In May 2021, the NCMEC announced a partnership with athletes from two universities to prevent young athletes from being sexually abused. The athletes involved in the partnership are also students at the University of Michigan and Ohio State University who were victims of sexual abuse by team doctors at each institution.
The point of the partnership is to educate trainers, parents, coaches, and other adults on preventing incidences of sexual abuse from occurring with young athletes. Moreover, the partnership is designed to impart information regarding identifying and reporting acts of sexual abuse that have been committed on an athlete.
According to the son of the founders of NCMEC, Callahan Walsh, having abuse survivors participate in educating those involved with athletes at the collegiate level is important in curbing the incidence of abuse. Moreover, their roles are important in dismantling the culture of silence, which has allowed this abuse to continue in sports.
Washington State received a lead on the state’s first Amber Alert case almost 18 years ago. In 2003, a five-year-old Sofia Juarez went missing after following her grandmother’s boyfriend to the store on foot. The boyfriend asked Sofia and her young aunts and uncles if they wanted to ride along to the store, and the children declined. However, authorities believed the child changed her mind and followed him, never reaching the store.
In an article posted to the NCMEC site, the organization reported that Kennewick Police Department received a lead related to a vehicle suspected of being involved with the abduction. Police investigators state that a highly credible individual has come forward to give them eyewitness testimony regarding seeing a van in the area that evening.
The witness’s statement reports that an identified person (a young female) approached the little girl who had been crying at this point. The police have a detailed description of the young woman, but now they need assistance tracking down information regarding the van.
The van is described as a light blue, gray, or silver utility van with side windows. They believe contractors, such as painters, might use the van. Police are looking for information on the van, which was seen in South Washington Street near East 15th Avenue in Kennewick between 8 pm and 9:15 pm.
A successful entrepreneur and longtime Oregon resident, Dominic O’Dierno serves as the CEO of Amare, LLC. He offers consulting services to clients about strategic plan development and early-stage business. Dominic O’Dierno is interested in the challenges that businesses face since the beginning of the pandemic.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many small business owners have suffered unanticipated challenges. In the middle of these challenges, entrepreneurs are faced with the need to strive for the continuous functioning of their business. Aside from keeping their business running, they are also responsible for protecting and reassuring their employees. Achieving this and dealing with uncertainty requires quick decision-making, which many entrepreneurs are not readily capable of due to analysis paralysis or the inability to make decisions as a result of overthinking.
With delayed decisions, corporations are exposed to more problems that more decisions can only address. One common misconception in this area is that some business managers and entrepreneurs believe any decision they make will determine the overall fate of their corporation, making them reluctant to jump into a decision in the middle of uncertainty. For the simple fact, however, decisions are never final and are subject to change. Ideally, entrepreneurs can prioritize corporation needs to make proactive decisions on urgent needs and build more confidence regarding their abilities to navigate through uncertainties.
A longtime resident of Portland, Oregon, Dominic O’Dierno serves as the CEO of Oregon-based Amare, LLC, which provides consulting services to clients in various industries. Outside his work, Dominic O’Dierno contributes to a number of charitable organizations, including the National Centers for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
A non-profit corporation, NCMEC serves to mitigate child sexual exploitation and victimization by finding and recovering missing children. The center works with private industry, law enforcement, families and victims, and the public to provide services that prevent, deter, and combat child exploitation. With the aid of law, continuous public awareness effort, training, and modern technology, NCMEC has helped get missing children to their respective families, including those missing for a long time.
In 1984, the center was founded to address the increasing child exploitation crisis. In 1998, NCMEC created CyberTipline, an online platform where public and electronic service providers report suspected child sexual exploitation incidents. At present, the CyberTipline has received millions of child abuse and exploitation reports.
An accomplished executive, Dominic O’Dierno serves as CEO of Amare, LLC, a Portland, Oregon-based consulting firm. He provides consulting services to companies and individuals seeking professional and strategic advice related to business development. Dominic O’Dierno is also interested in the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and how they overcome the challenges during the pandemic.
Since summer 2020, COVID-19 has accelerated discretionary spending and consumer expenses. Special categories of businesses that have been affected, such as apparel and cosmetics stores, are starting to recover from suppressed sales due to the crisis as consumer demands for these goods are slowly getting back to normal. While this is a sign of improvement in general public health, over 50 percent of United States consumers are still expected to incur extra expenses through splurging or treatment. Of the list, high-income millennials are on top.
