First Ladies, Experts, and Activists Address Impact of Terrorism on Women and Children

Joint Action Meeting will take place during the Global Hope Summit to mobilize stakeholders and develop solutions

NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Global Hope Coalition, in cooperation with UNESCO, brings together a group of first ladies and other invested leaders to address the effects of terrorism and violent extremism on women and children. The joint action meeting will take place September 18th, 2017 at the New York Public Library in New York City, at the onset of the United Nations General Assembly week.

Participants are expected to issue a statement urging the international community to take concrete and urgent measures to deal with a crisis that could lead to a lost generation across the Middle East and Africa, with catastrophic consequences.

Scheduled speakers and guests include: Jeanette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda; Keïta Aminata Maiga, First Lady of Mali; Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan; Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO; Cherie Blair, Founder of Cherie Blair Foundation; Wided Bouchamaoui, President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts and 2013 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Alexandra Chen, mental health and psychosocial advisor to UN agencies on the Syria crisis; Hafsat Mohammed, community organizer working against Boko Haram in northern Nigeria; and Denis Mekwege, gynecologist, Founder of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, D.R. of Congo. Two recognized researchers from the Experts Committee of the Global Hope Coalition – Prof. Phyllis Magrab and Farah Pandith, former State Department Special Representative to Muslim Communities – will also speak at the meeting. UNESCO's director for gender equality, Saniye Gulser Corat, will moderate.

The rise of terrorism and violent extremism around the world has exposed thousands of women and children to traumatic and often life-threatening situations. The newly formed Global Hope Coalition – committed to fighting violent extremism and intolerance, preserving cultural heritage, and promoting intercultural dialogue – is leveraging its global platform and network to mobilize stakeholders to achieve meaningful policies and practices for these women and children.

"The long-term effects of extremism and terrorism on emotional well-being, growth, and development can be devastating, but there are protective factors and interventions that can ameliorate the effects, including strong social supports, family adaptations, and other programs and policies," said Phyllis Magrab, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Georgetown University Center for Human and Child Development. "Through the Global Hope Coalition, we will outline solutions and a path forward that will benefit the lives of those women and children impacted by terrorism and extremism."

The event will take place 10:30 AM–Noon ET on September 18th at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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Established in September 2017, The Global Hope Coalition is an international initiative dedicated to providing a global platform to bolster the civil society campaign to fight violent extremism and intolerance, preserve cultural heritage, and promote intercultural dialogue. Learn more at

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FCA US Recognized as a Top Employer for Hispanic Women

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

  • FCA US ranks #11 on the annual Latina Style Top 50 Report
  • Report "is the most respected evaluation of corporate America's employment opportunities and policies as they pertain to Latinas"
  • Fourteenth year the Company has been included in the Top 50 Report since the benchmark was established in 1998

After the evaluation of more than 800 corporations, the editors of Latina Style magazine have named FCA US LLC to the list of the top 50 U.S. companies for Hispanic women to work. The ranking is part of the magazine's annual Latina Style 50 Report (LS50 Report). FCA US ranked #11 of 50 top employers named to the list.

The LS50 Report highlights companies that have a dedicated effort to diverse recruitment and promotion initiatives, including companies that have programs to recruit veterans and military personnel. It is considered "the most respected evaluation of corporate America's employment opportunities and policies as they pertain to Latinas."

This is the 14th year the Company has been included in the Top 50 Report since the benchmark was established in 1998.

The full report will be published in the September issue of the magazine and on

"Diversity and inclusion are core elements of the FCA US' business strategy, and vital to our efforts to develop a workforce that enables the Company to innovate and compete in a dynamic, competitive industry," said Kelly Tolbert, Head of Diversity, FCA US LLC. "Our consistent high performance on this important benchmark is a testament to the Company's commitment to maintaining a work environment that respects and engages all people and cultures."

"We congratulate FCA US on the outstanding career advancement opportunities it continues to provide its employees," said Robert Bard, President & CEO, Latina Style magazine. "Such an outstanding record of performance can only be achieved when there is full commitment throughout the Company to diversity and inclusion."

Latina Style magazine began the LS50 Report as "a quest to explore deeper into the business world and bring forth powerful and useful information on the increasing importance of recruiting professional Latinas." 

