“2020 has been anything but normal”, George concedes. “But black women across Europe continued to do amazing things, including coming together to help each other deal with the repercussions of a global pandemic in our Let’s Do Us! Workshop series”.
The previous lists combined have received well over 341,384 views on Slideshare and are presented in alphabetical order. They are intended to acknowledge powerful black women in Europe and to inspire others to reach their full potential. The lists do not aim to assess rank but rather to showcase influential women who, in some cases are well known and in others, are women who should be known.
This is the 7th year the list contains a call to action to join the Black Women in Europe™ Kiva Lending Team. It is the 5th year that the Power List is dedicated to Derek McCullough, former List creative director, who died in 2015.
Written by Carolyn Scott, Miguel Avalos/September 2020
COVID-19 has severely impacted businesses and the economy. Throughout the crisis many companies responded to accelerated digital adoption and changing consumer needs with short-term solutions. As the shift to digital is here to stay, now is the time to assess what this means for the remainder of this year — and into 2021. Digital tools have been a lifeline during lockdown and they will be a catalyst for the comeback. But what else will be key during this time? We have five predictions for this post-pandemic economic recovery to help you focus your strategic efforts and drive renewed growth for your business.
1. Digital transformation will be key to accelerate economic recovery and business growth
With 2021 bringing no clear endpoint to uncertainty, businesses will need to shift their focus from short-term solutions to long-term digital transformation. Consumer behaviour is already predicted to have permanently shifted more in favour of online shopping, making customer journeys more virtual whilst consumer needs and interests evolve quickly.
Capturing this changing demand requires organisations to fundamentally rethink their business models; structuring for agility, upgrading technical capabilities, and prioritising data-driven decisions. Smarter automation and measurement can be especially useful tools to capture fluctuating demand and gain higher value from your marketing spend. Digitally mature companies can gain an edge in building long-term customer relationships by using first-party data strategies based on the transparent value exchange framework. By structuring teams to be alert and responsive to changing consumer needs, it can be possible to stay competitive in these dynamic times.
The global acceleration of digital adoption has only heightened the need for digital marketing maturity. Businesses that use this moment as a catalyst for digital marketing transformation, will not only be more agile in responding to markets today, but will have a more sustainable framework for the future.
2. Increased e-commerce adoption drives greater need for an evolution of multichannel
With the world turned on its head, it’s easy to overlook the purpose and potential of the in-store experience in driving your recovery. Overcrowded, messy, and disorganised stores are typical pain points for offline shoppers. The pandemic poses the additional challenge of limited store visitors, long queues, and health risks. It has also fueled a rapid digitisation over the past few months, with offline transactions shifting to online.
However, there is more to the story. Shoppers are now navigating between channels more than ever before, combining offline and online interactions within single purchases, with the expectation of a seamless customer journey. This means that the physical shopping experience can and will remain crucial. The offline shopper has fundamental demands, they are driven by immediate need and the hands-on, physical experience.
The retailers of tomorrow will need to reimagine the in-store experience, creating a comfortable and safe environment, transforming physical stores into engaging multichannel showrooms that prioritise what customers value most. Deciding factors include flexible click-and-collect pick-up options as well as a variety of payment methods, such as contactless mobile payments, self checkouts, and paying online.1 The Grow My Store tool can help you assess your retail site based on these factors so you can provide what shoppers value the most.
Adrianne George elected to represent Democrats Abroad at the 2020 Democratic “Convention Across America”
Sweden: Adrianne George was elected to become a member of the Democrats Abroad delegation in her role as a 2016-2020 Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, where she will take part in the process of nominating America’s next President and Vice President. She is an automatic delegate, formerly referred to as a super delegate before the adoption of the Unity Reform Committee’s reforms.
Adrianne lives in Sweden but hails from Washington, DC.
“I’m thrilled & honored to have been chosen to represent democrats abroad at the convention. In 2016, I ran to become a DNC member because I am passionate about helping overseas Americans vote in US elections and part of my pledge when being re-elected for a 2020-2024 term is to be part of the team that helps bring in a record number of American votes from abroad. I look forward to being part of our party’s effort to come together around our shared values, vision, and nominee”.
Living abroad gives Adrianne a unique perspective on U.S. politics, and, in particular, the damage done by the Trump presidency to America’s standing and role in the world. She looks forward to representing other American Democrats living outside the country, and to supporting the Democratic nominee, Vice President Joe Biden, in the election this fall.
“Our delegation is very focused, energized, and ready to make a difference. Each member brings their own unique perspective to the table through their experiences in the US and abroad, and I’m delighted to be part of a team with Adrianne, said Julia Bryan, Global Chair of Democrats Abroad, “Adrianne is a member of the youngest, most diverse, delegation we have ever elected and is an excellent representative and advocate for Democrats Abroad and mobilizing the vote abroad.”
The 2020 Democratic National Convention, or “Convention Across America”, will be held entirely online, with many activities and events planned to engage Democrats all over America and the world from August 17th to August 20th. Although the main events will fall within the week of the convention, delegates have already started casting their votes for their presidential candidate.
