The Millennium Project Opens a New Node in Sofia, Bulgaria, as part of its Worldwide Futurist Network

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

On the occasion of the launch of the Bulgarian edition of the “2013-14 State of the Future”, Jerome Glenn, CEO of The Millennium Project went to Sofia and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov, President of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, establishing the Bulgarian Node of The Millennium Project. “We look forward to connecting leading researchers in Bulgaria with other futurists around the world,” said Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov.

Although the Academy is the institutional host, Dr. Mariana Todorova will be the Chair of this Millennium Project Node in Sofia. She is the first person to receive a PhD in Futures Studies in Bulgaria and has been recently elected Member of the Bulgarian Parliament. Her husband, Dr. Boyan Ivantchev is the co-chair and pioneer in behavioral finance and neuroeconomics. Together they organized the launch of the Bulgarian edition of the “2013-14 State of The Future” and arranged a series of lectures and media interviews. “Jerome Glenn’s lecture on technological change and future of work and the Bulgarian edition of “2013-14 State of the Future” provoked huge media interest,” said Dr. Todorova. “The Millennium Project was discussed in the most influential news programs and TV shows in the country.”

“The first global futures research study that the Bulgarian Node will be invited to participate in will be on the futures of artificial intelligence and other technologies that could change the future of work,” said Jerome Glenn. “World experts are divided on whether AI, robotics, synthetic biology and other future changes will eliminate more jobs than they will create. So, we will invite the best minds via the Bulgarian Node and the other Nodes around the world to help us think through what we should do about this.”

The Millennium Project is a global participatory think tank connecting 55 Nodes around the world that identify important long-range challenges and strategies, and initiate and conduct foresight studies, workshops, symposiums, and advanced training. Its mission is to improve thinking about the future and make it available through a variety of media for feedback to accumulate wisdom about the future for better decisions today. It produces the annual “State of the Future” reports, the “Futures Research Methodology” series, the Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS), and special studies. Over 4,500 futurists, scholars, business planners, and policy makers who work for international organizations, governments, corporations, NGOs, and universities have participated in The Millennium Project’s research, since its inception, in 1992. The Millennium Project was selected among the top ten think tanks in the world for new ideas and paradigms by the 2013 and 2014 University of Pennsylvania’s GoTo Think Tank Index, and 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate for its contributions to collective intelligence systems.

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Robinson+Cole Honors George Martin with Giving Cup Award for His Work to Help 9/11 First Responders

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) December 15, 2014

Robinson+Cole presented NFL football legend George Martin of the New York Giants with its inaugural Giving Cup Award at a reception at The Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut, on Monday, December 8, 2014. The firm honored Mr. Martin for his work in support of 9/11 first responders and their ongoing medical needs.

“Robinson+Cole’s lawyers and staff have a long tradition of contributing their time, leadership, and financial support to the nonprofits that are vital to enriching our communities,” said Steven L. Elbaum, managing partner of Robinson+Cole’s Metro New York offices. “This year, through our first Giving Cup Award, we are creating a new tradition: recognizing an individual or organization that has demonstrated exemplary volunteer work. It is an honor to present this inaugural award to Mr. Martin, who embodies the spirit of the award.”

Along with a commemorative award, Robinson+Cole presented Mr. Martin with a check for $ 2,500 to support the efforts of his nonprofit organization, Journey for 9/11. Robinson+Cole also invited first responders from the local area to attend the reception as honored guests, recognizing them for their selfless service. About 100 people, including representatives from VOICES of September 11th, local first responders, local survivors, clients and friends of the firm, and Robinson+Cole lawyers, attended the private event.

At the reception, Mr. Martin spoke about his work to help first responders and shared inspiring stories from his journey across the country. He also talked about his new book Just Around the Bend – My Journey for 9/11, which chronicles his 3,000-mile walk across America, and signed copies for those in attendance.

“I am honored to be recognized by Robinson+Cole,” said Mr. Martin. “Helping the everyday heroes in our lives has been a cause close to my heart for a long time. I’m grateful that through this event Robinson+Cole chose to bring attention to the very real need of first responders from 9/11 to receive ongoing medical care.”

Additionally, Mary Fetchet, founding director of VOICES of September 11th, spoke about the important work of the organization to help families heal after tragedy, a vital mission that began after 9/11.

“Survivors need the ongoing support of their communities,” said Ms. Fetchet. “It was an honor to participate in Robinson+Cole’s very special event recognizing George Martin for his work to assist 9/11 responders.”

