CDC: Cigarette smoking among teens at an all time low, but…

first_img TAGSE-CigarettesFlorida Department of Healthtobacco Previous articleNelson hires new Finance DirectorNext articleLocal leaders of tomorrow: Apopka Youth Works Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida youth tobacco trends mirror the national dataFrom the Florida Department of HealthThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed data from the 2011–2017 National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) to determine recent patterns of current (past 30-day) tobacco use among youth.Overall, cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States declined significantly from 15.8 percent in 2011 to 7.6 percent in 2017, according to the new data. Yet, nearly 3 million teens said they were current tobacco users in 2017 – defined as having used a tobacco product in the past 30 days.While there has been substantial progress, the new report shows troubling trends among youth. In 2017, about half, or 46.8 percent, of high school students who used a tobacco product reported using two more tobacco products. Youth who use multiple tobacco products are at higher risk for developing nicotine dependence and might be more likely to continue using tobacco into adulthood. The report also shows that e-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco by youth in the U.S.In Florida, use of traditional tobacco products is at an all-time low among teens. In 2017, 4.2 percent of Florida high school students reported currently using cigarettes, which is well below the national rate (7.6 percent) reported.Yet, Florida has experienced similar alarming trends. Among current tobacco users in high school, 47.5 percent reported using two or more products.In recent years, e-cigarette use (or electronic vaping) saw a rapid increase among Florida high school students, reaching 18 percent in 2016. The 2017 data was the first year that saw a decline. However, the current e-cigarette use rate among Florida high school students was 15.7 percent in 2017 – far higher than any other tobacco product. E-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products among youth and young adults, including cigarettes and other burned tobacco products.Nicotine addiction is the fundamental reason people persist in using tobacco. Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Florida and the U.S.Continued youth prevention efforts are needed to discourage tobacco use initiation and counter social norms among subpopulations affected by tobacco-related disparities.These new findings can be found in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6722a3.htm.The Florida Department of Health’s 2017 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey can be downloaded at www.floridahealth.gov/statistics-and-data/survey-data/florida-youth-survey/florida-youth-tobacco-survey/index.html.About the Florida Department of HealthThe department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.About Tobacco Free FloridaThe department’s Tobacco Free Florida campaign is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. Since the program began in 2007, more than 188,000 Floridians have successfully quit using one of Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services. There are now approximately 451,000 fewer adult smokers in Florida than there was 10 years ago, and the state has saved $17.7 billion in health care costs. To learn more about Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way services, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Response handling for DRTV – getting it right

