Category: September

  • STAR TREK DAY | September 8

    STAR TREK DAY | September 8

    Fans across the globe celebrate Star Trek Day on September 8 to remember the timeless legacy Star Trek has made on society and pop culture.


    On September 8, 1966, a television series pilot known as Star Trek was introduced on American television. Aiming for an adult audience, this was the was the first time a scientific fiction series would explore morality through scientific narratives. Most movies or television shows would contain science but would often create conflict of suffering and injustice to solve problems. However, Star Trek was different. The series would put actors in the forefront making scientific arguments, while providing peaceful solutions to problems without using violence.

    What was the first episode of Star Trek? In a galaxy far, far away “The Man Trap” aired as the pilot episode for Star Trek: The Original Series. Creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision to successfully deliver a storyline of intergalactic drama full of diversity, acceptance and hope became a reality on todays date. Though the series intention was to be a fictional story, Star Trek would become a futuristic franchise, showcasing humans living in harmony with space and Earth.

    The Starship Enterprise

    The original cast of the Star Trek series was one of the most diverse looking characters ever seen on television at the time. The main crew consisted of:

    • Ship Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner)
    • First Officer and Science Officer Spock (Leonard Nimoy)
    • Chief Medical Officer: Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelly)
    • Opening Credits Narrator: William Shatner

    Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. ~ William Shatner


    • Watch the original Star Trek pilot series.
    • Host a Star Trek Marathon with your friends and family.
    • Dress up in your favorite Star Trek character and host a Treki party.
    • Learn Klingon (the official Star Trek language).
    • Find a Star Trek convention and attend.
    • Introduce Star Trek to a new generation.
    • Post your Star Trek moments on social media and tag #StarTrekDay.


    For 56 years, Star Trek has been captivating audiences across the world. Now considered one of the most successful franchise, the legacy of the original series continues to greet millions of fans. In 2022, Paramount+ is paying special tribute to fans by hosting a variety of celebrations honoring Star Trek through the years.

    Future Events

    For more information visit the Star Trek Day website.



    September 1 we celebrate National Hotel Employee Day and honor nearly 2 million employees who work in the industry.


    Across the United States, hotel employees play a key role in some of Americans’ most important life events. Whether they’re helping facilitate family reunions, preparing for wedding receptions, or assisting guests with vacation activities, hotel employees are the backbone of any hotel stay. In addition, they keep guests safe, give back to their communities and are critical to making our nation’s nearly $2 trillion travel and tourism industry run smoothly.

    The hotel industry is a vibrant, innovative, and dynamic business. The success of each hotel depends upon the hardworking employees who staff the property on a daily basis. Each employee, including those who work behind the scenes, plays an important role in everyday operations.

    Hotel Employee Facts

    • There are nearly 2 million hotel employees in America.
    • The hotel industry offers employees more than 200 different career paths.
    • More than 50% of hotel general managers got their start in an entry level position.
    • On average, entry level hotel workers receive a raise within 9-12 months of being hired.
    • About 80% of entry level hotel workers are eligible for a promotion in less than one year of being hired.

    Hotel Operations

      What makes a hotel property successful? A successful hotel depends on the day-to-day activity of each employee. Providing guests the best experience possible requires a partnership among every section, department, and employee in the hotel. In fact, hotel employees typically work in one or more of nine major areas:

      • Lobby and guest services
      • Food and beverage
      • Recreation and events
      • Rooms
      • Security
      • Engineering and maintenance
      • Sales and marketing
      • Accounting
      • Human Resources

      Book It

      There are many different types of hotels and a variety of factors to consider before booking a stay, including location, amenities as well as reviews and recommendations. Technology has transformed the way guests book their hotel rooms. Today, hotel bookings make up 15 percent of all U.S. ecommerce, with some 500 online bookings happening every minute. Here are some consumer tips when booking hotels online:

      • Look before you book. Take time to verify the hotel’s booking site by checking the URL address. It’s important to know you are giving your personal information to the right hotel. Although the hotel name may be part of the URL, double check the website address to ensure it’s not a third-party vendor using a hotel’s identity without permission.
      • Take advantage of loyalty programs. Sign up for loyalty programs at your favorite hotels. Loyalty programs are free and offer a host of benefits. Remember to always book directly with the hotel to ensure you’re getting your points.
      • Ask the right questions. Before providing your credit card information, check the following:
        • What is the cancellation/trip change policy?
        • Is it a secure payment site? The URL should have a small lock and start with https://, and not http://.
        • Is the site, in any way, affiliated with the hotel?
      • Book directly with the hotel or a trusted travel agent. This helps ensure you get what you want and need from your reservation and provides the better value.


