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Unlock the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work

Fast Company Press

Diversity is a hot topic in the business world, but it has been largely restricted to meaning a diversity of experiences based on a person’s heritage, upbringing, or gender. In A Hidden Force: Unlocking the Potential of Neurodiversity at Work (Fast Company Press), neuroinclusivity expert Ed Thompson examines another type of diversity that has been largely overlooked: neurodiversity—the differences in how our brains process information. World Autism Month focuses on improving the public understanding of autism and creating opportunities for those living with autism. A Hidden Force addresses this mission with insight, data, and compassion. “It's estimated that as many as one in five people may be neurodivergent in some way,” Thompson said, including people with autism, dyslexia, and ADHD. “Yet functional under­standing in workplaces is almost nonexistent. When organizations evolve to include talent that thinks in different ways, it benefits their productivity, increases their innovative capacity, and transforms them into a fairer and more humane place to work.” Through his research, personal experiences, and extensive interviews with neurodivergent people in the workforce, as well as other experts on neurodiversity, Thompson convincingly shows Why neurodiversity has been overlooked by society and in business until recently and why it’s so relevant, Why embracing neurodiversity will help us be part of and build more innovative and effective teams, and How we can integrate our new understanding of the topic and neuroinclusive principles into our everyday work and interactions “Since my earliest conversations with Ed, we shared a mutual vision of what neurodiversity and neuroinclusion at work would ultimately have to mean,” said Paulette Penzvalto, COO of the Google Disability Alliance. “It is our responsibility to put neuroinclusion at the forefront of team building, management training, and individual expression. It is import­ant, belated, and exciting, from a business perspective, given the potential to help optimize team and organizational collaboration. None of us can do this alone, so make an effort to make room for those who are most vulnerable, and you might be surprised by the brilliant music you are able to create together.” A Hidden Force makes a timely, apt, and critical contribution to today’s business world. Written for business leaders, talent management professionals, and neurodivergent employees, this book shows why and how creating a work environment that welcomes the full spectrum of talent benefits everyone. “I hope the book will help you, regardless of your own thinking style, feel ener­gized to be part of neuroinclusive teams and interactions every day,” Thompson said. “And I hope it will help you and your organization answer the same question that every organization continues to face today: How can we become a truly 21st century employer that is diverse, representative, innovative, and able to thrive in the years ahead?” Pick up your copy of A Hidden Force and stay up to date on neurodiversity training and resources by visiting uptimize.com. About the Author Ed Thompson is the founder and CEO of Uptimize, the leading neuroinclusion training company, whose mission is to help organizations embrace and leverage every type of thinker. Born and raised in London and educated at the University of Oxford, Ed founded Uptimize in 2016, recognizing the urgent need for greater understanding and appreciation of neurodiversity within the working world. His role with Uptimize has afforded him unique insights and connections with pioneers in the neurodiversity-at-work field across the world, and he is now a frequent speaker on the topic. He and Uptimize have been featured by outlets including LinkedIn, the BBC, People Management magazine, HR.com, and the Financial Times. More about Greenleaf Book Group Greenleaf Book Group is an independent publisher and distributor located in Austin, Texas, dedicated to empowering authors. Greenleaf’s hybrid publishing model is uniquely positioned to offer the benefits of both traditional publishing and self-publishing. To learn more about Greenleaf, visit www.greenleafbookgroup.com. Contact Details Greenleaf Book Group Sam Ofman +1 512-891-6100 media@greenleafbookgroup.com

April 11, 2023 10:05 AM Central Daylight Time

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Shareholders of Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Asked to Oppose ‘Net Zero’ Proposals

