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Startup Empowers Girls to Learn, Grow, Dream – and Build Startups

CAMBRIDGE, U.K. -- Girls Inspired Globally is a new startup that seeks to allow young women to improve themselves and the world through imaginative use of readily available technologies like smart phone apps, online video, and social media.

According to co-founder and COO Soani Gunawan, "Young people are often accused of wasting incredible amounts of time on social networks and cell phones, and many do. But the same tools can be used to create amazing growth experiences."

Examples: In France, a young woman conducts a worldwide online participatory experiment to explore and feel rare culturally specific emotions such as hygge, sabsung, and shinrin-yoku.

In India, a college student works on an interactive multi-player online video game which invites participants from around the world to cooperate instead of compete.

In China, a teenager builds a startup that utilizes the branch of AI known as Swarm Intelligence to predict which films and TV shows will gain public acclaim.

In California another girl cooperates with a partner in Ghana to import handmade cotton dashikis produced by a Fair Trade social enterprise.

Members of GIG come from 26 countries and range in age from 16 to 68.

Says Director of Strategy John Toomey, "Every project we support must contain five elements: it must help the world in some meaningful way, encourage skill building, promote friendship, inspire others, and last but not least, be FUN."

According to Educational Director Amy Chang, the process is similar whether a young woman is building a non-profit, a startup, a video game, a charity, an online museum, an NGO, a Fair Trade social enterprise, or a group psychology experiment.

A girl comes up with an idea for a project. Then she
1. Uses GIG's network to find passionate partners;

2. Builds project pages on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram, Google +, Reddit, Imgur, and LinkedIn. (One of the lessons GIG teaches is that each social network and media channel has a different audience and personality, and must be approached appropriately.)

3. Announces the project to the world with press releases

4. Uses GIG's resources to append expert authority and celebrity attention to the project.

Along the way women practice skills that our modern connected world benefits from, but that are rarely taught in schools: building social media followings, mind mapping, crowdfunding, using press releases to test concepts, and group brainstorming.

The group's philosophy is especially attractive to students, and chapters are forming at Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford.

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Two EPIC Insurance Consultants Recognized Among the 30 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising

MAHWAH, N.J. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Principal Susan L. Combs and Senior Vice President Suzanne McGarey have been recognized among Employee Benefit Adviser's "2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising."

The 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising list highlights national benefits consulting leaders who stood out in a large field of highly qualified nominees for both personal and professional reasons.

Susan L. Combs, Principal of The Capacity Group - an EPIC Company, served as the youngest president of Women in Insurance and Financial Services (WIFS) in the group's 81 year history. A strong advocate of bringing more women into the benefits advising field, Combs was instrumental in establishing WIFS's national mentorship program.

Suzanne McGarey, senior vice president of Ascende - a Division of EPIC, has helped to lead Ascende's health and welfare team for more than a decade, working to differentiate the company through industry specific benefits benchmarking surveys and other business intelligence initiatives, as well as defining best practice in compliance advisory services.

"We are pleased and proud that these extraordinary EPIC women have been recognized among the 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefit Advising," said John Hahn, CEO of EPIC. "To have two of our consultants included in this small, elite group nationally is a wonderful accomplishment, which speaks to the character and ability of both the women and men who choose to make EPIC their business home."

See the full list of the 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefits Advising here:

About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 1,000 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With run rate revenues approaching $300 million, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by the Carlyle Group, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

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Photo Caption: Susan L. Combs, Principal of The Capacity Group - an EPIC Company.

Photo Caption: Suzanne McGarey, senior vice president of Ascende - a Division of EPIC.

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