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06/23/2021
Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas Discusses Upcoming Summer Olympics, the U.S. Gymnastics Team’s Medal Hopes, and Her Personal Health & Wellness Tips

Gabby Douglas became the star of the women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 London Olympics when she won all-around gold at 16 years old. She was the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in both the Olympic all-around and team competitions.

That same year the Associated Press named Gabby Douglas Female Athlete of the Year. Four years later, Gabby earned her third U.S. team gold in Rio. She is also the first African American gymnast to become Olympic all-around champion.

Post-Olympics, her publicity rounds included being featured on boxes of Corn Flakes cereal, releasing a book titled “Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith” and inspiring a Lifetime movie titled “The Gabby Douglas Story.” This year Gabby Douglas was unmasked as the dance winner behind the Cotton Candy mask and won the first ever Diamond Mask trophy on the FOX TV spinoff “The Masked Dancer.”

When out of the spotlight, Gabby connects with her legions of fans over social media and offers her very own personal health and wellness tips. "Taking care of my skin before and after my workouts is an absolute must. That includes making sure that I keep my skin hydrated throughout the day,” says Douglas.

Gabby Douglas will be able to discuss:
• How the pandemic has affected the 2021 US Olympic Gymnastics Team. Will the lack of fans in the stands affect the performances and energy level of the Gymnasts?
• We see athletes (and gymnasts in particular) putting a lot of pressure on their bodies, muscles, and skin, how do you keep yourself healthy, and do you have any personal health & wellness tips for active folks like yourself?
• From Olympic Champion to author to Masked Dancer Champion, what is next for Gabby Douglas?

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This tour is provided by Remedy Dermatology Series.

12/16/2020
December 31st Is More Than Just The End Of A Horrible Year

FOR BABIES BORN ON THE 31ST IT CAN MEAN
A FREE $250 SAVINGS ACCOUNT

As New Year’s Eve approaches, many will be celebrating the end of what has been one of the most challenging years in recent memory. Even so, we don’t want to lose sight of the positive, hopeful things that came with 2020. People still graduated from college, got married, bought their first homes, and welcomed new babies into the world in spite of the pandemic.

This year also brought about a great digital migration -- technology usage skyrocketed as families, friends, coworkers, and classmates connected in new ways.

Ally Bank will be celebrating the end of the year in a different way: by shining a light on the countless reasons we had for hope. Particularly for all those born on the very last day of a year that has challenged our world like no other, and who were likely conceived at the very start of the pandemic. As the original digital-only bank, Ally has a natural affinity for those born in this new digital era.

To celebrate the very last babies born this year, Ally is offering any baby born on Dec. 31, 2020, (across the 50 states or to military families serving abroad) a free custodial online savings account with $250 deposited, no strings attached.

It’s quite possible these kids will never know a physical bank branch. So Ally wants to welcome them with a message that there is great reason for optimism and the world has a lot of good in store for them.

Diane Morais, President of Ally Bank discusses:
• The great digital migration
• The importance of a bank account and saving early
• Saying goodbye to a horrible year with a positive look to the future
• The $250 Dec 31st Baby Banking program (available for each twin, triplet, etc.)

Sign up is easy: Go to - ally.com/nye2020babies. Parents or guardians have a full six months (June 30, 2021, deadline) to sign up for the account online after their child is born on Dec. 31, 2020. Verification of the child’s date of birth is required, and once the account information has been verified, Ally will fund it with $250.

About: Diane Morais President, Consumer & Commercial Banking Products, Ally Bank
Diane Morais joined Ally in 2008, and is responsible for driving the growth, profitability, and digital evolution of Ally’s consumer and commercial banking products. She has oversight of the Deposits, Online Brokerage and Wealth Management, Mortgage, Credit Card, Ally Lending and Corporate Finance businesses. In addition, Morais oversees the company’s digital and customer care channels, as well as the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) program.
Morais was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Ally brand in 2009. Under Morais’ leadership, Ally Bank has achieved double-digit retail deposit growth each year, and now has more than 2 million customers and over $100 billion in retail deposits. Ally has received numerous third-party accolades, including being named “Best Online Bank” in America by Money® Magazine, as well as “Best Internet Bank” and “Best for Millennials” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Prior to holding key leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Ally, Morais achieved a number of significant professional accomplishments in the financial services sector. During a career spanning twelve years at Bank of America, she served in senior roles in deposit and debit products, national customer experience, card services marketing and consumer mortgage vendor management. Morais also spent nine years at Citibank’s credit card division in a variety of marketing, risk and finance roles.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Morais holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas and Charlotte Center City Partners. In September 2018, Morais was named to American Banker Magazine’s ‘25 Most Powerful Women in Banking’ list for the third consecutive year. Morais was also named one of the top 25 outstanding business women in the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2018 Women in Business Awards. She is active in the Charlotte community, serving as an “Executive in Residence” for Queens University and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Charlotte Catholic schools, and Dress for Success.