      • Thank a hotel employee in person
      • Leave a good review about your hotel stay online
      • Create a bucket list of must-stay hotels and visit those places
      • Tag and post #HotelEmployeeDay when you share photos of your hotel stay on social media


      In 2022, The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and National Day Calendar decided to celebrate National Hotel Employee Day each year on September 1. The day is meant to thank hotel employees for their hard work and dedication and recognize the integral role they play in our nation’s travel, tourism, and hotel industries.

      For more than 100 years, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has been the representative and advocate for the U.S. lodging industry and its employees. AHLA is the only national association representing all segments of the hotel industry, including major chains, independent hotels, management companies, REITs, bed and breakfasts, industry partners and more. In addition to representing most U.S. hotel properties, AHLA represents the millions of employees who make them run, including:

      • Team members who work in both front and back of the house roles
      • General managers
      • Owners
      • CEOs
      • Corporate staff

      For more information, contact

    • NATIONAL CINEMA DAY | September 3

      NATIONAL CINEMA DAY | September 3

      On September 3 National Cinema Day celebrates movie lovers across the country and encourages them to return to the theatre and enjoy a movie on the big screen. 


      We all have memories of going to the movie theater. The excitement we felt waiting in anticipation for our favorite movie star to appear on the screen was exciting. No movie was complete without a box of fresh buttered popcorn and our favorite drink in hand. If we were lucky, we were able to get some candy, too. On National Cinema Day, everyone is encouraged to go to a movie and relive that special feeling of seeing your favorite movie star on the big screen. 

      Behind the Scenes 

      Movies have been around since the late 1800s. Louis Le Prince receives credit for coming up with the idea of moving images on a screen. His Praxinoscope invention was a single-lens camera that had the ability to take 12 frames per second. Le Prince was in the process of patenting his invention when he was killed by an unknown person. Even though he met his demise, Le Prince was the inspiration for an industry that awes us just as much as the original movies did.  

      Who invented motion pictures? Thomas Edison receives the credit for inventing the first device to show a motion picture. In fact, Edison would be the first to commercially sell his kinetoscope invention even though he was skeptical about his idea. Interestingly, the device would be used in public kinetoscope parlors for public view. By 1915, small theaters were set up in storefronts to view a motion picture known as nickelodeons.

      5 Early Motion Pictures

      • 1891 – Dickson Greeting
      • 1893 – Blacksmith Scene
      • 1895 – The Execution of Mary Stuart
      • 1896 – Le Manoir du diable (The House of the Devil)
      • 1902 – A Trip to the Moon (1902)

      Motion pictures have come a long way since the beginning. As technology has improved, so has the production of what we view on the screen. During the early years of movie production, the audience was awed by the ability to view moving people on the screen. Movies were in black and white and had no sound. Most of the time, live music was playing within a theater as the film moved on the screen. Today, movie goers expect to see amazing graphics, realistic stunts, and hear astounding music scores.



      This celebration is being promoted by The National Association of Theater Owners and The Cinema Foundation to encourage people to head to the theater. The foundation is offering special pricing of $3 movies at participating theaters as a way to celebrate today.  If you would like more information about a participating theater in your area, visit

    • NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

      NATIONAL PASTOR’S SPOUSES DAY | First Sunday in September

      The first Sunday in September celebrates National Pastor’s Spouses Day to honor the spouses who commit to supporting the pastor they married.


      Pastors are leaders of a church known for delivering sermons to church members. However, there is more to being a pastor than speaking to the congregation on weekly basis. They also have other duties that require assistance in daily planning. That assistance comes in the form of the pastor’s spouse.

      The spouse of a pastor supports, encourages, and helps the pastor serve the congregation and community. Without spousal assistance, a pastor would struggle while navigating through the daily responsibilities required of them. The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is a working union, supporting each other though ministry, friendship, and creating a spiritual atmosphere for themselves and the congregation.

