The iconic Susan McGalla

Statistics show that gender diversity, as well as diverse ethnicity in the workplace, is a factor that leads to better performance in businesses. However, despite these clear indications many corporations are yet to adopt the aspect of gender and ethical diversification. Very few women are given the opportunity to take on leadership positions in companies despite the fact that they are very capable. On the other hand, the few that have been offered this highly coveted opportunity strive to prove that they earned the position and hence find themselves outshining even their male competitors. Among these influential women is the iconic Susan McGalla.

The fifty-three-year-old Susan McGalla is a businesswoman and executive advisor with an American nativity from Pittsburgh Steelers. She was born and raised in a family with two brothers. Her football coach father was strict in how he raised her; he never gave her any preference from her brothers because of her femininity. She has hence always had to work as hard as her brothers or even harder to get what she wanted. She attributed her success in her career to how her father brought her up.

After receiving her Business and Marketing Degree from the college of Mount Union, Susan kick-started her career working in different marketing and managerial positions at the Joseph Horne Company for almost a decade. In 1994, she went on to work at American Eagle Outfitters as a divisional stock purchaser for women’s clothing. She managed to keep rising in ranks in the company until she eventually landed the role of Chief Merchandising Officer and president. After a successful run in the establishment, Susan McGalla left in 2009 and began her private consultancy practice for retail and financial investment. Three years later she took on the task of CEO of West Seal after the termination of Ed Thomas’s tenure. Later that year, she got an appointment at the table of HFF Inc. Board of Directors.

After a while, McGalla left West Seal and founded P3 Executive Consulting where she currently works as the vice president of creative development and Business Strategy. For women to reach Susan’s height of success, they are encouraged to look into Executive Sponsorship since women leadership initiatives have failed to give the expected results.

The Legal Endeavors of Sujit Choudhry

The Director of the Constitutional Transitions Center, Sujit Choudhry, was with constitutional professionals in Kiev. The experts talked about the system of government in Ukraine, and also discussed the challenges the constitutional system the country is facing. The workshop host included the center for policy and legal reform and the international institute for democracy and electorate assistance in Ukraine.

Choudhry said it was an honor to have conversed about executive powers with the experts. Check pnewswire.com.  He likewise commented that the democracy in Ukraine is not stable, the weak political parties, the electoral system and the concentration of the president’s power could ultimately lead to uncertainty.

Sujit Choudhry is the head of Center for Constitutional Transitions. It collaborates with professionals from over twenty-five countries that deal with political and constitutional matters. To date Professor Choudhry spearheading three global research project. The project he is currently handling is engaged with Constitutional Transitions, Territorial Cleavages, and Reforms on Security Sector. They were able to come up with policy outputs and a string of research that is going to be printed come 2017 (patch.com).

Choudhry’s researches are focused on a wide range of topics in comparative constitutional law and politics. His research also includes the design of the constitution that may be used to turn violent conflicts to democratic and peaceful politics. Numerous reports, papers, books, and articles were published under his name, (medium.com). He likewise serves as a consultant for the World Bank Institute, and a member of the United Nations Mediation Roster, and is a consultant at the Development Program section of the United Nations and World Bank.

Sujit Choudhry‘s  unique and exemplary ability to design a constitution and offer advice come from making multiple types of research on numerous issues relevant to politics and law comparative constitution. Choudhry is efficiently versed in generating peaceful relationships when violent conflicts happen because of ethnicity, proportionality, secession, etc. He also gives time for constitutional enterprise to be able to arrange for a proper changeover from a dictatorship to a democratic rule.

His unique work has always been noticed. Thus, he obtained plenty of awards from the countries he performed in, and Sujit Choudhry has received many awards as a form of recognition for his efforts (http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award).  He was given the award- Practitioner of the Year in 2011 by the Association of South Asian Bar.

Sujit Choudhry, Professor at UC Berkeley, Aids in Ukrainian Constitutional Discussion

Sujit Choudhry, Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions and professor at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, discussed the constitutional issues caused by Ukraine’s semi-presidential government with Ukrainian constitutional experts in Kiev. The meeting was led by the Center of Policy and Legal Reform and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), an international organization that promotes the spread of sustainable democratic governments. Sujit Choudhry and these experts discussed various methods to improve Ukrainian governing (patch.com) According to Choudhry, “Ukraine’s democratization has been unstable for the past two decades due to several factors, such as the concentration of power in the presidency, weak political parties, the electoral system for the legislature, and the selection of powers within the dual executive between the Prime Minister and President.”

