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Erin Rhames-Childs of Childs Law Group, PLC is Featured in Time Magazine’s Salute to Women in Leadership

Fresno, CA (PRWEB) December 16, 2008

Family law litigator and collaborative attorney, Erin Rhames-Childs, founding partner of the Childs Law Group, is honored in September’s Time Magazine Salute to Women In Leadership which, in conjunction with United Airlines and Sky Radio Network, spotlighted a number of women leaders who have excelled in the business and legal fields.

Chosen for her work in Collaborative Practice, Erin Rhames-Childs was featured and interviewed about what she does and why she does it. “The journalists from Sky Radio Network and Time Magazine were looking for someone who dedicated a large part of her practice to the Collaborative Divorce. I am a strong advocate for Collaborative Practice and am very involved with getting the message out to the masses so families can choose this avenue in the event they are faced with a family crisis,” states Erin Rhames-Childs.

In her interview with Sky Radio Network, which featured her interview on United Airlines Ms. Childs discussed what Collaborative Practice is. “Collaborative divorce is a way for a divorcing couple to preserve their relationship for after the divorce is over so that they can effectively co-parent happy and healthy children despite the restructuring of their family. Couples deal with their divorce using two collaboratively-trained attorneys and commit in writing to keep their divorce out of court. They commit to resolving their issues through a series of four-way meetings and conducting themselves with honesty, integrity and forthrightness in mind,” she continues.

Collaborative divorce can’t remove the pain, agony and loss in a divorce, but it can avoid the emotional destruction that happens to all family members involved in a traditional divorce. Collaborative divorce can also help protect the family finances by costing less and taking less time to complete than a litigated divorce. Ms. Childs emphasizes, “Times are tough right now for most of us. This is a great way to have your divorce done well but cost a fraction of what it would in the court of law.”

Time Magazine featured Erin’s leadership qualities. “Whether we are handling a litigation case or a collaborative case, I view everyone – clients, paralegals, secretaries, and law clerks – as team members. We all have to communicate, respect each other and maintain a strong work ethic to get the job done and do it well. We want to be the smartest, most effective, most honest, hardworking team in the business and expecting the best from all involved will eventually get us there. We want to be the best out there for ourselves and for our clients.”

For additional information about the areas of family law and new location of Childs Law Group, contact Erin Rhames-Childs or visit http://www.childslawgroup.com. The law offices are open Monday through Thursday 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 and Fridays from 8:00-12:00 if you would like to set up a time to speak with one of our attorneys or visit our offices.

Childs Law Group provides services in divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, adoptions, guardianships, grandparent rights, domestic partnerships, and domestic violence restraining orders. Childs Law Group is proud to work throughout the Central Valley including cities like Fresno, Madera, Clovis, Kingsburg, Reedley, Selma, Tulare, Hanford, Visalia, Merced, Modesto and Coalinga.

Erin Rhames-Childs, Partner

Childs Law Group, A PLC

559.225.6769

http://www.childslawgroup.com

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Georgia’s Attorney General Thurbert Baker Receives First Annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award From The National Bar Association

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 14, 2009

The National Bar Association (NBA) presented Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker with its first annual Barack Obama Political Leadership Award at its 84th annual meeting in San Diego, California on Friday. The award recognizes Baker’s pioneering achievements as a public servant and elected official.

Baker, a Democrat from Stone Mountain, is Georgia’s first African-American Attorney General, having served in the office since 1997. During this time, he has been the only elected African-American Attorney General in the nation. He is also the only African American to be elected by his colleagues to serve as the president of the 102 year old National Association of Attorneys General.

As Attorney General, Baker has successfully managed the state’s legal affairs for more than two decades. He has always made protecting families and children a top priority. He promoted tough new laws against sexual predators who target children via the Internet, and has aggressively worked with local prosecutors and police to bring those who target children online to justice. Baker has also been a leading voice against domestic violence. He fought to make it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child and he’s worked with local law enforcement to fight family violence.

