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May 2nd 2016

#MeaningfulMondays: Monster Help Day Volunteer Lead Spotlight: Rachel Silverman

Monster Help Day is AOL's company-wide day of service, when we get out of the office and give back to our local communities. From teaching kids to code to helping with career readiness, there are hundreds of projects around the globe AOL employees support on this day. For each Monster Help Day project, there is a site lead. The lead is an AOL employee who goes above and beyond committing their time to not only make Monster Help Day a success, but also to give back to their communities in other ways. In honor of Monster Help Day, each Monday in May we are going to spotlight one of these site leads in a series we're calling #MeaningfulMondays.

This week, meet Rachel Silverman, Volunteer Lead for Boston's Horizons for Homeless project (blue shirt).

Q: Thank you for your leadership and enthusiasm, Rachel! Can you tell us more about the Monster Help Day project you are working with this year?
Sure! Employees from the Boston office are taking three bus loads of kids from Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization that is focused exclusively on the needs of young homeless children and their families, to the Boston Children's Museum. We're taking them on a walking tour through all of the exhibits. These children wouldn't normally have the opportunity to visit the museum, so we're excited to share the experience with them.

Q: Sounds fun! Why did you sign up to be a volunteer lead?
I love events and I love making a cultural impact. I'm a cultural ambassador for AOL and enjoy being involved in the community. I'm passionate about charities and giving, so it was a no-brainer for me.

Q: Is this your first time being a volunteer lead?
No, this is actually my third time being a volunteer lead!

Q: That's great! What is your favorite part of AOL Monster Help Day?
The first is helping the kids. Boston takes the charity we choose seriously, and only select one where we know where we can make a real impact. I love seeing the kids light up and just giving them the opportunity to have a day of fun. Secondly, stepping back from my day to day job and seeing other people in the office. I love how the day allows you to connect with colleagues on a different level than you do on a normal basis.

AOL Monster Help Day is May 13th this year, and you can see all the great work employees are doing on that day by following AOL CSR on Twitter and the hashtag #AOLGivesBack.

Apr 28th 2016

Jimmy Maymann Named to VideoInk's 2016 Power Sixers List

VideoInk released their list of the "2016 Power Sixers" and we're thrilled to share that AOL's Jimmy Maymann, Executive Vice President and President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands was named!

Maymann joined AOL in 2011 through the acquisition of video advertising company GoViral, which he founded in 2005. GoViral was an early innovator in online video production and distribution, and became an integral piece of AOL's growing video business. Since joining AOL, Maymann has served in several roles including Senior Vice President of International and most recently as CEO of the Huffington Post, where he has made international expansion, profitable growth, and improved video operations his three key priorities. As President of Content and Consumer Brands at AOL, Maymann leads AOL's portfolio of content brands, as well as AOL's content strategy and OTT operations, which altogether reach a global audience of around 400 million unique visitors every month.

VideoInk's list, honors industry movers and shakers who are shaping the future of the business. VideoInk observes that this year has been especially interesting as new subscription video-on-demand (VOD) businesses emerge daily and content companies, from old timers to newer players, compete for viewers and revenue.

Congratulations to the other Power Sixers!
  • Jonathan Skogmo, CEO and Co-Founder, Jukin Media
  • Allen DeBevoise, Investor, ThirdWave Capital and Chairman, Machinima
  • Judy McGrath, CEO and Co-Founder, Astronauts Wanted
  • Susanne Daniels,VP, YouTube Originals
  • Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix

Apr 28th 2016

NewFronts 2016 is Coming

AOL is throwing the spring's biggest party in New York City on May 3 and trust us: you do not want to miss it. Lucky for you, even if you aren't a big wig at an ad agency, you can join in the fun. Curious? Keep reading to find out more.

What is NewFronts?
If you're a big TV fan, you may have heard about the "upfronts." The upfronts are when the networks make big announcements about their next season of programming to try and sell advertising ahead of the shows' premieres. (In other words, they want the advertisers to pay for the ads "up front.")

Of course, nowadays TV networks aren't the only folks making original programming. So in 2012, AOL, DigitasLBi, Google/YouTube, Hulu, Microsoft and Yahoo created the Digital Content NewFronts as a way to connect content creators with brands and marketing agencies.

AOL's NewFront Presentation
This year, AOL is going beyond the traditional presentation format to showcase the things that truly make us stand out in the industry: mobile, video, open, and live: with an enormous block-party installation in New York's South Street Seaport. We'll stream the whole thing live on AOL.com. Join the party on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:45PM. It's going to be awesome.

Apr 28th 2016

Take A Child in Need to Work

AOL is committed to developing the next generation of builders and innovators, and this year we will host over 1,400 children across 20 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day, on Thursday, April 28. However, Take Your Child to Work Day isn't just for those with kids. President Barack Obama has asked employers to welcome students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to participate for any reason.

In partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, we're opening our doors to these students and giving AOLers the opportunity to mentor them for all or part of the day.

Thanks to the leadership of AOLers in three offices, NYC, Dulles and Ashburn, we are working with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to host 50 high school youth from underserved communities. Kids will be matched based on interest so they have a meaningful experience.

This year, an estimated 37 million employees at over 3.5 million companies will participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If just a small portion of these employers also had programs for the youth in their communities, it could generate hands-on, career exploration experiences for many young people throughout the country. Work-based learning experiences help young people to better understand the connection between what they learn in the classroom and future careers.

To follow the fun and educational activities we have planned at the AOL offices, follow @AOL_Inc on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday, April 28th.

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