      Staying Balanced

      The relationship between a pastor and their spouse is like any other marriage union. In fact, they have the same goals as any other couple. However, living under the watchful eye of their congregation can be stressful. They are often set to a higher standard. Pastoral couples must practice and live the life they have chosen, especially when they are assisting other couples with their relationships.

      5 Tips for a Successful Relationship

      • Communicate daily and always be clear.
      • Have personal time together away from daily duties and stresses.
      • Work through disagreements.
      • Have trust in one another.
      • Forgive each other.

      There are many things a pastor and their spouse do together as part of their calling. Living a wholesome life every day, while maintaining respect from the congregation can be difficult. However, because a of the unique experience a pastor has, it’s easy to guide the community towards living a life of glory with the help of their spouse.

      Why settle for the wings of a sparrow, when you can have the wings of an eagle! St. John 10:10

      What is fellowship? Fellowship is the opposite of division and drives a purposeful life. It is seeing beyond oneself to engage with others in community. It’s not about agreeing on every detail, but rather agreeing one cannot go alone and find purpose.

      How do you participate in fellowship? Staying after services to visit congregation members allows others to get to know the pastor and their family. When you build relationships with your ministry, it encourages others to be supportive of one another. Encouraging, promoting, and supporting good fellowship between members of a congregation provides emotional balance for everyone.

      Duties of a Pastor

      • Offering counseling.
      • Visiting hospitals.
      • Performing funerals.
      • Officiating weddings.
      • Being available when needed.

      Duties of a Pastor Spouse

      • Influences church culture.
      • Offers support and friendship to spouse and congregation.
      • Travels with spouse to share ministry message.
      • Visits congregation members.
      • Assists with planning events.


      • Show support for your pastor and their spouse.
      • Allow a pastor and their family to have personal space.
      • Be a friend.
      • Plan a special event, such as an anniversary party, for your pastor and spouse.
      • Offer assistance with planning events for the congregation.


      In 2022, Better Way Apostolic Church put in a request to have National Pastor’s Spouses Day added to the calendar. After consideration, the committee decided to approve the day, vowing to celebrate the new National Day the first Sunday in September each year.

      Better Way Apostolic Church is a place of worship that celebrates joyous occasions. The church comforts all during times of trouble. It also provides spiritual inspiration and direction to some of life’s most difficult moments, offering services to anyone who enters their doors. Best of all, they celebrate life!

      • Men’s Ministry
      • 1st Sons
      • Women of Purpose
      • Victorians
      • Married Couples Ministry
      • Singles Ministry
      • Christian Education and Outreach
      • Youth Department
      • Pastor’s Aide
      • Martha Ministry (Culinary)
      • Ushers
      • Youth Choir
      • Media Ministry
      • Social Media Ministry

      Behind the Scenes

      Elder Harold G. Durham is a significant voice of Christianity throughout the world and Pastor at Better Way Apostolic Church. Pastor Durham is an exciting, dynamic, and innovative member of the clergy. His sermons promote spiritual, social, and intellectual growth among his audiences. He preaches from a solid scriptural foundation, bringing to light new understanding and applications of Kingdom principals. His greatest joy is when people come to the Lord and allow Him to change them from the inside out, becoming a positive role model to all that they come in contact with daily.

      Pastor Durham is a Conference and Marriage Couples speaker. His goal is to help keep families together because a strong family helps to strengthen the core values as a nation. In addition to Pastoring within the four walls, Pastor Durham works with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a Religious Volunteer/Mentor with prisoners between the age of 17-21 years old. He helps to bring out the God-given greatness within each of them.

      Dr. Shirley Durham was born in Linden, Texas and is a woman of God. Her God-given vision is to help pastors and their wives, men, woman, and children around the world. She moves in the prophetic, preaching a powerful, anointed, and uncompromising message. She is a woman given to hospitality. She hosts marriage fellowships, singles gatherings, and mother and daughter tea gatherings in her home. She believes in the power of prayer.

      Pastor Harold Duhram and First Lady Shirley Duhram formed a union in marriage and service to serve under the eyes of God. Together they have five children. They are the president and founders of Better Way Apostolic Church, Inc. Arlington, Texas.



      Sourdough September celebrates the world’s oldest leavened bread, giving everyone a chance to enjoy this delicious delight the entire month.


