Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Innovator’s Path – How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-Usual
Book Review by Gloria Buono-Daly
GBDaly Smile Rating - 5 smiles Up )))))


“If innovation is to happen in our businesses, we must become – and our team members must become – an organization of listeners.”
~~ Madge M. Meyer, Founder & Owner of Madge Meyer Consulting, LLC, award winning corporate innovation leader; Speaker and Author of The Innovator’s Path – How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-Usual

The Innovator’s Path – How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations can Make Innovation Business-as Usual by Madge M. Meyer is an insightful and intriguing cross-cultural look into unique perspectives on how innovation happens and leaves readers uplifted by the wonder of “cross-cultural phenomenom,” a term that has become synonymous with the author.

Meyer shares how her experiences including her family life in Asia-- born in Shanghai, China, and then moving to Hong Kong in her teens -- have influenced her as leading business innovator.

As a former Chief Innovation Officer and distinguished corporate leader in information technology and telecommunications for IBM, Merrill Lynch and, most recently, Executive Vice President for over a decade at State Street Corporation, Meyer is also an award winning corporate innovator who is passionate about making innovation “Business-as-Usual.”


Meyer’s eight chapter book introduces eight essential disciplines -- Listen, Lead, Position, Promote, Connect, Commit, Execute, and Evolve -- in a very unique yet practical way; Besides the creative theme Chinese Ideograms alongside each opening chapter title, Meyer shares her thought processes, approaches, and her experiences behind her successes and innovations. Also included are Meyer’s interviews with many prominent business leaders, who were also contributors to her book.

I was particularly impressed by the way Meyer shares how her mother’s advice “Love life and love people,” has taught her to become a better negotiator and to build trust with people in business, and develop mutually supportive relationships which ultimately lead to valuable lasting connections throughout her business career and in her personal life.

“…people prefer to do business with people they know and trust. We all are more likely to go the extra mile for respect … When we treat vendors fairly and honorably, they can truly become our strategic partners.”
~~ Madge M. Meyer, The Innovator’s Path (page 101)


The big smile factor in the book was when Meyer shared a story of when one of her colleagues, a CEO of a technology company was referred to as "Santa Clause" for all the innovations he contributed to his client.

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Whether you are seeking to improve on your career, your company’s product, or have an idea you want to expand, The Innovator’s Path by Madge Meyer will provide you with the knowledge, strategic thinking and wonderful stories behind innovations that will motivate and inspire you to want to move forward in your projects. The Innovator’s Path – How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-Usual by Madge Meyer is on sale now.

RESOURCES:
●   Official Madge M. Meyer Web site
●   The Innovator’s Path by Madge M. Meyer on Amazon.com



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy 102nd Halloween America ▲ And Happy 15th Halloween Google Doodle



"Double, double toil and trouble;
fire burn and cauldron bubble."

~~ William Shakespeare, “Macbeth, 1611

English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". (1564-1616)


Google has been creating Halloween doodles since 1999. This year Google goes trick or treating and celebrates Happy Halloween with their 15th spooky, entertaining, " interactive doodle treat.

You can concoct your own witches brew potion with this innovative witches brew interactive doodle.

Using combinations of apple, bone, skull or tonic by clicking on the icon will stir up different witch brews.

Are you a kind sparkling, good witch or a mean green, bad witch?

Much more than a just a Google doodle, today many internet surfers enjoyed spooky, interactive, search results instead of Google’s customary and “I’m Feeling Lucky” search options.

Fifteen Halloween's ago, Google posted it's very first Halloween Google Doodle.

Photo right, screen capture of Google's first Halloween Doodle, October 31, 1999.

Internationally, Halloween's first celebration traces back 118 years ago in Scotland (1895)and for North America the first Halloween was 102 years ago (1911).

To experience Google's Halloween doodle for yourself, visit this Google Halloween 2013 doodle.

