session on Thursday, January 13 at 1 p.m.

Hon. Nancy Sunshine, County Clerk, Supreme Court Clerk and Commissioner for Jurors; and the Hon. Charles Small, Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court, Civil Term, will “sit” with moderator Adam Kalish for an hour to discuss issues facing their offices and best practices for lawyers. They will also be able to answer questions from the public.

The BBA has been running similar “sessions” every month since September, a continuation of a program that started last year. Previously, members could sit with Hon judges. Reginald Boddie, Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Hon. Ellen Spodek, Hon. Cheryl Gonzales and others. However, this time around, members said they wanted to hear from the clerks.

The session is sponsored by the BBA Membership Committee and hosted by Co-Chairs Pamela Walker and Anthony Vaughn., Jr. If you have a question for the judges, please email Robert Abruzzese, Director of Member Services.

Robert Abruzzese is the former legal editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and the current director of member services for the Brooklyn Bar Association. Now a legal columnist for the Eagle, Abruzzese writes for the BBA and the local legal community. For more information on membership in the Brooklyn Bar Association, you can reach him by email at [email protected].

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New mentorship program pairs mentors with young black men in Knoxville https://farrislawfirm.com/new-mentorship-program-pairs-mentors-with-young-black-men-in-knoxville/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 02:56:00 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/new-mentorship-program-pairs-mentors-with-young-black-men-in-knoxville/

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Building pride along with education and life skills is how a new mentorship program hopes to inspire young black men in the Knoxville area.

YOVEMENT, that’s what businessman and founder Robert Williams said: matching young people with others who are like them.

“YOVEMENT is an acronym for ‘Youth Get Rewarding and Valuable Mentorship, Encouraging New Thinking,” Williams said.

Williams opened Kutting Kings a year ago on the Cumberland Avenue Strip, proud to have a black-owned hair salon near the University of Tennessee campus.

He felt inspired to help prevent future violence for other young men like the one he saw in the Lonsdale community.

“Not proud, but I am one of the first generation of thugs to come to Knoxville. And I was wise enough to, once I got to a certain age, walk away from it, ”he said.

The new organization plans to match 15 mentors with mentees by the end of January for a pilot program that brings various skills and positive values. He has the support of the community, including the University of Tennessee.

UT Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement Tyvi Small said several mentors will be students.

“We have a lot of students who come from all over and want to give back. Especially young men of color, ”Small said.

He said he was inspired to help because of Williams’ passion for helping others.

“So my concept was to bring good to the community,” Williams said. “And later I developed the idea of ​​implementing things like African culture.”

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The founder of the non-profit association San Luis Obispo receives a congressional award https://farrislawfirm.com/the-founder-of-the-non-profit-association-san-luis-obispo-receives-a-congressional-award/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 01:32:18 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/the-founder-of-the-non-profit-association-san-luis-obispo-receives-a-congressional-award/

Representative Salud Carbajal on Wednesday recognized San Luis Obispo resident Sister Theresa Harpin as one of the recipients of the Congressional Women of the Year award.

At a ceremony in San Luis Obispo, Carbajal presented Harpin with a special Congress pin and read to him the written tribute he had entered in the official Congress register.

The Congressional Women of the Year award honors six women from the 24th Congressional District who leave a positive impact in their communities.

Harpin is the founder of the non-profit Restorative Partners, which provides reintegration services to incarcerated people.

The non-profit organization offers outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, mentoring programs, job training programs and five recovery houses.

“I’m really blown away but I’m so thrilled that women are being elated – the accomplishments they often accomplish behind the scenes, quietly in the corners but always on the fringes with the people who need them, that we need to be aware of and I stand on the shoulders of so many women who have come before me and so I am honored and blessed for one of them, ”said Harpin.

Under Harpin’s leadership, the program has provided more than 250 volunteers to prison programs.

The other recipients of the Women of the Year 2021 award are Yessenia Echevarria from Paso Robles, Courtney Haile from San Luis Obispo, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle from Santa Barbara, Arcelia Sencion from Los Olivos and Silvia Uribe from Goleta.

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Rappler at 10: a beta in progress https://farrislawfirm.com/rappler-at-10-a-beta-in-progress/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 02:03:39 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/rappler-at-10-a-beta-in-progress/

We’re releasing a series of essays from Rappler employees and contributors, old and new, as part of our remembrance of Rappler’s 10th anniversary in January 2022.

