Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest helps build tomorrow’s leaders

girl scouts of the desert southwest helps build tomorrow’s leaders


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WATCH: Full interview with Melissa Wardy, chief development officer at Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest

by: Allison Keys

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 / 11:28 AM MDT
/ Updated: Oct 20, 2020 / 11:28 AM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – With a focus on social connection and learning outside of the classroom, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest is a leadership program that continues to develop female leaders of tomorrow. Chief Development Officer Melissa Wardy discusses the programs the Girl Scouts participate in and how you can help during the organization’s fall product sale.

A program for girls ages five through 18, the Girl Scout Leadership Experience is based on four pillars: outdoors, STEM, life skills, and entrepreneurship. Girl Scouts has shifted many of its programs to a virtual format and has opened in-person gatherings to small groups adhering to public health and social distancing guidelines.

From now until November 18, 2020, you can purchase Ashdon Farms nuts and chocolates as well as M2 Media magazine subscriptions to benefit Girl Scouts. The items will be shipped directly to you and proceeds stay local.

Purchases help support Girl Scout troops to buy supplies, take virtual field trips and special online programs, and also help them prepare for community service projects. …



Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

dust bowl 2.0? rising great plains dust levels stir concerns


A dust storm in the Texas panhandle. Fueled by drought and agriculture, dust levels in parts of the Great Plains have doubled in 20 years, researchers say.

KEITH LADZINSKI/National Geographic

By Roland PeaseOct. 20, 2020 , 10:50 AM

Earlier this month, a storm front swept across the Great Plains of the United States, plowing up a wall of dust that could be seen from space, stretching from eastern Colorado into Nebraska and Kansas. It was a scene straight from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when farmers regularly saw soil stripped from their fields and whipped up into choking blizzards of dust.

Better get used to it. According to a new study, dust storms on the Great Plains have become more common and more intense in the past 20 years, because of more frequent droughts in the region and an expansion of croplands. “Our results suggest a tipping point is approaching, where the conditions of the 1930s could return,” says Gannet Haller, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Utah who led the study.

The dust storms not only threaten to remove soil nutrients and decrease agricultural productivity, but also present a health hazard, says Andy Lambert, a co-author on the study and a meteorologist …


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Pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era

pandemic digital nomads jobs are rising in work from home era


The rise of “digital nomads,” knowledge workers able to do their jobs from a rotating assortment of exotic locales — the beaches of Phuket, the suburbs of Cape Town, the cafes of Paris— took a big hit earlier this year as borders closed and cafes did too. Some nomads hunkered down, others scurried home. Startup Remote Year, founded in 2014 to facilitate such work-adventures, laid off most of its staff and suspended services, leaving some customers in the lurch (it was acquired this month by a Panama-based hotel company).But while digital nomads have for the most part been stuck in their own countries since then, there appear to be far more of them than ever before. After a survey of 3,457 U.S. adults conducted this July and August, MBO Partners, which provides services to independent professionals, estimated there were 10.9 million digital nomads in the U.S. this year versus 7.3 million in 2019, a 49% increase. To qualify as such, one has to change location at least three times a year, not just shuttle back and forth between a country house and a city place, and not move at an employer’s behest, said Steve King of Emergent Research, who helped design the survey. …


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Stem cell research, clinical use of ‘magic mushrooms’ among issues on state ballots this year

stem cell research, clinical use of ‘magic mushrooms’ among issues on state ballots this year


Voters lined up last month in Fairfax, Virginia, to cast their ballots in this year’s elections.


By Rebekah Tuchscherer, Rasha AridiOct. 20, 2020 , 9:00 AM

Election Day is 3 November, but U.S. voters have already started to mail in or drop off their ballots. In addition to selecting candidates for local, state, and federal positions, voters in many states will be weighing in on more than 100 initiatives and referenda.

The measures often deal with mundane financial matters. But voters will also get to vote on a number of hot-button issues, including marijuana legalization, abortion, and health care.

There are also a few science-related initiatives that the research community is watching. Here are examples from four states: California, Colorado, Oregon, and Nevada.


