Susan MacLaury speaking at #WOMENIMPACT 2014 conference at NYU


WomenImpactSusan MacLaury will be speaking on a panel at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising on April 28th for #WOMENIMPACT, a one-day Summit of women leaders in philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, cause advocacy and social enterprise who are innovating the social sector and calling for greater collaboration locally and globally.

#WOMENIMPACT begins a new, multi-generational conversation to identify emerging leadership challenges and promote improved cross-sector collaboration for women and girls.

The Summit will celebrate, showcase and convene women leaders who are working locally, nationally and globally to improve the status of women and are changing the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. The conference will highlight some of the best examples of women’s cause leadership, and showcase emerging leaders who are using new strategies to raise awareness of women and girls issues at home and abroad.

#WOMENIMPACT, which is being organized and lead-sponsored by the Heyman Center, is featuring more than 30 women leaders including Philanthropist Abigail Disney; DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin; NPR host and Latino USA producer Maria Hinojosa; filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman; CGI executive Penny Abeywardena; author Allison Fine; Chronicle of Philanthropy Editor Stacy Palmer; BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins, and many others for this new, multifaceted conversation to identify emerging leadership challenges and promote opportunities for women working in the sector and on the receiving end of philanthropic aid and innovation.

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The conference also will deliver the Center’s first Naomi B. Levine Award for Philanthropist of the Year, a Nonprofit Leadership Award for Fundraising Excellence and Innovation, and a Rising Star Award to an emerging leader in the sector who has exhibited remarkable leadership, courage and vision.

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EPA seeking input on proposed changes to pesticide regulations to protect farmworkers and their families


Harvest_Zulema_TitleThe EPA has proposed updates to the agricultural Worker Protection Standards for the first time in 21 years and is seeking input from the public.

These updates would increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation’s 2 million agricultural workers and their families. This is an important milestone for farmworkers who plant, tend, and harvest the food we eat.  If you want to learn more about the children and families who pick our food, check out our film The Harvest (La Cosecha).

Proposed changes include:

  •  Increased frequency of mandatory trainings (from once every five years to annually) to inform farmworkers about the protections they are afforded under the rule, including restrictions on entering pesticide-treated fields and surrounding areas, decontamination supplies, access to information, and use of personal protective equipment.
  • Expanded mandatory posting of no-entry signs for the most hazardous pesticides. No-entry buffer areas surrounding pesticide-treated fields will protect workers and others from exposure from pesticide overspray and fumes.
  •  Measures to improve the states’ ability to enforce compliance including requiring employers to keep records of application-specific pesticide information.
  •  Personal Protection Equipment (respirator use) must be consistent with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards for ensuring respirators are providing protection, including fit test, medical evaluation, and training.

For more information on the proposed changes and how to submit your comments visit the EPA’s page here.  The EPA is seeking public input until May 20, by the date specified in the Federal Register notice, which is published on  http://www.regulations.gov identified by docket number EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-0002

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