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With video – Film explores factory farm methods and their effects on us

Posted by Elena del Valle on June 27, 2018

Eating Animals

Eating Animals - click to enlarge

Photo, video: Courtesy of Sundance Selects. A Sundance Selects release.

Ever wonder where you eggs, dairy and meat come from? The makers of Eating Animals, a 94-minute film based on a book of the same title by Jonathan Safran Foer, went in search of answers. Over five years they visited farms, spoke with farmers, professors, industry experts, activists, and whistle blowers. They filmed in California, Nebraska, Iowa, North Carolina, China, Germany, India and Sweden.  They imply that the factory farming practices of recent decades have degraded our humanity by making us part of the inhumane treatment of animals, polluted our environment and put our health in jeopardy. For animals lovers some scenes and images may be difficult to watch or forget. Scroll down to see film trailer.

Directed and produced by Christopher Quinn (Sundance award winner God Grew Tired of Us), the film was produced with Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (who also narrates it) and Foer. It indicates that nearly all Americans eat animals products produced in factory farms and that 30 states have passed Ag Gag laws to limit information and images of the harmful factory farming practices. The film opened in New York City June 15, 2018 and will roll out in theaters nationwide in the coming weeks. Information is available at the movie website Eatinganimalsmovie.com.

A statement about the film says: “Eating Animals aims to alter the very frame of public discussion about industrial agriculture and the future of meat, shifting media debates, minds, and markets alike. Moving past any sense that factory farming is a concern only for animal or environmental activists, we paint a vivid portrait of how industrial agriculture unraveled core national values and changed the world for the worse. The fight to end factory farming emerges not only as a fight to eliminate what may be the greatest crime against animal life ever committed, but as a commonsense and economic necessity.”

The film was made by Big Star Pictures in Association with Artemis Rising Foundation and The Neuman Family Foundation. Funding was provided by Obvious Group, LLC, Annenberg Foundation, Artemis Rising Foundation, Neuman Family Foundation, Jivan Fund, LLC, Simone Friedman, Samir and Puja Kaul and William Bettman.

According to promotional materials for the film the book Eating Animal is the only book in the category “animal rights” besides Peter Singer’s 1973 classic Animal Liberation that has remained a top ten Amazon bestseller since 2009; the U.S. version of the book has sold 400,000 copies and the book has become an international bestseller with language rights sold in 27 countries.


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Podcast with Amelia Geary, director of Program Development and Quality, Orbis International, about world’s only flying eye hospital

Posted by Elena del Valle on June 18, 2018

Amelia Geary, director of Program Development + Quality, Orbis International

Amelia Geary, director of Program Development + Quality, Orbis International

Photo: Geoff Oliver Bugbee

A podcast interview with Amelia Geary, director of Program Development + Quality, Orbis International is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses eye healthcare and world's only flying eye hospital with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Amelia has worked in the international non-governmental organization sector for 15 years, with a professional focus on program design, management and implementation. She obtained her master degree in International Affairs with a focus on infrastructure development from Columbia University. Her career has spanned across Africa, Asia and Latin America, where she delivered programs in prevention of blindness, maternal newborn and child health, water and sanitation, nutrition and training of medical professionals.

Prior to joining Orbis, Amelia worked with several emergency and development organizations, including Action Against Hunger – USA, United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank Water and Sanitation Program, and Concern Worldwide. Amelia first joined Orbis in 2007 as the Flying Eye Hospital program manager. She returned in 2014 to her current position.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Amelia Geary” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the June 2018 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Laura J. Miller, Ph.D., author, Building Nature’s Market about evolution of natural foods market

Posted by Elena del Valle on June 4, 2018

Laura J. Miller, Ph.D., author, Building Nature's Market

Laura J. Miller, Ph.D., author, Building Nature's Market

Photos: author photo courtesy of Elias Johansson-Miller*

A podcast interview with Laura J. Miller, Ph.D., author, Building Nature's Market: The Business and Politics of Natural Foods is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, she discusses the evolution of the natural foods market with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Laura J. Miller is associate professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, and previously taught at the University of Western Ontario and Vassar College. Her research focuses on the intersection of cultural and economic factors within industries characterized by moral commitments to their products. Building Nature's Market was published in 2017 by University of Chicago Press. She is also the author of Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Laura J. Miller, Ph.D.” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the June 2018 section of the podcast archive.


