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May 3rd 2016

Unleashing the Next Generation of Builders: Biggest Take Your Child to Work Day in AOL History

Building on our commitment to inspire the next generation of leaders, last Thursday we welcomed more than 1,400 children, ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds, in 20 AOL offices globally. From Tel Aviv to Beverly Hills and everywhere in between, we championed our largest Take Your Child to Work Day yet, engaging 70% more children than last year. And it was a blast!

The children were welcomed with a video from CEO Tim Armstrong. CMO Allie Kline kicked off the day in New York City , while Seth Dempsey started the fun in Dulles. Arianna Huffington chimed in via video giving the children some 'homework': to record and share their own #TalkToMe video, in which they interview their parents and then post it on social media using the #TalkToMe hashtag. As an example, check out Matthew and Tawyna McCarthy's adorable interview.

Over the course of the day, children enjoyed age-specific programming highlighting AOL's brands and tech, including MAKERS, XBOX, and Engadget, but there was plenty of room for fun and philanthropy. In Toronto and New York, children participated in mini Monster Help Day projects, including decorating and preparing care packages for homeless shelters and creating dog toys for animal rescue center, Animal Haven.

In partnership with The White House, we welcomed over 50 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Special thanks to our teams in Ashburn, Dulles and New York for hosting these amazing high school students and to the fantastic AOLers who hosted them for the day!

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation joined us in our New York headquarters, and featured Arianna's #TalkToMe video and our age-specific workbooks on the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day website. The White House provided social media support highlighting AOL's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and also shared original video content that was published on AOL.com's article page which was retweeted by US Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

In addition, 1010 WINS covered AOL's program, interviewing Sara Link, Head of Citizen AOL as well as one of the participating Littles from AOL's Big Brothers Big Sisters' Workplace Mentoring Program.

To see pictures from the day, check out this blog post with a summary of the day from social media, and by searching the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter.

Feb 17th 2016

AOL Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion with AOL BUILD

"Failure is not an option because I have to pay it forward to other entrepreneurs of color." ~ Rod Robinson, Founder, CEO, ConnXus

In celebration of Black History Month, AOL BUILD hosted a conversation around increasing diversity in tech. The panelists shared their perspectives on the state of the tech world and how black leaders can play a more significant role in the future of technology. Moderated by Wayne Sutton, Co-founder of Tech Inclusion, panelists included:

This conversation reflects AOL's commitment to embracing diversity and shows our continued interest in moving the needle for these important causes that are very much a part of AOL's DNA and philanthropic focus.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full BUILD and check out Wayne Sutton's guest blog for AOL Advertising.

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 Monterey 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!

Dec 9th 2015

AOL Supports Computer Science Education Week

It's Computer Science Education Week! Now an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science, Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13) seeks to educate and demystify the commonly alienated subject of computer science. In honor of AOL's deep-seated commitment to empowering future leaders and improving access to education and technology, AOL is celebrating the week by hosting employee volunteer efforts for local students in three offices, donating media support for Code.org across AOL.com and organizing a public coding class at the General Assembly.

In 2015 alone, AOL has positively impacted over 2,800 kids through programs like the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, #BUILTBYGIRLS, and Microsoft's TEALs Program. We look forward to continuing to provide our support for this important subject. Know someone who might want to join AOL as a computer scientist? Please direct them to engineering.aol.com/careers for our full list of open positions.

AOL Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

Oct 19th 2015

AOL Champions International Day of the Girl

Sunday, Oct. 11, was International Day of the Girl, a day to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. As a company that heavily invests in women and girls every single day, this day was a special opportunity for AOL to continue to lead the discussion, and to encourage individuals everywhere to take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls.

AOL.com published original video and editorial content supporting AOL Charitable Foundation's partnership with the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign. AOL highlighted 17-year-old aspiring poet Khadijah from Malawi and asked consumers to champion their #GirlHero. Social handles including HuffPost Canada, Cambio, AOL Advertising and AOLCSR rallied to provide robust coverage.

MAKERS celebrated by taking a virtual trip around the world highlighting stories from Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Africa and Australia. In New York, MAKERS partnered with The Girls' Lounge and Barney's New York to launch the #GirlPossible campaign to activate change and make a global impact. The social campaign asked women around the world to answer "Anything is possible when..." The Girls' Lounge hosted a pop-up lounge at Barney's New York where they had a panel of incredible women including MAKERS founder Dyllan McGee and U.S CTO and MAKER Megan Smith for an amazing, unplugged conversation.

Reach out to AOLCSR@teamaol.com to learn about upcoming efforts championing women, girls and future leaders.

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