Leadership Retreats – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:12:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ncnyumc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-7-1-150x150.png Leadership Retreats – NCNYUMC http://ncnyumc.org/ 32 32 Students are invited to visit one of the state’s fastest growing tech companies https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/16/students-are-invited-to-visit-one-of-the-states-fastest-growing-tech-companies/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:12:10 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/16/students-are-invited-to-visit-one-of-the-states-fastest-growing-tech-companies/ Bryan Jakovcic with his brother Michael Jakovcic, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Are you looking for networking, internship and job opportunities? Do you dream of being your own boss and wonder how successful entrepreneurs build businesses? If so, we invite you to meet former Stillman entrepreneur Bryan Jakovcic ’09 and tour his company, […]]]>

Bryan Jakovcic with his brother Michael Jakovcic, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business

Are you looking for networking, internship and job opportunities? Do you dream of being your own boss and wonder how successful entrepreneurs build businesses?

If so, we invite you to meet former Stillman entrepreneur Bryan Jakovcic ’09 and tour his company, Fusion Health, in Woodbridge, NJ during a field trip on Friday, December 9 from 9:30 a.m. at 1:30 p.m. Fusion is a fast-growing technology company with over 100 employees looking to hire students and recent grads for internships and full-time jobs.

“This is a great opportunity for students to broaden their career horizons and learn how a university startup became a national healthcare software provider,” said Susan Scherreik, director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. (CIE). The Dec. 9 field trip kicks off a new CIE program in which students will periodically be invited to visit businesses of successful Seton Hall University entrepreneurs, she said.

Fusion manages the medical records of 350,000 inmates daily, the largest such provider, and has grown rapidly without outside investment. The company has been recognized for four consecutive years by INC magazine. as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States and is ranked the ninth fastest growing small private company in the state. Fortune magazine named it one of the best places to work in the New York metro area and Fusion was also recognized by Deloitte on its Fast 500 list of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States.

CIE will provide free transportation to and from the event, which includes a tour of company facilities and lunch with Jakovcic and other high-level employees. Tour participants will leave the Orange Sud campus by van at 9:30 p.m. and return to campus at 1:30 p.m., Scherreik said.

Jakovcic attributes Fusion’s success to its dynamic employees. “Our core belief is that employee satisfaction is critical to achieving our mission and vision, so we facilitate a supportive team atmosphere,” Jakovcic said. He noted that the company’s employee satisfaction surveys are consistently high “because we make sure employees feel part of the Fusion family.” We have corporate sports leagues, volunteer events, virtual retreats, on-site barbecues, holiday parties and other ways for Fusionites to participate and make meaningful connections,” said he added.

Brian Sumereau, 21, joined Fusion after graduating from Stillman with a double major in finance and information technology, with certificates in business analysis and market research. Sumereau, who was also a member of the Gerald P. Buccino leadership program, said students tend to overlook opportunities in small businesses. But a big perk of working at Fusion, Sumereau said, is early career exposure to many different departments, including management, analytics, programming and accounting.

Jakovcic studied finance while a student at Stillman and also served as president of the entrepreneurship club. He has maintained close ties with his alma mater and is currently Chairman of the CIE Advisory Board. Last year, Jakovcic was inducted into Seton Hall University’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Additionally, he received the Ernst & Young award for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2020.

Students of all majors are encouraged to attend the field trip event. If you would like to register for the field trip, please email Susan Scherreik. Space is limited.

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A matter of time before Russia withdraws from Ukraine, says former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson | Latest India News https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/12/a-matter-of-time-before-russia-withdraws-from-ukraine-says-former-british-prime-minister-boris-johnson-latest-india-news/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 21:21:04 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/12/a-matter-of-time-before-russia-withdraws-from-ukraine-says-former-british-prime-minister-boris-johnson-latest-india-news/ New Delhi: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday it was only a matter of time before Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to withdraw from Ukraine, although the “catastrophic” invasion “significantly strengthens China” and has security implications across the Indo-Pacific region. Johnson made what he called “three confident predictions” during his address […]]]>

New Delhi: Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday it was only a matter of time before Russian President Vladimir Putin was forced to withdraw from Ukraine, although the “catastrophic” invasion “significantly strengthens China” and has security implications across the Indo-Pacific region.

Johnson made what he called “three confident predictions” during his address to the Hindustan Times leadership summit: “Putin will lose”; Russia’s defense exports will be severely affected around the world due to the poor performance of its armaments in Ukraine; and “this disastrous miscalculation by Putin will seriously weaken Russia and greatly strengthen China.”

There is no deal that the Ukrainians, who drove the Russian invaders out of the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, “can’t or should make” with Russia, said Johnson, who played a key role in providing a military and diplomatic support to Ukraine during his tenure as Prime Minister. Putin will “justifiably” lose because of “simple heroism and love for the homeland of the Ukrainian people”, he added.

Russian exports of military equipment will be affected as the Ukraine campaign is “disastrous publicity for Putin’s war machine”, Johnson said, noting that 60% of Russia’s precision-guided missiles had been found to be misfires as his tanks were “exploded”. like cookie jars. He added that Russian fighter jets still did not control Ukrainian airspace, although Moscow had earlier claimed that this would be achieved within hours of the invasion launching.

“Across Asia, this disastrous miscalculation by Putin will seriously weaken Russia and greatly strengthen China,” he said, adding that the effects were already visible in Kazakhstan and parts of the former Soviet Union.

“The bear looks increasingly moth-eaten and desperate and pushed by a giant kung fu panda,” Johnson said. Claiming that Putin only consulted Chinese President Xi Jinping before launching the invasion in February, he said: “Increasingly, you can see that he [Putin] is Xi Jinping’s punk.

The end goal in Ukraine must be Putin’s withdrawal to “pre-February 24 borders”, Johnson said, adding that he saw no risk of Russia using nuclear weapons.

“I think he was [Putin] to use weapons of mass destruction, Russia would tender its immediate resignation from the club of civilized nations. It will be a disaster for Russia, I think it would immediately lose the support of swing voters around the world, and I have to say that I include India as perhaps the most important of those swing voters – the people who are willing to cut him some slack on this thing,” he said.