In 1997, with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and national Hispanic organizations, the magazine developed a comprehensive survey that is sent annually to Fortune 1000 companies. The LS50 Report, the result of that annual survey process, highlights each selected company's leadership programs, employee benefits and Latina representation in senior positions.

The report is distributed to Hispanic professional and civic organizations, national women's organizations, colleges and universities, all members of Congress, the White House, members of the Cabinet, military and veteran's organizations, as well as at major Hispanic and recruitment conferences.

About Latina StyleMagazine
Latina Style is the most influential publication reaching the contemporary Hispanic woman. With a national circulation of 150,000 and a readership of nearly 600,000, the magazine is unique in its ability to reach both the seasoned professional and the young Latina entering the workforce for the first time, showcasing Latina achievements in all areas, including business, science, civic affairs, education, entertainment, sports, and the arts. 

FCA US LLC is a North American automaker based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It designs, manufactures, and sells or distributes vehicles under the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram, FIAT and Alfa Romeo brands, as well as the SRT performance designation. The Company also distributes Mopar and Alfa Romeo parts and accessories. FCA US is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler Corp., established in 1925 by industry visionary Walter P. Chrysler and Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (F.I.A.T.), founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA).

FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual vehicle sales, is an international automotive group. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU" and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol "FCA."

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Fannie Mae Influencers Recognized as Women of Impact in the Mortgage and Housing Industry

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fannie Mae (OTC Bulletin Board: FNMA) is pleased to recognize six influential leaders featured on MReport magazine's 2017 Women of Impact list. The honorees profiled in the magazine's annual Women in Housing issue are some of the biggest and brightest female stars who encourage innovation throughout the mortgage and housing industry.

The business publication named Fannie Mae's Caroline Patane, Vice President of Compliance and Customer Evaluation, a "Power Player" for her role in providing strategic direction in the development of the risk-based evaluation programs of Fannie Mae's top sellers and servicers.

MReport also recognized five of Fannie Mae's top professionals as "Leading Ladies" who are laying claim to an array of accomplishments in their respective fields. These outstanding professionals include:

  • Laurissa Antonuccio, Director of Administrative Projects, Operations and Technology
  • Liza Barley, Project Manager
  • Joy Cianci, Senior Vice President, Special Assets and Corporate Security and Facilities
  • Maureen Davenport, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
  • Laurel Davis, Vice President, Credit Risk Transfer

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Fannie Mae helps make the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and affordable rental housing possible for millions of Americans. We partner with lenders to create housing opportunities for families across the country. We are driving positive changes in housing finance to make the home buying process easier, while reducing costs and risk. To learn more, visit and follow us on

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Shady Grove Fertility Continues to Expand, Opening a New State-of-the-Art Laboratory and Full-Service Fertility Center in Santiago, Chile

For more than 2 decades, Shady Grove Fertility has provided comprehensive infertility care to more patients each year than any other center in the United States. The practice, which currently has 25 locations across three states and the District of Columbia--with recent expansion into the greater Atlanta metro and its surrounding areas via a merger with Georgia Reproductive Specialists--is now extending its reach to Santiago, Chile in September 2017--the practice's first fertility and IVF center located outside of the United States.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Shady Grove Fertility (SGF), the largest fertility center in the United States with 10 babies born each and every day, announced today the opening of its first South American location in Santiago, Chile—a bustling capital city located in the central valley, the largest city in the country, and home to more than 7 million residents.

SGF will bring its exclusive financial and guarantee programs, integrated care model that addresses the medical, physical, financial, and psychological aspects of facing infertility, as well as its best-in-class laboratory and clinical protocols to the residents of Chile and neighboring countries. The medical practice will operate under the name "SGFertility Chile."

"While we've had the privilege to work with patients from over 35 countries and from all 50 states, when this opportunity to expand beyond our borders with a new location became a possibility, we were thrilled at the prospect of working with some of Chile's finest reproductive endocrinologists, Lorena Pardo, M.D., Mauricio Mondion, M.D., Sergio Varela, M.D., and Cristian Jesam, M.D., and Chief Embryologist, Francisca Jeria—all pioneers and innovative leaders in this ever-evolving field," remarked SGF Chief Executive Officer, Mark Segal.

