Chamber lunch with Forbes as speaker sold out

December 7th, 2010

The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that its 2011 Annual Lunch at The Cornhusker Marriott with businessman and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes as keynote speaker is sold out.

The Chamber is offering additional overflow seating for the Feb. 1 lunch, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be room for 100 additional people to watch a live video feed of the speech in the hotel’s Arbor Room. Cost is the $35, and the tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

Former White House Director of Economic Policy & Best Selling Author Todd Buchholz Confirmed Keynote

December 3rd, 2010

Recently named one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century,” Todd Buchholz will be the keynote speaker at the Coachella Valley Fall 2010 Economic Summit, “Climate for Success,” on Friday, October 22, at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California.

“Having Todd Buchholz on board as our keynote speaker brings a new level of excellence to our Summit,” says Wesley Ahlgren, Chief Operating Officer, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP), the hosting agency for the event. “His widely acclaimed books, and his entertaining and informative debates with such luminaries as James Carville, Ben Stein, and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, are a sure indicator of a not-to-be-missed presentation at our Summit.”

Buchholz is renowned for his sparkling wit and cutting edge remarks, and he is a frequent commentator on ABC, PBS and CBS.  He has authored numerous critically acclaimed books translated into dozens of languages that are used in universities including Harvard, Brigham Young and Princeton. His editorials in The Wall Street Journal and his commentaries on PBS correctly forecast the 2001 economic slump in the U.S.

From 1989 to 1992, Buchholz served at the White House as director for Economic Policy. His stellar and unique achievements also include being a managing director of the $15 million Tiger hedge fund, an award-winning economics teacher at Harvard, holding several engineering and design patents, and he is a co-producer of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys.

The Economic Summit will also feature noted Southern California Economist John Husing, Ph.D. who will present the release of the official Coachella Valley 2010 Economic Report. The event will additionally present a progress report on the Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint efforts that have been underway during the past year.

CVEP is an action-oriented, non-profit corporation dedicated to expanding the economy of the Coachella Valley desert region while maintaining the quality of life for a resort environment.

CAB announces Howie Mandel as Winterfest Weekend Comedian

December 2nd, 2010

The Campus Activities Board felt it made out good on its latest deal, bringing in comedian Howie Mandel for the annual Winterfest Weekend on Jan. 29, 2011.

“We wanted to continue to bring quality entertainment programming to UR students and with 30 years of experience, Howie definitely fits that description,” Publicity Chair for CAB Caitlin Grady said.

Mandel, who has risen to fame as the host of NBC’s television game show “Deal or No Deal,” was originally a stand-up comedian before reaching his current success on primetime television.

Past years’ comedians have included Stephen Lynch, B.J. Novak, Dimitri Martin, Michael Ian Black and Pablo Francisco.

Unlike other UR traditions, Winterfest weekend is a relatively new effort, and Mandel is one of the most high-profile and expensive comedians CAB has ever brought in for the festival. Compared with other artists brought in for the Weekend, Mandel comes with a long entertainment career already behind him.

Aside from his recent work, Mandel’s experience in the entertainment industry includes working on Emmy-nominated television shows, films and stage work. Mandel also created the ’90s Fox cartoon “Bobby’s World,” where he provided the voice for both Bobby and his father on the show.

Mandel is also no stranger to Rochester, as he performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2007 as part of the university’s Brick City Homecoming Weekend. Unlike his show, students won’t have to risk breaking the bank to see him perform. Tickets for the show are on sale now and are $8 for UR undergraduates. While this is a $1 increase over past comedians, Howie’s profile and stature required the ticket raise.

“We were supposed to raise comedian ticket prices from $7 to $9 this year, but we decided not to for John Oliver,” Grady said. “This is because we really wanted to give students the absolute best deal we could and students already pay a hefty student activities fee to support this programming. … However, that raise was only by $1 — which is half of what we were supposed to raise it by a while ago, and is way less than what everybody else in the field recommended we raise our ticket prices to.”

Tickets for the general public, graduate students and staff members go on sale Jan. 15, 2011, at $15 for UR undergraduate students and staff, and $25 for the general public.

Internationally Recognized Author to Speak at Lecture Series

December 1st, 2010

Joel Kotkin, internationally recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends, will be the final speaker for the fall 2010 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Allen Theatre at Texas Tech University’s Student Union Building.

Kotkin is the author of a new book titled “The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050,” which has received rave reviews from renowned media corporations such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail and National Public Radio. In the book, Kotkin delivers insight into how the nation will evolve in the next four decades.

“I feel honored to host Joel Kotkin as the final guest for this fall’s Presidential Lecture & Performance Series,” said Texas Tech President Guy Bailey.  “Kotkin is in the center of the national dialogue for future economic growth. The Lubbock community can expect to be impressed by Kotkin’s optimistic outlook for West Texas and learn how we can position ourselves to have a competitive advantage.”

Kotkin, whose article “Welcome to Recoveryland: The Top 10 Places in America Poised for Recovery,” was recently featured on the cover of Newsweek, is also the west coast editor for Inc. Magazine. His work often appears in Newsweek as well as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the American.

