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Sharon L. Hadden Published January 2015: FBI Looking for 'Tech Talent' in East Bay and Nearby for Cybersecurity Jobs (Patch) FBI recruiting Bay Area tech specialists for cybersecurity jobs (San Jose Mercury News) The FBI Wants To Tap Into Bay Area’s Talented Tech Pool To Bolster Its Cybersecuity Capability (CBS SF Bay Area) FBI recruiting Bay Area tech specialists for cybersecurity jobs (Contra Costa Times) FBI seeks geeks to battle cybercrime (SFBay)


Cyber Talent Wanted FBI Seeks Tech Experts to Become Special Agents

What: The FBI is currently canvassing for individuals with a tech background for Cyber program careers. Among Special Agent careers, the FBI is also recruiting for its Cyber Internship Program. Who: Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Malcolm Palmore FBI San Francisco, Cyber Program

Why: The FBI is recruiting cyber talent for placement in various offices, throughout the United States. Given the unique talent pool within the San Francisco Bay area, this information is especially valuable for tech professionals throughout Silicon Valley. ASAC Palmore is available to discuss FBI cyber career opportunities currently available.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact FBI Public Affairs Specialist Sharon Hadden.



Published January 14, 2014: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2014

Hollywood Actress Chooses Interior Designer Through Social Media

WASHINGTON — What started as a casual encounter via social media, turned into a serendipitous opportunity for Trystin Kier Francis, principal and chief of design, Trystin Kier Company, to redesign actress and comedienne, Kym Whitley's Los Angeles home. Francis began his conversation via Twitter, advising Whitley that he wanted to decorate her home and later referencing his website to share additional details on his creative arts design firm based out of Washington. "Design! Design! Design! How I love great design and good people! @KymWhitley I love your show and would love to decorate your beautiful home," Francis tweeted. Francis says, “Never did I think she would respond, and two months later, I was in her home working on the biggest project of my career.” His inquiry piqued the interest of the star of the Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series, Raising Whitley, and from there, blossomed into their current business relationship. In addition to designing Whitley's home, Francis will also make an appearance on the Raising Whitley show, official details to follow. "I admire Kym for being a courageous mother and advocate for issues that effect women and children. I'm so honored to give her the Trystin Treatment,” Francis explains. As a 2004 graduate of Benedict College, Francis takes the school's mission, "Be a power for good in society," to heart. He is an adept philanthropist, working with and giving to several charities and organizations such as the Washington Youth Choir and the Arthritis Foundation. A native New Yorker and the son of Panamanian immigrants, Francis is a recipient of the Envest Foundation 2013 top “40under40" award, winner of the Washington City Paper Best of D.C. 2013 “Best Interior Designer” and Radio One 2011 “Top 30 Under 30″ award. Francis has also been ranked among Washington elite as a 2013-2014 member of “Who’s Who in Black Washington, D.C."


Francis is one of the most notable, young professional designers on the east coast. He is known among the Washington insiders as the “48 Hour Designer” for his 2010, rapid redesign of current D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s executive office suite. Francis has an impressive professional background, having rubbed shoulders and worked with some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment and politics, formerly as an event designer. ###

For Immediate Release June 6, 2012 Luxury Salon to Host Customer Appreciation Soiree Event to double as soft opening for Bethesda celebrity hair stylist


Seven & Company Luxury Salon


Client Appreciation Soiree and Soft Grand Opening


Seven & Company, at Lux Studios, 4711 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD Sunday, June 6, 2012, 3pm to 6pm

BETHESDA, MD – The style explosion continues in the Washington, DC area as salon owner, Adrin “Seven” Washington celebrates customer loyalty at the Seven & Company Client Appreciation Soiree on Sunday, June 10th from 3pm-6pm. Seven & Company is a luxury hair studio located in Bethesda, Maryland. Of cable television’s “Real DC Housewives” fame, and formerly the go-to stylist and education director for Ted Gibson’s HELA Spa in posh Chevy Chase, Md., Seven has branched out on his own, a long-time dream of the celebrity stylist. He’s now ready to offer his own signature to hair styling – with a twist. Seven's first ever customer appreciation soiree will feature hair/scalp and skin care analysis, complimentary polish changes and mini massages. The pampering will be coupled with music, heavy hors d’oeuvers, drinks and swag in an effort to thank Seven & Company clients for their loyalty and support. Select vendors such as, Sweet Themez Bakery of Adams Morgan, Scentsy Candle and Hush Clothing Boutique will be on site to complement pampering with retail therapy. “This is a very exciting time for Seven & Company,” said the new entrepreneur. “Seven & Company’s goal is to provide high-quality hair care services in a timely fashion. What sets us apart is our level of professionalism and commitment to customer service.”


The company this week unveiled its website,, which features an impressive photo gallery of Seven’s hair creations, hair care tips and resources, and a direct connection with the celebrity hair stylist. Offering clients new ways to appreciate what can be a grueling and ungratifying experience, Seven & Company offers complimentary consultations and caters to its clients by providing hand massages during wait times, complimentary beverages and a private, individual suite for each client. “Heal the hair, touch the soul.” “Artistically, you can style the hair the way you want around the world, any way you want. Scientifically, you have to know what you’re using on the hair,” he stated. “Every stylist doesn’t know what to feed the hair to make it healthy and strong. You just don’t want to have a nice hair style; you want a nice hairstyle that’s healthy.” Seven’s signature styles have found their way to the pages of Vogue, InStyle, and Essence, which referred to him as the go-to beauty guru for precise haircuts and hair extension. He has been matched with the likes of celebrities such as Patti La Belle, Lynda Carter, American Ferrera and Jennifer Hudson, to name a few. His work has been featured on numerous television programs including “Good Morning America,” “The Martha Stewart Show,” and “Extreme Makeover.” ###

Targeted Media Pitch to US News

Online Education Program Rewards Performance, Not Seat Time The College for America program is revolutionarily affordable, accountable and achievable. During a major policy speech on college affordability, President Obama made mention of College for America’s competency-based program, praising it for awarding credit based on learning and not “seat time”. Rather than traditional courses and credit hours, students are challenged to develop an Individual Mastery Plan, which outlines key competencies to master during their program. Once a student completes a task, his or her progress is reflected in a dynamic online knowledge map. As a result, students are able to easily balance the demands of work, family, education and life in general—all while cultivating an e-portfolio that outlines their capabilities in terms employers can understand. The program offers a powerful way to develop the workforce and a low-cost benefit to retain employees.


On Thursday, September 12, officials from College for America recognized the innovative program’s very first graduates, during a ceremony held on the Southern New Hampshire University campus. The students, who are full-time employees at workplaces across the country, received their diplomas and were recognized for their pioneering role in this national higher education milestone. The founder of College for America and president of Southern New Hampshire University, Paul LeBlanc is available for interview immediately, with advance request. Zach Sherman, recent program graduate, is also available. Additional students, as well as a spokesperson/partner from FedEx, Panera and ConAgra, are also available for interview.

Press Samples  

Here is a sample of press releases writing and media pitching, including a link to a recent release published in the Washington Informer.

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