This year doodle is a far cry from last year’s haunted house jack-o-lantern and the year before with the pumpkin-carving medley inspired doodle.

Here'a is the link to last year’s Google Halloween 2012 doodle and to Google's 2011 carving pumpkin doodle.

Happy Halloween to you and yours!



What do you think of Google’s Halloween doodle today?

ABOUT HALLOWEEN AND HISTORY

Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as All Hallows' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows (or All Saints) and the day initiating the triduum of Hallowmas.

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Children go in costume from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or sometimes money, with the question, "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" refers to "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.

According to Frank Leslie's popular monthly, (Volume 40, November 1895, p. 540-543) in Scotland and Ireland, guising – children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins – is a traditional Halloween custom, and was recorded in Scotland at Halloween as far back as 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visited homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.

The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America was first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighborhood was first noted by Rogers, Nicholas, "Coming Over: Halloween in North America". Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night. p.76. Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-19-514691-3.

American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of Halloween in the US; The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), and references souling in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America":

"The taste in Hallowe'en festivities now is to study old traditions, and hold a Scotch party, using Burn's poem Hallowe'en as a guide; or to go a-souling as the English used. In short, no custom that was once honored at Hallowe'en is out of fashion now."

OTHER RESOURCES

▲ Google's Halloween doodle turns you into a witch, CNET, http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57610125-93/googles-halloween-doodle-turns-you-into-a-witch/
▲ The wizards behind Google's doodles, CNET, http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57573307-93/the-wizards-behind-googles-doodles/
▲ Halloween witch: The real history behind Google's doodle, The Christian Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2013/1031/Halloween-witch-The-real-history-behind-Google-s-doodle
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Macy’s celebrates another year: Happy 155th to Macy’s


“…He looked like something that had gotten loose from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade …”
~~ Harpo Marx

(Nov. 23, 1888 – Sept. 28, 1964)American comedian, film star and second-oldest Marx brother


Obviously, the Marx Brothers shopped at Macy's. Did you know that 155 years ago today, October 28th in 1858 Macy's had the first day of business? Happy 155th to Macys!

One of the most popular department stores around is still described by many as being the “largest store in the world,” (however South Korea has a store twice the size).

Macys has a history of traditions and culture including being featured in the 1947 movie "Miracle on 34th Street," sponsorship of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City since 1924, and also sponsoring New York City's annual Fourth of July fireworks display since 1976.

Founded by Rowland Hussey Macy between 1843 and 1855, four retail dry goods stores were opened, including the original Macy's store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts, (established in 1851) to serve the mill industry employees of the area.

All four Macy’s stores would fail, but Macy would learn from his mistakes.

He moved to New York City in 1858 and established a new store named "R.H. Macy Dry Goods" on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Street.

He strategically positioned the location to be far north of where the other dry goods stores were at the time.



Born in Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, as a teenager, Macy worked on the whaling ship, the Emily Morgan.

While working on this ship, at the age of 15, Macy decided to get a red star tattooed on his hand. Little did anyone know that he would carry this star theme with him and incorporate it on all of Macy's emblems and logos.

Still touted as the most popular department store in the world, Macy's biggest asset is its brand.

The vision of Macy and his little red star tattoo on his hand as a 15 year old (approximately 140 years ago), is a testament of how far imaginations and dreams can go. Below is a collage of some of the many Macy's logos and themes over the years that incorporate the star:





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Saturday, October 26, 2013

See What You Missed Video of the Women's Media Center 2013 Women's Media Awards: You should have been there


“See What You Missed” video is here. Enjoy and stay tuned for “One to One interviews." Watch, enjoy and see why you should have been there.
"A toast to the founders of WMC -- these 3 goddesses who have been raising hell through raising consciousness."
~~ Lily Tomlin , host of the Women’s Media Center 2013 Women’s Media Awards font> , American actress, comedian, writer, and producer and major force in American comedy, on WMC Co-founders -- Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan -- as quoted during the WMC Women's Media Awards gala at 853 Park Avenue in New York City, October 8, 2013.