National Legal & Policy Center

Ahead of the annual meetings for four major banks during the last week of this month, National Legal and Policy Center is asking its fellow shareholders to oppose 10 proposals on proxy statements brought forth by activist groups who seek to destroy the fossil fuel industry. The proposals, in similar form and wording, demand that Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo align their “climate transition” and “fossil fuel lending” policies with their futile and economy-killing “net-zero” emissions goals. NLPC filed exempt solicitation reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this month, which oppose the radical shareholder proposals at each of the banks. The reports can be found at the following links: Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Wells Fargo. In their attempt to make their cases to defund the oil and gas sectors, the activist proponents have unleashed a torrent of unrealistic forecasts infected by insufficient data and deeply flawed science, all issued by a cabal of dubious “authorities.” As NLPC explains in its report on Bank of America: The proponents rely on corporate media-driven narratives which portend extreme climate catastrophe, that is inconsistent with sound scientific principles and are unlikely. Therefore, above and beyond the Company’s flawed rationale for opposing the three proposals, the urgent climate mitigation strategies demanded by the proponents are unjustified. Instead, we ask shareholders to consider the dubious “risks” of climate change versus the actual global economic and health risks of energy shortages caused by the activists’ war against fossil fuels, and versus the unviable, unrealistic near-term transition to renewable energy. In each of its reports on the four banks, NLPC points out the flaws in the activists’ proposals regarding: “Research” that isn’t really research, but is instead the product of the politicized United Nations, so-called “Net Zero” alliances, and the ineffective and non-binding Paris Climate Agreement; “Research” that is distorted by, for example, the discredited “hockey stick” chart that was removed from UN IPCC reports for years until it magically reappeared in its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6); Exaggerated emphasis on unrealistic, worst-case scenario outcomes that are embraced by sensationalist corporate media organizations; Absurd expectations placed upon nonviable renewable power sources that cannot be expected to replace fossil fuels to meet ever-increasing energy demand; Ignored environmental and humanitarian impacts due to the emphasis on renewables, such as their need for massive metals extractions, land use and destruction, and dependence on slave labor. Among the demands by the climate activist shareholders are for the banks to implement a “time-bound phase-out of…lending and underwriting to projects and companies engaging in new fossil fuel exploration and development.” Regrettably, rather than stand up to the climate activist bullies, the banks’ responses to their proposals state that they are addressing Net Zero and emissions goals, and thus the proposals are unnecessary. “These and other big banks have cowered in fear for decades before the propagandists who have brought climate alarm to every shareholder meeting the last couple of decades,” said Paul Chesser, director of the Corporate Integrity Project for NLPC. “It’s time for these boards of directors and C-suite occupants to grow a spine, gain an understanding of the actual science as informed by real, observed data, and perhaps take a remedial course in Energy Physics 101.” 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. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

April 11, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Alana and Ramon Alvarez Grow Minuteman Press Franchise in Colorado Springs

