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Dan Messinger, CoFounder of Cream of the Crop Leaders, Accepted Into Forbes Coaches Council

Dan Messinger, CoFounder of Cream of the Crop Leaders, has been accepted into the Forbes Coaches Council.
Press Release – updated: Jan 22, 2020 05:00 EST

SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Dan Messinger, CoFounder of Cream of the Crop Leaders (https://creamofthecropleaders.com), a premier Executive Coaching, Executive Presence Training, Management Training and Corporate Teambuilding agency, has been accepted into the Forbes Coaches Council.
Messinger joins other hand-selected Forbes Coaches Council members to become part of a curated network of successful coaches and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought-leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on Forbes.com.
“I am excited to be a member of the Forbes Coaches Council representing Cream of the Crop Leaders,” Messinger said. “I look forward to making regular contributions and delivering premium content, as well as other contributions, that help enhance the Forbes brand worldwide.”
Read Dan’s first Forbes Contributor article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2019/12/30/five-tips-to-help-cultivate-authenticity-in-the-workplace/#3329f57940ee
Forbes Councils combines an innovative, high-touch approach to community management, perfected by the team behind Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) with the extensive resources and global reach of Forbes. As a result, Forbes Council members get access to the people, benefits and expertise they need to grow their businesses — and a dedicated member concierge who acts as an extension of their own team, providing personalized, one-on-one support.
Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, says, “We are honored to welcome Dan Messinger! Our mission with Forbes Councils is to curate successful professionals from every industry, creating a vetted, social capital-driven network that helps every member make an even greater impact on the business world.”
Learn more about Cream of the Crop Leaders by visiting: https://creamofthecropleaders.com.
About Dan Messinger
Formerly VP of Learning & Development for a $5 billion public company, Dan’s ground-breaking leadership and executive development initiatives paved the way for massive positive cultural change and company growth. Dan has developed top leaders from organizations such as Facebook, JP Morgan Chase, IHG, HP, Assurant, Lockheed Martin, Valspar, Southern Poverty Law Center, Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, and many more. Learn more about Dan by visiting: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-messinger/
About Cream of the Crop Leaders
Almost 15 years ago – long before the term executive presence or the concepts of learned power were popular – Cream of the Crop Leaders created the first version of “The Executive Presence Training” and offered portions to its private corporate clients. Acquiring power produces individuals to feel more optimistic, more goal-oriented and more likely to take action. The Executive Presence Training offered by COTC has been voted “Top Leadership Partner” Globally” by HR.com, is top-rated by participants and is offered worldwide. Learn more at: https://creamofthecropleaders.com.
About Forbes Councils
Forbes partnered with the founders of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to launch Forbes Councils. Members gain access to the opportunity to share thought leadership content on Forbes.com.
Source: Cream of the Crop Leaders

Shaw Industries Ranks Among Forbes’ List of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020

Shaw ranks on Forbes Best Employers for Diversity

Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company.