Prior to his service as Attorney General, Baker served for five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, including several years as the Floor Leader for then-Governor Zell Miller. As Floor Leader, Baker led the fight to pass some of the most significant legislation in modern Georgia history, including the institution of the state lottery and the lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship program.

He was the lead sponsor of the largest tax cut in Georgia history -the removal of the state sales tax on groceries. He also led the fight to pass tough new laws against drunk driving, strengthening the state’s notoriously weak, outdated drunk driving laws, and helped bring Georgia to the forefront in the battle against DUI.

“I am humbled and honored to be the first person to receive the National Bar Association’s Barack Obama Award. I hope to live up to the honor by continuing to bring people together to solve the tough problems facing Georgia,” said Attorney General Baker.

The National Bar Association (NBA) was founded in 1925, and is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges. It has 84 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and affiliations in Canada, the United Kingdom, Africa and the Caribbean. It represents a professional network of over 20,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students. The objectives of the NBA are “to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States.”

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New Report Shows District Leadership and Support are Key to Empowering Teachers to Use Web 2.0


Bakersfield, CA and Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) November 17, 2009

New research indicates educators view Web 2.0 technologies as a means to transform education and meet 21st century learning goals, but district leadership and support are critical to ensure safe and effective use. Commissioned by Lightspeed Systems Inc. and netTrekker, the Safe Schools in a Web 2.0 World white paper from Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD), an independent research firm, offers a picture of Web 2.0 use in education through an analysis of several recent research studies, and outlines the implications for educators.

The white paper is part of a multi-year initiative launched in fall 2008 by Lightspeed Systems, a school network security and management software provider, and netTrekker, a leader in the delivery of digital K-12 educational resources. The initiatives goal is to help schools maximize the learning opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 tools, while ensuring a safe, secure educational environment.

The report serves as a comprehensive source of information to guide districts in using Internet technologies to promote collaborative, participatory learning. An easy-to-use checklist provides prompts for meaningful discussions among district stakeholders, helping them apply new research results by reflecting, analyzing, and making decisions about their current and future uses of Web 2.0 technologies. Education leaders can also refer to the extensive list of recommended resources, research studies, best practices, and policies in the report to support the decision-making process.

IESD researchers analyzed findings from studies they conducted for Lightspeed Systems and netTrekker, and reports from the Consortium of School Networking and Project Tomorrow, among others. Research findings show that district technology directors play a key leadership role in driving adoption of Web 2.0 and supporting teachers in the effective use of these technologies. In their roles as change agents, district technology directors connect educators with technology by working collaboratively with curriculum leaders, educating district staff about the use of technology to support learning, guiding selection of appropriate technologies, and providing the core technology infrastructure. In turn, technology directors look to the vendor community to provide affordable technologies and Web 2.0 services in a protected environment, like a walled garden.

Other key findings detailed in the white paper indicate:

Global Leadership Adventures Accepting Applications for Summer Volunteer Programs

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 23, 2011

Global Leadership Adventures has the opportunity for high school students to go on life-changing summer programs abroad, offering meaningful teen community service, hands-on learning and cultural immersion in ways that you just cant get in a classroom.

Global Leadership Adventures summer volunteer programs focus on community service and grassroots social movements. Participants learn about working with children, protecting wildlife and the environment, international relations, healthcare, poverty alleviation, and political-economic issues. On weekends, students will go on exciting excursions to places of cultural or historical significance.

Parents of Global Learning Adventures student volunteers discover the rewards their child receives from teen volunteer abroad experiences – confidence, stronger self-esteem, and a global understanding – are immeasurable. Each student grows differently, but they all gain from the service-learning that international volunteering provides. Comments from Global Learning Adventures parents praise the program as World class in every aspect and Thank you for your teams commitment to our childrens safety; I think you did exceptionally well and it is greatly appreciated.

Teen volunteers of Global Leadership Adventures will join other globally-minded students in Africa, Latin America, The Galapagos Islands, the Caribbean, China, India and Bali. Applications for summer programs are received through May.

