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Balboa Park Institutions Awarded Parker Foundation Grant to Advance Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

“Balboa Park is often called San Diego’s cultural center, and this effort will ensure that people from all cultures feel represented and welcomed at the organizations, both within their walls and through their visitor facing programs.”

SAN DIEGO (PRWEB) January 19, 2020
In December 2019 the Parker Foundation, an independent, private foundation and California non-profit corporation, awarded the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaborative body of 26 Balboa Park institutions, a grant of $38,000 in support of the organization’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) initiative project – a first step in working to advance these practices across the park’s non-profit organizations. Stemming from the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership’s mission to unite, advance and preserve Balboa Park’s cultural institutions for present and future generations, the IDEA initiative directly supports a cohort of participating organizations.
“We’re aiming to support the park’s non-profit organizations in advancing equity and diversity in the workplace from the inside out,” said Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations at the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and the IDEA Initiative facilitator. “Balboa Park is often called San Diego’s cultural center, and this effort will ensure that people from all cultures feel represented and welcomed at the organizations, both within their walls and through their visitor facing programs. We’re so grateful for this opportunity from the Parker Foundation.”
The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership has identified the first cohort of organizations who will benefit from the grant. In partnership with Culture Amp, a culture analytics agency, the Cultural Partnership will use the grant to facilitate assessments of the participating organizations’ employee engagement and perception of inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Results of the survey will inform policy and procedure updates at organizations such as the Fleet Science Center, the San Diego History Center, the San Diego Museum of Man, Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Natural History Museum and Mingei International Museum. If more funding is made available, additional Balboa Park organizations will participate in the program, with a goal of all organizations completing assessments in the near future.
“As a county-wide organization connecting San Diegans to the power of Science, we at the Fleet Science Center believe IDEA as a necessary and integral aspect of our work,” said Ashanti Davis, Fleet Exhibitions Manager. “We are excited as an organization to explore the changing values and norms of our internal team but also as a cultural institution in San Diego to take meaningful steps towards our collective future in Balboa Park.”
The cultural assessments for the first cohort of organizations will be conducted through the first half of the year, with completion by August 31st of 2020.
About the Balboa Park Cultural PartnershipThe Balboa Park Cultural Partnership serves as the collaborative body and collective voice for 26 arts, science, and cultural institutions in Balboa Park. The Cultural Partnership’s programs, including the Balboa Park Explorer Pass, Balboa Park Sustainability Program, One Park – One Team Program and the Balboa Park Learning Institute, aim to achieve greater effectiveness, innovation, and excellence and contribute to the vitality and sustainability of Balboa Park. The collective of 7,000 volunteers, and 3,500 staff members, and 500 trustees serve more than 6.2 million visitors annually.For more information about the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, visit bpcp.org.
About the Parker FoundationThe Parker Foundation was founded on October 5, 1971 for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of life for all people of San Diego County. With a net endowment of $42 million, the Foundation has granted over $54 million since inception.
An independent, private foundation and California non-profit corporation, the Parker Foundation is limited by its governing instruments to funding charitable organizations operating only within San Diego County.
About Culture AmpFounded in 2011, Culture Amp is a software company dedicated to helping companies collect, understand, and act on the data required to make the best decisions about people and culture. Culture Amp has a history of being at the forefront of employee engagement technology having created the world’s first real-time employee engagement platform which incorporates real-time driver analysis. We had observed that even though business leaders universally understood the importance of their people, the tools being used to understand them and make decisions had not kept pace with innovations on the customer side. Culture Amp was founded to address this issue starting with the employee survey. Culture Amp is now the employee feedback platform used globally for culture first organizations such as Adobe, Airbnb, Condé Nast, Mercy Health, Pixar, Salesforce, Slack, Virgin Hotels, Warby Parker, and more than 2,500 other world-class organizations.