“I think he would lose the patronage of the Chinese, I think he would terrify the Russian people about the possible implications for them and he would put Russia in a… cryogenic ecological isolation from which it would be very difficult to recover.”

Johnson brushed aside a suggestion that European countries could have done more to assuage Putin’s NATO-related security concerns and said Russia’s concerns in this regard were “absurdity and absolute rubbish”. He added: “There was no chance of Ukraine joining NATO, there was never a NATO missile project in Ukraine.

Putin thought Ukraine was not a ‘real country’ and that Russian forces would be ‘garlanded by a grateful Ukrainian population’, but he was ‘deluded and simply did not understand that Ukraine is today’ now a free, independent and sovereign European nation,” he added. said.

“All he’s done with his invasion is to entrench that nationalism and escalate it…and that’s why he’s going to lose because he’s fighting something that’s fundamentally invincible,” he said. Johnson added. “In a way he has already lost and it is only a matter of time before he is forced to withdraw not just from Kherson but everywhere.”

The UK, Johnson said, will continue to support Ukraine economically, politically and militarily until the people have “taken back their country” and “can say they have a free, sovereign and independent Ukraine”. He said the world community need not worry about how Putin is handling his eventual defeat because “he is a master propagandist” who seems to be able to persuade the Russian people that black is white.

“He will be able to claim that he vaporized the so-called Nazis in Ukraine like the culmination of Raiders of the Lost Ark or whatever, protected Russian language and culture, and achieved the goals of his special military operation. is not our problem, it is for him, and the Russian people will swallow it,” he said.

However, the conflict in Ukraine has already led to strains and tensions in the Indo-Pacific, including concerns about what “could happen in Taiwan and the South China Sea” and it is vital that democracies such that India and the United Kingdom work together for their collective security. and stability, he added.

Johnson stressed the need for a sense of proportion and balance in handling relations with China – “a giant fact of our lives” – since the UK and India have massive trade relations with the country. “We have to work with China, we have to try to embrace China and engage…but we also have to be very careful.”

The UK learned a ‘very difficult lesson’ after allowing China to invest in critical national infrastructure such as civilian nuclear facilities and 5G, then concluding it was a ‘risk we could not take “, did he declare. India and the UK will also need to recognize China’s impact, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region, where it will “grow and grow”, he warned.

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From Regulator to Executive: CFO Alison Staloch https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/10/from-regulator-to-executive-cfo-alison-staloch/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:33:40 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/10/from-regulator-to-executive-cfo-alison-staloch/ Alison Staloch, CFO of Fundrise, has worked in corporate finance both as a regulator and now as an executive. A former chief accountant for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investment management division, Staloch left the public sector at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the first female CFO and self-proclaimed executive “outsider” at […]]]>

Alison Staloch, CFO of Fundrise, has worked in corporate finance both as a regulator and now as an executive. A former chief accountant for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investment management division, Staloch left the public sector at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the first female CFO and self-proclaimed executive “outsider” at Fundrise, an online property investment platform with 370,000 active users.

In an interview with CFO, Staloch discussed the steep learning curve of his transition to the private sector, the SEC’s role in empowering the accounting standard setter FASB, the modern work environment, and the value of higher education.


Alison Staloch

Chief Financial Officer, Fundraising

  • Notable previous companies:
    • Security and Exchange Commission
    • KPMG United States

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

ADAM ZAKI: After leaving the SEC for the position of chief financial officer at Fundrise, what adjustments did you have to make to return to the private sector?

ALISON STALOCH: I was the first female and indeed the first “outside” member of the company’s leadership team, since our senior executives are actually all founders and longtime members of the team. I was intrigued by the idea of ​​doing instead of judging. I had spent my entire career in auditing or as a regulator and was excited about the idea of ​​starting a business and being an entrepreneur.

My expectations did not do justice to the difficulty of it all. For example, I’m putting processes in place to comply with many of the regulations I helped create at the SEC, building a business with limited resources, and expanding my skillset to include the entire finance function. All of this continues to be complicated by the ever-changing requirements of operating in a remote environment.

I am putting processes in place to comply with many of the regulations that I helped create at the SEC.

Although it has been incredibly uncomfortable, taxing and challenging, it is a rewarding professional experience to move on to something that [help you grow in a different way. The learning curve when you shift jobs or responsibilities will always be high, especially when your function, perspective, or the stage of the company’s development is different. It has been exponential for me in this move, and I’m fortunate to work with a group of leaders who are emotionally aware of how challenging that can be.

Where are the most immediate impacts of fintech being felt in corporate finance? What parts of the job for both CPAs and CFOs would be best made easier or more efficient by technology?

STALOCH: Technology can improve any finance activity that relies on a massive [number] of data points. For us, and more from a product perspective, these are capital raising or capital deployment activities. It can also enhance work that requires concise, precise, timely, yet agile reporting, so FP&A is an obvious answer. The accounting systems still seem pretty archaic, but perhaps a function focused on historical stock reporting will never feel truly dynamic. Reporting continues to improve, but I think there is a lot of white space within the finance function, activities ripe for disruption.

What do you think of the appropriate role for the SEC with the FASB and IASB? How has your professional experience shaped your thoughts on how GAAP standards are determined and implemented?

STALOC: Accounting standards are full of judgments. It’s not an area where it’s easy to take advantage of technology or be one step ahead. The normalization process may seem slow to outsiders compared to how the rest of the profession tries to operate. The process is working and the participation of several parties in the process, including the SEC, is important and appropriate. And seeing this process unfold while I was on the commission, I became convinced that a standard-setting process based on thoughtful and deliberate action is necessary, even if it doesn’t always seem timely. .

We must recognize that accounting standards are meant to be standardized while respecting the fact that they will need to evolve as the world changes.

Standardization is simply not set up to be a particularly agile activity. We must recognize that accounting standards are meant to be standardized while respecting the fact that they will need to evolve as the world changes.

Are you or your team working remotely? Do you plan to implement changes in work environments?