The New York Times hailed Kotkin as America’s “uber-geographer,” for his work as one of the nation’s most prolific and widely published journalists. Kotkin is the weekly columnist for “New Geographer,” a column on Forbes.com.

An esteemed speaker and futurist, Kotkin consults for many leading economic development organizations, private companies, regions and cities.

Official Launch: Richard Branson’s “Project” iPad Magazine

November 30th, 2010

This morning at a press conference in New York City at Manhattan’s Crosby Hotel, Richard Branson officially launched his newest endeavor,”Project,” the world’s first iPad Magazine. Months ago, Giovanni Donaldson, a principal at Virgin Management began working on a project to get Virgin back into the publishing world. “The future lies in apps, not on shelves,” says Branson. Donaldson approached Richard’s daughter, Holly Branson, who was based in Virgin Management as Project Manager and together they took the project forward. The result of just a few months of work is Project, a monthly magazine that will change daily, hourly, by the minute, featuring innovators in their field, economists, authors, world famous chefs and interactive advertising. It is edited by Anthony Noguera, former editor-in-chief of FHM, and is the first international magazine created specifically for the iPad.

The editorial will be grouped into technology, entrepreneurs, entertainment and design. It looks like a magazine and acts like a website. The content is hi-def with beautiful typography. The layout features 12 frames of Jeff Bridges each with a press and play audio control, Earth 2.0, an exciting visual tour of Tokyo, and interactive country-specific advertising that is just as exciting as the editorial. For example, a Jaguar car advertisement that lets you stroke and color in the car. Want to hear what a Jaguar sounds like? Press the ad and you’ll hear an engine roar loud enough to drown out Branson himself. “Sound is a really potent tool,” says Noguera, laughing.

The ability to share the content through social media will be coming soon. “We’re not afraid of sharing our content on the Internet and we don’t think it will affect sales,” says Project’s marketing head, Mike Burgess.

Going forward, Branson wants it to be like Wikipedia, with as many people contributing as possible. Project will cost £1.79 in the UK and $2.99 in the US with new content refreshing throughout the month.

On Branson’s rivalry with a certain Australian media mogul and his soon to be out Daily iPad newspaper, he commented, “This is not a battle, not a war, it’s the future of publishing. But, if they call it a battle, we’ll accept that battle as a battle on quality.”

Filmmaker Keynote Speaker at Sustainability Fair

November 29th, 2010

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) - How many light bulbs does it take to plug in an electric car?

That question was answered Monday night at UMD’s Winter Sustainability Fair. The two-day event kicked off with keynote speaker Chris Paine inside the Weber Music Hall.

Paine is a noted film maker who is highlighting the future of the electric car and says the big change starts with everyone.

“I think people out there understand electronic cars aren’t for everything,” said Paine. “They’re working in a very specific niche. The difference is, that niche is much wider than everyone thinks it is.

Bob Saget gets ‘Strange’ with new A&E show

November 29th, 2010

Life has been strange lately for stand-up comedian and actor Bob Saget. The 54-year-old is currently hard at work with his new real-life A&E series, “Strange Days with Bob Saget,” which premiers on Tuesday at 10 p.m.  In between dealings with the show, Saget is also out on his national “Strange Days” stand-up tour.

“It’s a lot of work, but there are worse problems,” he says during a recent phone interview.

He was so busy wrapping up the final edits on the show – which he also executive produces – that he pushed back his stand-up date at the Grove of Anaheim on Nov. 19. He’ll now be coming to the venue on Feb. 26.

As for the series, Saget says he thought it would just be “a cool way to parachute down into a world and learn about it.”

“I had this idea of me being able to sleep over at everybody’s house, but that felt too celebrity driven and I didn’t want it to be narcissistic. I got to go out and shoot these episodes for six months and it’s really crazy stuff.”

In each installment of the series Saget finds an interesting subculture to join in on. He searched for Big Foot with Sasquatch hunters, rode 1,200 miles with a hardcore motorcycle club, explored the underbelly of the pro wrestling circuit, joined a fraternity at Cornell University, became a counselor-in-training at a sleepover camp for 11-14 year old boys and experienced Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson-style with fellow comic, Jeff Ross.

Filming these episodes only gave Saget more material for his act. Though he’s most known for his clean-cut “Full House” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos” persona, Saget has a dark side. He let his freak flag fly in his 2007 HBO special, “That Ain’t Right” and was able to dabble on the raunchy side in his appearances on “Entourage.” But, when it came down to Saget becoming a counselor-in-training for his series, the camp warned him beforehand that they wanted “the ‘Full House’ Bob Saget, not the ‘Entourage’ Bob Saget.”

La-Z-Boy, Meet Brooke Shields

November 29th, 2010

A leading furniture brand is changing course in a campaign fronted by a famous female face, which seeks to remind consumers that its offerings go beyond its mainstay product line.