first_imgResponse handling for DRTV – getting it right Howard Lake | 11 July 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Elaine Lee of ReynoldsBusbyLee, the multi-channel response-handling providers to the charity sector, stresses the importance of excellent response handling when testing DRTV as a new channel to market.Recent press has suggested that, to increase response, charities should change the way in which they communicate with donors – and that key groups such as 40 to 60-year olds may be better reached by switching spend from direct mail into new media. One of which is DRTV.DRTV can transform donor communication for charities. But only if the organisations testing its use understand how to avoid some common pitfalls, many of which involve response handling.By its very nature, a TV ad can generate a high volume of responses in a short space of time. Yet all too often the question of how to deal with these responses is considered only when the creative team ask for a phone number or SMS code to appear in the advert. This can be a costly mistake. I have heard of situations when calls start arriving into a call centre without the call handling team knowing the campaign is even running! Obviously this lack of preparation would have had a significant impact on the results.Ideally, response handling should be discussed at the start of campaign planning. Think about your target audience and how they would prefer to communicate their support for your cause. Younger audiences in particular can hardly be parted from their mobile phones these days so a text option is essential! Others with web access may prefer going online.But phone remains a key channel. Many charities already work with an outbound supplier to run an outbound calling programme – upgrading donation values or adding gift aid to existing donations. But handling inbound calls from DRTV is very different, and requires agents and call management with a completely different skill set. Your existing call centre may not possess these.TV also drives a very immediate call-to-action. It’s emotional and can be short-lived, so you have to be ready to respond at once when it comes. For instance, when a TV commercial airs 75-80% of calls are received within three minutes. Callers typically don’t want to wait to connect in a call queue – it’s a real “moment in time” thing.As a result, and to maximise response, they must be connected to agents within 10-15 seconds. If not, they either hang up for good or they call again, adding to the calls queuing and reducing call centre performance. Experienced suppliers will answer your calls quickly and well – it’s not unreasonable to expect centres to answer 95% of all calls offered. Losing response by being under-prepared and inadequately resourced is a cardinal sin.When callers do get through, the first contact is critical. It’s the start of your relationship with your new donor so it has to be excellent, and provide warmth and personality. When working with outsourced centres, the secret is spending time with the agents who will answer the calls prior to campaign launch. Train them, and explain what you do and why you are fundraising. If they understand this and can empathise with you, they will convey this in the calls.Controlling calls through careful scripting is also vital. Scripting ensures consistent call handling and optimises call duration by managing the flow of the call. Scripting allows more calls to be answered and ensures that the ‘ask’ is made with the right positioning, and at the right time – when the confidence of the caller has been gained.For one of our clients, scripting produced a 25% increase in callers that gave five times the regular monthly on-screen ask. Real value can be added here.It’s important to get ./guidance on other factors affecting likely response to your campaign. It may surprise you to know that not all response will be genuine. For instance, 0800 telephone numbers provide an opportunity for children to ‘play’ with the telephone without running up a bill, so expect an element of hoax calling and general enquiries.Response handling does not finish at the moment when the calls have been answered. The data collected from the calls must be transferred securely and correctly. Work only with suppliers who are experienced in doing this in accordance with the Data Protection Act.Make sure your in-house team are ready to receive data from an external source, and have in place the necessary security controls for transferring personal and sensitive data. Planning and testing of data transfers should take place well in advance of the first call being received.And finally, before you begin, you should consider what you want to learn from the campaign and how you will track the response to achieve this. When working with a call centre, think through the data you need to capture and how you will use it develop recommendations for future campaigns. Then ensure that your call handling script collects all the data you need.Your test campaign will mean spending significant amounts of money in creating the ad and buying the media airtime. Getting response handling wrong, often by failing to appreciate its importance until too late, can be disastrous and effectively mean you have wasted that creative and media money.Be acutely aware that if your call centre doesn’t have enough agents to handle call volumes at peak times, you will lose donations. Similarly, if the agents aren’t properly trained and don’t understand key success drivers – for example, regular giving via paperless Direct Debit and Gift Aid – you will lose donations or reduce donation values.The good news is that there is plenty of experience out there to guide you through to a successful campaign. TV presents a real opportunity both on its own, and as part of an integrated multi-channel marketing campaign, in which it can significantly lift results. One RBL client saw a 10% lift to response simply by adding an “As Seen on TV” flash to their direct mail packs.Used correctly, TV can open up a new channel to market and reach new target audiences. It can allow quick-response, tactical campaigns that take advantage of an opportunity at short notice. Repeat activity run through a good call centre that’s been well briefed can be operational within days – although booking cost-effective media could be your limiting factor.Response handling set-up and managed well can really bolster revenue generated. Well executed activity will reassure callers and donors that you are efficient in your administration, allowing a higher percentage of their donation to reach the projects you’re tackling.With recent news from the Charity Commission that 10% more of the UK population, since 2005, are giving money to charities, finding new ways to reach these new donors and, make them feel valued at their first contact, is more important than ever.RBL assists charities with every aspect of their telemarketing campaigns from planning and call centre selection to scripting and reporting. For further information on response handling, please contact Elaine Leewww.reynoldsbusbylee.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual givinglast_img read more

