Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SAFE International Launches Toronto Women’s Self Defense for Travellers – Toronto, ON Self Defense

SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense for travellers in Toronto, ON.

Toronto, ON, January 11, 2012 - (Straight Line PR) - Toronto Self Defense, SAFE International Launches Toronto Women’s Self Defense for Travellers.

SAFE International ™ is one of the leading providers of mobile self defense/personal protection training in North America. SAFE International has taught more than 120,000 clients in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include women’s self defense for travellers in Toronto, ON.

 At this time of year, thousands of Canadians and Americans will head south to some of the warmer clients to escape the cold North American winter many of us experience. While the majority will have an amazing time, there are countless stories of women and men of all ages, forgetting that they are in a foreign country in which there are some inherent risks. SAFE International has the history and curriculum to help reduce those risks. SAFE International doesn’t only teach physical self defense concepts, but also how to avoid becoming a victim through Awareness/Avoidance training.

Some of the risks people need to concern themselves with when traveling in regards to women’s travel self defense Toronto includes what an attacker looks for in a potential victim, what an attacker wants and doesn't want in confrontation, hotel safety, plus taxis and buses. One of the biggest topics that SAFE International explores is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. The nightlife in many of these countries provides many opportunities for attacks, date rape or kidnappings. SAFE International covers the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage.  Instruction would then move on to verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible.  Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, SAFE International instructors cover a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario. The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Toronto women’s self defense for travellers. Physical self defense instruction begins with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance.  SAFE International only teaches gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario. They teach a philosophy of "Attack the Attacker" which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator.  Another philosophy is to attack the head if all avoidance and verbal strategies have failed. Self defense training does not take years, and in fact with just a few hours of women’s self defense instruction for travelers, you can be confident that you have reduced the odds of harm and can have some peace of mind if it is your daughter or son who is traveling.

SAFE International has taught more than 135,000 women since 1994. For more information on self defense instruction for travelers, please email Chris Roberts, CEO, by email at You can also visit the website at SAFE International can also be reached toll free at 1 800 465 5972.

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972

Philadelphia World Future Society Hosts Expert Forum on Future of Higher Education

Will colleges as we know them disappear? Bill Ringle, nationally-known CEO advisor and president of the World Future Society of Greater Philadelphia, will moderate a panel discussion on the future of higher education on Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Philadelphia, PA, January 11, 2012 - Bill Ringle, nationally-known CEO advisor, business growth strategist, and president of the World Future Society of Greater Philadelphia, will moderate a national expert panel discussion on the future of higher education on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 1:00pm EST. This event features prominent educators, economists, entrepreneurs, investors, designers, and futurists who are uniquely positioned to weigh in on the trends in this field. 

Higher education is under attack from several fronts today. Business leaders want graduates with more relevant skill sets. Parents howl at the rising costs in a stagnant economy. Students resent graduating full of promise only to find themselves moving back home while they job search. Higher education leaders fire back that high schools are doing a poorer job than ever preparing students to do college-level work and that building expensive recreation centers and refurbishing dormitories is a requirement to remain competitive with other campuses. Meanwhile, private ventures offering online learning with accredited degrees and/or certifications without the campus overhead market more vigorously and online course materials appear with greater depth, polish, sophistication, and followings each week for no charge.

This panel discussion explores solutions and likely scenarios 10 to 30 years out based on informed thinking, powerful trends, thoughtful analysis, and decided bias for what is anticipated to be a probable or preferable future for Higher Education. Ringle will not seek common ground during the discussion, but rather to surface the underlying reasons for forecasts and to clearly illuminate the implications of the business model, demographic, sociological, and technological directions.

The expert guest panelists are: Cathy Curran, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is a Fulbright Scholar whose research focuses on the Role and Purpose of Higher Education and the Impact of Public Policy on Higher Education, among other topics.

Mark Kantrowitz, a bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on student financial aid and paying for college, is the founder and publisher of and publisher of, a popular and complete free scholarship matching site. Jack Maguire, PhD, is the CEO of Maguire Associates, a leading research-based consulting firm serving the education industry; he introduced market research to the field of admissions when he became the Dean of Admissions at Boston College in the early 1970s. Greg O'Brien is CEO of The College Bound Network, a leading provider of interactive, recruitment marketing services to higher education. Andrew Schrage is co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance, whic h provides essential education across a wide variety of topics and information on how to reduce and avoid student loan debt as the price of education continues to rise in a floundering economy. Art Shostak, PhD, author and Professor Emeritus, Drexel University, is a longtime member of the World Future Society who has been a futurist consultant for Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, Proctor & Gamble, various levels of Federal, state, and local government, and major labor unions. Kate Tulenko, PhD, is a globally recognized expert in the field of health labor markets and health workforce education; she is a leading thinker on strategies for health professional schools to cost-effectively train larger numbers of qualified, relevant health workers. Mark Valenti, CTS, is President and CEO of The Sextant Group, Inc.; his particular area of expertise is designing cutting-edge learning spaces and learning environments of the future.

