Feb 8th 2016

Big Game, Big Give, and Big Hearts

Making a difference. It's in our culture and code. So, this Saturday before historic Super Bowl 50, AOL hosted the ultimate pre-game "tailgate" experience for top-tier investors, athletes, celebrities and Silicon Valley leaders as they prepared for the big game while giving back. Almost 900 guests gathered at the Atherton home of VC Jillian Manus for the Big Game Big Give, an annual event taking place in the city of the Super Bowl to celebrate and give back to local charities, including The Giving Back Fund, Stanford Cancer Institute, and Four Rings Montana Family Institute. AOL was the media tech sponsor, hosting a "Draft" Tent; other event sponsors included BMW, Goldman Sachs, and the Ron Conway Family Foundation. AOL drove just shy of 500,000 social media impressions, reaching just under 450,000 individuals.

This year's event was chaired by Joe Montana, Matt Williams retired 3rd baseman of the San Francisco Giants, and California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Jay Leno emceed the auction, which aimed to raise more than $1 million for the Stanford Cancer Institute and other local causes.

The evening's theme was a tribute to California, from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, to Silicon Valley, which had a silent disco with a smartphone ice sculpture. The party featured a recreation of Seal Rock including 10,000 square foot tank with seals provided by California State University Monteray Bay, as part of an outreach project raising money for the adoption and care of two baby sea lions who were victims of El Niño. The musical guest was Michael Franti, known for using his music for positive change.

Check out the San Francisco Chronicle recap with a picture featuring AOL's "Draft" Tent experience!

In March, AOL will celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8th). Last week's AOL MAKERS Conference kicked things off by bringing together some of the biggest women leaders from across sectors for three days of inspirational discussions around diversity, leadership, social issues, and education. You can see great pictures and videos from the event by checking out @Makerswomen on Twitter.

In April, Citizen AOL will host nearly 1,000 children across over 14 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day and in May AOL's global volunteer day, Monster Help Day will send employees out into their communities. Promoting STEM education with children, especially girls is important to AOL, and will be the focus of a number of initiatives. AOL looks forward to supporting the Computer Science Opportunity Fair, educating nearly 2,000 high school and select middle school students around the endless opportunities in tech.

Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting updates from Citizen AOL and follow @AOLCSR on Twitter to keep up with all the great things AOL is going to do this year!

Feb 8th 2016

How AOL Helps Those Who Help Others

Yesterday, all eyes were on San Francisco as the Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But the night before, a group of athletes, TV personalities and philanthropists convened in the Bay Area to raise money at the annual Big Game Big Give event, sponsored by AOL.

One of the night's celebrity hosts was San Francisco favorite: former 49'ers quarterback Joe Montana. The Four Rings Montana Family Foundation, an organization started by Joe and wife Jennifer, was one of the beneficiaries of this year's fundraiser. The Montana's charity raises money for underprivileged children in the San Francisco area. "We find it extremely important for kids to have a positive upbringing when they are young so they can grow to be successful and have fulfilling lives," says Montana. "We work with various charities and have created scholarship funds to help lift the financial burdens that often hold kids back." Other Big Game Big Give beneficiaries included the Stanford Cancer Institute and The Giving Back Fund.

Participating in Big Game Big Give is one of many ways that AOL lends support to important causes. By featuring nonprofits on the AOL.com homepage, AOL donates millions of digital impressions to worthwhile endeavors, such as Girls Who Code. Founded by Former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code is dedicated to providing unparalleled computer science education to girls across the United States. As Saujani told MAKERS, "There's going to be 1.4 million jobs that are open in the next 20 years in science, technology, engineering and math. But right now, only one out of seven engineers is a woman. Girls Who Code wants to change that." Saujani and Girls Who Code have committed to teaching one million girls how to code by 2020, and the AOL Charitable Foundation has provided grants to support their Summer Immersion Program. Additionally, AOL's #BUILTBYGIRLS movement partnered with Girls Who Code to rebuild Cambio, a popular entertainment destination for young women.

Another way AOL helps change makers is by giving them a platform to discuss causes they're passionate about. Actor, writer, producer and comedian Amy Poehler described Smart Girls on AOL's BUILD, saying, "Smart Girls is a website and a series of programming dedicated to young people—men, women, boys and girls—in an attempt to, through comedy, be an antidote to some of the less appealing, more dangerous stuff on the internet." Through the digital series "Smart Girls at the Party," Poehler has interviewed a diverse group of women including Grace Helbig, Dr. Jane Aronson, and Broad City stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer.

To learn more about how AOL makes a positive impact, click here.

Feb 1st 2016

Where Can You Find 500 of the World's Most Influential Women Right Now?

