Jordan Gendelman addresses anticipated festive interior trends for Christmas 2018

Jordan Gendelman

Jordan Gendelman Christmas Decorations

With Christmas 2018 looming ever closer, Jordan Gendelman looks at four hotly anticipated festive design trends for this year.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Christmas is historically a traditional occasion, with decor typically adhering to a set formula of Christmas trees, baubles, and tinsel in shades of red, gold, silver, and green. This year, however, interior designer Jordan Gendelman expects to see a variety of less traditional new styles and trends breaking through.

"Echoing what we've seen elsewhere in interior design trends this year, arresting, luxe shades appear likely to be big this Christmas," says Gendelman, who suggests that bold, dark purples and blue-greens will prevail, with a surge in the popularity of both matte and gloss black festive accessories and accents.

The professional interior designer from West Palm Beach also anticipates a similar, yet more traditionally festive take on the same trend. "Deep, ruby reds, purples, and navy blue will feature here, but with more festive whites and trendy, cool grays," he suggests. "White porcelain accessories, I predict, will be popular too, combined with polished woods and brushed metals."

A third distinct style, which echoes another trend which has been popular over the last year or two, is international fusion, according to Gendelman. "Millennials, in particular, are traveling, and have traveled, to more far-flung and unusual destinations than their parents or grandparents did. This continues to inspire bold, new directions in our interior design choices which I expect to be reflected in Christmas decor this year," explains the designer.

Another trend expected to take off this festive season is the so-called 'rainbow' Christmas tree.

Predicted to be a huge hit on social media, particularly Instagram and Pinterest, the rainbow appearance is achieved by using a plethora of colored baubles. "Running from red, orange, and yellow at the top, through green, blue, indigo, and violet toward the bottom, the decorations give the tree a rainbow-like appearance," Gendelman reveals of the trend.

Taste, however, according to the Colorado native is subjective. "The rainbow tree won't be for everyone, but that's half the fun of decorating for Christmas. My only advice would be to pick a style or theme and stick to it. Don't be tempted to mix ideas, such as luxe and international fusion as it is likely to look fussy, confused, or otherwise unappealing," he adds, wrapping up.

Jordan Gendelman runs a successful interior design business alongside his uncle, Bruce Gendelman. The Gendelmans are based in Pitkin County, Colorado, serving clients in and around Aspen, Basalt, and Snowmass Village, as well as further afield, such as in Palm Beach, Florida, where the court of public opinion might bring their favorite designer to decorate a palm tree for the holidays. Jordan and Bruce Gendelman specialize in the psychology of color, as well as both modern and period interiors delivered with a commitment to quality and service.

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Claudette Roche Discusses Using Singing for Accent Reduction

Claudette Roche is a dialect coach who teaches accent reduction. She teaches foreign and American accents to actors and business persons/executives. In 2010 she was named as one of The Top 5 Voice Coaches by Hollywood Weekly Magazine.

Many people with thick accents do not use those accents when they sing.

Singing is one way to practice not using an accent.”

— Claudette Roche

VERO BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Many people with thick accents do not use those accents when they sing. Claudette Roche, the Accent Coach, says that singing changes pronunciation and that is the reason for less distinction in singers in song than in speech. Accents are made up of the way people pronounce sounds and words. Songs often alter those pronunciations, which reduces the sound of accents. Most commonly seen, British performers lose their British accents when they sing. This same concept may prove useful for helping the average person with accent reduction.

As Roche explains, songs require vowel sounds to get stretched out and consonants to blend in to each other. The changes in the pronunciation takes away the unique sound of accents. It has a baseline accent which is neutral from one region or country to the next. There are exceptions since some performers have their own unique style. Those singers may retain more of their natural accent even in their singing. Even those who do sing with an accent, it is often less pronounced than their speaking voice. For instance, the popular singer Shakira has a strong Colombian accent when she speaks, but it is softer in her music.

This concept may be useful for helping those who want to modify or reduce their accent to achieve their goals. Singing can help them learn how to change the way they pronounce words and phrases. Roche works with people who want to change their accents as well as those who want to reduce it completely. They may need to be better understood at work or want to blend in better in their new neighborhood. She works with them to learn a new way to enunciate sounds to lessen the effects of the accent.