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Conectis and Igor Announce Partnership to Deliver Advance Smart Building Solutions throughout Europe

DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
U.S.-based Igor and France-based Conectis, a subsidiary of Rexel, today announced a partnership to improve access to industry-leading smart building technology throughout Western Europe. Effective immediately, Conectis customers can acquire Nexos, Igor’s smart building platform. Conectis will distribute Nexos as part of its Gigamedia IT solution set, a leading networking infrastructure technology.
Across nine European countries (France, Germany, Italy, the Nordics, Spain and the UK), the total number of smart systems sold will nearly triple between 2018 and 2022, to reach over 8 million. The stock of smart buildings in France alone is expected to reach 10 million by 2022.
Igor’s Nexos IoT platform aligns with the larger Conectis product portfolio, which consists of components critical to the infrastructure of intelligent buildings. Nexos is a universal, end-to-end Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) smart building solution that compliments Conectis’ expertise in cabling systems and network architecture.
The relationship between Igor and Conectis began in 2016 when leaders from both companies met at a European trade show. In anticipation of the European smart building market rapid growth, Conectis executives were searching for an IoT, PoE platform to offer its expanding customer base.
“PoE will be the heart of smart building infrastructure,” said Luc Debert, Conectis business unit manager. “Over three years of testing, we’ve discovered Igor’s platform carries with it numerous advantages. Adding the Nexos platform to our offering will help us deliver the kind of advanced IoT technology our customers are demanding.”
While most PoE-based solutions on the market today focus solely on intelligent lighting, Nexos has a robust reach that touches the entire smart building ecosystem. Building managers can solve a variety of problems from one platform.
“The timing is right,” said Debert. “Our expertise, combined with Igor’s proven technology, is a winning combination to serve the diverse needs within the smart building markets. Our companies work well together on a technical level, and also on a personal level. That is important to us when it comes to upholding our reputation for excellence in client services.”
“We are excited about our partnership with Conectis,” said Steve L’Heureux, CEO of Igor. “Conectis is an innovative, agile company led by forward-thinking executives and with the strength of a 13-billion Euro corporation behind it. It has a well-earned reputation for excellence and a clear vision to lead in smart building implementations. Conectis has been a great company to work with throughout this whole process, and we know they will do an amazing job delivering bundled turnkey smart building solutions to their customers throughout Western Europe.”
About IgorIgor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to enable smart and secure buildings. Combined with an open API and real-time data, Nexos is a forward-looking technology that seamlessly integrates advanced lighting controls with building systems, low-voltage devices, business applications and more. Now installed in more than 30 countries, Nexos delivers on the global market’s readiness to enter the IoT world. For more information, visit igor-tech.com.
About ConectisConectis is a company within the Rexel group that specializes in the distribution of cable systems to computer networks and telecommunications. Rexel supports its customers in order to better manage their activities by offering them a range of adapted and scalable energy control products and services for construction, renovation, production and maintenance. For more information, visit conectis.com.
About GIGAMEDIAGIGAMEDIA is a French brand created in 1996 by CONECTIS part of Rexel Group. GIGAMEDIA has become the leading distributor of wiring systems in France and has been rapidly establishing throughout Europe. The solutions offered by GIGAMEDIA are key elements of smart building infrastructures with the following product ranges: copper and optical fibre cabling systems, racks, cabinets, tools, accessories as well as security, video surveillance and access control applications.
To learn more, visit gigamedia.net.

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Conectis and Igor Announce Partnership to Deliver Advance Smart Building Solutions throughout Europe