Renewing stem cell research funding in California

In 2004, Californians voted in favor of Proposition 71, which established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to conduct work with human embryonic stem cells, and authorized the state to sell $3 billion in bonds to fund the institute. Now, CIRM’s bond funding has nearly expired, and Proposition 14 aims to renew the flow. It asks voters to approve issuing an additional $5.5 billion in bonds. The proposition is led …


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ViacomCBS announces new leadership for streaming services

viacomcbs announces new leadership for streaming services


ViacomCBS Inc.
announced Tuesday new leadership for its streaming operations, effective immediately. Current Pluto TV Chief Executive Tom Ryan will be CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming. He will oversee CBS All Access, which will be renamed Paramount+ in early 2021, and Pluto TV, and have oversight of the company’s global streaming strategy. Marc DeBevoise will step down from his role of chief digital officer of ViacomCBS and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital. Kelly Day, current chief operating officer of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will be president of streaming for VCNI, and will oversee all digital and streaming platforms outside of the U.S. “As we plan for the launch of Paramount+, bringing together the leaders of our streaming platforms to create a unified global organization will enable us to execute a holistic strategy across both free and pay,” said ViacomCBS Chief Executive Bob Bakish. ViacomCBS’s stock, which gained 0.9% in premarket trading, has dropped 35.4% year to date through Monday, while the SPDR Communication Services Select Sector ETF
has rallied 11.3% and the S&P 500
has gained 6.1%.


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New Report Ranks America’s Governors on Policy Leadership and Pandemic Response

new report ranks america’s governors on policy leadership and pandemic response


ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today released the first ever Governors ranking, the 2020 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom. The scorecard ranks America’s 50 governors based on policy performance and result, as well as executive leadership before and after the start of the COVID-19 health crisis.”State executives implement policy and respond to crisis in dramatically different ways,” said Reagan Economist Dr. Arthur B. Laffer. “At such a critical decision point, voters need fact-based, nonpartisan data to judge their leaders and hold them accountable. The objective data voters need is all about economics, and it’s all found in this ranking.”Each governor is awarded an overall rank, a results rank and a policy rank, which is expanded to list the exact criteria used so readers can clearly identify how their state leader stacks up and why. Governors and taxpayers can also use the criteria to determine state policy areas that need improvement, such as tax and spending policy, handling of federal funds from the CARES Act and economic competitiveness data. The 20 variables used to rank the governors equip readers, voters and taxpayers with an objective analysis so they can make an informed opinion.This ranking shows …


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Why humour should be taken seriously in leadership – CMI

why humour should be taken seriously in leadership – cmi


What would you pay for something that instantly reduces stress and puts people at ease and shows off your  judgment, experience and confidence? I bet you’d pay pretty highly, wouldn’t you? Well, here’s how to do it – and it won’t cost you a penny:
Use your sense of humour.
Let’s be clear, this is not about laughing at other people. Usually, good leaders start by laughing at themselves. This is called humility. You can see these people at work in meetings; they’re the people who speak last, often the ones encouraging others to speak as well. They know that the leader’s job is not to be the smartest person in the room (or on the Zoom call). The leader’s job is to make everyone else feel like they’re the smartest person in the room. They don’t need to take the credit for themselves because they are confident in their position.
It’s particularly important for the leader to create an environment where stress is managed and people enjoy their work. Why does that matter? Surely, capitalism’s job is to grind people into a fine powder in the pursuit of profit? If it …


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EDC selects new leader

edc selects new leader


Dyke is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Administration and Management degree. She currently serves as Georgia state director for the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association for professionals in North America. Dyke is also a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Leadership Georgia Class of 2020, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Steering Committee, board of directors of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Waycross, graduate of The Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and member of the Waycross Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Waycross.


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ASSA ABLOY commits to science-based sustainability targets

assa abloy commits to science-based sustainability targets


STOCKHOLM, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in access solutions, is committing to science-based targets to further substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions across the entire value chain. The Group will set targets that are aligned to the Paris Agreement, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, by halving emissions by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050.
“Sustainability will be vital to economic and industrial development in the coming decades. Our long-term commitment to science-based targets demonstrates our willingness to lead the industry towards a more sustainable future, and will further improve our competitiveness with sustainable products, solutions and operations.” says Nico Delvaux, President and CEO of the ASSA ABLOY Group.
The Group is also launching a new ambitious sustainability program with targets for 2025. The new program builds on the momentum and progress from ASSA ABLOY’s successive 5-year sustainability programs since 2010. The program focuses on improving employees’ health and safety, reducing energy, carbon and water consumption, increasing materials efficiency and reducing waste generated. 
The result from the 2015-2020 program will be presented in the Sustainability Report due in March 2021. For more information about ASSA ABLOY’s sustainability work, please visit:
About the Science Based Targets initiative
The Science …


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