According to the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry has advised “the constitution building process of Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, and Yemen”. As the Director, Sujit Choudhry aids in the support for constitution building through diplomatic discussions and policy based on research, (http://www.law.nyu.edu/news/choudhry_award).  The Center for Constitutional Transitions has partners across the globe, working with various experts and organizations dedicated to democratic transitions. Their partners influence the formation of concepts for projects, hire their panel of experts, aid in meetings and lectures, and the creation and distribution of research  (prnewswire.com).

Sujit Choudhry studied law in Harvard,Oxford, and Toronto, and worked in the Supreme Court of Canada as a law clerk. Choudhry has published four books and has written over 90 articles on his research and experience in constitution building globally, more on medium.com.   He’s lectured in overseas in over two dozen countries. His research includes constitutional design in various contexts ranging from areas healing from political violence, oppression of ethnic minorities, seceding states, decentralizing government, and other issues. Choudhry’s experience includes facilitating public dialogue, stakeholder consultations, advisory work, training civil servants and bureaucrats, engaging party leaders, and drafting technical reports and memoranda in the field.

Dr. Jorge Moll and his studies of the brain

Dr. Jorge Moll is a well known neurologist, out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who is trying to change healthcare for the better good of Brazil. He is a firm believer in human rights. Dr. Moll believes every person deserves a chance at the best and most affordable healthcare possible.

Jorge Moll started his interest in medicine at the Federal University of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1994. He then went on to do his residency in Neurology as he remained at the university. As he advanced in his career he also got his Ph.D. in Experimental Pathophysiology (Scholar.google).

As the neurologist‘s interest grew so did his mission to help the people of Brazil. He is founder and head of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit located in Brazil. Jorge Moll is also the President and senior researcher of D’Or Institute of Research and Education, better known as IDOR.

Dr. Moll is very interested in how the cognitive system of the brain and artificial intelligence can work as one. He sees an advance in the medicine and the future as studies are done on how the brain and machines work together. He looks for ways in his research on how the people of Brazil can positively be impacted.

In 1999 Jorge Moll and his peers made a breakthrough involving how the frontal lobe actually functions. They did non-evasive clinical studies involving moral and factual decisions with the help of FMRI technology. The research showed that the brain’s frontal lobe functions different when it comes to emotions. This was the beginning of a life time of brain research for the neurologist.

Dr. Moll knows that it takes ideas and the actions on making them happen that will be a long term benefits for Brazil, and possibly other countries. He understands that the study of regenerative medicine and gene therapy holds a lot of answers in the future study of medicine.

Dr. Jorge Moll believes there will come a time when brains and machines will work together for the better good of society.

 

Stepping Up-Desiree Perez of ROC Nation one of six female music executives to call Neil Portnow out on his “out of touch” comments regarding women in music.

Legendary music executive Desiree Perez of ROC Nation was one of six female recording industry leaders to respond this week to Neil Portnow, the president of the Recording Academy’s comment that women in music need to “step up” if they want to advance their careers.“Neil Portnow’s comments are not a reflection of being ‘inarticulate’ in a single interview. They are, unfortunately, emblematic of a much larger issue with the [National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences] organization as a whole on the broader set of inclusion issues across all demographics,” the women wrote in a letter sent to the Recording Academy’s board of trustees. The strongly worded letter also called the Academy, which presents the Grammy awards, “woefully out of touch with today’s music, the music business, and even more significantly society.”

The letter was signed by Jody Gerson, the chief executive of Universal’s publishing arm; Michele Anthony, an executive vice president at the Universal Music Group; Sylvia Rhone, the president of Epic Records; Julie Greenwald, the co-chairman of Atlantic Records; Julie Swidler, the general counsel of Sony Music; and Desiree Perez, the chief operating officer of Roc Nation. The letter makes it clear that these executives write on behalf of their companies, encompassing the three most influential music conglomerates in the world.