La-Z-Boy has signed a multi-year agreement with Brooke Shields to serve as the celebrity spokeswoman for the campaign, which carries the theme “Live life comfortably.” Ms. Shields, who is also appearing in ads for Colgate toothpaste, is intended to appeal to the campaign’s target audience of women with families.

The campaign, which got under way in mid-November, urges shoppers at stores that sell La-Z-Boy products — as well as at the company’s own stores, known as La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries — to consider the other kinds of furniture that La-Z-Boy makes in addition to its trademark recliners.

“When La-Z-Boy says ‘relax,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘recline,’ ” says the headline in one of the print and online advertisements in the campaign, which depicts Ms. Shields draped on a stylish sofa, with another sofa in the background — and no recliners in sight.

The campaign is by RPA in Santa Monica, Calif., which has been the La-Z-Boy agency since 2007. The campaign replaces a humorous one that RPA created for the company after landing the account, which carried the theme “Comfort is what we do.”

The new campaign is indicative of efforts by marketers to deal with a problem that the trade publication Brandweek describes in the form of a question: “When does enviable brand recognition become a liability?”

In this instance, the fact that “La-Z-Boy” is synonymous with “recliner” certainly helps sell recliners, but not the rest of the furniture marketed by the company, which includes sofas, ottomans, love seats and sectionals.

Jay-Z’s ‘Decoded’ Debuts on ‘New York Times’ Best Sellers List

November 28th, 2010

Jay-Z is no stranger to sitting high on the charts when it comes to his music career, which makes the Brooklyn rapper’s No. 3 debut on ‘The New York Times’ Best Sellers list an expected achievement.

The Roc Nation head honcho’s memoir ‘Decoded’ landed on the Hardcover Nonfiction edition of the newspaper’s Best Sellers list for the week of December 5. Coming in at the top of the list are George W. Bush’s ‘Decision Points’ and Lauren Hillenbrand’s ‘Unbroken.’

Hov’s book has been received warmly by fans and critics alike. Perhaps ‘Decoded’s success has much to do with ‘The Blueprint 3′ creator’s partnership with Microsoft search engine Bing before the book’s release. Together, Bing and the rapper previewed excerpts from the memoir through a viral marketing campaign with clues that pointed Jay-Z fans toward unique locations – from Brooklyn to London – where select pages from the book could be found.

‘Decoded,’ which highlights the stories behind Jay-Z’s songs, including ‘Blue Magic,’ even scored a spot on Oprah’s highly anticipated “Favorite Things” show and is currently in the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com.

Kim Kardashian Steps Out in New Product Endorsement, Skechers

November 28th, 2010

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has landed another fitness endorsement to promote Skechers Shape-ups fitness footwear, even though she attributes much of her weight loss to another product she hawks, a controversial diet supplement.

Kim, who shills the diet pill QuickTrim, released an exercise DVD earlier this year.

Meanwhile, the jury is still out regarding the effectiveness of “fitness footwear.”

Some say they’re nothing more than overpriced sneakers, while others say the shoes’ unique contours do indeed help tone the thighs and glutes.

While it’s unclear whether these fitness sneakers can accelerate weight loss, most agree that at the very least, they’re comfortable to walk in.

Of course, Kardashian, 30, claims the fitness sneakers helped tone her legs and butt and are a good substitute for a gym workout when time is short.

“When I was in New York, I wasn’t working out,” Kim told reporters at a recent press conference to promote the shoes. “I was feeling so depressed.”

But Kardashian says walking around in her fitness sneakers gave her a good workout.

“I honestly would wear them just all around the hotel,” she says. “The fact that I would feel something without even having to set foot on a treadmill just made me feel better.”

Kim, whose weight has fluctuated over the years, says she’s “a little more toned” in her “legs, butt and stomach,” thanks to Skechers.

“Shape-ups have already impacted my fitness routine for the better,” she says. “I am always on-the-move and never know exactly when I can fit in my next workout.”

Karashian drew widespread criticism recently for promoting a pre-paid debit card, called the “Kardashian Kard,” to her fans.

The card, however, is loaded with fees that makes it exceedingly expensive. Groups such as the Consumers Union have condemned its promotion to teens.

‘Less campaigning, more sustaining’ urges Digital Summit keynote speaker

November 25th, 2010

Andy Hobsbawm, ex Chairman of Agency.com and digital strategy guru kicked off today’s UTalkMarketing Digital Brand Strategy Summit, saying that modern marketing is “less about campaigning and more about sustaining”.

Hobsbawm used his keynote speech to highlight how the Internet has changed the nature of the media system. “We’re talking not just about a marketing change, but a world system change,” he said.

Hobsbawm told delegates that fragmentation meant brands could no longer control the flow of information. “Fifty years ago brands could access large sectors of the population in one go, but fragmentation has changed that.

“Modern branding happened in an era of industrialisation. The media industry is an industrial product. TV, film – they are capital intensive, mass market mass products.

“Media used to be given in blocks to people in large numbers and brands could control what went out – and it was difficult for consumers to question things in the media. The Internet has changed that,” he said.