Consider Releasing Children From Observation Homes On Interim Bail Amid COVID-19 : SC Directs JJBs, Children’s Courts [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesConsider Releasing Children From Observation Homes On Interim Bail Amid COVID-19 : SC Directs JJBs, Children’s Courts [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 April 2020 9:58 AMShare This – xIn order to de-congest child care institutions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts to consider releasing all children alleged to be in conflict with law on temporary bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015. The order has been passed by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn order to de-congest child care institutions in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts to consider releasing all children alleged to be in conflict with law on temporary bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015. The order has been passed by a bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Deepak Gupta in a suo moto case registered by it on the conditions of children protection homes across the country. The bench also issued detailed directions to the Child Welfare Committees, Juvenile Justice Boards and Children Courts, Child Care Institutions (CCI) and the state governments to prevent the spread of Corona virus amongst children. “There are children who need care and attention and are kept in or children in conflict with law who are kept in various types of homes. There are also children who are kept in foster and kinship care. In these circumstances, it was felt that the interest of these children should be looked into,” the bench said while taking cognizance on the matter. The court has asked all these institutions to consider whether children should be kept in the respective institutions, considering the best interest, health and safety concerns. It has been directed that families be counseled to ensure that institutionalization is the last resort. Further, they have been asked to ensure safety and availability of personal hygiene products in the institutions. The court suggested that these institutions should turn virtual so as to provide help desks and conduct requisite inquiries and hearings. The bench also expressed concern regarding safety of these children and said that it is important to protect them from violence including sexual and gender ­based violence which may be exacerbated in contexts of anxiety and stress produced by lockdown and fear of the disease. Broadly, the following directions were made: Measures To Be Taken By Child Welfare Committees Monitor cases telephonically for children who have been sent back to their families and coordinate through the District Child Protection Committees and Foster care and Adoption Committees (SFCACs) for children in foster careOnline help desks and support systems for queries to be established at the state level for children and staff in CCIs Measures To Be Taken By Juvenile Justice Boards And Children Courts Online video sessions be organized for conducting inquiriesChildren alleged to be in conflict with law, residing in Observation Homes, JJB shall consider taking steps to release all children on bail, unless there are clear and valid reasons for the application of the proviso to Section 12, JJ Act, 2015Video conferencing or online sittings can be held to prevent contact for speedy disposal of cases. Measures To Be Taken By Governments Work with Persons in Charge of CCIs and District Child Protection Units to plan staffing rotations or schedules to reduce in-person interaction by CCI staff.Ensure diligent performance of all government functionaries and take strict action against any dereliction of duty as per Rule 66(1) of Juvenile Justice Model Rules, 2016.Ensure adequate budgetary allocation to meet the costs that are likely to arise for the effective management of the pandemic. Directions To CCIs Take necessary steps to practice, promote and demonstrate positive hygiene behaviors and monitor their uptake;Conduct regular screening of children lodged in institutions and follow Health Referral System. The court clarified that such directions will also apply to to children in foster and kinship care. The court lastly remarked that the State Government and the nodal departments should keep abreast with all relevant advisories and circulars as issued by the government from time to time, along with guidance issued where required.Last month, a bench of SC headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had directed all states and Union Territories to set up ‘High Level Committees’ to determine the class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks. It was also observed that the prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to seven years can be given parole to decongest jails. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday January 23rd

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday January 23rd AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – January 23, 2019 center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleGAA PREVIEW – Declan Bonner “ Its important we hit the ground running”Next articleSuspected firearm recovered in follow up searches after Derry bomb News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday January 23rd:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/23news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

ENGIE, CDPQ to acquire remaining 10% stake in TAG from Petrobras

first_imgTAG is the operator of around 4,500km of gas pipeline infrastructure in Brazil ENGIE’s total equity share in TAG will increase to 65%. (Credit: Johannes Rupf/Pixabay ) French electric utility company ENGIE and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) have agreed to acquire Petrobras’s remaining 10% stake in the Brazilian pipeline operator Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG).The companies have signed a share purchase and sale agreement with Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).The deal, which is worth BRL1bn ($187.5m), follows sale of the other 90% of TAG for $8.6bn last year by Petrobras to the same group.TAG is the operator of around 4,500km of gas pipeline infrastructure in Brazil.The gas pipeline system, with an installed capacity of 75 MM m3 /d, is located along the coastline of the Northeast and Southeast regions as well as a further stretch which connects Urucu to Manaus (AM).ENGIE will own 65% stake in Brazilian pipeline operator TAGThrough the deal, ENGIE’s total equity share in TAG will increase to 65%, of which 32.5% is held by ENGIE Brasil Energia. The remaining 35% interest will be held by CDPQ.ENGIE said that it will keep the current equity consolidation method, upon completion of the acquisition.ENGIE interim CEO Claire Waysand said: “We have been operating in Brazil for almost 25 years with a long-term investment focus. This acquisition allows us to invest further in an asset we know, capitalizing on our expertise in networks, in a key country for ENGIE.”Fuerther, it said that the capacity of TAG is fully contracted on the basis of ship-or-pay clauses with an average residual duration of 11 years.Currently, its network represents 47% of the country’s entire gas infrastructure.The infrastructure is said to have further development potential such as network extension, additional connections, gas storage development and green gases transport.last_img read more