“Singing is one way to practice not using an accent,” Roche says. She goes on to explain that singing songs may make it easier for some people to remember the different pronunciation since it is fun and familiar. There are other vocal exercises she can have her clients do which will help them change the way they speak certain sounds and words. However, singing may be the most fun way to get into the habit.

Roche recommends that anyone who must work with people from around the world or live in a community where their accent stands out to consider accent modification. They do not necessarily need to lose all their accent, but accent reduction helps make it easier for other people to understand what they are saying. Communication becomes more effective and they can form business relationships and personal friendships easier when they can talk to others so they are understood. As the business world becomes more global, it will continue to become more essential to speak where people from other regions can understand what is being said. Accent reduction does not change who a person is, but it can change how they can be heard and understood when it matters most.

Claudette Roche
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On Oct. 14th, Two Masters Bring Distinct Qigong & Tai Chi Chuan Refinement to Eastover: William C.C. Chen & Junfeng Li

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Sheng Zhen Master, Junfeng Li

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Grandmaster William C.C. Chen Conducts an Intensive Yang Style Tai Chi Retreat as ShengZhen Gong Master Junfeng Li, Presides over 36 Days of "Healing the Heart"

As one learns to let go so that the wisdom of the Qi takes over, life’s journey becomes a road of letting go of fears we hold in our bodies and concepts that render our minds inflexible…”

— Anabel Alejandrino, Editor of Wuji Yuan Gong

LENOX, MA, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Grandmaster William C. C. is regarded as one of the finest and most influential traditional internal martial artist of his generation. He’s devoted his life to the study of body-mechanics and the effects of tai chi chuan on physical health as well as its use in self-defense. During this 5 days retreat for experienced practitioners, he will practice Yang style short form Refinement, Applications, and Push-Hands.

Grandmaster Chen started teaching tai chi chuan in the early 1950s while training as a live-in student of the world famous, great Grandmaster, Cheng Man-Ching. Besides being the youngest of professor Cheng's students, he was also a favorite disciple. In the 1950s as well, he became involved competitively in various free-style, Chinese wushu. In 1958, he won second place in the Taiwan National Olympic competition. He has taught in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii and the United States. In 1965, he established the William C. C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan Center in New York City's Chelsea area. He is invited to give special seminars on his body mechanics of tai chi chuan on a regular basis in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe and throughout the United States.

Master Junfeng Li is President and founder of the International Sheng Zhen Society, the former award winning Head Coach of China's National Wushu Team, author of several books, mentor to Jet Li & Donnie Yen, a renowned actor of Chinese Martial Arts films himself, and former host of the Chinese television series Learning Wushu. He conducts teacher training and workshops all over the world.

During his 36 day retreat (credited by the NCCAOM) for spiritual seekers, Master Li will meditate and practice not only Sheng Zhen Gong daily, but also share traditions that help develop “Qi” healing energy. He will also explore the traditional ways to channel universal “Qi” to help others heal as well. Many experienced Sheng Zhen teachers will attend this event to support students in reviewing Sheng Zhen Gong forms, answer questions, exchange healing, and help in daily practices. Participants in this 36 day retreat will be at different levels of development, including the teachers themselves.

The Retreat diet will consist of healthful meals and intermittent fasting techniques for some participants and teachers – a traditional concept in developing energy with Qigong. Scientific research will be introduced that can help us understand natural ways to heal and to build immune system strength.

About Sheng Zhen Gong:

Sheng Zhen Gong is not just a Qigong practice, it is timeless wisdom delivered in the most original and basic form of Qigong, to help guide one through the way (dao) of life. It's known as the qigong of "sacred truth and unconditional love"- the unconditional love that opens the heart and leads to liberation. The simple and poetic moving and non-moving forms of Sheng Zhen help relax the body, calm the heart, and quiet the mind for inspiration and creativity. It is also a tool in cultivating our oneness with the Universe.