"The brand new center is slated to open its doors to patients in September 2017. The new expansive space will be home to physician offices for private patient consultations, dedicated endocrine and andrology laboratories for procedures such as intrauterine insemination (IUI), sperm preparation, and patient monitoring, a state-of-the-art IVF/embryology laboratory, and a spacious ambulatory surgery center with four recovery bays, embryo transfer rooms, and two operating rooms," notes Philip Beatson, SGF's Chief Operating Officer.

The laboratory will operate under the distinct leadership of Embryologist/Laboratory Director, Francisca Jeria, MSc, in close collaboration with SGF's nationally and internationally known Scientific Director, Michael J. Tucker, Ph.D., HCLD.

"In speaking on behalf of my physician colleagues in Chile, we have long respected Shady Grove Fertility for being a thought leader, innovator, and pioneer in reproductive medicine for more than 25 years. SGF's leadership, ability to demonstrate compassion, and commitment to research and advancing the science and technology of our trade, all while delivering the highest standards of patient care, were compelling reasons for us to align ourselves and join forces to create SGFertility Chile," said Lorena Pardo, M.D., SGFertility Chile.

"We know that Shady Grove Fertility pioneered many of the advancements we have come to rely on today to improve the outcomes of patients, therefore, for us, it seemed like a tremendous opportunity to partner with an internationally recognized leader," shares Mauricio Mondion, M.D., Medical Director of SGFertility Chile.

"This partnership was born from an attraction between our two practices that centered around a similar patient care model. Drs. Lorena Pardo, Mauricio Mondion, Sergio Varela, and Cristian Jesam, each accomplished highly regarding physicians in Santiago, as well as Francisca Jeria, an accomplished embryologist, chose to transition their practices to SGF because they recognized the advantages patients will receive from a close collaboration between physicians and embryologists who offer personalized, evidence-based fertility solutions, a hallmark of SGF's approach to care," remarks reproductive endocrinologist, Eugene Katz, M.D. of SGF's Towson and Bel Air, Maryland locations.

Lorena Pardo, M.D., M.Sc. completed her undergraduate in Biochemistry at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile and earned her medical degree in 2001 from the University of Chile. She finished her OB/GYN residency in 2007 and then completed 2 years of study in reproductive medicine and endocrinology at the University of Chile. She earned her Master's degree in Reproduction from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid and then joined the IVI group in 2012 as an infertility specialist. In 2015, she formed the Reproductive Medicine Unit at Avansalud Clinic. Dr. Pardo was integral to establishing the joint venture agreement with SGFertility Chile also in 2015.

Mauricio Mondion, M.D. was a top OB/GYN graduate at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. He worked 2 years as professor in the same institution. He completed 3 years of training at Clínica Las Condes and Valencian Institute of Infertility in Spain, where he earned his Master's degree. Dr. Mondion was the Director of OB/GYN Section of the main hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. He served as part of the IVI group in Santiago, Chile between 2013 and 2015 and the Santa Maria Clinic in Santiago from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Mondion speaks Spanish, English, and German.

Sergio Varela, M.D. earned his medical degree from the Austral University of Chile. He then went on to complete an OB/GYN residency at Catholic University in Santiago, Chile. He earned a Master's degree in Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility at the Valencian University of Spain and served as part of Valencian Institute of Infertility, Santiago, between 2010 and 2015 and in the Reproductive unit at Catholic University Clinic, between 2010 and 2017.

Cristian Jesam, M.D. earned his medical degree from the Los Andes University in Chile. He finished an OB/GYN residency at the University of Chile and a fellowship program in Reproductive Medicine and Infertility. Dr. Jesam is an Associate Professor and has been a member of the Reproductive Medicine Unit the Maternal and Child Research Institute, Universidad de Chile, since 2010. He is also a member of the Chilean Institute of Reproductive Medicina since 2006, specializing in sexual and reproductive health. He is a member of the Latin American Council of Emergency Contraception and current chair of the foundation "Todo Mejora," partner of the It Gets Better Project in the U.S., for the prevention of teenage suicide and homophobic bullying.