Industry attacks Conservatives over Stamp Duty ‘foreigner tax’ pledge

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Industry attacks Conservatives over Stamp Duty ‘foreigner tax’ pledge previous nextHousing MarketIndustry attacks Conservatives over Stamp Duty ‘foreigner tax’ pledgeBuilders and agents point out that foreign investment is key part of many prime markets in the UK and proposed 3% extra Stamp Duty would put many investors off.Nigel Lewis25th November 201901,300 Views The Conservative party launched its manifesto yesterday which confirms the major housing policies that it has been leaking to the media over the past week.But the manifesto was overshadowed by Boris Johnson, who had earlier announced that overseas residents buying UK property would pay an extra 3% Stamp Duty, a measure that is expected to raise an additional £120 million in tax revenue.The extra tax is to be spent on ending rough sleeping within the next five years but has been attacked by several leading property companies including builder Redrow, estate agency JLL and a leading mortgage brokerage, Altura.“Overseas buyers have essentially supported capital-intensive developments here getting under way — arguably some developments could be stalled without the pump-priming overseas investors provide to meet the pre-sales demands of many funders,” said John Tutte, chairman of Redrow.The other measures confirmed in the manifesto include:Government-backed long-term fixed rate mortgages to enable first time buyers to secure affordable home loans, people who otherwise might have struggled under the current lending restrictions brought in following the financial crisis of 2008/9.Scrapping Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions but ‘strengthening the rights of possession’ for good landlords.Introducing lifetime ‘portable’ rental deposits.Offering new-builds to verified ‘local people’ at a 30% discount, funded by developers via the planning process. This would appear to be an alternative to both the ‘affordable homes’ quotas included in planning and developer contributions to infrastructure projects via Section 106 payments.Replacing Help to Buy with a similar method of support for first time buyers when the current scheme runs out in 2023.“We agree that the system for repossessing properties needs to be reformed and support the Conservatives’ proposals to strength the possession rights of good landlords,” says David Smith of the Residential Landlords Association (left).“It is vital that the reforms are got right. At present it can take over five months for a landlord to repossess a property through the courts in legitimate circumstances.”Read the manifesto in full.  manifesto John Tutte Conservative Party housing JLL Redrow Boris Johnson Section 21 November 25, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Neighborhood Conference Kicks Off In Evansville After 14 Years

first_img TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANACHANNEL 44 NEWS: For the first time in 14 years the regional Neighborhood Conference is being held in Evansville. Delegates from five different states and 22 different cities made the trek to Evansville for a three day conference.The event kicked off Thursday night with keynote speaker Lloyd Winnecke addressing the crowd. Officials say this conference is a time to share best practice with cities that are similar in size and scope.The conference is also a great time to show off all of what Evansville has to offer to its regional neighbors. Officials say the conference is all about sharing ideas and learning from each other.“We have a lot of our own people coming to this conference and this also an outreach program for leadership roles we teach some of our neighborhoods how different cities evolve with urban sprawl, handling blight,” says United Neighborhoods President Brent Jackson.The three day conference includes other keynote speakers like, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Shoe Carnival Senior Vice President Sean Georges.The three day conference includes other keynote speakers like Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and Shoe Carnival Senior Vice President Sean Georges.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Soggy Bottoms