Due to the criticisms of Portnow and the Academy as a whole by Perez and the executives as well as artists such as Pink and Kelly Clarkson and the calls for Portnow’s resignation by industry lawyers and talent managers, the Academy has announced that it will create a task force to review it’s work in order to “overcome the explicit barriers and unconscious biases that impede female advancement in the music community.”Desiree Perez, COO of ROC Nation, is best known for her work with Jay-Z, but she has also worked with many top female artists such as Beyonce, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey. Her skills as a negotiator, her toughness, and her compassion have helped her to succeed in a male-dominated industry. Her recent criticisms of the industry are in line with her support of artist Mariah Carey’s involvement in the Time’s Up Movement and her assistance in spreading the #MeToo movement.

Eric Lefkofsky and Tempus Collect the Data for a Cancer Cure

Tempus seeks to cure cancer through collecting and processing patient information on both a traditional and chemical level. Tempus, a potential operating system for cancer care, could potentially revolutionize the healthcare collection by making the collection of an individual’s genetic makeup as normal as a blood draw. Analyzing this data is just as important for preventative medicine as it is for finding more personalized treatments for patients according to their body chemistry. By anaylzing the data collected from patients around the world Lefkofsky believes cures could potentially be found through patient data.

A lot of information that is collected is lost between specialists, offices, and visits. Tempus will make it so more of this information is analyzed and stored by making it so hand-written doctors’ notes can be more easily captured and processed into structured data. Currently, a lot of these important progress notes are lost over time and never really put into a patient’s long term record.

Most people don’t ever think about how the data is stored medically until they get sick, but with over 14.5 million people living with cancer in 2014 in the United States alone it isn’t something that should just be looked past. Eric Lefkofky hadn’t thought of the problem until his wife Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer and he saw the problems in patient data first hand. He later stepped down from CEO to chairman of Groupon, a company Lekofsky co-founded, to focus on Tempus.

Eric Lefkofsky has had a fair share of success in business, but his charitable works are just as if not more impressive. The Lefkofsky’s have donated millions to different charities with focus on cancer related initiatives and projects that help the greater Chicago area. Eric and Liz built the Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable organization that serves the greater Chicago area through four areas of focus: medical research, the arts, human rights and education.

Eric Lefkofsky is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor. He specializes in disruptive technology, and wants to e-enable businesses.

Eric Lefkofsk’s Social Media: www.facebook.com/eplefkofsky/

The Idea That Drew Jorge Moll

Jorge Moll is a Neuroscientist that founded and heads D’Or Institute of Research and Education. He received his MD in Neuroscience at the Federal University of Rio de Janiero in Brazil. Moll completed his residency there as well. Dr. Moll’s Ph. D. was later received from Sao Paulo University in Experimental Pathophysiology.

Jorge Moll’s motivation is providing assistance to those whose quality of life is negatively affected by suffering from various conditions. He currently is President and board member of D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR) and also the Director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit (CBNU) and Neuroinformatics Workgroup, which is a diagnostics and imaging laboratory that is top-ranked. When not helping people in his career field, Moll enjoys spending time with his family in Rio de Janeiro where he lives.

The idea of the D’Or Institute of Research and Education came to Jorge Moll by his passion and dream of cultivating world-class education, research, and healthcare in his home country. On an average day, you can find Moll speaking to researchers, entrepreneurs, associates, scientists, and students based on the fundamentals of having free exchange of ideas and collaboration. Collaboration is also a factor when it comes to choosing which of his ideas to make reality. If Moll’s idea involves collaborating and be put into a plan of action, then it will be more likely for Moll to turn that idea into a reality.

When it comes to having ideas, which are plentiful for Jorge Moll, he believes in not holding on to any idea for too long. He either moves forward with them quickly or quickly moves on to the next one. Jorge Moll suggest people read the book “The Exegesis” by Philip Dick. His favorite quote is “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” by DaVinci.

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Jorge Moll Contributes Important Study to Neuroscience

In today’s modern economy and professional environment, competition and stress can make it hard to look for ways to help others and mankind. While many people are focused on doing what is best for themselves in a hope that it will make them happy and feel good, some scientists and doctors are now showing that it may be far more beneficial for the brain and psyche to focus on helping out others (crunchbase.com).

Jorge Moll, who is a neuroscientist, has completed a number of different studies and tests on what happens to the brain in a variety of situations. One of the most recent studies that Dr. Moll completed while working for the National Institutes of Health showed that it could be very beneficial for the brain and overall personal health to find ways to help other people and to do good deeds.