Francisca Jeria, MSc. is an embryologist with more than a decade of experience. She earned her Bachelor's of Science with the highest distinction and Master's degree in Biological Science from the University of Chile. In 2005, Francisca completed a 2-year fellowship in IVF at Clínica Las Condes. She worked in the IVF laboratory of Clínica Las Nieves and started the first Centre for Assisted Reproduction in the north of Chile in 2009, where she directed the program until 2012. She has participated in advisory quality IVF laboratories in Bolivia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Jeria pioneered oocytes vitrification and embryo biopsy at Day 3 and Day 5 of embryonic development, achieving the first pregnancies reported in Chile by these techniques. From 2012 to 2016, Jeria served as an embryologist at IVI Chile, where she was responsible for the PGD and quality program. Since 2016 she has been working on the SGFertility Chile opening, where she will serve as IVF laboratory director and partner.

Other specialists on staff include Dr. José Ignacio Vinay, a urologist and graduate of the Universidad de Chile; and Dr. Mónica Elgueta, a psychologist and graduate of Universidad de Concepción, a systemic family and couples therapist.

To schedule a new patient consultation with Drs. Pardo, Mondion, Varela, or Jesam, please call +56 23263 8900 or complete this online form.

About Shady Grove Fertility (SGF)
Shady Grove Fertility is a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence offering patients individualized care, innovative financial options, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. 2017 commemorates more than 25 years of Shady Grove Fertility providing medical and service excellence to patients from all 50 states and 35 countries around the world, including its newest expansion to Santiago, Chile in August 2017. Today, with 41 physicians supported by a highly specialized team of more than 750 Ph.D. scientists, geneticists, and staff caring for patients in 28 offices throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., we celebrate over 40,000 babies born—more than any other center in the United States. Shady Grove Fertility physicians actively train residents and reproductive endocrinology fellows and invest in continuous clinical research and education to advance the field of reproductive medicine through numerous academic appointments and partnerships such as Georgetown Medical School, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the University of Maryland, and the National Institutes of Health. Nearly 2,000 physicians refer their patients to Shady Grove Fertility each year. For more information, call 1-888-761-1967 or visit

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Refuge For Women Las Vegas Hosts 2nd Annual Topgolf Fundraiser

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Refuge for Women Las Vegas ("RFWLV") will host its 2nd Annual Topgolf Challenge Fundraiser on Friday, September 8, from 9 am to 12 pm at Topgolf Las Vegas, with all proceeds going to benefit and support Refuge for Women Las Vegas—a local, non-profit organization that provides aftercare and structured programming for trauma healing, addiction recovery, job training, and education for women escaping the sex trafficking industry. The fundraising event is intended to raise awareness and financial support to continue RFWLV's mission of helping victims of human trafficking and by helping to change the Las Vegas community, one woman at a time.

To register an individual, a team, or to become a tournament corporate sponsor visit Entrance fees are $150 for individual players and include two games of Topgolf, breakfast, and access to the live auction. Bay Sponsorship packages are also available for six players and two spectators for $1,000.

Refuge for Women Las Vegas opened the doors of its safe house in November 2015 and since then has served many women through its 12-month healing program. Some of the major corporate sponsors are Cox Communications, AGS, and Impact Companies. Refuge for Women Las Vegas has also been the recipient of several Clark County grants. One of the Refuge for Women graduates will be sharing her powerful story of transformation at the Topgolf Fundraiser.

About Refuge for Women
Refuge for Women Las Vegas is seeking the support from the Las Vegas community to help with their housing needs and partnership opportunities. The key aspects of the Refuge for Women program are sobriety, healing from sexual and physical abuse, and rebuilding trust. Refuge for Women provides a safe house for women who have been rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation and these homes offer a safe place for residents to experience healing with few distractions. The setting creates a family atmosphere and provides an intimate environment with each guest having access to individual care. This program offers healing to victims of sex trafficking by providing a safe place to heal and recover, and to eventually integrate them back into society, over the course of a 12-month program. To stay up to date with the latest news and happenings, follow @RefugeForWomenLV on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Karen Diers
City Director               
Refuge for Women Las Vegas
Phone: (651) 518-4451


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WomenCorporateDirectors Names Susan Keating as New CEO

Founder, CEO, and Chairman Susan Stautberg to Step Down After 17 Years at the Helm

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD), the largest organization of women board members globally, has tapped Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) and a WCD member, as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1. Keating will succeed Susan Stautberg, the longtime and current CEO and chairman who founded WCD from her dining room table nearly two decades ago.