About Democrats Abroad:
Democrats Abroad represents the interests and values of Democratic Americans living abroad. Recognized as a state party by the DNC, and represented at the convention by eight voting members, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States, striving to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and to mobilize the overseas vote. Democrats Abroad has 45 country committees, and our members live in more than 190 countries around the globe, voting in every state and Congressional district in the U.S. For more information: https://www.democratsabroad.org/
About the Democratic National Convention
Taking place Aug 17-20, 2020 the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be a “Convention Across America” with virtual events and online engagement to engage Americans all over while protecting the health and safety of delegates and the surrounding community. For more information: https://www.demconvention.com/
For additional information, contact: Communications Director Aaron Fishbone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the next few months, this team’s primary focus will be to draft a new policy which will be presented to our member clubs to help articulate and clarify our aspirations as well as to make concrete recommendations on how we can implement new mechanisms to eliminate the barriers which have kept us from becoming a truly diverse and inclusive organization.
Tonya Teichert (AIWC Frankfurt/Taunus) will chair this Task Force and her team will include Mary Stewart Burgher (AWC Denmark), Bayo Callender (AWC Stockholm), Asma Darwish (AAWE Paris), Sue England (Munich IWC), Jenni Franklin (AWC The Hague), Adrianne George (AWC Malmö), Shweta Gupta (AWC Berlin), Michele Gustavsson (AWC Gothenburg), Kanika Holloway (AWC Antwerp), Meredith Mani (AWC Amsterdam) and Rhonda Staudt (AWC Berlin). As well, FAWCO Human Rights team members are exploring ways they can examine racial and social injustice, and work to create programming to be shared with our clubs.
by Adrianne George, AWC Gothenburg, AWC Malmö, AWC Stockholm
Welcome to the 6th (and last!) installment of valuable resources for you to use at home with your children. NEW THIS WEEK we look at life skills for our pandemic world that focus on well being. Looking to REALLY get away? Try out the Bonus Field Trips: Special terrestrial and extraterrestrial experiences!
Free Mindfulness Resources as a Response to COVID-19
The outbreak of coronavirus has led to significant changes for many of us across the world. We are having to adapt to challenging circumstances in terms of our work, home life, or financial situation while making sense of moving most of our interactions with others into the online world. Click HERE to access these resources. There are more mindfulness downloads to use in our post-pandemic world HERE.
Balloon Football. Drop a balloon in the middle of a long rectangle table, and have each team try to blow the football toward the other’s side goal. When you finish, watch a fun game of bubble football.
Hula Hoop. Have two kids spinning Hula Hoops and then try to simultaneously move, whether they run, shimmy, or herky-jerky their way to the finish line. Click HERE for more Hula Hoop fun!
Welcome to the 4th installment of valuable resources for you to use at home with your children. NEW THIS WEEK is Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) for students with special learning needs; complete textbooks in downloadable form (PDF files) for all core subjects are available. These textbooks are written to help students with various learning needs and are presented in an easy-to-understand format. The PDFs are currently found in the search results from the ERIC educational database, so you will need to scroll through the various results to find the books that you need. As a BONUS in this installment, enjoy virtual tours of museums from all over the world!
She is a business communications consultant and social entrepreneur with international experience in marketing communications both agency and in-house. Her passion is helping small companies reach their business communications goals. Her focus has included the automotive, entertainment, life sciences, and non-profit sectors in Europe and the USA.
2016-2020 Democratic National Committee Member | 2019 Sisterhood of Greatness Award winner | 2012 Maishagalen Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner | Democrats Abroad EMEA Delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention | Accredited Blogger to the 2012 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions
She lived and worked in the US, England, Belgium, and Sweden with companies including Ford Motor Company, PolyGram Records and the American Chamber of Commerce. She is a multiple award-winning blogger and the 2019 recipient of the Sisterhood Agenda Sisterhood of Greatness Award, and the 2012 recipient of the Maishagalen Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
A dual citizen of Sweden and the USA, She is fluent in English and functional in Swedish.
Here is an article I wrote for FAWCO containing resources for homeschooling for language and exercise.
Welcome to the third installment of resources for you to use at home with your kids! NEW this week is the Preschool through 12th Grade Curriculum Overview created by Time4Learning. Also, all resources are now listed below for quicker and easier access! This week’s offerings feature resources for language acquisition, exercise and BONUS field trips to US National Parks!
Language Acquisition Resources
DuolingoDesigned for English speakers, Duolingo is a gamified way to learn 35 languages for free. Fun for kids and adults alike; upgrade to the paid version to eliminate ads.
Live LinguaAccess thousands of free e-books, audio recordings and foreign language video materials; available in over 130 different languages.
Open CultureLearn 48 languages online free, including Spanish and Chinese.
Surface LanguagesSurface Languages maintains a database of free online learning resources and beginner audio courses in Italian, Portuguese, French and Polish.
MIT Open CoursewareSearch the Global Studies and Languages section of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware website for free language and culture courses.
Free games to learn Castillian and Central American Spanish.
Chinese-tools.com Learn Mandarin Chinese in 40 online lessons with audio, including reading, speaking, writing, modern vocabulary, grammar, calligraphy, examples and exercises. All texts and dialogs in mp3 format for download.
This workout is the next installment in THE AVENGERS TRAINING ACADEMY. You get the chance to train just like one of THE AVENGERS. Just click play and follow along with THE BLACK PANTHER and get yourself ready to help save the universe.