About Robinson+Cole

Robinson+Cole is a service mark of Robinson & Cole LLP, an Am Law 200 firm with 200 lawyers in nine offices serving regional, national, and international clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Since 1845, Robinson & Cole LLP has expanded to meet the changing needs of clients. The firm represents corporate, governmental, and nonprofit entities, as well as individual clients, in a wide range of matters, including corporate; business and insurance litigation; tax and tax-exempt; finance; public finance; land use, environmental and utilities, and real estate; health law; labor, employment, and benefits; intellectual property and technology; and government relations. For more information, please visit

About George D. Martin and Journey for 9/11

George Martin was a star defensive end and co-captain of the Super Bowl XXI Champion New York Giants (1986). On a Journey for 9/11, Martin walked through portions of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Washington, DC. Money raised on the Journey was donated to three hospitals monitoring and treating 9/11 workers – Mt. Sinai Medical Center (NY), Hackensack University Medical Center (NJ), and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Systems (NY). During his trek, Martin took more than five million steps, lost 41 pounds, went through 27 pairs of sneakers, and found $ 190.36 in loose change.    

About Voices of September 11th

Founded in 2001, Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is internationally recognized for its innovative approach to providing a wide range of support services that promote resiliency for thousands of 9/11 families, first responders, and survivors. VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial, an extensive collection of over 70,000 photographs and personal keepsakes that commemorates the lives of the nearly 3,000 lost on 9/11, is a core component of the In Memoriam exhibition at the 9/11 Museum in New York City. A strong advocate for national preparedness, VOICES promotes reforms to make the country safer and shares best practices to heal families and communities after tragedy. See more at:

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Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Welcomes New Associate

Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., is pleased to announce Ann Marie Stevens has joined the firm as an Associate. Stevens joins Burch & Cracchiolo after serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Kent E. Cattani of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Stevens will focus her practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment, and real estate law.

Stevens received her J.D. from Arizona Summit Law School (formerly known as Phoenix School of Law) in 2012 where she was a Governor Raul Castro Merit Scholar. She ranked number one in her class of 112. While in law school, Stevens served as managing editor of Phoenix Law Review, Volume V. Stevens received her B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from University of Southern California in 1990.

About Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.

Now with 40 attorneys in its Phoenix office, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is one of the Southwest’s premier law firms. The firm was founded 44 years ago by Haze Burch and Dan Cracchiolo and today the firm’s lawyers are among the most highly regarded and recognized leaders in the areas of business and corporate law, construction, estate and wealth preservation planning, family law, finance, labor and employment, litigation, personal injury and insurance defense, real estate and tax controversy litigation.

Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

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ACPE Creates New Chief Medical Officer Academy with The Joint Commission

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) June 12, 2014

As the person responsible for overseeing the delivery of care, the chief medical officer (CMO) is one of the most important roles at a hospital or health system.

It’s also one of the most difficult, and growing more so as health care continues to change from a system based on volume to one based on value. And, as the liaison between the administration and the medical staff, it can also be somewhat isolating.

“Often the people picked to be CMO don’t have the skills they need,” said Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM, president and CEO of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). “They are selected because they are excellent clinicians and they get along well with the other members of the medical staff, but they may not have the background experience necessary in management or leadership.”

To help chief medical officers and those who aspire to the position, ACPE created the CMO Academy, a four-day course that covers the skills needed to be effective in this demanding role. The course was developed in conjunction with The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies health care organizations throughout the U.S., and will be offered at ACPE’s Summer Institute in Seattle, WA, July 10-13.

Two of the modules will be offered online in distance learning format:

From Autonomy to Teamwork
Essentials of Health Law

The other modules will be taught at the Summer Institute and cover a variety of topics, including:

Building and leading effective teams
An introduction to health care finance and economics
Engaging physicians
Quality and safety
Group decision-making and meeting management
Governance essentials

The course will also offer a firsthand perspective from The Joint Commission on accreditation, regulation, patient safety, emergency management and process improvement. Two of the modules will be taught by Ana Pujols McKee, the executive vice president and chief medical officer for The Joint Commission. In addition, Angood – the former chief patient safety officer and vice president at The Joint Commission – will serve as moderator for the course.

Whether they are new to the CMO role or have experience, participants will leave the course with a greater understanding of the knowledge they need to excel in this increasingly important position, Angood said.

“CMOs are in a unique position to create real change when it comes to patient safety and quality,” Angood said. “The CMO Academy will give them a strong foundation and the confidence needed to leverage their roles effectively.”

To learn more or to register, please visit To schedule an interview with Dr. Angood, contact Carrie Johnson, ACPE public relations manager, at cjohnson(at)acpe(dot)org.

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Winners of The National Undergraduate Employability Awards Announced

(PRWEB UK) 12 March 2014

The National Undergraduate Employability Awards (formerly known as the National Placement & Internship Awards) took place on Friday 7th March at etc.venues in London. Sponsored by PwC and supported by AGCAS and AGR. This year, the Awards were also in association with The Guardian in order to further showcase the nation’s top employers, universities and students in the field of undergraduate employability.