“That’s why modern marketing has become a global conversation – everything that people say, think, gossip and moan about has become part of what makes the media system. If you’re a marketer and you’re not involved with this it’s your choice, but it’s going on without you.”

Hobsbawm used a recent Google search on Dell as an example. “I recently did a search for Dell customer service. The top two results were Dell controlled, but the results listed from the number three to the number ten position contained things like ‘I tested Dell and they failed’ or ‘want to complain to Dell, forget it’”, he revealed.

“Dell spends $1.5 billon a year on advertising, yet brand association is what Google says it is – this is about the shift in control.”

“Your logo isn’t what you say it is – it’s what 300 people on Twitter say it is,” said Hobsbawm – using Gap as a recent example. The retail giant was forced to revert back to its old logo after a new logo, widely disliked, prompted an outcry on Twitter.

Hobsbawm also iterated that it is crictical to understand the customer journey, which the Internet has evolved. “The journey is no longer linear, it’s a continuous flow. Brands also need to think about what happens after a person buys a product – reviews are in real time now and this is directly related to sales and marketing,” he said.

LTTS Exclusive - Ali Landry’s WE CAN Celebrity Charity Food Drive

November 25th, 2010

On Tuesday November 16, 2010, I had the pleasure of joining Ali Landry and Yum! Brands as they co-hosted their first LA Area WE CAN Community-wide Food Drive benefiting the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and the Burbank Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Ali and volunteers – including celebrity parents Adrienne Maloof-Nassif (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Marissa Jaret Winokur (“The Talk”), Ally Walker (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (the “Guncles” from “Home Sweet Hollywood”) – greeted contributors curbside to collect their canned good contributions to benefit the Burbank Temporary Aid Center.

In addition to hosting the WE CAN Food Drive, Ali and her celebrity friends served the children and staff members of the Boys & Girls Clubs a pre-Thanksgiving KFC dinner complete with KFC’s world famous chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn and biscuits. In fact, when I asked the celebrities why they came out to support this cause, many cited the fact that Ali had asked them. Of course, they were engaged by the cause but it really helped to have that personal touch from Ali herself. I had the pleasure of talking with many of the stars involved, and the interviews will feature on LookToTheStars.org over the next few days.

Approximately 100 children/members of the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank were served. The kids were so cute and full of energy that day. It was a family affair as Adrienne Maloof was accompanied by her three sons (ages 7 and 4), Marissa Jaret Winokur with her 2 year old son and Ali Landry with her 3 year old daughter. Marissa Jaret Winokur’s son Zev loved putting the cans into the collection bins, while Adrienne Maloof’s sons and Ali Landry’s daughter helped to serve the food! While I was interviewing Marissa, her adorable Zev was “riding” the police motorcycle in front of us with a huge smile on his face. It really drove home the fact that Marissa is a ten-year cancer survivor and that the work of American Cancer Society (and organizations like it) and their more birthdays campaign is so important.

The Burbank Temporary Aid Center is a small organization serving those in need at a time when the need has never been greater. In fact, the agency has experienced an increase in demand of 300% over previous years. It’s through the dedication and commitment of volunteers such as you that the agency is able to meet this demand. The Boys and Girls Club serves over 2,000 children annually, providing affordable after school care, day care and mentoring programs. The staff and members of the Boys & Girls Club are proud supports of the Burbank Temporary Aid Society, assisting the agency throughout the year with canned food drives and fundraisers.

Alice Cooper To Host Annual Christmas Celebrity Charity Concert

November 25th, 2010

Alice Cooper will hold his 10th annual “Christmas Pudding” celebrity charity concert on December 18, with the help of former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, Rob Zombie, Cheech Marin, Glen Campbell, winners from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and ’America’s Got Talent’, and many others.

Rocker Alice Cooper has a soft spot for charity, and can usually be found on golf courses around the world raising funds for those less fortunate.

The shock rocker credits golf as being the one thing that helped him beat his dependency on alcohol, and has thrown himself into the game ever since. He is also the co-founder of the Solid Rock Foundation, a Christian organization that strives to help children and teens in the Phoenix area by providing a center where young people can learn about and participate in sports, music and educational activities.

The Solid Rock Foundation holds two major annual fundraising events – the Alice Cooper Pro/Am Golf Tournament in November and the Christmas Pudding Concert in December.

Cooper is currently fundraising for The Rock Teen Center, a facility in Phoenix that will offer a space where young adults can be creative, educated, active, and safe. Programs will be centered around a multi-use concert hall, coffee house (kitchen/snack bar for concerts & other events), indoor basketball/floor hockey court, rock climbing walls, sound room and recording studio, computer/reading/study rooms, and game room.

Steve Martin Novel Probes New York Art World

November 24th, 2010

Steve Martin glides from acting to music to writing so fluidly that he gives the impression it all comes easily to him.

Martin admits “a certain kind of ease” with writing fiction, as exemplified in his new novel “An Object of Beauty” from Grand Central Publishing, but only now does he feel that way, at age 65, years removed from the “wild and crazy guy” who burst into show business as a stand-up comedian in the 1970s.

