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SaaS Labs Featured On Deloitte’s 2022 Technology Fast 500™

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SaaS Labs has been selected as a Technology Fast 500™ winner for 2022 by Deloitte, debuting at #28 on the list of Bay Area’s top 101 and #151 on the National ranking. The Technology Fast 500 is an award program recognizing 500 of the most innovative, fastest-growing companies in North America across the technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, fintech, and energy tech sectors. “We take pride in powering the productive workflows of sales and support agents across the globe. The agents of today need more than just a standard platform which is why we are building an intelligent suite of solutions packed with automation and AI that helps them deliver exceptional results for businesses”, said Gaurav Sharma, Founder, and CEO at SaaS Labs. “We are elated to join Deloitte’s prestigious roster of North America’s 500 fastest-growing and innovative companies. This validates the significant investments we’ve made over the past year in building capabilities for Training, Coaching, Agent Productivity, Automation, Intelligent Workflows, and Analytics into our products. I believe that the wave of innovation at SaaS Labs has given rise to a new breed of sales and support agents preparing us to break more boundaries like this in the years ahead". SaaS Labs is a technology company with a growing portfolio of SaaS products under its cap. It raised $17 Million of Series A funding in October 2021. Three months later, it raised $42 million in another financing round led by Sequoia Capital, Base 10 Partners and Eight Roads Ventures were among the investors. Previously, SaaS Labs has won Deloitte Technology Fast 50 India and Deloitte Fast 500 APAC awards twice. It has also been recognized by Nasscom as one of the most innovative startups in India. The fully remote company now employs 300+ people spread across 10+ countries. SaaS Labs offers a complete platform for sales and support agents with a range of software products such as JustCall (Contact Center Software), Helpwise (Shared Inbox), Dialworks (Training and Coaching), JustCall IQ (Conversation Intelligence). In addition, SaaS Labs also acquired Poland based CallPage (Callback Automation) and France based Atolia (Agile Workspace) last year. About SaaS Labs SaaS Labs powers Sales and Support agents of over 6000+ growing businesses with its software ecosystem focused on automation, productivity, and collaboration. Founded in 2016 by Gaurav Sharma, whose previous venture HelloSociety was acquired by The New York Times, SaaS Labs is headquartered in the United States and India. They are backed by leading investors such as Sequoia, Base10 Partners, and Eight Roads. Find out more at www.saaslabs.co About Deloitte Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee (“DTTL”), its network of member firms, and their related entities. DTTL and each of its member firms are legally separate and independent entities. DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) does not provide services to clients. In the United States, Deloitte refers to one or more of the US member firms of DTTL, their related entities that operate using the “Deloitte” name in the United States and their respective affiliates. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting. Please see www.deloitte.com/about to learn more about our global network of member firms. Contact Details Saas Labs Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.saaslabs.co/

November 22, 2022 06:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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Breaking the Stigma Around Obesity and Weight Loss Medication

