Opal Academy Launches a Children’s Book About Empathy

 Ever seen a younger child getting out of their way to comfort an older child when the latter is sad? This complex emotional intelligence skill paired with caring action is “Empathy,” a skill of our modern day and age.

“I believe Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human,” said Manuela. “I wrote this book to help raise compassionate kids who can better understand and react to others’ feelings,” she continued.

Manuela, the children’s development expert, decided to take action, writing and collaborating with Opal to publish a children’s eBook called, “A Book About Empathy” to help kids understand empathy.

“I wrote it hoping that children will grow up to act with kindness, making a positive difference in the world,” said Manuela. “I think that through reading the book, kids can discuss with their parents or carers about what they learned about Empathy. Parents quite often listen to their kids more than any expert,” Manuela said.

The Story of Maddie

The Book is aimed at 3 to 10-year-olds and features the story of Maddie, a 4-year-old girl who is the book’s main character. Maddie is outgoing, bubbly and along her journey she encounters multiple characters and situations that helps her understand her own emotions and others’ circumstances. She goes on a journey to recognize empathy and share her learnings along the way with young readers.

Illustrated by Anastasiya Kioroglo, the eBook uses colorful illustrations and simple narrative to tell the story of Maddie and her companions on the journey to understand and practice empathy.

“I’m thrilled and proud to work with Opal to write a book about an essential value of what it means to be human,” said Manuela.

Opal Academy

Sohaib Albadawee





  • Books

The RunRite Academy to Bring Indoor Track & Field to Arizona

 The RunRite Academy announces the upcoming opening of the RunRite Indoor Track and Field Center.

The RunRite Indoor Track and Field Center will feature a 200 Meter banked competition track, a 3 lane 400 Meter warm up track, a 5,000 to 10,000 square foot strength training and recovery area, seating for 3,500 spectators, and more. This facility will also be the home to camps, clinics, seminars, corporate events and much more.

The facility will host events for youth and adult athletes of all ages interested in challenging their running skills and showcasing their performance throughout the season. The nation’s first privately owned indoor track and field arena, The RunRite Track and Field Center will bid to host major national and international track and field events from USA Track and Field to major collegiate and youth championship events.

The RunRite Indoor Track and Field Center is also the host production site of the company’s streaming and cable television show, “The $1,000,000 RunRite Runner Transformation Challenge,” rewarding the year’s most transformed runner.

Until the permanent location’s construction is complete, the company will install a 100,000 square foot dome (similar to ASU’s Verde Dicky Dome) on a ten acre site along the Scottsdale/Tempe border scheduled to be completed by January 2022.

Construction on RunRite’s nearly 200,000 square foot permanent building is expected on an adjacent lot to be completed in the Spring of 2023. The also announces the launch of the Arizona Indoor Track and Field League for youth and adult athletes.

For further information, please visit: www.runritetrackandfield.com.

About the Company: The RunRite Track and Field Center is a subsidiary of Z Media & Entertainment, Inc. (Z Media) Z Media’s products include the RunRite System, a wearable technology for improving individual runner performance and reducing runner risk of injury. The parent company also manufactures and distributes solutions for improving the function of the muscles of the feet through its Barefoot Science “in shoe” exercise kits. Z Media ‘s motion capture technology and insoles products are used by over 1,000,000 athletes, coaches, medical professionals around the world. The company’s patent pending wearable technology provides diagnostic solutions for identifying any individual’s physical limitations which affect the individual athlete’s sports performance and risk of pain or injury.

The RunRite Track and Field Center

Zig Ziegler





  • Running

The MDRT Academy continues to grow with new members from Sun Life Asia

The MDRT Academy ( https://mdrtacademy.org/ ) – a new association helping financial professionals accelerate their careers – recently welcomed more than 670 advisors from Sun Life Asia to its membership ranks. The addition of 184 Sun Life advisors from Hong Kong and the rest of Asia including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia will make Sun Life the MDRT Academy’s largest membership company to date. The Academy will supplement Sun Life’s Brighter Gen and Brighter Pro training and development program, and together support Sun Life’s ambition to be a market leader in quality financial advice.
“Sun Life’s goal is to have the most respected advisors in the industry, known for the quality of their advice and their professionalism,” said Leo Grepin, Sun Life Asia President. “The MDRT Academy is a valuable addition to our Brighter Academy advisor development programs, which build the skills and capabilities to guide advisors along their career journey from rookie, to MDRT, and then leading agency manager. With access to the best training and experience, Sun Life advisors can achieve their career ambitions and deliver the best experience to our clients,” Grepin said.