DES MOINES, Iowa (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
U.S.-based Igor and France-based Conectis, a subsidiary of Rexel, today announced a partnership to improve access to industry-leading smart building technology throughout Western Europe. Effective immediately, Conectis customers can acquire Nexos, Igor’s smart building platform. Conectis will distribute Nexos as part of its Gigamedia IT solution set, a leading networking infrastructure technology.
Across nine European countries (France, Germany, Italy, the Nordics, Spain and the UK), the total number of smart systems sold will nearly triple between 2018 and 2022, to reach over 8 million. The stock of smart buildings in France alone is expected to reach 10 million by 2022.
Igor’s Nexos IoT platform aligns with the larger Conectis product portfolio, which consists of components critical to the infrastructure of intelligent buildings. Nexos is a universal, end-to-end Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) smart building solution that compliments Conectis’ expertise in cabling systems and network architecture.
The relationship between Igor and Conectis began in 2016 when leaders from both companies met at a European trade show. In anticipation of the European smart building market rapid growth, Conectis executives were searching for an IoT, PoE platform to offer its expanding customer base.
“PoE will be the heart of smart building infrastructure,” said Luc Debert, Conectis business unit manager. “Over three years of testing, we’ve discovered Igor’s platform carries with it numerous advantages. Adding the Nexos platform to our offering will help us deliver the kind of advanced IoT technology our customers are demanding.”
While most PoE-based solutions on the market today focus solely on intelligent lighting, Nexos has a robust reach that touches the entire smart building ecosystem. Building managers can solve a variety of problems from one platform.
“The timing is right,” said Debert. “Our expertise, combined with Igor’s proven technology, is a winning combination to serve the diverse needs within the smart building markets. Our companies work well together on a technical level, and also on a personal level. That is important to us when it comes to upholding our reputation for excellence in client services.”
“We are excited about our partnership with Conectis,” said Steve L’Heureux, CEO of Igor. “Conectis is an innovative, agile company led by forward-thinking executives and with the strength of a 13-billion Euro corporation behind it. It has a well-earned reputation for excellence and a clear vision to lead in smart building implementations. Conectis has been a great company to work with throughout this whole process, and we know they will do an amazing job delivering bundled turnkey smart building solutions to their customers throughout Western Europe.”
About IgorIgor’s flagship product, Nexos, is a PoE-based IoT smart building platform that incorporates hardware, software and cloud analytics to enable smart and secure buildings. Combined with an open API and real-time data, Nexos is a forward-looking technology that seamlessly integrates advanced lighting controls with building systems, low-voltage devices, business applications and more. Now installed in more than 30 countries, Nexos delivers on the global market’s readiness to enter the IoT world. For more information, visit igor-tech.com.
About ConectisConectis is a company within the Rexel group that specializes in the distribution of cable systems to computer networks and telecommunications. Rexel supports its customers in order to better manage their activities by offering them a range of adapted and scalable energy control products and services for construction, renovation, production and maintenance. For more information, visit conectis.com.
About GIGAMEDIAGIGAMEDIA is a French brand created in 1996 by CONECTIS part of Rexel Group. GIGAMEDIA has become the leading distributor of wiring systems in France and has been rapidly establishing throughout Europe. The solutions offered by GIGAMEDIA are key elements of smart building infrastructures with the following product ranges: copper and optical fibre cabling systems, racks, cabinets, tools, accessories as well as security, video surveillance and access control applications.
To learn more, visit gigamedia.net.

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Two Fundraising Leaders Join Expert RNL Team to Advance Philanthropy at Colleges and Universities

These leaders are innovative thinkers who will shape donor engagement in the next decade. They are some of the most dynamic and inspired experts in the field.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (PRWEB) January 09, 2020
RNL, the leading provider of higher education fundraising, enrollment, and student success solutions, welcomes two fundraising leaders to its deep and experienced team of philanthropy experts.
Justin Marquart is a fundraising professional with a depth of experience in both advancement and business. He’s transformed donor engagement at top-tier institutions such as Washington State University and with organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. His early career was with Intel, and he brings a wealth of experience from higher education, health care, and the corporate world.
Chad Warren returns to RNL after his most recent role at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served as senior vice president and executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. Chad has also served as a senior leader at The Ohio State University, Florida State University, and the University of Dayton. Warren presents regularly for AFP, AMA, CASE, AGN, and has worked as an independent consultant.
Marquart and Warren join Greta Daniels, Jay Finney, and Meg Weber, who were announced in late 2019. All five serve as vice presidents and fundraising consultants.
“This is an incredible team of experienced, successful and goal-driven experts. These leaders are innovative thinkers who will shape donor engagement in the next decade. They are some of the most dynamic and inspired experts in the field,” said Chris Bingley, senior vice president for fundraising at RNL, who also has two decades of experience as a campus fundraising professional and consultant. “We are fortunate to have such a creative and seasoned team to lead our ever-evolving innovations for donor engagement and giving.”
RNL’s fundraising experts are available for free consultations. Visit RuffaloNL.com/FundraisingConsultation to request a consultation and learn more.
About RNLRNL is the leading provider of higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising solutions. More than 1,900 colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations rely on RNL for advanced analytics, personalized engagement, and industry-leading insights to achieve their missions. The firm is focused on the entire lifecycle of enrollment and fundraising, assuring students find the right college or university, graduate on time, secure their first job in their chosen field, and give back to support the next generation. RNL conferences, research reports, papers, and articles help clients stay on top of current trends. Visit RuffaloNL.com.