first_imgQ: Last year my Christmas cake was too moist and soggy on the bottom. I baked it about 3 to 4 weeks in advance and followed the recipe to the letter! I was very disappointed and ended up buying one instead. Please could you let me know if there was anything I was doing wrong? Thanks very much!A: Oh dear, what a disappointment for you. I am assuming you are talking about a fruit cake and if so, a couple of reasons spring to mind. Firstly your cake might not have been baked all the way through. A fruit cake needs a long slow bake and how long will depend on your oven, it may need longer than stated in the recipe. Test by inserting a cake tester or long cocktail stick into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean it is probably baked. The second reason could have been that you overfed it! It’s is very traditional to feed a fruit cake with brandy once it has been baked but this can be overdone, especially if you keep adding more alcohol. I was advised many years ago that the best time to feed a fruit cake is ONCE when it is still warm. I have done this ever since and it works a treat for me. If you are interested in a good fruit cake recipe that has been tried and tested, my family recipe appears in many of my cake decorating books, including my new one: http://www.lindyscakes.co.uk/shop/Lindy-Smiths-Mini-Cakes-Academy-how-to-Cake-decorating-book.html Hope you have better luck this year Happy baking LindyDo you have a question for the Cake Doctor? Send it to: [email protected] Lindy’s Websitelast_img read more

Pink Talking Fish To Perform Bowie & ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ Tributes For Phish Vegas Aftershows

first_imgFor fans unable to catch them in Vegas, the group is also currently in the midst of an extensive fall tour. For more information or ticketing for Pink Talking Fish’s upcoming two-night run in Las Vegas, or to check out a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website here. For those unfamiliar, Pink Talking Fish is a hybrid tribute act that melds the music of Phish, Talking Heads, and Pink Floyd. With these three bands as inspiration, PTF fuses and intertwines songs from each bands’ catalogs to create a musical cocktail sound unlike any other. With an emphasis on storytelling, Pink Talking Fish offers the funky grooves of Talking Heads, the epic emotion of Pink Floyd, and the high-energy jamming and unique compositional structures of Phish—making for fun, high-energy, fan-focused shows.This fall, Pink Talking Fish will head to Las Vegas, where they’ll perform two shows to cap off the night for fans in town for Phish’s highly anticipated and beloved Halloween run. Scheduled for November 1st and 2nd, these upcoming Pink Talking Fish shows will be hosted by Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, located in the heart of Las Vegas, less than a mile away from Phish’s venue at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.For the first night of the run, on November 1st, Pink Talking Fish will perform their “PTF Is Bowie” concept, which combines the music of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, Phish, and David Bowie. This show will specifically celebrate Phish’s own tribute to David Bowie during their 2016 Halloween show, where they performed The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in its entirety for their traditional “costume set.”On November 2nd, Pink Talking Fish will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Phish’s impromptu performance of Dark Side Of The Moon. After a Las Vegas Halloween Run in 1998, Phish played West Valley City, Utah, on November 2nd, 1998, to a half-full “E” Center arena. Many fans on tour chose to skip the out-of-the-way show, so the band treated the lean audience that did make it to a full rendition of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, Dark Side Of The Moon, sandwiched in the middle of “Harpua”. To this day, fans still regret high-tailing it to Denver and skipping the infamous Utah ’98 show.last_img read more