      The entire month of September provides opportunity for bread baker’s across the world to share their talent of making sourdough bread. Initially starting as a campaign, this month long bread holiday has turned into a food celebration.

      What is sourdough bread? Unlike dry yeast breads, sourdough bread begins from a “starter” that contains a live culture of yeast. Interestingly, a sourdough starter can be a saved piece of sourdough bread from a previous or old piece of bread. The “sour” part of the dough is created by adding water and flour every week to the old piece of bread until it becomes fermented. Basically, a process naturally occurs between the yeast and “good” bacteria causes the mixture to sour and prompts growth. That growth eventually becomes a loaf of bread.

      Can you make a sourdough starter from scratch? Making a sourdough starter is super easy. You want to make wild yeast, which is 1/2 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water mixed into a paste. Over a period of about seven days, you’re going to remove, add, feed, and mix your wild yeast. You can visit any baking website on the Internet for a standard recipe. However, you might want to ask a family member if they have a recipe before you search the world wide web.

      Did You Know?

      • It is believed sourdough originated in Ancient Egyptian times around 1500 BC.
      • It appears the French bakers receive credit for bringing sourdough bread to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush in 1848.
      • San Francisco bakers are using the same sourdough culture used during the Gold Rush. In fact, to this day bakers refer to it to as the “Mother dough.”
      • Louise Boudin risked her life to save the original “Mother dough” during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.
      • You should bake sourdough bread in glass because the metal in baking sheets causes the dough to corrode.

      Is sourdough bread healthier than other breads? Yes! Sourdough bread is considered to be the least processed bread because of so few ingredients. It’s also easier to digest because the bread acts as a prebiotic, meaning the bread fiber helps to process the good bacteria found in intestines. Good bacteria helps us maintain a healthy digestive system. Furthermore, sourdough bread has been known reduce the rate starches are digested in the intestines. lowering the glycemic index.

      Not Just a Bread

      There are other uses for your sourdough recipes besides standard bread. In fact, sourdough can be used for several other things, such as:

      • Crackers
      • English muffins
      • Pancakes
      • Biscuits
      • Pizza crust
      • Pretzels
      • Rolls
      • Pie Crust


      • Share your sourdough recipe with family.
      • Bake real sourdough bread and deliver it to friends.
      • Buy 100% genuine sourdough bread from a local bakery.
      • Host a sourdough baking party, complete with condiments to go with your fresh sourdough bread.
      • Create several sourdough starters, add baking instructions and give them away to neighbors.
      • Attend a sourdough baking class.
      • Enter a local bread baking contest with your sourdough recipe.
      • Raise money for the charity Sustain.
      • Tag and share your sourdough celebration on social media using #SourdoughSeptember.


      In 2012, the Real Bread Campaign came up with an idea to get people to try, buy, or make their own sourdough. This food month began as a campaign to promote the benefits of real sourdough bread. Though the Real Bread Campaign celebrates food throughout the year, this month long food holiday shines the light on the baker’s who put time and effort into providing a genuine sourdough product.

      Each year the Real Bread Campaign encourages people to celebrate through sharing. In fact, they encourage bakers and bread lovers to add their sourdough event to their Real Bread Calendar. Their website provides several tips and ideas on how you can celebrate #SourdoughSeptember in your area.

      In 2022, follower Chris Young from Sustain reached out to National Day Calendar to request this trending holiday be added to our calendar. After researching it’s origins, we were convinced that this month long celebration was an excellent fix. Thank you Chris Young! If you would like more information about Sustain, you can email them at:



      September 22 focuses on raising awareness and sharing education about all 50 states and their capitals on National States and Capitals Day.


      As children, we learn about the 50 states and their capitals in the U.S. But as we get older, we tend to forget those important cities and their role in crafting policy and influencing the economy. And, while everybody knows their own state capital, many do not even remember the capital of the state next door. Today, let’s take the time to remind ourselves how important every state and capital is to our nation.

      Learning about States and Capitals

      Remember those paper maps we were given to learn about states and capitals? Our worksheet had blank states with star indicating where the capital was supposed to be. The agony of naming each state and capital was definitely stressful! We spent time memorizing names, where the state was and naming each capital. Not to mention spelling everything correctly. Some of us were lucky to have a teacher that would play a game to help us remember.