Dr. Moll and others that work at the National Institutes of Health have found that when someone does a good deed and helps other people out that their brains signal some primitive reactions that help them to feel better. This finding could conclude that those that focus on helping others could end up having a better quality of life and feel better about themselves.

This recent study seems to align and correlate with the belief of many different spiritual leaders. These leaders have always stated the positive emotional benefits that come along with doing good for other people. However, the recent tests put on by the National Institutes of Health could finally prove to those in the science community that there is a physical benefit of it as well.

This was not the first test of this kind to be done. At the University of Southern California scientists were able to test moral decisions and dilemmas in patients with certain brain injuries. Those that had damage to a certain area of the brain were shown to have less guilt when making a decision that others would consider challenging. This can help to show that this area of the brain has a direct link to overall morality and a sense of guilt.

 

Pediatrician, Surgeon, Researcher, CEO, Educator, and Philanthropist: The Story of Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman’s connection to Vietnam is through his wife Ai-Xuan. Ai-Xuan and her family came to the US after the fall of Saigon. Both the Holtermans are Pediatric Surgeons and are involved with the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

IPSAC-VN works to improve pediatric care in Vietnam. Doctors who volunteer through the program serve in a number of Vietnamese hospitals. In addition to treating patients, they assist in the educating their colleagues in South East Asia.

Dr. Mark Holterman was born to a farming family in Wisconsin. A 1980 graduate of Yale University with a degree in Biology his medical degree is from the University of Virginia. He completed his Surgical Residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. A fellowship at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center followed.

While enrolled at the University of Virginia he took advantage of an opportunity to study Medical Science through a National Institutes of Health program. Dr. Holterman spent two years as a Research Associate at Quebec’s Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

At the University of Illinois, he has been involved in cancer, obesity, and stem cell research. The Regenerative Medicine research he conducted there prompted him to co-found the non-profit Hanna Sunshine Foundation. The HSF seeks to employ Regenerative Medicine to the treatment of rare chronic diseases in children. Dr. Mark Holterman’s Diabetes research earned him the Innovative Research Award from the American Diabetes Association.

The researcher in Dr. Mark Holterman brought out the entrepreneur in him. He is currently the CEO of the Mariam Global Health. He established the organization to finance medical advancements (inspirery.com).

For the last seven years, Dr. Holterman has been a member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine faculty. A full professor he teaches surgery and pediatrics. He performs surgeries at hospitals associated with the University of Illinois, Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Mark Holterman is into his second decade of practice. On www.vitals.com out of a possible five stars, his patients give him a 4.6 rating.

 

Class Dojo Has Become A Leading Learning Platform That Is Successfully Improving Education

There has been a communication problem in the educational world for a long time, where in most cases there is a strong disconnect between parents and students as well as teachers. For many parents, this is because they have a busy schedule, between errands and work. While this is understandable, it has an effect on the students and their learning, and even worse is this can create a sense of no community and the students end up feeling like they are on their own. Thanks to the launch of Class Dojo, this has been changing to great effect in schools all over the U.S. with their uniquely aimed educational platform. Class Dojo’s focus is on communication and building the school community into a more positive and fun experience for teachers, parents, and especially students.

Class Dojo’s founders, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, found their inspiration for Class Dojo when they saw the declining conditions of schools all around the country and hard testimonies from various teachers. One of the biggest problems they noticed was that lack of communication and awareness around a child’s education. Class Dojo allows teachers to engage their students on a level like never before and actively share that with parents to create a more positive community.

Parents are able to use the Class Dojo application to keep a closer eye on their child while they are in school in order to see how they are progressing with classwork and activities. The app allows for direct and instant communication which effectively eliminates the need for schedule conferences or phone calls during bad times. Any issues that may need to be addressed can be done right through the app to ensure the students, teachers, and parents are able to stay in sync with each other. Important school events and activities are readily displayed and keep parents in the loop with school events so they can prepare in advance to participate.

Though Class Dojo is relatively new to the scene, they have managed to expand greatly in functional size. In the United States today, more than two-thirds of all schools have seen Class Dojo in the classroom and the platform is finding its way to countries outside the United States as well. Class Dojo continues to update their application and regularly fine-tune existing features, despite the app being free to use for everyone. They have optional features that cost money, however, they are not required to benefit from Class Dojo’s main features, which help fund the platform and pay for new growth.