During the 36 Days, Master Junfeng Li will Explore the Following:

• Step by step transformation of the physical body into an Energy Healing Body – Big body of love
• Daily Qi (energy) transmission.
• The daily cultivation of “Letting go” – relaxing the body, muscles, and breath
• Observation of mind and thoughts disruption
• Feeling of confidence and awareness
• Achieving pure vision – letting go without expectation
• Transformation of physical body to light body, radiant with love, kindness and compassion
• Merging with the Universe – understanding oneness verses duality, wuji, taiji, how love gives birth to Qi and created
human existence.
• Qi Channeling (Fa Gong)
• Zhong Tien–how practicing/teaching Sheng Zhen transforms oneself & society to the Zhong Tien realm of human existence
• With so many qigong forms, how can one know which one to learn?
• How to recognize one’s energy connection with a master.
• What is self initiation (zi fa gong) qigong and what is its importance in self healing?
• How can one avoid the pitfalls of not being able to retreat (Shou Gong) from self initiated qigong?
• How can one avoid contacting bad energy?
• How can one clear Bad Qi (Pai Qi)?
• How can one channel energy from the Universe?
• How can one deliver conscious and loving energy from the Universe?
• Grounding – borrowing, reflecting, delivering and grounding of Qi

Eastover is a holistic retreat center sitting on a 600 acre sanctuary located minutes from downtown Lenox, Tanglewood Music Center, Shakespeare & Co., Jacob’s Pillow, and other cultural venues in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing, and to hosting life affirming events and retreats.

Yingxing Wang
Eastover Estate & Eco Village
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Advanced Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Centers Opening in Orlando And Jacksonville Florida

Stem Cell Therapy for Pain Relief

Patients with a variety of medical conditions can benefit from stem cell therapy, especially those with chronic pain and degenerative joint disease of the knee, shoulder and other joints.”

— Fiaz Jaleel MD

ORLANDO, FL, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Personalized Medicine Consultants has announced the launch of two new, treatment centers relieving chronic patient pain through an innovative approach utilizing Stem Cell Therapy.

Fiaz Jaleel MD, specialist physician and owner of Personalized Medicine Consultants, located in Jacksonville and Orlando Florida has started a campaign to educate the public in cutting edge therapies and medical interventions.
Dr. Jaleel stated, “The practice is accepting patients with a variety of medical conditions who would benefit from stem cell therapy, especially those with chronic pain and disability due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease of the knee, shoulder and other joints.”

Personalized Medicine Consultants is an anti-aging and regenerative medicine practice that focuses on chronic disease treatment including an integrative pain management approach to patients suffering from painful local or systemic disease.

Dr. Jaleel uses umbilical cord-derived stem cells rather than the patient’s own fat or bone marrow derived stem cells. Umbilical cord stem cells are harvested from healthy, full-term women who willingly donate this valuable tissue. The screening process of each donor is very comprehensive and includes a detailed medical and social history, a physical examination and blood work ensuring that the donor is an excellent candidate.

The use of umbilical cord stem cells is FDA approved only in the treatment of specific disorders. However, there are many research articles on the non-FDA approved uses of cord blood.

This includes:
• Orthopedic conditions such as degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis
• Neurologic disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease
• Autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis
• Cardiovascular disease including heart attack and heart failure
• Diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy

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If you have an inflammatory disorder or just a nagging painful knee, then you should consider umbilical cord stem cell therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation, and regenerate and repair injured or aging joints or body systems.
You don’t have to depend only upon anti-inflammatory medications, pain pills or cortisone shots. You may be able to avoid surgery, such as a total knee replacement.

You have a choice; you can reach out to Personalized Medicine Consultants. If you are considering the use of umbilical cord stem cells for joint pain, arthritis, diabetes, inflammation or autoimmune disease, consult with a specialist physician at Personalized Medicine Consultants in Jacksonville and Orlando Florida. Dr. Jaleel is an expert on rehabilitation, pain management and anti-aging techniques.

Personalized Medicine Consultants′ mission is to promote longevity and enhance healthier living by providing tools and strategies to prevent age-related disorders that help improve metabolic and psychosocial function. Visit their website at or call 904-744-7474 (Jacksonville) or 407-673-8999 (Orlando) to set up an appointment.

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Braces in Reading, PA Available for Teens and Adults

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Berks County orthodontist in Reading, PA is offering the city affordable braces and Invisalign aligners.

The orthodontists in Reading, PA at Exeter Orthodontics offer braces for only $3,995.

