Stevie® Awards Announce Finalists in 18th Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Stevie® Awards Announce Finalists in 18th Annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service

Finalists in the 18th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, an international competition recognizing excellence in customer service, contact centers, business development, and sales, were announced today.

FAIRFAX, Va., March 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Finalists in the 18th annual Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, an international competition recognizing excellence in customer service, contact centers, business development, and sales, were announced today.

A diverse group of organizations and individuals worldwide have been recognized in awards categories for sales executives, solution providers, contact centers, new products and services, and more.

Organizations with five or more Finalist nominations include Allianz Services Pvt Ltd (Trivandrum, Kerala, India), Avetta (Lehi, UT USA), Blackhawk Network (Pleasanton, CA, USA), Capital Rx (New York, NY, USA), CivicPlus (Manhattan, KS, USA), Datasite (Minneapolis, MN, USA), DHL Express Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), DHL Express (worldwide), Element Electronics (Winnsboro, SC, USA), IBM (Armonk, NY, USA), Inspiro (Makati City, Philippines), Intuit (Toronto, ON, Canada), Loveholidays (London, United Kingdom), OpenGov (San Francisco, CA, USA), Purpol Marketing Limited (Chippenham, United Kingdom), QNB Finansbank (Istanbul, Turkey), Qualitest Group (Bridgewater, NJ, USA), Sales Partnerships, Inc. (Broomfield, CO, USA), SAP (worldwide), Support Services Group, Inc. (Waco, TX, USA), Toco Warranty (Los Angeles, CA, USA), TransPerfect Translations (New York, NY, USA), UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA, USA), ValueSelling Associates Inc. (Carlsbad, CA, USA), VIZIO Inc. (Irvine, CA, USA), VMware (Broadcom) (Palo Alto, CA, USA), and Voya Financial (New York, NY, USA).

For a full list of Finalists by category, visit

All Finalist nominations ultimately will be named Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. The placements will be revealed during a gala banquet on Friday, April 12 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tickets are now on sale.

The awards are presented by the Stevie Awards, organizers of several of the world’s leading business awards shows including the prestigious International Business Awards® and The American Business Awards®.

More than 2,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were evaluated in this year’s competition. Finalists were determined by the average scores of more than 200 professionals worldwide in seven specialized judging committees. Entries were considered in more than 60 categories for customer service and contact center achievements, including Contact Center of the Year, Award for Innovation in Customer Service, and Customer Service Department of the Year; 60 categories for sales and business development achievements, ranging from Sales Director of the Year to Sales Training Practice of the Year, and Achievement in Sales Automation; and categories to recognize new products and services and solution providers, among others.

All nominated finalist customer service departments will be included in voting for the People’s Choice Stevie® Awards for Favorite Customer Service. Beginning today through March 29, the general public may vote for their favorite providers of customer service in the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service. Voting is open at The nominee with the most votes in each category will receive a special crystal People’s Choice Stevie Award. Winners of the People’s Choice Stevie Awards in multiple industries will be honored at the awards gala in Las Vegas on April 12.

Nominations for a special prize, the Sales Partnerships Ethics in Sales Award, remain open through March 15. There are no entry fees to submit nominations for this award, which will recognize outstanding examples of ethical sales practices since the beginning of July 2022. Winners will also be announced and recognized at the April 12 ceremony.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in nine programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the new Stevie Awards for Technology Excellence. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries annually from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service include Sales Partnerships, Inc. Support Services Group, Inc., and ValueSelling Associates, Inc.

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Zenas BioPharma Appoints Patricia Allen to its Board of Directors

WALTHAM, Mass., March 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of inflammation and immunology-directed therapies, today announced the appointment of Patricia Allen to its Board of Directors, on which she also will serve as Chairperson of the Audit Committee. Ms. Allen joins the Zenas Board of Directors with over 20 years of experience leading finance, investor relations, business development, human resources, operations and IT at global public and private biotechnology companies.