Minuteman Press International Inc

Alana and Ramon Alvarez have owned their Minuteman Press franchise in Colorado Springs since August of 2019. Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs has been operating for 15 years since 2008 and is located at 6870 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80918. After taking over the business nearly 4 years ago, Alana and Ramon have consistently grown their business and increased sales “by nearly 400% since we started,” according to Ramon. Journey to Minuteman Press Alana and Ramon “met at work 31 years ago” and the rest is history, according to Ramon. He shares, “Alana is my forever partner. After leaving the company, we lived throughout the West Coast and South America throughout our time together. I continued to work in the corporate world and Alana managed our household and led the raising of our children.” In 2019, it was time for a change. Ramon says, “Fast forward to August 5, 2019. That is when we began our small business journey, owning our Minuteman Press center in Colorado Springs. Minuteman Press International RVP Jack Panzer was instrumental in helping us acquire this existing location, which has been doing business in Colorado Springs since 2008. Jack helped us throughout the purchasing and on-boarding process, just as he does now in supporting us to grow along with excellent field support talent like Todd Golberg at the time (who is now RVP in New England), and now Sky Hittle.” Operating the Business & Ongoing Support Nearly 4 years after purchasing the business, Ramon remains excited about working with Alana, sharing: “Today, Alana and I continue commuting to our business together, excited to spend quality time with each other while creating outstanding experiences for our clients, just as we did 31 years ago when we first met. We are fortunate to be serving many clients in the Pikes Peak Region, having grown our sales by nearly 400% since we started.” Specifically, Ramon says, “Our small business has evolved into a one-stop shop for our clients, providing design, print, promotional items, direct mail, and more! We are now providing vehicle and window graphics, along with building sign replacements. We won’t stop there, ensuring we continue to listen to our clients, and treating each of them like a VIP. In spite of the digital transformation that marketing has experienced, print is everywhere, and continues to be leveraged by businesses launching or striving for growth. Print simply looks different today, with a critical role in creating an omnichannel experience for clients, like adding QR codes to drive the client’s audience to a website, scheduling form, or otherwise.” As he reflects on what it’s been like to transition from the corporate world to small business owner, Ramon says, “Having led large teams with large budgets in the Americas, I felt that being a small business owner would be relatively easy. It’s actually the hardest role I’ve ever had, yet it’s the most rewarding by far.” Ramon explains how the support he’s received as a Minuteman Press franchise owner has helped him along the way: “Minuteman Press has been supporting us in many ways, setting us up for success. In my career, I was previously an operations executive and so I wanted a proven brand, a proven system, and a proven structure to allow us to succeed as small business owners. Minuteman Press International has given us all of that.” He continues, “The Minuteman Press FLEX software, which allows us to connect with our clients for quoting, invoicing, work orders, marketing, and more, has been invaluable. The support team is also outstanding in urgently reacting to our needs, as they have extensive experience and an aptitude to serve.” Marketing & Being Active in the Community When it comes to marketing the business, Ramon shares, “No silver bullet exists in marketing our small business, and Minuteman Press has supported owners successfully who may not be experts in the industry. We focus on providing outstanding experiences for our clients through our high-performing team, delivering quality, speed, and reliability. Every customer is a VIP. We leverage direct mail, use digital marketing, networking, and other marketing opportunities, just like businesses in all industries do, focusing heavily on our target audiences and key clients.” Being active in the community is also key to Alana and Ramon’s local outreach efforts. Ramon says, “We also engage with our community, advocating for local business growth through various volunteer efforts. I serve as the current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, on the Board of Directors for the Southern Colorado Better Business Bureau, on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Consult for the Pikes Peak Region Small Business Development Center, and help drive economic development in our region for our local businesses any way I can.” Ramon concludes, “By helping our community of businesses prosper, opportunities for prosperity are available for all.” Minuteman Press in Colorado Springs is located at 6870 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO, 80918. For more information, visit their website: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/co/colorado-springs20/ Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

April 10, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nextech3D.AI announces arrangement agreement as it moves forward with spin-out of Toggle3D

Nextech3D.AI

Nextech3D.AI (CSE:NTAR, OTCQX:NEXCF) CEO Evan Gappelberg joined Proactive's Stephen Gunnion with news that the company has entered into an arrangement agreement with its wholly-owned subsidiary Toggle3D and a special purpose financing company, 1400330 B.C. Ltd (FinanceCo) for the spin-out of Toggle3D to a SpinCo. Gappelberg told Proactive that the spin-off of Toggle3D will give Nextech shareholders ownership in yet another exciting public company. Toggle3D already has over 1,300 users on its AI-Powered 3D design studio, which leaves it well positioned for growth in the rapidly emerging 3D everything and everywhere world, the company said. Contact Details Proactive Investors Canada +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 10, 2023 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Onfolio Holdings very happy with decision to fully decentralise

