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Investis Digital Releases New Commerce Report

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Investis Digital, a leading global digital communications company, announced today the publication of a new report that helps businesses navigate the rapidly evolving commerce landscape. ​​ The company’s Global Connected Commerce Insights Report examines the key trends that are shaping the direction of global commerce in 2023 amid economic uncertainty. ​​ The report asserts that eCommerce and commerce more broadly are evolving into a seamless, total brand experience with the customer at the center – or Connected Commerce. ​ “The pandemic-era eCommerce boom is over, and the explosive shift to a digital-first economy is slowing down,” said Steve Guillemette, executive vice president, global head of Commerce, Investis Digital. “The next big opportunity for business growth is to deliver a total, connected experience across all channels within commerce, both physical and digital.” ​​ For example, leading retailers are providing shoppers with apps that help them find deals and personalized recommendations while shopping in store, and their shopping preferences are connected to the retailer’s website. ​ ​ The payoff is strong: Gartner says that by 2024, organizations providing a total experience will outperform competitors by 25% in satisfaction metrics for all stakeholder experience. ​​ Investis Digital’s Global Connected Commerce Insights Report shares trends and data on some of the chief catalysts fueling the emergence of Connected Commerce: data activation, the customer experience, digital content, digital media, and intelligence insights. For instance, the report notes that TikTok has inspired a want for authentic and engaging content. The report suggests that marketers should lean into a video-first, user generated content strategy that is optimized for mobile in order to attract eyeballs to their brand and use static assets to scale content and remain top of mind. The report also urges brands to invest in taxonomy, data, and governance in order to do more with less during times of economic uncertainty. Doing so will ensure that commerce assets can be configured and scaled to match customer needs. “Succeeding with a customer-first Connected Commerce strategy means that a brand’s internal teams must collaborate to create and share content assets that result in more personalized experiences,” Guillemette said. “All this must be done efficiently and cost-effectively. Our report offers these and many more insights.” ​ To read the full report, click here. Read more about Investis Digital’s commerce solutions here. Investis Digital is a global digital communications company. Through a proprietary approach we call Connected Content™, we unite compelling communications, intelligent digital experiences, and performance marketing to help companies build deeper connections with audiences and drive business performance. ​​A unique blend of expertise, technology and “always on” service allow clients to trust that their digital footprint and brand reputation is secure and protected 24/7 by our dedicated team of 600 digital experts across 9 global offices. To learn more, please visit www.InvestisDigital.com. Contact Details Kristen Kalupski +1 646-766-9040 Kristen.kalupski@investisdigital.com Company Website https://www.investisdigital.com

November 08, 2022 08:17 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Assembly Elevates Joel Coppersmith to Global Director of Measurement and Effectiveness

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Global omnichannel media agency Assembly has named Joel Coppersmith to a new role as Global Director of Measurement & Effectiveness. Throughout his more than 3-year tenure at Assembly, Joel has worked alongside stakeholders across the agency to define and evolve our approach to measurement, and key to this new remit will be standardizing measurement and effectiveness strategy globally while staying agile to the change in the media and measurement landscape. There is more pressure than ever on CMOs and marketing leaders to drive performance, which has in turn increased the accountability of Marketing to deliver change and growth across businesses effectively. But with disparate media platforms, emerging media formats both on and offline, and changing privacy regulations, it’s a complex challenge – one Assembly is well positioned to solve. “We can offer clients answers to questions around the efficacy of their investment and the role their media budget is playing in delivering their brand and business objectives. Our focus is on equipping clients with strong, compelling arguments that they can use internally to explain the role that Marketing is playing and the value it's driving,” said Joel Coppersmith, Global Director of Measurement & Effectiveness. Assembly has dedicated time and investment towards bringing our measurement strategy to life across the agency, with Joel leading a significant effort to upskill and transform talent’s knowledge of the measurement landscape to have more informed, solution-oriented conversations with clients. And given the current economic climate, measurement is of even greater importance for marketers. Joel added, “With the challenging economic reality, paired with the disruptions to the online tracking environment via legislation and consumer pressure, there is a lot of uncertainty for businesses – this makes the need to prove the value of delivery even more crucial, making its way to the top of brands’ priority lists.” “The ‘Effectiveness’ part of the role is the crux of what we’re about. It’s about understanding why and how Performance and Brand media impacts consumer behavior, and how that drives growth for a business,” said Coppersmith. Assembly Managing Director of Europe, Kate O’Mahony, added, “Joel represents the very best of Assembly: embracing change, and driving progressive growth, which is how we think about our measurement and effectiveness strategy for clients. With Joel dedicated to this charge, we can help our clients and teams break through the complexities and ensure their marketing programs are adding the value to their businesses that they should be.” About Assembly: Assembly is the modern global omnichannel media agency, bringing data, talent, and technology together to find the change that fuels growth for the best brands on the planet. Our approach connects big, bold brand stories with integrated, global media capabilities that deliver performance and drive large-scale business growth. Our work is powered by our proprietary, in-house technology solution, STAGE, and led by our global talent base of over 1,600 people around the world. We’re purpose-driven at our core and pioneers in social and environmental impact in the agency world. Assembly is a proud member of Stagwell, the challenger network built to transform marketing. Visit www.assemblyglobal.com for more information. Contact Details Sara Pollack, VP of Marketing +1 917-438-4922 sara.pollack@assemblyglobal.com Company Website https://www.assemblyglobal.com/