“We are pleased to welcome Patty to our Board of Directors,” said Lonnie Moulder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zenas BioPharma. “She has successfully led cross-organizational functions and served on the board of directors of both private and public global biotechnology companies. We look forward to Patty’s contributions to the next phase of Zenas’ growth as we advance our mission to develop and commercialize transformative immunology-based therapies for patients in need.”

“I look forward to collaborating with the experienced Zenas team and Board of Directors, who are building a leading of inflammation and immunology-focused global biopharmaceutical company through disciplined pipeline execution and business development,” said Ms. Allen. “This is an exciting time for Zenas as they seek to progress multiple programs through the clinic to ultimately improve the lives of those living with autoimmune diseases.”

Ms. Allen most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer at Vividion Therapeutics, from where she recently retired. While at Vividion, she co-led led fundraising and the company’s acquisition by Bayer AG, as the company grew and advanced multiple programs towards the clinic. She currently serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee of Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, SwanBio Therapeutics and Anokion, in addition to holding past board member and audit committee chair roles at Inversago Pharma and Yumanity Therapeutics.

Prior to Vividion, Ms. Allen was the Chief Financial Officer at Zafgen, Inc. (now Larimer Therapeutics). Earlier, she was Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, Principal Financial Officer of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Director of Finance at Alkermes, Inc.; and Auditor at Deloitte & Touche, LLP. She received a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant College.

About Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma is a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of inflammation and immunology-directed therapies for patients in need around the world. With clinical development capabilities and operations globally, Zenas is advancing a portfolio of potentially differentiated autoimmune therapeutics in areas of high unmet medical need. We leverage the experience and capabilities of our executive management team and our established networks throughout the biopharmaceutical industry as we seek to develop therapies that can improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases. For more information about Zenas BioPharma, please visit and follow us on X (formerly Twitter) at @ZenasBioPharma and LinkedIn.

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Palestinian author Adania Shibli to be guest at 12th Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama

Palestinian author Adania Shibli will be invited as a guest at the 12th Shepherd Festival in Mount Semmama, due in Aparil 18-24, said activist and head of the Semmama Cultural Centre of Arts and Crafts Adnene Helali.

The festival’s founder indicated that Shibli will be Tunisia’s guest after that a ceremony scheduled for the Frankfurt Book Fair at which she was to receive the 2023 LiBeraturpreis award for her novel Minor Detail, had been cancelled.

The writer expressed “delight at receiving this invitation, which is an unparalleled gesture of support at a time when there is no longer any joy,” said Helali.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Burkina: five people dead in an aircraft crashHealth Minister attends 1st international conference on family health in Tehran

Diapaga: Five people were killed on Wednesday and two others injured in an aircraft crash in Diapaga in eastern Burkina, AIB learned on the scene.

According to testimonies collected by the AIB, the plane missed its takeoff and ended up in a tree.

The aircraft belongs to the Lead Air company which has been flying from Ouagadougou to Diapaga for almost three months.

We remind you that the Fada N’Gourma -Diapaga axis is difficult to access due to insecurity.

The army regularly organizes supply and transport convoys for the benefit of the populations.

Source: Burkina Information Agency

Health Minister Ali Mrabet took part in the first international conference on universal health coverage and family health held in Tehran (Iran) on March 5 and 6, with the participation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and several health ministers and senior officials from 18 countries.

The aim of this international conference is to discuss a range of issues, including health systems in the context of universal health coverage and mechanisms to protect the health of citizens, as well as mother and child health programmes, digitalisation in the health sector and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his speech, Mrabet recalled that the Palestinian people have been deprived of their right to health as a result of the aggressions perpetrated by the Zionist entity against civilians and health professionals and the bombing of hospitals in the Gaza Strip. He described the aggressions as a flagrant violation of international treaties and conventions and the right to health, which is closely linked to human
rights, as advocated by the World Health Organisation.

The Health Minister on Tuesday held talks with his Iranian counterpart, Bahram Einollahi, Minister of Health and Medical Education.

The talks focused on ways to strengthen health cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, such as cardiovascular surgery, cancer treatment and the pharmaceutical industry, in line with the guidelines set out by the Presidents of the two countries.