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Two Fundraising Leaders Join Expert RNL Team to Advance Philanthropy at Colleges and Universities

These leaders are innovative thinkers who will shape donor engagement in the next decade. They are some of the most dynamic and inspired experts in the field.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (PRWEB) January 09, 2020
RNL, the leading provider of higher education fundraising, enrollment, and student success solutions, welcomes two fundraising leaders to its deep and experienced team of philanthropy experts.
Justin Marquart is a fundraising professional with a depth of experience in both advancement and business. He’s transformed donor engagement at top-tier institutions such as Washington State University and with organizations like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. His early career was with Intel, and he brings a wealth of experience from higher education, health care, and the corporate world.
Chad Warren returns to RNL after his most recent role at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he served as senior vice president and executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. Chad has also served as a senior leader at The Ohio State University, Florida State University, and the University of Dayton. Warren presents regularly for AFP, AMA, CASE, AGN, and has worked as an independent consultant.
Marquart and Warren join Greta Daniels, Jay Finney, and Meg Weber, who were announced in late 2019. All five serve as vice presidents and fundraising consultants.
“This is an incredible team of experienced, successful and goal-driven experts. These leaders are innovative thinkers who will shape donor engagement in the next decade. They are some of the most dynamic and inspired experts in the field,” said Chris Bingley, senior vice president for fundraising at RNL, who also has two decades of experience as a campus fundraising professional and consultant. “We are fortunate to have such a creative and seasoned team to lead our ever-evolving innovations for donor engagement and giving.”
RNL’s fundraising experts are available for free consultations. Visit RuffaloNL.com/FundraisingConsultation to request a consultation and learn more.
About RNLRNL is the leading provider of higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising solutions. More than 1,900 colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations rely on RNL for advanced analytics, personalized engagement, and industry-leading insights to achieve their missions. The firm is focused on the entire lifecycle of enrollment and fundraising, assuring students find the right college or university, graduate on time, secure their first job in their chosen field, and give back to support the next generation. RNL conferences, research reports, papers, and articles help clients stay on top of current trends. Visit RuffaloNL.com.

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The Center to Advance Palliative Care Releases Nation’s First Report on Palliative Care Outside of the Hospital Setting

The Center to Advance Palliative Care

This report shows that palliative care in the community is happening and at an even greater scale than we expected.

NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 16, 2019
While 87% of patients hospitalized in America are admitted to hospitals with a palliative care team, more and more healthcare organizations are making palliative care services available to patients with serious illness outside of the hospital and in the community settings in which people live.
Community settings include office practices, medical clinics, long-term care facilities, and patients’ homes. Several studies show that community palliative care reduces hospital and emergency department visits, lowers acute care costs, and improves care continuity, quality of life, and survival outcomes.
Little information exists on the availability or characteristics of community palliative care. In an attempt to identify these important resources, the Center to Advance Palliative Care has released the first-ever survey and report documenting community-based palliative care programs in America. The project, Mapping: Community Palliative Care, was conducted over three years, among 890 programs.
Key Findings of the survey include:
More than half of respondents provide palliative care in patients’ homes.
Almost half of community programs (46%) provide palliative care services in an office practice or clinic.
The majority of community programs treat adult patients only.
Community and hospital palliative care programs are often interwoven.
“We know that there is great need for community palliative care, but know very little about who, what, and where it’s happening nationally,” said Maggie Rogers, Senior Research Manager and lead author; The Center to Advance Palliative Care. “This report shows that palliative care in the community is happening and at an even greater scale than we expected. My hope is that we can continue to expand availability of, and access to, palliative care in community settings across he United States while tracking this growth for the field.”
This foundational report provides the first scan of community palliative care programs in the United States. Although likely an underrepresentation of the true number, the data provide important insights as to what types of organizations are developing community palliative care, what settings are being served, and the ages of patients being cared for.
All community programs identified in the survey through the Mapping Palliative Care project can be found in the Palliative Care Provider Directory.
About the Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality health care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need. CAPC is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. http://www.capc.org,
To arrange an interview with the report’s authors, please contact John Zoccola at 267.664.2759 or johnzoccola409@gmail.com.

