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Teams from Around the World Compete to Develop Technology Solutions for Women's Safety
ST. LOUIS, MO, (BUSINESS WIRE), November 19, 2017 - XPRIZE, the global leader in designing incentive competitions to solve humanity's grand challenges, has announced the 21 teams advancing in the $1M Anu & Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE, which challenges competitors around the world to leverage technology to create accessible and affordable safety solutions that help tackle violence and harassment against women.

The competition challenges a diverse range of global teams, including several cross-country collaborations, to develop an affordable, pragmatic device that provides women with the ability to rapidly respond to threats. The solution should autonomously and inconspicuously trigger an emergency alert and transmit information to a network of community responders, all within 90 seconds. In order to help give the product maximum adoption potential, the winning technology should cost no more than US$40.

With XPRIZE, Anu and Naveen Jain conceptualized and launched the Women's Safety XPRIZE as a response against the mounting frequency of harassment and assault women face across developed and emerging countries alike.

"According to statistics from the United Nations, one in three women have faced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, with one in five being a victim of assault on college campuses across the United States - yet 90 percent of victims don't report the case," said Anu Jain, philanthropist and champion for the Women's Safety XPRIZE. "We sparked this initiative to curb the harassment epidemic against women and empower them to pursue their dreams."

The semifinalists were chosen by an independent judging panel from a field of 85 teams following XPRIZE's initial launch at a United Nations day celebration in October 2016. Among them are app developers, technology researchers, academic institutions and startups working toward safety for women worldwide.

St. Louis-based SafeTrek, led by Nick Droege, SafeTrek is building on top of their personal safety application's infrastructure to launch the first connected safety platform where anyone can sync their existing apps and products with SafeTrek's services to enable new, efficient and user-friendly methods of getting help in any emergency.

"We are immensely proud of the most talented entrepreneurs and visionaries in the world who are developing the products to enable millions of women to truly live without fear," said Naveen Jain, philanthropist and champion for the Women's Safety XPRIZE.

St. Louis Companies Recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality
ST. LOUIS, MO, (PRNewswire), November 12, 2017 - St. Louis-based Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

"We are committed not just to diversity, but to creating a culture of inclusion that enables us to more effectively compete in the marketplace," said Susan Stith, vice president of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving. "We do a better job by ensuring diverse views are represented in our innovation, problem-solving and proactive work to improve health and drive value in healthcare."

"We have nearly 26,000 employees, diverse in background, but united by a common mission of putting medicine in reach for the 80 million Americans we serve," said Tim Wentworth, chief executive officer and president. "We're proud to be recognized as a best place to work for LGBTQ equality and committed to being inclusive for all."

Express Scripts' perfect score recognizes a range of proactive and inclusive practices, including Express Scripts' comprehensive benefits package, enterprise-wide diversity training and non-discrimination protections, inclusive recruiting and community engagement.

More than 945 companies participated in the CEI process. In St. Louis, other companies making the list included: Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Bryan Cave, LLP, Caleres, Centenne Corp., Edward Jones, Federal Reserve St. Louis, Fleishman-Hillard, Husch Blackwell, LLP, Monsanto, Nestlé Purina PetCare Co, and Thompson Coburn, LLP.

Art Van Furniture Announces Franchise Partnership with St. Louis Retail Owner of Rothman Furniture & Mattress
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, November 5, 2017 - Art Van Furniture has signed its largest franchise agreement with Jay Steinback, president and CEO of the St. Louis-based Rothman Furniture & Mattress.

The announcement was made by Kim Yost, president and CEO of Art Van Furniture, and Steinback. The new franchise partnership will add seven stores to Art Van Furniture's growing roster, further expanding its footprint into Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.

In a release, Yost said, "We are bringing together two of our industry's most successful furniture families in an unprecedented partnership. Together we can provide our customers tremendous synergy and an even deeper commitment to our communities."

Steinback, a third-generation owner of the 90-year-old family-owned and operated Rothman Furniture & Mattress, said, "Our partnership with Art Van Furniture allows our family's 90-year-old legacy of providing quality furniture and service to live on in the St. Louis community."

Since 1927, Rothman Furniture & Mattress has been offering quality home furnishings to the greater St. Louis area and employs more than 240 team members. The locations included in the franchise agreement are in Affton, Bridgeton, Richmond Heights, O'Fallon, Missouri as well as Fairview Heights, Illinois. The agreement includes the conversion of the Magnolia Home Gallery by Rothman in Richmond Heights, Missouri which will become a 4,500 square-foot Art Van Design Studio with interior design services. Additional locations to be determined.

Metro St. Louis customers will benefit from Art Van Furniture's dominant buying power, warehousing and delivery capabilities. Art Van Furniture carries popular name brands such as La-Z-Boy, Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, and Cindy Crawford Home. The new stores will also include Art Van PureSleep with today's most trusted brands in the sleep industry, featuring Sealy, Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster, Tempur-Pedic, Serta, iComfort, Sleep to Live, King Koil, Reverie and PURETECH.

Rothman Furniture & Mattress is currently liquidating its entire inventory during the store closings. Steinback has offered the vast majority of Rothman Furniture & Mattress associates positions with Art Van Furniture of St. Louis. Grand opening celebrations are slated for first quarter 2018.

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