"Women are increasingly represented among the highest ranks of leadership in the corporate world," said Keating. "It is essential for businesses today to recruit women leaders to serve on corporate boards and embrace diversity. I look forward to championing the WCD mission to support and connect women leaders globally." 

"KPMG's commitment to increasing boardroom diversity and supporting those women already in the boardroom is evidenced by our long-standing investment in the WCD Foundation," said KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. "We're grateful for Susan Stautberg's vision and pioneering work and look forward to partnering with Susan Keating, an outstanding leader who will further expand the growth and influence of the WCD Foundation."

"It's been a remarkable journey – from helping build WCD from a group of C-suite women who wanted to get more women on boards and connect them to each other to what is now a global organization with 78 chapters," says Stautberg. "We have created a true peer network for women directors, and I am thrilled that Susan Keating will be taking us into our next chapter – she is the right leader for the future." After December 1, Stautberg will be staying on as a consultant to WCD for six months, advising through the transition and working on programming for the WCD Institutes around the world.

WCD conducted an extensive, nine-month search process to identify a successor to Stautberg, who has led the organization through its 17-year history. Says Nancy Calderon, a director of WCD who led the search committee: "In governance, succession planning is one of the most important roles of a director. As an organization dedicated to advancing best practices in boardrooms across the globe, WCD approached the task of identifying a successor to Susan Stautberg very thoughtfully, carefully, and strategically. We sought a candidate who would best serve our members and our organization as it continues to grow and evolve. But, just as important, we also sought someone who would preserve WCD's legacy that it has had from day one: to advance best practices in corporate governance, place more women on boards, and support them once they are in the boardroom."

"Susan Keating has been a member of WCD during its remarkable growth curve and is familiar with our mission to inspire visionary boards worldwide using our powerful trusted community of board members," says Kapila Anand, lead director of WCD. "The fact that she brings that knowledge of the organization to her new role was also a factor in our decision-making process." Anand was a member of the search committee as well, in addition to WCD members Cathy Allen and Evelyn Dilsaver.

During her 29 years working in the financial services industry, Keating served as CEO of several banks, and from 2000-2002 was the highest ranking female chief executive of a US banking company, Allfirst Financial, the largest US holding of Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB Group). Keating has served on numerous boards, including the Group Executive Committee of AIB and the Baltimore Life Companies and was chair of the USA Swimming Foundation leading up to the Beijing Olympics.

In 2004 Keating joined the NFCC as president and CEO at an especially challenging time for the nonprofit financial counseling and education sector. Under her leadership, NFCC members improved the financial well-being of 26 million people with the support of $88 million in funding for housing programs essential during the financial crisis, and $36 million for other programs promoting financial wellness and stability. During her tenure, she also developed important national partnerships, and formulated new strategies and business models while implementing changes to governance and operational processes critical to the NFCC's ability to navigate the rapidly changing environment.

Keating and Stautberg will work together this fall to prepare for the transition from Stautberg to Keating when Keating officially takes the helm on December 1, at which point she will also join WCD's board. Anand and Calderon will continue their stewardship of WCD, as will WCD's global advisory board, chaired by Evelyn Dilsaver and Melisa Denis.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or

About WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.
The WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD Foundation) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the WCD Foundation has 78 chapters around the world. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD Foundation members serve is over $8 trillion. In addition, WCD Foundation members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards.

Upcoming WCD Institutes include:

  • ASPAC InstituteSeptember 27-28, 2017; Hong Kong
  • EMEA InstituteOctober 24-25, 2017; Madrid
  • Americas InstituteMarch 7-8, 2018; Miami
  • Global Institute May 8-10, 2018; New York


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Carmel Car and Limousine Service Promotes Elly Gross to Drivers Liaison, a Senior Management Position

NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Carmel Car and Limousine Service announced today that Elly Gross has been promoted to Drivers Liaison, a senior management position within the company.

Gross joined Carmel in July, 2014 and was in charge of implementing Carmel's "Airport Kiosk" program whereby mobile kiosks were placed at Newark International Airport at different departure gates, offering ground transportation to passengers at their point of destination. Gross was in charge of selecting kiosk locations and training the staff manning them.

Prior to joining Carmel Gross served as a member of a command room in the army. As a civilian she worked as an assistant district manager of a cell phone company. Her last position, prior to joining Carmel, was training a sales force that worked in retail booths spread around several malls in North Carolina.

