Results tagged as "progressmakers"

  • You Might Be Living In the Next Silicon Valley

    January 06, 2015 12:09 PM

    This article is part of Citi's sponsorship of the Urban Progress section on Huffington Post. Read the full story here.

    First it was Pittsburgh and the Steel City. Then it was Detroit, with its assembly lines. Now, the Bay Area is the king of U.S. modern industry, home to tech giants, startups and venture capitalists from near and far.

    But what does that mean for the rest of America? Sure, other cities such as New York with Silicon Alley, and Austin, Texas have their own budding enclaves of tech-forward communities. But that is not to say that the rest of the U.S. is lagging behind.

    Created in partnership with Citi, here is a list of the 8 U.S. metropoli that should be the next destinations for burgeoning techies.

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  • Citi Progress Maker partners featured in The New Yorker World Changers issue

    By Caleb Hunt, Managing Director, Citi Global Branding December 19, 2014 09:22 AM

    This week, The New Yorker published its annual World Changers issue, and among the ideas and accomplishments it celebrates are those of four Citi partners around the world. From Peru to Hungary to South Africa and cities across the United States, these Progress Makers are making positive impacts on their communities and the world with our support - and we're proud to shine a light on their achievements in our advertising.

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  • Introducing Energy Efficiency as a Service

    By Steve Avadek, Director and Global Head of Sustainability, Citi Realty Services December 17, 2014 09:22 AM

    This post is the first in a series about Citi employees who are enabling progress within Citi and in their cities and communities. Follow the conversation in social media using the hashtag #ProgressMakers

    I joined Citi Realty Services several years ago for the opportunity to have a positive impact for the environment on a global scale. After all, Citi has a presence in 100+ countries around the world. But a recent project has shown me that my impact extends even beyond Citi, because our culture of helping clients by simplifying complex situations applies no matter what part of Citi we work in.

    A study we conducted a few years ago at one of Citi's data centers showed that installing an on-site gas-turbine power generator could significantly reduce the facility's emissions and increase efficiency. This was a sound project operationally, environmentally and financially, but the upfront cost and long payback meant it wasn't as attractive an investment as other uses of our funds.

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  • Social Impact Investing Breathes New Life into the South Africa Gap Housing Market

    December 11, 2014 11:46 AM

    Citi is the title sponsor of the It's Africa's Time series, which focuses on how businesses can help advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In this episode, which began airing on CNBC in sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month, we travel to South Africa to explore how social impact investing is breathing new life into the gap housing market.

    Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, the government has done much to change the status quo for the poorest of the poor in the form of free medical services, social grants and government-built housing. But there is another economic income group with their own little-known set of problems. They have succeeded in rising out of poverty, and make up 30 percent of the population. Their aspirations are - like all of us - to live a better life, in homes they can afford to own or rent, in well-run urban apartment blocks or neat, well-serviced suburbs. Ade Ayeyemi, CEO for Citi in Sub Sahara Africa says, "There is still segregation in the real estate market. Of the 12 million households in South Africa, about five-and-a-half million fall into the workforce income group and there is a shortage of supply of housing for this sector."

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  • MyHealthTeams

    By Mary Ray, Co-Founder & COO of MyHealthTeams December 04, 2014 10:00 AM

    You probably know someone with a chronic condition--though you may not realize it. I personally lost a family member to her three-decade battle with multiple sclerosis. I have friends who've battled cancer, who won, and lost. I have colleagues who've had to adjust work schedules to be caregivers for spouses, parents or their children facing a chronic condition.
    In each of these cases, these people have felt daunted and alone, as though they were having to reinvent the wheel when managing their condition. This is what drove me and Eric Peacock to start We believe that the moment you receive a diagnosis, you should be able to find the best people around you to help, whether they are providers, or people who've been in your shoes. People are more engaged with their health and will have better health outcomes when they connect with others who've been there.