November 08, 2022 04:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Clean Room Primer Group Announces Speakers for Third Roadshow Event in San Francisco

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The Clean Room Primer Group today announces its selection of headline speakers for its upcoming event in San Francisco, California on Thursday, November 10, 2022. The mission of the group is to demystify data clean rooms and help marketing and advertising professionals adapt and use them in a privacy-safe marketing environment. The San Francisco event marks the third in a series of events for the Clean Room Primer, all geared to expand on use cases and offer real-world examples on usage of data clean rooms. The headline speakers attending the San Francisco event include: Frederick Stanichev, Head of Sales, Habu Christine Grammier, Head of Solutions, LiveRamp Dave Chambers, Director, Partner Solutions, Claravine Chase Engstrom, Director, Strategic Solutions, InfoSum “We are excited to bring our Roadshow to the west coast with our third event in San Francisco. This technology is unique in that it requires deep collaboration from all sides of the industry - including brands, publishers, agencies and platforms. Our events are meant to bring some of this collaborative thinking to the forefront and help the industry better understand data clean rooms,” said Adam Gelles, co-founder of the Clean Room Primer group and CEO, The B2B Marketing Company. “ As we look forward, a more privacy-centric approach to advertising and marketing is critical as new regulations, platform changes and the third-party cookie demise become more prevalent.” The group has co-authored an initial piece of educational material – The Clean Room Primer – a white paper covering clean room taxonomy and definitions; use cases; and a look at the future. The white paper was released during the group’s inaugural event at Advertising Week in New York City in October. Following this event, The Clean Room Primer will wrap up its inaugural roadshow with a final event on December 6th in Los Angeles. Leading practitioners will share real-world insights on why and how to use data clean rooms for marketing and advertising. For more information and to register for the upcoming events, click here. About The Clean Room Primer Group The Clean Room Primer is an ad-hoc consortium of advertising industry executives with a shared mission of providing marketers, agencies, and publishers with a reliable and expert source on data clean rooms, their use and implementation best practices. Helping the industry prepare for a new privacy landscape. Inaugural participating companies include Habu, LiveRamp, InfoSum, Claravine, Kite Hill Public Relations, Marcato Solutions, The B2B Marketing Company, Neustar and Merkle. For more information, visit CleanRoomPrimer.com and follow on LinkedIn and Twitter. About The B2B Marketing Company We are a leading provider of business marketing and revenue generating programs for high growth, mid-market and enterprise companies. Our clients have included Microsoft, GumGum, Integral Ad Science, Spectrum Reach, Adobe and many others across technology, media and entertainment, transportation and financial services companies. We provide clients marketing, evangelism, content and excellence programs using our proven methodologies and processes that have generated over hundreds of millions of dollars for B2B brands. Learn more at www.theb2bmarketing.co. Contact Details Kite Hill PR Michael Kocher cleandata@kitehillpr.com

November 07, 2022 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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READY FOR BUSINESS FUND IS DISTRIBUTING MORE THAN $200,000 IN CASH GRANTS TO 76 SMALL BUSINESSES IN WASHINGTON