According to Dr. Avik Kabessa, Carmel's Chief Executive Officer, the title of Drivers Liaison is a senior management position in Carmel and holds a seat at the senior management team meeting. "A major part of Carmel's growth rests in the fact that Carmel listens to what affiliated drivers have to say," said Kabessa. He added that there's no better person qualified for the job than Gross. "As one of the most prominent women in our organization, Elly's record and overall performance in Carmel made her a natural choice for the job," added Kabessa.

As Driver Liaison, Gross is in charge of everything that has to do with the communication and cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between Carmel and its affiliated drivers. In reality, as the Drivers Liaison, Gross is the voice of the drivers in Carmel. It is her job to listen to anything drivers wish to share with her, and spare no effort in trying to help them whenever possible. "She is the direct link between Carmel's drivers and management," concluded Kabessa.

For 35 years, New York City-based Carmel Car and Limousine Service, has been the transportation service of choice for New Yorkers and for visitors, providing affordable, safe, reliable, private transportation to and from all destinations in any of 360 major cities around the world. Carmel's free worldwide mobile APP comes with $36 car cash when the user downloads the APP. It is available at the APP Store, Google Play, or at

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National Grassroots Initiative Launched to Address Fears and Empower Women to Take the Fright Out of Breast Cancer

Launched in Tandem with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Halloween Season, Initiative Fights Fear and Anxiety as Obstacles to Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When pink season arrives each October, much attention is focused on encouraging women to know their risk of breast cancer and get annual breast screenings, but we often fail to address the fears that block those efforts.      

Today, a nonprofit organization and the world's leading online resource for breast cancer and breast health information and support, launched Take the Fright Out of Breast Cancer, a national grassroots initiative to turn Halloween into a celebration with a purpose: to replace the fear of breast cancer with knowledge that will help women reduce their risk of the disease or its recurrence and learn what they need to know about early detection and testing options.

"In my opinion, being diagnosed with breast cancer is one of every woman's greatest fears. And as a breast oncologist and breast cancer survivor, I also know the fear of cancer coming back is always there," explained Marisa Weiss, M.D., founder and chief medical officer, "Far too often, women miss the opportunity for potentially life-saving treatments because they fear going to the doctor, ignore a lump, or avoid getting an annual mammogram. We launched Take the Fright Out to empower women with the knowledge, clarity, and confidence they need to make health decisions assuredly and lessen the fears and anxieties women associate with this disease."

During this Halloween season and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Take the Fright Out of Breast Cancer aims to make orange the new pink by encouraging people to host grassroots events across the country. is asking people to join Take the Fright Out this fall by hosting an event and raising funds that will allow to expand its reach and support to women who have or are worried about breast cancer. Participation is easy: it could be a bake sale at the office, a Halloween-themed ladies night out, or raising funds at a fall festival!

"Many women believe there is nothing they can do to protect themselves from this disease, even though most breast cancers are due to factors we can change or avoid," said Dr. Weiss. "Only 10% of breast cancers are largely due to an inherited genetic mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2. Even if you start changing key lifestyle factors at age 50, you can lower your risk of breast cancer by 50 percent. Providing the everyday steps to lower our lifetime risk will empower women with the knowledge they need to break those barriers of fear and anxiety."

The program will be supported by a number of leading companies that have joined together to extend the important message of the campaign. For anyone interested in hosting or participating in a local event, they can visit for more information.

About is a patient-centric resource for breast health and breast cancer information and support. We engage, educate, and empower women with our expert information and dynamic peer support community to help them make the best decisions for their lives. The nonprofit organization was founded by breast oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, M.D. and born out of her conviction that women with breast cancer need more information and support than a physician visit can provide. receives more than 30 million visits each year.