About Global Leadership Adventures

Established in 2004 and headquartered in the U.S., Global Leadership Adventures has worked with hundreds of students from over 50 countries, inspiring teens between the ages of 15-18 all over the world to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. The volunteer abroad programs provide a safe environment focused on human rights and community service. Global Leadership Adventures is part of Terra Education.

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Protect Your Children Announces New Leadership Team

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

Protect Your Children continues its mission to raise awareness and educate the public on some of the most serious issues facing our countries most valuable asset: Our children. As we continue to transform our organization to meet the demands of our growing concerns which include child abuse, child abduction, child obesity, teen alcohol and drug abuse we are pleased to announce the following changes to our leadership team.

Leadership Team

Dr. Joseph Picone, Chairman

Leah Davis, Chief of Staff

Dr. Frieda Rosner, Ph.d, Director of Training and Education

Jay Chung, J.D., LL.M., Director of Government Affairs and Special Counselor to the Chairman

Mark Haffner, CLC., Director of Protect Your Children Safety Academies

Jay Berger, Director of Community Impact

Tadd Rosenfeld, Director of Global Brand Leadership

Marcy Tharp, Director of Mothers Against Child Abuse

Nicole Weiner, Director of Childrens Healthy Living Initiative

Gregory Levitt, Director of Business Planning & Product Development

10 Years of Progress

In 2002, Protect Your Children became one of the driving forces in creating public awareness for protecting children by assembling a powerful group of professionals and volunteers to form a roster of counselors who coordinated law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, United States Secret Service along with corporations, (Publix Supermarkets, HSBC, Pepsi) Professional Sports Franchises including The Miami Heat and The Florida Marlins, to educate the public on how to protect children. This organization’s goal was to prevent child abduction and abuse. In 2003 Protect Your Children launched another initiative with its first ever Protect Your Children Safety School.Today law enforcement is better trained, better prepared and responds more swiftly and effectively than ever before. There are laws and better technology at work to protect children. Parents are more alert and aware. Yet there are still too many children who disappear each year and more who fall victim to sexual exploitation. Protect Your Children believes education focusing on preventative strategies will be key components in helping to protect our most valuable asset: Children.

Ten years ago we proudly pioneered many of the strategies, solutions and best practices which have helped shape the landscape of our industry for the better. Innovations like Public Symposiums; Safety Schools; Videos for Childrens Safety; as well as bringing together law enforcement, community leaders, corporations, government officials and those who have suffered immensely from personal tragedies to help raise awareness and to educate the general public.An estimated 800,000 children are reported missing each year more than 2,000 children every day. An estimated 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before age 18. Yet, only 1 in 3 will tell anyone. Clearly much more needs to be done to end these atrocities and protect all of our children.

The new leadership team represents months of extensive conversations with community leaders, law enforcement professionals and our advisors. These changes reflect the sweeping progress weve made in focusing on the changing needs related to our mission. It is child-driven, and brings us closer to a wider audience. Its a structure that recognizes the differences between our priority issues and empowers our leaders, based on those differences, to design a plan which will make a difference in the lives of those we aim to serve.

Interaction Associates Announces The 2005 Leadership Fast Track Conference

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) June 25, 2005

Interaction Associates, Inc., a leader in global leadership development, will present “The Leadership Fast Track Conference: Better, Smarter, Faster… Together,” September 25-27, 2005, at the Pointe South Mountain Resort, Phoenix, AZ.

The conference is presented in conjunction with HR.com’s Employers of Excellence Conference.

The Leadership Fast Track conference includes three days of learning, featuring such thought leaders as:

Jim Collins, author of “Built to Last” and “Good to Great,”

David Whyte, author of “The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America,”

Coleman Peterson, former Vice President of People at Wal-Mart Stores, Ann Rhoades, a founder and former Executive VP of JetBlue Airways, Daniel Pink, author of “A Whole New Mind.”

