Posts Tagged ‘Lilly Ledbetter’

Weekly Round-up: Ainissa Ramirez, Lilly Ledbetter, Robert Bullard

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Happy Wednesday everyone! Catch up with latest news from some of our headlining speakers:

 

Dr. Ainissa Ramirez tells us why “Melts in your mouth not in your hands” is not just a slogan, it’s science. Check out the Podcast here.

 

Lilly Ledbetter discusses misconceptions about pay inequity and why she supports Hillary Clinton.

 

Dr. Robert Bullard, known as the father of the environmental justice movement, discusses the water crises in Flint Michigan.

 

And those are the stories for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!

 


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Weekly Roundup: Lateefah Simon, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lilly Ledbetter

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Hope everyone is having a great week! Here are some hot updates from a few of our cool speakers:

 

Shout out to the awesome social justice warrior Lateefah Simon, named one of the “Top 40 Under 40: A Force for Good” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Keep those trails blazing!

 

StarTalk fans rejoice! The NatGeo show, hosted by America’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, has officially been renewed for a third season. And in bonus news, a StarTalk book commissioned by NatGeo will be released along with the new season.

 

Finally, equal pay crusader Lilly Ledbetter gave her ultimate interview of 2015 after presenting a talk for Kiwanis in Birmingham, AL. Thank you for fighting the good fight!

 

That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


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Trending Now: Sandra Steingraber, Rinku Sen, Lilly Ledbetter

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Check out the latest headlines from some of our speakers in the news:

 

Sandra Steingraber has taken an amazing journey to crusade for the environment, leading to a ban on fracking in New York. Read about her accomplishments as she prepared to discuss her life’s work on toxic chemicals at a gala for the wildlife protection organization WildEarth Guardians in Santa Fe on Friday.

 

Colorado State University held its 15th annual Diversity Symposium last Thursday, hosting Rinku Sen as the keynote speaker. She “focused on strategic framework for advancing racial justice by discussing emotional skills, equity, equality and intent vs. impact.” Check out what collegian.com had to say about her encouraging speech and conversation.

 

Huge congratulations to Lilly Ledbetter, who was just awarded one of AL.com’s 2015 Women Who Shape the State for her tremendous contribution to women’s equality! Tickets for the celebratory awards luncheon on Thursday, November 5th may be purchased here.

 

That’s it for the week! Gear up for fall and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!


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Weekly Round Up: Jessica Valenti, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lilly Ledbetter

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Check out the latest from some of our amazing speakers:

 

Read Jessica Valenti’s piece from The Guardian on the significance of growing up feminist in the modern technological world, as she enlightens us on how young people can inspire change through being informed.

 

Watch Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson describe what he considers the funniest thing about the universe – what REALLY happens to you in a black hole.

 

Women’s rights crusader Lilly Ledbetter returned to her home state of Alabama, where she gave an inspiring speech at the University, sharing the story of her courageous journey to get her namesake Fair Pay Act passed into law.

 

That’s all for this week! Enjoy the final weeks of summer and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, scientists and change makers!

 

 


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Trending Now: Kate Clinton, Lilly Ledbetter, Steven Strogatz

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Here are the latest updates from our speakers who have been making headlines

 

Check out the roundup of the annual Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) Summer Party featuring comedian and political humorist Kate Clinton as auctioneer, and listen here to her discuss LGBT advancement in politics today.

 

Alabama native Lilly Ledbetter will join The League of Women Voters of East Alabama to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, where she will speak on her groundbreaking achievement at their Women’s Equality Day fundraiser celebration.

 

Award-winning math professor Steven Strogatz shares his illuminating point of view on the Aspen Ideas Festival’s interesting question: Is Math important? The answers will surprise you!

 

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Weekly Round-up: Lilly Ledbetter, Sonia Shah, Caroline De Robertis

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Here are the latest updates from our speakers who have been making headlines:

 

Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for equal pay for equal work is set to get the big screen treatment!  Feminist Filmmaker Rachel Feldman’s award-winning script, Ledbetter, explores the titular star’s historic face-off with tire giant Goodyear; with it, the veteran director is rebooting the woman-driven, socially conscious drama genre.  Go Lilly!

 

Be on the look out for Pandemic, the newest book from Sonia Shah, set for release in February 2016.  Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera–one of history’s most disruptive and deadly pathogens–and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs.

 

Pandemic

 

 

Check out another thoughtful and positive review of Caroline De Robertis’ newest novel:  The Gods of Tango.