Photos above left, and to the right of Lily Tomlin by Gloria Buono-Daly.




On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, celebrities, personalities, feminists, artists, business and media leaders gathered for The Women’s Media Center 2013 Women’s Media Awards hosted by Lily Tomlin – Tony, Grammy and Emmy® Award-winning actress, comedian, writer, and producer and major force in American comedy since the 1960s.

Photo below right of WMC 2013 Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award recipient, Maria Teresa Kumar by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Co-founders Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan were among the presenters.

Honorees are:
♦ Christiane Amanpour - Pat Mitchell Life Time Achievement Award;
♦ Sheila C. Johnson - Visionary Role Model and Corporate Leader Award;
♦ Maria Teresa Kumar - Carol Jenkins Emerging Journalist Award.

The full house event held at 583 Park Avenue, a spectacular venue on 63rd and Park Avenue in New York City is charmed with magnificent motifs and architecture reminiscent of the bygone era.


Photos above left, exterior 583 Park Avenue and below right crystal chandelier adorns the dinner reception hall by Gloria Buono-Daly.

This event marks the 5th annual awards celebration which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advancing women’s and girls’ visibility and power in media.

The WMC 2013 Women's Media Awards event is co-chaired by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, Gloria Steinem, Gayle King, Loreen Arbus, Pat Mitchell, Martha Nelson, Carol Jenkins, Jewelle Bickford, Lauren Embrey, Jodie Evans and Gloria Feldt.
Photo below left of Jane Fonda by Gloria Buono-Daly.
Jane Fonda presented the Social Media Award to 31 year old, Lindy West, writer at Jezebel.

The honoree was selected online by twelve distinguished digital journalists, bloggers, and thought leaders.

"Social media has brought news and differing perspectives to the world and changed the conversation...It is where the power to make significant change exists today," said Fonda.

The Women’s Media Center 2013 Awards represent a powerful, influential, emerging, and engaging media force.

Many more photos posted at Facebook album titled The Women's Media 2013 Women's Media Awards.



Photo right Gloria Steinem by Gloria Buono-Daly.


Photo left of WMC 2013 Visionary Role Model and Corporate Leadership Award recipient, Sheila C. Johnson by Gloria Buono-Daly.

Photo right of WMC 2013 Pat Mitchell Life Time Achievement Award recipient, Christiane Amanpour by Gloria Buono-Daly.


Photo below left of Robin Morgan by Gloria Buono-Daly.

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Very exciting, this year to have the opportunity to interview Co-Founders Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, host Lily Tomlin as well as all 3 honorees -- Christiane Amanpour, Sheila Johnson and Maria Teresa Kumar along with many other special guests including Tamsen Fadal, Stacey Tisdale, Kathleen Turner, etc.

It's all things red carpet excitement and media extravaganza tonight as The Women’s Media Center celebrates honorees of The Women’s Media Center 2013 Awards. The Women's Media Awards 2013 for Social Media was also announced.
“See What You Missed” video is here. Enjoy and stay tuned for “One to One interviews”