Comcast Washington

SEATTLE, November 7, 2022 – The Ready for Business Fund – a relief program launched by GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce, and Comcast – is distributing $2,500 and $4,000 cash grants to 76 small businesses throughout Washington state. The Ready for Business Fund was founded in the summer of 2020 with an initial $100,000 investment from Comcast and designation of GSBA as the fund manager. To date, the fund has supported more than 200 small businesses in Washington with nearly $1 million in financial support and wraparound services. The Ready for Business Fund was renewed this year with an additional $75,000 in funding from Comcast and GSBA, reprising its role as the program and fund manager. Grants from the Ready for Business Fund will be made possible by more than $150,000 in additional donations from Pepsi, T-Mobile, US Bank, Meta, and Verity Credit Union and a $100,000 grant from King County. These funds will now support small business owners across all industries, including local restaurants, bookstores, bistros, shops and stores, which are an important part of the social fabric in our communities. “GSBA recognizes the importance of investing in the small businesses that are critical to a thriving community and economy,” said Ilona Lohrey, GSBA president and CEO. “We are proud to once again partner with Comcast to grow our Ready for Business Fund to support a diverse group of business owners who need our help now more than ever.” The Ready for Business Fund was created to support small businesses in Washington, especially those owned by LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and women, who are at greater risk in today’s uncertain economy. Grant recipients also include small businesses located in rural areas of Washington that lack proximity to resources. “We're grateful for our continued partnership with the GSBA to recognize so many resilient small businesses through the Ready for Business Fund,” said Diem Ly, Community Impact director, Comcast Washington. “We at Comcast believe and act on our shared value that ensuring equitable access to resources for BIPOC and LGBTQ-owned businesses means all of our communities and neighborhoods benefit in the long-run.” Feel free to adjust as you see fit! “Between recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over inflation, our small businesses have faced some of the most difficult struggles over the last few years, and it is up to our community to step up and support them. That’s why partnerships like the one between King County, GSBA and Comcast are so imperative right now,” shared King County Councilmember Joe McDermott. GSBA assembled a selection committee consisting of diverse community and business leaders to evaluate the applications received. Notifications to grant applicants about the status of their application have begun and awards will be delivered beginning this week. All grant recipients will also receive wrap-around services, including GSBA membership and consulting. Ready for Business Fund grant recipients include: More information is available at theGSBA.org/ready-for-business. About GSBA Established in 1981, GSBA is Washington State's LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce and is the largest of its kind in North America. The chamber represents over 1,400 small business, corporate, and nonprofit members who share the values of promoting diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace. GSBA proudly serves as a connector across the region, bringing communities together through business while advocating for civil rights and small business. GSBA also promotes LGBTQ tourism through Travel Out Seattle, advocates for small businesses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA) and invests in the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders through the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Andy Colley Andy_Colley@Comcast.com Company Website https://www.thegsba.org/business-resources/ready-for-business

November 07, 2022 08:56 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Renovators and OPPO, the Always-on Innovators