President Kais Saied and his Iranian counterpart expressed their desire to develop cooperation between the two countries during a meeting held in Algiers on March 2.

The Minister of Health stressed the importance of further strengthening cooperation and exchanges of experience between the two countries, particularly in the field of vaccine and pharmaceutical production and consolidating links between the Pasteur Institute in Tunis and the Pasteur Institute in Iran.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

EU Delegation in Tunis holds panel discussion on “Investing in women entrepreneurs: accelerating change”

A panel discussion on “Investing in women entrepreneurs: accelerating change” was held on Wednesday at the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT), on the initiative of the European Union delegation in Tunisia.

The ambassadors of the Member States of the European Union (EU) in Tunisia reaffirmed, on the occasion, their constant support for women entrepreneurs, given the challenges and difficulties they face in obtaining the necessary financing.

The event, which is part of the celebration of International Women’s Day, aims to pay tribute to the commitment of Tunisian women who are working towards a more inclusive entrepreneurial world.

It featured testimonials from Tunisian women entrepreneurs, as well as a panel of change-makers working in the entrepreneurship and finance ecosystem.

Participants spoke about their successes and the difficulties they face in obtaining the financing they need to start or develop their businesses. In particular, they mentioned obstacles in financial inst
itutions, such as requirements for bank guarantees and a lack of programmes tailored to their needs, as well as social and cultural norms that underestimate their entrepreneurial abilities.

EU Ambassador to Tunisia, Marcus Cornaro, pointed out that the testimonies of women entrepreneurs in Tunisia reflect their determination to break down barriers and combat stereotypes associated with women in the field of entrepreneurship.

The EU is working through cooperation programmes to promote greater involvement of women entrepreneurs and innovators in several development sectors, thereby contributing to the creation of a more inclusive economy, he stressed.

At the global level, the European Union and its Member States are stepping up their efforts to promote gender equality, in particular through the EU’s Gender Action Plan (GAP III) 2021-2025. The aim is to support equal opportunities and combat discrimination in 85% of cooperation activities.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Launch of digital campaign to combat cyber violence against girls

The “Don’t feed the monster” online campaign to combat cyber violence against girls was launched on Wednesday at the Rue de Russie high school in Tunis by Minister of the Family, Women, Children and the Elderly, Amal Belhaj Moussa.

The campaign is organised by the Centre for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF) with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Tunisia.

At the opening of the event, which was attended by a large number of students, the Minister, who was accompanied by Minister of Education Mohamed Ali Boughdiri stressed that this online campaign aims to make society aware of the dangers of cyber-violence against girls and to prevent it through the development of a culture of non-violence and education to protect women and girls from the risks of violation of their personal data and threats in cyberspace.

The Minister of Women explained that the campaign is aimed at young girls aged 13 and 17 who are enrolled in educational institutions, in order to raise their awarene
ss of this phenomenon and enable them to surf the Internet without being exposed to the dangers of digital violence.

For his part, the Minister of Education stressed the importance of this initiative to protect students from the dangers of the Internet.

Director General of CREDIF, Soraya Balkahia, said the digital campaign includes a series of communication materials in Arabic and French. These include an awareness-raising video, posters and a digital safety website

The website includes advice, useful information, testimonials on specific forms of digital violence and a list of reporting mechanisms, such as the toll-free number 1899.

This digital campaign is based on the idea that digital violence against girls is a monster that feeds on its victims’ private lives.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Belhaj Moussa calls for drawing up comprehensive report on Tunisia’s achievements in gender equality

Minister of Family, Women, Children and the Elderly Amel Belhaj Moussa called for a comprehensive report to be drawn up on the achievements of the Tunisian State in terms of gender equality, as part of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Chairing the 1st meeting of the committee responsible for preparing the Tunisian report on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for 2024, the minister said that this national report will review the significant steps taken by Tunisia to enshrine women’s economic rights, reads a ministry press release.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the prime ministry, relevant ministries and civil society.

The report on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is a reference framework for analysing the situation of women worldwide and assessing the efforts made by countries to promote women’s rights.