Attendees will explore provocative and relevant leadership topics with Interaction Associates and peers, including:

“Implementing the Jim Collins Vision approach – Operationalizing ‘Good to Great'”- a case study with CPS Energy.

“Corporate Transformation through Values-Based Leadership Development” with Peter Dunn, CEO of Steak N Shake.

“Leading Creativity and Innovation.”

“When Leaders Fail,” a panel discussion on learning from leadership failures.

Conference participants will:

Take away practical tools for leadership development inside their organizations.

Network with other leadership development professionals, sharing best practices and building a resource community.

Re-energize and step back for a big-picture look at their work and what they need to do next.

Enjoy a fun and relaxing spa resort experience!

Attendees may save $ 500 with early registration. Register early for just $ 1995 ($ 2495 after July 31, 2005). For more information or to register, participants may call Carla Hurley at 617-234-2700 for more information.

About the Company: Interaction Associates, Inc. is a leadership development and performance improvement company with collaboration at its heart. Interaction Associates has more than 35 yearsÂ’ experience in developing leaders and change agents in large organizations, helping them maximize their strategic advantage and generate sustained business results.

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Interaction Associates Heads Team of Business Leaders Bringing Facilitative Leadership Training to Global Leadership Forum

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) July 26, 2007

The leading innovator in leadership development, collaboration skills development, and performance improvement solutions – Interaction Associates (IA) – is heading a delegation of business leaders to bring the companys renowned training in Facilitative Leadership to the Bali Institute’s annual forum, Awakening Global Action, from July 31 to August 7, 2007 in Ubud, Bali.

Interaction Associates team will train more than 250 emerging global leaders in the skills and methods of Facilitative Leadership. The team includes executives from a cross-section of the business world, including Pfizer, Comcast, Amylin, CPS Energy, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare System.

The Bali Institutes 2007 gathering is titled Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom and Dialogue for a Transforming World. This year’s gathering will draw attendees from more than 40 countries including from Africa, India, China, Europe, Australia, Indonesia, South America. These delegates will participate in cutting-edge training in leadership, facilitation, indigenous wisdom, and deep listening training.

“This is a huge opportunity to provide important Facilitative Leadership skills around the world to vital and eager emerging leaders attending the Conference,” said Linda Dunkel, President and CEO of Interaction Associates. “IA’s core competency is delivering propriety learning programs and tools to foster genuine and strategic collaboration. Collaboration skills are enormously important in meeting the needs of an organization looking to develop leaders who foster global connection and dialogue,” according to Dunkel.

The Bali Institute is the first organization of its type designed to provide skill building aimed at empowering individuals, groups, and organizations in their quest to make a difference in the world. The Institute plans to build a Center for Global Dialogue in Ubud and IA plans to run practical workshops to help advance the institute’s mission and help people build understanding, reach agreement, and collaborate successfully on a global scale.

About Interaction Associates

Interaction Associates, Inc. is a leading innovator in learning, leadership development, collaboration and performance improvement solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. The firm serves global clients and has offices in Cambridge, MA and San Francisco. For nearly 40 years, IA has helped clients build collaborative capability to produce extraordinary results, improve critical business processes, and create and maintain productive work relationships. Interaction Associates’ work benefits hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals around the world. More information at: http://www.interactionassociates.com

Learn more about the The Bali Institute for Global Renewal: Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom and Dialogue For a Transforming World here: http://www.baliinstitute.org/aga.html

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i4cp Survey Finds Over Half of Employers Lack Leadership and Education on Workplace-Diversity Matters

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) May 21, 2008

A recent study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that 53% of companies do not sponsor diversity training in their organizations, 66% do not have specific diversity councils to serve as a watchdog on issues including race, gender, and sexual orientation and 77% do not have affinity groups in place to support minorities.

The study also found that 68% lack a high-level executive who oversees diversity initiatives. And 65% of respondents admit their organizations do not have a global diversity strategy.

