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Calyn Ostrowski

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Diving (NCAA)



University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Calyn Ostrowski has dedicated her career to improving the health and wellness of communities worldwide. In collaboration with global policymakers, investors, and world-renown experts, she has worked to expand programs, policies, and research that tackles critical human rights issues from immigration, climate change, and reproductive health; to financial literacy and gender equity. An accomplished fundraiser and executive, Calyn has led operations and strategic partnerships for a diverse portfolio of nonprofit organizations, academic, government and financial institutions; leveraging capital to advance innovative business leaders and programs that deliver scalable solutions to today’s global challenges. Recently, she served as executive director of the Worldwide Foundation for Credit Unions where she led strategic planning, fundraising and operations to strengthen the economic security of millions worldwide. In this capacity, Calyn also oversaw the industry’s Global Women’s Leadership Network and created international training activities to close equity gaps in women’s access to capital and professional development opportunities. During her tenure, she expanded the Network to 2,000 members in 78 countries and 60 global chapters; and facilitated trainings for 25,000 emerging and executive female leaders worldwide - resulting in the 2017 Distinguished Service Award and industry’s top global honor. Prior to joining the foundation, Calyn led the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Global Health Initiative–a top 10 global think tank– where she served as issue expert and facilitated dialogue forums with domestic and international donors, policymakers, media, NGOs and academia to improve the quality of care for women’s health. She now serves as Director of Advancement for the University of Wisconsin’s Global Health Institute, leading philanthropic and fundraising efforts to advance equitable and sustainable health across Wisconsin and the world. Calyn is passionate about global outreach while also making a local impact. She currently serves as volunteer board member for the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Economic Justice Institute and recently completed board terms for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and Badgerland Girl Scouts. A health advocate, she is a member of Athletes for Care, a nonprofit organization uniting professional athletes as one voice to support research, education and positive social change. Calyn is co-founder of the Midwest’s first Tokeativity chapter that works to empower women at the root level and forward the normalization of cannabis through in-person and online events happening across the globe where women connect, learn and create. Calyn holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she dove for the Women’s Swimming and Diving team.

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NFL's Clint Johnson Joins Cannabis Advocacy Group, Says Helping Others Is 'Lifelong Mission'
NFL's Clint Johnson Joins Cannabis Advocacy Group, Says Helping Others Is 'Lifelong Mission'
Athletes for CARE recently hired Clint Johnson, former football player for the Atlanta Falcons (NFL), Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) and Notre Dame.

Johnson will be the organization's Director of Development.

Athletes for CARE is focused on advocating for research, education, and compassion around health issues, with a focus on cannabis. Johnson will bring a wealth of experience from a dynamic career focused on the growth, development, and expansion of organizations that directly benefit the community, to his role at Athletes for CARE.
The Week In Cannabis: GrowGeneration’s Spike, Big Earnings, Stocks In Decline, And Dutchie’s Funding
The Week In Cannabis: GrowGeneration’s Spike, Big Earnings, Stocks In Decline, And Dutchie’s Funding
GRWG) managed to close in the green, with gains of 24%. This still meant giving up some of the gains accrued between Aug. 12 and Aug. 19.

The rally started last Friday when the grow supplies company reported its second-quarter financial results, establishing a new revenue record for the tenth consecutive quarter.

GrowGeneration continued to spike on Monday after Jim Cramer interviewed CEO Darren Lampert on CNBC, describing its business model as the “most exciting” he’s seen in retail.

Following a five-day rally, GrowGeneration’s stock hit a peak of $22.30 on Wednesday, and commenced a small decline as excitement around its earnings wore off and some investors looked to take profits. On Friday, shares took a dive of more than 9% after Hindenburg Research published a report arguing the “Euphoric Retail Stock Has The Brightest Management Red Flags” that analysts have “ever seen,” saying downside surpasses 70%.
With CFL season scuttled, Bergman enjoys 'just being a dad'
With CFL season scuttled, Bergman enjoys 'just being a dad'
The silver lining for Norfolk County native Shane Bergman in COVID-19 upsetting plans for the 2020 Canadian Football League season is the extra time he got to spend with his nine-month-old son, Asher.

The season, originally scheduled to begin in June, was officially cancelled this week.

The CFL had asked the federal government for a $30-million interest-free loan with the intention of creating a hub city (Winnipeg) to host games with no spectators. But the loan was turned down and the CFL put the brakes on plans for a six-game regular season, followed by playoffs and a Grey Cup.

“I had no idea what was going on with those talks between the CFL and the federal government,” said the offensive lineman for the Calgary Stampeders. “I didn’t know about the final decision but I thought it was going (to be cancelled) just because it took so long. It was inevitable.”
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