George Soros Continues His Fight For A Better Life For All

Many billionaires who become major philanthropists publicize their work to the maximum potential, but for hedge fund billionaire George Soros much of the impressive work he completes is never publicized for public consumption. Instead, Soros simply seeks out the areas of interest to himself and finds groups who carry similar values and beliefs that allow him to make donations to their group without feeling as though he is compromising his principles. Forbes reports George Soros has used his own Soros Fund Management hedge fund company to create a personal fortune estimated at over $25 billion in 2017; this impressive level of personal wealth is matched by the fact Soros has given away a reported $12 billion of his personal wealth to causes he feel extend his own beliefs in an open society.

The term “open society” comes up often in the philanthropic work of George Soros as he has spent the majority of his adult life living and working under this philosophical theory that has its origins in France. The Open Society Foundations explains George Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 and faced personal persecution following the occupation of his home country by Nazi forces in the latter years of World War II; surviving the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than 500,000 members of Hungary’s Jewish community has given Soros a desire to aid those he feels are given a full and fitting place in modern society. The open society theory that has proven such a major influence on the life and work of George Soros was interpreted for him by philosopher Karl Popper during his studies at the London School of Economics. The core principles of the open society include the protection of human rights, freedom of expression, and perhaps the aspect closest to the heart of George Soros in securing democratic governance for all members of a community.

Making sure every person on the planet has access to a democratic form of government has informed the work of the man who spent much of the 1960s living in the counterculture base of Greenwich Village, New York; George Soros began his philanthropic career in 1979 when he began providing funds for young black men to attend university in Apartheid divided South Africa. Other aspects of his work to secure democracy for those living under constrictive regimes include the purchasing of copying equipment in the 1980s and 90s to help secure the release from suppression of millions of people living in what was then the Soviet Eastern Bloc. Soros has also focused much of his work on the U.S. where he has been working to protect the rights of minorities during elections and to secure greater levels of freedom for members of the LGBT community.

Learn more about George at Biography.com

CTRMA Looking At The Future Of The Transport Industry In Austin

While most transit talks in Austin focus on the city itself, Williamson County Growth discussion was an opportunity to air out transportation obstacles around the needs of the region’s suburban communities.

Present in the panel was RideScout LLC founder Joseph Kopser, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein, Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns, ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin who is a transportation-focused product designer, and finally Uber Technologies Incorporated.

The event was at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Their theme of the discussion focused on how technology is changing transportation in Austin and across the globe.

Mike Heiligenstein noted that new technology like the driverless cars and Uber have radically transformed the transportation infrastructure, but Austin still needs to invest in smarter roads so as to increase its transportation capacity.

Mr. Ficklin responded to a question from the panel moderator, Mr. McGraw on what policymakers need to do to the transportation requirements of the future is to make building and land-use codes to remain flexible. Even autonomous vehicles need parking garages and roads.

While the idea of driverless cars came up several times in the discussion, Heiligenstein was reluctant on the notion of introducing driverless vehicles saying that the adoption rate was slow in his county.

He continued to say that if they don’t expand the roads, migration of people into the county will make autonomous cars useless as they will have no freeways to use. What they need is 12 lanes of traffic on Highway 183 and 129 in Austin. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf

Uber’s manager also said that Austin passengers need first- and last-mile solutions so as to get them onto and off of public transport. Mr. Johns from Uber incorporated also said that people need to make options that get individuals to think that it is not hard to get someone to the bus stop because they have the first and last mile met.

This meeting was the 19th year of the Austin Business Journal’s annual Williamson County Growth Summit.

About Mike Heiligenstein

He is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. According to Crunchbase, since its birth, Mike Heiligenstein has served this organization. While in office, he has realized the firm’s growth from a startup agency to a leader in toll road operations, and the development of the road known as 183A which has video billing and electronic tolling.

About The Mobility Authority

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA)is a government agency formed in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Travis and Williamson counties. Their mission is to reduce traffic and make transportation options that enhance economic vitality and make the quality of life better.

Brazil’s Startup Market Is Hot According To Eucatex CEO Flavio Maluf

Brazil’s economy may be contracting, but the Startup industry is expanding at an incredible rate. More than 50 percent of Brazil’s population is connected to the Internet. There are 80 million users, and 43 million of them use a mobile connection. In 2014, 51 million Brazilians did their shopping online, and 10 million of those shoppers were first time buyers. According to Flavio Maluf, the CEO of the international building supply company, Eucatex, more than 4,000 new Startups opened for business in Brazil, and many of them are Internet companies. The Startup, Hotel Urbano is a good example of a company that is taking advantage of the Internet explosion in Brazil, according to Maluf on eleicoesepolitica.com.