STALOC: We are indeed remote although we have a head office in [Washington] DC and we use coworking spaces as needed. It would be difficult with our current workforce to reverse this posture given the way we have hired [all over the country] the last years. This has been a competitive advantage for talent, including talent that has often been overlooked for whatever reason. But that doesn’t mean remote work is perfect.

I think there are still too many companies claiming it’s one or the other when the truth is there is a trade off with any environmental mandate of work. We try to recognize this by planning how we will work together, not creating a strict mandate for our team, while remaining nimble to adapt as our people and our work present different needs. In the long term, we intend to have a regular plan of retreats and on-site, as needed, for culture building, team connectivity and learning.

When assessing talent, what do you think of the value of college degrees from a prestigious university, earning an MBA, or even a CPA certification? Do you find these becoming obsolete?

STALOC: I think the CPA designation is important when it comes to financial reporting and technical accounting. For example, I need a subset of my team internally validating financial statements and accounting to have the disciplined foundation for this certification and continuing education requirements.

The mark of your education is not the only signal of talent – we hire profiles from various universities and we have even focused on self-taught skills in certain disciplines.

The way we think about college degrees is undergoing a years, if not decades, mark shift accelerated by the pandemic. We certainly appreciate a degree or higher degree like an MBA, and when it comes from a prestigious university, it’s often a sign of high discipline, talent, or intelligence. However, the brand of your education is not the only signal of talent – we hire profiles from various universities and we have even focused on self-taught skills in certain disciplines. Work ethic, intelligence and humility are a fundamental combination of our hiring approach.

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Antidote to silent withdrawal also benefits D&I, says Dr. Liz Kofman-Burns https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/08/antidote-to-silent-withdrawal-also-benefits-di-says-dr-liz-kofman-burns/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 10:20:13 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/08/antidote-to-silent-withdrawal-also-benefits-di-says-dr-liz-kofman-burns/ Dr. Liz Kofman-Burns, Ph.D sociologist and co-founder of Peoplism, comments on the “silent resignation” trend – highlighting how the employee re-engagement pathway also pays off for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. work place. Dr. Liz Kofman-Burns writes: “Improving employee engagement is not a silver bullet. You won’t be able to host a retreat […]]]>

Dr. Liz Kofman-Burns, Ph.D sociologist and co-founder of Peoplism, comments on the “silent resignation” trend – highlighting how the employee re-engagement pathway also pays off for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. work place.

Dr. Liz Kofman-Burns writes:

“Improving employee engagement is not a silver bullet. You won’t be able to host a retreat or bring in a motivational speaker and call it a day. The good news, however, is that we know from decades of research what works when it comes to increasing employee engagement – ​​and, not coincidentally, they are the same. things that increase diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Our recommendation is to create a strategic plan focused on improvement in four key areas:

  1. Clarify (fair) expectations.
  2. Provide equitable growth opportunities.
  3. Teach managers inclusion skills.
  4. Foster opportunities for belonging at work.

Clarification of expectations:

“The lack of clear job expectations, and in particular the criteria for raise and promotion, has long plagued organizations and led to disengagement. But after more than two years of pushing employees to step up and adapt to work in the context of a global health crisis, This is a particularly good time to give all employees real clarity about what is expected of them at work. This means that your job descriptions should match the core competencies actually needed to perform the role, and those core competencies should be what are considered and rewarded in raise, bonus, and promotion decisions. These expectations should be fair and compensate people for all the work they do. If you ask or expect certain employees to step in and take on additional responsibilities that benefit your culture, such as planning events and celebrations or serving on committees, this work should be made explicit and compensated. Women, especially women of color, are more likely to undertake such unpaid cultural construction work, and they are tired of it..”

Provide equitable growth opportunities:

Advancement does not necessarily mean getting a promotion. Business needs often mean that not everyone can be promoted. But everyone can grow and learn in their work. And there’s a large body of research that shows employees seek opportunities for growth and learning. A WorkDay Peakon study of millions of employees, for example, found that employees who said they had no growth opportunities were significantly more likely to quit within 9 months. The key to introducing opportunities for growth and learning is to ensure that they are equitable. Don’t just offer growth opportunities like coaching, mentoring, or extended assignments to people that management has already identified as stars (these are often people who look a lot like current management due to of a prejudice similar to mine). Research shows that organizations actually benefit the most when learning opportunities are democratized and provided to employees least likely to be on management’s radar, including underrepresented employees.

Teaching managers inclusion skills:

“As well as providing fair opportunities for growth and learning, good management, which includes caring for your employees as people, must be applied fairly. It is not enough that managers have good relations with certain employees. In fact, researchers studying staff turnover found that staff turnover is highest when managers have great relationships with most of their team, but not with their entire team. This scenario is actually worse than having a good relationship with your entire team. The key is that managers can connect with everyone on their team. Fostering connection is a skill that can and should be taught, starting with understanding how an individual’s identity can impact their experiences at work. Evidence shows that management training for managers is very effective. Invest in advanced manager training that explains why promoting inclusion and belonging is important for engagement and teaches behaviors (like leading inclusive meetings, soliciting all voices, building equal relationships, etc. ) of the inclusion. »

Foster opportunities to create a sense of “belonging” at work

“Employers may feel like belonging is none of their business. But, in fact, belonging is a basic human need, and our needs don’t end when we arrive at work (much less when “arriving” simply means turning on the computer at home). If you want engaged employees, it’s in your best interest to provide them with ownership opportunities. This can include opportunities for colleagues to connect as human beings, such as icebreakers, events, retreats, affinity groups, and cross-team collaboration. Once again, it is paramount that you take diversity, equity and inclusion seriously when designing these opportunities. It’s much easier to feel like you belong when you’re in the majority or when your life outside of work is normal. It’s much harder when you’re a member of an underrepresented or marginalized group, and you feel you need to hide important parts of your identity to fit in. Scheduled evening work events centered on alcohol, for example, may not be appealing to parents with young children or people who don’t drink for religious or other reasons.