      Typically, we learn about states and capitals between the grades 3-6, starting with the state we live in. From there, we learn our country has 50 states and 50 capitals within each state. All 50 capitals have a unique history, which means there are 50 reasons why a specific city or town was chosen to be a state capital. In addition, we eventually learn how governments operate and the vital roll each state plays in our national government.

      Are state capitals found in the largest cities of each states? No. The first state capitals were built according the where the majority of the population lived in a state, or near a main access hub. For example, North Dakota is home of National Day Calendar. Our state capital is Bismarck, but was once the capital of the Dakota Territory. The Northern Pacific Railroad was built to transfer goods from eastern U.S. to the west, making Bismarck the prime location for state government. Bismarck became the official state capital only after the territory was split into 2 states–North and South Dakota.


      • The letter Q is the only letter NOT found in any of the state names
      • Sweet Home, Alabama is a real place.
      • It’s illegal to bury people in San Francisco, California.
      • New Jersey has a volcano.
      • South Carolina has a place called Monkey Island, that has over 4,000 rhesus monkeys.
      • The state bird for Wisconsin is a plastic flamingo.
      • There are more chickens in Delaware than there are people.
      • The Empire State Building in New York has it’s own zip code.

      State Capitals in Small Cities

      • Juneau, Alaska, population est. 32,300.
      • Dover, Delaware, population est. 39,400.
      • Frankfort, Kentucky, population est. 28,600.
      • Augusta, Maine, population est. 18,900.
      • Annapolis, Maryland, population est. 40,800.
      • Jefferson City, Missouri, population est. 43,230.
      • Helena, Montana, population est. 32,100.
      • Concord, New Hampshire, population est. 4,000.
      • Pierre, South Dakota, population est. 14,100.
      • Montpelier, Vermont, population est. 8,100.


      • Divide learning about states into regions to learn each region before moving on to the next.
      • Check out a book from the library each week on a specific state to learn facts. Return the book and pick another state until all states have been covered.
      • Learn fun facts about states. What famous people are from there? What kind of tourist attractions might be fun to visit?
      • Fix a puzzle with all 50 states and capitals.
      • Draw a map of the United States with the states and fill in the capitals, too.
      • Use Dick & Jane Educational Snacks to help your kids learn about states and capitals.
      • Tag your videos learning states and capitals on social media #NationalStatesandCapitalsDay.


      Dick & Jane Educational Snacks receives credit for the idea to celebrate National States and Capitals Day on September 22. Not only does it raise awareness about the importance of knowing all 50 states and capitals, it reminds people to have fun while learning.

      Owners Dick & Jane (yes, those are their real names), have a passion for education. With a mission to bring a fun way for kids to enjoy learning, they set out to help kids enjoy learning through creating a business of healthy snacks that also serve as learning tools. Primarily geared for students K-8, their snacks can be used as a teaching tool to learn about:

      If you would like more information about Dick & Jane Educational Snacks, please contact:

      Alisha Beasley
      Business Development Manager

    • WORLD DENSE BREAST DAY | Last Wednesday in September

      WORLD DENSE BREAST DAY | Last Wednesday in September

      We highlight World Dense Breast Day on the last Wednesday in September to raise awareness about the importance of breast screening, breast density, and other screening tests women should consider after their mammogram.


      Dense breasts can both hide cancers on a mammogram and also increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Because both dense tissue and tumors show up as “white” on a mammogram, cancers can be hidden in dense breast tissue. It’s like trying to find a snowball in a blizzard. Not only do dense breasts hide cancer on a mammogram, they also increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Today, on World Dense Breast Day, we all can raise awareness and share medically sourced educational resources on dense breasts.

      To view images of mammograms with dense breast tissue, visit

      Breasts are made of fat and glands (that make milk) held together by fibrous tissue. Each woman has a unique mix of fatty and dense (glands and fibrous) tissue in her breasts. Furthermore, the more glands and fibrous tissue that a woman has, the “denser” her breast tissue. Almost half of the women over the age of 40 have dense breasts. However, the denser the breast tissue, the greater the chance that a cancer will be missed. Unfortunately, a woman’s risk for breast cancer increases with the level of density in her breast.

      Common Questions

      What do I need to know about mammograms and dense breasts? An ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may find cancers not seen on a mammogram in a woman who has dense breasts. Unfortunately, information about a woman’s breast density and other screening options are not always provided after a mammogram. Women should always talk to their health care provider about any additional tests available to them.