Many employers seem to think of diversity and inclusion as simply an EEOC compliance issue, said Eric Davis, i4cps Associate Editor. Employers need to view diversity and inclusion as an important strategy for developing talent. Organizations embracing that concept are more likely to have top-down diversity policies, which include accountability.

According to the survey, when diversity programs are in place, accountability for diversity strategies tends to start at the top. When asked how leaders are held accountable for driving diversity in their organizations, 31% of respondents said CEOs are subject to annual diversity reviews. Twenty-three percent of those surveyed said their CEOs compensation is tied to how well the chief executive carried out the organizations diversity strategy. However, nearly 20% of respondents say their top leadership is not held accountable for ensuring diversity.

Of those companies that have diversity teams in place, 39% say the teams devise diversity strategies for the company, and 33% percent of teams offer companywide diversity training and education.

The Taking the Pulse: Diversity and Inclusion survey which polled 206 organizations – was conducted by i4cp, in conjunction with HR.com, in March 2008. The full results of the survey are now available exclusively for i4cp corporate members.

About i4cp, inc.:

i4cp is the worlds largest private network of corporations focused on improving workforce productivity. Our vendor-free community facilitates innovation by giving our members – among the largest and most respected organizations in the world – access to:

1. Peers to spark new ideas and prevent reinventing the wheel

2. Research to enable members to understand current practices and next practices

3. Tools to put ideas and research into action

4. Technology to enable members to easily access tailored information and execute workforce strategies.

With more than 40 years of experience and the industrys largest team of human capital analysts, i4cp is the definitive destination for organizations seeking innovative ways to improve workforce productivity. For more information, please visit http://www.i4cp.com/ .

Contact:

Greg Pernula

Director of Research Services, i4cp, inc.

Greg.Pernula @ i4cp.com

(727) 345-2226

Bill Perry

i4cp, inc.

bill.perry @ i4cp.com

(614) 975-7538

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Best Companies Pursue Global Leadership Programs


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 23, 2011

High-performing companies are aggressively pursuing global leadership development programs, according to a new study of more than 1,700 organizations in more than 20 industries on six continents by the American Management Association (AMA) in collaboration with the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and Training magazine.

The study examined not only global leadership and development programs, but also their links to overall market performance based on revenue growth, market share, profitability and customer focus. Fifty-eight percent of high-performing companies have introduced some form of global leadership development program compared to 34% of low-performing organizations in the study.

Of the total 1,757 survey respondent population, 538 (30.6%) reported that their organization has a global leadership program in place.

Globalization is the single biggest influence on leadership development today, said Sandi Edwards, Senior Vice President for AMA Enterprise. At one time, global issues were relevant just for expatriates who would serve a tour overseas, then global issues were extended more widely into the curriculum for all leaders, and today globalization actually shapes the programs for organizations in every sector.

According to Edwards, senior management is more than ever expected to improve performance globally and to do so with greater consistency and effectiveness. This means that up-and-coming leaders require a broader skill set than in the past. Top leaders need to think and act globally, Edwards said.

As businesses begin to operate in a global environment, Edwards said, the demands of leadership go global as well. With the shift from multinational to global organizations, cultural differences become more important in understanding leadership and designing and delivering effective development programs. Leading globally requires making decisions in complex or ambiguous environments, understanding cultural nuances and adapting ones style accordingly. Leaders need to be equipped to handle such ambiguity and complexity.

Among other findings:


Critical thinking and problem-solving, change management, and leading cross-cultural teams are the most widely taught competencies.

Certain competencies, such as managing change, exhibiting agility and developing global strategies, have proved more difficult for executives to master.

High-performing companies increasingly go beyond high potentials to offer global leadership development to a broader segment of their workforce.

Senior executives are becoming more directly involved in such programs, notably in establishing the business results needed and in communicating about the program.

Cultural components are expected to dominate the new competencies required for global leaders over the next ten years.