READING, PA, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — Both teens and adults can find affordable orthodontic care from Exeter Orthodontics in Reading. Both braces and Invisalign aligners are available.

Braces in Reading, PA from Exeter Orthodontics cost only $3,995. This low price, without any hidden fees, takes a burden off parents looking for a way to afford their child’s orthodontic care. X-rays, retainers, and repairs are all included.

“We also cover emergency visits,” says Dr. Soraya Mills, orthodontist in Reading. “This gives our patients peace of mind that we’ll be there for them every step of the way.”

In addition to affordable braces, Invisalign aligners are also available. Invisalign in Reading also costs only $3,995. With transparent aligners, Invisalign is a popular treatment method for adults.

To learn more about Invisalign and braces from the team of Berks County orthodontists in Reading, PA, schedule an appointment with Exeter Orthodontics by visiting

About Exeter Orthodontics: For several years, Exeter Orthodontics, a Pennsylvania-based orthodontic practice, has offered area patients braces and Invisalign treatments for as low as $3,995. Its team of orthodontists remains dedicated to providing high-quality care at an affordable price. Learn more at

Meredith Souder-Liss
Exeter Orthodontics
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Affordable Braces in Reading, PA

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Laser Energetics, Inc. Undiscovered Cannabis Stock Is A Potential Candidate For Pepsi Co CBD Drink

Legalized weed could be the boost beverage giants like Coke and Pepsi need as Americans ditch sugary sodas.

Laser Energetics, Inc. (OTCBB:LNGT)

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / —, a leading company focusing in stocks with massive potential, reports on Laser Energetics, Inc. (OTC: LNGT)

Laser Energetics, Inc.

Laser Energetics, Inc. changed its business model from being in the laser technology sector to now entering a multi-Billion-dollar Cannabis sector. The company recently updated their web site and has now relocated to Colorado which is consider the capital for cannabis. Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017, and its likely to continue its growth.

Pepsi Co Potential CBD Drink

The competitor of Pepsi Co Coca-Cola entered negotiations with a Canadian cannabis company over producing a new, cannabis-infused drink. As Coca-Cola is on its way to creating a cannabis-infused drink, we can expect Pepsi Co to follow. Laser Energetics, Inc. might be targeted by Pepsi Co for the simple fact that the company is now located in Colorado which is consider the capital for cannabis. Laser Energetics, Inc. should be able to provide Pepsi Co. the ingredients needed to produce its cbd drink.

Conclusion Laser Energetics, Inc. Share Structure
We contacted the transfer agent Interstate Transfer Co. to confirm the share structure and they provided the following email statement “As of this date the number of issued and outstanding shares of Laser Energetics, Inc. is 533,512,475 of which 230,905,906 is restricted”. The stock is clearly a low floater and won’t be at the current level of .0007 for long.

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Fred Rogers Productions’ Paul Siefken To Discuss Kids & Families At M2Moms® – The Marketing to Moms Conference

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Paul Siefken, President & CEO of Fred Rogers Productions,

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Cooper Munroe, CEO of The Motherhood

50th Anniversary of Mister Rogers Neighborhood

Today’s moms, kids, and families face much different stresses than previous generations of moms. It’s important for marketers to understand and adjust their marketing to the realities of today’s moms.”

— Nan McCann, M2Moms® producer

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, September 25, 2018 / — Paul Siefken, President & CEO of Fred Rogers Productions, will talk about the company’s work today, its mission, and its commitment to children and families with Cooper Munroe, CEO of The Motherhood, at the 14th Annual M2Moms® – The Marketing to Moms Conference, Oct. 2 & 3, NYC. M2Moms® is designed to help brand marketing executives and their agencies better understand and improve their overall business results with today’s moms.

“During this 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the life and legacy of Fred Rogers are on many people minds,” according to M2Moms® producer, Nan McCann. “Today’s moms, kids, and families are facing much different challenges and stresses than previous generations of moms. It’s important for marketers to understand and adjust their marketing to the realities of today’s moms. Nobody has been closer to moms and families, for generations, than Fred Rogers Productions through their ongoing production of educational programs for children and their mission of maintaining the legacy of Fred Rogers.”

