Tuesday
Jun272017

Try The Summer Risotto


It's all about the fresh summer veggies that make this dish so great.  A range of green/yellow veggies add depth and great flavor - give it a try, won't you? 

For risotto you need some basics......Arborio rice, some white wine, chicken stock, fresh grated parmegiana cheese, Vidalia onion, butter and a splash of olive oil.  In addition - you need some of your favorite green veggies..... peas, asparagus tips, leeks, baby zucchini both yellow and green (yellow complements the green -sliced lengthwise and sautéed quickly) and artichoke hearts.....you can even add cut, blanched broccolini. 
  
Begin by sautéing the Vidalia onion, and the chopped leeks in a bit of butter and splash of olive oil.....now add in the rice and stir until coated.  Next add about 1/2 cup of white wine and allow it to absorb.  Next as usual - add one ladle of hot chicken stock and stir...until almost absorbed....repeat and repeat again...until the chicken stock is absorbed.  Taste for doneness - when ready - add the peas, asparagus, artichokes, zucchini, broccolini (if you used it) stir to mix so that the veggies heat up.....add in a 'squeeze' of lemon juice (not too much) and the fresh grated cheese..... Serve as a starter or as a side dish....either way - it is a celebration of summer. 
 
 
Buon Appetito.

 

Thursday
Jun222017

PRSA and IPR Partner to Relaunch the “Public Relations Journal”

Combined Venture Provides Content-Rich Expertise for the Public Relations Profession

 

NEW YORK (June 21, 2017) – The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the nation’s largest
professional organization serving the communications community, and the Institute for Public Relations
(IPR), an independent, nonprofit foundation focused on research applicable in communications practice,
announce their commitment to providing communications professionals with actionable research
through a joint journal publication branded as the “Public Relations Journal.”


Public Relations Journal is a free, web-based, open-access, peer-reviewed, indexed quarterly academic
journal offering the latest public relations and communication-based research. The Public Relations
Journal will publish original research articles, commentaries, research-in-briefs and case studies in a
variety of formats including content and articles by academics or practitioners who examine public
relations in depth and/or create, test or expand public relations theory.


“IPR is pleased to collaborate with PRSA to provide a comprehensive online publication focused on
research that matters to the profession,” said Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR, President and CEO of IPR.
“The Journal will serve as a source for key academic research studies for professionals to incorporate in
their day-to-day practice.”


“We welcome the opportunity to partner with IPR to leverage their extensive knowledge and create a
dynamic, research offering designed to meet the needs of public relations practitioners, scholars,
students of public relations and other industry professionals within the disciplines of communication
and business,” said PRSA 2017 Chair Jane Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA.


Both PRSA and IPR will work together to select an Editorial Board of a mix of senior public relations
professionals and academics from their list of reviewers and other experts in the field. PRSA and IPR will
search through an open call for a new Editor-in-Chief. The application deadline is August 1, 2017.
“The partnership on the Public Relations Journal underscores the commitment PRSA has made to
engage industry partners and provide new programming and resources that speak to the core of its
membership,” said PRSA CEO Joseph P. Truncale, Ph.D., CAE.


Today’s Public Relations Journal will provide its readership with the most relevant topical research and
insights through an open website platform primarily residing on the Institute for Public Relations
website. The current issue of the newly combined journal and past issues of the former Public Relations
Journal and Research Journal of the Institute for Public Relations can be accessed at
http://prjournal.instituteforpr.org/


About the Public Relations Society of America


PRSA is the nation’s largest professional organization serving the communications community. The
organization’s mission is to make communications professionals smarter, better prepared and more
connected through all stages of their career. PRSA achieves this by offering its members thought
leadership, innovative lifelong learning opportunities to help them develop new skills, enhance their
credibility and connect with a strong network of professionals. The organization sets the standards of
professional excellence and ethical conduct for the public relations industry. PRSA collectively
represents more than 30,000 members consisting of communications professionals spanning every
industry sector nationwide and college and university students who encompass the Public Relations
Student Society of America (PRSSA). Learn more about PRSA at https://www.prsa.org


About the Institute for Public Relations


The Institute for Public Relations is an independent, nonprofit research foundation dedicated to
fostering greater use of research and research-based knowledge in corporate communication and the
public relations practice. IPR is dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™. IPR
provides timely insights and applied intelligence that professionals can put to immediate use. All
research, including a weekly research letter, is available for free at www.instituteforpr.org.


Media Contact Information:


PRSA Contact:


Troy P. Thompson, Digital Communications Associate
(212) 460-1464
troy.thompson@prsa.org


IPR Contact:


Sarah Jackson, Communications Manager
(352) 294-1633
sarah@instituteforpr.org

Wednesday
Jun142017

Try the Risotto w/Asparagus & Mushrooms


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 Risotto - is not a hard dish to make at all...it requires that once you begin - you stay by the stove to continue stirring - The trick to the creaminess is the constant stirring that allows the rice cook. 