AMA joined with i4cp and Training magazine to examine what high-performing companies do differently with respect to developing their future leaders. The survey participants came from three sources: AMA and its global affiliates, i4cps global survey panel and subscribers to Training magazine. Three-quarters of the organizations represented in the survey are headquartered in North America. Forty-five percent of respondents are employed by a privately-held organization, 21% by a publicly-traded company, 19% by a government body and 16% by a non-profit.

With more than 85 years of experience and headquartered in New York, American Management Association (http://www.amanet.org) is a global leader of comprehensive talent development. AMA Enterprise, a specialized division of AMA dedicated to building corporate and government solutions, transforms enterprise-wide talent to fuel a culture of innovation, high performance and optimal business results.

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California Assemblyman Mark Leno, Author of Marriage Equality Bill, to Receive National Leadership Award From National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

(PRWEB) October 8, 2005

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will present its National Leadership Award to California Assemblyman Mark Leno at the 9th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner on November 5th, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The award will honor Leno for his extraordinary role in championing the cause of marriage equality.

Leno made history in November 2002 when he was elected as one of the first openly gay men to the California State Assembly. During his first term, Assemblyman Leno was successful in getting 28 bills passed by the legislature and signed into law, including laws that protect Californians from gender-based discrimination in housing and employment.

This year he became the driving force behind the California legislature’s passage of a marriage equality bill making it the first U.S. legislative body of duly elected representatives of the people to support equal rights for lesbian and gay couples who want to enter into the civil institution of marriage. Only a veto by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on September 29th prevented California same-sex couples from achieving marriage equality. The bill would have ensured equal treatment under the law by allowing same-sex couples to marry, with the same rights and responsibilities as different-sex couples.

Despite the veto, Leno remains undeterred. While we are extremely disappointed, we have not lost faith, and our struggle continues, he said. We will continue to fight until our relationships are treated equally and we gain access to the rights and responsibilities of marriage, so that we may create loving, committed, stable homes for ourselves and our children.

Last year, Leno received of the Award of Courage from American Foundation for AIDS Research, and he was honored by the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles at their 25th Anniversary Gala for his commitment to marriage equality. In July of 2003, he was honored as Housing Hero of the Year by the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Additionally, Leno was proud to receive honors from the American Heart Association, the California Association of Food Banks and Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays.

Assemblyman Leno joins an esteemed list of individuals who have been honored at the Recognition Dinner, including U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. Richard A. Gephardt, actor Sir Ian McKellen and playwright Terrence McNally.

The Recognition Dinner also will feature the presentation of the 2005 Miami Herald Humanitarian Award to Richard C. Milstein, a Miami native and a partner at the law firm of Akerman Senterfitt. Milstein’s contributions to the South Florida community are legion, and his philanthropy cuts across South Floridas political, social and cultural landscape. His devotion to helping individuals has impacted the lives of thousands.

Two-thirds of the proceeds from the event will be returned to the Miami-Dade LGBT community through philanthropic grants distributed by the Dade Community Foundation (DCF) for its Lesbian and Gay Community Projects Fund. The remaining one-third will support the Task Forces efforts to achieve full equality for LGBT people. Earlier this year, the Task Force donated more than $ 150,000 to DCF, representing proceeds from the 2004 Miami Recognition Dinner and this years Winter Party Festival.

The 9th Annual Miami Recognition Dinner takes place on Saturday, November 5, at 7:30 PM. The evening features a pre-dinner cocktail reception, with entertainment and dancing to follow the evenings program. Tickets are available for a donation of $ 175, or $ 250 for VIP preference, and are available at http://www.theTaskForce.org/miami . The Loews Miami Beach Hotel is located at 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. For more information, please call (305) 571-1924.

About the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

Founded in 1973, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force was the first national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization and remains the movement’s leading voice for freedom, justice and equality. The Task Force builds grassroots LGBT political strength from the ground up by training state and local activists and organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation. Its Policy Institute, the community’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality. As part of a broader social justice movement, the Task Force works to create a world that respects and makes visible the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., offices are also located in Miami, New York City, Los Angeles and Cambridge, Mass.

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