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When people mention “innovation”, they often think of “technology”. While technology is the most dynamic element in innovation, art is also at the forefront of creation. Artists express themselves and reflect on the current trends in their own innovative way. SHENZHEN, CHINA - Media OutReach - 7 November 2022 - To support young artists, OPPO has organized the Renovators Emerging Artists Project for four consecutive years, encouraging and supporting original and experimental art and design creations under the theme of “Art & Tech”. A Summer Night, by Shi Ziyuan In this year’s OPPO Renovators Emerging Artists Project, young artist Shi Ziyuan’s installation A Summer Night won the top prize in the Future Renovators category. A Summer Night is a mechanical device that creates and presents various types of sound, creating an imaginary world in listeners’ mind. Drawing on scenes from a well-known Chinese classical prose, Kouji (Oral Stunts), Shi Ziyuan connects a variety of sounds in her artwork, creating virtual scenes and events, such as “insects chirping on a summer night, people sleeping soundly, houses on fire, people fleeing”. At the same time, a page-turning device is placed to the side to give visitors visual hints and help the viewer think of the link between the visual and auditory contrasts. The idea of “breaking down stereotypes and encouraging people to explore more possibilities in what surrounds them” is what Shi Ziyuan wants to convey through A Summer Night. It is also her thoughts of “innovation”—only by thinking out of the box or even acting against experience can we see more possibilities and innovations. A Summer Night, by Shi Ziyuan How can we make breakthroughs and strive for innovation? As a leading global technology brand, OPPO has some unique insights. Does an electronic screen have to be fixed in size? New materials and technologies can help you break the shackles of imagination. After years of research, OPPO launched innovative products like the OPPO X 2021 rollable phone which unfolds like a scroll, and the OPPO Find N, a folding phone with a unique size and stunning appearance. Do XR glasses have to be a replica of normal glasses? With feather-light and sleek design that is truly a sight to behold, OPPO Air Glass proves that smart device can be both functional and beautiful. Does a phone’s rear design only allow for straight lines? Curves are more elegant and natural. Since the Find X3 series, OPPO has used volcano-shaped designs to create a more organic look. As product of the smartphone series that highlights personality and trendiness, OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G features a Streamlined Unibody Design, which is the first time in this series. Using a special high-temperature, high-pressure hot forging process, coupled with nanometer-scale polishing steps, OPPO creates a smooth 75-degree micro-arc transition around the camera on the integrated streamlined glass back cover. The seamless design makes the phone comfortable to hold while also fitting OPPO’s innovative and elegant design aesthetic. Back cover of OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G Technology evolves over time, pushing design and art forward while also constantly renewing itself. The emergence of the “metaverse” has given Luo Langyi, whose major is the digital media art, a sense of freshness that he has never felt before—not only in terms of the novelty of the form but also in the fact that virtual worlds have opened up more possibilities for breaking the shackles of reality. The individual initiative and creativity empowered by technological innovation dissolve the feeling of powerlessness in the face of changes. Under current technological trends, we can either be swept along or embrace innovation. “If we were no longer restricted by physical space, both creation and life would become more attractive.” Luo Langyi believes that the “crisis” of spatial blockage inspired her to create the OPPO—AR Urban Community, which won the Renovators Creativity Award in the 2022 Renovators Emerging Artists Project. Her artwork was a world modeled on real cities, where users can choose the city they actually live in or the city they dream of living in, while those who enter the same city will become residents of one community. There are four avatar roles to choose from in this AR City Community, including the “protector” who runs the infrastructure of the community, the “builder” who carries out city construction and community governance, the “researcher” who questions the known world, and “explorers” who are constantly chasing the unknown and the future. Through this AR artwork, she hopes to allow OPPO users worldwide to break away from the trivialities of everyday life, reimagine themselves in this urban community, explore independently, and create freely. OPPO—AR Urban Community, by Luo Langyi Similarly, to meet young generation’s need of exploration and self-expression, OPPO Reno8 series is equipped with cutting-edge technology to provide better user experience in terms of design and functionality. Designed to be a Portrait Expert in every aspect, Reno8 Pro 5G is equipped with OPPO’s first self-developed, dedicated imaging NPU, MariSilicon X. With the support of MariSilicon X’s powerful image processing capabilities, Reno8 Pro 5G delivers a series of innovative camera features, including 4K video shooting to help users shoot ultra-clear portraits in very challenging scenarios. In addition to optimized functionality, OPPO Reno8 series also places greater emphasis on design innovation and personality. OPPO Reno8 Pro 5G draws inspiration from porcelain glaze techniques to add a further touch of elegance to the back cover. The Glazed Green features a soothing gorgeous green tone to add a natural, organic feel that is visually relaxing. The Shimmer Gold color of OPPO Reno8 5G inherits the unique OPPO Glow process to create a refreshing feeling of rich textures and vivid color variations while also protecting the phone from fingerprints and other unwanted marks. At the same time, it has a gold base color with a gradient to create a sparkly color. It’s impressive with a stellar personality. Shimmer Gold color of OPPO Reno8 5G From its inception, the Renovators Emerging Artists Project has been closely linked to OPPO Reno series. Whether it is a product or an art contest, they carry the genes of the younger generation, aiming to empower young people to better create, express themselves, and enjoy technology and life. As technology and art complement each other, young artists and OPPO Reno series share the same passion for innovation. Together with young creators, OPPO looks forward to bringing the beauty of technology and art to more people around the world. About OPPO OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find X and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO also provides its users with ColorOS operating system and internet services such as OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO has footprints in more than 60 countries and regions, with more than 40,000 employees dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world. Contact Details OPPO OPPO International PR Team press@oppo.com

November 07, 2022 05:17 AM Eastern Standard Time

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My Code Appoints Seasoned Creative Director Victoria Jordan as General Manager of Branded Content and Creative

