Founded in 2008, Embassy Global is one of the first known 100% female owned and led PR agencies serving the worldwide B2B Electronics Industry.
As part of the firm’s business model, Embassy Global is actively engaged, as it has been throughout its history, in ongoing pro bono academic support activities. The goals of such activities are to give back to the local communities where the firm and its Clients live and work, as well as to encourage the next generation of global professionals to consider careers in the Electronics Industry. Particular emphasis is placed by Embassy Global within those activities on the importance of encouraging increased diversity and inclusion within the sector, as well as overall in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) related fields.
One past example of Embassy Global’s active and impactful pro bono Academic Support can be found in its work for St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in Buffalo, New York, USA. There, from 2016 to 2018, Embassy Global performed ongoing pro bono marketing and PR consulting services, including with its founder serving as Chair of the School’s Marketing and Outreach Committee. In that role, both Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin and Embassy Global helped to redevelop the School’s strategic marketing plan, policies, and procedures, as part of its ultimately successful national reaccreditation effort. It also assisted St. Mary’s School for the Deaf in securing hands-on, onsite student STEM demonstrations, performed courtesy of a renowned global manufacturer, as well as sponsored student awards, the School’s annual residential student dinner, and a School field trip to New York City, for further hands-on STEM education programming.
In addition, most recently, in July 2021, it was announced that Embassy Global founder, Molly Bakewell Chamberlin, is now serving as an active, ongoing Program Ambassador for the New York State Mentoring Program (NYSMP).
The NYSMP is the first statewide and school-based one-to-one mentoring program in the United States which fully facilitates all mentee and mentor recruitment, screening (including reference checks and NYS criminal history fingerprinting), training, mentor and mentee orientations, matching, monitoring and support of participating mentors, partners, schools, and organizations.
During the 2020-2021 academic year alone, the NYSMP successfully matched 1,901 mentors with 1,901 mentees within 127 individually established mentoring programs across New York State. Since 1986, more than 200 individual school districts across New York State have successfully adopted the NYSMP as a seamless and supportive extension of their ongoing district-wide Student Support Services Teams (SST). Participating mentors under the NYSMP provide strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with youth mentees, while serving as positive role models whose influence can help to change student lives for the better.
In her new pro bono capacity for the NYSMP, Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin is assisting the program’s Upstate Director, Ms. Melinda Rath Sanderson, in the active recruitment, establishment, and support of additional school mentoring program participants, both within the City of Buffalo and in areas immediately south, and at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. In addition, she will be recruiting new NYSMP mentors and partners from within the local business community, while helping to further build positive grassroots visibility of the work of the NYSMP within Western New York and beyond. Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin will also serve as an ongoing, continued resource and NYSMP advocate among area schools, partners, and volunteer mentors.
Of this appointment, notes NYSMP Upstate Director, Ms. Rath Sanderson, “The New York State Mentoring Program is honored and proud to have Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin agree to join our team of committed volunteers who are inspired and motivated by our mission and vision. We guide, encourage, and support both youth and adult mentors to help make a difference in the lives of children. The Program provides both adult and student programs that are school and community based, as well as Court and College and University programs. We look forward, with Ms. Bakewell Chamberlin’s help, to further growing the positive visibility and influence of the Program across New York State.”
Rounding out Embassy Global’s Academic Support work in 2021 will be the firm’s reported planned launch of a new global online resource for the Electronic Components Industry. The resource is designed, in part, to help the next generation of industry talent gain much-needed proactive familiarity with industry players, products, markets, and applications, while also supporting industry manufacturers in their ongoing efforts to proactively address the workforce skills and experience gaps existing among new hires.