Building Nature's Market

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*Book cover courtesy University of Chicago Press

Podcast with Marco Casanova, author, Branding IT 3.0., about brand management

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 23, 2018

Marco Casanova, author, Branding IT 3.0

Marco Casanova, author, Branding IT 3.0

Photos: Marcocasanova.com

A podcast interview with Marco Casanova, author, Branding IT 3.0 is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses brand management with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Marco is the founder and managing partner of the Branding-Institute, which he began in 2002. He serves in various executive boards and does consulting as strategic advisor for Bayer and Credit Suisse among other enterprises and international organizations, associations and countries and their governmental institutions in brand and reputation guided stakeholder management.

He was the founder of the Community of Interest COI Branding in Switzerland as well as co-founder and co-chairman of the International Brand & Reputation Community (INBREC), where ABB, Allianz, Bayer, Bosch, Henkel, Hilti, Mercedes, Schindler, Shell, Siemens, and UBS meet regularly. He is an international speaker for several executive management programs, the United Nations and conferences in Europe, China, India, and South America.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Marco Casanova” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the April 2018 section of the podcast archive.


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Podcast with Ken Dunn, CEO, GoRead.com, about writing a book to achieve your business goals

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 16, 2018

Ken Dunn, CEO, GoRead.com

Ken Dunn, CEO, GoRead.com

Photo: Ken Dunn

A podcast interview with Ken Dunn, CEO, GoRead.com, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses writing a book to achieve your business goals with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Ken's passion is eliminating illiteracy and also helping experts turn their experience into a highly profitable authority platform. Fourteen years in investigative and tactical policing allowed Ken to hone deep organizational and leadership skills, and sparked an entrepreneurial fire inside of him. Throughout his law enforcement career, he also helped to start businesses, which was the beginning of his serial entrepreneurial path.

Ken hungers to learn and teach others, which has led him through five careers in the past 25 years. In addition to his work as founder at GoRead.com he is an international speaker, author and sales trainer. Ken is an avid reader (he reads a book per week), in addition to being an author and publisher, and he believes that more people should be made aware of the widespread issue of child illiteracy.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Ken Dunn” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the April 2018 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Ira Pastor, CEO, Bioquark Inc., about regeneration, repair and rejuvenation in humans

Posted by Elena del Valle on April 2, 2018

Ira Pastor, CEO, Bioquark

Ira Pastor, CEO, Bioquark

 

Photo: Bioquark Inc.

A podcast interview with Ira Pastor, CEO, Bioquark Inc., is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses regeneration, repair and rejuvenation with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Ira has over 30 years of experience across multiple sectors of the pharmaceutical industry including pharmaceutical commercialization, biotech drug development, managed care, distribution, and retail. According to his biography, prior to working at Bioquark he served as vice president, Business Development for drug development company Phytomedics Inc., raising $40 million of private equity, consummating over $50 million of licensing deals, and bringing a lead drug candidate from discovery stage to Phase III development.

Prior to that, he was employed by SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals in sales, marketing, and business strategy positions. He has also served as vice president of Corporate Development for the pharmacy benefit management company Prescription Delivery Systems (acquired by Cigna Health Insurance). He is board member of RegenerAge SAPI de CV, the Reanima Project, and member of the World Economic Forum's Human Enhancement Council.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR Ira Pastor” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the April 2018 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with co-authors Jeff Galloway, Carmen Mohan, M.D., Ruth Parker, M.D. about The Women’s Guide to Health

Posted by Elena del Valle on March 19, 2018

Click to enlarge - Carmen Mohan, M.D., Ruth Parker, M.D. and Jeff Galloway, co-authors, The Women's Guide to Health

Photo: authors photo by Nikki Strayhorn, book cover courtesy of Meyer & Meyer Sport

A podcast interview with co-authors Jeff Galloway, Carmen Mohan, M.D., and Ruth Parker, M.D., is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, they discuss The Women's Guide to Health Run Walk Run, Eat Right, and Feel Better (Meyer & Meyer Sport, $12.95) with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Jeff, an Olympic athlete, has spent more than 50 years developing, practicing, evaluating, and teaching his Run Walk Run method. He has coached over one million runners to their goals through his retreats, clinics at events, and individual consultations, running schools and books.