This interview is provided by Ally Bank

11/23/2020
THANKSGIVING 2020: Reduced Holiday Gatherings Presents Challenges for Consumers and Changes How They Will Cook

GE Profile™ Releases New Survey Data and Tips for Navigating Thanksgiving 2020

COVID-19 has changed so many aspects of our lives, including how we cook. 2020 became the year that many of our human interactions became virtual and many people invite guests virtually for Thanksgiving. It is estimated that as many as four in 10 Americans will host virtual Thanksgiving parties.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, GE Profile™ surveyed consumers to find out how they are feeling about putting dinner on the table this year.
As 51% of Americans plan to shrink their holiday get-togethers, many are looking for tips to make their festivities safer, tastier, and achievable with fewer cooks in the kitchen to help.
Smaller gatherings mean people are simplifying their prep as well, including:
Smaller quantities
Easier dishes
Online grocery orders
Flexibility with ingredients due to anticipated out-of-stock items

It also means many are playing chef instead of guest for the first time:
1 in 3 plan to cook a family favorite for the first time
4 in 10 plan to try a new recipe

And, all of this reflects how we are feeling about cooking overall: TIRED!
54% of consumers are buying more ready-to-cook items, prepping meals in advance, and using the microwave, air fryer, or pressure cooker to save time.
The increased frequency of cooking, forced creativity and repeat meals has left 13% feeling bored, 11% feeling exhausted, and 9% feeling overwhelmed

* Ipsos survey, fielded on The Home Connection online research community from 9/21/2020 through 10/6/2020

“This year, while gatherings will be smaller, there will be more first-time home chefs, which can be stressful. But it’s important to remember that even if you are just cooking for a few family members, you can make it special,” said Jane Freiman, Consumer Behavior Cooking Expert, Smart Kitchen Insights Group. “Whether you are cooking family traditions or trying something new with fewer people around the table, one thing is certain--food is comforting. Everyone needs a little comfort right now.”
Sabrina Hannah, Food Scientist, GE Appliances Cooking Product Development Lab offers the following tips if you’re hosting:
Keep it outside – dress your chairs with cozy blankets and build a fire.
Dish up single side-servings in disposable cookware
Cancel shared charcuterie and opt for plated tapas style apps.
Don’t be afraid of substitutions. Get creative instead of adding trips to the store
Save water and time AND sanitize. Let your dishwasher do the dirty work. No need to rinse.

See a full list of tips for simplify cooking amidst a pandemic here:
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https://vimeo.com/479687507/cfab3164b2

BIO: Sabrina Hannah is a Food Scientist at GE Appliances. She spends every day testing new product ideas to bring greater efficiencies, easier use and exciting technology into people’s homes.

This tour is provided by GE Appliances

About GE Appliances
GE Appliances, a Haier company, creates “good things, for life” through our passion for great appliances and the happiness they can bring to every household. With the Monogram®, CAFÉ, GE®, GE Profile™, Haier and Hotpoint brands, people and families have more choices for making their kitchens and homes amazing each day. Our products include refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners and water filtration systems. For more information, visit www.geappliances.com/our-company.
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11/23/2020
Quarantined and Engaged: They Said ‘Yes!’

Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring at the Right Price amidst a Pandemic

Jewelers say more couples than ever are choosing diamond engagement rings

The coronavirus outbreak has negatively affected the wedding industry in many ways. Large wedding gatherings might be on hold, but what isn’t on hold is are couples showing their love for one another and getting engaged.

According to a report by The Knot, more than 6 in 10 engaged couples say that stay-at-home restrictions due to the coronavirus have strengthened their relationships.

Jewelers say that despite difficult economic times, they are seeing consumers spend more than ever on diamond engagement rings. The reasons for this include:
• Increased sense of intimacy and desire to sacrifice for each other
• More budget available because of canceled weddings and honeymoons
• Pent up demand to spend after months of nowhere to go

Sally Morrison, Director of PR for Natural Diamonds at De Beers Group explains the latest trends in engagement rings, provide live product demo and display, and discuss:

What diamond engagement rings consumers are choosing now
Why customers are choosing simpler and more classic styles, harkening back to vintage and solitaire design styles.
The trend of people choosing diamonds of better quality in terms of cut, color and clarity instead of choosing bigger diamonds

Station Note: This segment is brought to you by De Beers Group

11/17/2020
Getting a Safer Haircut During the Pandemic

The Back In Style Campaign and celebrity salon owner, Tabatha Coffey work to bring awareness to the struggles of salons impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while empowering their owners and stylists

Innovation has been key to survival for small businesses in 2020. The coronavirus has caused sweeping changes to business practices, while bringing phrases like “contactless” or “socially distanced” into everyday vernacular.

But for hair stylists at salons there is no way to provide their service in a virtual world. From the onset of the pandemic, salons have faced multiple shutdowns due to changes in local health orders.

It’s been a long difficult road for salon owners, stylists, and customers who rely on them for haircuts, color, and the salon experience. Now we need to get our salons back on their feet. The Back In Style Campaign aims to help stylists connect, grow and thrive in a more beautiful digital future, with viral social media campaigns and activations targeted towards salon clients at a national and regional level.