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There is a long history of stigma surrounding obesity and weight loss medications. When diet and exercise don’t lead to effective weight loss, sometimes it’s our biology that’s holding us back. Recently, Dr. Rekha Kumar, Head of Medical Affairs at Found, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about personalized weight loss and its benefits. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/qUhnxU91uPY Science shows that our biology can dictate up to 70% of weight gain, loss, and maintenance — yet the weight loss industry still reduces a person’s success to diet, exercise, and willpower. A variety of biological factors like genetics, hormones, metabolic rate and others contribute to our body’s “setpoint weight,” which is a certain weight that your body favors that is usually at the higher end of the scale. Your body wants to stay at this weight and fights hard to keep you there, and will even lower your metabolism or amp up your hunger signals to get back to your set point weight. Blaming obesity on a lack of willpower can take a psychological toll, causing people to feel shame, guilt, frustration or judgment, and fail to address biology as the core issue. Why Prescription Medication for Weight Loss? Obesity is a complicated disease that affects 40% of the US population, and it takes a personalized approach to each individual’s biology to treat it. Prescription medication can help people lose weight by fighting against their biology. Some medications work by suppressing appetite, and others work by curbing cravings. Weight loss medications have different mechanisms, and a doctor will have to evaluate if you're a good candidate for any of them. Not every medication is right for every person, and it’s common that if one doesn't work, a clinician might recommend trying a different medication. Historically, clinical care pathways for obesity management have only been available for patients at premiere academic medical centers, and typically have long wait lists. The Found’s program addresses a clear gap in access to weight care: Today, more than 40% of Americans have obesity, and yet only 1% of physicians specialize in obesity medicine. The medications Found offers are supported by clinical evidence to be highly effective and safe for helping aid with weight loss. Found has seen that members receiving medication plus behavior change support on the Found program have lost at least 13% more weight, and in some cases up to 229% more weight, than people receiving the same medication in clinical studies. Found is the largest online weight care clinic in the country, helping more than 160,000 Americans with their weight loss journey to-date. Found offers 13 different medications that can be combined to create more than 60 different possible treatment paths, available through their Prescription Program, each uniquely paired to address a person's biological and medical history. Found’s wide toolkit of medications fundamentally helps to serve a broader audience than others in the space. The Practice of Responsible Prescribing Found-affiliated providers are trained in the Found treatment protocol, which looks at various factors to determine the medication that will be safest and most effective for a member’s individual needs.Found-affiliated practitioners prescribe both FDA-approved branded anti-obesity medications as well as off-label generic combinations when determined safe by the treating clinician. The medications prescribed are the same medications that are offered in premiere academic medical centers.Treatment through the Found platform expands access to obesity treatment by bypassing long waitlists for appointments and copays for visits at in-person clinics. Found-affiliated medical providers are expected to always provide treatment and care that is in the best interest of their patients. For more information on Found’s weight care program, please visit joinfound.com Bio for Dr. Rekha Kumar, M.D., M.S. Dr. Rekha Kumar is recognized as an international leader in the field of Obesity Medicine. She is Head of Medical Affairs at weight care platform Found, as well as a practicing endocrinologist at an academic medical center in New York City. She also served as the former medical director of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Kumar has lectured internationally on the topic of the medical assessment and treatment of obesity. She has published several papers and textbook chapters in her field and serves as an Associate Editor of the journal Obesity. She is frequently quoted in the media on topics ranging from the diabetes epidemic in the United States to discussing fad diets, exercise trends, and the complications of Covid-19 in patients with obesity. Dr. Kumar’s areas of expertise include the clinical assessment of patients with obesity and metabolic syndrome, the effect of obesity on reproductive health and fertility, and thyroid disease. Dr. Kumar completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University then received her master’s degree in Physiology from Georgetown University. She continued on to receive her M.D. from New York Medical College and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical College. Dr. Kumar obtained her clinical fellowship in the combined Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism program at the Weill-Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Kumar has traveled abroad to India, China, and Tanzania to understand the scope of metabolic disease globally. She serves on the board of advisors of the Duke Global Health Institute. Dr. Kumar is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism, and Obesity Medicine. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 22, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Plant-Based Holiday Meals