Advanced Leadership Initiative creates room for innovation

first_imgLeadership isn’t limited — and after conquering their own domains, today’s innovators want to share. Those are the motivating ideas behind the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), a new “third stage” intensive, multidisciplinary program that engages executives and other top business minds and helps them redirect their considerable skills into social impact. With one-year fellowships that allow participants to take courses, network, and brainstorm with principals from a wide variety of fields, including business, education, public health, and government, these experienced leaders can then discover new paths, developing projects designed to address some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.ALI, a collaboration of faculty from Harvard’s schools of business, education, government, law, medicine, and public health, was conceived in 2005 by Professors Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Rakesh Khurana, and Nitin Nohria. Since it enrolled its first cohort in January 2009, it has helped tap the experience of a socially conscious generation of leaders. The program, which runs from January through December, allows these participants, all of whom have at least 20 years of experience, to broaden their skills to fill critical leadership gaps in solving major social issues.This year’s 44 fellows, including 19 international fellows, come from a range of industries. Gareth Glaser, for example, was part of the leadership team that took Alcon Laboratories public and helped it become one of the world’s largest eye-care pharmaceutical and surgical companies. Glaser had also previously worked for Exxon and ARCO.Gareth Glaser became interested in gun violence after witnessing an unintended shooting, and dedicated his fellowship to developing and marketing an affordable “smart gun” that could only be used by the owner. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerGlaser said the fellowship let him focus on an issue that had long preoccupied him for personal reasons: gun violence. During a stay in Texas, he had seen the young child of a close friend severely injured with an unsecured weapon. “I was asking myself, ‘How can people have a loaded gun in the family room during a barbecue?’”“I didn’t know where to begin,” he says now, as his one-year fellowship winds up. The fellowship’s structure worked for Glaser. On campus from January through June, he was able to explore, meeting with ALI faculty such as Howard Koh, former secretary for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, who helped direct his research. Through such explorations, he found himself interested in so-called “smart guns.” These weapons, which cannot be operated by an undesignated user, have been hailed as a breakthrough technology. But although research shows they have the potential to save 10,000 lives every year in this country alone, says Glaser, they have not yet taken off, running up against political resistance and marketing mistakes.These missed opportunities consumed Glaser, and when he left for the summer break, he headed for a symposium on law enforcement and smart guns in Washington, D.C., where he would moderate a panel. While he was there, he was approached by a smart-gun startup, LodeStar Firearms, which asked him to be its CEO. As an experienced executive, Glaser had the skills, but none of the baggage that had hindered previous attempts at smart-gun development. That’s when he realized, he says, “I could approach this as a businessperson. It’s a business opportunity, a really good one, and also it could save lives.”When he came back to campus in September, Glaser had a vision. He would work with LodeStar to help create an affordable “smart” (biometric) handgun that would appeal to both law enforcement and the vast majority of handgun buyers — by some estimates more than 90 percent — who seek a weapon for home defense.“People concentrate on global issues — income inequality, healthcare, education, global warming — and I understand that. But guns are such a big issue, and they are almost the third rail of politics. To me it’s focused, it’s an area where I can literally have an actual, significant impact.”For Laura Klauberg, ALI has been about discovery. Although her initial plan was to focus on education, income inequality, and gender-based violence, the global branding and marketing expert used her first semester in Cambridge to explore.“One of the things that’s great about the program is the first semester, when you’re told, ‘Be an inquirer,’” recalled Klauberg, who among other positions has served as the head of global media for Unilever. “Don’t land the plane right away.”When she realized that many people were already focusing on her original areas of interest, Klauberg reached further. Ultimately, an experience with her dog Brady suggested what would become her ALI project. Having trained her pet as a therapy dog a few years ago, Klauberg was in the habit of taking Brady to hospitals and nursing homes. Over time, one of her favorite weekly visits was to a substance abuse treatment and recovery facility.Laura Klauberg and her pet, Brady, a trained therapy dog, are regular volunteers at a substance abuse clinic. She used her year at Harvard to adapt her marketing expertise to educate teens about addiction and substance abuse. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.“It became a very moving experience,” she said. “They were wonderful people, and it had a profound impact on me.”After a friend’s adult child died of a heroin overdose in late March, following several decades battling addiction, her goal was clarified. She would tackle substance abuse — ideally, before it started. “We keep hearing that high school is too late,” says Klauberg, whose own three children are now grown.Fortuitously, Klauberg, a global branding and marketing expert, had spent her career learning to adapt to and utilize emerging technologies, such as social media. Much of that time, she explains, involved “developing stories” for big brands, she says. At ALI she realized these skills could be applied to innovating education about addiction and substance abuse. Specifically, she is now using that technological foresight to “tell stories” — working with partners like the Play4Real Lab at the Yale University Center for Health and Learning Games to create curricula that use virtual reality to reach young people.“We believe the technology lends itself to creating ‘real experiences’ that could be transformative in nature,” she said. Ultimately, she sees the technology being used in a variety of school curricula, addressing issues from eating disorders to bullying.“Being at Harvard afforded me the opportunity to hear from people who are on the front lines and engaged in this,” said Klauberg.Her colleague echoes the sentiment. “Without having come here and spent the year here,” said Glaser, “I doubt I could have accomplished so much.”Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative will hold its final symposium on Nov. 16. The capstone event of the fellowship year, the symposium will kick off with educational sessions on Nov. 15 and conclude with final presentations by the fellows about their projects.last_img read more