DALTON, Ga (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
For the second consecutive year, Forbes Magazine has recognized Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s (Shaw) commitment to promote a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion by naming Shaw as one of “The Best Employers for Diversity.”
In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Forbes identified The Best Employers for Diversity through an independent survey of 60,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within their U.S. operations. The evaluation was based on four criteria, with the 500 companies receiving the highest total scores selected as the “The Best Employers for Diversity 2020.” Criteria included:
Direct recommendations from employees regardless of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.
Indirect recommendations: participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity.
Diversity among top executives / board: Based on extensive research an index was built based on the share of women who fill top executive or board positions.
Diversity Engagement Indicators: Indicators of objective and publicly available diversity information (e.g. existence of a management position responsible for diversity, proactive communication of diverse company culture) were taken into account. Statista researched these indicators for each company using publicly available company information.
“Shaw’s success is dependent upon our people. Our ability to leverage their unique talent and perspectives, as well as creating a sense of openness and belonging, is the biggest driver contributing to our diverse and inclusive culture,” said Mike Fromm, chief human resources officer at Shaw. “This culture encourages associates to share diverse perspectives and ideas to better understand our customers and their needs and to look at market opportunities and challenges from a variety of points of view, allowing for greater innovation and growth.”
Lucia Cook, corporate diversity and inclusion leader at Shaw, stated, “Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company. By committing to creating an environment where associates feel a sense of belonging and encouragement to bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to the table, we are able to uncover innovative solutions that spark growth, both in our people and our business. Inclusion in this ranking from Forbes is evidence of the high priority we place on this commitment.”
The Shaw Way, a multi-faceted strategy touching all aspects of business enterprise-wide, was developed around the company’s talent competency model, which drives the leadership imperatives necessary for
-more-success. The model is aligned with all talent processes from selection and performance management to leadership development and recognition. Demonstrating inclusive leadership is a key talent competency expected at every level of the organization.
Shaw’s diversity and inclusion efforts are continually shaping new talent acquisition and retention practices to reduce unconscious bias in the hiring and promotion process, including associates from all backgrounds in key business decisions, and educating its associate base on cultural fluency.
In addition to ongoing training and education, key initiatives include:
Shaw’s Supplier Diversity Policy helps make a positive difference in the communities it serves by providing all suppliers with equal access.
Associate-led Resource Groups (ARGs) drive engagement within the company by connecting associates with both similar and different perspectives. Open to all Shaw associates, ARGs focused on the needs and interests of women, Hispanic and Latino, Black and multicultural, veterans, LGBTQ+ associates and allies, and sales have connected thousands of associates with networking and professional development opportunities.
Shaw formed the first bilingual Toastmasters group in Georgia.
Shaw partners with Project SEARCH to offer an internship program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Future Workforce Development efforts partner with community and educational programs focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills and career opportunities. Shaw has a number of programs keenly focused on showcasing STEM careers to underrepresented populations through mentorship, coaching and skills training.
For more information on career opportunities available with Shaw Industries, visit shawinc.jobs.
About Shaw IndustriesShaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are 22,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, USFloors and more.
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with more than $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit http://www.shawinc.com.
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Shaw Industries Ranks Among Forbes’ List of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020

Shaw ranks on Forbes Best Employers for Diversity

Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company.

DALTON, Ga (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
For the second consecutive year, Forbes Magazine has recognized Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s (Shaw) commitment to promote a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion by naming Shaw as one of “The Best Employers for Diversity.”
In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Forbes identified The Best Employers for Diversity through an independent survey of 60,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within their U.S. operations. The evaluation was based on four criteria, with the 500 companies receiving the highest total scores selected as the “The Best Employers for Diversity 2020.” Criteria included:
Direct recommendations from employees regardless of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.
Indirect recommendations: participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity.
Diversity among top executives / board: Based on extensive research an index was built based on the share of women who fill top executive or board positions.
Diversity Engagement Indicators: Indicators of objective and publicly available diversity information (e.g. existence of a management position responsible for diversity, proactive communication of diverse company culture) were taken into account. Statista researched these indicators for each company using publicly available company information.
“Shaw’s success is dependent upon our people. Our ability to leverage their unique talent and perspectives, as well as creating a sense of openness and belonging, is the biggest driver contributing to our diverse and inclusive culture,” said Mike Fromm, chief human resources officer at Shaw. “This culture encourages associates to share diverse perspectives and ideas to better understand our customers and their needs and to look at market opportunities and challenges from a variety of points of view, allowing for greater innovation and growth.”
Lucia Cook, corporate diversity and inclusion leader at Shaw, stated, “Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company. By committing to creating an environment where associates feel a sense of belonging and encouragement to bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to the table, we are able to uncover innovative solutions that spark growth, both in our people and our business. Inclusion in this ranking from Forbes is evidence of the high priority we place on this commitment.”
The Shaw Way, a multi-faceted strategy touching all aspects of business enterprise-wide, was developed around the company’s talent competency model, which drives the leadership imperatives necessary for
-more-success. The model is aligned with all talent processes from selection and performance management to leadership development and recognition. Demonstrating inclusive leadership is a key talent competency expected at every level of the organization.
Shaw’s diversity and inclusion efforts are continually shaping new talent acquisition and retention practices to reduce unconscious bias in the hiring and promotion process, including associates from all backgrounds in key business decisions, and educating its associate base on cultural fluency.
In addition to ongoing training and education, key initiatives include:
Shaw’s Supplier Diversity Policy helps make a positive difference in the communities it serves by providing all suppliers with equal access.
Associate-led Resource Groups (ARGs) drive engagement within the company by connecting associates with both similar and different perspectives. Open to all Shaw associates, ARGs focused on the needs and interests of women, Hispanic and Latino, Black and multicultural, veterans, LGBTQ+ associates and allies, and sales have connected thousands of associates with networking and professional development opportunities.
Shaw formed the first bilingual Toastmasters group in Georgia.
Shaw partners with Project SEARCH to offer an internship program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Future Workforce Development efforts partner with community and educational programs focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills and career opportunities. Shaw has a number of programs keenly focused on showcasing STEM careers to underrepresented populations through mentorship, coaching and skills training.
For more information on career opportunities available with Shaw Industries, visit shawinc.jobs.
About Shaw IndustriesShaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are 22,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, USFloors and more.
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with more than $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit http://www.shawinc.com.
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Shaw Industries Ranks Among Forbes’ List of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020