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My Code, the largest multicultural digital media platform in the United States that enables brands, agencies, publishers and storytellers to connect with multifaceted and diverse audiences, today announced the appointment of Victoria Jordan as General Manager of Branded Content and Creative. Jordan brings over two decades of experience in overseeing and growing creative teams, leading branded activations and conceptualizing and developing successful campaigns. In her new role at My Code, Jordan will be responsible for leading the company’s branded content initiatives and driving further expansion of My Code Studio offerings to continue providing brands with creative solutions for reaching multicultural consumers. Jordan, who received a Master of Arts degree from New York University, most recently held the title of creative director at Complex Networks, a global youth entertainment network that creates original and branded content for their owned-and-operated stations as well as for premium distributors like Netflix and Hulu. As a leader of the branded team, which was responsible for $26M of business in 2021, she spearheaded and implemented new creative development processes. “Victoria is joining the team at an important time when brands are looking for strategic recommendations around creative direction, franchises with our owned and operated content, unique formats, and year-long branded content initiatives more than ever,” said Jennifer White, COO of My Code. “The way that brands can express themselves across channels and reach multicultural consumers has expanded and she’ll be able to guide our team and clients well, as she has proven to do throughout her impressive career.” Jordan is a seasoned leader with extensive knowledge in every aspect of creative program development, specifically in the multicultural marketing space. Prior to Complex Networks, Jordan worked at One X Studios, an award-winning content studio helping brands create and distribute captivating content to Black audiences. Here, Jordan oversaw internal creative teams and led branded activations and campaigns. “My Code is reshaping the future of media and creating more space for multicultural audiences to connect with authentic and accurate stories,” said Jordan. “I can’t wait to work alongside this team of passionate marketers and storytellers, and look forward to contributing to this important work with engaging and inclusive content.” My Code has been expanding its executive team over the last several months, with the appointment of Veronica Gilton as Chief Technology Officer in October and Ginny Yang as Vice President of Marketing in May, with Jordan being the latest addition. The company has also made several strategic deals this year, including the acquisition of Impremedia, the leading Hispanic news and information company, and Veranda Entertainment, a leading technology and entertainment company. Additionally, My Code Studio, which will be the main focus in Jordan’s new role, has been building award-winning branded creative and content solutions for leading brands targeted to multicultural and diverse audiences. To learn more about My Code, please visit www.mycodemedia.com. About My Code My Code is a digital media company that enables brands, agencies, publishers, and storytellers to decode and connect with multifaceted and diverse audiences. My Code was formed following the expansion of H Code, a 2x Inc. 5000-ranked company founded in 2015, into additional demographics beyond Hispanic consumers. With a diverse team of marketers, sellers, researchers, and storytellers specializing in an ever-growing selection of Cultural and Affinity Codes, My Code helps companies of all sizes reach millions of Hispanic, Black, and AAPI consumers with unmatched authenticity. My Code combines proprietary insights from its Intelligence Center, first-party targetable datasets, and custom creative to deliver unparalleled multimedia content that effectively reaches diverse audiences across the digital landscape. Having evolved from its Hispanic-centric origins, My Code is now a robust, minority-dominant organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of the diverse communities and audiences it represents. Its purpose-driven media marketplace allows advertisers to easily invest in minority-owned and led publishers, creators, and producers. Today, My Code’s employee base is 85% multicultural, 70% Hispanic/Latinx, and 50% female across its offices in the U.S. and Latin America. Contact Details North 6th Agency for My Code +1 203-518-2348 mycode@n6a.com Company Website https://mycodemedia.com/

November 03, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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THE INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ANNUAL WEEKLONG LITERARY FESTIVAL