MANILA, Philippines – Towards the end of 2011, I received a message from a good friend from my college days, asking if I could beta test a website he had started working for.

The website, he said, will be called Rappler and will be an online-only information and technology platform. I gladly agreed – I liked tinkering with systems, after all. It was the heyday of social media, and by then I had started exploring a career in digital marketing.

I was very neutral with the comments I gave – too much white space, dead links and… a mood indicator? “Disgust is an emotion, isn’t it? But overall, I found the orange to give a fresh and tangy look – away from the RGBs of major news outlets.

It was young, it was hip, it was vibrant. Something that would grab my attention at 26.

And that’s what I consider my first job at Rappler – his beta tester.

Questions, questions

Rappler was launched soon after and has become a medium for conversations on Twitter – what is Rappler and who are the people behind it? – after his relentless coverage of the impeachment trial of then Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Another friend, who at the time was a spokesperson for a government agency, casually mentioned in one of our conversations that he had been interviewed by someone from Rappler and was impressed by iPhone and tripod setup. Without team coaching, setting up one-person multimedia reports set the stage for an agile and agile workflow.

I finally met Maria Ressa at an event. Before that, we followed each other on Twitter and I remember asking him a lot of questions about his presentation titled “Between Good and Evil”. This resulted in a long exchange that spilled over into a back-and-forth via text messaging. Maria didn’t know I hired her because I had a moral dilemma myself – without going into specifics, I was at a point where I wasn’t so sure what was right or wrong, because at that point I was starting to believe that seizing opportunities meant having to compromise, and sometimes, having to negotiate with one’s conscience.

A few months later, Maria asked me if I would be interested in joining her team. I thought, of course, why not.

WIDE WONDER. The author with Rappler CEO Maria Ressa during a visit to Rappler’s Indonesian office in 2015.

Maria and I met over lunch. She spoke very fervently about how social media could be a force for good and how her vision for her young startup started from there. She explained how social media played a crucial role in turning the tide of the Arab Spring and told stories of individuals taking collective action for the greater good.

Here is a 50 year old woman, who spoke with wide eyes about how technology will change the world for the better. She’s such a Pollyanna, I thought. How can a seasoned journalist be less cynical than I am? How can she choose to see the good in people, despite having seen the worst of humanity in her decades of career?

“I want you to join Rappler because you are looking for meaning,” she said. I didn’t respond, but more than just meaning, I was looking for mentorship. I have been walking to the beat of my own drum for about seven years, jumping from occasion to occasion.

For weeks, I thought about Maria’s offer. She said that since Rappler was still so new – amorphous was the exact word she used – there were many ways for me to grow within the organization.

I accepted his offer two weeks later.

A different goal

From the start, I knew that I would not join a conventional press group. The way I understood Maria’s vision on Rappler was that of a tech startup creating multiple products, with news as the first – and flagship – product. I still think of Rappler that way, 10 years from now.

Throughout my time with the organization, I worked in three different departments – from marketing to lifestyle writing to video production – to determine where I would fit.

AMONG PEERS. With former editor-in-chief KD Suarez (left) and Acor Arceo, chief editorial officer and editorial standards officer at Rappler.

There were many times that I felt like I belonged among my colleagues who lived and breathed the news. I’ve been with Rappler for almost 10 years, but I’m still hesitant to call myself a journalist. The cycle of political news gives me a headache. (Much more now, frankly.) My Twitter has more K-pop fangirls and photos of my cats rather than the news. My signatures are rare.

But the things that I have built and are most proud of are not written on the site.

My boss Beth Frondoso trusted my vision. Working with our production team, we’ve transformed evening news broadcasts from 20-minute shows into compact, consumable 5-minute shows. We have built and rebuilt systems and workflows, optimizing every step of the process for efficiency and agility. We put our audience first. We have kept in mind the people who are not as savvy as I am, but who need – and want – to be informed.

For the first time in my years of work, I have found meaning in what I do.

Rappler gave me the privilege of embarking on an unconventional career. Rather than specializing in a singular Herculean mission, I was trained to be versatile, versatile – a Swiss Army Knife rather than a hammer. I had to define my own job description, question existing conventions, learn to do things on my own, but also how to manage a team well.