Tabatha Coffey MATRIX Global Business Ambassador, salon owner, and TV personality shares the latest salon recommended safety protocols to put clients’ minds at ease, and salon services and styles for minimizing time in the salon chair while maximizing the time between appointments.

Topics that Tabatha discusses include:
• Why do you think the salon experience has been missed by customers and stylists alike?
• What are the new safety protocols that salons are enacting for their visiting customers and staff?
• Are there services that you can recommend that minimize time in the salon chair?
• What are some do-at-home techniques that can help maintain a style longer between appointments?
• Where can someone go for more information?

Station Note: This segment is brought to you by L’Oréal Professional Products

11/17/2020
Supporting Doctors on the Frontlines Battling Covid-19: How to Become an “Ally of Doctors”

2020 has been a tough year, and doctors and healthcare professionals have been working hard on the front lines – more than ever before.

While the coronavirus pandemic has upended life for nearly everyone, healthcare workers and doctors have had to face more risks than most. So many of us are in awe of how these professionals still care for patients despite tremendous challenges.

So how can your audience show appreciation for all the hard work they do?

Mucinex is rallying Americans coast to coast to become an “Ally of Doctors” to show health care professionals and frontline heroes how much we support, appreciate, and trust them.

With only 16% of consumers having reviewed their doctor in the past 12 months, Mucinex is making a nationwide call to action for patients to give back to those who have helped them get better by advocating for their doctors and health care professionals.

Dr Ian Smith discusses the “Ally of Doctors” campaign and how Mucinex is encouraging consumers to continue to provide genuine, positive reviews and recommendations that can lead to another positive experience for a new patient – building a true Ally of Doctors.

Dr Smith will cover:
What some of the best preventative measures someone can take at home to stay healthy
Why it is important to provide feedback to doctors and how that can improve care for everyone
Telling us more about the “Ally of Doctors” campaign and how consumers can review and recommend their own trusted doctors and health care professionals
How the campaign is helping to support the next generation of frontline heroes

Note: This segment is brought to you by Mucinex

BIO: Dr Ian Smith- Dr. Ian Smith is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books, SHRED: THE REVOLUTIONARY DIET, and SUPER SHRED: The Big Results Diet, and BLAST THE SUGAR OUT. Dr. Smith’s highly anticipated newest book, The Clean 20, became an instant New York Times best seller, helping hundreds of thousands of people reduce bad sugars from their diet, lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, and cut the cravings.
Dr. Smith was appointed by President Obama to a second term on the prestigious President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is currently the medical contributor and co-host of the nationally syndicated television show The Rachael Ray Show.
He is a former co-host of the Emmy award winning syndicated daytime talk show, The Doctors. He also served as the medical/diet expert for six seasons on VH1’s highly-rated Celebrity Fit Club, and is the creator and founder of the national health initiatives The 50 Million Pound Challenge and The Makeover Mile.

11/17/2020
CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?!

The World’s Largest Peace-Building Organization, Search for Common Ground, Initiates A New Campaign Promising Healing And Hope For America

Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search for Common Ground, shares lessons from around the world that can help us find unity – despite profound differences – to move forward together
2020 has been a very tough year with a worldwide pandemic and divisive U.S. presidential election leaving many of us wondering, “can’t we all just get along?” With the election behind us, America needs healing and nations like ours around the world long to find hope again. A new campaign aims to provide both at a time when we need it most.
My Peace, Our Future, from the world’s largest peace-building organization, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), promises inspiration, hope, action and healing — to help make 2021 the year where more people learn to live with their differences — without violent conflict — and move forward together.
Beginning this November 2020 and ending in February 2021, My Peace, Our Future brings together young people from across the world to share their personal visions of peace and what they dream of doing in a more just and equitable world, free from violent conflict. The campaign will highlight some of Search for Common Ground’s more than five decades of work in parts of the world. It will also share the pioneering work the organization is doing in the United States to educate the next generation of leaders to find common ground and unity — even if they profoundly disagree.
From must-attend virtual events, online actions, awards, and interactive events there’s something for everyone in the campaign. And there’s an important message that people can send leaders across the world — work harder to transform and reduce the risk of violent conflict. The peace and stability you build will help give everyone a better chance to thrive.
On November 17th: Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search for Common Ground, discusses the campaign’s conflict-transforming and peace-building work that’s helping people transform violent conflict into peace and stability, so everyone can thrive.

WHO WE HAVE: Shamil Idriss is CEO of Search for Common Ground, an international non-profit organization operating in 36 countries whose mission is "to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions." Shamil Idriss became President and CEO in September 2014. Prior to taking on his role with SFCG, Shamil was the CEO for Soliya, and served as Executive Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund, which merged with Soliya in 2009. In 2005, he was appointed by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. He served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and of the ASMA Society's Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow.

THIS INTERVIEW IS PROVIDED BY: Non-Profit Search for Common Ground

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