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Artspan Presents Awards to Exceptional Moore College of Art & Design Seniors

Lambertville, NJ (PRWEB) April 30, 2012

As part of its commitment to supporting the best emerging art talent, Artspan.com is delighted to announce awards to exceptional seniors graduating from the BFA program at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. At a ceremony on April 25, 2012, six Moore seniors were presented with the first-ever Artspan Awards by Founder and Director Eric Sparre.

The award recipients, selected by faculty in their respective departments, will each receive their own full-featured, top-level website with Artspan.com for a full year, giving them an immediate launch into their professional careers. Designed to easily put artists in full control of their online presence and marketing, these Artspan websites are completely customizable and include unlimited images, email accounts, mailing list management, e-newsletter tools, stats, a personal blog, and sophisticated e-commerce capabilities, including integrated shopping carts and an optional prints-on-demand feature, plus access to a wide range of marketing tools and advice. The websites will also be linked to the central portals and searches of Artspans high-traffic main site, a major online art destination that consistently ranks in the top results for Contemporary Art in the major search engines.

The recipients of Artspan Awards are: Alison McMenamin (Photography and Digital Art); Kendra Ranck (Textile Design); Elise Anzini (Illustration); Kellie Reagan (Interior Design); Gladys Pasapera (Fine Arts 2D); and Gracie Lewis (Fine Arts 3D).

YUE Partners with Phoenix TV and Phoenix New Media to Present 2012 Phoenix Fashion Awards

New York, New York (PRWEB) December 03, 2012

The Phoenix Fashion Awards, to be held on December 19, 2012 at Park Hyatt Hotel in Beijing, China, will honor preeminent Chinese fashion leaders and fashion brands and celebrate their accomplishments.

As a media partner of the Phoenix Fashion Awards, YUE will cover the entire red carpet event and dinner party, with special emphasis on the award presenters and winners from New York City. Chiu-Ti Jansen, Publisher of YUE Magazine and a Board Member of the Couture Council of Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will also be presenting an award during the gala.

The launch of the Phoenix Fashion Awards attests to the contemporary Chinese society’s ever-growing interest in fashion and style, said Ms. Jansen, Conversely, the international world of fashion also looks to China as the next frontier of style and taste-making. I am delighted to be part of this cross-fertilization of ideas, talents and imagination.

Expected to bring together 1,000 participants across the fashion, design, entertainment and media industries from China and worldwide, the 2012 Phoenix Fashion Awards will culminate in a grand ceremony featuring the theme of Chinese Articulation, Fashion Outlook. Award recipients are the pioneers in the fields of design, jewelry, cosmetics, media, modeling, entertainment, photography and fashion entrepreneurship, who have a great impact on the fashion world in China and who bring Chinese articulation to the international fashion stage.

Among the many notables expected at the Award Gala are: Liu Wen (ranked No. 5 on Models World 2012 Top 50 Models List), Wendi Deng Murdoch (producer of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan), Lang Lang (international concert pianist), Liu Jiang (Chairman and founder of the Trends Media Group), Zhang Xin (Co-Chairman of SOHO China), Chen Shiying (jewelry designer), Lan Zhenzhen (Vice Chair of LOreal China), Hong Huang (TV host and publisher of fashion magazine iLook), Chen Man (fashion photographer), Cecilia Cheung (singer and actress), Chris Lee (pop singer), Lei Jun (Chairman of Kingsoft Software Company), Zhang Xiaolong (Vice president of Tencent Holdings Limited), Mona Lee Locke (Spouse of Ambassador Gary Faye Locke, American Ambassador to China and former Washington State Governor), Ye Mingzi (fashion designer), Zhang Zilin (former Ms. China and actress) and Du Chun (actor). For more information about the 2012 Phoenix Fashion Awards, please visit http://fashion.ifeng.com and contact 212.407.9302.