Rio-based Hotel Urbano provides tourism information to Internet users who want to know about Brazil and other Latin American countries. The 2011 Startup has 12 million fans on Facebook, 500 employees, and a 2014 net profit of $400 million. Maluf thinks Sao Paulo-based Evobooks is another Startup that is taking the Brazilian Internet market by storm at http://economia.estadao.com.br/noticias/releases-ae,veja-com-o-empresario-flavio-maluf-os-melhores-setores-para-empreender-em-2017,70001657806. Evobooks specializes in the publication of digital educational content. Evobooks is used by more than 500,000 students in Brazil, and the company was named the best Startup in 2014.

Flavio Maluf is one of Brazil’s top executives. He has an eye for identifying successful Startups. Eucatex was a small Sao Paulo Startup in 1951. Flavio’s grandfather owned a sawmill, and he wanted to get rid of the excess eucalyptus wood sitting around the mill. The elder Maluf made a eucalyptus wood ceiling tile from the excess wood. His sawmill customers like the concept and sales poured into the mill. Flavio Maluf started Eucatex to handle the domestic demand for the ceiling tiles. By 1955, Eucatex ceiling tiles were in demand in several Brazilian cities, and Argentina wanted to import the tiles for their domestic market. By the time Flavio Maluf went to work for Eucatex in 1987, the company was shipping ceiling tiles and other building products to Germany and the United States. Today, Eucatex products are sold in home improvement stores in North and South America on LinkedIn. Maluf is known as an environmentally conscious executive who cares about his company, his country, and the world.

Progressives Fight Big Money with End Citizens United

Advancing Support for Campaign Finance Reform

With growing political unrest in America stemming from extreme economic disparity, there are many grassroots efforts proving that human decency still packs a punch in the face of dark forces. End Citizens United comes as a response to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizen’s United decision, which opened the gates for special interests to sway elections with unlimited and untraceable amounts of money. A political action committee charging forward to reform the rules of campaign financing, the group’s overarching goal is to introduce and pass a constitutional amendment that would reverse the 2010 decision. The hope is that overturning the decision would be the first step in a road toward a more transparent political system that establishes accountability for donors and beneficiaries, setting the stage for a more representative government.

What Do They Stand For?

The whole movement means to get to the root of it, working to elect officials that would vote in favor of the progressive cause and stand up to dark-money groups. Additionally, they hope to help put in place campaign finance reform on the state and local scale, a much more attainable portion of the bigger vision. To make a new constitutional amendment a reality, it would need the nod from two-thirds of the House and Senate, and ratification by 75% of the states. The last amendment passed was done so in 1992, with America finding itself comparably in an irrefutably more divided state.

Show Me the Money:

Preaching financial transparency, the group’s makes their financial information available on their website (endcitizensunited.org), showing that they have been raising ambitious levels of money as feelings of angst furiously swell under the custody of a new POTUS. This comes as a stark comparison to the stance of the new President, who has famously refused to release his financial records. However, even with healthy influx of funding, they will still have a hard time making the amendment a reality anytime soon. In the meantime, however, they do serve an important purpose in laying the groundwork of awareness on the small scale, which is necessary to gain majority support in the future and keeps a level of accountability in current political actors.

The Problem:

Many from the Democratic party are leading the battle of overturning Citizens United, as The End Citizens United PAC is met with opposition by Congressional Republicans, who are known to benefit from unlimited donations and other rigged elements of the system. With a flurry of excitement and support developing around the cause and others like it, the stage has been set to foster progressive values, working toward a more tolerant and equitable USA.

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Tony Petrello: Communication Is Key To Leadership Success

Tony Petrello is leader of the world-class gas and oil company of Nabors Industries, Ltd. He holds many leadership roles, quite frankly, within the organization. The company remains “second-to-none,” within the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Petrello, began life, with an inherent knowledge and skill, as it pertains to math. He is and has always been quite proficient in the subject of Mathematics. Considering his talent–it is right to state that persons that provide leadership, as it pertains to the well drilling, oil and gas industry, should, undeniably, possess much in the way of Mathematical skill and talent. Although, Tony Petrello, has been considered a skilled Mathematician, he is very good about communicating precision placement of well-drilling equipment to persons not as fundamentally blessed with Mathematical talent.