The Awards were attended by over 400 representatives from both the corporate and higher education world. Sahar Hashami, OBE and co- founder of coffee republic joined the day as a guest speaker, and spoke about the importance of entrepreneurial spirit in business.

The show was stolen by Enterprise Rent- A- Car who took home the Award for Best Diversity for the second year running. This year they have surpassed their goals with regards to the percentage of female and Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals who are recruited through each local community – an increase of 20% since 2010.

ProspectSoft once again won the Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer, taking home the prize for the third year running. Having taken on 102 placements and re-employed 51 per cent of those in a 50 person company since they launched, ProspectSoft were the clear winners in this category.

Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder of RMP Enterprise shared his thoughts on the ceremony:

“Work experience schemes are now firmly established as an integral part of a student’s path through university and into full-time employment. As competition is becoming fiercer than ever before, both student and employer must respond to the markets need for schemes to be expanded, from an employer perspective, and for our students to take on as many opportunities as they can.”

“Increasingly students are entering the job market earlier, taking the leap into a successful graduate career by climbing from insight, to internship and taking as many opportunities as they can.”

Linklaters were finalists for two Awards, and RBS’s innovative ‘Indian Summer’ campaign won the Best On Campus Marketing Campaign. With 15 Awards up for grabs the competition was strong in all categories.

Other winners included Aston University who took home the Award for Best University Placement Service and Warwick Finance Societies who took home the title of Best University Society and a £1000 cheque.

To find out more on the Awards, visit the website at

The Winners:

University Awards:

Best University Placement Service: Aston University         

Best University Careers/ Employability Service: University of the West of England

Most Improved Commitment to Employability: University of Birmingham (College of Social Sciences)

Outstanding Contribution to Work Experience: Graham Kaye-Taylor, Brunel University

Highly Commended: Tim Ward, University of Salford                    

Student Awards:

Best Placement Student: Elinor Goodhead, IBM

Highly Commended: Connor Adams, NETAPP

Best Intern: James Edmunds, L’Oreal

Best Student Contribution to a Small to Medium-sized Enterprise: Natalie Diver, Baggers Original

Best University Society: Warwick Finance Societies, Warwick University

Employer Awards:

Best New Provider of Work Experience: Teach First

Best Short-term Insight Scheme: Schlumberger

Best Diversity in Work Experience: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Best On Campus Marketing Campaign: RBS (submitted by ThirtyThree)

Top Small to Medium-sized Undergraduate Employer: ProspectSoft

Highly Commended: Magpie Communications

Top Medium-sized Undergraduate Scheme 2014-2015*: **Top Secret until September 2014**

Top Undergraduate Scheme 2014 – 2015 (Headline Award)*: **Top Secret until September 2014**


For further information please contact the NUE Awards team on 0203 0567 703 or email francesca(at)rmpenterprise(dot)co(dot)uk.

Notes to editors:

•The final two Awards, Top Medium-sized Undergraduate Scheme and Top Undergraduate Scheme were based on student-written reviews from who have completed placements and internships. The winners of each Award are embargoed until September 2014 and will be announced in due course.

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Today’s Wise Tips: How (and How Not) to Hire

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

A job becomes a career when it’s a good fit for the employee. As the business owner, it’s up to you to not only choose good people, but also to know your company’s needs before you ever start interviewing candidates.

Wise Business Plans, which helps companies of all sizes create custom roadmaps to success, has a few pointers for planning and hiring a strong team.

1. Hire for your needs and required skills, not the candidate’s: “Too often, people hire someone just because they seem like a smart person with a great education,” said Joseph Ferriolo, director at Wise. “But hiring a brilliant political analyst to be an office manager doesn’t automatically translate into success. Even if a candidate has great credentials and a unique skill set, it won’t work if they aren’t the skills you need.” Ferriolo says Wise advises clients on the kinds of positions they need to hire for while still in the business planning stages.

2. Know your market: “Some markets and industries require a certain level of staffing to succeed,” said Ferriolo. “If you’re the only shop in your small town that repairs foreign-made cars, and you only have one mechanic, you’re turning people away, and that will hurt business.” Underhiring to save money can cause a business to lose in the longrun, he said, so good market research and an understanding of your competition and local demographics is actually a key part of the staffing process.

3. But don’t overhire: Businesses sometimes overhire in an effort to create the impression of immediate success or because they didn’t take Year 1 financials into account when planning personnel needs. Not only can overstaffing stress the company’s finances from Day 1, getting out of the situation creates the impression of a business that’s not doing well. “Even if you’re raking in profits and lining up clients, if you start letting people go because you overstaffed in the beginning, it sends up a red flag.”