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Daniel Kerr has been appointed general manager of Chatrium Grand Bangkok https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/02/daniel-kerr-has-been-appointed-general-manager-of-chatrium-grand-bangkok/ Wed, 02 Nov 2022 08:09:04 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/11/02/daniel-kerr-has-been-appointed-general-manager-of-chatrium-grand-bangkok/ Chatrium Grand Bangkok, the inaugural edition of Chatrium Hospitality’s enhanced luxury collection, has announced the appointment of Mr. Daniel Kerr as Managing Director, as it prepares to embark on a new era of inspired hospitality Thai Heritage from November 2022. A British national, Daniel has enjoyed a far-reaching international career in the hospitality industry, including […]]]>

Chatrium Grand Bangkok, the inaugural edition of Chatrium Hospitality’s enhanced luxury collection, has announced the appointment of Mr. Daniel Kerr as Managing Director, as it prepares to embark on a new era of inspired hospitality Thai Heritage from November 2022.

A British national, Daniel has enjoyed a far-reaching international career in the hospitality industry, including senior corporate roles in a wide range of sectors and countries. Over the past 24 years, he has led the opening of properties across Asia-Pacific, including Starbucks Reserve Dewata in Bali, the world’s first Starbucks concept store and the largest Starbucks Reserve in Asia-Pacific.

Since entering the hospitality industry in 1998, Daniel’s career has been on an upward trajectory. Having gained experience at Hyatt in Australia and Langham Hotels International in Hong Kong, Daniel has taken several progressive career milestones that have expanded the depth of his knowledge. Rather than staying solely in the hospitality industry, he held senior roles at Regus (now IWG plc), the serviced office giant, where he was responsible for business centers at over 140 locations in 16 countries, and Ovolo Hotels Group, where as Group Chief Operating Officer he oversaw a portfolio of eight hotel properties and two serviced apartments.

After moving to Sanctuary Retreats in Myanmar, he successfully launched an ultra-luxury river cruise boat and laid the foundation for future business expansion. This paved the way for Daniel to join Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours as Group Managing Director with global responsibility for four reservation centers and 200 agents on three continents. He then successfully ran the 99-suite U Paasha Seminyak, before being appointed by Starbucks, the global coffee giant, as General Manager for Indonesia, which included the launch of Starbucks Reserve Dewata in Bali.

Daniel now brings his expertise to the Chatrium Grand Bangkok, the spectacular new five-star twin-tower hotel located in the heart of the Thai capital. Combining Chatrium Hospitality’s timeless Thai heritage with the highest standards of hospitality, this historic hotel will immerse guests in an atmosphere of grace and grandeur. Guests will be able to ‘Feel the Remarkable’, in keeping with the Chatrium brand promise, with lavish accommodation ranging from spacious 46m² rooms to a spectacular 321m² penthouse, spectacular dining destinations, a 40m swimming pool, the THANN Wellness Sanctuary’s soothing spa, a bright kids’ club, a fully equipped fitness center, and world-class conference and banquet facilities, including the Grand Ballroom with its striking LED wall.

Slated to welcome the world from November 2022, Chatrium Grand Bangkok is owned by City Realty, the real estate arm of the Sophonpanich family, with an investment in the project totaling THB 5.5 billion (about $150 million).

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Former CS Fred Matiang’i retires to Nyamira Home to rest and spend days on the farm after handing over power https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/30/former-cs-fred-matiangi-retires-to-nyamira-home-to-rest-and-spend-days-on-the-farm-after-handing-over-power/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 05:34:45 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/30/former-cs-fred-matiangi-retires-to-nyamira-home-to-rest-and-spend-days-on-the-farm-after-handing-over-power/ Former CS Fred Matiang’i is now at home in Nyamira days after handing over power to CS Kithure Kindiki Matiang’i, like most of his counterparts, is now at home, where he rests, among other things, and cultivates Sources also revealed that the former super CS is planning to take an international job after his break […]]]>
  • Former CS Fred Matiang’i is now at home in Nyamira days after handing over power to CS Kithure Kindiki
  • Matiang’i, like most of his counterparts, is now at home, where he rests, among other things, and cultivates
  • Sources also revealed that the former super CS is planning to take an international job after his break

Former Home Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i retired to his Manga farm in Nyamira days after handing over power to his successor Kithure Kindiki.

Matiang’i is said to be enjoying his retirement in Nyamira County. Photo: Fred Matiang’i.
Source: UGC

It came days after President William Ruto’s cabinet secretaries officially took over the nations, ending the tenure of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team.

According to the Daily Nation, Matiang’i, like his counterparts, is now at home, where he rests, among other things, and cultivates.

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“For now, Dr. Matiang’i is resting and cultivating at his Manga farm,” said David Manyancha, a former assistant to Matiang’i.

Another source also revealed that the former super CS plans to take an international role after his break.

Matiang’i, a close ally of Uhuru who had a frosty relationship with Ruto, recently handed over his instruments of power to the new inner CS amid smiles and laughter.

Matiang’i will be remembered as a follower of the rule of law and quick action in Kenya’s bandit-stricken areas.

Matiang’i’s Farewell Message to Kenyans

In his final days in the Home Ministry, Matiang’i penned a moving message to his superiors, colleagues, juniors and Kenyans as he left office.

In a letter to the principal administrative secretaries, inspector general of police, director of criminal investigations, permanent secretaries and regional commissioners, Matiang’i recounted his five years in power after succeeding the late retired Major General Joseph Nkaiserry on July 17. . 2017.

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“It has been five years and one month of an exciting assignment and enjoyable service to our beloved country under the great leadership of His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta,” Matiang’i said.

Matiang’i has served in several files since Uhuru took power in 2013. He served in ICT, education and interior files during the reign of the retired president.

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Making room for autistic adults https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/24/making-room-for-autistic-adults/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 12:26:56 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/24/making-room-for-autistic-adults/ Adults with autism often don’t have a seat at the proverbial table – and that sometimes means building their own Editor’s note: In the following story, writer AJ Odasso uses mostly “identity first” rather than “person first” language. In the landscape of American autism activism, the Southwest is not a region that usually comes to […]]]>

Adults with autism often don’t have a seat at the proverbial table – and that sometimes means building their own

Editor’s note: In the following story, writer AJ Odasso uses mostly “identity first” rather than “person first” language.