“Object of Beauty,” which hit bookstores on Tuesday, tells the story of an alluring and ambitious art dealer named Lacey Yeager who climbs from the basement at Sotheby’s auction house to open her own gallery in the Chelsea section of New York.

“If I had tried to write it 20 years ago, I would have suffered. I suffered a long time to get to where I am, to be able to write it, sort of knowingly, and have the confidence to write it,” Martin told Reuters.

Being a world famous movie star helps. Martin can finish a manuscript before having to sell the concept, “so I always know I can put it in the trash.” He faces no deadline and does not have to please a publisher.

“I have taken the pressure off myself by doing things essentially freelance,” said Martin, who has published two previous novels in addition to screenplays, plays and nonfiction.

Martin, the comedian, broke new ground in the 1970s when he turned a zany stand-up act with a banjo and popular appearances on television’s “Saturday Night Live” into a Hollywood career.

“Once I started doing it (making movies), it was the only thing I wanted to do,” Martin said.

But that eventually gave way to writing and now a banjo tour. Is there another hidden talent yet to surface?

“No, I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing right now, music and writing. I’m doing live performing now, too, because of the banjo shows. And I have a movie coming out this year,” Martin said.

“I hadn’t done a movie in a while. I walked onto the movie set and I thought, ‘Gee, I really like this.’ It felt like home.”

Ray Romano To Honor Spinal Tap Star At Celebrity Charity Comedy Night

November 11th, 2010

Ray Romano will host the 4th annual Comedy Celebration for the International Myeloma Foundation on Saturday, November 13.

Featuring a plethora of comedy’s best – including Dana Carvey, Doris Roberts, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, Ken Jeong and more – the event will honor Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean, who won $1 million for the charity in the Jeopardy! Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament earlier this year.

Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer after lymphomas, affecting an estimated 750,000 people worldwide. McKean became passionate for the cause when his friend, musician Lee Grayson, passed away from myeloma eight years ago.

The sold out event takes place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and Club, 743 South Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles.

Humorist and best-selling author coming to the Adler

November 10th, 2010

Humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris brings his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques to Davenport’s Adler Theatre for one night only at 8 p.m. April 7.

Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today, slicing through cultural euphemisms and political correctness with his sharp wit.

A playwright and regular commentator for National Public Radio, Sedaris has been nominated for three Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word and Best Comedy Album. He is also the author of the best-selling “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” and “When You Are Engulfed in Flames.”

Seven million copies of his books are in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages. His newest book is a collection of fables titled “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.”

Fertility Awareness and Infertility Prevention: Brenda Strong & the American Fertility Association to Host Media Luncheon in Manhattan

November 9th, 2010

Celebrity Spokesperson Brenda Strong and American Fertility Association Executive Director, Ken Mosesian, will co-host a media luncheon to introduce their efforts to combat infertility to media in the fields of health and wellness, fertility and pregnancy, lifestyle, news, and more. In an intimate setting at the Rouge Tomate in Manhattan, guests will dine on local cuisine while learning about the challenges — and solutions — that go along with trying to start a family.

“The AFA’s purpose is to provide comprehensive family building education,” says Brenda Strong, actor and creator of Strong Yoga™ 4Fertility. “I wanted to lend my support to this organization because they are a rich resource for infertility prevention, family building and reproductive health which helps to bring the conversation out of the closet and into the mainstream, dispelling the stigma of shame and fear so often associated with reproductive difficulties.”

“Our goals include helping young women navigate career, education and family with the biological clock ticking in the background, assisting those trying to conceive or adopt, reaching young men with impactful messages about reproductive health, and supporting the family building efforts of the lesbian and gay community,” says Ken Mosesian.

In addition to hearing about the AFA’s various initiatives, guests will learn about the Fertility Ball® and Strong Yoga™ 4Fertility, a proprietary approach to teaching yoga for fertility created by Brenda Strong. This program uses the ancient healing wisdom of yoga and applies it to the modern problem of reproductive difficulty. Using the specific postures and breathing techniques to open the body from the inside out, Strong Yoga™ 4Fertility helps to release tightness in muscle and connective tissue, increase blood flow to reproductive organs and invites the mind and body to facilitate its own healing capacity.

Later that evening, the AFA will recognize the media’s role in family building and infertility. Illuminations NYC — an event celebrating the accomplishments of individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact in the fields of reproductive health, family building and fertility, will take place November 10th at 6:00pm at Midtown Loft and Terrace, 267 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.

Media Advisory: Humanitarian and Best-selling Author Greg Mortenson to Speak at UB Wednesday

November 9th, 2010

Humanitarian, writer and former mountaineer Greg Mortenson will discuss the journey that led him to establish more than 100 schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan when he presents the next lecture in the University at Buffalo’s Distinguished Speakers Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Alumni Arena on the UB North Campus.

The 2010 UB Reads selection author, Mortenson is co-author of The New York Times’ bestseller, “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time.”