Since roughly half of the consumers who intend to splurge are fatigued by the pandemic, aggregate monthly credit-card spend is on the path of recovery. Another group of consumers is waiting for the pandemic to resolve so that they can splurge. According to the result from the recent stimulus check in mid-March, consumers expressed intention to spend more as 2021 proceeds.
The United States’ comprehensive reporting center for matters related to recovery from and prevention of child victimization, NCMEC has over three decades of devotion to fighting against abuse, abduction, and exploitation of children. As recommended by the center, all parents or guardians with missing children should make an immediate phone call to inform their local law enforcement agency.
When they call law enforcement, they should provide relevant information pertinent to the missing child, such as the child’s name, height, date of birth, clothing, and other noticeable identifiers like braces and eyeglasses. They may also request the authorities to input the child’s identification information in the FBI National Crime Information Center Missing Person File.
An experienced financial executive and entrepreneur, Dominic O’Dierno is the CEO of Amare Consulting, LLC, a consulting firm with clients in the real estate, identity enrollment, and human capital management industries. Through Amare, Dominic O’Dierno advises executives on matters such as financial modeling, strategic decision-making, and investor relations (IR).
IR is all about providing investors with accurate accounts of a company’s affairs, including its strategic initiatives. When it comes to communicating strategic initiatives with investors, C-suite executives should approach the issue candidly, prioritizing transparency and realism. They should communicate openly with investors, telling them why they are pursuing a strategy, how it will benefit the company and create value, who has ownership over the strategy, and how investors can measure the company’s progress (the tools and metrics to use).
Often, new strategies involve a shift in the company’s way of doing things. In such cases, executives should be transparent with their investors, giving context as to why the change is necessary and maintaining a realistic tone about the company’s ability to deliver consistent results through the new strategy. External industry-wide factors may affect the company’s ability to hit its targets, so executives must make accommodations for them in their investor presentations. They should map out realistic timelines within which they will execute their strategy, making provisions for external influences as well as adverse market reactions.
The key to successfully communicating strategic shifts to investors is openness. If there are tough questions to be answered, executives should not shy away from them. They should define issues expansively to investors and assure them that the company’s management has a plan to address them. This messaging should be consistent in all discussions with investors.
Law enforcement agencies send out AMBER Alerts in the most alarming child abduction cases. The purpose of these alerts is to rally the community in searching for a child who has gone missing. AMBER Alerts are broadcast by television, radio, and road signs. These are the primary distribution tools available to law enforcement. Additional distribution paths (secondary distributions) are made available with the assistance of NCMEC. These include digital signage and Internet service provider broadcasts. NCMEC can also send broadcasts to hotel chains.
An AMBER Alert system is active in every state in the country as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCMEC coordinates secondary AMBER Alert distributions in all the states and territories.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Oregon in finance and marketing, Dominic O’Dierno has more than 23 years’ experience in finance and is the co-founder and former senior vice president of Eid Passport, Inc. Currently the CEO of Amare, LLC, a consulting firm, Dominic O’Dierno has helped raise more than $100 million in funding for early stage companies and continues to consult with startups on funding opportunities.
Here are some tips for startups looking for funding during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Exhaust government support
Governments around the world have implemented measures to provide emergency funding and support to businesses. They vary considerably in their forms, ranging from rent exemptions to covering part of employee salaries. Startups should tap into such resources to stay afloat.
Leverage existing networks for funding
Many investors have limited their funding of new businesses during the pandemic. For startups that already have traction in the market, founders can talk to their existing investors, suppliers, creditors, and even customers for financing. These people all have a vested interest in the success of the startup, so they may be willing to help.
Pitch to active investors online
Not all investors have tucked their check books away. Some are still investing in promising ventures. Startup founders can pitch active investors online and present their cases for funding through Zoom calls. This will require that they invest in good audio and video equipment as well as software tools to enable sharing elaborate pitches.
Amare CEO Dominic O’Dierno has a history of supporting causes involving child welfare and safety. Over the years, Dominic O’Dierno has advocated for the work of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which uses the Amber Alert System as part of its protection services.
The Amber Alert System is a nationwide program managed by the U.S. Department of Justice used to notify the public of a dangerous situation involving a child. The system was first developed in 1996, after the abduction of a young girl in Texas. Since then, it has been adopted by all 50 states and more than two dozen countries. The system aids in the recovery of thousands of children every year.
To increase the likelihood that a kidnapped child will be found, the Amber Alert System sends identifiable information about the abductor over the radio, television, text message, and electronic billboard. Amber Alerts are issued if law enforcement believes that a minor has been abducted and is in grave danger. Since the system is integrated at the national level, alerts can be issued state or region-wide, which increases the likelihood that a child will be found.