In the landscape of American autism activism, the Southwest is not a region that usually comes to mind. The vast majority of nonprofits, educational institutions, research programs, and other autism-focused organizations are based on the East Coast.

Ocate Cliffs occupies 159 acres in the Sangre Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. | Credit: Courtesy of Star Ford

In recent years, the most visible of these, Autism Speaks, has come under intense scrutiny. Their ableist actions toward those they claim to serve range from ad campaigns characterizing autism as an entity that holds children hostage (according to the New York Times, one ad campaign said: “We have your son. We will make sure he cannot care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives.”) to their marked absence of autistic adults in leadership positions.

Speaking of autistic adults

Nor are autistic adults the usual population that comes to mind in these conversations. Typically, autism is considered a condition — rather than a neurotype — found only in toddlers, children, and adolescents.

“Because I’m not good on social media, I don’t feel included in much anymore. Many of us may feel that way.”

As a result, adults with autism face widespread abuse, dismissal and discrimination. It took the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until 2017 to conduct research on the prevalence of autism spectrum diagnoses in adults.

According to the report, “An estimated 5,437,988 (2.21%) of adults in the United States have [Autism Spectrum Disorder].”

Organizations like the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) have not only been founded by autistic people for autistic people, but have also provided platforms where neurodiverse voices can flourish. The Autistic Press, the editorial arm of ASAN, has published several anthologies of essays by young people and adults with autism aimed at providing self-determined support and resources.

In recent years, adults with autism have visibly engaged in activism efforts, even independently of ASAN. In light of a 2017 CNN report on dire autistic life expectancy statistics published by the American Journal of Public Health, adults with autism have increasingly used both personal media pages social media and platforms like Vox to draw attention to the community’s crisis.

Autism Activism in the Land of Enchantment

This proliferation of autism activism has been particularly visible in New Mexico’s disability community. Divergent Labs, a “nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth, empowerment, and inclusion of people with autism,” was founded by Star Ford, an Albuquerque native, herself a member of the autism community.

Ford is also the founder of Ocate Cliffs, the flagship project of Divergent Labs, which operates as a retreat center staffed and run for people with autism, by people with autism. She is also responsible for programs at Ocate Cliffs, which occupies 159 acres in the Sangre Cristo Mountains.

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Star Ford is the founder of Ocate Cliffs, which serves as an autistic staffed and operated retreat center for people with autism. | Credit: Courtesy of Star Ford

With the exception of a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, the retreat center has been in operation since 2013, when land zoning was approved. It started with a handful of housework retreats in the years that followed. The first international work retreats to bring the grounds up to standard and build facilities for workshops and social gatherings took place in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, inspections were completed and the accommodations were opened to the use.

Ford was available for a brief interview and was kind enough to answer the following questions:

AJ Odasso: What gave you the initial idea for Ocate Cliffs? What need did you see in the New Mexico community that you hope it is filling now?

Ford Star: My life was going towards a project like this for a long time. It combines my interests in sustainable construction, nature, pensions and disability rights. When I attended Autreat, an annual retreat for people with autism that no longer takes place, it opened my eyes to the power of autistic space. This means an environment where autistic ways of thinking and communicating are prioritized. This makes many people feel less socially disabled, because part of the disability is simply due to being a neurological minority.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of running an autistic space, with other autistic people, for autistic people? What was the most difficult?

The most rewarding thing for me is to see profound changes stir, and sometimes someone makes a big visible change in their life after they arrive. The mountain environment and autistic freedom can really touch people and be therapeutic, even in cases where the experience is difficult. For me, I also really like how we simplify human needs down to the essentials – we focus on food and shelter and work and inclusive interactions, rather than entertainment or fantasy, so I always feel like life is easy and uncluttered there.

The hardest part is having a critical mass of people there at the same time. One of the main parts of my handicap is marketing and networking, and we have yet to find anyone who is good at it and can help us. Another difficult aspect is when people arrive with a lot of past baggage and their needs are so great that we cannot make a big difference. We are not at all a psychotherapy service for people with autism; it’s more like people come here to serve each other and serve guests, but sometimes people need something else.

What are your hopes for Ocate Cliffs in the next few years (and beyond)?

I would like to be known and used for more retreats among people with disabilities, as well as anyone. Along with this there could be more revenue and the opportunity to fundraise for our second building – with this we will be able to accommodate much larger groups with fully accessible rooms.

What challenges does the autistic community in New Mexico face? What advice would you give to young activists and community organizers?

I think since much of the communication between activists and organizers has turned to social media, it has become extremely fragmented. Since I’m not good on social media, I don’t feel included in much anymore. Many of us may feel this.

Did you know?

Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins was diagnosed later in life with Asperger’s syndrome, a type of autism spectrum disorder. Actor and comedian Dan Aykroyd also revealed he was diagnosed with Asperger’s in the 1980s.

I also think that the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) becomes more powerful and policy makers just stop talking to us. All of us who try to advocate for better treatment for all autistic people are being drowned out by the vast slot machine of this industry.

It’s hard to give advice on all of this, but in my heart, I think the effort to get to know each other in person (not just online) and talk to all kinds of people might be the best thing. Collaboration between people with autism and allism (a term coined within the autistic community to describe non-autistic people), as well as between organizations, is essential to building a culture of total inclusion.

Activists like Ford are changing misconceptions surrounding adults with autism. They are also changing the way we are perceived in the workplace – not just in New Mexico, but across the United States.

Changing paradigm at work

Where once many adults with autism could only find entry-level, low-wage work, companies across major industries in the United States and around the world have begun to take note of the unique strengths we have at deliver, such as hyper-focus and meticulous attention to detail.

“The mountain environment and autistic freedom can really touch people and be therapeutic”

Julie Esris, who works as an illustrator for Boston-based Brain Power (which provides educational support to neurodiverse students, their families, and those who teach them), is a perfect example.