His work has not been without difficulty, including an eight-day kidnapping by the Taliban.

Co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies For Peace, Mortenson has dedicated his life to promoting community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls.

During the program, audio and/or video photography, as well as still photography, will be limited to the first five minutes of Mortenson’s lecture.

Working media may reserve tickets by contacting Christine Vidal in UB Office of Communications at 645-4607 or vidal@buffalo.edu no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Reserved tickets may be picked up at the will-call window in Alumni Arena prior to the program. Media may need to show press credentials in order to be admitted to the program.

Former Governor Jeb Bush, Author Robert Putnam to Discuss Immigration Issues Before Local Elected Officials

November 8th, 2010

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Harvard University political scientist and best-selling author Robert D. Putnam will discuss their perspective on the steps governments and communities could take to form more successful relationships between immigrants and their new communities.  The remarks will come on Saturday, December 4 during the National League of Cities’ (NLC) 2010 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Denver, Colo.

In their “Washington Post” op-ed on July 3, Bush and Putnam suggested that governments and communities provide low-cost English classes, invest in public education including civics and higher education and assist communities experiencing rapid increases in immigration.

Bush served as the 43rd governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and was Florida’s secretary of commerce under Governor Bob Martinez. He is currently head of Jeb Bush and Associates and is chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and Visiting Professor and Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Change at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.  He is the author of numerous books including “American Grace,” “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community” and “Better Together: Restoring the American Community.”

Municipal officials attending the Congress of Cities will participate in workshops, mobile workshops, general sessions and leadership training seminars to learn about the latest in innovative programs in areas most concerning municipalities today, including economic development, infrastructure, civic engagement, sustainability and public safety. The organization will also elect its 2011 NLC Board of Directors and will set its policies and priorities for 2011.

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Football Coach Lou Holtz Gives Accounting Pep Talk

November 8th, 2010

Lou Holtz, who coached Notre Dame and other championship football teams over a long career before becoming a best-selling author and ESPN analyst, delivered some sage advice at the CCH User Conference in Orlando.

Holtz talked about the philosophy that has kept his career more or less on track through ups and downs and kept his marriage intact for over 50 years. Holtz has also become an inspiring motivational speaker, even though he freely admits to having a lisp and a stutter. “I’m not a saint, I’m not an entertainer, I’m not a dancer,” he said.

Holtz said people need to make an impact on other’s lives. Otherwise, if they don’t show up at work, they won’t be missed. He advised his audience to follow their dreams and passions.

“If you don’t have a dream, you don’t know where to go,” he said. “Martin Luther King stood up and inspired people. One man had a dream. He wouldn’t have inspired people if he had stood up and said, ‘I have a strategic plan.’

“Don’t go through life and be a spectator,” Holtz added. “Be a participant.”

Author Wally Lamb to speak

November 8th, 2010

Best-selling author Wally Lamb will be among the speakers at the second annual “United in Hope: Celebrating Literacy Through a Community Voice” event.

The two-hour program of entertainment, information and local celebrities will take place on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the High School of Commerce. Admission is free and open to the public.

Lamb, whose works have been selected twice by Oprah Winfrey for her book club, is the author of “She’s Come Undone” and “The Hour I First Believed,” among other books.

The “United in Hope” event is all about the importance of reading and writing.

“A good story can open up the world to you,” Lamb said in a telephone interview from his home near Storrs, Conn. “It can open the perimeter of your own limited existence.

“In some ways it expands the world, and in other ways it tells us we’re all in this together and we’re really not so different.”

Lamb has seen first-hand the transformative power of language. He was has taught not only in high school and college, but also at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Niantic, Conn.

He began giving writing workshops there 11 years ago. The first time he went reluctantly, as a favor to a friend. Many of the inmates suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. There had been two suicides.

But Lamb said he found that he was moved by the women’s stories. One inmate challenged him to come back. He wound up publishing two collections of the women’s writings.

Lamb said he had never tried to write fiction before 1981. But shortly after his son was born, he sat down and started to write. “I don’t know quite how fiction and fatherhood are entwined at the roots, but they are,” he said.

He said a recurring theme in his books is “the use and misuse of power. My plea for the world is that the powerful can be merciful.”…

Under Armour signs quarterback Tom Brady to endorsement deal

November 8th, 2010

Sports apparel company Under Armour said Monday it has signed NFL quarterback Tom Brady in what it is calling the highest profile athlete to enter into an endorsement deal with the company.

Brady gets a stake in the company as part of the deal, something sports marketing experts said is unusual in the world of athlete endorsements.

Brady will make appearances at Under Armour stores and be featured in the company’s advertising campaigns. He will also wear the company apparel during practice with the New England Patriots and will debut the company’s newest cleat — to be sold in stores next year — in a future game.

The signing of the three-time Super Bowl champion follows the trajectory of the company from a small firm that built itself on grassroots marketing to a multibillion-dollar company with a bigger budget for such high-profile deals.