Onfolio Holdings

Onfolio Holdings (NASDAQ:ONFO) CEO Dominic Wells speaks to Proactive about the company's decision to adopt a fully decentralised model for running its portfolio businesses. Wells gives an update on how the transition to the new model has been going and what it means in practical terms - adding that there is no substitute for experience in making a decision of this type. Read more about the decision at https://onfolio.com/operational-update-the-move-to-decentralize/ Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 347-449-0879 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 10, 2023 06:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Nextech3D.AI’s Toggle 3D announces converting power of CAD to POLY now 10x file reduction

Nextech3D.AI

Nextech3D.AI chief product officer Dasha Vdovina joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share news the company has announced that Toggle3D has increased the converting power of its CAD to POLY importer by over 10 times, with the ability to now convert manufacturing files over 1,000mb. Vdovina told Proactive that with these new features, the company can now service much large enterprise clients asking for this solution. The software will now allow clients to use machine learning and computer vision tools to decrease a file by 95%. Contact Details Proactive Investors +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 05, 2023 12:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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ARway Corp unveils updated SDK 2.3, adding enhanced AI features

ARway

ARway head of product Shadnam Khan joined Steve Darling from Proactive to share news the company has announce the release of ARwayKit SDK Version 2.3. Khan tells Proactive the update enhances the AR experience for users' Video as spatial content in AR, Image Access Points, and Custom Branding Watermarking. Contact Details Proactive Investors Canada +1 604-688-8158 na-editorial@proactiveinvestors.com

April 05, 2023 12:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Study: Are Digital Content Creators Corporate America’s New Superpower?

MBO Partners

A new study from ​ MBO Partners® reveals that corporate America may be overlooking a growing and significant source of hidden internal talent: digital content creators. According to MBO Partners’ 2023 Creator Economy report, part of its State of Independence research series, independent digital content creators are among the fastest growing self-employment work segment infiltrating the traditional workforce. The study found that almost six out of ten (57%) have content side gigs, along with traditional jobs. However, a stunning 41% said they definitely (15%) or probably (26%) will leave their traditional job and start a business full time in the next 24 months. The MBO Partners study also found that 8.1 million U.S. independent creators earned money in the creator economy in 2022, a 14% increase since 2021. “The creator economy is huge and growing in steadfastness day by day – with a rising majority working in stealth mode in large and mid-sized companies,” said Miles Everson, CEO of MBO Partners. “In fact, enterprises may be sitting on a gold mine of untapped talent and not even know it. These employees are not only highly creative and fast-moving, but they are entrepreneurial and extremely tech savvy. They have the potential to be an enterprise’s ultimate ally. But to win, employers need to first put out the welcome mat and show independents that they value modern ways of working and specialized skill sets. Next, they need to recreate their workforce models where independents are a critical component of their total talent strategy and teams.” This year’s study showed six key insights about the independent creator workforce, including: Owned media offers WOO (window of opportunity) to make more money. MBO’s data shows that while 73,000 US independent creators (the 1%) report annual income over $1 million, most creators report modest earnings, with the majority (44%) earning $10,000 or less last year as a creator. However, as companies shift their marketing strategies to focus on owned media as more affordable alternatives to paid advertising this year, there will be plenty of lucrative opportunities for creators to make extra money. There’s no “I” in team. About half of all independent creators (48%) report teaming up with other content creators on projects, versus only 23% of independent workers who aren't content creators. Looking forward, 68% of content creators plan to partner with other independent workers over the next year. That means that for companies, you are no longer just hiring a creator, you’ll be hiring a larger set of skills. Black creators are building their entrepreneurial footprint. The study revealed that in terms of ethnic and racial groups, Black Americans are more robustly represented in the creator economy (18%) compared with their U.S. population share overall (13%). As companies look to create more inclusive workplaces, there is an emerging pipeline of black entrepreneurial creative talent that exists. Make no mistake, creators will quickly adapt to ChatGPT. Eighty-seven of creators report being early adopters of technology, so this is an early indication that they are already learning how to embrace the opportunity of ChatGPT. This compares to only 34% of traditional employees and 37% of independent workers as early technology adopters. By tapping into creators, companies can leverage emerging trends and quickly respond to market demands. Digital nomadism is the new manifesto for mental health. While traditional workers are quiet quitting and hush tripping, take a page from the creators whose job burnout and mental health issues have been widely documented. Over eight in ten independent creators (84%) prefer a location-independent lifestyle that allows them to work and travel at the same time. So, it comes as no surprise that almost two-thirds (63%) report they are currently a digital nomad and over 90% report feeling highly satisfied (83%) or satisfied (9%) with their work. At last, a new era of creative renegades has arrived. While only 1 in 10 creators makes more than $100,000 per year, 83% plan to continue as an independent creator (57%) or build a bigger creator business (26%) over the next 2-3 years. Seventy-nine percent report being optimistic about the future. To obtain a copy of the 2023 MBO Partners Creator Economy research report, please visit https://www.mbopartners.com/state-of-independence/creator-economy-report/. About MBO Partners® ​ MBO Partners is a direct sourcing platform that enables enterprises and independents to work efficiently together. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy and consistently advance the next way of working. For more information, visit​ ​mbopartners.com. About MBO Partners®​ MBO Partners is a direct sourcing platform that enables enterprises and independents to work efficiently together. Its unmatched experience and industry leadership enable it to operate on the forefront of the independent economy and consistently advance the next way of working. For more information, visit​ ​mbopartners.com​ Contact Details Words For Hire for MBO Partners Karen Swim +1 586-461-2103 karen@wordsforhirellc.com Company Website https://mbopartners.com