Tony Petrello, quite impressively, possesses two degrees in Mathematics: and the degrees come from one of the best Ivy League Colleges, going: Prestigious Yale University. Tony Petrello, during his term at Yale–attained a B.S. Degree in Mathematics; and an M.S. Degree in Mathematics. If that was not enough: the determined spirit of Anthony Petrello, (Tony) went on to attain a J.D. from another very famous University: Harvard Law School.

Tony Petrello has just the right academic background to communicate effectively, as it pertains to providing leadership, to a world-class organization. He is CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Nabors Industries, Ltd. He communicates with persons all across the globe. He communicates to the public in general, as well as to members of staff, within the well-renowned organization. He leverages resources, by way of effectively, communicating with other viable organizations, within the oil and gas industry. Tony Petrello knows that by working, in teams and forming alliances with other important servicers within the oil and gas industry, he delivers value, and higher levels of efficiencies, to his client base.

He needs to recognize, too, the legalities, associated with world trade. He is required to understand the history of OPEC and what is required in dealing with the organization.

All of the preceding functions are not relative to an average leader. A leader, such as Tony Petrello, wears many leadership hats: however, first and foremost, Tony Petrello demonstrates that he is an effective communicator. He inspires confidence from Nabors Industries, Ltd.’s field operators, the internal operational staff and other oil and gas companies and regulators.

The Worldwide Expansion of the Kabbalah Centre

The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre opened its doors in 1984. The center was located in New York City before being essentially transplanted to the City of Angeles. The U.S. Kabbalah Centre was an outgrowth of an organization that was founded in 1925 in what ultimately would be come the State of Israel.

The LA Kabbalah Centre does not require its students to have a knowledge of Hebrew and Jewish texts as a prerequisite to taking courses. This differs from many other Kabbalah organizations.

In addition to it main facility in Los Angeles, the Kabbalah Centre has locations in other major metropolitan areas including New York City, Toronto, and London. Additionally, the Kabbalah Centre has about 50 branches in other cities around the world.

In addition to the Los Angeles center, the Kabbalah Centre also oversees study groups all over the globe. A person can access Kabbalah Centre courses via the Internet in this day and age as well.

The Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre has been particularly attractive to celebrities with connections of some sort to Hollywood or the entertainment industry. The long list of famous folks connected to Kabbalah Centre has included Rosie O’Donnell, Naomi Campbell, Donna Karan, Elizabeth Taylor, Britney Spears, Roseanne Barr, James Van Der Beek, Kyle Richards, Heather McComb, Sandra Bernhard, Anthony Kiedis, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Lucy Liu, Alex Rodriguez, Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton, Ariana Grand, Lindsay Lohan, and Nicole Richie.

Singer Madonna has been particularly upfront in her involvement with the Kabbalah Centre. She is a major financial supporter of the organization. She has been active in establishing Kabbalah Centre branches in other cities.

The LA Kabbalah Centre is also active in its support of other organizations, financially and otherwise. Examples of organizations that are supported by the Kabbalah Centre include Partners in Health, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Sunrise Day Camp.

How EOS Changed the Lip Balm Industry

Less than a decade ago, EOS, https://evolutionofsmooth.ca, emerged from out of nowhere to take on some of the behemoths competitors in the lip balm market. The lip balm industry was, for a long time, defined by its lack of innovation. Products didn’t change significantly and customers continually bought existing lip balms even if they were uninspired by them. After all, there wasn’t much of an alternative.

When EOS broke through their product offerings were viewed as being fresh, innovative, and appealed directly to the largest buyer of lip balms, women. Previously, niche products weren’t designed for lip balms, and none with crossover appeal that EOS had. The bright and colorful containers that EOS sold in a unique applicator orb, started to soar off the shelves of Costco, Walmart and online on eBay and Amazon, but the information behind the design of this case is even more interesting.

EOS was founded by co-founders who had relevant industry experience and who looked to create a product that their customers could be passionate about. Women, the market segment that they concentrated on, complained about the problem of finding their lip balm in their purse. The standard tubes were easy to lose and hard to find in a cluttered purse. EOS created their applicator orbs as a response to that but made sure to stay away from the jar design that was used by some competitors as being unsanitary.

Beyond that, EOS used organic ingredients that were non-artificial in nature and this added not only to the taste of their lip balms, but also to the quality. EOS lip balm was created in a variety of different flavors that were fun and a far leap away from t standard flavors such as mint and cherry that their competition created. Using higher quality ingredients allowed EO to charge higher prices as Well and the brand emerged had a loyal following of customers.