Being able to offer the ownership stake also helps Under Armour better compete for players against companies like Nike, the company Brady was with for most of his career, before breaking away to go with Under Armour.

Mama Mia Star to Represent Japanese Beauty Line

November 7th, 2010

It seems cosmetics companies are competing these days to see which big celeb they can snag to help promote their products. Japanese beauty company Cle de Peau Beaute recently signed Mama Mia star Amanda Seyfried to be its new celebrity spokesperson according to reports online. The actress, who named Maybelline Great Lash among her favorite makeup products in the past will now have new top picks.

Seyfried was quoted as saying of the new deal, “I appreciate Cle de Peau Beaute`s philosophy of empowering each woman to define her own unique sense of style. It`s a very sophisticated approach to beauty that I appreciate and feel closely reflects my own beauty ideals.” The rising star lists Dear John and Mean Girls among her film credits. She is also a cast regular on the HBO series Big Love.

Rachel Ray - helping the dogs

November 6th, 2010

Let’s hear it for the dogs and celebrate those that are working to make things better for them. Rachel Ray, television personality and best-selling author,  is currently in the midst of a book-signing tour.

Along the way, she is making donations to various rescue organizations. The donations are proceeds from Ray’s line of premium dog food known as Rachel Ray’s Nutrish.

Ray developed Nutrish as a way to not only provide a high-quality food for her own dog, a Pit bull named Isaboo, but also, to help support animals in need.

Ray is known as a go-getter, uber multi-tasker, get things done type of woman. Using her book-signing tour as a platform for distributing donations and promoting animal rescue and animal adoptions, is multi-tasking at its finest.

Ray has teamed up with Best Friends Network Charities on this wonderful promotional tour. Best Friends works for the ultimate goal of No More Homeless Pets…..a dream for animal lovers everywhere.

On November 5, a $7500 donation was made to Adopt-A-Dog in Fairfield, CT. A tremendous donation for a rescue organization. Funds will go a long way towards helping the many dogs in need.

The next stop brings Ray and Best Friends to the Borders Bookstore in Bridgewater, NJ, where an adoption event for Husky House will be underway.

If you haven’t done so already, please visit Rachel Ray’s website and learn more about her efforts to support our nation’s homeless animals. Click here for a list of upcoming book-signing events.

Kudos to Rachel Ray and Best Friends - with so many animals in need, it takes a good mix of creativity, compassion, and ambition to make the changes that need to be made.

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Nicholas Sparks featured at annual author series

November 3rd, 2010

Local authors from The Woodlands and surrounding areas will represent a variety of book genres to round out the literary lineup at the sixth Annual Signatures Author Series on Friday, Nov. 12, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will deliver the keynote presentation. His books, including A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and Dear John have sold more than 50 million copies in worldwide circulation.

The visiting authors will be available to meet, discuss, sell and sign books from 10 a.m. until noon. At noon, a luncheon will feature presentations from the authors.

The authors featured will include award-winning garden writer and landscape designer Cherie Foster Colburn; Valerie Cooksley, a holistic nurse, aromatherapist, health researcher, educator and author; Indrani Goradia, a master, certified Life Coach with Martha Beck, Inc. and author; Joseph Hayes, legal counselor and chief ethics officer for Service Corp. International, and fiction author; Mark Steinbauer, award-winning golf instructor and Director of Golf at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands; and Suzanne Adair Young, Christian-based novelist.

A portion of the proceeds of this year’s Signatures Author Series will go to the Montgomery County Memorial Library System and the Children’s Books on Wheels organization.

Elton John Hosts Celebrity Charity Winter Ball

November 2nd, 2010

Elton John and David Furnish hosted a massive group of celebrities in London on October 30 for his annual charity Winter Ball.

Among those who attended were Stephen Fry, Elizabeth Hurley, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Erin O’Connor, Graham Norton and many others.

For one night only the site of the new American Embassy was transformed into a dazzling French boudoir. Guests sipped bespoke Grey Goose cocktails in surroundings designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, and were entertained by Sir Elton, who stepped in for the ill Lily Allen.

The evening – which also included an auction – raised around £600,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Actress and Best-Selling Author Danica McKellar and DeVry University Host National HerWorld(R) Month to Educate Young Women on STEM Careers

November 1st, 2010

Millions of jobs will become available in STEM related fields by 2018, but with U.S. children falling behind in STEM education, the next generation of job candidates will be unprepared and unqualified to take advantage of these career opportunities. In response to a pressing need to educate tomorrow’s workforce, Danica McKellar, well-known for her roles on “The Wonder Years” and “The West Wing” and now also a mathematician and best-selling author, is teaming with DeVry University for National HerWorld month in November to inspire young women across the country to explore careers in STEM related fields.

Now in its 13th year, DeVry University’s HerWorld program provides an opportunity for high school girls to explore fast-growing careers of the 21st century in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). National HerWorld month is an initiative hosted by DeVry University educators that will introduce young girls to women who have excelled in their fields.