Shaw ranks on Forbes Best Employers for Diversity

Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company.

DALTON, Ga (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
For the second consecutive year, Forbes Magazine has recognized Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s (Shaw) commitment to promote a corporate culture of diversity and inclusion by naming Shaw as one of “The Best Employers for Diversity.”
In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Forbes identified The Best Employers for Diversity through an independent survey of 60,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within their U.S. operations. The evaluation was based on four criteria, with the 500 companies receiving the highest total scores selected as the “The Best Employers for Diversity 2020.” Criteria included:
Direct recommendations from employees regardless of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.
Indirect recommendations: participants were given the chance to evaluate other employers in their respective industries that stand out either positively or negatively with regard to diversity.
Diversity among top executives / board: Based on extensive research an index was built based on the share of women who fill top executive or board positions.
Diversity Engagement Indicators: Indicators of objective and publicly available diversity information (e.g. existence of a management position responsible for diversity, proactive communication of diverse company culture) were taken into account. Statista researched these indicators for each company using publicly available company information.
“Shaw’s success is dependent upon our people. Our ability to leverage their unique talent and perspectives, as well as creating a sense of openness and belonging, is the biggest driver contributing to our diverse and inclusive culture,” said Mike Fromm, chief human resources officer at Shaw. “This culture encourages associates to share diverse perspectives and ideas to better understand our customers and their needs and to look at market opportunities and challenges from a variety of points of view, allowing for greater innovation and growth.”
Lucia Cook, corporate diversity and inclusion leader at Shaw, stated, “Shaw’s efforts to foster an inclusive and diverse corporate culture include a wide array of initiatives geared toward associates at all levels and roles within the company. By committing to creating an environment where associates feel a sense of belonging and encouragement to bring their unique backgrounds and experiences to the table, we are able to uncover innovative solutions that spark growth, both in our people and our business. Inclusion in this ranking from Forbes is evidence of the high priority we place on this commitment.”
The Shaw Way, a multi-faceted strategy touching all aspects of business enterprise-wide, was developed around the company’s talent competency model, which drives the leadership imperatives necessary for
-more-success. The model is aligned with all talent processes from selection and performance management to leadership development and recognition. Demonstrating inclusive leadership is a key talent competency expected at every level of the organization.
Shaw’s diversity and inclusion efforts are continually shaping new talent acquisition and retention practices to reduce unconscious bias in the hiring and promotion process, including associates from all backgrounds in key business decisions, and educating its associate base on cultural fluency.
In addition to ongoing training and education, key initiatives include:
Shaw’s Supplier Diversity Policy helps make a positive difference in the communities it serves by providing all suppliers with equal access.
Associate-led Resource Groups (ARGs) drive engagement within the company by connecting associates with both similar and different perspectives. Open to all Shaw associates, ARGs focused on the needs and interests of women, Hispanic and Latino, Black and multicultural, veterans, LGBTQ+ associates and allies, and sales have connected thousands of associates with networking and professional development opportunities.
Shaw formed the first bilingual Toastmasters group in Georgia.
Shaw partners with Project SEARCH to offer an internship program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Future Workforce Development efforts partner with community and educational programs focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) skills and career opportunities. Shaw has a number of programs keenly focused on showcasing STEM careers to underrepresented populations through mentorship, coaching and skills training.
For more information on career opportunities available with Shaw Industries, visit shawinc.jobs.
About Shaw IndustriesShaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are 22,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, USFloors and more.
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with more than $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit http://www.shawinc.com.
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GSD Venture Studios Co-founder Derek Distenfield Will Write for Forbes as Part of Forbes Business Council