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- In Its 8th Year, the IAAC Literary Festival offers an intimate interaction with the leading minds and works of authors and poets writing about the Indian experience - The Indo-American Arts Council ( IAAC ), the organization dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the arts in North America, announced today the lineup for its eighth annual Literary Festival on November 7-13, 2022, in New York. Notable speakers, making in-person appearances at the Caelum Gallery (526 W 26th St.) in NY’s renowned Chelsea neighborhood, include Padma Shri, Barkha Dutt, Priya Kumari and Raza Mir. In continuation of its honored tradition, IAAC will also host a live Poetry Panel headlining Arundhathi Subramaniam and moderated by poetry curator, Dr. Ravi Shankar. Prior to the in-person weekend events, there will be a series of virtual events hosted on Facebook and YouTube each evening starting November 7-11 at 6:30 p.m. ET, which will feature ten writers including Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi; London-based restaurateur and Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” star, Asma Khan with Michelin Chef Vikas Khanna - author of the world’s first “phygital” (physical and digital) cookbook; plus, actress, dancer and choreographer, Rukmini Vijayakumar. This series also includes a dedicated Children’s Literary Panel on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 which will showcase readings of “When Blackbirds Fly” by Hannah Lalhlanpuii and “Jamlo Walks” by Samina Mishra. "IAAC's Literary Festival showcases writers who bring stories of the Indian experience and ethos to the world. Even as they set new standards of literary excellence, they excite our imagination and shape humanity's future through their thought leadership. The festival attendees will become part of extraordinary conversations. Supporting the festival will be a stellar group of moderators who themselves are literary luminaries. As always there will be a focus on first time regional translations, children's literature and poetry," said Rakesh Kaul, Vice Chairman, IAAC. IAAC’s literary festival will be an intense two-day immersive experience featuring thought-provoking conversations, readings and discussions of stories told by courageous authors. Each authors' skill and expertise cover a wide range of civilizational and cultural topics including archeology, design, dance, history, compassion, wonder and the culinary arts. A panel of four poets will showcase powerful word-play that will make imaginations soar and speak directly to hearts, young and old. Refreshments, breakfast and lunch will be served, wine and cheese will accompany the poetry session. The festival wraps on a high note with the Annual Gala on November 13th. “At IAAC, we pride ourselves on our ability to seek out and find foundational storytellers who are not only noteworthy for their skill with language but whose seminal works also weave remarkable narratives that shape the world around them. This year is no exception; I have had the privilege to work with a dedicated team of literature lovers whose hard work and energy made this festival possible,” said Preethi Urs, Literary Festival Director, IAAC. A full list of writers and featured works below. For the full schedule with dates, times and moderators, please visit IAAC.us. Virtual Events (November 7-11): Kailash Satyarthi's greater body of work Ammu: Indian Home Cooking to Nourish your Soul (Interlink Books, May 2022) by Asma Khan Sacred Foods of India in NFT format (Akshaya, June 2022) by Vikas Khanna His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 100 Anecdotes (India Penguin, December 2022) by Arthy Muthanna Singh and Mamta Nainy The Dalai Lama: Leadership and the Power of Compassion (Interlink Books, November 2022) by Ginger Chih which includes a forward by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama Finding Shiva: An Inner Journey of the Performative Experience (INDIC, 2021) by Rukmini Vijayakumar Virtual Children’s Panel: When Blackbirds Fly (Duckbill, February 2022) by Hannah Lalhlanpuii Jamlo Walks (India Puffin, September 2021) by Samina Mishra Somnath Hore: Wounds (Art1st, August 2021) conceptualized by Ritu Khoda, written by Likla Lall and featuring illustrator, Kripa (additionally, featuring in-person on November 13) In-Person Events (November 12-13): The Way of the Goddess: Daily Rituals to Awaken Your Inner Warrior and Discover Your True Self (TarcherPerigee, September 2022) by Ananta Ripa Ajmera Tata's Leadership Experiment: The Story of the Tata Administrative Service (HarperBusiness, August 2022) by Bharat Wakhlu, Mukund Rajan, Sonu Bhasin TO HELL AND BACK: Humans of COVID (Juggernaut, February 2022) by Barkha Dutt The Greatest Telugu Stories Ever Told (Rupa, March 2022) translated by Tamraparni Dasu and Dasu Krishnamoorty A Country Called Childhood: A Memoir (Aleph Book Company, July 2022) by Deepti Naval [Block] Chain Reaction - The Future of How We Live and Work (Soul Excellence Publishing, January 2022) by Elizebeth Varghese Tomb of Sand: A Novel by Geetanjali Shree (Tilted Axis Press, August 2021), translated by Daisy Rockwell Shehnai Virtuoso and Other Stories by Dhumketu (Deep Vellum Publishing, July 2022) translated by Jenny Bhatt Rajaraja Chola: King of Kings (Aleph Book Company, November 2022) by Kamini Dandapani Dava Shastri's Last Day (Grand Central Publishing, November 2021) by Kirthana Ramisetti A Matter of Trust (HarperCollins India, July 2021) by Meenakshi Ahamed The View from the Very Best House in Town (Walker Books US, February 2022) by Meera Trehan The Soul Catcher (Bodes Well Publishing, September 2021) by Monica Bhide Mirror Made of Rain (The Unnamed Press, May 2022) by Naheed Phiroze Patel The Candid Life of Meena Dave (Lake Union Publishing, June 2022) by Namrata Patel People of the Indus (India Penguin, November 2022) by Nikhil Gulati Leaf Talks Peace - Buddha's Message of Harmony (Eternal Tree Books, May 2022) by Priya Kumari Talent: The Market Cap Multiplier (Ideapress Publishing, January 2022) by Ram Charan and Anish Batlaw Murder at the Mushaira: A Novel (Rupa Publications India, January 2021) by Raza Mir Smashing the Patriarchy: A Guide for the 21st-Century Indian Woman (Rupa, November, 2021) by Sindhu Rajasekaran KALA - Essays on Contemporary Design Aesthetics (Times Group Books, 2020) edited by Padma Shri Sunita Kohli Somnath Hore: Wounds (Art1st, August 2021) conceptualized by Ritu Khoda, written by Likla Lall and featuring illustrator, Kripa Notable International Poets: Love Without a Story (Westland, April 2019) by Arundhathi Subramaniam My Body Lives Like a Threat (Flowersong Press, January 2022) by Megha Sood Time Regime (Gaudy Boy, March 2022) by Jhani Randhawa Singing in the Dark (Vintage Books, October 2020) edited by Nishi Chawla and K Satchidanandan Attendance Details: For a complete calendar of events between on November 7-13, 2022, visit https://iaac.us/iaac-literary-festival-2022/ RSVP for both in-person and online events at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iaac-literary-festival-2022-tickets-446199724387 Social Media for IAAC: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iaac.us YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7XldGWApKYy-IvQPapxFJg Twitter: https://twitter.com/IAArtsCouncil Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iaacny Hashtag: #IAACLitFest For a full press kit including photos and posters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DtbCXBSbA25yTQmf7vfMEWcdWFOGszA-?usp=sharing For IAAC Suman Gollamudi, Executive Director, Indo-American Arts Council suman.gn@iaac.us About Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC): The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the U.S. to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For information, please visit www.iaac.us. For a full press kit including photos and posters: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DtbCXBSbA25yTQmf7vfMEWcdWFOGszA-?usp=sharing Contact Details Indo-American Arts Council Suman Gollamudi, Executive Director suman.gn@iaac.us