“Our society still promotes outdated, negative stereotypes that lead girls from a young age to believe that math is too hard and that it’s only for boys. For several years, it’s been my mission to reverse these damaging messages by giving girls the tools they need to improve their math skills and self-esteem, and showing them that intelligence is key to becoming a fabulous young woman someday.” said McKellar. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with DeVry University’s HerWorld program to further this mission. During National HerWorldmonth, we’ll be introducing high school girls to powerful female role models and opening the door to exciting STEM career opportunities that they may never have imagined possible. We’ll show them: ‘You can do this!’ ”

Danica will host a national HerWorld event in New York City on November 19 where 350 high school girls will participate in education and confidence building workshops and work together to build miniature robots. Nearly 7,200 high school girls from hundreds of high schools will participate across the country at nearly 50 local HerWorldevents where in addition to seminars and a robotics workshop, they will listen to local female leaders discuss their career journey and gain inspiration towards their future endeavors. DeVry University’s corporate partners including HP, Cisco and Microsoft will also take part to support the program’s powerful message. Every participating HerWorld high school across the country will receive a copy of Danica’s best-selling book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, for their library.

“There is a pressing need to break down gender barriers in STEM industries, especially given information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that women make up nearly half of the American workforce, but hold only 14 percent of engineering positions and 25 percent of mathematics positions,” said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. “We are thrilled to be working with Danica in an effort to help young women realize their full potential. National HerWorld Month is part of DeVry University’s commitment to moving STEM education forward and helping young women realize that no career dream is out of reach.”

Across the country, HerWorld high school participants will work in teams as part of a nationwide contest to invent a revolutionary way to use an existing product. The best products from each event will be judged and in April 2011, Danica will teach a math class at the grand prize winning high school.

Best selling author to discuss her new novel

October 29th, 2010

Join New York Times bestselling novelist Tracy Chevalier, author of  “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” as she discusses her newest book “Remarkable Creatures” at the Sandwich High School auditorium at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3. The evening is hosted by Titcomb’s Bookshop and the Sandwich Public Library. Admission is $2.  A book signing will follow the talk.

For further information or to reserve a signed copy of “Remarkable Creatures” if you cannot attend, contact Titcomb’s Bookshop at 508-888-2331.

Jewish Book Festival Author Event: Harold Kushner

October 28th, 2010

Best-selling author, Rabbi Harold Kushner will speak on his book CONQUERING FEAR, followed by an audience Q&A and a book-signing.

Rabbi Kushner’s book has been selected as the 2010 BIG Community READ.

Rabbi Kushner is the author of the best selling book on the problem of evil, When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Written following the death of his son, Aaron, from the premature aging disease, progeria, the book deals with questions about human suffering, God, omnipotence and theodicy.

Kushner has written a number of other popular theological books, such as How Good Do We Have to Be? (Dedicated to his grandson, Carl), To Life! and many others. In collaboration with the late Chaim Potok, Kushner co-edited Etz Hayim: A Torah Commentary, the new official Torah commentary of the Conservative movement, which was jointly published in 2001 by the Rabbinical Assembly and the Jewish Publication Society. His Living a Life That Matters became a best seller in the fall of 2001. Kushner’s book, The Lord Is My Shepherd, was a meditation on the Twenty-Third Psalm released in 2003. Kushner also wrote a response to Simon Wiesenthal’s question of forgiveness in the book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.

Bestselling Author Tom Stewart Joins KMWorld 2010 Keynote Lineup

October 28th, 2010

Thomas A. Stewart is the Chief Marketing and Knowledge Officer of Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm. Prior to joining Booz & Company, he was the editor and managing director of Harvard Business Review as well as editorial director of Business 2.0 and a member of the Board of Editors of Fortune magazine. He is a best-selling author, an authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas.

In his keynote address on Tuesday, November 16 at the KMWorld Conference and Exhibition in Washington D.C., Stewart shares winning strategies for developing and evolving knowledge-driven enterprises that are productive, innovative, and successful. Using real-world examples he illustrates how those strategies have worked in many different types of organizations. He also looks into the future and suggests directions that knowledge-driven enterprises will engage in over the next few years.

Stewart pioneered the field of intellectual capital in a series of Fortune articles, which led to his 1997 book, Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations. His second book, Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, reveals how today’s companies are applying the concept of intellectual capital in their operations to increase success in the marketplace.

He has spoken frequently about intellectual capital and knowledge management, to, among others, the World Economic Forum, the Conference Board, the Canadian Centre for Management, the Brazilian Ministry of Planning, the British Ministry of Trade and Industry, Scottish Enterprise, the International Human Resources Information Management Association, the Australian Human Resources Institutes, etc. In 2001 he was a judge for the first Singapore Innovation Award sponsored by that country’s Economic Development Board. The following year he was honored to deliver the annual management lecture for the Singapore Institute of Management. In 2005, the European Foundation for Management Development named him seventeenth on its “Thinkers 50” list of the 50 most influential management thinkers.

Stewart is a fellow of the World Economic Forum. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, and holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cass School of Business at City University, London.