 For this recipe you will need:  Carnaroli Rice - different and distinct from Arborio rice.  It comes from the province of Vercelli, in the Piedmont region in Northern Italy, has a higher starch content and is a bit longer than its cousin. Many in Italy refer to this rice as "superfino" (super fine) or as "The King of Rices". 

This dish is most common in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy which is just south of the Piedmont region.  As you might imagine - it is the combination of both the Emilia and the Romagna regions.   It is considered one of the jewels of Europe and has the 3rd highest GDP per capita in Italy.  ER is a major cultural and tourist destination as it contains some of the greatest renaissance cities including Modena, Parma and Ferrara.  It is also home to the auto makers:  Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati. 

Ingredients:  Carnaroli Rice, butter, onion, mushrooms,  asparagus, Prosciutto di Parma, couple of ripe roma plum tomatoes, lite cream, beef broth, Parmegiana Cheese. 

Start by dicing the onion, slicing the mushrooms and dicing the tomatoes.  Set aside.  Now blanche the asparagus in salt water and then cool in an ice bath to halt the cooking.  Cut the tips and set aside.  You will not be using the stalk. 
 In a pot - bring 8 cups of beef broth to a boil and then turn down to simmer. 

 In a  separate pot - on med heat - melt the butter - 3/4 stick or so.....(can never use to much),   add the diced onion and sauté until soft and golden.   Now add the rice - 1/2 - 3/4 of a lb or so... and prosciutto. Stir and cook for about 3 to 5 mins....You want the rice to take on a toasted color.  (like golden brown).  Now - one ladle at a time add the broth to the rice and stir...allowing the rice to absorb the broth before adding another ladle

After the 3rd ladle - add the mushrooms & continue cooking.   After about 15 mins....the rice should be aldente and you will still have some broth left over....(you should have used about 5 ladles of broth) no worries....that's ok. 

Next add the asparagus and the diced tomatoes.  You really only want some color from the tomatoes - you do not want it to be 'tomatoey'.  Mix well and cook for a couple more mins....Now add about 1/4 cup of lite cream - again mix well.   Taste the rice - check that it is aldente ...Do not add salt - If you are satisfied - add 1/4 stick of butter and a couple of handfuls of parmegiana cheese.  Mix well and serve immediately in warmed bowls.  (If you think it is not creamy enough - feel free to add another ladle of broth.)

 
Buon Appetito.
Tuesday
Jun132017

More than 150 CEOs Make Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

 

 

Largest Ever Cross-Section of CEOs Agree to Exchange Best Known Actions on Diversity and Inclusion

 
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ will Improve Corporate Performance, Drive Growth, and Enhance
Employee Engagement


NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2017 – A group of more than 150 CEOs from some of the world’s leading
companies have signed on to the
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven
business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By signing on to this
commitment, CEOs are pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and
experiences are welcomed and respected, where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and
inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations via a
unified hub,
CEOAction.com, in an effort to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.


A growing body of research reveals that stronger business outcomes directly correlate with diverse teams
and inclusive workplace environments.
In a 2016 report, researchers from seven universities concluded
that while diversity increases innovation, promotes higher quality decisions, and enhances economic
growth, the benefits of diversity are often not fully realized. This research is further supported by a new
report from the
Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit think tank, which found that when employees can
discuss the topic of race relations at work, they feel significantly more included and that their ideas are
heard and recognized. Unfortunately, the report also found that more than two out of three employees are
currently uncomfortable discussing race relations, and 29 percent feel it is never acceptable at their
company to speak about experiences of race-based bias. Understanding this dynamic, and other
dynamics related to diversity and inclusion, is why the signatories of the
CEO Action for Diversity &
Inclusion™
have committed to take action, and in turn, improve corporate performance, drive growth,
and enhance employee engagement.


“We are living in a world of complex divisions and tensions that can have a significant impact on our work
environment. Yet, it’s often the case that when we walk into our workplace – where we spend the majority
of our time – we don’t openly address these topics,” said Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of
PwC and chair of the steering committee for the
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. “CEOs across
the country understand this isn’t a competitive issue, but a societal issue, and together we can raise the
bar for the entire business community. By sharing best known actions and programs, we are helping to
create a more inclusive environment that will encourage all of us to bring our greatest talents,
perspectives, and experiences to the workplace.”


The
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusionis led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from
Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York
Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents more than 50 industries, all 50 US States, and
millions of employees globally. Each signatory has committed to taking the following steps to increase
diversity and foster inclusion within their respective organizations and the larger business community:


1. Continue to cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue on complex, and sometimes
difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion
:
Companies will create and maintain
environments, platforms, and forums where their employees feel comfortable reaching out to their
colleagues to gain greater awareness of each other’s experiences and perspectives.
By
encouraging an ongoing dialogue and
not tolerating any incongruence with these values of
openness
, companies are building trust, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and
reinforcing their commitment to a culture of inclusivity.


