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Olympic Legends Fully Support Postponing Tokyo Games

By Edwin Moses and IWF Connecticut member Donna de Varona

Over the weekend Edwin and I drafted an open letter in support of delaying the Olympics. We did so in support of the national Olympic committees of Canada and Australia in their decision to pull out of the Tokyo Olympics. We also were responding to efforts of USA Swimming and USA Track & Field, as well as athletes globally who were lobbying for postponement. As multiple Olympic gold medal-winners in swimming and track, we wanted to share our reasons why the International Olympic Committee, which, in its 81-page contract with the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, has the sole power to cancel or postpone the Olympic Games, should do so.

Olympic Legends Fully Support Postponing Tokyo Games
Olympic Legends Fully Support Postponing Tokyo Games

Why the Web Needs to Work for Women and Girls

Original article posted by the World Wide Web Foundation; written by Foundation Co-Founder Tim Berners-Lee.

When the world celebrated the web’s 30th birthday a year ago, we were reminded of the incredible things it has enabled — and all that we stand to lose if we don’t fight for it. I asked everyone to join together and do what they can to make sure the next 30 years of the web is even greater than the last.

A year later, with the help of activists, academics, policymakers and business people across the world, the Web Foundation has built and published a Contract for the Web— endorsed by companies, institutions and thousands of organisations and individuals — designed to protect and shape a web that is safe, empowering and available to all.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that we cannot achieve the aims of this Contract unless we address a dangerous trend we are hearing more and more about from our partners globally and working on the frontline: the web is not working for women and girls.

Why the Web Needs to Work for Women and Girls
Why the Web Needs to Work for Women and Girls

UPS Names Board Member Carol Tome Chief Executive

Original article posted by The Street

Shipping giant United Parcel Service (UPS) named a director, Carol Tome, as its new CEO, effective June 1.

Tome has sat on the UPS board since 2003 and serves as chair of the audit committee. She was formerly chief financial officer for Home Depot (HD) - Get Report.

UPS's current chairman and CEO, David Abney, on June 1 will become executive chairman. UPS said he'll retire from the board Sept. 30. He's been with the Atlanta company for 46 years.

The company’s lead independent director, William Johnson, on Sept. 30 will take the role of non-executive chairman.

“After a rigorous selection process involving both internal and external candidates, Carol was the clear choice,” Johnson, chairman of the UPS nominating and corporate governance committee, said in a statement.

UPS Names Board Member Carol Tome Chief Executive
UPS Names Board Member Carol Tome Chief Executive

Irene Charnley gets Forbes Women Africa Pioneer Award

Original article posted by BizNis Africa; written by Foundation Co-Founder Tim Berners-Lee.

Irene Charnley, Smile Telecoms Founder, on 6 March 2020, received the Forbes Woman Africa Pioneer Award during the Forbes Women Africa Awards function hosted in Durban International Convention Centre.

The Board of the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) extends its warmest congratulations to its President, Irene Charnley for receiving the Forbes Woman Africa Pioneer Award.

Irene Charnley gets Forbes Women Africa Pioneer Award
Irene Charnley gets Forbes Women Africa Pioneer Award

Janice McDonald Releases New Book: “Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision”

Full overview can be found on Indigo

In this collection of inspiring true stories, Janice McDonald - entrepreneur, speaker, and host of the Fearless Women podcast - brings together more than 100 extraordinary, unafraid women and asks them to look back at the moments in their youth that set them on the path to leadership. From high-profile entrepreneurs to philanthropists, athletes, artists, and statespeople, the lives featured in this book represent the many journeys women can take to find their passion, create change, and make a monumental impact on the world around them. Some were born to leap into the spotlight, others discovered a quiet strength along the way; women who dared, who challenged convention, who found connection, or who braved it alone - each has a powerful lesson to tell about a girl who once dreamed of what she might accomplish.

Featuring touching personal photographs and deep insight into the diverse lives of fascinating, notable women from around the world, Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision is a powerful and necessary celebration of heart and guts. Honest, relatable, enlightening, and uplifting, the images and stories in Fearless are proof of our innate ability as women to take risks, face down our fears, and blaze our own trail.

Janice McDonald Releases New Book: “Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision”
Janice McDonald Releases New Book: “Fearless: Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision”

Meet Erika James, the first woman to be appointed dean of the Wharton School

Original article posted by CNBC

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has appointed long-time academic leader Erika H. James as its next dean, the college announced on Wednesday. James, who currently serves as dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, is the first woman and first African-American to lead the Wharton School in its 139-year history.

Meet Erika James, the first woman to be appointed dean of the Wharton School
Meet Erika James, the first woman to be appointed dean of the Wharton School

Edelman Promotes Lisa Osborne Ross to U.S. COO

Original article posted by PR Week

WASHINGTON: Edelman has promoted Lisa Osborne Ross to U.S. COO, a role that had been empty since December 2018.

The promotion is effective immediately. Ross is reporting to U.S. CEO Russell Dubner and keeping her title as president of Edelman’s Washington, DC, office.

As U.S. COO, she is replacing Julianna Richter, who left the agency at the end of 2018 before joining mergers and acquisitions advisory firm Waypoint Partners the next July.

Edelman Promotes Lisa Osborne Ross to U.S. COO
Edelman Promotes Lisa Osborne Ross to U.S. COO

Forbes Top 100: Meet The Six Arab Women Topping The Tech Game (Doha Abdelkhaleq)

Original article posted by Scoop Empire

From the UAE to Oman, Egypt and Jordan, Arab women are shattering stereotypes and making us proud. Forbes recently featured six Arab women in the Middle East’s 100 Power Businesswomen 2020 list, who are killing it in the field of tech! This is what you need to know about them.

Forbes Top 100: Meet The Six Arab Women Topping The Tech Game (Doha Abdelkhaleq)
Forbes Top 100: Meet The Six Arab Women Topping The Tech Game (Doha Abdelkhaleq)
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