Carmen is an internal medicine physician, health media consultant, and marathon runner who prescribes food and exercise as medicine. A competitive runner in college, she suffered injury after injury until beginning Run Walk Run.

Ruth is a primary care doctor trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is a lifelong athlete who has completed 28 marathons using Run Walk Run. According to her biography, she is nationally known for her work in health literacy.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast ” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR ” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the March 2018 section of the podcast archive.


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Podcast with Adam Gentner, director of Business Development, Latin American Expansion, Sonnen, about microgrids to power Puerto Rico

Posted by Elena del Valle on March 13, 2018

Adam Gentner, director of Business Development, Latin American Expansion, Sonnen

Adam Gentner, director of Business Development, Latin American Expansion, Sonnen

Photo: Adam Gentner

A podcast interview with Adam Gentner, director of Business Development, Latin American Expansion, Sonnen, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses microgrids to power Puerto Rico with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Adam has six years of Solar Industry experience. He likes exploring the way technology and renewables can reshape the energy landscape to meet the challenges of the future, especially in disaster-stricken areas and developing regions. Prior to joining sonnen, Adam worked in technical support leadership with Fronius USA.

Adam has a passion for humanitarian work, having volunteered with various organizations from Minnesota to Chile, and most recently spent a year with the Benedictine Volunteer Corps in Esquipulas, Guatemala.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast Adam Gentner” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR ” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the March 2018 section of the podcast archive.

Podcast with Frank Ford, co-author, Happy Accidents, about the transformative power of improv

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 26, 2018

Frank Ford, co-author, Happy Accidents

Frank Ford, co-author, Happy Accidents

Photo: Courtesy of Four Day Weekend

A podcast interview with Frank Ford, co-author, Happy Accidents the Transformative Power of “Yes, and” at work and in Life, is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses the transformative power of improv with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Frank has had a successful career in the entertainment industry for the last 25 years and is one of the founding members and owner of Four Day Weekend, a Texas comedy company. He has also studied at the Second City Conservatory in Chicago and taught advanced improvisation classes at the Four Day Weekend Training Center. Frank has appeared in numerous commercial spots, television shows and films. In addition, he has been recognized for his original comedy revues, comedy album, short films and acting roles. In addition to performing in over 5,000 shows and working with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world, Frank is a keynote presenter on the speaker circuit.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast Frank Ford” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR ” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the February 2018 section of the podcast archive.


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Podcast with Alex Parkinson, associate director, Society for New Communications Research about the Society

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 20, 2018

Alex Parkinson, associate director, Society for New Communications Research

Alex Parkinson, associate director, Society for New Communications Research

Photo: Jaycee Crawford

A podcast interview with Alex Parkinson, associate director, Society for New Communications Research is available in the Podcast Section of Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations, HispanicMPR.com. During the podcast, he discusses the Society with Elena del Valle, host of the HispanicMPR.com podcast.

Alex is also senior researcher at the Society for New Communications Research of The Conference Board (SNCR). He specializes in corporate philanthropy, and communications and marketing, and is the executive editor of the Giving Thoughts and SNCR blogs and accompanying online publications.

Alex led the integration effort between the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) and The Conference Board when the two organizations came together in February 2016. He is a member of the SNCR Advisory Board.

Before joining The Conference Board in September 2013, he worked as a senior consultant in London and New York for Context. At the time he advised his clients Bloomberg, Brown-Forman, BSkyB, Burt's Bees, Cisco, HP, International Paper, PepsiCo, Roche, Standard Chartered, Syngenta, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Vodafone corporate social responsibility communications and strategy development.

To listen to the interview, scroll down until you see “Podcast Alex Parkinson” on the right hand side, then select “HMPR ” and click on the play button below or download the MP3 file to your iPod or MP3 player to listen on the go, in your car or at home from the RSS feed. Some software will not allow flash, which may be necessary for the play button and podcast player. If that is your case, you will need to download the file to play it. To download it, click on the arrow of the recording you wish to copy and save it to disk. The podcast will remain listed in the February 2018 section of the podcast archive.