Siefken said., “We remain committed to inspiring a lifetime of learning in children and to earning the trust of their parents and caregivers every day.” Fred Rogers Productions’ current portfolio includes: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Peg + Cat, Odd Squad, and Through the Woods, as well as popular apps, games, and the legacy of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Building on its 50-year history of success with exceptional programming for every platform, the company and its programs have earned numerous prestigious awards and honors, including 22 Daytime Emmys, multiple Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, a host of Common- Sense Media Awards, and, most recently, an Institutional Peabody Award, among other accolades.

In addition to Siefken, other M2Moms® speakers include: Enna Allen, Simon Malls; Mandy Arioto, MOPS; Amy Przywara, Sylvan Learning; Patty David, AARP; Elle Walker & Meg Resnikoff, What’s Up Moms; Kurt Workman, Owlet Baby Monitors; Skyler Mattson, WongDoody & June Cleaver is Dead; Michelle Poris, Smarty Pants; Agata Reyes, Destination Maternity; Rachel Curry, Volvo USA. For a full list of speakers go to

“M2Moms® is definitely a ‘don’t miss’ for every exec who markets to moms,” McCann added. “It’s packed with sessions structured to help brands improve and evolve their marketing to moms efforts in a rapidly changing communications environment.”

“That’s why every year M2Moms® is attended by a comprehensive and diverse list of brands including Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Evenflo, IKEA, Abbott Nutritionals, GM, Allstate, Heinz, Symantec, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Wyeth and Coca-Cola,” according to McCann. “M2Moms® attendance typically sells out.”

The 2018 M2Moms® proudly supports Save the Children. Sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor: Google; Associate Sponsors: AARP, What’s Up Moms, WongDoody; Showcase Sponsors: GfK, Fosina Marketing Group, Sylvan Learning, MOPS International, Famifi, Destination Maternity, BabyPage, Ask Patty, Strottman, Hillside & Knox, Foursquare, PlayWell TEKnologies, Response Media, GreyHealth Group, Raising Dragons, Marketing to Mums, Smarty Pants, Kids II, The Motherhood and Simon Property Group. Media Sponsor: MomTrends Media. Video Content Resource Sponsor: Snippies.

For M2Moms® information: or 860.724.2649 x13. M2Moms® is produced by PME® Enterprises LLC, 912 Silas Deane Hwy., Suite 101, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Nanci McCann
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Tin Robot Games announces the launch of new board game “Tanks, but no thanks!” on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter

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BARRIE, ON, CANADA, September 25, 2018 / — “Tanks, but no thanks!” is a turn-based, close-combat strategy board game that’s simple to play, but difficult to win.

The game comes with a grid-based board map, several sets of tanks, bunkers and base flags. Two to four players, ages eight and up, can join in by setting up their side of the field and advancing one turn at a time.

Two dice control the mechanics. The game movement is determined by the green die, while the red die is for shooting. Each player can only shake one die per turn, though the green die has a little flexibility (you can split your move across several of your tanks). Think hard about whether you want to move or attack!

Tin Robot Games has a modest $10,000 Canadian ($7,700 USD) funding goal to launch the base level of the game, with a single pledge level of $39 Canadian ($30 USD) plus shipping to get a copy of the game and any stretch targets achieved. Funding stretch targets include an expansion pack and several premium upgrades of game components.

“I made this game 24 years ago when I just began University,” says James Staley, the developer and President of Tin Robot Games. “The original version was made on a cookie sheet with tacks and cut up refrigerator magnets. Finally, there is a platform to take independent games to the market through crowdfunding. We spent hundreds of hours playing this game when I was in school. This past year we have spent hundreds of hours developing a retail-ready version of this game, right up to and including manufacturing samples. We just need to get over the finish line with the minimum production run itself.”

To support the Kickstarter for “Tanks, but no thanks!” today, go to and make a pledge.

Game details are available at

To go directly to the “Tanks, but no thanks!” pledge page, click here:

About Tin Robot Games
Tin Robot Games is a Canadian company focused on bringing fun board games to kitchen tables around the world. For more information visit or follow on Social media @tinrobotgames.