"Higher education, not just in the United States, but around the world, seems to have been immune from innovation and significant change in the last 300 years," says Bill Ringle. "In the next 20 years, I forecast that we will see more agile organizations educating a wider range of adults, accepting higher levels of accountability, for a fraction of today's cost of a traditional bricks-and-mortar 4-year degree by leveraging emerging technological advances and global infrastructure. For some today, having a smartphone with a signal that didn't drop so often seems a wishful dream, but imagine a going to sleep and waking up the next morning with new abilities or knowledge from new forms of accelerated learning. What happens when a generation of top students elect NOT to pursue a higher degree at a traditional institution, but take self-paced courses because the quality and access become superior and a tipping point is reached? This panel discussion bring s together top minds from a variety of professional fields, who all want to share their perspectives and supporting examples. The discussion is designed to explore new frontiers, not to make any singular predection."

This teleseminar can be attended from the convenience of your office or home. Visit and look under Upcoming Events for more information.

Meredith Hegg
491 Baltimore Pike, Suite 209
Springfield, PA 19064

Burg Simpson Attorney, Reeves Whalen, Leads Denver Fundraising Efforts for Red Cloud Indian School

Reeves Whalen, an associate at Burg Simpson, who practices personal injury and pharmaceutical drug litigation, recently concluded fundraising efforts on behalf of the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Denver, CO, January 11, 2011 - Reeves Whalen, an associate at Burg Simpson, who practices personal injury and pharmaceutical drug litigation, recently concluded fundraising efforts on behalf of the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Mr. Whalen visited and participated in class instruction at the Red Cloud Indian School in April 2011. Thereafter, he was prominently featured in the August 2011 Edition of Trial Magazine for his involvement in a letter writing campaign aimed at addressing the issue of poverty and alcohol abuse on the reservation and his efforts to raise funding for the school. Mr. Whalen became familiar with the Red Cloud Indian School when their men’s basketball team appeared during a half time scrimmage at the Denver Nuggets Pepsi Center in 2009.

The Red Cloud Indian School was founded in 1888 and has over 600 students in elementary, middle, and high school programs. Red Cloud has an annual average attendance rate of over 90% and is credited with an impressive 45 Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients, the highest per capita in the country. Over 90% of the school’s operating budget comes from private donations. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is 2.8 million acres, making it the second-largest reservation in the United States. However, approximately 80% of the residents are unemployed, 49% are living below the Federal poverty line, the per-capita income is the second poorest in the United States, the infant mortality rate is five times higher than the national average, the reservation has the highest teenage suicide rate in the country, and life expectancy is the second lowest in the western hemisphere behind Haiti. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease occur in epidemic proportions on the Pine Ridge and death rates due to diabetes among Native Americans are 3 times higher than among the general United States population. While visiting the school, Mr. Whalen met with administrators, teachers, and participated in classroom instruction.

“What I’m doing her matters, this is a program in serious financial need and their students, who are performing miraculously under horrible conditions, deserve our immediate attention and support. These conditions exist here in America and we have a duty to act,” commented Whalen. Mr. Whalen concluded his fundraising efforts this past week and presented donations to school officials on Friday November 18, 2011.

Mr. Whalen is an accomplished Colorado injury attorney. In 2011, Reeves Whalen was selected by the Denver Business Journal as a "Forty Under 40" Rising Star. In 2010, Mr. Whalen was selected as a Finalist by the Colorado Bar Association for the "Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year" Award. Furthermore, in 2011, Mr. Whalen was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to serve on the Administration's Transition Team as the Co-Chair for the Department of Excise & License. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl’s Athletic Leadership School of Denver (GALS), The Save Our Youth Mentorship Program (SOY) in affiliation with the Denver Rescue Mission, and the Anschutz Medical Center Cancer Fund (AMC). Mr. Whalen teaches annually in the Denver Public Schools through the Denver Bar Association’s Attorney Guest Teacher Program. In the past, while he served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Denver (DPoD), he moderated and participated in education reform forums with State Senator Michael Johnston and Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. In addition, he has served on campaign finance committees for State Representative Crisanta Duran, Denver Public School Board At-Large Representative Happy Haynes, State Senator Chris Romer, former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Mr. Whalen has an extensive background in philanthropic projects that extends beyond the United States. In 2009, Reeves visited Haiti and participated in the construction of an orphanage outside of Port Au Prince with a non-governmental organization, Center of Hope Haiti (COHH). Thereafter, in 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Mr. Whalen raised money to bring professional medical clinics to Haiti through The National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH). As the community service co-chair for the Arapahoe County Bar Association, Mr. Whalen has established an annual volunteer program putting local attorneys together with Project CURE to help pack medical supplies for shipment to third world medical clinics. Mr. Whalen has been an associate attorney at Burg Simpson since 2008 where he practices personal injury and product liability law representing injured victims and consumers.

Crystal Swan
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206