SOLO FLIGHT. Coverage of the Subic stage of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

the manangs – Maria, Beth, Glenda and Chay – may not know it, and I don’t say it often, but every day I thank the universe for letting them take a chance. I benefited from a great deal of autonomy while benefiting from their advice. I was given a seat at the table where my comments and ideas were important, and I don’t think I would have had that privilege anywhere else.

It’s been 10 years, and in some ways I’m still doing what I did for Rappler, which is treating my work like a beta in progress. After all, a good product requires a constant cycle of building and rebuilding – sometimes requiring a break and taking a step back, but all in the pursuit of progress and, I guess, the greater good. – Rappler.com

Marga leads product management for Rappler Multimedia and works at the intersection of video, technology, and revenue. It also has for mission to improve your deadlines a little. Send him dog and cat videos to marga.deona@rappler.com and tweet her about what makes your heart sing @margavsmachine


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Glo Battle of the Year Nigeria: the competition hardens and moves to the next phase https://farrislawfirm.com/glo-battle-of-the-year-nigeria-the-competition-hardens-and-moves-to-the-next-phase/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 06:00:38 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/glo-battle-of-the-year-nigeria-the-competition-hardens-and-moves-to-the-next-phase/

Globacom, telecommunications giant and sponsor of Glo Battle of the Year Nigeria (GBOTY Nigeria), announced the next phase of the dance reality show after successfully hosting the regional auditions.

The schedule of activities for her hotly contested next phase of dance was revealed at a media event in Lagos on Thursday, to brief Nigerians on the highly anticipated competition.

The interactive session was used to unveil a dance mentorship program for all regional winners, as part of plans to screen the entire show early next year, as well as the semi-finals and finals of the show which will also be broadcast live on television.

The regional auditions were quite a spectacle, as various venues saw thousands of hopefuls, who tried to outdo themselves with their dancing skills, as seen in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kaduna and the Benign.

In separate interviews, the contestants expressed their gratitude to Globacom for recognizing the importance of dance in entertainment. Many felt that dancers did not have the status of actors in entertainment, and stressed that such a competition, given such publicity, would help dancers gain appropriate support in the entertainment industry.

Festus Kalu, during the Enugu auditions, said he was entering a dance-focused competition for the first time and expressed optimism that he would continue to pursue a dancing career after the competition.

“I saw the ad on Facebook and decided to give it a try. I would love to open a dance studio if I win and pursue my dancing career to the fullest, ” he said.

Additionally, Judah Wilson, a dance teacher who attended the Lagos auditions, said it was his first time auditioning and he didn’t know what to expect. He added that it would be good to qualify for the final so that he can show the nation all his talent.

Another candidate for the Abuja auditions, Mariam Lawal, said she has been dancing since the age of ten and is currently working as a dance teacher at a private high school in Kaduna.

She said: “It will be great to qualify for the semi-finals and the finals in Lagos. If I win, I would use the money to help the less fortunate. ”

Present at the different places to select the best of the best were local and international dance celebrities such as Poco Lee, Pinky Debbie, Izzy Odigie, Big Flo, Maxbuck, Dunamis, Franc Okwara, JC Jedor, Poxy (Cameroon), Gidnasty (USA) ), Menno (Netherlands) and Manuela (Germany). They should also feature in the next stage of the competition.

GBOTY Nigeria winners receive a total prize of 84 million Naira and a chance to represent Nigeria on the global stage of the competition.

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Black advertisers launch mentorship program https://farrislawfirm.com/black-advertisers-launch-mentorship-program/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 13:10:03 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/black-advertisers-launch-mentorship-program/

The Black Executive CMO Alliance is launching a two-year mentorship program for aspiring black marketers which represents one of its first concrete steps towards further diversification of the advertising industry since the group’s inception earlier this year.

Called “The BECA Playbook,” the expansive program will offer its first class of 25 mid-career black advertising professionals one-on-one coaching with C-suite executives, networking sessions with several of the top black marketers in the world. world and a personalized organization. learning experience to fill in gaps in participants’ resumes.

More than a dozen companies have joined BECA’s new mentoring program to provide support and resources, including General Motors Co., Deloitte, Starbucks, ViacomCBS GroupM’s BET and WPP agency.