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CKF Addiction Treatment Adds myStrength’s Digital Self-Care Resources to Aid in Recovery Support

Evidence-Based, Digital Behavioral Health Solutions Complement Current CKF Patient Treatments

We are very excited to offer myStrength to patients receiving treatment services at CKF in order to improve their connection to treatment resources on a 24/7 basis. ”

— Shane Hudson, President and CEO of the CKF Addiction Treatment

DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES, September 25, 2018 / — CKF Addiction Treatment, a trailblazer in Kansas recovery treatment since 1967, and myStrength, Inc., an innovative leader in digital behavioral healthcare, have partnered to offer web and mobile behavioral healthcare solutions as part of CKF’s continuum of care.

All CKF Addiction Treatment clients now have access to digital self-care resources 24/7, including treatment-inspired exercises, mindfulness meditations, self-care activities, mood tracking and more. myStrength’s platform and online tools assist clients in managing and overcoming depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and sleep issues.

CKF services over 1,900 clients across four locations in east central Kansas. Each CKF facility, including Salina, McPherson, Abilene and Junction City locations has incorporated myStrength into their current treatment plans, empowering clients with additional recovery support via their mobile devices and laptops.

“We are very excited to offer myStrength to patients receiving treatment services at CKF in order to improve their connection to treatment resources on a 24/7 basis” says Shane Hudson, President and CEO of the CKF Addiction Treatment. “This will be especially beneficial to patients who receive telehealth services through CKF and do not have a local treatment center in their area to access services.”

myStrength’s resources are evidence-based and HIPAA-compliant. Research in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Research Protocols shows those using myStrength had 18-times greater reduction in depressive symptoms within two weeks of use, compared to the control group.

“Partnering with CKF to expand mental health access to their clients throughout Kansas is very exciting”, said Scott Cousino, myStrength’s CEO. “Our digital resources complement CKF’s continuum of care, empowering the people they serve with self-help resources to support recovery efforts, as well as tools to monitor and maintain overall wellness and quality of life.”

CKF Addiction Treatment is a state licensed and nationally accredited addiction treatment center that provides services to patients across the state of Kansas. CKF is a leader in medical integration of substance use disorder screening, referral, and treatment services as well as the advancement of technological solutions to reach rural areas of the state. CKF is a member of the Behavioral Health Association of Kansas (BHAK), Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), and Sunflower Health Network (SHN).

myStrength, Inc. is a recognized leader in digital behavioral health. myStrength greatly enhances traditional care models, while addressing issues of cost, lack of access, and stigma, to deliver mental health and well-being resources at scale. Our platform targets the most prevalent and costly behavioral health conditions ─ empowering consumers with innovative self-care resources to manage and overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, stress, substance use disorder, chronic pain and sleep. myStrength’s evidence-based resources offer digital interactive exercises, self-care modules and daily wellness inspiration, which is personalized to each user. myStrength collaborates with over 100 health plans, integrated health systems, EAPs, disease management providers, managed and community behavioral health providers, strategic alliances, ACOs and FQHCs. For more information, please visit

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Silicon Valley investors connect with their African counterparts at DEMO Africa 2018 in Morocco

Leading Venture capitalists will be in Casablanca for the 7th edition of the annual startup showcase that launches a new generation of African startups

Attending events like these helps me learn and takes me well outside of my comfort zone. Hearing from early stage founders is something I always benefit from. Global perspectives are important”

— Claire Lee

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, September 24, 2018 / — All roads lead to Casablanca in October for the 2018 edition of DEMO Africa. Over two days of exciting programming including pitches from the 30 selected finalists, and pre-show activities around the Angel Investor Summit, Casablanca is offering an October to remember especially as some of the leading Venture Capitalists from Silicon Valley and around the world join their African counterparts to explore investment opportunities,broaden their knowledge of African startup ecosystems and share best practices on global venture creation. 

Supported by our lead sponsors Microsoft 4 Afrika and Accenture, amongst others, the 2018 edition of DEMO Africa will also include the Ecosystem Enabler Series - a combination of keynotes, panels and fireside chats that will yield productive dialogue between industry leaders and innovation actors about the future of the African technology ecosystem; the Investor Round-tables and Angel Investor Summit- a convening of a niche group of angel investors from all across Africa and the global venture capital community; the Alpha Pitches (in partnership with Le Wagon, Casablanca)and the Lions@frica Innovation Awards – where five (5) Startups will be chosen as winners of the DEMO Africa and will proceed to Silicon Valley, California for the Lions Innovation Tour. 