For years, Esris struggled to find a suitable career. She studied animation as an undergraduate, but found the control and expectations of this particular field unreasonably demanding and critical. Subsequently, she pursued a master’s degree in library science, finding that a sequence of library jobs was no better suited than her previous career choice.

In response to the popular misconception that autistic adults should being able to find work in various tech fields due to the image of high-functioning autistic people like Bill Gates, Esris dispels the myth.

“What you see is an illusion,” Esris explains. “What I’ve noticed is that most autistic people I’ve interacted with are like me, where they also meet the criteria for non-verbal learning disability. It makes things like math and very difficult programming.

She explains that larger-than-life figures like Gates have given the public a false image of people with autism as tech-savvy, and that the reality for most autistic adults is that they work unforgiving minimum-wage jobs. , often still living with their families.

Both Ford and Esris represent the rapidly changing future that awaits adults with autism in America. Hopefully, support services and social acceptance will continue to grow, just as efforts toward workplace equity have done over the past few years.

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AJ Odasso
AJ OdassoThe first complete poetry collection of “The Sting of It” was published by Tolsun Books in 2019 and won Best LGBT Book at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Their first novel, “The Pursued and the Pursuing”, was published by DartFrog Blue in 2021 and won second place in the Historical Fiction for Adults category of the Reads Rainbow Awards. AJ holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Boston University and teaches at Central New Mexico Community College, San Juan College, and the University of New Mexico. They also served as poetry editor at Strange horizons magazine since 2012. You can find them on Twitter @ajodasso. Read more

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Catholic Students in Africa Speak Their Hearts to Bishops in Synod Conversations https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/21/catholic-students-in-africa-speak-their-hearts-to-bishops-in-synod-conversations/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 17:20:55 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/21/catholic-students-in-africa-speak-their-hearts-to-bishops-in-synod-conversations/ This virtue, he said, has been replaced by a growing culture of individualism which he says robs young people of many growth opportunities, especially after school. The result, Timona said, was poverty, unemployment and alarming rates of migration from rural to urban areas and from countries of origin in search of opportunities abroad. The Kenyan […]]]>

This virtue, he said, has been replaced by a growing culture of individualism which he says robs young people of many growth opportunities, especially after school. The result, Timona said, was poverty, unemployment and alarming rates of migration from rural to urban areas and from countries of origin in search of opportunities abroad.

The Kenyan student further called on Catholic Bishops to design structures that would see youth represented in Church administrations, especially at the parish level.

“We university students appreciate what the Church is doing to include young people, especially in organizing spiritual seminars, retreats and supporting our youth groups. But we also want to be included in the administration of the Church. We want young people to be represented on parish councils. This does not happen in many parishes,” Timona said.

For her part, Twiza Nachilongo, a student at University of Zambia highlighted what she described as an urgent need for the Church to provide career mentorship opportunities for young people, noting that the Catholic Church was leaning more towards the spiritual growth of young people while turning a blind eye to their “other real experiences”.

“The scriptures say that Jesus grew in favor with God and men. We young Catholics need this kind of all-out growth. For the moment, we do not have structures for tutoring and accompaniment of young people belonging to the Church. We call on our Bishops to put in place structures that will enable young people to benefit from older, more skilled members of the Church through mentorship programs,” Ms. Nachilongo said.

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Other issues that emerged from the students’ engagement with the Catholic Bishops were the role of young people in addressing the climate crisis which they said had plunged African countries into deep poverty, as well as their role in containment of abuse in Catholic educational institutions where they have reported cases. rape and sex for material favors were on the rise.

University students further denounced the erosion of family values ​​and the breakdown of their families and called on the Bishops to devise structures to strengthen families as the basic unit of Church and society.

In their responses, the Catholic Bishops urged young university students to be more active in the platforms already existing in the Church community to help the Church flourish.

It was observed that young people are the “least active members of the Church” in some dioceses in Nigeria, and that the youngest members of the Church were also interested in activities that brought them instant material prosperity rather than to seek spiritual growth.

“In Nigeria, for example, all the dioceses have programs for young people. Whenever there is an activity, however, these young people do not come. They prefer to go and hang out at an event where they are guaranteed to get money, and not in places where they will have better growth,” Bishop Oyejola said.

“You don’t want to listen to us, your elders,” the Local Ordinary of Osogbo Diocese in Nigeria warned, and added, “You only do what pleases you. You have heard that what an elder sees while sitting, a youth will not see even while standing. You must learn from past mistakes made by others, enjoy the present while preparing for the future.

He continued, “The mistake you make is wanting to jump into the future without reconciling past and present. The Church is ready to help young people. Lead by example so that other young people do not join these terrorist organizations.

Bishop Oyejola further noted that the Church has put in place structures to train young people for various vocations, including the call to family life “to heal broken families in society.”

For his part, Bishop Kukah assured Catholic university students of the support of the Church, saying, “The fact that we are having this conversation shows how seriously the Church takes young people… This should not be a moment of lamentation, but a time for revelation.

He urged young people to always take a leadership role in the activities entrusted to them in the Church and to beware of associating leadership with “positions of power”.

“Many seem to see the structure of the Church from the point of view of power; that everyone has to be on the table to develop policies. But leadership in the Church can be exercised at different levels, whether in the choir, in community activities, in youth groups, etc. It shouldn’t be about how many of us sit on the parish council, but how well we do the little things that are entrusted to us.

On mentoring young Catholics, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese admitted that the Catholic Church still has a long way to go.

“As the Catholic Church, we have always had very little visibility in the public space and we have to work a lot on this, whether in politics, in the civil space, in technical fields, in the legal space, etc. We have very qualified Catholics in these spaces and now we have to bridge the gap between them and our young people in mentorship programs,” Bishop Kukah said.

Regarding sexual harassment in Catholic institutions of higher learning, Bishop Onah regretted that such abuses could have taken place under the supervision of the governing boards of universities.

The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese challenged Catholic university students to “be prepared to suffer” for the sake of their counterparts who were selling their bodies to university professors in exchange for good grades in their Classes.

“Speak louder,” Bishop Onah urged the youths at the meeting after it emerged that students in the DRC were “selling their bodies for grades.”