Stellar attendees and presenters read like a “Who’s Who” in media and philanthropy and included
• Gayle King, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning and an editor-at-large for O Magazine. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Sally Field, two time Academy Award-winning actress, producer, director, and screenwriter.
• Kathleen Turner, Golden Globe-winning actress.
• Kathy Najimy, actress and comedian.
• Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center.
• Pat Mitchell, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media, Founding Co-Chair of The Women's Media Center, former Women’s Media Award Honoree. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Loreen Arbus, First woman to head up programming at a major U.S. network, disability rights activist/producer/Founder & Chair of Women Who Care. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Martha Nelson, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc., former Women’s Media Award Honoree. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Carol Jenkins, author, former WNBC Anchor, former and Founding President of The Women’s Media Center, contributing writer for The Huffington Post, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Jewelle Bickford, Partner and Wealth Adviser at Evercore Wealth Management, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Lauren Embrey, President and CEO of the Embrey Family Foundation and CEO of Embrey Interests, Ltd.; Board Chair of The Women’s Media Center. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Jodie Evans, Co-Founder of CODEPINK/Peace, environmentalist, women's rights & social justice activist, Board Member of The Women’s Media Center. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Gloria Feldt, The New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, and feminist leader. Co Founder and President of Take The Lead. Co-Chair of the Women’s Media Awards.
• Tamsen Fadal, Emmy Award-winning Anchor, WPIX Television News.
• Tim Morehouse, U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist & E! News Correspondent.
• Rachael Kun Morehouse, Emmy-winning Associate Producer, 60 Minutes.
• Blake Morgan, musician, singer-songwriter, music producer, and CEO of ECR Music Group.
• Patricia Bosworth, noted journalist, biographer and contributing edtior, Vanity Fair.
• Francine LeFrak, award-winning theatrical, television and film producer; entrepreneur and philanthropist.
• Jane Wagner, Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer.
• Lori Sokol, Founder & Publisher, Sokol Media Inc.; contributing writer for The Huffington Post; and Board Chair, Women’s eNews.
• Suzanne Braun Levine, author and editor. First female Editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and the first Editor of Ms. Magazine.
• Maya Harris, Vice President for Democracy, Rights and Justice at the Ford Foundation.
• Geneva Overholser, Professor and former Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
• Julie Zeilinger, blogger& feminist writer; founder of the feminist blog, The F Bomb; author of the book A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism is Not a Dirty Word.
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Additional resources:

The Women’s Media Center – founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem – works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media. The influence of the media is the most powerful economic and cultural force today. By deciding who gets to talk, what shapes the debate, who writes and what is important enough to report, the media shapes our understanding of who we are and what we do.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

The 11th Annual Work Life Matters Gala honors top companies for LGBT


"...an increasing number of companies are becoming more engaged by providing benefits, services and support for LGBT employees. This year, three of these companies are being honored for the second consecutive year, with another eleven being honored for the very first time. All of these companies are true pioneers and are very courageous to have stepped forward. But they know that by supporting all employees, everybody benefits, regardless of sexual orientation. It's all about attracting and retaining the best talent, and it is our hope that other companies will follow suit."
~~ Lori Sokol, Ph.D., Founder & Publisher of Work Life Matters, Contributing Writer for The Huffington Post & Board Chair of Women’s eNews.
Photo above right, Lori Sokol, Ph.D., by AllThingsDigitalMarketing.com.

Photo left of "Rainbow Carpet" by AllThingsDigitalmarketing.com.

Photo Collage below courtesy of Work Life Matters and James Grant PR.
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, corporate business leaders, VIPs, performing artists, actors, celebrities, entrepreneurs, leaders in media, personalities, philanthropists, activists, advocates and politicians gathered at the premiere members-only, Club 101 on Park Avenue in New York City for The 11th Annual Work Life Matters Gala Honoring Top Companies for LGBT Equality.

Rich vivid colored logos transformed the backdrop which complimented the “rainbow” carpet as stellar attendees graced the atmosphere to share their thoughts and perspectives on the importance of LGBT Equality and to celebrate the leading 14 companies being honored.

The select list of Top Companies for 2013 represents the industry leaders who have pioneered leadership for LGBT equality and have spearheaded programs, partner benefits and other initiatives for equal opportunity for all employees including disabled.


