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Oct 15th 2013

MAKERS@ Announces Key Corporate Partners for The MAKERS Conference

Today, we're excited to announce our first partners for MAKERS@: an invitation-only program that provides a platform for companies to celebrate and acknowledge their game-changing female employees. As the purpose of MAKERS is to celebrate the women who have made their mark on history over the last 50 years, the goal of the conference is to create change for women in the workplace over the next 50 years.

Through MAKERS@, these companies will receive access to the inaugural MAKERS Conference, a first-of-its-kind gathering of leaders and trailblazers across industries centered on women and work and setting an agenda for change in the workplace. The conference will take place from February 10-12, 2014 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Our select group of partners include: American Express OPEN, AOL, BBDO, Edelman, Google, Hearst Corporation/Marie Claire magazine, Javelin Marketing Group, Microsoft, Ogilvy & Mather, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Verizon, and founding partner Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.

The gathering will highlight the very best of our MAKERS' stories, creatively woven together with one on one interviews, fireside chats, lively panels, cutting edge case studies, and entertainment. We're thrilled to announce Kara Swisher, creator of the All Things D conference, as emcee. Sessions will also be led by groundbreaking "MAKERS" profiled on MAKERS.com together with celebrities, not-for-profit industry leaders and key policy-makers including Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook), Megan Smith (GoogleX), Wendy Clark (Coke), Bob Moritz (US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC), Tim Armstrong (CEO, AOL), Michelle Kydd Lee (CAA Foundation), Linda Alvarado (Alvarado Construction), and many more.

Since our inception in February 2012 and the release of the documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America earlier this year, we've honored exceptional women and their pioneering contributions to helping shape the world. With the very first MAKERS conference, we are encouraging partners to continue our mission of empowering and honoring tomorrow's innovative leaders.

Full announcement here; For more information on MAKERS@, visit http://www.makers.com/conference and follow @MAKERSwomen on Twitter and Facebook at Facebook.com/makerswomen.

Aug 28th 2013

AOL Welcomes Luke Beatty as Head of Strategic Partnerships

I'm excited to announce that Luke Beatty is joining AOL as Head of Strategic Partnerships. In this newly created position, Luke will work with our business development, technology, advertising and content teams to create partnerships that will leverage outside thinking and resources to help build better products and services.

Luke's passion for the industry is coupled with deep roots in the digital media, content and tech spaces. His addition to the team is a great moment for us as we continue to open up AOL's content and capabilities to the best partners in the world.

His background includes Techstars – the world's leading seed fund accelerator located in Boulder – where he was the Managing Director; and Yahoo, where he was a VP and central business lead for its crowd-driven properties: Flickr, Yahoo Local, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Answers and Yahoo Contributor Network in the Americas.

In 2004, Luke founded Associated Content, an extremely successful venture whose first investor was Tim Armstrong. Known as the first and the largest crowdsourcing content collection platform in the world, Associated Content enabled hundreds of thousands of individuals to publish and generate revenue from the millions of articles, videos and images they contributed and built the web's largest freelancer community and distributed that community's content to media partners including Reuters, Yahoo and Turner. Luke ran Associated Content until Yahoo acquired it in 2010.

We're confident Luke will make a huge impact at AOL and look forward to his leadership. Please join me in welcoming him to the team on September 9.

For updates and the latest news from AOL, follow AOL PR on Twitter.

Jan 10th 2013

Win a Car Featuring AOL Autos Technology of the Year!

After a year long search, AOL Autos announced the winner of our first Technology of the Year Award at the 2013's International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) earlier this week. Chrysler Group's Uconnect Access edged out more than 35 other entries to snag the title.
The judges, including editors from AOL Autos, Autoblog and Engadget, awarded the top prize to Uconnect Access which gives users one-button emergency assistance, voice-controlled text messaging, vehicle performance monitoring, a voice-activated smartphone app that allows locked doors to beopened when keys are locked inside and more great assistive technology.

We're so excited about the technology; we'd love for you to try it out too. Starting this week, we're giving you a chance to win your own installation of Chrysler Group's Uconnect Access, inside a brand new car, of course! To celebrate the award, we're giving away a 2013 Dodge Dart Limited, worth more than $23,000.

For details on how to enter visit AOL Autos Facebook Page between now and January 25 by 5pm EST. A winner will be publicly announced in February. We wish you the best of luck!

Oct 22nd 2012

AOL's Culture Today


In my experience as a recruiter, I've observed that culture is an important aspect in a candidate's decision making process, and I'd guess that more than half of candidates ask me what our culture is like. Many of those candidates stress how important culture will be to them when making a decision on accepting new employment. For me personally, employee culture is very important.

The culture at AOL now could not be more different from when first I joined in 2008. It's not that the 'old AOL' culture was bad, but it was not the open, fun and collaborative culture of the 'new AOL.'

In 2009, the announcement came out that Tim Armstrong would assume the role of CEO. The new leadership recognized the need to change the culture in order to change the company. Early on, a new AOL mission statement was generated using employee input from across the globe, and AOL crafted a corporate values statement that was largely drawn from employee input.

One of our core values is that 'We help people.' AOLers embody this value by participating in company-wide Monster Help Days, where employees have done community service that ranges from creating care packages for deployed troops, selling cupcakes in Grand Central Station to raise money for Cancer Research or renovating a library in a local elementary school. These events not only help us 'Walk our Talk' but they help to shake things up and are often fun. Hard work, but fun.


To take the culture transformation one step further, Culture Clubs have been established in each office. I'm a member of the Culture Club in New York. Our club holds a weekly happy hour and has staged events that range from a Halloween party, a chocolate and beer tasting and a Pride March pep rally. Similarly, offices around the country have held a variety of events that include a golf party, an annual Barbecue Cook Off, Office Olympics and various events, weekly and otherwise, that allow employees to have fun with their colleagues. I think these events, the community service and the existence of Culture Club have served a very important purpose – they have transformed our organization from the inside. Now when candidates ask me what the culture is like, I give them a very long, enthusiastic and sincere answer.

To find out more about working at AOL, visit our Careers pages. For more information on Monster Help Day, check out the video below!



Jul 9th 2012

Tim Armstrong Tops Adweek "The Givers" List

At AOL, we're in the business of helping people, period. We live by this value every day, and we're proud that our CEO, Tim Armstrong, has been recognized for leading our company's commitment to making a difference in the world. Today, Adweek posted their portfolio of people doing good entitled "The Givers" which highlights individuals who have committed their "companies' capital and human resources, gave their own time and money, and lent their influential voices to causes as diverse as climate change, access to clean drinking water, the arts and the support of military families, these powerful people are making a colossal difference." Joining Tim on this list are other "Givers" including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg; global CEO of Havas, David Jones and A+E Networks president and CEO, Abbe Raven.

From Adweek's profile of Tim:

"Even as he leads the biggest reboot in the history of digital media, the CEO of AOL has kept serving others top of mind, orchestrating huge efforts to inspire giving on the part of employees, partners and consumers. Since instituting the annual Monster Help Day two years ago, employees in 22 offices worldwide have volunteered 60,000 hours to more than 60 charities. Other initiatives include Citizen Schools, in which more than 100 AOL employees serve as teachers. Armstrong formed Action America upon the 10th anniversary of 9/11 to inspire community involvement and giving. And the redesign of the AOL homepage mandated that a permanent space be dedicated to a different nonprofit daily, driving over 19 billion impressions to 380 groups."

Check out the full list of "Givers" here and learn more about AOL's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives here.

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