      How do I find out if I have dense breasts? It is not possible to tell how dense the breasts are from the way they look or feel. A mammogram is the best way for women to learn their breast density. The radiologist who reviews the mammogram will rate breast density into one of four categories.

      What are the categories of breast density?

      • (A) Fatty breasts are when most of the breast is made of fat tissue. About 10% of women have fatty breasts.
      • (B) Scattered fibroglandular density is when the areas of fatty and fibrous tissue are scattered throughout the breast. About 40% of women have scattered fibroglandular density.
      • (C) Heterogeneously dense means large portions of the breast are made of dense tissue. About 40% of women have heterogeneously dense breasts. Doctors consider breasts in category C dense.
      • (D) Extremely dense is when most of the breast is made of dense tissue. About 10% of women have extremely dense breasts. Doctors consider breasts in category D dense.

      Breasts that are Categories C or D are considered “dense” breasts.

      Lower Your Risk

      How do I lower my risk of breast cancer? Studies show you can lower the risk of breast cancer by making simple lifestyle changes like:

      • Limiting your alcohol intake to one drink a day.
      • Eating healthier.
      • Exercising at least 4-5 hours a week.
      • Opting to breastfeed if you’re of childbearing age.
      • Limiting hormonal treatment if you are postmenopausal.


      • Learn more about dense breasts at
      • Schedule your mammogram and discuss your breast screening options with your doctor.
      • Participate and spread awareness by educating yourself and others about breast health.
      • Schedule a girls day and encourage conversations about breast health.
      • Donate to to help them provide educational information to everyone.
      • Follow, share and tag #WorldDenseBreastDay on social media and post stories, videos, and interactive images.


      In 2022, National Day Calendar approved World Dense Breast Day to help spread the message on the importance of breast health. The day is brought to you by, which is the world’s leading resource on the topic and features educational resources for both women and health care providers. The day also encourages everyone to have conversations and share educational material on the topic of dense breasts.

      Read the Press Release here: DBI-WDBD-release-final

      Late September leads into Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when women’s breast health is a popular topic in the media.’s mission is to promote an informed “dense breast” conversation between patient and physician. In addition, the website provides medically-sourced tools to help women navigate through questions they have during breast health screenings.

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      The second full week in September celebrates National Compassionate Leadership Week to create a more compassionate world.


      Our lives are unpredictable because of constant disruption in our daily routines. As we shuffle our family life with our professional life, we often feel overwhelmed and uncertain. As adults, we look towards other adults as a source of inspiration and reassurance. Oftentimes, we turn to our colleagues for leadership and guidance. Management and other organization leaders everywhere are more than just employers, they are becoming a source of compassion for their employees.

      Leading with Compassion

      Companies today are faced with the decision to become more active in employee lives. In fact, employees, consumers, and stakeholders are demanding that companies take care of their people, their communities, and the world around them, too. Old expectations of working for the bottom line no longer exists as a company goal. In fact, successful companies today work towards a double bottom line, a balance between strengthening the business and the employees that work there.

      Company culture today consists of a new kind of employee. Studies show that people entering into the workforce are too young, too diverse, too disengaged, too tired of not being heard and respected. Companies that include compassion in their leadership achieve success quickly because performance is always at a peak.

      Can you deliver a strong, successful business using compassion? Absolutely. The most successful companies can be compassionate and deliver strong results in business, education, politics and in our communities. Companies that produce compassionate leaders provide unspoken benefits of increased leadership and productivity, not to mention an increase in morale in the work place.

      How can companies show compassion for their employees? There are many things a company can do for their employees to show more compassion. Opening communication is a perfect way to learn about company values, expectations, and goals. Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity to give and receive praise and acknowledgement. Forming important bonds within a company helps leaders identify whether an employee is having problems outside of work. In return, knowing those problems is an opportunity to show compassion and offer extra support.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation

      For over 20 years, the TramutoPorter Foundation has been a leader in expanding compassionate leadership in the workplace. Their mission to create a more compassionate world has allowed them to form partnerships to help solve challenges in business, education, politics, and within families.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation has been working on behalf of several compassionate causes. They have implemented a scholarship fund to support students who have lived through and risen above adversity. The foundation formed a partnership with the RFK Human Rights Organization to create a program to promote workplace dignity. In addition, they have been working together to gather life-saving supplies for refugees feeling Ukraine. The foundation also announced a new partnership with Boston University that includes an endowment for scholarships in its school of public health. The endowment will support more compassionate approaches to solving global health challenges. Most importantly, it will create programming that will deliver a compassionate leadership curriculum to be delivered digitally.