Hong Kong is a key insurance hub in Asia and total gross premiums reached HK$608.4 billion in 2020, according to data released by the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong. The MDRT Academy was launched in 2017 to help financial services professionals in key markets including Hong Kong reach greater production levels and join MDRT. The MDRT Academy was designed to be a fully digital experience, allowing members to access the tools, resources and community anytime and anywhere through an intuitive website and mobile app.

“We’re excited to work with Sun Life, and there is no doubt that the MDRT Academy will help their advisors increase their production, improve their client service skills and learn best practices from experienced MDRT members,” said MDRT President Ian Green, Dip PFS. “The tools for building a successful career in financial services are literally at their fingertips.”

The MDRT Academy features an assessment that helps members better understand and identify their strengths and growth areas – and personalizes content to a member’s needs and areas of interest. It also offers goal setting and performance-tracking tools, monthly webcasts featuring MDRT members, Performance Guides, as well as hundreds of articles, videos and podcast episodes. MDRT Academy members also have the opportunity to attend MDRT’s Annual Meeting.

About Sun Life
Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2021, Sun Life had total assets under management of US$1,304 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

About MDRT
MDRT, The Premier Association of Financial Professionals, is a global, independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 nations and territories. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. For more information on the MDRT Academy, please visit mdrtacademy.org. For more information on MDRT, please visit mdrt.org.

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Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter will Speak at the Black Fashion Career Day and Exposition

NEW YORKMarch 24, 2021PRLog — History-making film and television costume designer Ruth E. Carter will speak during a “Fashion Career Talk” at the Black Fashion Career Day and Exposition about “How to become a Costume Designer.”  The Black Fashion World Foundation is hosting the two-day virtual event to address the lack of black representation in the fashion industry this Friday, March 26, 2021, and Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 12:00 pm EST to 9:00 pm EST and 10:00 am EST to 9:00 pm EST, respectively.

Ruth E. Carter’s unparalleled ability to develop an authentic story through costume and character has made her one of the most sought after and renowned costume designers today. She is the 2019 Academy Award winner for “Best Costume Design” for her work on BLACK PANTHER, making history as the first African American to win in that category. She has also garnered two additional Academy Award nominations for Spike Lee’s MALCOM X (1993) and Steven Spielberg’s AMISTAD (1998) as well as an Emmy nomination in 2016 for the reboot of ROOTS.  On February 25, 2021, Ms. Carter again made history as the first black costume designer to have a star placed on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The Black Fashion Career Day is being held to make black fashion professionals visible to students, career changers, and those with a dream deferred (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elakiXTqGN4) to stimulate, fuel, and revitalize that dream.  It is bringing eighteen (18) professionals’ attendees can identify with, one of which is an Oscar-winning woman into reach within the comfort of their own home, so they can embrace the opportunity as a real one that they too can achieve.

“I didn’t know I could be the First Lady.  Sometimes you can only be what you know exists in the world.”

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady of the

United States of America

The event is open to anyone who has a goal of breaking into fashion regardless of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The two-day event includes six (6) workshops and will conclude with a soul-stirring message from luxury shoe designer Ron Donovan (https://www.rondonovandesigns.com/).  Registration ends on March 25, 2021.  Group rates are available.  Visit the official event webpage – www.BlackFashionCareerDay.org to learn more.  The 501c3 nonprofit accepts donations for the BFW Foundation Scholarship Fund on the organization’s website – www.BlackFashionWorld.org.  All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Press, college and career recruiters, and sponsors interested in being a part of this groundbreaking event should contact Carla Nelson (646-964-7417 or email (Carla@BlackFashionWorld.org).

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