 

That’s all for this week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest from all of our speakers, activists, scientists and change makers!

 

 


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Congrats to all Boston Marathon Participants!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

We want to start our weekly round-up by extending our congratulations to everyone who competed in the Boston Marathon yesterday.  Boston Strong!

 

Now…on to the latest updates from some of our awesome speakers, activists and change makers:

 

Head over to the American Scientist and check out Dr. Ainissa Ramirez‘  newly published essay entitled, “A Wire Across the Ocean“.

 

Cosmopolitan includes Lilly Ledbetter atop their list of 10 Incredible Women Who Have Fought for Equal Pay.

 

In this short video Scholar and author Stephanie Coontz takes us on a whirlwind historical tour that will change everything you thought you knew about the institution of marriage:

 


That’s all for this week! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest!

 


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Today is Equal Pay Day!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Today (April 14, 2015) is Equal Pay Day. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

 

We want to applaud fair pay champion and speaker Lilly Ledbetter for her tireless efforts to highlight this issue and ensure it remains a part of our national dialogue.  Go Lilly!

 

Here’s a bit of of what our other awesome speakers and activists have been up to this past week:

 

Charles C. Mann has an intriguing new essay set to appear in the latest edition of Adbusters magazine.

 

The City of Boston welcomed Kathleen Hanna to the Wilbur Theatre last Thursday by declaring 4/9/15 “Riot Grrl Day.”  Awesome!

Riot Grrl Boston

 

 

Head over to the Guardian and check out Jessica Valenti’s latest essay.

 

That’s all for this week — be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest!

 


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Trending Now: Lilly Ledbetter, Richard Feldman, and Gary Hirshberg

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Want the latest from our speakers who are making headlines? Look no further:

 

The Toledo Blade chronicles Lilly Ledbetter’s journey to becoming the face of the movement for equal pay for equal work.

 

Gawker media poses an interesting question: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has done wonders to popularize science, who will do the same for the humanities?

 

Congratulations to Richard Feldman, firearms industry expert, who has just been asked to join Global Digital Solutions’ advisory board.

 

This weekend, the Social Ventures Institute founded by Stonyfield Farms CEO Gary Hirshberg, hosts its annual retreat for emerging social entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders.

 

Emery Jones, Boy Science Wonder, is at it again. Don’t miss his latest adventure.

 

That’s all for us — be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


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Trending Now: Equal Pay Day, SNL, and The Search for General TSO

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Here’s what our speakers are up to this week:

 

Women’s rights leader and speaker Lilly Ledbetter joins President Barack Obama as he plans to sign two executive orders today to mark Equal Pay Day.

 

Check out a great spoof of Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on Saturday Night Live (jump to 3:05).

 

Ian Cheney’s latest film, THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO hits the big screen in a few weeks at the Independent Film Festival of Boston.

 

At the Washington Blade, comedian and speaker Kate Clinton describes the importance of documenting the history of the LGBTQ movement.

 

Don’t forget to check out the latest adventure from Emery Jones – Boy Science Wonder.

 

That’s all for today  – be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


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Weekly Round Up – State of the Union and more!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Good afternoon!

 

We start off with a quick reminder that President Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address this evening. The address is scheduled to begin at 9PM.  Look for fierce crusader and client,  Lilly Ledbetter, namesake of the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, who will be in attendance!

 

We are very encouraged by President Obama and Vice President Biden’s recent announcement that they will be forming a task force to address the very real problem of sexual assault on college campuses. The White House Council on Women and Girls report, entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” found that 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been victims of sexual assaults. The Obama Administration needs to be commended for keeping this issue at the forefront of our national conversation.

 

Now let’s take a look at what some of our other speakers have been up to this past week…

 

First, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest client, filmmaker Shola Lynch!

 

Less than two months to go until the March 9th premiere of the new Cosmos series on Fox! Check out Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s chat with ADWEEK in which he describes his first taste of the universe: “When you’re a New Yorker, there is no night sky,” he says. “You’ll see the moon, maybe a planet or two, but there’s no relationship with the night sky. So, I saw my first night sky at age 9 at the Hayden Planetarium. And it was so compelling and so much of a kind of mental baptism that I thought it was a hoax. But that was it—that was the night the universe chose me to study it.”

 

Eco-warrior Emily Hunter has been hard at work on her latest documentary series entitled “Activism 2.0”.  The first installment of the new series focuses on the group “The Black Fish”.  You can see a clip from the film here.