2. Implement and expand unconscious bias education: Companies commit to rolling out and/or
expanding unconscious bias education within their companies in the form that best fits their
specific culture and business. By helping employees recognize and minimize any potential blind
spots, companies can better facilitate more open and honest conversations. Additionally, the
initiative will be making non-proprietary unconscious bias education modules available to other
organizations free of charge. This training will live on the unified hub,
CEOAction.com.

 3. Share best known—and unsuccessful—actions: Companies commit to working together to
evolve existing diversity strategies by sharing successes and challenges with one another. This
will include creating accountability systems within their companies to track their progress and
share regular updates with each other in order to catalog effective programs and measurement
practices.


The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusionis a step toward advancing diversity and inclusion in the
workplace. Starting today, anyone can visit
CEOAction.com to learn more about this effort and watch for
updates on future activity. Current signatories—and others who are interested—can use this website as a
hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. In the fall, the signatories will
convene for the first ever
CEO Action for Diversity & InclusionSummit to assess initial progress,
understand fundamental gaps, and determine the next phase of this work. Companies that currently are
not implementing the elements of the pledge can use the hub and Summit as an opportunity to learn from
others that are already doing so, while companies that are already implementing some or all of the
actions can use this platform to drive greater engagement within their own programs, submit best known
actions as well as mentor others on their journey.


CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ steering committee quotes:

 
Accenture North America CEO Julie Sweet:
“The need for innovation to grow, compete, and transform
has never been greater – and we believe diversity is essential to driving this innovation. Our commitment
is unwavering and we remain laser-focused on speeding the pace of our progress to continue creating an
environment where everyone feels they belong.”


BCG Senior Partner and Managing Director Joe Davis: “Diversity is not a ‘nice-to-have’ – it is key to
delivering superior results for our clients. Coming together with other CEOs and leaders to share our
efforts and learn from one another through collaboration will drive the cultivation of more diverse and
inclusive workplaces and enhance economic growth.”


Deloitte US CEO Cathy Engelbert: “We believe in the importance of building strength through diversity
and cultivating an inclusive environment where all of our people feel valued for who they are. By breaking
down barriers, finding common ground, and providing a platform for shared experiences, employees will
be empowered to be their authentic selves and express their greatest talents to do their best work and
reach their full potential in every aspect of their life.”


The Executive Leadership Council President and CEO Ronald C. Parker: “Diversity and inclusion in
the workplace are key drivers of business innovation and economic growth. We must ensure that our
workplaces keep pace with the constantly changing demographics of our country and open pathways for
diverse experiences, perspectives and talent to drive growth opportunities and an even stronger set of
leaders in business and beyond.”


EY US Chairman and Americas Managing Partner Steve Howe: “EY’s longstanding commitment to
D&I is paramount, especially in today’s social climate. We recognize that our strength comes from our
diversity. The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
pledge enables us to work with other business
leaders who are also committed to creating inclusive cultures that value people’s unique perspectives to
drive innovative solutions — and a better working world for us all.”


General Atlantic CEO Bill Ford: “As industry leaders, we are seizing the opportunity to help drive
meaningful change in the communities we serve. Acting now and having open conversations about

diversity and inclusion in the workplace will empower our people to deliver their best work which will
undoubtedly lead to greater business.”


KPMG US Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie: “Inclusion and diversity are an intrinsic part of who we
are and we are committed to ensuring that our inclusive culture remains in place so that all of our people
have the opportunity to succeed and achieve their full potential. This cultivates an environment of
dialogue and action, spurs innovation, and empowers our talent to drive quality for the capital markets,
our clients and in our communities.”


New York Life CEO and Chairman Ted Mathas: “Fostering a work environment that supports diversity
and inclusion is a responsibility every business leader shares. But embracing different perspectives and
opening ourselves to new ways of seeing the world is a responsibility we all share. The CEO Action for
Diversity & Inclusion
provides an opportunity to learn from each other, engage more people, and
strengthen our society as a whole."


Procter & Gamble Chairman of the Board, President and CEO David Taylor: “We have a proud and
growing tradition of advocating for dialogue and action that drives progress – and issues of diversity and
inclusion are no different. By working side-by-side with others to address these challenges head on, we
believe we can create better workplaces and stronger communities where all people are welcome,
valued, and respected.”


For a list of the signatories that have signed on to the
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, visit
CEOAction.com.


For more information on the
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ or to get involved, please visit
CEOAction.com.


About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance
diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together more than 150 CEOs of America’s leading
organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a
workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel
comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and
unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at
CEOAction.com and connect
with us on
Facebook: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion and Twitter: @CEOAction.


Press Contacts:


Megan DiSciullo
Megan.disciullo@pwc.com
(609) 903-4394


Damon D. Jones
Jones.dd@pg.com
(513) 983-0190