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About Take the Fright Out Of Breast Cancer
Take the Fright Out of Breast Cancer is a national grassroots initiative to turn Halloween into a celebration with a purpose: to replace the fear of breast cancer with knowledge that will help women reduce their risk of the disease or its recurrence and to learn what they need to know about early detection and testing options. The initiative encourages women to host a Halloween party or event to share important facts about breast cancer while raising funds that will allow to provide information and support to women who have or are worried about breast cancer. Party hosting information and a party toolkit are available through  

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Prevent Cancer Foundation® Assists “See, Test & Treat®” In Diagnosing 33 Percent Of Appalachian Patients With Treatable Diagnoses

Almost 350 Medical Services Provided in Southwest Virginia Yielded At Least One Abnormal Result in One-Third of Patients

NORTHFIELD, Ill., Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One out of every three women at a recent "See, Test & Treat" program in southwest Virginia was diagnosed with abnormal test results and received treatment at no cost within days, according to the College of American Pathologists Foundation and the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. Medical professionals administered almost 350 services at Norton Community Hospital on Aug. 5.

"Appalachia has demonstrated the power of collaboration within the medical community, and the overwhelmingly positive results that are achieved when a community comes together," said Carolyn Aldigé, President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®.  "Well over 300 medical services were provided for residents who lack access to basic health care that we all deserve. This event potentially saved multiple lives and offered a path to a healthier lifestyle for so many underserved women and their families."

The event brought together more than 100 volunteers from Norton Community and Mountain View hospitals and their parent companies, Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System. Each patient received a personal registered nurse escort for the day to provide guidance and to answer any medical or logistical questions about the several services provided.

"These results are stunning, but not surprising. With so many barriers to health care, including great distances and inability to take a day off of work, this is what happens in a community," said Theresa Emory, MD, FCAP, the lead pathologist for the Norton Community Hospital event, and a member of the CAP Foundation's Board of Directors. "But when a neighbor lends a hand, and families are involved, communities themselves get healthier. We see that so often with See, Test & Treat and we are proud to have provided much-needed help in Appalachia."

See, Test & Treat is the flagship program of the CAP Foundation. It offers free breast and cervical screening for at-risk women, in addition to such other services as blood pressure screening, flu shots and important health education for women, their families and their communities. Test results are all provided the same day and if treatment is needed, an immediate care plan is designed and provided by doctors and affected patients.

In an effort to promote screening, vaccination and treatment of certain viruses as a cancer prevention tool, the CAP Foundation partnered with the Think About the Link® campaign to offer a unique education experience to women in the Appalachian Virginia area.  Think About the Link® is an education campaign developed by the Prevent Cancer Foundation® to increase awareness of the link between the human papillomavirus (HPV), hepatitis B and hepatitis C and the many cancers they can cause.

The goals of the program are simple: to provide health care professionals and at-risk groups access to the latest information related to viruses and cancers, bring culturally-appropriate cancer prevention education materials and screenings directly to communities in need, and foster a dialogue between patients and health care professionals. 

The Appalachian region has the highest cancer mortality rate in the nation, perhaps as the result of late-stage cancer diagnoses. This event was located in rural southwest Virginia and drew patients from five counties spanning 2,224 square miles.

Local sponsors included: K-VA-T Food Stores/Food City, Wellmont Health System, Mountain States Health Alliance, Plastic Surgery Specialists, the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia-Wise.

Other services offered at the event included HPV testing, blood pressure screenings, flu shots, skin cancer checks, bone density testing and genetic testing.

About Think About the Link®
Think About the Link® focuses on three viruses that can lead to cancer: HPV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. The campaign travels the country to increase awareness of the link between these viruses and cancer, increase immunization rates for HPV and hepatitis B, and increase awareness of and access to treatment for hepatitis C.  The ultimate goal of Think About the Link® is to prevent virally-induced cancers. Learn more at

About The Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of the nation's leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy. Learn more at or follow on Twitter at @preventcancer.

About the College of American Pathologists and CAP Foundation
As the world's largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at

The CAP Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the College of American Pathologists, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists. CAP Foundation funding for See, Test & Treat is made possible through the continued generous support of CAP member pathologists, staff, foundations, industry, and private donations. In 2017, See, Test & Treat is generously being supported by organizations such as CVS Health, Hologic, Inc., and the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. Learn more and donate: Contact the CAP Foundation or follow us on Twitter at @capfndn.

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Hajj 2017: Women Attend in Large Numbers

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The annual Hajj pilgrimage unites millions of people in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula - the birthplace of Islam. This year, the Kingdom has welcomed more than 2.35 million people from every culture and corner of the globe, including a large number of women. A core value of the pilgrimage is equality of the sexes and millions of women have performed Hajj, and for this year, women pilgrims are at a near equal number to men.

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