 

Surfing for Change activist Kyle Thiermann rides some giant swells and continues to spread his environmental message at the Mavericks Invitational in Half Moon Bay, CA.

 

On NPR’s Tell Me More, Spencer Overton and Heritage Sr. Legal Fellow John Malcolm have a lively discussion on the Voting Rights Amendment Act and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration Proposals.

 

Evil Dead and Burn Notice star, Bruce Campbell, talks with the Columbian about his appreciation for conventions like this past weekend’s Wizard World Portland Comic Con, which have opened up fan access to celebrities.  “When I was a kid, I didn’t have any place to go to meet my heroes,” Campbell said. “Baseball did some of that early on (with signing and card trading events) but the comic con and pop culture stuff – that came later.”

 

Dr. Robert Bullard pens a piece for Op Ed News explaining “Why Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Must Be a National Priority”.

 

Finally, we leave you on a comical note – head over to Forbes to check out Liza Donnelly’s interview with Kate Clinton as a part of her series on ‘Professionally Funny Women’.

 

Have a great week and be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!

 


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Weekly Round Up: From Gender Equality to Net Neutrality

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

 

Looks like our neighbors on the East coast are bracing for another snowstorm over the next few days, stay safe and stay warm!  We hope that everyone celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday!   We honor his legacy and work and encourage folks to remember him in giving back to their communities.

 

Here’s a look at what some of our speakers were up to this past week.

 

The reimagined Cosmos series starring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson will premier March 9th on FOX!  Seth MacFarlane-the show’s executive  producer and star Dr. Tyson  talk about the show with USA Today, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, the Wrap, the LA Times, Zap2It, Channel Guide, TV Equals, Chron, Mother Nature Network, National Monitor, Engadget, and International Business Times.  Whew!

 

Five years out from the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter herself takes to the pages of the Washington Post to urge further action toward closing the gender pay gap.

 

In the pages of the New York Times, Dr. Stephanie Coontz responds to Maria Shriver’s star-studded offering, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, taking the reader through the gendered economy of the US, past and present.  “Whether they realize it or not, men now have a direct stake in policies that advance gender equity.”

 

Mother Jones asks Kathleen Hanna to share what she listens to, 16 years after Bikini Kill.  She tells the Guardian, “I don’t feel like an icon at all, more like a singing social worker, or a person with a bizarre back story..”  At the Rumpus, she answers questions on topics from technology and recording processes available in her different musical projects to her abortion at age 15, paid for with her McDonald’s wages.

 

At the Huffington Post, law scholar Spencer Overton avers that a bipartisan Voting Rights Act is possible.

 

“I was born in a culture where music was breath,” kentucky.com quotes Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon as saying.  “If you start to sing as soon as you start to talk, then there’s no separation between talking and singing.”

 

The Mathematical Association of America awards Steven StrogatzJoy of X its 2014 Euler Book Prize for showing “that these subjects have a beautiful side, a playful side, a mysterious side, and a practical side even in our present-day cyberculture.”

 

At io9, Annalee Newitz shares the results of a tech company’s experiment, proving that “booth babes” do not increase sales.  She also covers the latest threat to net neutrality.

 

Tucson Weekly takes a retrospective on Ted Conover’s landmark 1987 book Coyotes, wherein the author joined migrants struggling to cross the US-Mexico border, marveling that the tome, with all its tales of desperation, “is now a quaint anecdote compared to the unimaginable horror today’s migrants face in an era of increased post-Sept. 11 anti-terror border vigilance and drug-running sociopaths.”

 

Anticipating his performance in Nanaimo, its newspaper writes of Raffi, “Whether it’s singing ‘Bananaphone’ or calling upon the Canadian government to consider ‘reasonable regulations on the Internet,’ Raffi’s endeavors are often aimed at making the world a better place for its youngest inhabitants.”  Similarly, Kelowna’s newspaper interviews Raffi in anticipation of his appearance, asking what about children he finds inspirational.  “Children are the embodiment of joy. They seek meaning in life and they do it in wonder-filled ways.”

 

Did you know there are nearly 5,000 extant varieties of potato?  Peppered with fun facts about the tuber’s history, Charles C. Mann at the Smithsonian writes how this New World crop fed empire and gave rise to modern industrial agriculture.

 

That’s all for now – be sure to check back on Friday – our weekly Friday videos are back starting this week!!


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