He added, “You should be prepared to suffer for the sake of others in the future. Most universities have governing boards. Take some space in these Tips and talk about it!

“We must not tell young people to give their bodies in exchange for grades. It annoys me. This must not be tolerated. It must be exposed. You should use your social media platforms and any other tool you can get your hands on to speak out against this despicable act. I hope the Bishops in DRC have heard about it,” the Nigerian Bishop said during the October 20 virtual session.

Bishop Onah then urged university students participating in Synod conversations on synodality to “feel like part of the Church” and not come across as a separate entity.

He said, “It is time for you (to begin) to see yourselves as part of this Church. In these conversations, you must not speak as if you were strangers. The bishops are not the Church. We are all the Church and we can solve our challenges together.

The bishops’ dialogue with African university students was the fifth step in ongoing preparations for the Nov. 1 papal meeting with university students.

The first step was the formation of national steering committees to organize cohorts of young scholars, mentor youth, moderate cohort-based conversations and national conversations while providing cohorts with the resources they need for an effective synodal experience. .

In the second stage, cohorts of 15 to 30 students in Catholic universities in each country in Africa were formed. The university students who were selected for the initiative were those who had demonstrable leadership qualities and who had demonstrated a commitment to their faith in “certain recognizable ways,” the initiative officials told ACI Africa.

In the third stage, approximately five Bishops have been selected in each country to serve as Episcopal Conversation Partners for the digital National Youth Synod Conversations.

Then there was the organization of national digital synodal youth listening sessions between all cohort members from the respective universities and Episcopal Conversation Partners, and National Steering Committees.

After the digital engagement with the Bishops, the sixth step will be the listening session between Pope Francis and the representatives of the cohorts of the seven countries, the steering committees of the seven countries and selected African bishops.

Also participating in this listening session will be members of the Vatican coordination team and the coordination consultant, Professor Peter Jones of Loyola University of Chicago and his team from North America and Latin America.

In the final step, dialogue participants will be called upon to bring the fruits of this listening exercise back to their respective universities for implementation as fruits of the deliberation.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Moi University Kenya. Agnès is currently a journalist for ACI Africa.

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When is inflation in the UK and how could it affect GBP/USD? https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/19/when-is-inflation-in-the-uk-and-how-could-it-affect-gbp-usd/ Wed, 19 Oct 2022 04:12:12 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/19/when-is-inflation-in-the-uk-and-how-could-it-affect-gbp-usd/ Overview of UK CPIs The UK cost of living as represented by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of September is due early Wednesday at 06:00 GMT. Given the lackluster jobs data recently released, coupled with the Bank of England’s (BOE) readiness for quantitative tightening (QT), today’s UK inflation data will be watched […]]]>

Overview of UK CPIs

The UK cost of living as represented by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the month of September is due early Wednesday at 06:00 GMT.

Given the lackluster jobs data recently released, coupled with the Bank of England’s (BOE) readiness for quantitative tightening (QT), today’s UK inflation data will be watched closely by investors. GBP/USD traders.

Headline CPI inflation is expected to hit a 30-year high of 10.0% year-on-year from 9.9% previously, while core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy items, is expected to improve slightly to 6.4% YoY in the indicated month. , from 6.3% of previous readings. As for the monthly figures, the CPI could drop to 0.4% from 0.5% previously.

It should be noted that the recent pressure on wage prices and the optimistic employment report also highlight the producer price index (PPI) as an important catalyst for the immediate direction of the pair GBP/ usd.

That being said, the PPI Core Output YoY could rise from 13.7% to 12.7% on an unadjusted basis, while monthly drawdowns could reach 0.9% from 0.3% previously. Additionally, the Retail Price Index (RPI) is also on the table for the release, expected to decline to 0.5% on MoM from 0.6% previous reading while maintaining the 12.3% numbers in year-on-year unchanged.

In this regard, Westpac stated,

The intensity of energy inflation and the underlying magnitude of other inflationary pressures will once again figure prominently in Britain’s September CPI. The consensus is 10.0% yr headline, base rate 6.4% yr, both up 0.1 ppt in August.

On the same line, Yohay Elam of FXStreet says,

High prices should trigger a big rate hike from the Bank of England, likely 75 basis points on Nov. 3. However, they could be higher if the government fails to pull itself together and cut costs.

Impact of deviation on GBP/USD

Readers can find FXStreet’s exclusive deflection impact map of the event below. As observed, the reaction is likely to remain confined around 20 pips in deviations of up to + or -2, although in some cases, if notable enough, a deviation can fuel moves above 60-70 pips .

How could this affect GBP/USD?

GBP/USD is pulling back from a five-week-old falling resistance line near 1.1350 ahead of key UK inflation data, near 1.1330 at the latest. In doing so, the Cable pair depicts market indecision amid a lack of major data/events, as well as anxiety over the crucial CPI figure.

Although the BOE has already confirmed its QT from November 1, today’s inflation figures will be important as the leadership of British Prime Minister Liz Truss continues to push the “old lady”, as the central bank is unofficially known, towards faster rate hikes. It should be noted that political nervousness surrounding the UK and market indecision amid a light calendar elsewhere also call into question the significance of the UK CPI for GBP/USD traders.

If the inflation numbers manage to stay firmer on the MoM, in addition to posting the highest year-over-year numbers YOY, GBP/USD is likely to breach the trend’s immediate resistance line and to rush to the monthly high near 1.1500. Alternatively, pullbacks may get another chance to reverse amid market optimism and UK political drama.

Technically, the 50-DMA level near 1.1470 adds to the bullish filters, in addition to the aforementioned resistance line near 1.1250. Meanwhile, a convergence of the 21-DMA and a three-week ascending trendline highlights 1.1140 as key near-term resistance.

Keynotes

Where is inflation and what to expect, overview of the 8 major currencies

GBP/USD eyes momentum above 1.1360 amid rising market, UK CPI in focus

About UK CPIs

The Consumer Price Index published by the Office for National Statistics is a measure of price movements by comparing the retail prices of a representative basket of goods and services. The purchasing power of the pound sterling is pulled down by inflation. The CPI is a key indicator for measuring inflation and changing buying trends. Generally, a high reading is seen as positive (or bullish) for the GBP, while a low reading is seen as negative (or bearish).