November 02, 2022 04:57 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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PRGN Appoints Natacha Clarac EMEA Regional Vice President

Public Relations Global Network

The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced today the appointment of Natacha Clarac, general director of Athenora Consulting in Brussels, Belgium, as its new Regional Vice President for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Natacha will replace Sara Pearson, Founder and Chairman of integrated communications agency Spider in London, UK, who previously served in the position. PRGN is one of the largest global networks of independent public relations and communications agencies. The appointment was made by the PRGN Executive Committee at the network’s Asia Summit Conference and Fall Meeting in Singapore, where member agency owners gathered to exchange knowledge and views on challenges and opportunities for the global communications market. “Natacha Clarac is a powerhouse in public affairs, communications and consulting in Brussels and throughout Europe,” said PRGN President David Fuscus, who is President and CEO of Xenophon Strategies, Inc. in Washington, D.C. “She and Athenora Consulting are long standing members of the Public Relations Global Network, and we are fortunate to have her as our new Regional Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” A French native, Natacha Clarac is general director of Brussels-based independent public affairs consultancy Athenora Consulting, which counsels leading European companies on impacts of new policies developed by European Union institutions. Founded in 2003, Athenora Consulting works with companies mostly in the fields of banking, insurance and financial services, energy and utilities, tech and digital, healthcare, transport, environment and trade. The firm calls transparency, professionalism, and a strong ethical vision as its core values and its motto is “sustainable lobbying with positive impacts”. A member of PRGN since 2007, Athenora builds strategies that help clients participate in the EU decision-making process at all levels, with solid content. “Since the beginning of our PRGN adventure, I have met bright peers across the world and experienced continuous growth of the network, while keeping its original spirit of sharing, learning and creating value,” said Natacha Clarac. “I am extremely excited and honored to promote the EMEA region. I will work with passion and commitment to generate new business perspectives and strengthen our ties, despite our wide diversity that I consider as a source of incredible human wealth.” In her new role as RVP for EMEA, Natacha will work with PRGN member agencies operating in Europe, Middle East and Africa to enhance communication, improve coordination and drive momentum on the regional level. She will assist in public relations thought leadership, global business development, and member engagement and recruitment to benefit member agencies and PRGN’s clients around the world. A European at heart and a lobbyist in Brussels for nearly 20 years, Natacha says she chose to be a lobbyist to engage in the construction of a common space that goes beyond national realities and offers solutions of general interest. Committed to promoting ethical and professional lobbying to build a better society thanks to mutual dialogues, Natacha enjoys designing and implementing smart lobbying strategies to achieve objectives and overcome challenges. Graduated from Sciences Po Aix and the Institute of European Studies in Brussels, Natacha also obtained an MBA from the IAE of Aix-en-Provence in France. She gives lectures on European lobbying at various prestigious colleges and universities in France. About the Public Relations Global Network PRGN is an international network with 53 agency members in 35 countries in North & South America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and Australasia. PRGN member agencies are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide. Founded in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, with approximately 1,000 professionals in 62 locations, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. Companies or organizations interested in the services of PRGN’s local agency network can visit the agency directory section of the PRGN website or contact PRGN’s executive director Gábor Jelinek at gabor.jelinek@prgn.com for more information. Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website for more information or email its membership chair, David Wills, Senior Vice President of Media Profile at david.wills@mediaprofile.com Contact Details Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) Gabor Jelinek +36 30 162 8910 gabor.jelinek@prgn.com Company Website https://prgn.com

November 02, 2022 09:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Winners of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2022 recognised at Resorts World Sentosa

