Livly and Amenify Announce Partnership to bring Amenities to Multi-Family Buildings Across the U.S.

May 06, 2021, 12:36 ET

CHICAGOMay 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Livly, the leading enterprise-grade resident experience application is partnering with Amenify – the leading tech-enabled amenities company to provide best-in-class software and services to the multifamily industry.

Amenify is committed to offering a large variety of amenity services for residential communities nationwide. By partnering with Livly, property managers will benefit from an enhanced return on time & investment through consolidation of services while residents will gain access to a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

While many buildings are navigating the various phases of re-entry due to the pandemic, amenity services are at an all-time high. Residents are now working from home and looking for ways to access services at their convenience. On-site amenities instantly add value and a sense of luxury to any property. Through its technology platform, Amenify manages service professionals for:

  • Cleaning
  • Chores
  • Laundry
  • Dog walking
  • Private meal delivery

Best in-class house cleaning and chores companies also appeal to the budget-minded consumer because it removes the need and cost of bidding out multiple providers. “Our goal is to streamline the resident experience with amenities, and that means integrating with industry leaders for tenant platforms; property management groups are most excited about the release of our new dedicated chef vertical,” says Everett Lynn, CEO of Amenify. Managers have found this service to be an impactful amenity to highlight during tours, using it as a competitive advantage over other communities. “This partnership will allow us to meld utility features like payments & maintenance with experiential services like house cleaning and meal delivery onto a single platform, creating the future of resident experience,” says Brian Duggan, Co-CEO of Livly.

About Livly:

Livly, Inc. is revolutionizing apartment communications by developing innovative applications for the multifamily industry. Founded in Chicago in 2017, Livly’s team built their careers in the real estate, development, technology, and design industries. Livly’s mobile and web applications offer a one-stop-shop for property management tasks and resident experience. For more information please visit:

About Amenify:

Amenify is a real estate technology platform that powers convenient in-home services for apartment communities. Residents benefit from dedicated teams for housekeeping, chores, dog walking, and private meal delivery – with centralized concierge support. Owners and operators rely on Amenify to create unique value, demand, and retention at their properties by offering quality professional service providers and a positive, differentiated resident user experience.

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This Founder Wants to Make Sure No Mom Has to Choose Between Her Family and Her Career

Presented by Ally | “There’s nothing that moms can’t do,” says Allison Robinson, who founded The Mom Project to support women at every stage of their professional—and parenthood—journeys.

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Votive Health Raises $2.5MM in Funding to Bring Complex Care Home

The health care start-up facilitates payer-provider integration through value-based arrangements to end suffering for people with serious illness.


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Apr 28, 2021, 06:00 ET

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Votive Health announced today its formal launch following a $2.5 million financing led by Flare Capital Partners with Chrysalis Ventures and OCA Ventures as co-investors. Votive Health is a technology enabled network manager delivering complex care at home for people facing serious illness.  It was founded by a team of health care insiders who share a passion for solving issues that result from the fragmented health system in the U.S. for patients living with a serious illness.

“Too often patients facing a serious illness receive unnecessary and expensive services that don’t meet their physical, social, or existential needs, and which add to the financial stress and burden on the family,” explains Torrie Fields, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Votive Health. “Patients don’t get the personalized care they need while costs to payers and providers continue to grow. We’re solving that disconnect by bringing complex care home.”

Votive Health brings together value-based care with a technology platform that facilitates payer-provider integration through value-based arrangements.  Votive Health acts as a conduit, removing the barriers between cost and care so people living with complex and serious illness can focus on living and their providers can focus on caring.

Our world-class team, investors, and advisors are skilled, mission-driven operators with deep industry expertise in delivering high quality technology and services. Votive Health’s first round of funding was supported by 4 institutional investors: Flare Capital Partners, Chrysalis Ventures, OCA Ventures, Elusive Venturesled by Jeff Butler, and the Teleios Investment Group, led by Chris ComeauxDan Gebremedhin (Partner, Flare Capital Partners) and David Jones, Jr. (Chrysalis Ventures) join as board members, with Robert Saunders (OCA Ventures) as board observer.

“Home-based care for people with serious illness has been long overlooked by the world of managed care and thus subject to the often-perverse incentives of a fee-for-service reimbursement system,” says Gebremedhin, MD, MBA. “There is a significant opportunity to increase the adoption of clinically appropriate palliative care and hospice services and to incentivize providers to deliver value-based outcomes for risk bearing entities. We are excited to support the Votive Health team aiming to spur this transformation and enable high quality, goal directed care for millions of patients managing their complex needs.”

Votive Health is also proud to be supported by industry leaders in healthcare, finance, and technology, including: Mark Morse (Enclara Pharmacia);  Eric Heitzman (Security Compass);  Arnold Whitman (Generator Ventures and Formation Capital); Lisa Suennen (Valkyrie Ventures and Manatt Digital Technologies Group); Dr. John Morris (Teleios Collaborative Network); Former Cricket Health Chief Product Officer Geoff Clapp; Former Cambia Health Solutions actuarial pricing expert Tom Wortman; Former CityBlock President Matt Klitus; and Former Aspire Health clinical leadership Dr. Katy Lanz (Topsight Partners) and Dr. Andrew Lasher (IVX Health).

This infusion of capital will enable Votive Health to quickly accelerate and broadly scale its operation to deliver this new standard of care. Votive Health and its investors have built relationships nationwide and are developing an infrastructure to deliver high quality care that payers can trust, is financially sustainable for providers, and improves the lives of patients and families.

Joining the Votive Health Leadership Team are:

About Votive Health
Votive Health is committed to ending suffering for people facing serious illness by facilitating better payer-provider integration through value-based arrangements. We leverage our expertise in network analysis, information technology, and capacity management to improve market performance for payers, reliable referrals for providers, and excellent care for patients. Votive Health acts as a conduit, removing the barriers between cost and care so people living with complex and serious illness can focus on living and their providers can focus on caring. Learn more at Votive Health and follow us on Twitter @votive_health

About Flare Capital Partners

Flare Capital Partners strives to help build significant healthcare technology, digital health and healthcare services companies to improve health outcomes and broaden access while lowering costs of care. We partner with inspirational entrepreneurs who seek to transform the business of healthcare by developing innovative and impactful products and services. Flare Capital is a team of proven healthcare technology investors and senior operating executives known for thought leadership and unparalleled strategic industry resources. Our firm has raised some of the industry’s largest dedicated venture capital funds focused on early stage opportunities in healthcare technology innovation, and our investors include leading healthcare companies, major institutional investors, important family offices, foundations and sovereign wealth funds. We are full life-cycle investors in our portfolio companies as we support and work alongside entrepreneurs over their entire company-building journey. Select portfolio companies include AetionAspen RxHealthBright HeathCohere HealthEden HealthHealthVerityIora HealthSomatusTausight and VisitPay. Learn more at Flare Capital Partners and follow us on Twitter @flarecapital

About Chrysalis Ventures

For over 25 years, Chrysalis has partnered with talented entrepreneurs to build businesses of enduring value. We invest behind people using technology to solve hard problems, change the industries in which they operate, and unlock value. Taking a hands-on approach, we collaborate closely with the teams we back, sharing our experience, expertise and network to accelerate growth and overcome the challenges inherent in building companies. To learn more about Chrysalis Ventures, please visit

About OCA Ventures

OCA Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on equity investments in companies with dramatic growth potential in highly-scalable businesses. Founded in 1999, the firm has 90+ portfolio companies and has offices in Chicago and Palo Alto. To learn more about OCA, visit

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OneMain Acquires Customer-Focused Financial Wellness Fintech Trim

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OneMain Financial, the country’s largest installment lender to hardworking Americans with nonprime credit, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Trim, a customer-focused financial wellness fintech. The acquisition of Trim, subject to completion of standard closing conditions, will enhance OneMain’s digital features designed to help its more than 2.2 million customers progress to a better financial future.

“The acquisition of Trim allows OneMain to further expand the ways we help hardworking Americans improve their financial well-being by supporting them in gaining more control over their finances”

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Trim helps customers manage their financial goals by negotiating bills, analyzing transaction data and enabling automated savings. It provides users the option to link to checking, brokerage, mortgage and other accounts. Among its many services, the company cancels unwanted subscriptions and tracks customer spending – all delivered through a high-touch, interactive approach.

“The acquisition of Trim allows OneMain to further expand the ways we help hardworking Americans improve their financial well-being by supporting them in gaining more control over their finances,” said Doug Shulman, Chairman and CEO of OneMain. “It advances our vision of providing solutions that enable a better future for customers. Over the past year we have sharpened our focus on driving innovation for our customers, including doubling down on our commitment to financial wellness.”

Since its founding in 2015, Trim has analyzed approximately 1 billion customer transactions. The company currently has more than 600,000 users who have linked bank accounts and on average delivers about $90 in annual savings to customers per initial bill negotiation.

Our mission at Trim has been to solve our users’ financial problems so that they can live the lives they want. In 2015, we started by tackling spending. As we grew, we addressed bigger financial problems, helping our users organize, track and ultimately improve their finances,” said Thomas Smyth, CEO of Trim. “We are excited to continue advancing our vision as part of the OneMain team and help the company bring more options to millions of hardworking Americans.”

K&L Gates served as legal counsel to OneMain in this transaction. Silicon Legal Strategy served as legal counsel to Trim in this transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial (NYSE: OMF) has been offering responsible and transparent loans for over 100 years. With approximately 1,500 locations throughout 44 states, the company is committed to helping people with their personal loan needs. OneMain and its team members are dedicated to the communities where they live and work. For additional information, please visit

About Trim

Ask Benjamin Inc, DBA Trim is a financial health company that empowers customers across the United States to improve their financial lives. Since inception, the company has continuously expanded its service offerings to help Americans optimize their day-to-day finances. Their goal is to provide easy-to-understand features which translate into immediate value for their users. For additional information, or to sign up, please visit


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Moving Analytics Raises $6M to Increase Virtual Cardiac Rehab Solutions and Expand Team Amidst Telehealth Industry Growth

Moving Analytics, a telehealth company providing virtual cardiac rehab solutions, today announced it raised $6M in a Series Seed-2 round. The round was led by Aphelion Capital, LLC, through Cardeation Capital, with co-investments by OCA Ventures and Seae Ventures. This investment brings Moving Analytics’ total funding received to date to $9.5M.

As COVID-19 has continued, consumer adoption of US patients using telehealth increased roughly 350% from 2019 to 2020. The additional funding raised will be used to expand Moving Analytics’ virtual cardiac rehabilitation program, Movn, for both existing and new patients.

“We are thrilled to be able to support Moving Analytics’ mission in increasing access to a vital, life-saving service such as cardiac rehabilitation,” said John Kim, from Aphelion Capital. “Through our extensive due diligence and vetting through our partners, we have found Movn to be the most comprehensive and mature solution in the market with stellar proof points and evidence of success.”

With this round, the company will be able to grow their partner and customer base, increasing enrollment rates and clinical outcomes across the country. It will also go toward servicing its growing clientele of health plan partners in more markets by ensuring Moving Analytics’ programs also meet the needs of Medicare reimbursement – a key component to future growth. The company will also leverage its capital to enroll more patients into rehab and improve the patient experience and richer user experiences, including adding more tailored educational content in the app’s library targeting special populations.

“Our goal at Moving Analytics has always been to increase access to care and drive the future of cardiovascular health,” said Harsh Vathsangam, Co-founder and CEO at Moving Analytics. “With COVID continuing to increase the need for patients to enroll in virtual rehab solutions for cardiac health, we’re thrilled to be able to expand the capabilities of our platform even further to support existing and potential customers in need of services.”

Moving Analytics has grown immensely since its inception, having served several thousand patients by improving patient experience with a low-cost, high convenience program that has fewer in-office visits, and equivalent health outcomes.

“With the rise of telehealth options and the introduction of cardiac rehabilitation participation as a HEDIS measure for health plans, there’s been an increased demand for the Movn program, we’re very excited to bring on strategic investors who are backed by leading health plans and institutions can help catalyze our growth,” said Ade Adesanya, Co-Founder and President at Moving Analytics.

With its customers and partners, the company has been able to prove success with its Movn program – Highmark Health has shown more than a 60% enrollment rate, an 80% completion rate and equivalent clinical outcomes.

About Moving Analytics
Moving Analytics provides virtual cardiac rehab and cardiovascular disease management programs to support cardiologists and health plans in improving the health outcomes, quality and cost of care for their members. Developed in partnership with Stanford University, Moving Analytics programs are based on more than 30 years of published research involving over 70,000 patients. Our flagship product is Movn Virtual Cardiac rehab which targets patients after an acute coronary event such as a heart attack or heart surgery. Movn has successfully improved cardiac rehab participation rates, member outcomes and lowered readmission at marque organizations like Kaiser Permanente, Highmark Health Plan, Allegheny Health Network and the Veteran Affairs. For details and inquiries, please contact

Telehealth Addiction Treatment Comes of Age

Virtual healthcare, which has proliferated and become more sophisticated during the pandemic, will be an even greater presence in the future

By Jason Langendorf

April 8, 2021

Eight months was all it took for Eric Bogue to be transformed from a person frustrated and only half-interested in his recovery into a true believer and apostle of telehealth addiction treatment.

Bogue first attempted to address his substance use disorder in 2014, but his traditional recovery efforts fell short—even if, he admits, he gave it something less than his best shot. “I didn’t take it seriously then,” he says.

But it wasn’t only his mindset that was holding Bogue back. His job as a security officer is located two cities away from his home in Frankfort, Ky., while his young daughter lives three cities away—in the opposite direction. “Back when I was going to the clinics, it just was not working out,” he says. “I would have to take a day off to get all that accomplished in the same day, get my errands done and go get my daughter.”

[Telehealth] is absolutely the future. Not even just addiction treatment, but for doctors in general. It’s absolutely modernized.”—Eric Bogue, telehealth patient

About a year ago, Bogue came across an advertisement that would change his life. The spot promoted a company, PursueCare, offering telehealth-based recovery—essentially, remote addiction treatment. He learned he could make clinic “visits,” attend meetings and get practically on-demand recovery care from home. He was impressed by the privacy built into the program, which removes the stigma some feel when walking into brick-and-mortar clinics—and cuts out other potentially awkward moments.

“I’m gonna tell you one of the big things for me with telehealth: I love how they do the drug screens,” Bogue says of PursueCare’s video-supervised mouth-swab testing. “I’m a very private person. I don’t like having to go and pee in front of somebody in a clinic.”

In a short time, Bogue was hooked on telehealth, and in the eight months since he began his PursueCare program, he says his recovery has been “phenomenal.” He’ll tell anyone who’ll listen about the benefits of telehealth addiction care, including a couple of friends he recruited into the program. “For me, just the whole experience,” Bogue said, “it was almost like it was too good to be true.”

The Proliferation of Telehealth

It’s hardly a new phenomenon, but telehealth’s popularity has exploded over the past year, accelerated by a COVID-19 pandemic that has restricted face-to-face engagement and prompted the federal government to temporarily loosen virtual healthcare restrictions to meet overwhelming demand. With so many having recently been introduced to this option, how might remote care evolve to meet demand? Expect the future to bring expanded access, more customized care for individuals and groups, and growing acceptance of telehealth as an integral part of the continuum of care.

Although one of the great benefits of telehealth has been improving access to care in underserved communities, we’re likely only halfway home. Increasing awareness about telehealth is important—Bogue says he didn’t even know of its existence until about a year ago—but so too is extending that access to everyone.

What we’ve seen with COVID, in terms of telehealth, is phenomenal. I think that’s the one silver lining of COVID. We’ve now supercharged our healthcare.”—Courtney Hunter, vice president of state policy for Shatterproof

Many people with the greatest need for treatment lack the resources to afford a computer, a smart device or wifi. Meanwhile, some of the communities where reliable internet connectivity remains a problem—mountain towns and remote areas, for instance—have been hit hardest by the drug epidemic.

“What we’ve seen with COVID, in terms of telehealth, is phenomenal,” says Courtney Hunter, vice president of state policy for the addiction nonprofit Shatterproof. “I think that’s the one silver lining of COVID. We’ve now supercharged our healthcare in a way that can make behavioral health services so much more accessible for people, particularly in rural communities. And so how do we get people even the fundamentals, whether that’s a cellphone plan or a disposable phone or whatever, so that they can access those services?”

Telehealth: A Personalized Treatment Approach

Innovators in the addiction treatment space were considering or already delivering new telehealth offerings before the pandemic, a trend we will likely see expand in coming years.

“Before COVID hit, this was already in our pipeline,” says Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation CEO in-waiting Joseph Lee. “And we did it because we saw that patients had geographic limitations. Our virtual services were unique in that they provided group and individual therapy, so it wasn’t just an individual thing. But that’s just the start.”

Post-pandemic, we’re going to see a permanent move to at least hybridizing care between in-person and virtual solutions. I think most of the research is indicating that digital health is definitely here to stay.”—Nick Mercadante, founder and CEO of PursueCare

Nick Mercadante, founder and CEO of PursueCare, notes the different cultural norms and social determinants of health across regions, states and even neighboring communities. He believes providing options that meet individual needs, as well as catering to the distinct needs of specific populations—Mercadante worked with the elderly in skilled nursing facilities before launching PursueCare—will play an important role in unlocking telehealth’s full potential.

“It’s kind of the double-black-diamond approach,” Mercadante says. “But I think ultimately we get better outcomes with what we do, rather than just barreling into it.”

Virtual Care Is Here to Stay

Experts continue to push for the full adoption of the emergency telehealth provisions instituted during the pandemic. At the same time, antiquated state mandates and restrictions that have often gummed up the works are being rethought, gradually lowering the barriers to more effective care. Mercadante says lawmakers are coming to the realization that many well-intentioned policies are doing more harm than good, and he imagines a future in which traditional brick-and-mortar healthcare and telehealth operate not just side by side, but collaboratively.

“Post-pandemic, we’re going to see a permanent move to at least hybridizing care between in-person and virtual solutions,” Mercadante says. “I think most of the research is indicating that digital health is definitely here to stay. It can play a role, even with in-person care, to augment and support, to help stay tethered with your patients in between visits and keep patients engaged and thinking about next steps in their care.”

President Joe Biden’s plan to expand access to addiction treatment would grease the skids for a fixed, dynamic telehealth system of care in the United States, and his proposed infrastructure bill would go a long way toward improving internet capabilities in communities that are most in need of addiction recovery care.

“This is absolutely the future,” Bogue says. “Not even just addiction treatment, but for doctors in general. It’s absolutely modernized. It’s the future.”

eBlu Solutions Announces $11.4M Series A Round

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–eBlu Solutions (Louisville, KY) announced today that it has raised an $11.4M Series A round led by OCA Ventures (Chicago), with co-investors Mutual Capital Partners (Cleveland) and FCA Venture Partners’ Health Innovations II (Nashville).

“When we’re investing in a company, we do extensive due diligence”

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Under the leadership of CEO Mark Murphy, eBlu Solutions is a digital health prior authorization software company – whose digital platform streamlines the prior authorization of expensive infusion-based specialty medications.

For patients suffering from complex, chronic conditions, the path to receiving specialty medication can be fragmented and expensive for all parties. eBlu Solutions aims to make benefits verification, prior authorization, and manufacturer co-pay assistance programs more efficient for practices that deliver physician administered infusion-based specialty medications to patients. Instead of navigating a complicated net of drug-specific online portals and insurance approvals, eBlu Solutions’ scalable and secure software platform makes the process of getting patients on life changing treatments more streamlined for medical providers.

“We’re enthusiastic to grow and continue developing our talent pool of 70+ team members. eBlu was founded with a mission to simplify the fragmented process behind benefits verification and prior authorization for infusion-based specialty medications. For patients suffering from complex, chronic conditions it is common for physicians to recommend specialty medications. Unfortunately, these medications can be costly, leading to an often-burdensome fragmented process of phone calls and faxes between physicians and insurance providers. eBlu Solutions’ secure and scalable platform helps the medical practice navigate the approval process so their patients can start treatment as soon as possible. This capital will allow us to expand our team and pursue our mission,” said Mark Murphy, CEO of eBlu.

“We’re delighted to have the support of this experienced group of Venture investors. eBlu Solutions aims to use the proceeds of the Series A to continue to grow its team and fuel the development of talent in our sales, product management, business intelligence, and software development areas,” said co-founder and CTO Nathan Fornwalt.

“Our platform brings together a great combination of technology and human expertise to streamline a fairly fragmented process which helps patients whose access to quality healthcare depends on the communication between payers and providers. We’re excited to keep scaling so we can have an ongoing positive impact on improving the lives of patients,” added co-founder and COO Kim Farley.

“When we’re investing in a company, we do extensive due diligence,” said Andy Patton, Executive in Residence at FCA. “eBlu has a really clear vision and a unique mission that’s scalable beyond rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, and allergy & asthma – the specialties they’re currently supporting. We’re excited to help eBlu continue to grow. Electronic prior authorization software has received substantial interest from investors over the last few years. eBlu occupies a unique position in the industry.”

About eBlu Solutions

eBlu Solutions provides a secure software platform for electronic prior authorization and benefits verification in the infusion-based specialty medication space. eBlu Solutions aims to streamline the fragmented nature of the approval process for specialty medication treatments, and currently supports a variety of specialties including rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, and allergy & asthma. eBlu’s initial partnerships have been with pharmaceutical companies, HUBs, and IMCs to make treatment less burdensome for patients, practices, and providers across the country.

eBlu was a participant in the 2016 cohort of XLerateHealth, a leading healthcare accelerator headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Since that time, the company has continued to refine its technology platform and grow its revenue. Despite the COVID pandemic, eBlu Solutions saw its revenue double in 2020 and expects 2021 year over year revenue to more than triple.

eBlu’s management team has a long history of working in healthcare. Founder and COO Kim Farley and CEO Mark Murphy have a combined 45+ year track record in the healthcare industry. Similarly, Founder and CTO Nathan Fornwalt has a strong background in technology innovation and product development.

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FT Partners Advises Snapsheet on its $30,000,000 Series E2 Financing

Overview of Transaction

  • On March 25, 2021, Snapsheet announced its $30 million Series E2 financing round led by Ping An Global Voyager Fund and Pivot Investment Partners
  • Existing investors include Nationwide, Liberty Mutual, Intact Ventures, Tola Capital, and Commerce Ventures, among others
  • Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Snapsheet is a leader in cloud-native claims management software for insurance carriers, third-party administrators, insureds and vendors
  • Since its founding in 2010, Snapsheet has used its technology to digitize and automate the claims workflows for over 100 clients and their customers, processing millions of claims and more than $7 billion in appraisals

Significance of Transaction

  • This funding will allow Snapsheet to accelerate growth and add new functionality to its cloud native end-to-end claims management platform
  • To fuel further product development and extend awareness, Snapsheet will use the funds to make key hires across engineering and sales teams
  • With this round, Snapsheet has raised more than $100 million in financing

FT Partners’ Role

  • FT Partners served as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Snapsheet and its board of directors
  • FT Partners previously advised Snapsheet on its $29 million Series E financing in 2019
  • This transaction underscores FT Partners’ deep InsurTech domain expertise and its successful track record generating highly favorable outcomes for high growth FinTech companies globally

Accenture to hire 150 moms for ‘highly coveted roles’

Updated 9:43 AM ET, Thu February 18, 2021

(CNN) One of the largest consulting companies in the world is making a major commitment — to moms.

Accenture will hire 150 mothers for positions at its Midwest division as soon as possible, the company tells CNN Business. The newly created positions will be in technology, strategy and consulting out of the company’s offices in Chicago. The company said the roles will offer the new hires flexibility, support, training and mentorship.
To help find and hire candidates, Accenture is partnering with The Mom Project, a marketplace that connects professional women with companies. The Mom Project will screen applicants and put forward candidates for the roles. The organization said it is focusing on mothers who are unemployed and looking to make a career change.
“The jobs that we’re talking about for these moms are careers. They’re highly coveted roles in technology and in consulting, they’re the type of roles that enable them to support their family,” said Lee Moore, senior managing director for Accenture Midwest, who is heading up the partnership.
This comes at a time when women have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. Women have lost 5.3 million jobs in the last year, compared to 4.6 million jobs lost by men. And some 2.5 million women have left the workforce all together, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Those of us in positions to do so must take bold action to reverse this backslide,” said Allison Robinson, co-founder and CEO of the Mom Project. “I think our partnership with Accenture sets such a strong message to corporate leaders across the country, and I hope it will embolden them to do more.”
In 2017, Accenture set a goal to become a gender equal workplace by 2025. Of its 514,000 global employees, 215,000 are women. The partnership with the Mom Project is one way the company believes it can reach their goal, and the 150 new hires is just the start, said Moore.

‘Borderline desperation’

Nicole Conner felt lucky to be employed during most of the pandemic, working virtually in human resources and recruiting for a facilities management company.
But this fall, she says she was asked by her company to come back to the office full-time. She told them she couldn’t because her seven-year-old son Atticus was at home learning virtually. Then, she says, she was fired.
“I really have no choice but to have a remote job,” said Conner, who has been using the Mom Project’s platform for her job search.
Because she was fired, Conner said she is ineligible for unemployment. She said she and her son are surviving off food stamps and her student loans.
“I’m kind of at the point where it’s borderline desperation and I just need a remote job. At this point, it’s just click and apply, click and apply, and hope that something comes through,” said Conner.
Michelle Mitchom, a mother of four who lives outside of St. Louis, Missouri, was laid off in July. After a 10-year career in sales, her job search has also led her to apply for jobs she never considered before.
“I’ve been applying for any type of job. It doesn’t matter if it’s entry level, internships, if it’s janitorial, if it’s anything — I’ve been applying,” said Mitchom.
A former corporate trainer, Brooke Gasaway found herself unemployed and five months pregnant during the pandemic. Now that her son is six months old, she is looking for a job again, but not the way she used to.
“I’ve found myself at this moment applying for a lot of roles that are more junior than I would typically apply for simply because it feels safe that I know I’m overqualified,” said Gasaway.

‘A national emergency’

In an interview earlier this month, US President Joe Biden referred to the number of women leaving the workforce as a ‘national emergency.’ As part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, he is proposing $15 billion in grants to working families to pay for childcare. He also wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
“It will enable parents, particularly women, to get back to work,” the President said during the unveiling of his ‘American Rescue Plan.’
The Mom Project sees government policy as a key component to retaining and getting women back into the workforce.
“I think number one is policy support. We know that parents are strapped and needing support when it comes to childcare. The availability and the affordability are major barriers to moms and parents being able to work,” said Robinson.
Corporate America is starting to make some changes, too. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have added more paid leave for employees during the pandemic, while Spotify says it will allow employs to work from anywhere even after the pandemic.
For its part, Accenture says it hopes to hire more moms in other divisions of the company soon.
“This is becoming nothing short of a crisis,” said Moore. “I think we can lead the way and truly make a difference.”

PursueCare Partners With Ohio-Based Thrive Peer Support

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The partnership offers a rapid transition from face-to-face peer support to telehealth addiction treatment at home.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. and CLEVELANDFeb. 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — PursueCare and Thrive Peer Support today announced that they have partnered and have launched a statewide collaborative peer support and Substance Use Disorder treatment model across the state of Ohio. This collaboration promotes a seamless pathway from Thrive’s specialized in-person peer support to PursueCare’s comprehensive telehealth clinical addiction and behavioral health treatment, one that can be initiated at emergency rooms and other settings that are under mounting pressure due to COVID-19 and increasing overdose rates.

Thrive is a recovery support organization that sends certified peer recovery coaches into emergency room settings to help individuals who have experienced an overdose or substance-related emergency. Their services often help individuals overcome barriers like transportation, homelessness, stigma, and trauma. Thrive’s peers frequently refer individuals to outpatient Medication-Assisted Treatment (“MAT”) and other treatment programs, but COVID-19 has presented numerous challenges where access to in-person care was already scarce.

PursueCare is a technology-enabled addiction treatment and mental health treatment provider that offers its care through a digital platform accessible from mobile devices. The telehealth modality has effectively delivered MAT, psychiatry, counseling, at-home lab testing, and pharmacy services conveniently and privately. The program allows patients to meet frequently with their doctors and counselors from anywhere, including nights and weekends, to complete their individualized recovery programs.

While the telehealth model was emerging before the pandemic, it has proven essential for specific populations experiencing isolation or who do not have in-person care readily available in their community. “If there could be any positive drawn at all from COVID-19, it would be that telehealth has finally broken through as a real option for people who historically haven’t been able to get effective treatment in traditional brick-and-mortar settings,” said Nick Mercadante, PursueCare’s Founder and CEO. “When it comes to Substance Use Disorder, there’s no question that COVID-19 poured gasoline on an already burning fire. Evidence is showing us that our programs are helping many people in need,” Mercadante added.

Both organizations have several established partnerships with traditional health care settings that frequently diagnose Substance Use Disorder or treat overdoses, so this collaboration was a natural fit. It will effectively enhance the resources offered to patients in those settings that often lack effective interventive solutions.

While Thrive focuses on non-clinical support from a peer-to-peer standpoint, those in need of substance use disorder treatment and/or mental health care are transitioned into PursueCare’s digital treatment portal. PursueCare’s care coordination experts then introduce the virtual treatment model to patients, connect them with clinicians that can prescribe FDA-approved medications, and establish an ongoing at-home care regimen.

Throughout the course of care, Thrive staff collaborates with PursueCare’s treatment team to address in-person needs that arise and ensure that overall personal and health goals are met. Both PursueCare and Thrive feel they can better manage substance use in the region, which has surged due to COVID-19, by working together. “Thrive exists to provide peer support to people on their recovery journey. By partnering with PursueCare, we can meet the growing need for addiction and mental health services through a technology that keeps our clients and our peer support staff safe,” said Brian Bailys, CEO, Thrive Peer Support.

About PursueCare:
PursueCare offers virtual evidence-based addiction treatment for opioid and alcohol use disorders, all through our mobile application. By partnering with health systems, community health centers, employers, and health plans, PursueCare offers a transitional digital addiction treatment program for patients needing addiction treatment – with a focus on those who experience significant barriers to in-person care. Patients can also seek treatment without needing a partner referral. PursueCare is available in ConnecticutMassachusettsVermontNew HampshireKentuckyOhioWest VirginiaRhode Island and New Jersey, with more states being announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit

About Thrive Peer Support:
Thrive Peer Support is a continuing care and recovery support organization located in Ohio. Thrive is certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Substance Use Services for Peer Support and Case Management in Ohio. Thrive offers a variety of programs to assist individuals in behavioral health recovery. These programs are designed from the ground up to offer continuing supportive care for individuals in behavioral health recovery. The Thrive team is innovative in their programming and takes the initiative to design programs to help behavioral health recovery. Thrive Emergency Room Peer Support was established with the goal of helping individuals who presented in the ER that survived an overdose. In the first 12 months, Thrive saw more than 1,200 patients and helped get more than 300 into detox or other immediate treatment. Others were linked with MAT or other recovery programs. Thrive Emergency aims to reduce ER visits and increase the opportunity for a patient to enjoy long-term recovery. For more information, visit