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In recent years, plant-based milk alternatives like oatmilk have become incredibly popular, progressing from small coffee shops to the shelves of the largest supermarkets in the country. You may be surprised to learn that oatmilk has a variety of uses beyond your morning cup of coffee – including taking the place of traditional dairy in some of your most beloved recipes. Recently, Registered Dietician and Nutrition Expert, Mia Syn teamed up with Oatly to discuss the benefits of oatmilk and how to incorporate it into your favorite recipes during the holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/HhFWuhFS9CM Whether you’re dairy-free, vegan, or simply looking to switch things up, oatmilk is a versatile and nutritious option with plenty of benefits. Derived from plant-based ingredients, meaning its free from any animal-based byproducts, oatmilk provides a number of nutrients, including fiber and vitamin B12. Oatmilk is a great option for those with dietary restrictions, such as lactose intolerance or nut allergies. In general, oatmilk is also better for the climate when compared to dairy milk. The go-to for Mia is always Oatly. The world’s original and largest oatmilk company, Oatly offers a large array of products, from oatmilks to frozen desserts, that can be enjoyed individually or incorporated into some of your favorite recipes. Mia shared some great recipes you can try at home, created by Chef Amanda Cohen, owner of Dirt Candy, an award-winning, Michelin-starred vegetable restaurant in New York City. To accompany your next holiday dinner? Roasted Carrots with an Oatgurt Dressing. A simple and easy way to brighten up a classic side dish, it starts with a cup of plain Oatly Oatgurt mixed with different herbs, spices and olive oil. And for dessert? A deliciously fun twist on classic pumpkin pie, Pumpkin Pie Oat Bars made with Full Fat Oatly Oatmilk. If you’re looking for more, Oatly recently released an entire YouTube series dedicated to finding out if different time-honored recipes could withstand the challenge of swapping in oatmilk in place of dairy called Will It Swap? To watch Oatly’s Will It Swap? series, or for more recipe inspiration, visit Oatly.com. About Mia Syn: Mia Syn, MS, RDN is a nationally recognized nutrition expert and founder of Nutrition By Mia, a popular online wellness destination frequented by millions of readers around the globe. She holds a Master of Science in human nutrition from Columbia University and has been featured by dozens of major media outlets including Women's Health Magazine, Cosmopolitan and SHAPE. As one of the most recognized and trusted young nutritionists in the country, she has helped hundreds of her clients and millions of her readers lose weight, improve their health and develop better sustainable eating habits for life. About Oatly: We are the world’s original and largest oat drink company. For over 25 years, we have exclusively focused on developing expertise around oats: a global power crop with inherent properties suited for sustainability and human health. Our commitment to oats has resulted in core technical advancements that enabled us to unlock the breadth of the dairy portfolio, including alternatives to milks, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, and spreads. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, the Oatly brand is available in more than 20 countries globally. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 22, 2022 06:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Synchrony “Lifetime of Healthcare Costs” Study Indicates People Underestimate Cost of Care Significantly

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Click to view video featuring Jean Chatzky: https://youtu.be/-nGhkeAo0G8 Are You Saving Enough for Future Healthcare Expenses? New research from Synchrony’s “Lifetime of Healthcare Costs” Study reveals the average individual insured Americans cost of out-of-pocket healthcare costs from age 18 to the average life expectancy of age 79. Many of us save for significant costs, such as a home mortgage, a new car, or college tuitions. But when it comes to our own health – which should be the most important thing to take care of – we don’t take under consideration how much we pay annually outside of what is covered by insurance. Jean Chatzky conducted a nationwide media tour in partnership with Synchrony to provide real world advice and steps to help bridge the clear gap between people’s perceptions and the reality of the costs of healthcare today. During radio and TV interviews across the country, Jean Chatzky discussed: What the recent survey said about the cost of healthcare Surprising results from the survey Why it is so important for Americans to understand these out-of-pocket healthcare costs Valuable resources people can use to help manage these costs For more information visit: carecredit.com/lifetime-study/ Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

November 21, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Ron DeSantis Leading in 2024 Polls Following Significant Efforts by Ready for Ron