Resorts World Sentosa

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 2 November 2022 - The prestigious black-tie soirée, the Wine Pinnacle Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 2022 celebrated 18 winners of the second edition of Wine Pinnacle Awards presented by Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). The most coveted title of ‘Technical Committee’s Choice’ was presented unanimously to Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines. Technical Committee Members of the Wine Pinnacle Awards 2022 presented by Resorts World Sentosa. From left to right: Oz Clarke, Doug Frost MW & MS, Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Kenichi Ohashi MW, Andreas Larsson. The distinguished event at RWS Resorts World Ballroom in Singapore hosted nearly 500 leading figures and luminaries in the wine world which included distinguished winemakers, top wine professionals, and wine enthusiasts. The much-awaited celebration was the finale of a five-day programme that featured exclusive wine dinners, masterclasses, and a two-day symposium. Mr Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa, said “It’s a pleasure to see a great variety of guests from all over the world represented here tonight. The diversity on display – both in terms of attendees and the geographical origin of the nominees – beautifully demonstrates the dedication of Wine Pinnacle Awards to celebrating diversity, inclusivity, and excellence. Leading a business, let alone a vintage, to triumph can be an uphill battle, and, as such, we are eager to shine the spotlight on the commitment, ability, and sheer hard work of our deserving nominees and winners. I wish them the best of luck for the future and congratulate them on their win in these prestigious awards.” A Celebration of Excellence The 18 winners were celebrated while guests enjoyed an exquisite eight-hands, four-course collaboration dinner, by four internationally renowned chefs: chef Arnaud Dunand Sauthier (2 Michelin stars, Maison Dunand Bangkok), chef Cedric Vongerichten (Wayan, New York), chef Guillaume Galliot (3 Michelin stars, Caprice Hong Kong) and chef Olivier Bellin (2 Michelin stars, L’Auberge des Glazicks). Each course was meticulously paired with exceptional wines from Domaine de Montille, Château Léoville-Las Cases, and Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm. The full list of winners can be found in the Annex. EDITORS’ NOTES High-resolution photographs can be downloaded here: PRESS RELEASE ANNEX All photographs are to be attributed to Resorts World Sentosa (圣淘沙名胜世界) unless otherwise stated. The winners list is published at www.winepinnacle.com ANNEX WINE PINNACLE AWARDS 2022 WINNERS MATURE WINES Best 2002, 2004, 2008 Vintage Champagne 2008 Louis Roederer, Cristal Millésimé Brut Best 1999, 2002 Vintage Burgundy Red 1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, La Tâche Grand Cru Monopole Best 1996, 1998, 2000 Vintage Bordeaux Red 1996 Château Latour Best 2001, 2004 Vintage Piedmont Red 2001 Giacomo Conterno, Monfortino Barolo Riserva DOCG Best 2004, 2006 Vintage Tuscan Red 2004 Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri BEST RECENT RELEASES Best Recent Release: Sauvignon-Blanc 2018 Château Margaux, Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux, Bordeaux, France Best Recent Release: Riesling 2019, Joh. Jos. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany Best Recent Release: Burgundy White 2019 Domaine Bonneau du Martray, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Best Recent Release: Chardonnay (ex-Burgundy) 2018 Leeuwin Estate, Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia Best Recent Release: Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains, USA Best Recent Release: Pinot Noir (ex-Burgundy) 2018 Tolpuddle Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Tasmania, Australia Best Recent Release: Rhone Red 2016 Château Rayas, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France Best Recent Release: Spanish Red 2010 Vega Sicilia, Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero, Spain COMFORT WINES Comfort White < 40 Euros 2019 Joh. Jos. Prüm, Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Mosel, Germany Comfort Red < 40 Euros 2019 Domaine Jean Foillard, Morgon, Beaujolais, France Comfort Rosé < 40 Euros 2020 Château Miraval, Côtes de Provence Rosé, Provence, France BEST FRIEND OF THE EARTH Best Friend Of The Earth (Winery) Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace, France PANDEMIC HERO Pandemic Hero (Personality) Barbara Banke, Chairman and Proprietor of Jackson Family Wines ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) is home to world-class attractions including Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, Dolphin Island and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Complementing the adventure and adrenaline of its theme parks and attractions are six unique luxury hotels, the world-class Resorts World Convention Centre and a casino. RWS also offers world-class entertainment as well as award-winning dining experiences and exciting cuisines from around the world across its acclaimed celebrity chef restaurants. RWS has been named “Best Integrated Resort” since 2011 for the 10th year in a row at the TTG Travel Awards. Contact Details Danny Cham +65 6577 9758 danny.cham@rwsentosa.com

November 02, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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