April 05, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Vivvix Expands Executive Team with Matt Young, Newly Appointed Chief Commercial Officer

Vivvix

Today, Vivvix, an ad intelligence brand leading in competitive advertising data across digital and traditional media, announces Matt Young as the company’s new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Young brings a wealth of experience to his new role and will be critical to the company’s growth following its official launch in January 2023. In his new role as CCO, Young will be responsible for all global revenue, customer success and commercial operations. As he leads revenue growth and directs new business efforts, Young will also ensure the company’s go-to-market approach supports changing customer needs. “As the media landscape continues to evolve, this is an exciting time to join Vivvix,” Young said. “I am confident in the technology we bring to the table, and our ability to provide ad spend insights and key competitor data to help brands, agencies, media companies and adtech platforms optimize their campaign strategies. Vivvix is currently at a high-growth stage in its rapid development, and I am excited my experience can play a contributing part in that level of growth.” Young brings 20 years of experience working in commercial operations, media and technology to his new role with Vivvix. He previously was CRO at Recurrent Ventures and Global Chief Revenue Officer at Motorsport Network. In both positions, he delivered significant increases in revenue year-over-year. Spending a decade within the digital media and adtech industry, Young also ran programmatic businesses within BrightRoll, which merged with Yahoo! and eventually Verizon Media. Not only is he well-seasoned within both the programmatic and adtech industries, Young has valuable experience in mergers and acquisitions as an executive in residence at North Equity. “We give our clients confidence, with a comprehensive understanding of advertising, that allows them to gain a competitive advantage,” said Andrew Feigenson, CEO of Vivvix. “Fueled by his background in technology and digital media, Matt will bring a unique perspective to Vivvix and its clients, as the industry applies advertising intelligence to an increasingly targeted world.” About Vivvix Vivvix delivers winning clarity to brand marketers, advertising agencies, and media owners by providing a greater understanding of their competitive landscape, which empowers clients to effectively invest their advertising budgets and gain market share from their competition. Formed in 2023 by unifying the businesses of Kantar and Numerator, Vivvix offers the most comprehensive advertising intelligence footprint available, including the largest creative library and estimates of advertising market shares across media types. Vivvix is a part of the Kantar Group. For more information about Vivvix, visit http://www.vivvix.com. Contact Details Geanna Diaz vivvix@kitehillpr.com Company Website http://www.vivvix.com

April 05, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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