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LEO Learning and Shell Win Award for Best Advance in Onboarding Technology

A screenshot from the award-winning onboarding program that LEO Learning designed for Shell

ATLANTA (PRWEB) December 11, 2019
LEO Learning, the market leader in innovative digital learning solutions, has won a Brandon Hall “Excellence in Technology” award for Best Advance in Onboarding Technology (Bronze) for its work with Shell.
The winning onboarding entry—Think, Talk, Act Customer (TTAC)—is a gamified onboarding experience that uses retro gaming design imagery to create a learning environment that:
Is fun and engaging for Shell’s new starters
Uses microlearning content to support the organization’s wider “flipped classroom” approach to blended learning
Is a safe space for employees to practice realistic customer interactions.
This is TTAC’s second award, having won the DevLearn DemoFest ‘Best Onboarding/Employee Orientation Solution’ in November 2019. Judges at both awards noted that, by digitizing face-to-face training modules, the program has reduced overall training time for the learner from 24 hours to just seven.
“We couldn’t be prouder of Think, Talk, Act Customer and the way this fun, engaging onboarding program is helping Shell achieve its learning and business goals, while also providing valuable content for the organization’s new joiners,” said Andrew Joly, Director of Strategic Design at LEO Learning.
“The project fulfilled its goal to unlock time liberation from activities in the coaching community by automating and digitizing onboarding of the customer interaction aspect of the role by offering a modern, digital and enhanced employee experience. It also enabled the new joiners to be up to speed as soon as possible with the flexibility and accessibility of the design,” said Özlen Cili, Global Learning Advisor, Customer Operations, Shell.
A panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, and Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executives evaluated the entries based upon the following criteria:
Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?
“Winners of Excellence in Technology Awards are at the forefront of technology innovation. Our program evaluates not just the solution itself, but the benefit to the human capital management function, the business and the customer. That is the ultimate differentiator—whether the technology has a positive business impact. Technology Award winners pass that test with flying colors,” said Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer of Brandon Hall Group and head of the awards program.
The full list of Brandon Hall “Excellence in Technology” awards winners 2019 is here.
Click here for examples of LEO’s award-winning learning games and gamification programs for Godiva and LOMA.
About LEO LearningLEO Learning believes that technology-enabled learning innovation has the power to deliver transformational results. Our purpose is to help clients deploy learning technology to deliver outcomes precisely aligned to their business goals. Backed by more than 30 years of experience, we design engaging learning architectures that fit seamlessly into businesses and improve performance throughout the entire organization.
LEO Learning has the deep understanding of learning design and technology, and pioneering creative approach, necessary to drive learning transformation.
LEO Learning’s expanding global customer base includes organizations such as the NHS, Civil Service Learning, Jaguar Land Rover, Visa, Volvo, Suncorp, Fidelity, Virgin Atlantic, Novartis, Godiva, Volkswagen, Dunhill, KPMG, Roche, and Mars.
LEO Learning is part of Learning Technologies Group plc’s award-winning group of specialist learning technology businesses.
For more, visit leolearning.com.
About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world-class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well-known and established research organization in the performance improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.
Brandon Hall Group has an extensive repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community.
Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research-powered advisory services customized to their needs.
For more, visit brandonhall.com.

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