 

Penelope Kokkinides Is An Expert At Getting Things Done

The Chief Administrative Officer of InnovaCare Health is Penelope Kokkinides. There is something about her leadership style that made her join the company once again in 2015. She had previously worked here as the COO. She was also the Vice President and looked after Clinical Operations in InnovaCare Health.

Penelope Kokkinides believes in prioritizing her work. This is her mantra for getting things done. Her extensive knowledge, as well as experience in developing various health care processes, has led her to manage operations in an efficient manner.

Penelope Kokkinides has worked as Executive Vice President and COO for Centerlight HealthCare, and also at Touchstone Health. Her other job appointments include being the Corporate Vice President at AmeriChoice, which is a part of the UnitedHealth Group.

Read more about her interview on Ideamensch.com

She has an impressive educational background. Her bachelor’s degree is in biological sciences as well as classical languages. This is from the Binghamton University. She has earned her master’s degree from New York University. This is in social work. She has qualifications in alcohol and substance abuse, besides public health. This was from the Columbia University School of Public Health.

Penelope Kokkinides believes that each day is different. This is something that she enjoys as it keeps her alert, active and full of life. She travels a lot and makes sure that she is productive while traveling. After all, she finds a lot of peace and solitude while traveling and hence likes to get a lot done during that time. This indicates the attitude of Penelope Kokkinides which has made her an exceptional leader.

Penelope Kokkinides believes in staying connected at all times. Hence she relies a lot on portable chargers. She embraces technology by using her phone and tablet at all times. These are also responsible for keeping her productive while she is on the road.

She is well aware that good ideas are useless until and unless they are implemented. Hence she has handpicked her team so that they are able to identify with each other and turn dreams into reality.

Her leadership style is highly influenced by technology. She recognizes and understands how it has become possible for everyone to be interconnected due to technology. She realizes how she is able to connect with people no matter where they are on the globe. Hence she makes a lot of use of things such as video conferencing, screen sharing audio-conferences, and webinar and so on. She is an inspiration for many!

View her infographic resume at Vizualize.me

How Eric Pulier Has Supported Technological And Entrepreneurial Growth

Eric Pulier is among entrepreneurs across the world who have invested most of their energy to seeing the growth of technology and merging the two to form great businesses. He has also been working with philanthropic foundations and passionately supporting the growth of support for the needy across different parts of the world. As part of his mission to support different individuals to embrace growth, Eric Pulier was able to come up with inventions that saw young entrepreneurs get the much needed support to fuel the growth of their businesses.

Education

Having spent many years in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he was born, Eric Pulier came across many technological features that motivated him to also work as a technologist to help build the world. This passion saw him invest more time into research and learning about technology and when he joined the Teaneck High School, he managed to establish a database company. The success of this company motivated him to further push his career to reach higher heights. He graduated from Teaneck in 1984 and without delays proceeded to the Harvard University, where he picked American Literature and English. Additionally, Eric Pulier joined MIT College, where he enrolled for a course in Computer Science.

At the Harvard University, Eric Pulier was given a column in the Harvard Crimson Weekly, a magazine that addressed many issues among them student life. On his column, Eric shared ideas on managing business and technology and was able to come up with great solutions to problems submitted by some readers. In 1988, Eric Pulier completed both courses and graduated magna cum laude.

Philanthropy

Eric Pulier has been actively involved in the development of several philanthropic communities, notably offering solutions that use technology to solve intractable problems among economically disadvantaged communities. During his early years, Pulier created his first multimedia educational program, which was used to teach people with Multiple Sclerosis on how to cope with their disease. Pulier is also an active member and donor to the Campaign for Free College Tuition, which seeks to offer free college education to every American interested in learning.

 

Securus Technologies Headlines Again

Securus Technologies wants people to know what they are all about, and they have offered to have them visit their headquarters in Dallas, TX. This invitation goes out to all of their clients and customers, as well as investors, and to their competitor’s too. With this offer, people can see what they are working on at any given time at Securus Technologies.

 

They also published quite a few of the comments that people have sent to them. In their efforts to make the world a safer place, they are creating more ways every week to induce the safety of the public. Many people are interested in what this company does, and the visit to their headquarters is a way to have their questions answered. They are planning to make an excellent presentation that will be both educational and impressive, allowing people to see the technology up close.

 

The company, Securus Technologies is known for their excellence in the public safety field. They are the leader, and they are in demand all the time. The government contracts them for help too. Since the company deals with over 1,000,000 prisoner throughout the year, they are always seeking even better ways to handle the safety issues. It is their goal to make the world an even better place for all people to live.