GSD Venture Studios Co-founder Derek Distenfield Will Write for Forbes as Part of Forbes Business Council

“Working with the Forbes Business Council will enable me to reach more AI and tech companies around the world who are ready to #GoGlobal,” said Derek Distenfield, GSD Venture Studios Co-founder, COO, and CFO

SILICON VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) January 21, 2020
Derek Distenfield, Co-founder, COO, and CFO of GSD Venture Studios and startup expert, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.
Derek was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.
“We are honored to welcome Derek Distenfield into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”
As an accepted member of the Council, Derek has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events.
Derek will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.
“I’m honored and excited to have been selected to join the Forbes Business Council,” said Derek. “The Forbes Councils community is made up of the world’s leading business experts, and I am proud to be among them. Working with the Forbes Business Council will enable me to reach more AI and tech companies around the world who are ready to #GoGlobal.”
ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS
Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.
ABOUT GSD VENTURE STUDIOS
GSD Venture Studios travels the world investing in resilient teams bold enough to #GoGlobal
For too long self-motivated entrepreneurs have navigated the minefield of challenges to launching a global company with very little support. The last thing founders should bet on in this situation is an unproven team that they don’t trust. GSD Venture Studios travels to every corner of the globe inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships that ensure organizations grow the right way, without games or gimmicks. Unlike traditional investors, they take senior operational (often co-founder) roles in these companies, capitalizing on their trusted reputation, experiences and network to drive explosive growth.

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BrightFarms Featured in Forbes As a Safer Brand of Salad

BrightFarms’ produce is fresher, safer, cleaner, healthier and tastier than long-distance, field-grown produce.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. (PRWEB) January 13, 2020
BrightFarms, a leader in locally grown packaged salads, has been featured in Forbes as a safer brand of salad.
Paul Lightfoot, President at BrighFarms, explained to Forbes contributor Liz Engel that BrightFarms is “structurally better than the product we compete with, and consumers are really going for it.”
Following a surge of nationwide romaine recalls in the past year, including an E.coli outbreak just ahead of Thanksgiving, there are growing concerns about the safety of long distance, field grown salad greens.
Grown in local, indoor greenhouse farms, BrightFarms’ produce is fresher, safer, cleaner, healthier and tastier than long-distance, field-grown produce. All BrightFarms salads including its romaine lettuce, are safe to eat and were not associated with the FDA and CDC’s November 2019 romaine advisory.
“We’re replacing what’s…always been a long and complex supply chain. The salad industry is very centralized from the West Coast, and for places in the Midwest, that’s a long journey,” continued Lightfoot. “And with salads, which are two-week shelf life products, it’s a really big deal.”
With greenhouses in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio and Illinois, BrightFarms continues to scale. This year, BrightFarms has plans to open a greenhouse in Selinsgrove, Pa. and begin construction on a greenhouse in Henderson County, NC.
To learn more about how BrightFarms grows safer, fresher salad greens, visit brightfarms.com.
About BrightFarmsBrightFarms is the No. 1 brand of locally grown packaged salads, serving the freshest, tastiest and most responsibly grown produce to consumers nationwide. BrightFarms operates hydroponic greenhouse farms in the communities it serves, enabling it to eliminate time, distance, and costs from the food supply chain. BrightFarms’ growing methods, a model for the future of scalable, sustainable local farming, use far less energy, land and water than long distance, field-grown agriculture. Forbes has recognized BrightFarms as one of the “100 Most Consumer Centric Companies” and Fast Company has recognized BrightFarms as “One of World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” and one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Food.” BrightFarms is funded by leading investors Cox Enterprises, Catalyst Investors, WP Global Partners and NGEN Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.brightfarms.com.

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Raja Raman Accepted In To Forbes Technology Council

Raja Raman from Dentsply Sirona accepted in to forbes technology council based on his personal & professional achievements & honors(PRWeb January 10, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/raja_raman_accepted_in_to_forbes_technology_council/prweb16820613.htm