About YUE Magazine

YUE, a preeminent Chinese-English lifestyle magazine, is published by a joint venture established by Observer Media Group and CHINA HAPPENINGS. YUE is modern luxury Chinese travelers gateway to the high-end, history-rich brands across fine jewelry, watch, fashion, art, culture, design, real estate and lifestyle industries in New York City. Since its launch in November 2011, YUE has gained a following among Chinese business and leisure travelers and New York luxury businesses as the embodiment of New Yorks international lifestyle.

About Phoenix Television

Phoenix Television is one of the top broadcasters and television networks in Greater China. Headquartered in Hong Kong and privately owned, the Mandarin Chinese television network serves Mainland China and Hong Kong, along with other markets with substantial Chinese viewers. Through six different television channels, including Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix Movies Channel, Phoenix Hong Kong Channel, Phoenix Television provides news, information and programs covering current affairs, fashion, entertainment and sports, among others. Phoenix TVs affiliated fashion-focused website– http://fashion.ifeng.com –is a leading online fashion platform in Greater China, bringing to its viewers timely reports on global fashion news, trends and happenings.

About CHINA HAPPENINGS and Chiu-Ti Jansen

CHINA HAPPENINGS is a multimedia platform founded by Chiu-Ti Jansen, Publisher of YUE Magazine, to focus on the lifestyle and cultural industries of contemporary China. Ms. Jansen wrote a column titled CHINA HAPPENINGS for the NYO Magazine. She has also written on Chinese luxury lifestyle and cultural scenes for English publications such as Sothebys at Auction magazine and the Whitewall Magazine. A native speaker and writer of Mandarin Chinese, she regularly contributed to the China Times, the United Daily and The Artist Magazine on a wide array of cultural and art-related issues. Prior to founding CHINA HAPPENINGS, Ms. Jansen was a New York-based corporate partner of Sidley Austin LLP, an international law firm of approximately 1,700 lawyers. Educated at National Taiwan University with advanced degrees from Yale and Columbia, Ms. Jansen is currently an International Honorary Ambassador of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, a member of the Contemporary Art Advisory Committee of China Institute in America, a Board Member of the Couture Council of Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and a life member of the Elizabethan Club (for Renaissance Studies) of Yale University. The Art and Living magazine recently featured her in an interview included in its 2012 Bridging the East and the West Edition She has appeared as a fashion expert on Chinas top-rated fashion/beauty show I Am a Great Beauty and has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Womens Wear Daily, World Journal, Jing Daily, SINOVISION, China Press, Sing Tao Daily, among others. Ms. Jansen has hosted featured video presentations on the New York Fashion Week for Chinas SINA FASHION, interviewing designers and super models such as Jason Wu, Liu Wen, Phillip Lim and Oscar de la Renta.

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Carolyn Ives Gilman: Thoughts for a Time Capsule Revealed at L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards

Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012

Twenty-five years ago, Carolyn Ives Gilman, was making her debut into the world of science fiction as a winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest being presented her award in a ceremony held atop the World Trade Center in April 1987. She also placed her prediction of what life would be like in the year 2012 and was one of several acclaimed science fiction writers and scientists whose forecasts were revealed when that time capsule, sealed 25 years ago, was opened.

Gilman has since gone on to her own successful career as a published author, including her first novel, Halfway Human being hailed by Locus Magazine as one of the most compelling explorations of gender and power in recent SF. Her works have been translated into Russian, Swedish, Czech, Polish and Romanian. In her professional career, Gilman is a historian specializing in 18th and early 19th-century North American history, particularly frontier and Native history.

In her prediction for 2012, Gilman wrote, The 20th century stands in relation to the 21st as the 17th did to the 18th: a time when the real revolutions are of thought, no action. Then, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, and Newton constructed the mechanistic, rational thought-framework that served an industrial world so well. Our views of man as a social, political, economic, and spiritual animal were forged in the factory of that world view.