This week, over 500 trendsetters, thought-leaders and influencers will convene for the 2016 MAKERS Conference, kicking off today in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The conference gathers the world's most impactful female innovators for a three-day dialogue on how to nurture the leaders of the future. A diverse group of prominent and inspirational women are slated to speak, including Halle Berry, Katie Couric, Caitlyn Jenner, Annie Leibovitz, Gloria Steinem, and many others.

Themed #TheTimeIsNow, sessions will focus on tangible solutions around gender equality. While women remain underrepresented in leadership roles, particularly in tech, this powerful group is determined to change that.

Popular YouTube stars GloZell Green and Bethany Mota will discuss how they reach new audiences and stay true to their brands in the face of external pressures. Sheryl Sandberg and Lori Goler of Facebook will speak about how they break biases in the male-dominated world of tech. Kimora Oliver and Olivia Ross will share their experiences with Black Girls CODE, an organization that exposes school-aged girls to the disciplines of coding and programming through fun workshops and events.

Even if you're not attending in person, you can still hear from this incredible group of women—the entire conference will be live-streamed at MAKERS.com and on the go90 app. As MAKERS Vice President and Creative Director Samantha Leibovitz says, "Our mission is to shine a light on the groundbreaking women who inspire us, and ultimately inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps."

Feb 1st 2016

Ignite Women's Equality: Live Stream the MAKERS Conference

The Time is Now to make a difference in women's equality. The MAKERS Conference gathers the world's most impactful leaders and innovators for a 36-hour action plan to progress gender equality today. This year, the exclusive experience of the MAKERS Conference is available to live stream for the first time ever. Watch trailblazing women including Reese Witherspoon, Caitlyn Jenner, Abby Wambach, Sheryl Sandberg, Kara Swisher and more to get inspired and prepared to take action.

Live stream of the MAKERS Conference on MAKERS.com or go90 February 1-3, 2016.

Jan 29th 2016

Watch the NFL Women's Summit Streaming Live on MAKERS.com

MAKERS is excited to announce that it will be the exclusive livestream partner for the National Football League's first-ever NFL Women's Summit: "In the Huddle to Advance Women in Sport," on February 4 and 5 in San Francisco leading up to Super Bowl 50.

The event will bring together prominent leaders from sports, government, academia, media and a variety of other fields, including tennis champion Serena Williams and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to discuss how participation in sports positively influences the future success of young women both personally and professionally. The NFL Women's Summit aims to reinforce the power of sports in women's lives and to encourage broad support — from men and women alike — for girls' athletic participation.

At the culmination of a year in which the League has celebrated the history and future of NFL football in the lead-up to Super Bowl 50, the NFL is celebrating the critical role sports have played in the lives of female leaders past and present and raising awareness of how sports can help in developing the next generation of leaders.

There is increasing recognition that sports participation helps develop leadership, teamwork, and other skills that promote success throughout one's life and career. The NFL Women's Summit will highlight that playing sports in the teenage years develops the character and values that last a lifetime. Ernst & Young, with whom the NFL is partnering to bring this event to life, has been tracking the role that sports has played for female leaders across industries.

According to 2014 Ernst & Young global research, executive women are more likely to have played sports and to hire other women who have played sports. The report, Making the Connection: Women, Sport and Leadership, shows that the majority of female executives surveyed believe a sports background helps fast-track a woman's career and has a positive influence on hiring decisions. Additionally, according Ernst & Young's 2015 report Three Reasons Female Athletes Make Great Leaders, girls who participate in organized sports have greater social and economic mobility, are less likely to use drugs, have greater personal safety, and perform better in school.

In conjunction with the NFL Women's Summit, the NFL is partnering with the Women's Sports Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to cultivating leaders by ensuring girls' access to sports, particularly in urban and diverse communities where opportunities are fewer. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, 2 in 5 girls participate in high school sports in the U.S., totaling 3.3 million girls. By contrast, 4.5 million boys play high school sports. While great strides have been made over the decades to increase participation levels among young women, the NFL Women's Summit seeks to advance the conversation and continue to make progress in this area.

The NFL Women's Summit builds upon the goals of NFL PLAY 60, which brings together the NFL's long-standing commitment to health and wellness with partner organizations to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging youth to be active 60 minutes a day. The Summit will evolve the conversation by focusing on the benefits of organized sports participation and the positive character and values learned on the field of play.

Summit attendees will include approximately 250 NFL, Club, and partner executives, local government officials, teen, collegiate, and pro athletes and coaches, non-profit organization members, and media. The exclusive live stream of the NFL Women's Summit will be hosted on MAKERS.com.

Links to the live stream will also be available on NFLWomensSummit. Fans can follow live social media coverage of the NFL Women's Summit on Twitter via the NFL's @SuperBowl handle and join the conversation across platforms with #InTheHuddle.

For more information, please visit the homepage of the NFL Women's Summit.

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