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Westbury woman starts nonprofit to help black women with breast cancer with free wellness retreats https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/17/westbury-woman-starts-nonprofit-to-help-black-women-with-breast-cancer-with-free-wellness-retreats/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:02:43 +0000 https://ncnyumc.org/2022/10/17/westbury-woman-starts-nonprofit-to-help-black-women-with-breast-cancer-with-free-wellness-retreats/ Alexea Gaffney took an all-expenses-paid trip to an island in Belize in April with Esther Tambe and five other black women. They shared early morning yoga, enjoyed massages and meditated under the moonlight on the sand outside their hotel. What brought the group together was breast cancer: each is either in active treatment or a […]]]>

Alexea Gaffney took an all-expenses-paid trip to an island in Belize in April with Esther Tambe and five other black women. They shared early morning yoga, enjoyed massages and meditated under the moonlight on the sand outside their hotel.

What brought the group together was breast cancer: each is either in active treatment or a survivor, and all work with black women battling the disease.

The four-day event was sponsored by Tambe’s new non-profit organization called Fight Through Flights, whose mission is to support the healing of black women affected by breast cancer by providing free wellness retreats and travel experiences. Tambe, a 35-year-old dietitian from Westbury, and her sister, Alicia, a 33-year-old attorney living in Washington, D.C., started the charity in August 2020 to honor their older sister, Maria, a Houston nurse who is died of breast cancer in 2019 at the age of 40.

“I’ve had it all – bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation,” says Gaffney, 41, who works as an infectious disease doctor in Stony Brook and is the mother of an 11-year-old daughter. “Even when your chemo is over, your hair has grown back and you don’t have to climb on a radiation table, you’re still very well enrolled in medical care.” Gaffney takes pills daily and receives monthly injections in her stomach as part of her long-term treatment. “Taking a break, having all your delicious fresh and healthy meals prepared for you, arriving somewhere and getting a massage and breathing a sigh of relief, it’s just a beautiful thing.”

Esther and Alicia Tambe (left to right) traveled to Rome in 2017 with their older sister, Maria, who died of breast cancer in 2019 aged 40.
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SISTER TRIBUTE

Esther and Alicia Tambe chose to focus on providing travel and wellness experiences for local women because traveling was something the three sisters enjoyed doing together, Esther says. The trio grew up in Westbury; Maria and Esther graduated from Hicksville High School and Alicia from Holy Trinity of Hicksville. As adults living in different places, the sisters would meet to travel to Europe and South America; their last trip was to Napa, California in March 2019.

One year from Maria’s death, Esther and Alicia wanted to do something other than cry. “What can we do to keep his legacy alive? they wondered. “Knowing that the trips have brought her joy, we would like to give that to someone else,” says Esther.

The sisters focus on black women because, on the one hand, they are black women themselves. Second, they find disparities in breast cancer treatment and outcomes for black women disturbing.

“When you look at the statistics, they are alarming and frightening,” says Tambe. Black women may not have access to early detection and treatment, may be underrepresented in clinical trials, and may be more likely to have aggressive cancers like the triple-negative breast cancer that killed Maria just a year old. after his diagnosis. Black women have a 40% higher breast cancer death rate than white women, and breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for black women, according to the 2022 Breast Cancer Statistics from the United States. ‘American Cancer Society.

Valerie Burger, an oncology nurse, assistant vice president of operations at Northwell Health and chair of the American Cancer Society’s Long Island Advisory Board, applauded the goal of Fight Through Flight. “We know that the immune system reacts to stress, and it also reacts to relaxation. Your blood pressure goes down, your heart rate goes down, and your body has a chance to focus on healing,” she says.

Alicia (in pink pants) and Esther Tambe (next to her...

Alicia (in pink pants) and Esther Tambe (beside her in matching t-shirt) flew seven women, including Alexea Gaffney (far right) to Belize through their charity Fight Through Flights.
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ACCELERATE

Because Fight Through Flights was launched during the pandemic, the women’s flight to the Caribbean islands had to be suspended. The Tambes expanded Fight Through Flights offerings to programs they dubbed Roadtrip to Recovery, offering trips women could drive to in hours, and Staycation Serenity, sending spa services to women’s homes. They also run Room to Breathe, with the goal of providing 120 recipients with a one-night stay at a hotel of their choice that costs less than $250 per night, Tambe says. They are funded by small grants and donations, she says.

The sisters were featured in September on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” during which the daytime TV host showed the group a 29-foot motorhome, courtesy of Bish’s RV, that can seat up to to eight people. Tambe says Fight Through Flights hopes to park it at various RV parks to provide trip recipients with nature getaways.

Shoni Brown, 43, a physical education and health teacher who lives in Freeport, had a Roadtrip to Recovery in September 2021. “They helped me plan a trip for my chemo versary,” says Brown , marking five years after the end of chemotherapy .

‘RELAX AND ENJOY’

Brown was treated to two nights at French Manor, a stone castle-style bed-and-breakfast in the Poconos. She took nature walks and swam in the indoor saltwater pool. “I was able to relax and have fun without thinking about cancer,” Brown says. She also received five sessions on Long Island with a personal trainer, nutritionist and therapist. Brown continued with the therapist, who is in her health care plan.

Once flying became an option, the Tambe sisters organized the leadership retreat in Belize – their secondary goal was for the women to think of other ways to make life easier for black women with breast cancer .

Gaffney says she believes she was chosen because she used her Instagram platform – @dralexea – to educate followers about her breast cancer journey. Gaffney was already following Fight Through Flights’ Instagram when she saw the group looking for black female leaders for retirement.

“As a mother, I would struggle to take that money out of my household to plan such a well-executed vacation,” she says. “I think Fight Through Flights is a fantastic organization. It takes away that stress of being selfish. I’m allowed to completely immerse myself in the fun and self-care and feel no guilt about it.

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