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Ready for Ron, the only credible independent group working to Draft Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to run for President, celebrated nearly six months of work that contributed to Governor DeSantis’s growing lead in several polls in key states – and will continue it’s successful DRAFT efforts. The advertising efforts, phone calls, petition, and grassroots campaign are helping generate significant lead s in Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, and Georgia. Ready for Ron launched an advertising and grassroots mobilization effort in late May to help convince Ron DeSantis he has the support to win the Presidency in 2024. The PAC also filed a formal request (and later a lawsuit against) the Federal Election Commission to protect its right to share its supporter list with the candidate if he runs. Ready for Ron’s research by Impact Social which analyzes the online and social media discussion concerning Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump among swing voters shows Trump has lost most of the support among swing voters, and DeSantis is embraced by independents. The research (from more than 40,000 swing voters – likely the world’s largest focus group) also supports other polling that shows voters are favorably responding to the Ready for Ron call for him to run for President. In an op-ed entitled, “Even if Trump Could Win in 2024, Why Bother” conservative donor and free speech activist Shaun McCutcheon wrote, “Once you lose swing voters, it’s extremely difficult to get them back. Doing so isn’t impossible, especially for a man of such unique political prowess, but is it worth the time, money, and effort?” “If Election 2022 proved anything, it’s that DeSantis is the complete package: He is a true leader, seeing out the day-to-day roles and responsibilities that political leadership demands in good times and bad. DeSantis sticks to his principles — real, patriotic, American principles that don’t turn with the tide — but not at the expense of public service. DeSantis is not just a politician with savvy instincts; he is a public servant through and through,” wrote Ready for Ron Chief Political Strategist Ed Rollins in a November 10th op-ed in FoxNews.com. “DeSantis is not about ego or media hype; he is about results. That’s why Americans are ready for Ron to win the White House next.” Bob Carey, the leader of Veterans Ready for Ron, who led the effort to get petition signatures on Election Day stated, “Governor DeSantis knows how to rebuild and restore our military because he’s been part of it. He knows how to take care of our veterans because he is one. This veteran, and many more to follow, is proud to be part of these recruitment efforts. He is appealing to a broad cross-section of the electorate.” The leader of Students Ready for Ron, Dylan Dean said, “My generation is Ready for Ron to continue defending freedom and liberty - just as he has done in Florida – but on the national stage. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor DeSantis refused to kowtow to the radical Left, keeping the Sunshine State open for business and rejecting the impulse to impose onerous mask and vaccine mandates on citizens of the state. It revealed true bravery and respect for liberty, and that's why so many students like me are supporting him now.” “There is zero doubt that the efforts we are undertaking at Ready for Ron are making a difference, stated Gabriel Llanes, Ready for Ron Executive Director. “People have taken note of that leadership. Competence and professionalism shine through. And they will keep shining through in the years to come. Leading up to 2024, the only viable path for Republicans to win back the White House begins and ends with DeSantis – and we will continue to make this case to voters.” “We will continue fighting for everyone’s rights. We will continue fighting back against those at the FEC seeking to deny your freedoms. And we will continue fighting to draft Ron DeSantis, beat Joe Biden in 2024, and save America,” stated Dan Backer, legal counsel to Ready for Ron who filed the lawsuit against the FEC. “The polling proves our efforts are working, Americans are ready for Ron, and nothing will stand in their way — especially not the FEC.” Ready for Ron continues its TV and online advertising efforts to engage Americans to sign the petition at ReadyForRon.com to Draft Ron DeSantis to run in 2024. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with a ‘Ready for Ron’ spokesperson, please contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or dan@readyforron.com. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 dan@readyforron.com Company Website https://www.readyforron.com/

November 21, 2022 01:57 PM Eastern Standard Time

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Trustees Join Homeless Outreach

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Emphasizing that community service is “in the DNA” of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a dozen members of its Board of Trustees last week participated in an outreach project to benefit unhoused people in Los Angeles. About 600 kits, including blankets and personal care items, were collected, boxed and hand-delivered to residents of Los Angeles’ Skid Row, according to Dr. Nadia Rojas Jones, the faculty member who has organized the annual effort with students from the school’s three Southern California campuses for the past seven years. “We are here to show our support of faculty and students in their efforts to help underserved populations, whether it’s those without permanent shelter or in communities of color or people with low income,” said Terrence Joe Layng, Ph.D., Chair of the Board of Trustees. “The commitment to community service is what differentiates The Chicago School-- our students and faculty are deeply involved in the communities they serve,” said Trustee Victoria Dolan, former CFO of Revlon. Every year, The Chicago School’s students provide 1.2 million volunteer service hours in 600 organizations across the United States, according to Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D. “There are nearly 70,000 unhoused individuals in Los Angeles County today, a four percent increase from two years ago,” she said. “We know that many of them have mental health issues that are going undiagnosed and untreated.” The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, a non-profit higher education institution headquartered in Los Angeles, serves 6,000 students on seven U.S. campuses (including online). Two-thirds of the student body identifies as people of color. # About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Contact Details Vivien Hao +1 323-893-4743 vhao@thechicagoschool.edu