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  • San Francisco as a Lab for U.S. Urban Manufacturing

    By Kate Sofis, Founding Executive Director, SFMade & Vicki Joseph, Northern California Region Director, Citi Community Development December 01, 2014 10:00 AM

    Here in San Francisco, we understand what it takes to both lead in technology and marry it with old world craft and artistry. We are home to and celebrate the Maker Movement but we also appreciate that helping a maker scale to become a manufacturer is no small feat. We recognize that to continue to produce innovative product designs, we also need to understand how products are made. We appreciate that as a city, our policies need to get creative as we seek not only to retain industrial space in perhaps the most unaffordable urban area of the country, but to build more, perhaps even co-locate with the very commercial and residential uses that seek to displace it. Above all, we know the diversity of our people is the fuel for our collective innovation and economic success.

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  • 7 Reasons California's Most Liberal Region Is Good For Business (No, Really)

    November 14, 2014 03:10 PM

    This article is part of Citi's sponsprship of the Urban Progress section on Huffington Post.

    When considering the most business-friendly climates in the nation, California isn't often the first that comes to mind. (The Tax Foundation ranked the state 48th this year. Ouch.) But if the Bay Area's business success is any indication, it might be worth taking a second look. Here, we've partnered with Citi and come up with seven reasons the Bay Area's unique social culture has been good for business, and why those "San Francisco values" might be making some serious cents.


  • 9 Crazy Successful People And The First Jobs That Got Them Where They Are

    November 04, 2014 09:38 AM

    This post is inspired by Pathways to Progress, a Citi Foundation initiative that works with community partners, city officials and Citi employee volunteers to help low-income urban youth develop the leadership experience, professional skills and the workplace know-how they will need on their path towards college and careers. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Pathways2Progress

    Do you remember the summer you spent working as a lifeguard, or the semester you were a barista during college? Can you draw a parallel between that sunburned kid and the career person you are now? That inner youth is still in there, shaping every decision you make.

    The challenges you once faced are the ones you built around; the activities you did informed your worldview; and the things that used to light your world now inspire you. The most successful people capitalize on their inner child, infusing hard work with creativity and soul.

    We partnered with Citi, and talked with nine influential entrepreneurs, policymakers, and legendary artists about the surprising first jobs that made them who they are today. Whether you're already what wanted to be, or you're making your first career moves, you'll find major inspiration.

    This article is part of Citi's sponsorship of the Urban Progress section on Huffington Post.


  • Reviving Urban Manufacturing - And the City I Call Home

    By Mathilda Khabbaz, Relationship Manager for Citi Commercial Bank August 19, 2014 12:19 PM

    Timbuk2 is the latest installment in Citi's spotlight on clients who are enabling progress in their cities. Watch the full Timbuk2 story here and follow the conversation in social media using the hashtag #ProgressMakers.

    San Francisco is a place that's very special to me. I've lived here since I was six years old and now, working here as a Relationship Manager at Citi, I can be part of a team that is making my city even better. One of the companies that I work with is Timbuk2, a local San Francisco company that is growing and expanding internationally. Timbuk2 manufactures custom bags right here in San Francisco and is contributing to the revival of manufacturing in the U.S.

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  • It's Africa's Time: The Role of Private Enterprise as an Enabler of Progress

    By Michael Mutiga, Managing Director and Kenya Corporate Banking Head, Citi August 12, 2014 11:20 AM

    Citi is the title sponsor of the It's Africa's Time series, which focuses on how businesses can help advance the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The second episode in the series began airing on CNBC in sub-Saharan Africa earlier this month and features KickStart International, a non-profit social enterprise and Citi client.

    Kenya is my home, so what is happening in Africa is very close to my heart. I joined Citi seven years ago because Citi is one of the few financial institutions with a wide footprint across Africa. We are in 16 countries, and one of our main objectives is helping grow the private sector of their economies. As Citi's Corporate Bank Head for Kenya, I am privileged to be able to work with and help many of these entrepreneurs and businesses.

    High unemployment and a population that still largely depends on subsistence farming mean Africa has significant room for private enterprises to scale up and provide jobs and income for people. Our local businesses can have very advanced banking needs, however. Even smaller business may need help with foreign exchange because their receipts are in a local currency but they often need to import goods using foreign currencies.

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