Honored Corporations for 2013 are:
AVON
CVS CAREMARK
DECHERT LLP
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS
ELI LILLY
INTEL
MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL
METLIFE
MICROSOFT
MORGAN STANLEY
NEW YORK LIFE
TD BANK
UNITED AIRLINES
WELLSFARGO




Stellar guests included:

♦ Tamsen Fadal, Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News
♦ Chase Coleman, Star of the hit series “In Between Men"
♦ Lauren Logiudice, Actress/Writer
♦ Timothy Mandala, 30 Rock, The Ropes & All My Children
♦ Aryn Cole, The Sisters Plotz , Ugly Betty, All My Children
♦ Jennifer Gelfer, Actress, Director, Co-Executive Producer & Director of "In Between Men"
♦ Stacey Tisdale, Business Correspondent, Al Jazeera America
♦ Scott Stanford, Co-Anchor, PIX 11 News
♦ Quincy Morris, Executive Producer & Creator of "In Between Men"
♦ Wendy Diamond, Publisher of Animal Fair Media/Philanthropist/Correspondent for The Today Show
♦ Nick Mathews, Star of the hit series "In Between Men"
♦ Camilla Barungi, Model/Entrepreneur/Activist of "Project Runway" fame
♦ Javier Gomez, Noted fine art photographer/Activist
♦ Candace Johnson, Author & television personality, "Sleeping with MANHattan"
♦ Levi Wilson, Actor, "The Sisters Plotz"
♦ Lisa Ferber, Playwright, visual artist, screenwriter, story writer, lyricist & Creator of The Sisters Plotz
♦ Josh Folan, "What Would Bears Do?," "All God's Creatures," "All My Children," "One Life to Live"
♦ Brice Mousset, Artistic director & founder of the acclaimed dance company OUI DANSE
♦ Lakey Wolff, Talent Agent, Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty Talent Agency (CESD)
♦ Erik Bottcher, Assistant Deputy Director of Community Outreach New York City Council
♦ Lois Braverman, President & CEO Ackerman Institute for the Family
♦ Lisa Hammer, Filmmaker, actress, composer & singer, The Sister Plotz


NYC's 101 Park Avenue venue, known for it’s spectacular millennial dining room, is one of the most highly rated membership-based business luncheon clubs in New York City.


Photos above left, exterior Club 101and below right "Big Subway-Motif Apple" sculpture adorns the dining hall entrance by AllThingsDigitalMarketing.com.

Work Life Matters Magazine is a national business publication that provides news and analysis about the corporate, public and social issues inherent in the quest for achieving effective work life balance on behalf of the nation’s workforce.

Published since 2002, the publication pays annual tribute to companies that serve as leaders in their respective fields by providing innovative and effective work life balance programs and policies for their employees.

For more information visit Work Life Matters web site .


Some event photos already posted on Facebook at The 11th Annual Work Life Matters Facebook Photo Album.

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Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include special interviews from the Founder and President as well as representatives from honored companies and special guests.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Moving Families Forward Gala benefitting Ackerman Institute for the Family: With exclusive Paterini.com photos and interviews by Gloria Buono-Daly

"... The institute was founded by my father and it's very exciting to see where we've been and where we're going..."
~~ Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, Board Member, Ackerman Institute for the Family and Honoree Ackerman Distinguished Service Award; Quote excerpt taken during red carpet interview.
Photo above of Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, courtesy of Andrew Paterini, Paterini.com.

"... After 53 years we moved our institute from the upper east side to it's new location at East 22nd and Broadway. And we built a state-of-the-art facility for the families that come to see us and for training the next generation of family therapists. So we're really thrilled, it's a very exciting year for us..."
~~ Lois Braverman, LCSW, President and CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. Excerpt taken during red carpet interview.
Photo above of Lois Braverman, courtesy of Andrew Paterini, Paterini.com.

"... I am a passport member of the Ackerman Institute and I'm a huge, huge...I love this place...incredibly intelligent people..."
~~ Trevor Crow, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, radio show host and author of new book "Forging Healthy Connections: How Relationships Fight Illness, 
Aging and Depression," co-authored by Maryann Karinch.
Photo above of Trevor Crow, courtesy of Andrew Paterini, Paterini.com.