November 21, 2022 07:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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As Iger Returns, Disney Must Focus on Vulnerabilities in China

National Legal & Policy Center

As The Walt Disney Company announced on Sunday the return of former executive chairman Robert Iger as interim CEO for two years, following the disastrous leadership of Robert Chapek – which drove share value down by 40% this year – a shareholder activist is calling upon the iconic Hollywood executive to scrutinize the company’s business in communist China. National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), which earlier this year called Disney to account for its “complicity in China genocide” at its annual meeting, again will seek disclosure and transparency over its business activities in the far eastern nation with a shareholder proposal it has introduced for the company’s next meeting in March 2023. “We have our doubts about Bob Iger’s return and his willingness to reexamine the company’s relationship with the communist Chinese,” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “After all, under his leadership he launched both the Shanghai and Hong Kong theme parks, and then gave majority control of Shanghai to a consortium of Chinese state-controlled companies. Now Shanghai Disney is locked down under the communists’ ‘Zero COVID’ policy and Hong Kong no longer operates with any semblance of freedom.” “Shareholders must get a better understanding of the further risks to stock value with the company’s entanglements with brutal dictators.” The text of NLPC’s proposal for a “Communist China Audit” report for Disney’s 2023 annual meeting follows: RESOLVED: Shareholders request that, beginning in 2023, The Walt Disney Company report annually to shareholders on the nature and extent to which corporate operations depend on, and are vulnerable to, Communist China, which is a serial human rights violator, a geopolitical threat, and an adversary to the United States. The report should exclude confidential business information but provide shareholders with a sense of the Company’s reliance on activities conducted within, and under control of, the Communist Chinese government. Supporting Statement: American companies doing business in Communist China is a controversial public policy issue. See, e.g., “Doing business in China is difficult. A clash over human rights is making it harder,” April 2, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/02/business/nike-china-western-business-intl-hnk/index.html. The Walt Disney Company does business in – and relies on raw materials, finished products, broadcasts, entertainment venues, theme parks, labor and/or services from – entities in China. China is an established serial violator of human and political rights. China is also a hostile adversary of the U.S. for many reasons, including: — China intends to displace the U.S. as the lone global superpower by 2049; — The U.S. has committed to defend Taiwan, which China has militaristically asserted is part of its country and may attempt to seize by force; — U.S.-China relations are tense over a number of issues including China’s military expansion; egregious human rights violations; actions related to the COVID pandemic; intellectual property theft; relentless espionage; elimination of freedom in Hong Kong; and environmental pollution. China has also indicated that it would use its industrial capabilities for strategic purposes against adversaries. Many Chinese companies – which are ultimately under the control of the Communist government – are vulnerable to the U.S. Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, do not adhere to basic auditing standards, and are therefore untrustworthy. China – and by extension the companies it controls – is also identified in the U.S. State Department’s 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report as a state sponsor of human trafficking. It is now subject to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which imposes strict verification of parts and products imported from China, that they are not generated from slave labor. Disney’s extensive ties to China breed reputational risk for the company also. For example, while the company funds groups that promote the interests of homosexual and transgender individuals, the Communist government persistently and vigorously cracks down on those forms of identity within its borders. A July 2022 joint statement from the leaders of the British and American domestic intelligence agencies warned that the Communist Chinese Party is the greatest threat to the international order. “We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our,’ I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray. Given the controversial, if not dangerous, nature of doing business in and with China, shareholders have the right to know the extent to which The Walt Disney Company’s business operations depend on Communist China. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

November 21, 2022 09:26 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Nas Daily Joins Leading Creator Economy Agency Narrative as Advising Partner

