Friday, November 11, 2011

One-Day Intensive Latina Negotiation Seminar

The Women's Institute of Negotiation in Partnership with The National Latina Business Women Association (Los Angeles Chapter) Present a One-Day Intensive Latina Negotiation Seminar Sponsored by Bank of the West

Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2011 - The Women's Institute of Negotiation and The National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter (NLBWA-LA) have joined forces with Bank of the West in a strategic partnership to help promote and develop Latinas in the skills and strategies of effective negotiating. “Having experienced a 3-day negotiation seminar with Dr. Yasmin myself, I am excited to offer this program to our members. The Latina Negotiation Boot Camp is a great compliment to our series of business development workshops and will provide further development for our graduates." stated Ana Perez, President of NLBWA-LA.

The NLBWA-LA in association with The Women's Institute of Negotiation will provide a one-day intensive leadership and negotiation training which goes beyond exploration of potential barriers that may hold Latinas back and teaches Latinas how to reframe their interactions and accurately evaluate their opportunities. Latinas learn how to ask for what they want in a manner congruent with their values, taking into account the social forces that may impact their working relationships.

The Women’s Institute of Negotiation, developed by Dr. Yasmin Davidds, is the only institute of its kind, customizing leadership and negotiation programs exclusively for women--from fortune 100 companies, to universities to non-profit organizations. “Quality negotiation training is expensive” states Dr. Yasmin Davidds, "and has historically been categorized as a C-level suite investment. Our corporate sponsors, such as Bank of the West, are making it possible for Latinas to participate in this program by subsidizing 80% of the cost—making it affordable for Latina leaders.”
The one-day intensive boot camp concentrates on transforming negotiation behavior for Latinas by eliminating the limiting beliefs associated with negotiating and providing them with a systematic negotiation framework they can adapt to any situation. Patty Covarrubias, Regional Business Development Manager – Hispanic Market, VP for Bank of the West states, “at Bank of the West, among our most important stakeholders are the communities where our customers and employees live and work. We provide not only financial services that speed the flow of commerce and add convenience for individuals, but we also offer the extra help necessary to support Latina organizations and businesses such as The National Latina Business Women Association (Los Angeles Chapter) and the Women's Institute of Negotiation. As one of the fastest growing demographics, Latinas are a force to be reckoned with. I am proud to be associated with this partnership and help so many women achieve professional and personal goals.”

The Latina Negotiation Book Camp will take place Friday, December 2nd 8:30 am – 6:00 pm in downtown Los Angeles. For further information or to register please visit

Bank Of The West
For over 135 years Bank of the West has been committed to serving local businesses.
Now we’ve made it even easier for your business to bank with us with limited-time special offers available from October 3 through November 18, 2011. For more information please visit

Women's Institute of Negotiation
The Women's Institute of Negotiation is the only professional development company in the US specializing in public and private negotiation training exclusively for women. Its curriculum -developed by women empowerment and negotiation expert Dr. Yasmin Davidds-consists of 70% experiential hands-on training in real-world negotiations. The institute's mission is to empower women to ask for what they want and provide them with the tools, strategies and techniques to do so effectively. For more information, please visit

National Latina Business Women Association-Los Angeles Chapter
The Premier Latina Business Organization! Created and launched in July of 2003 to meet the needs of the growing ranks of Latina Entrepreneurs, Executives and Professionals from the Greater Los Angeles area. The organization's mission is to encourage Latinas to develop their business and professional skills and to meet their career goals through education, business referrals and networking. For more information, please visit

For further information, contact: Michelle Delaney,
(866) 857-9879

Michelle Delaney
Women's Institute of Negotiation
5042 Wilshire Blvd #17102
Los Angeles, CA 90036

FRA claims expert comments reflect its views on forestry investment

An investment expert’s predictions about forestry and farmland investment reflects opinions held by Forestry Research Associates (FRA), the research and analysis consultancy has claimed.

Bainbridge Island, WA, November 12, 2011 - An investment expert’s predictions about forestry and farmland investment reflects opinions held by Forestry Research Associates (FRA), the research and analysis consultancy has claimed.

Jeremy Grantham, who is considered to be a leading investor at GMO Asset Management, has predicted that forestry investment will continue to generate strong returns: “For those with a long horizon, I am sure well managed forestry and farmland will outperform the average of all global assets."

The expert, who has been in the business for 40 years, is obviously keen to promote the advantages of this alternative asset at a time when traditional markets are looking vulnerable and far less attractive than they once were.

“Risk averse investors are steering well clear of traditional investments,” said FRA’s analysis partner Peter Collins. He added, “It’s refreshing to hear a high profile investment expert speak so confidently about the potential returns available through forestry investment.”

FRA supports investment in sustainable forestry, through firms like Greenwood Management, which runs several plantations in Brazil in which individuals or institutions can invest upwards of EUR10,000.

FRA claims that forestry is a solid bet as it is far less affected by larger economic trends and timber prices have been on an upwards streak for many months thanks to rapid infrastructure and construction growth in Asia.

Mr Collins also added, “Investing in timber is also a safe bet from an ethical standpoint as sustainable forestry plantations and other similar projects are helping to provide countries like Brazil with alternatives for charcoal other than using native trees.”

FRA claims that investing in managed forestry can also help developing countries, such as Brazil, to thrive and begin to understand the value that can be gleaned from standing forests, as well as from timber.

Peter Collins
Forestry Research Associates
620 Vineyard Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 316 8394

It’s a 2 For 1 on 11-11-11 as Windy Town Releases ‘Meditation & Relaxation of Mind and Body’

Find a quiet place and take some time to discover just how good you can feel. This music is set at a slow 40 - 60 beats per minute which can help to lower your heart rate and relax further. Recorded in pristine digital, this recording uses the latest technology and stereo imaging to create an immersive experience.

Bartlett, IL, November 11, 2011 -- Windy Town Artists, released an album called "Meditation & Relaxation of Mind and Body." "Much research has been done, about the positive healing effects that music has on the mind and the resulting measurable increases in brain activity. Combine that result, with the relaxing music, gentle mountain streams and you have a great combination" said Droste. He stated, “We wanted to release two of our most successful products for one low price." The Meditation recording is a static 30 minute track for those who prefer to try that method. The Relaxation of Mind and Body is 26 minute, gentle guided verbal journey into total relaxation of the body and mind. "Close your eyes, relax, take slow deep relaxing breaths of air as you journey into one of the most relaxing, rejuvenating experiences that one can have," said Droste.

In our fast paced and hectic life, these recordings are needed even more urgently to help us reconnect to our body’s core. Many have truly enjoyed the relaxation process, starting in the feet, and through guided imagery, slowly relax every muscle to the top of the head.

The album "Meditation & Relaxation of Mind and Body" by Windy Town Artists is available through the iTunes, Amazon and other online music retailers. You can also see their music at http://www.WindyTown.Com

About Windy Town:
Windy Town is a privately owned music company founded in 1992. Located in Bartlett IL., a suburb of Chicago, they release five to ten unique musical recordings a year.

Windy Town, Contact: Director of public relations ,,

Michael Droste
Windy Town
PO Box 1025
Streamwood, IL 60107-1025