Our generations responsibility is to create a new thought-template for a post-industrial world. I believe that template will be organic where the old one was mechanical; holistic where the old analytical; consonant with spirituality; decentralized; non-hierarchical; ecologically viable.

We will create the metaphor; the next generation must take care of the revolution.

For more information on the Writers of the Future and to see other revealed predictions from the time capsule, go to http://www.writersofthefuture.com.

About The Writers of the Future

The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing Contest have published over 750 novels, 3,500 short stories and winners of the Illustrating Contest have had their art published in more than 500 books and magazines, with 4,500 illustrations, 350 comics and over 1.3 million art prints.

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Two LinuxWorld Awards for Joomla!

(PRWEB) October 16, 2005

Joomla! has been awarded two prestigious awards at the Linux & Open Source Awards in London this month.

The Joomla! project won Best Linux / Open Source Project for 2005. The projects lead Andrew Eddie said the award demonstrates high levels of trust and faith from the Open Source Community.

The past two months have been astounding, Mr. Eddie said. To win this award on the back of our first releases means a lot to the team which has worked so hard for the community.

The second award in which Joomla! figures was won by core member Brian Teeman. Brian won “UK Individual Contribution to Open / Source” for 2005.

Mr. Teeman said he was honoured to win the award and said it recognised “you don’t have to be a coder to contribute to the world of Open Source”.

Joomla! Public Information Manager Peter Russell said the awards reflect a positive shift for the open source generally. The reader votes say a couple of things about how Joomla! is being received, he said.

The trust factor is certainly the major reason why people are adopting our content management software in droves. In less than two months people from all sectors have inundated our site with offers of support and commitment. From enterprise level partnerships to moms and dads, theyre all with Joomla!

The Joomla development team, which had previously taken Mambo to its former stardom, is now concentrating on crafting the best open source project possible.

The awards in London certainly fuelled the imagination of the development team. More structure has been put in place to provide additional focus to important areas of development.

A further example is the Google Summer of Code competitors who have contributed code in areas including: a Virtual File System, Automatic Update System, Version Control, Pre-Processor Control and, Media Manager.

The LinuxWorld Expo and Conference in London also cemented relationships by leaders in the Open Source community, Mr. Russell said.

We were fortunate enough to meet many of the brightest industry minds and were delighted to discover they too had been following the amazing rise of the Joomla! phenomenon, Mr. Russell said.

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Women In Technology Opens Nominations for 14th Annual Leadership Awards

Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) November 27, 2012

Women in Technology (WIT), the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology community, today announced the call for nominations for the 14th Annual Leadership Awards. Nominations will be accepted until January 11, 2013.

This annual awards program honors leading female professionals living in the Washington, D.C. metro area who bring a unique vision and talent in the technology arena as architects of change along with a passion for mentoring future leaders and supporting their community. Both WIT members and non-members are eligible for nominations and winners will be announced at the Leadership Awards Banquet on April 18, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Va.

WIT is accepting nominations in the following categories:

TwinEngine, Powered by The H Agency Selected as a Winner in the 2012 Davey Awards

New Orleans, LA, November 12, 2012 (PRWEB) November 27, 2012

Each year for the past 15 years, The H Agency has created a themed branding campaign for client, Corporate Realty, which includes a Christmas gift followed by a 12 month direct mail campaign to over 1,500 clients and prospective clients highlighting the companys completed real estate transactions for the prior month, and including a beautifully photographed and designed recipe card with recipes from selected restaurants in a city world-renowned for its good food. The campaign creative involves real estate (which is their business) and food (which is their passion). Past themes have included Louisiana Made, The Land of Cocktails, the Taste of Success and Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?. The 2011 campaign, Takin It To the Streets focused on the food fare offered by the best food trucks in the greater New Orleans area.

This successful series of campaigns emphasizes the importance of sharing business successes with prospective clients and an innovative plan for staying top of mind with current clients throughout the year.