Spectacular "see what you missed" photos on the red carpet are all courtesy of model, actor, photographer, Andrew Paterini, Paterini.com

There were many takeaways from this spectacular event and stay tuned for more coverage of one to one interviews to be added here soon including interview with event host Natalie Morales, NBC Today News Anchor and Co-Host of the third hour, Colin Farrell, Film Actor and Family Advocate, etc.


Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges. One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.


Photos from the Moving Families Forward Gala Event photo album are posted on Facebook. Please RSS feed this blog and visit frequently.


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Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include special interviews from the President of Ackerman Family Institute as well as honorees and host.

Additional resources:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a training institute for family and couple therapy. The Institute was founded in 1960, in New York City, by Nathan Ackerman, who became its first president and from whom the Institute derives its name. It is located at 936 Broadway, New York City.

Ackerman Institute's mission is to provide:
• Couple and family therapy services through its on-site Clinic (licensed by the State of New York Office of Mental Health).
• Training programs for mental health and other professionals on-site, in community settings and internationally.
• Research initiatives that focus on the development of new treatment models and training techniques.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Moving Families Forward Gala honoring film actor and family advocate Colin Farrell


"Raising a child with special needs puts the family in a category all of its own … The child’s needs become a powerful organizing force within the family and at the same time create intense challenges and strong emotions affecting family life and relationships ... Colin Farrell’s work with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome reflects his deep understanding about the many challenges that families with special needs children face."
~~ Lois Braverman, LCSW , President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Photo above left of Lois Braverman, President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Photo right pictured top L-R Colin Farrell, Natalie Morales, Jeannie Ackerman Curhan and Christopher J. Spano. Photos courtesy of Ackerman.org and James Grant PR.

On Monday, October 21, 2013, entrepreneurs, celebrities, personalities, philanthropists and business leaders are gathering for the seventh annual Moving Families Forward Gala benefitting The Ackerman Institute for the Family.

Natalie Morales, News Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY & Co-Host of the third hour, is hosting for the third consecutive year.


Photo below left of Moving Families Forward gala information scanned from Ackerman.org Web site.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health. This year’s Ackerman Award Honorees, all of whom will be attending the gala, are:

Honorees are:
♦ Colin Farrell, Actor & Family Advocate - Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award
♦ Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, Ackerman Board Member - Ackerman Distinguished Service Award
♦ Christopher J. Spano, President, CJS Builders - Ackerman Corporate Partner Award


The event, being held at NYC's spectacular Waldorf Astoria, is the most luxurious and prestigious art deco landmark in NYC.

The Waldorf Astoria is recognized as a “Historic Hotel of America” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is also the first hotel to offer room service.


Photos above left, exterior Waldorf Astoria and below right crystal chandelier adorns the dining ballroom by Gloria Buono-Daly.
Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Martha Fling and Alice Netter.

They are members of the Board of Directors of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and staunch supporters of its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities.

The entertainment for the Gala will be John Pizzarelli Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli.

The host of the auction will be C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s.

Photo below left of Ackerman's new downtown location, 936 Broadway, New York, NY taken from Ackerman News Blogspot.
Since 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family has achieved international prominence and earned national awards for the development of innovative models of family therapy, professional training, and community programs for families facing major life challenges. One of the first training institutions in the United States committed to promoting family functioning and family mental health, Ackerman is dedicated to helping families at all stages of family life.


Event photos are already posted on Facebook soon at the Moving Families Forward Gala benefitting The Ackerman Institute for the Family photo album. Please share and visit frequently.


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Stay tuned for the exciting “See What You Missed” video of the event which will include special interviews from the President of Ackerman Family Institute as well as honorees and host.

Additional resources:

The Ackerman Institute for the Family is a training institute for family and couple therapy. The Institute was founded in 1960, in New York City, by Nathan Ackerman, who became its first president and from whom the Institute derives its name. It is located at 936 Broadway, New York City.