This is the 6th report produced by Tunisia since the adoption of the Beijing De
claration and Platform for Action in 1995.

The minister further indicated that the report will cover all the achievements made from 2019 to 2023 in terms of women and children’s rights, fight against poverty and violence, health, economy, environment, information, and access to decision-making positions.

In this respect, she pointed to the programmes implemented by the Ministry for the economic empowerment of women and girls (RAIDAT), which have helped to set up 3,679 women’s projects and create 5,605 jobs.

As part of the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), she indicated that 34 women agricultural development groups had been launched in 13 governorates for the benefit of 1,033 women, in addition to the creation of 75 sources of income in 2023, as part of the programme for the economic empowerment of agricultural women.

Belhaj Moussa further outlined the national “Samida” programme for the economic empowerment of women victims of violence, which has increased the number of shelters for thee women and thei
r children to 13 nationwide.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ezzahi meets with Italy’s Minister of Labour and Social Policies Marina Elvira Calderone

Social Affairs Minister Malek Ezzahi had a meeting on Tuesday in Rome with Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policies Marina Elvira Calderone, during which both officials discussed cooperation opportunities between Tunisia and Italy in the field of attracting labour and skills.

In this respect, Ezzahi called for boosting opportunities for Tunisians from poor and low-income families, reads a ministry press release published on Wednesday.

On a visit to Dar Tounisi, Ezzahi urged greater efforts to better represent Tunisia and to raise its flag high abroad. He also commended a group of Tunisian executives working in Italy, calling on them to redouble their efforts and demonstrate excellence in the service of Tunisia.

He also called on the social attachés working in Italy to remain attentive to the concerns of Tunisians expats and to meet their expectations, pointing to the need for greater coordination with the heads of diplomatic missions so as to serve the Tunisian community abroad.

The minister further
visited an inclusive tourism company for people with disabilities in Rome, accompanied by Italian Minister for Disability Alessandra Locatelli during which he learned about the company’s experience in employing people with disabilities.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Elections: Ben Arous governorate hosts official ceremony of setting up local council

The ceremony of setting up the new local council of Ben Arous was held, on Wednesday, at the headquarters of the governorate, following the draw operation organized, last week, by the Independent Regional Authority of Elections (IRIE) in Ben Arous.

The ceremony was attended by governor of Ben Arous, Ezzedine Chelbi, as well as new members of the local council took part in this ceremony.

Member Adel Majoul was summoned to assume the presidency of the Ben Arous local council, under the legal provisions in force.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tataouine: New regional council set up

The inauguration of the eight-member Tataouine regional council took place on Wednesday at the Tataouine governorate headquarters.

The members of the new regional council were chosen through lots involving representatives of the region’s local councils.

Speaking on the occasion, local governor Hafedh Fitouri underlined the role of each member in improving the quality of life of citizens and working to foster regional development.

He added that major projects were underway in Tataouine, including the installation of a 1,000-hectare solar power plant in Borj Bourguiba and the resumption of work on the natural gas processing plant.

Fitouri called on local and regional authorities to work together to promote the various delegations in the region.

For their part, the members of the Tataouine Regional Council, chaired by Ali Lamloum, expressed their willingness to serve

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

New regional council established in Tozeur

The new regional council in Tozeur, headed by Hichem Mbarki, has been established on Wednesday, in a ceremony held at the headquarters of the governorate.

The six members of the Tozeur regional council expressed full readiness to collaborate with representatives of the executive power, in the service of the public interest.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ibsar launches training programme on sexual and reproductive health education

The IBSAR for Culture and Leisure of Persons with Visual Impairment has launched since January a training programme on sexual and reproductive health education under the theme “Light the Paths” for 40 people with visual impairments.

IBSAR President Mohamed Mansouri told TAP that the training programme, organised with the support of OXFAM, targets some 500 visually impaired people indirectly through translation into sign language and the publication of a guide to sexual and reproductive health in an accessible format.

He also pointed out that this programme had started in January and will run until October, with five sessions in all.