The International Davey Awards, http://www.daveyawards.com, honors the achievements of the “Creative Davids”, small firms who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than stratospheric budgets. The 2012 Davey Awards featured nearly 4,000 entries from the best small firms in the world.

Corporate Realty Inc., http://www.corp-realty.com, is a full-service commercial real estate company headquartered in New Orleans, LA.

Boilerplate Statement: TwinEngine, Powered by The H Agency, is an award-winning, strategic marketing and creative agency that specializes in Social Marketing.

Winnie Brignac Hart, right engine creativity, and Lorrie Brignac Lee, left engine analytics, bring 20+ years of marketing experience, 125+ industry awards and a passion for leveraging their twin talents to help companies translate traditional marketing channels into forward thinking online and social marketing solutions.

TwinEngine, Powered by The H Agency Where Social Takes Flight.


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Indian Film Industry Awards Thailand as Best International Destination for Film-Making

Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai (PRWEB) November 19, 2012

Now in its 6th year, Cinemascape is the annual gathering of the Indian film fraternity & small screen patrons to meet with international tourism destination promoters. This years show, organized in concurrence with the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, was attended by representatives from Thailand Film Office, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and the TAT.

Accepting the award on behalf of the TAT, Ms. Suladda Sarutilavan, Assistant Director of TAT Mumbai Office, said, Thailand is one of the few international locations today which has established a niche in the Indian mainstream cinema. About 464 Indian films were shot in Thailand in during January to September 2012 alone, the second highest number after Japan. Indian filmmakers tell us they find great variety of locations with attractions ranging from shopping, nightlife, eco-tourism products, beaches, culture, and cuisine. Extremely good costs and high professionalism of the production crew are also major contributing factors. We are ecstatic to have received this award and extend our thanks to the Indian film industry.

Mr. Navin Berry, Chief Coordinator, Cinemascapes said, “When it comes to choosing a destination for film shooting, producers are always looking for ease in shooting. And where do they wish to go? The jury narrowed down to Thailand for its close proximity, visa on arrival policy, ease in getting approvals, the entire gamut of shooting was best facilitated for Indian producers. The country has a rich culture and holiday appeal, which suit Indian themes”.

Some of the Indian Movie that shoot in Thailand are;



7am Arivau




Zindagi na milegi dobarra


Student of the year Shooting in Ko Samui




For further information please contact:

Vipasha Rathore

Corporate Communications Manager- India Representative


M- 9920242888


Visit: http://www.tourismthailand.org

Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mumbai

45, Free Press House l 4th Floor, Free Press Journal Marg l Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021

Tel: +91-22-22042727, 22042728 l Email: tatmumbai(at)tat(dot)or.th


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All-Star CMO Jury to Judge Shorty Industry Awards

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

(http://rtacademy.org/cmo) Social marketing is no longer a second-tiered practice on a long laundry list of disciplines. Even Chief Marketing Officers from major companies are invested in reaching consumers and using social platforms. To recognize the maturity of the social media marketing industry, the Shorty Industry Awards (http://industry.shortyawards.com) have formed an all-star panel of CMOs to select winners for the 5th Annual Shorty Industry Awards.

Joining this elite CMO Jury are (in alphabetical order): Mark Crumpacker from Chipotle, James Fishler from LG Electronics, Simon Lowden from PepsiCo, and Brian Niccol from Taco Bell.

“Social media has been critical to Chipotle’s success as we work towards changing the way people think about and eat fast food. I look forward to reviewing the entries for the Shorty Industry Awards and honoring the innovation of those who are successful in this rapidly growing space.” -Mark Crumpacker, CMO of Chiptole.

Social media has changed the way that we all live, work, play, learn and share. The Shorty Awards celebrates those who understand that 140 characters can speak volumes and that a spontaneously shared image can travel the world in a heartbeat and know how to use that understanding to its best effect. -Simon Lowden, CMO Pepsi Beverages Company

As consumers continue to favor social and digital channels to gather and share information, we strive to stay current by listening and engaging with our audiences across all social platforms. I look forward to seeing the creative work that fellow marketers are doing to listen and stay connected with their audiences in a relevant way. -Brian Niccol, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Taco Bell Corp

Social media was once a task that many companies delegated to interns, said Greg Galant, CEO of Sawhorse Media and cofounder of The Shorty Awards. Now social media is top of mind in the C-suite, which is why were excited that this group of forward thinking CMOs have signed onto judge the Shorty Industry Awards. Its a strong signal that social media matters at all levels of an organizations.

The state of the art in social media changes rapidly. Weve created many new categories of excellence for the Shorty Industry Awards this year. Even the best animated GIFs, Instagram and Pinterest campaigns will be honored. The Shorty Industry Awards are also announcing a brand new partnership to continue to add validity and recognition to the brands, agencies and social media pros that are being honored. Unmetric (http://unmetric.com), the social media benchmarking company is now the official Social Media Analytics and Benchmarking Partner of the Industry Awards. Unmetric will also be presenting the Best Social Media Manager of the Year Industry Award!

About Mark Crumpacker, Chief Marketing Officer, Chipotle (http://www.chipotle.com):

In 2009, Mark Crumpacker left the San Francisco-based brand consulting firm he co-founded to become the first Chief Marketing Officer at Chipotle. While he is Chipotles newest officer, he has long-standing ties to the company, having created its original identity package, and handling a number of projects for Chipotle as a consultant. As CMO, Mark is responsible for developing marketing strategies and a creative vision for Chipotle that bring the companys market in line with the improvements we have made with our unique food and people cultures.

About James Fishler, SVP of Marketing and Go-to Market Operations, LG Electronics USA (http://lg.com/us):

In addition to leading Marketplace Operations, In-Store Merchandising and Sales Operations, his responsibilities encompass Brand Marketing for Home Appliances, Home Electronics and Mobile Phone products in the United States. Fishler leads teams responsible for building LG into a powerhouse brand in the U.S., known for innovation and reliability under the companys Lifes Good marketing theme.

About Simon Lowden, SVP, CMO, Pepsi Beverages North America (http://www.pepsi.com):

Simon is responsible for PepsiCos North American Beverage portfolio, its marketing strategy, innovation and execution. Simon had been Chief Marketing Officer of Pepsi International since July 2007. Previously he was VP of Marketing, CSDs for PI, responsible for developing and executing the beverage marketing programs around the world. Simon joined the company from Unilever in 1996 as the UK Marketing Director before moving into a European assignment. He holds a BSC in Geography and Geomorphology from Kings College, London. Simon is a huge sports enthusiast a rugby player of old and now a triathlete several times over and has completed the Ironman. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Darien, Connecticut, with their two children: Ben, 19, and Caitlin, 16.

About Brian Niccol, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer (CMIO), Taco Bell Corp. (http://www.tacobell.com):

Brian Niccol serves as the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer (CMIO) for Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Inc. Taco Bell is the nations leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain with more than $ 6 billion in annual system-wide sales and nearly 6,000 restaurants. In this newly created position, Mr. Niccol is responsible for integrating all marketing, food innovation, consumer insights, media, brand reputation, and public relations efforts.

About the Shorty Awards:

The Shorty Awards (http://shortyawards.com) honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web. Past winners include Ricky Gervais, Conan O’Brien, Cory Booker, Sesame Street’s Grover, Suze Orman, Ted Leo, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA.

About the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts and Sciences:

The Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences (http://rtacademy.org), comprised of leaders in technology, journalism, business and culture, plays a role in choosing the winners from Shorty Awards finalists. The group includes Apple Co-Founder Steve The Woz Wozniak, actor, writer and executive producer Nick Cannon, actor Charlie Sheen, Foursquare co-founder and CEO, Dennis Crowley, Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark, Dean of Student affairs for Columbia Journalism School and CNET Tech Columnist Professor Sree Sreenivasan, actress and philanthropist Alyssa Milano and Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales.

To learn more about the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, visit


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Eminent Interior Design Wins Multiple Awards at ASID 2012 Awards Gala

Minneapolis, Minn (PRWEB) November 10, 2012

Eminent Interior Design won two awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota chapter at their 2012 Awards Gala, including first place for residential kitchen design, under 250 square feet. Eminent Interior Design also received honorable mention for residential design for multiple rooms/entire residence, 800 to 2,000 square feet.

The winning kitchen design ironically was the one that Eminent Interior Design owner Brandi Hagen designed for the kitchen in her familys own home, a mid-century rambler in Golden Valley, MN.

The most challenging project is the one right under our own roof, Hagen said. Hagen said her goal was to create a simple and contemporary space while addressing several issues typical of a 1960s rambler kitchen, including creating a more open space that connected the kitchen to the family room. The kitchen sorely needed updating; it still had the original linoleum floors and laminate countertops, and the wood cabinets were falling apart. On the plus side, the space was large and the basic layout was good, Hagen said.

Hagen introduced more light by doubling the size of the kitchen window and replacing the living room window with a much larger one. To keep the kitchen design contemporary but relaxed, Hagen chose contrasting colors and materials: dark walnut cabinets contrast with white high-gloss cabinets and a white marble tile backsplash. White-washed, rift-cut oak flooring and a stainless steel island set off the rustic oak farmhouse table that pulls out to seat eight people. Convenient pass-through windows provide easy access from the kitchen into the dining room and entertaining is much easier with the open floor plan.

Honorable mention was made of the multiple room design Hagen created for a family with four young boys. Hagen transformed the main living areas of their 1970s era Minneapolis home, employing a contemporary retro theme and using finishes and fabrics that stand up to heavy traffic.

Eminent Design

Founded in 2005, Eminent Interior Design offers a complete range of interior design services and styles, from sleek contemporary to formal traditional. Founder and owner Brandi Hagen consults with top Twin Cities builders and remodelers on space planning, design and selection of materials, colors, finishes, fixtures, furnishings and window-treatments. Hagen has received numerous interior design awards for her residential bath, kitchen and multiple room designs from the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. She was also among community leaders listed in 40 Under Forty by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. For more information, visit http://www.eminentid.com.

Youth Leadership Awardees Announced HOBY Honors Philanthropists, Young Alumni at Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Dinner

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Founded in 1958, HOBYs mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. HOBY programs provide youth with unique training, service learning and motivation building experiences. Over 4,000 committed volunteers plan and execute local and international program each year!

HOBYs 2012 Awards & Recipients

Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves through service to mankind and who have contributed significantly through their leadership to the education and motivation of youth.

Honoree Gary Kelly Chairman of the Board / President and CEO, Southwest Airlines

Gary Kelly serves as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. A 24-year Southwest veteran who became CFO, Gary has received awards and recognitions, including being named one of Business Travel News’ 25 Most Influential Executives of 2004; selected as Dallas Business Journal’s CEO of the year for 2011; and most recently named to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Honoree T. Hale Boggs Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Hale Boggs is a partner with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, chairs the firms nationwide Business Development Committee, and serves on the Compensation Committee and Executive Committee. Hales practice focuses on corporate and securities matters, including venture capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, public and private securities offerings, and joint ventures. Mr. Boggs also represents a wide variety of financial institutions and financial services companies, including commercial banks and bank holding companies, and consumer and commercial finance companies. Mr. Boggs is currently Chairman of the Board of BizWorld, a national non-profit that teaches entrepreneurship to elementary and middle-school students.

HOBY Leadership in Entertainment Award pays tribute to the artistic merits of production companies, outstanding motion pictures and television programs, and talented performers that have inspired and motivated others by the values they promote through the stories told and the characters portrayed.

Honoree Tena Clark Founder and CEO / Chief Creative Officer, DMI Music and Media Solutions Tena Clark founded and serves as CEO of DMI Music & Media Solutions, programs music for Air Force One for the last four three Presidents and produced Aretha Franklins most recent album. Music has guided Tena from rural Mississippi to Hollywood where she has excelled in multiple genres across mediums including penning award-winning country hits, contributing to multi-platinum movie soundtracks, writing for television shows and creating the instantly recognizable national campaign theme, Have You Had Your Break Today, for McDonalds. She is currently preparing her award winning musical Twist for its Broadway debut.

HOBY Inspiration Award honors individuals who have profoundly inspired others by their character, their values and their actions. Their achievements have equaled their ambitions, and they inspire us to do no less.

Honoree Carla Christofferson Co-Owner, LA Sparks / Managing Partner, OMelveny & Myers LLP

Carla Christofferson is Managing Partner of OMelvenys Los Angeles office and a member of the Business Trial and Litigation Practice. Carla focuses on commercial civil litigation, including litigation involving energy, natural resources, environmental, unfair trade practices, accountant liability, and contract disputes. Carla is a recognized leader in the Los Angeles community, a frequent speaker on topics related to leadership and diversity, and is co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks. She is currently Chairwoman of the Los Angeles Library Board and is involved with the Young Presidents Organization.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding HOBY alumni who have distinguished themselves as a leader in professionals, social and philanthropic endeavors, and have carried that leadership with dignity and respect.

Honoree Marta Belcher

“I came to HOBY with drive and ambition, but I left with a vision and a purpose. Spending a few enlightening days among the leaders of today and tomorrow was, for me, not just an inspiration to work toward a better world — it was an imperative.” Marta is the executive director of No Worries Now, a nonprofit dedicated to immediately improving the lives of teens with life-threatening illnesses through proms and other programs. Marta graduated Cal Berkeley in 2012 and is attending Harvard Law School.

Honoree Abigail Wheeler

HOBY gave me the confidence to be myself, the desire to continually learn in every situation, the inspiration to not just talk about making a difference but to actually do it, and the tools to be successful in this life.” After Abbys inspirational weekend at HOBY, she founded the Wasco Kids Club, a mentoring and community service program for elementary school children run by high school students one Saturday a month. With over 900 hours of service since 2009, Abby attends Azusa Pacific University and continues to be involved in leadership and service, including Wasco Kids Club and HOBY.

Honoree Joshua Ford

HOBY has provided me with inspiration, lifelong friends, and hope for a better world; what better gifts could I ask for? After taking a year to teach English and work in a school in Ecuador, Joshua attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar graduating from the Honors Program in 2012. He received the scholarship due to his participation at HOBYs WLC and has started three non-profits: Project H.E.L.P improves the quality of education in rural Ecuador; GoMeal! combats food waste in Chapel Hill, NC; and GenerAction inspires a culture of social awareness and responsibility.

Honoree Michael Young

My HOBY experience has helped me significantly to develop my networking and leadership skills, motivated me to start a non-profit organization called The Swing Fore Kids Foundation, and inspired me to be a role model for others. Michael is the Founder and Director of The Swing Fore Kids Golf Classic, a charity golf tournament that has raised over $ 300,000for The Animal Assisted Therapy Program at Phoenix Childrens Hospital. Michael was honored at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as one of People Magazine and Major League Baseballs All-Stars Among Us Winners.

About HOBY

HOBY teaches students not what to think, but how to think creatively, critically, and compassionately. An individual with opportunity and motivation is capable of accomplishing great things. We focus on individual growth in order for leadership to make a better world and a better society. Everyone at HOBY believes in the ability to be a leader and affect the future for all of us. We want students to stand out and be outstanding. HOBY is the open door to a life of leadership and service. For more information, visit http://www.hoby.org.