      • Offer and attend training to encourage compassionate leadership skills.
      • Check in with employees often and take time to listen to them.
      • Schedule workshops for employees through human resources.
      • Get to know employees and their families.
      • Join the Compassionate Leader Movement.
      • Attend the Compassionate Leadership Conference in 2023 during Compassionate Leadership Week.
      • Nominate a leader who has demonstrated by example empathy in action for the Compassionate Leadership Award to be awarded each year during the Compassionate Leadership Week.


      Donato Tramuto and National Day Calendar created National Compassionate Leadership Week to be celebrated the second full week of September each year.

      The TramutoPorter Foundation was created in 2001 by Donato Tramuto and his longtime partner and Co-Founder Jeffrey Porter, after Donato lost two close friends and their son on 9/11 after visiting him in Maine. Donato was planning to join his friends on that day and a last-minute dental emergency prevented him from joining his friends and decided to return to Los Angeles the night before. Sadly, Donato’s friends perished in the plane that hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center that day.

      Donato was devastated by the tragic event and the loss of his friends. Instead of letting grief and anger consume him, he decided to create the foundation in their memory. Today, the memory of his friends and those who lost their lives that tragic day lives in Donato’s heart. He continues to dedicate his life to spreading compassion and understanding in the world to help solve problems, particularly in areas of health, education, and human rights.

      Compassion Movement

      Tramuto and Porter continue to spread its message of compassion through Compassionate Leadership Week. This week celebrates compassionate leaders by bringing attention to the proven benefits of compassionate leadership. It shows through their own example and many other leaders, that it’s possible to be compassionate while delivering strong results whether it be in business, education, politics or in our own families and communities.

      In 2021, the TramutoPorter Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary by pledging to expand its compassionate work envisioning compassion movement. In April 2022, the foundation launched a new book, authored by Tramuto, called The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results. The book and Tramuto were featured in Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Investors Business Daily, Katie Couric Media and many other media outlets.


      Donato Tramuto

      • Founder & Chairman, Health eVillages
      • Founder & Chairman, TramutoPorter Foundation
      • Author & Healthcare Activist

      Donato J. Tramuto, is the former CEO of Tivity Health® , Inc., (Nasdaq: TVTY), and is widely recognized for his commitment to social change and transformational leadership in healthcare innovation. The New York Times deemed him “a global health activist.” Tramuto is also the founder and chair of The Tramuto Foundation, which advances rights to education and healthcare access for young people. In addition, the foundation combats human right violations. He launched the foundation in memory his two friends and their 3 year old son who lost their lives on 9/11 when United Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Tramuto was scheduled to be on that flight. However, and due to a toothache, he never boarded the plane.

      Since the launch of the foundation, over 100 young adults have received a TramutoPorter Foundation Scholarship. All scholarships awarded help young adults pursue their dream of a college education. With the financial support from other organizations, the TramutoPorter Foundation delivers on their promise to make the world a more compassionate place. Tramuto is a sitting member of the board for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization and their Leadership Council Chairman. In fact, his commitment has led to funding a three-year, $1 million grant addressing workplace bullying in the U.S. and Europe. Amazingly, this leading national initiative also addresses workplace dignity and inclusion.

      A Compassionate Leadership Task Force, launched in September 2021 will initiate a pilot with a number of Boston colleges and universities to address the significant epidemic around loneliness and social isolation among our young and older adults. The task force will implement existing interventions by integrating them into community-centered organizations, like faith-based organizations. In addition, they will assist colleges and universities to address the compassionate leadership umbrella and how intergenerational connections can reduce the loss sense of relevancy among young and older adults.

      Published Author

      Tramuto is a successful published author. His works include:

      • Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business
      • The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results


      • Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope (2014)
      • RFK Embracing His Legacy Awards (2016)
      • PharmaVoice RedJacet Recipient Award

      Tramuto is also a passionate champion of cutting-edge approaches to healthcare access, drug safety, and addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Under his tenure as CEO of Tivity Health and following his execution of a successful turnaround, he transformed the business business model to center around partnering progressively, profitably and collaboratively with consumers, payers, healthcare practitioners and employers in cutting-edge approaches to SDOH conditions including nutrition, fitness and social connection, that improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs.