Narrative Group

Narrative Group (“Narrative”), an industry-leading creator economy agency, today announced that Nuseir Yassin (“Nas Daily”) is joining as an advising partner. Yassin will serve as a key member of Narrative’s leadership team, bringing deep content creation expertise and a focus on guiding and mentoring fellow content creators. This addition follows a record-breaking year for the agency, which grew its client base by +150% in the US and expanded its services to Europe, adding clients from France, Germany, and the UK. Yasin will work closely with Narrative’s founder and CEO Regev Gur to support the growth of the company and its global network of social media influencers and content creators. "Nuseir is a pioneer and a visionary. We are thrilled to welcome him to Narrative,” said Gur. “His skills, experience, and reach are a tremendous asset to our firm. With him on board, we are delivering an added layer of creativity and expanding our clients’ access to a growing number of leading content creators.” In 2016, Nuseir Yassin decided to leave a rewarding high-tech job and travel around the world, during which he launched Nas Daily, a vlog on Facebook where he documented his adventures. By conveying messages of love and understanding in his daily videos, he quickly became an influencer with more than 3.8 million Instagram followers and 10 million YouTube subscribers. "I have known Regev for some time, and have been extremely impressed with the work and explosive growth at Narrative,” said Yassin. “I am proud to join the firm as a partner and an advisor. Narrative is among the quickest to spot new industry trends and we share the passion for quality content. I look forward to joining Regev and the team to support the company’s growth and provide great service to our clients.” The creator economy is estimated to be worth more than $100 billion and is in constant growth. In just five years, the market grew from 1.7 billion dollars annually in 2016 to 9.7 billion dollars in 2020. Narrative is a leading influencer marketing company based in New York City, New York. Founded by Regev Gur in 2018, the company manages mega marketing campaigns for global technology firms. With a focus on strategic influencer programs, Narrative serves clients across 40 countries around the world including big tech companies like Google and Meta (formerly Facebook). To learn more about Narrative, visit www.narrativegroup.co/ Contact Details For media inquiries contact shir@narrativegroup.co

November 18, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Supports Second-Career Students

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

After a dozen years working in the wine industry, millennial Joy Makin is shifting her career focus to counseling individuals who are often forgotten by society. As a doctoral candidate in forensic psychology at the Los Angeles campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she says her goal is to help formerly incarcerated men and women get back on track with their lives. “I was tired of feeling like I was just making more profit for some corporation when I was working for wineries,” she said. “It’s important to me to be able to make a difference and I am hoping I will be able to do that as a forensic psychologist.” A native of a small farming town in California’s Central Valley, Makin said she had a front-row seat to the effects of alcohol and drug addiction. “I want to help people find ways to cope without harming themselves or others,” she said. “We all mess up and deserve a second chance in life.” Makin is just one example of The Chicago School’s second-career students who are poised to become the next generation of psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists with real world experience. She and her fellow graduates will enter a wide-open job market where the need is growing while many mental health professionals are reaching retirement age. A recent Chicago School graduate, Dr. Charles Robinson, was a classroom teacher for years in Illinois urban schools where he saw how his students struggled with mental health challenges. “I felt I could help to address core issues such as anxiety, depression and stress, which adversely affect learning,” he said. “I chose The Chicago School, and earned a doctorate in school psychology so I could more effectively support students in my community.” Another graduate, Dr. Bethany Patterson, had to juggle family, work and school, while seeking a doctoral degree at The Chicago School’s Washington D.C. campus. A military spouse and mother of three, she graduated last month and is already employed as clinical director at Helianthus Positive Behavior Supports, a provider of counseling services to children and families in Virginia and North Carolina. “I needed a school that was supportive and respectful of the military lifestyle because I had unique needs,” she said. “I found a place where the learning environment is optimized by active learners with diverse cultures,” she said. “Today I embody The Chicago School’s values of innovation, service, and community by creating a space for military spouses to encourage each other and further their education.” About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology: Integrating theory with hands-on experience, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and globally. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now features campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, education, counseling, business, and more. Through its engaged professional model of education, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of domestic and international professional partnerships, The Chicago School’s students receive real-world training opportunities that reflect their future careers. The Chicago School is proud to be a part of TCS Education System, a nonprofit, integrated system of colleges and universities that works collaboratively to advance student success and community impact. To learn more, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu. Contact Details Vivien Hao +1 323-893-4743 vhao@thechicagoschool.edu

November 17, 2022 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

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