“The BECA Playbook embodies one of our four pillars – pay it forward – to which our members and sponsoring organizations have wholeheartedly shown their commitment. By supporting our mission, they have dedicated their time and resources to building a stronger pipeline of Black leaders ready for the C suite, ”said BECA founder Jerri DeVard, whose career has included senior marketing positions at Citibank, ADT and Nokia.

The foundation of the alliance rests on four key pillars: “Share, learn, nurture and give forward,” DeVard told Ad Age at the launch of BECA.

Led by DeVard, BECA was formed in March with a class of 26 Black Creative Leaders as founding members of the group, including Netflix Global CMO Bozoma Saint John; Unilever senior executive Esi Eggleston Bracey; and Mars Wrigley’s North American President, Anton Vincent.

Black, Hispanic, Native and multiracial people are still systematically under-represented in the American advertising industry, according to the Association of National Advertisers’ Fourth Annual Diversity Report, which was released last month.

Black Americans, in particular, hold only 6.6% of positions in ANA member companies, although they represent about double that percentage of the national population.

But the report showed year-over-year progress: 13.7% of marketers say they are a non-white race, up from 12% in 2020; The same is true for senior-level employees, with industry-wide diversity of up to 28.5% versus 26.4% last year, as well as those at entry level, with diversified workers now represent 33.1% of this sector against 31.9% in 2020.

“This report reveals that [the] the marketing industry is making significant strides towards improving diversity in our ranks at all levels, “said Bob Liodice, ANA CEO, in a statement.” However, it also shows that we still have work to do to achieve a truly diverse balance in our workforce, ”he added, urging group members to continue to seek fair and equitable representation in the workplace.

More information on the group and its new “BECA Playbook” program is available on its website.

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Pay Next: Women at CRE must be fully aware of their personal worth https://farrislawfirm.com/pay-next-women-at-cre-must-be-fully-aware-of-their-personal-worth/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 19:30:37 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/pay-next-women-at-cre-must-be-fully-aware-of-their-personal-worth/

Women in CRE and the importance of mentoring

The field of commercial real estate has always been difficult for women. However, the situation is improving thanks to the personalities who have made their way into the world of CRE. Many have embraced the concept of “Pay it Forward” and have reached out to the next generation.

Our two Pay next and Women of influence categories featured individuals who have been willing to guide others, either through direct mentorship or through participation in organizations that broaden the playing field in our industry.

One piece of advice that comes up over and over in our question-and-answer sessions is that women in CRE should be fully aware of their self-esteem. Rainey Shaine, Vice President at JLL, actions, “Taking stock of and cultivating (your) inherent strengths will form the foundation of confidence.

Robin Ziegler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Cedar Realty Trust, emphasizes the importance of having someone who reminds you of your worth. “Early in my career, I remember walking out of a boardroom with all the white male counterparts. I was the youngest, I was the only woman and the only person of any form of diversity in the room. As we were going out, my boss said something to me that changed my thought process. He said, “You are just as smart, if not smarter, than everyone in this room.”

Many of the influential women we spoke with referred to a history of underestimation by men in positions of power. Robin Ziegler wisely says, “If someone wants to underestimate your abilities, let them. Laurie Lustig-Bower, Executive Vice President of CBRE, tells us, “To overcome this problem, I usually take special care in demonstrating my abilities and my self-confidence in order to make sure that I am not fired or neglected on the basis of being a woman.”

It’s not just what women can do individually. Mentorship and organizations encourage businesswomen everywhere, including real estate. “I am proud to see the movement that we are living now, of women who collaborate to build themselves, rather than tear each other apart”, declares Lissette Calderon, President and CEO of Neology Life Development Group.

Specific advice comes from Dorothy Alpert, Director and President of Tri-State at Avison Young: “Women should focus on three areas: 1) Find a mentor (s) early in your career; 2) Get involved in every available opportunity: refusing an invitation to participate will be a missed opportunity; 3) Network as much as possible, even with peers from other companies.

Several of our interviewees spoke of belonging to women’s real estate organizations. Here are some links to groups dedicated to advancing careers for women in real estate:

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Companies

CREW Network

Council of Women Real Estate Agents

~ Article written by Cary Steiner ~


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