      Before joining Tivity Health, Tramuto’s record of bringing together social commitment with healthcare innovation included his founding of Physicians Interactive Holdings (Aptus Health sold to WebMD in 2019). As a global provider of insight-driven digital engagement solutions for healthcare professionals and consumers. Reflecting a conviction that universal healthcare is a basic human right for all people, he launched Health eVillages in 2011, a non-profit organization providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology in the most challenging clinical environments and working to broaden healthcare access.


      • Brown University Healthcare Leadership Board
      • Advisory Board of Boston University School of Public Health
      • Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Europe
      • Health eVillages
      • Zeel Health
      • Esperta Health
      • Gryphon Investment Executive Advisory Board
      • Executive in Residence at Promerica Health, Concierge Health, Sharecare, Gento Health, and Skyscape
      • Honorary Scholar in Residence at St. Joseph’s College, Maine


      • Honorary Doctorate: University of Massachusetts at Lowell
      • Honorary Doctorate: Thomas Jefferson University
      • Honorary Doctorate: Lasell College
      • Honorary Doctorate: Saint Joseph’s College
      • Honorary Doctorate: Regis College

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      Every September, Alopecia Areata Awareness Month focuses on an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

      The severity of alopecia areata ranges from small patches of hair loss to near-complete hair loss. More than 6.8 million people in the United States have or are diagnosed with Alopecia according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. It impacts people of all ages and both men and women. While more research is needed to determine the cause of alopecia, those who have it face self-awareness and image concerns.

      There is also no cure for alopecia. However, research reveals that even when alopecia is in its active state, the hair follicles are still alive. Research also suggests that a combination of internal and external factors contribute to alopecia including genetics and stress.

      Treatment options are available. And in the meantime, many people with alopecia embrace their condition in creative and stylistic ways. They may choose to wear wigs or remove their remaining hair altogether.

      The month raises awareness of the condition and supports additional research into alopecia.

      HOW TO OBSERVE #AlopeciaAreataAwarenessMonth

      • Support research into the causes and treatment of alopecia.
      • Share your alopecia story.
      • Support a friend with alopecia.
      • Host a fundraiser or alopecia walk.
      • Donate to a charity that supports people with alopecia.
      • Wear blue to show your support.
      • Speak with your hairdresser for advice on creative styling.
      • Donate your hair in support of wigs and hairpieces for those with alopecia.
      • Use #AlopeciaAwarenessDay to share your story or share your support on social media.


      In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Alopecia Awareness Week. Since then, the observance has expanded into an entire month and is sponsored by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.




      On September 29, Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day celebrates the 101 urban national wildlife refuges in the United States. That is nearly 1/5 of the country’s total refuges.


      To be defined as an urban national wildlife refuge, the unit must be within 25 miles of an urban area of 250,000 people or greater. These refuges provide communities with access to substantial green space for outdoor recreation including hiking, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, and hunting. They also offer a wealth of educational opportunities. Over 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban areas. Having access to a wildlife area not only offers recreational activities but also improves our quality of life.

      The first urban national wildlife refuge established in the United States was the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1972, the 1000-acre refuge also includes a 285-acre freshwater tidal marsh. Refuges like this offer opportunities to see wildlife up close and personal. Since then, the U.S. Department of Interior has designated 100 more urban wildlife refuges in more than 30 states.

      The day encourages us to explore the wildlife refuges near where we live. Enjoy nature at its best while hiking or canoeing. Take in the beauty and breathe in the fresh air.


      On Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day, explore the trails or drop a fishing line into the water. Access the educational opportunities the refuge near you offers. Many refuges include:

      • Wildlife demonstrations
      • Resource management and conservation, including threatened and endangered species
      • Horseback riding, hiking, bicycling or birding
      • Nature or cultural activities
      • Volunteer opportunities
      • Picnic areas
      • Interpretive centers
      • Nature photography opportunities

      Join the conversation by using #UrbanNationalWildlifeRefugeDay when you post your activities, too!


      The United States Congress first proclaimed Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day to be observed in 2018.