4. Don’t get talked into hiring unqualified friends or family members: This can sound like a harsh way to do business, but keeping a family company strong and vital is good for everyone involved. This means not hiring your cousin’s son who just needs a second chance after stealing at his last job. But it also means not putting a friend or family member into a position where they don’t have the ability to succeed. “So often, people set loved ones — and their businesses — up to fail by giving them management positions they aren’t ready for,” said Ferriolo. “By all means, have a family business. But do yourself, your business and your loved ones the honor of getting to know each person’s skill set and hiring them only for positions they can excel in.”

5. Do your homework: Wise helps its business planning clients create organizational charts and lists of needed personnel even before businesses are funded, allowing owners and entrepreneurs to not only understand their staffing — and payroll — needs, but to show investors that they have a grasp on human resources. This kind of planning, said Ferriolo, is sometimes overlooked but truly vital to getting a strong start with a new company.

And hiring, he said, is also a kind of investment — in your success, in your community, and in your future employees.

“When you hire well, you show respect not just to your employees and your business, but for yourself.”

Wise Business Plans (, staffed with professional MBA writers, researchers and financial experts, is a trusted partner for businesses across a broad spectrum of products and services. Our mission is to empower our clients to make the best possible business decisions, boost company performance and facilitate their funding success by laying the groundwork for strong businesses that excite, inspire and retain talented and exceptional employees.

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TechCXO Continues Nationwide Expansion by Adding Minnesota Presence; Tom Venable, Thom Dasher to Lead

Minneapolis-St. Paul (PRWEB) December 09, 2013

TechCXO, a leading provider of C-Suite-level strategic and functional consulting services for technology companies, is furthering its nationwide expansion with a new presence in Minneapolis-St. Paul. The firm has tapped veteran technology sales and marketing expert Tom Venable and Finance, Technology and Private Equity pro Thom Dasher to lead TechCXO’s efforts here.

“For business, the Greater Twin Cities is well known as a hub for large corporations, but there is growing and dynamic technology and entrepreneurial base with many exciting companies in medical devices, software and tech services,” said Tom Venable, TechCXO Partner. “We will be focused on delivering in three primary ways for the local tech community: launching the sales and marketing efforts for a new business or product line; changing the slope of client companies’ growth curves; and helping sales and marketing migrate from the offline world to the on-line world for both B2C and B2B environments.

“I’ve worked with all sizes of organizations from pre-revenue start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, and I’ve never been more excited than in joining TechCXO, primarily because of the expertise of a high-powered, interconnected network of professionals across multiple disciplines,” Mr. Venable added.

TechCXO has been included in the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in each of the last five years.

During the past 28 years Tom has worked with over a dozen founders and entrepreneurs helping them launch the revenue side of their business. Over the past 15 years, Tom led the revenue charge at Digital River, Innocentive, Gelco Information Network (now Concur), and Rainmaker Systems. In those posts he organized, recruited, and structured sales, marketing and delivery teams on a global basis and has personally recruited, managed and coached thousands of client facing professionals and managers in North America and Europe.

Mr. Venable specializes in helping both emerging and growth companies that aren’t satisfied with their top-line growth projections.

Mr. Venable holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He volunteers in his spare time coaching championship high school football teams in his hometown of Eden Prairie, MN. View Mr. Venable’s full bio at

Mr. Dasher is a top-performing executive with experience building entrepreneurial, software and financial services products for Fortune 500 and high-growth corporations. Most recently he was CFO and owner of Heliplane, LLC, a manufacturer of the AirTrailer, a game-changing new technology in cargo aviation. Prior to that he was CFO and an investor in EiVia, a leading provider of predictive intelligence technology, specializing in trade promotion planning and complex data warehouse analytics. Major clients include Nielsen, PepsiAmericas, Procter & Gamble, and Cargill. Mr. Dasher holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Mr. Dasher specializes in creating top line growth for technology-enabled companies as well as Merger & Acquisition and Risk Management counsel and services. View Mr. Dasher’s full bio at:

“TechCXO’s model of autonomy matched with a team of accomplished executives is very appealing to me,” Mr. Dasher said. “I’m looking forward to bringing the full complement of services and capabilities to tech companies ready to grow.”

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About TechCXO

TechCXO is a professional services firm that provides experienced, C-Suite professionals to deliver strategic and functional consulting services for technology companies. TechCXO helps tech companies at every stage of their growth, development and transition, including concept and early-stage tech companies to late-stage and mature technology companies. TechCXO practice areas include: Finance, Sales, Marketing, Technology, Operations, VC/Private Equity and Executive Search/HR.

With offices in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Mid-Atlantic, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Research Triangle Park and San Antonio TechCXO creates value for our clients by leveraging knowledge and experience to create options to: Invest, Reposition, Obtain Capital, Build Market Visibility, Increase Revenue, Make Acquisitions, Build Sales Channels, Enter New Markets, Develop New Products, Improve Operating Margins and Exit. For more information about the firm, please visit

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