Ackerman Institute's mission is to provide:
• Couple and family therapy services through its on-site Clinic (licensed by the State of New York Office of Mental Health).
• Training programs for mental health and other professionals on-site, in community settings and internationally.
• Research initiatives that focus on the development of new treatment models and training techniques.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy 162nd to Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick



“There she blows!-there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Moby Dick!”
~~ Herman Melville, American author, quote taken from his book, Moby Dick, chapter 133: The Chase -- First Day (b. August 1, 1819 – d. September 28, 1891)


Hard to believe, Herman Melville’s classic, "Moby Dick," was not well received 162 years ago (1851) by British reviewers and bombed big time. Hard to believe native New Yorker author, Herman Melville coined "There she blows ~ There she blows ..." Image above screenshot taken from Google doodle, celebrating Moby Dick's 161st as posted on October 18, 2012 at Google.com.

Classified as American Romanticism, in Britain it was first published by Richard Bentley in London on October 18, 1851 and on November 14, 1851 in the U.S.

"Moby Dick" sold only 500 copies in the United Kingdom, compared to 6,700 for Melville's first book, "Typee."

According to The Christian Science Monitor“shortly after Melville's death in 1891, his publisher reprinted several of his novels, including "Moby Dick."

These new editions excited New York's literary scene. Like long-smoldering embers, this underground movement kept Melville's name alive.

Eventually, the flame spread. So much discussion surrounded "Moby Dick" that many people gave the book a second chance.”






Other Resources
The Christian Science Monitor, Herman Melville books: At first, 'Moby Dick' was a total flop

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

QR Codes Kill Kittens:▲▲ How to Alienate
Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your
Business into the Ground

book Review by Gloria Buono-Daly
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“When you send a QR code to me in an email, it’s on my phone. The camera that would scan the QR code is on the back of the phone. Unless I’m some sort of a Jedi, I can’t scan it…..A QR code is fancy code for link. I have seen QR codes on billboards off the freeway. It takes me 11 minutes to scan a QR code stationary -- driving a car! … I see them on subway platforms. You have no signal. You can’t scan it… Think, think before you do. I think QR codes are brilliant if used properly …"
~~ Scott Stratten, President of Un-Marketing, expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing; Author of QR Codes Kill Kittens @unmarketing

QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground by Scott Stratten is a surprise marketing story that entertains while providing valuable takeaways and “untakeaways.”
The fabulous 4-color picture book simplifies marketing strategy and let’s the reader vividly understand the various improper uses of QR codes all while shedding light on the importance of incorporating sophisticated logic and good old common sense.

There is a great video rant from Scott on QR Codes and technology slip-ups in the first bullet item in the "Resources" section below.


Through humor and delightful insights, Stratten describes the many marketing approaches and myths practiced by many professionals which simply destroy business (kill kittens).

QR Codes Kill Kittens is divided into four sections illustrating why QR codes represent what’s wrong with business today including; They Don't Work, Nobody Likes Them, They are Selfish and They Take Up Valuable Time Better Spent Elsewhere.

The "conclusion" section includes a scan of a hand illustrated "Helpful Flow Chart," which leaves you smiling.
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If you are wondering why your marketing campaigns are not working you need to read this easy, quick read, picture book. QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground by Scott Stratten is on sale now everywhere.

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    ● ●   Scott Stratten video “The Problem with QR Codes”
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    ● ●   Official Scott Stratten Web site
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    ● ●   Scott Stratten on Google+
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    ● ●   Scott Stratten Vegas 30 Podcast, co-host Allison Kramer
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Photos courtesy of Scott Stratten and John Wiley & Sons (c) 2014.

Photo scan of book pages - Excerpted with permission of the publisher, Wiley, from QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, and Drive Your Business into the Ground by Scott Stratten. Copyright (c) 2014 by Scott Stratten. All rights reserved. This book is available at all bookstores and online booksellers.



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