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Mar 21st 2014

AOL San Francisco Teen Advisory Board Beautifies Boys & Girls Club

On St. Paddy's Day, members of the AOL Teen Advisory Board and AOLers from the San Francisco office headed down to the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco to beautify their playground area. What started out as a concrete jungle was soon transformed into a colorful and welcoming playground.

The Teen Advisory Board, formed by the San Fran office in December to expose teens to the business world while teaching them fundamental skills, worked together to design and paint a mural filled with trees, flowers and sunshine at the main walkway of the playground area. The group built three planting boxes and added jasmine trees that were then placed under the main stairway. The vines will grow to cover the fence with more color and plant life in an area where hundreds of children spend their time throughout the week.
This is just the first of many volunteer events the Teen Advisory Board has planned to participate in with the AOL San Francisco office in 2014 – look for more updates soon!

Feb 27th 2014

AOLers Share Career Advice in "Pathways to Success" Series

Equipped with notebooks, questions, and abundant enthusiasm, students from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology headed to AOL HQ yesterday for "Pathways to Success." Held in New York, the event brings tech-interested students together for career advice and exposure.

The invited students attend one of 20 New York City public schools selected for a new program, the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) - which provides funding to offer a comprehensive curriculum of computer science and software engineering for both girls and boys.

Panelists shared stories and advice, with the goal of exposing students to the myriad pathways available in the tech field. As the speakers wrapped up, a key-takeaway arose: "Keep in touch with the classmates you're with today, as those connections will be helpful in the future - you never know who you'll be connected with later on in life."

"Pathways to Success" is an ongoing AOL program through which we invite students interested in technology to the AOL office for a career panel and tour of the Studio. Stay tuned for future updates and events news by following @AOLImpact.

Feb 13th 2014

AOL CSR Gets Creative & Employs Triple-Win Effort

Charitybuzz.com is an online auction house where users bid on experiences and luxuries whose proceeds benefit causes. This platform enables individuals and companies to donate items and allot their proceeds to particular organizations. Users then bid on the items or bid "to make a difference." The highest bidder wins the item and the proceeds benefit the designated cause.

In November, AOL supported one of its non-profit partners, She's the First by donating an experiential auction item: a tour of the New York office followed by a round-robin of employee conversations.
Last week, AOL hosted its item's winner. The winning bid of $750 enabled each 20-minute employee conversation to fund a $150 donation to She's the First! Conversations revolved around individuals' roles at AOL and how they contribute to the company as a whole. By tapping this innovative platform, AOL simultaneously supported an AOL consumer (the winner), employee volunteering and She's the First!

According to the winner, the event was a truly phenomenal opportunity to learn about the AOL brand. He commented, "This was incredible exposure! I didn't know how expansive AOL is. Holy cow!" An employee volunteer mentioned, "Our guest told me he's never seen a more creative and genuinely valuable charity event." Another employee described how he deeply appreciated the opportunity to volunteer. In terms of impacting She's the First, the auction item that AOL donated and AOL's guest purchased could fund a year's worth of school supplies and books for 34 Nepali girls.

This event was a win for all three parties and showcased AOL's ability to get creative about being in the business of helping people.

What's next? You'll just have to wait and see.

Feb 13th 2014

AOL Canada Hires Susan Byng as Head of Specialist Sales

AOL Canada announced to the industry today that they have hired Susan Byng in an important new leadership role as Head of Specialist Sales.

Under Susan's leadership, the Sales Specialist team, which will include all product specialist sales resources, will drive deep focus on products and platforms, including programmatic, premium formats, branded content, video and mobile advertising solutions and ensure that we are working together with our partners to drive innovation in the advertising space.

Susan has distinguished herself in the Canadian digital industry through increasingly senior roles at Yellow Pages, Canoe, Bell Canada, Canwest, and most recently Microsoft where she led a high performance team of AEs and Sales Specialists. We are thrilled to welcome her to the AOL Canada team.

We are also pleased to announce that Dana Toering, AOLC Head of Sales, will take on additional responsibilities for driving revenue success for AOL Canada. Dana will lead all revenue efforts for AOL Canada, including sales, business development, publisher and member services. In this role, all AOL Canada Account Executives and business development resources will continue to report to Dana and he will add publisher and member services resources to his team.

Vivian Ip, AOLC Head of Agency Development, will also take on new sales operations responsibility and, in collaboration with Andrew Consky, AOLC Director of Research, will take on responsibility for delivering thought leadership through research to our valued clients.

Great news for the success of AOL Canada. Congratulations to Dana & Vivian and welcome Susan!!

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