This year's edition of DEMO Africa in Morocco will welcome a stellar cast of Silicon Valley investors that have an unyielding passion for the African technology ecosystem, but more importantly, are banking on the growth and ingenuity of African entrepreneurs to start and scale global ventures. A number of these investors have had a remarkable track record of supporting the growth of startups in the Valley and in Africa, and are eager to share their experience with their counterparts on the continent.

Claire Lee, Head of Early Stage at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) is scheduled to deliver the opening keynote at the Studio Des Arts Vivants on day one of the DEMO showcase. Silicon Valley Bank is an industry leader in financing the growth of technology startups globally, and uniquely positioned in the innovation ecosystem, working with the best VC-backed startups, corporates and VC and PE firms. Claire joined SVB in January 2014 from Microsoft where she spent a decade building out programs and initiatives to better support early stage startups, working closely with the partners that incubate, invest in and support them. Claire has a deep experience in Europe, Middle East and Africa and a commitment to support international development through partnerships.

As a founding member of Lions@frica and DEMO Africa, and a long-time advisor to the office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, Claire was instrumental in bringing DEMO to Africa in 2012 thanks to the leadership of Secretary Clinton – and continues to support this event six years later. In 2015, Claire traveled to Nairobi for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit with President Obama and senior members of the administration including Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, and SVB played a major role in supporting the GES 2016 event at Stanford University which saw 700+ startups from 150 countries visit Silicon Valley.

Outside of running the early stage practice at SVB, Claire is an active advisor, mentor and speaker. She is a thought leader on issues such as entrepreneurship, education, inclusion and international development. She is a recognized advocate and spokesperson for advancing efforts around equality, inclusion and representation – aimed at advancing underrepresented constituents in the tech industry. “Attending events like these helps me learn so much about entrepreneurship globally – it takes me outside of the ‘bubble’ and outside my comfort zone. Hearing from early stage founders in nascent, growing markets, is something we always benefit from. Global perspectives are really important.” said Lee.

From Cross Culture Ventures - Jennifer Richards, a Senior Associate in the firm, is returning back to Morocco after visiting after her last visit in 2012 during her time in France. Jennifer, a bilingual and immensely talented venture builder, will also be working to support the female entrepreneurs within the DEMO Africa cohort and promote the bridge building efforts between Silicon Valley and Africa.

From Padovani Ventures - Riad Hartani, a bi-coastal venture capitalist of Algerian descent, will be showcasing the regional venture networks in North Africa and highlighting the fantastic opportunities in the region. With operations in Silicon Valley and Algeria, Dr. Hartani and Padovani ventures specialize in the development of Internet, Mobile and Artificial Intelligence technologies, mostly out of the Silicon Valley as a hub, building multiple leading technology startups, advising on strategic investments and rolling out innovative technologies all over the world.

From Precursor VC - Sydney Thomas, Investment Associate and Head of Operations is joining the DEMO Africa network to seek out opportunities on the continent. Precursor is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.They are interested in companies with courageous visions and Sydney is excited for the possibilities that she will uncover through her interactions with the African ecosystem.

The list goes on.

"We are thrilled to welcome these global players to Casablanca, Morocco as part of the DEMO Africa conference", commented Stephen Ozoigbo, Managing Partner of the Lions@frica initiative. "We are confident at that our North African ecosystem leaders will prove to be worthy hosts of our global partners and venture stakeholders."

Across the continent and within the region, there are notable angel groups, VC firms and banks that will be joining DEMO Africa including, but not limited to - IDF Captial, Lions@frica, Wamda Capital, Lagos Angels Networks, Convergence Partners, African Business Angels Network, Maroc Numeric Fund, Outlierz Ventures, HSeven, Starup Brics, UK Business Angels Association, Sawari Ventures, Blackbox VC, IFU, Orange, Energy Access Ventures, Nailab, FLat6Labs, Techwadi, Reenging Ventures, GSMA Africa, Algebra Ventures.

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Source: EIN Presswire