“Through this programme, the aim is also to train students, midwives and doctors in obstetrics and gynaecology in the best practices to adopt in order to guarantee the right of people with disabilities to quality care and access to information,” he added.

Mansouri underlined that one of the main objectives of this project is to draw up a guide on sexual and reproductive health
for people with disabilities and for health professionals.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Gabes: Former governor sentenced to seven years in prison over documents forgery

The former governor of Gabes has been sentenced to seven years in prison for issuing forged fodder permits to cattle breeders in the region’s various delegations, prosecutor at the Gabes Court of First Instance, Faouzi Dergham, told TAP on Wednesday.

The case dates back to November 2022, Dergham said, adding that the sentence was handed down on Monday evening by the Criminal Chamber of the same court.

He explained that the Criminal Chamber first sentenced the former governor of Gabes and a manager in the governorate to five years in prison, both of whom were found guilty of forgery and the use of forged documents by a public official, according to the provisions of Chapter 55 of the Penal Code.

The Criminal Chamber also decided to sentence the former governor of Gabes to two years in prison for abuse of office with the aim of damaging the administration. It also deprived the defendant of the right to carry out public service activities, the right to wear badges of honour and the right to vote and ordered h
im to pay the costs of the proceedings.

The public prosecutor has decided to appeal the verdict, according to the same source.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Women involved in public affairs are increasingly facing pressure and threats of imprisonment (Report)

In its report titled ‘Prison, Extortion, and Threats: The Price of Women’s Participation in Public Space,’ the Intersection Association for Rights and Freedoms revealed that women involved in public affairs are increasingly facing pressure and threats of imprisonment.

At a press conference held on Wednesday to present the findings of this report, launched in 2020, report author and researcher Jenine Tlili denounced the lawsuits, defamation campaigns and acts of violence that have recently targeted journalists, lawyers, former members of parliament and male and female politicians.

The report relied on a set of direct interviews and telephone communications with victims of violations, gathering data from civil society organisations, political parties, information from media outlets, and social networks, including analyzing reports and research from rights-based and feminist associations and collecting testimonies from women who suffered assaults related to their work or activism in rights and political circle

The report mainly recommends enacting Law No. 58 of 2017 to address violence against women and children and provide a special budget to ensure that the right to protection and access to justice is achieved in an equal manner for women and men, setting up mechanisms to combat impunity and ratifying the Istanbul Convention on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of 2011.

The report also recommends establishment of a body of units specialized in crimes of violence against women and

children to investigate cases of cyber violence and prosecute perpetrators before the courts to address the phenomenon of impunity for cybercrimes against women and enabling women’s access to justice by automatically providing legal aid to women victims of cyber-violence and undertaking the victims of this type of violence, which is no less

serious than other types of violence.

It further recommends returning to the application of the principle of horizontal and vertical parity in candidacy for

elected bodie
s with a commitment to parity in appointments to administrative and political positions and taking into account the principle of women’s competence in civil and political participation.

Besides, the association laid emphasis on the need to guarantee the right of individual and collective protest by peaceful assembly, demonstration, and strike without infringing on these freedoms and without security or judicial prosecution, while respect freedom of thought, expression, and publication, including freedom of the press and the right of citizens to access all information.

It also recommends abolishing all forms of labor discrimination against women in terms of assignments, wages,

and professional promotion, and end forms of vulnerable employment in agriculture, domestic work, and other sectors.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Bizerte: Regional council officially set up

The official appointment ceremony of members of the regional council, selected by drawing lots (carried out on March 2), was held on Wednesday at the Bizerte governorate headquarters and was attended by Bizerte Governor Sami Abdellaoui.

Members of the new Bizerte regional council, chaired by Mokhtar Jaafar, affirmed their full commitment to strengthen the various aspects of socio-economic development in Bizerte.

Taking the floor, Bizerte Governor Sami Abdellaoui pointed to the importance of the electoral process approved by the President of the Republic, and the transparency with which its various stages were conducted, as well as the important role assigned to the regional councils in serving the public interest.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse