Cone Communications to Partner with Alcoa Foundation to Support STEM and Manufacturing Initiative


Contacts:        Megan Sprowell, Cone Communications                   






BOSTON (May 18, 2015) – Cone Communications (Cone) announced today that it will partner with Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States, to support Alcoa Foundation’s sponsorship of the first SkillsUSA manufacturing team competing at this summer’s 43rd WorldSkills Competition. The WorldSkills Competition is the biggest vocational education and skills event in the world and will take place in São Paulo, Brazil in August.

Alcoa Foundation invests in multiple STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education and workforce training initiatives to help build an advanced technology workforce. The foundation selected Cone following a competitive pitch process and based on the agency’s strong experience supporting STEM work and organizations, including FIRST Robotics and Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds.”  Cone’s work on behalf of Alcoa Foundation and SkillsUSA will help debunk the misperceptions people, particularly parents, have of careers in manufacturing, and showcase the fun and success youth can find in pursuing STEM education and associated careers.

“We feel Cone’s passion for and expertise in communicating STEM issues makes them the perfect partner to help build awareness for this cause,” says Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation. “We look forward to working with Cone to engage today’s youth, and their parents, in igniting interest in STEM education and encouraging them towards successful careers in manufacturing.”

“Alcoa Foundation’s dedication to education, and particularly their support of STEM, is exciting,” said Byron Calamese, executive vice president, Cone. “We are thrilled to assist Alcoa Foundation in supporting the students who are building skills for successful future careers.”


About Cone Communications

Cone Communications ( is a public relations and marketing agency known for igniting brands with high-impact strategies and programs based in deep insights, unique subject matter expertise and innovation. Focusing on key areas such as corporate social responsibility, cause marketing, brand communications, digital engagement, nonprofit marketing, corporate communications and crisis prevention/management, the agency helps clients achieve both business and societal outcomes. Cone Communications has offices in Boston and New York, and is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

About the DAS Group of Companies

The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (, is a global group of marketing services companies. DAS includes over 200 companies in the following marketing disciplines: specialty, PR, healthcare, CRM, events, promotional marketing, branding and research. Operating through a combination of networks and regional organizations, DAS serves international, regional, national and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $475 million. Founded 63 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $615 million in communities worldwide. In 2014, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow's leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa's thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company's signature Month of Service program, in 2014, 58 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,000 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 700,000 people and 500 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.