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Betsy DeVos- A Lifetime of Giving Back

For more than 30 years, Betsy DeVos has dedicated her time and money to producing educational change. DeVos has worked tirelessly to help form a nation where every child has the ability to receive a quality education. Along with her family, DeVos has made a tremendous impact on the educational system. She recently spoke with Philanthropy Roundtable to share some insight into why she is so passionate about this cause.

DeVos recalls an event that took place when she was a young mother that was a catalyst for much of her philanthropy. Visiting the Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, DeVos became very inspired. DeVos witnessed many children who came from families that were working hard just to get by. The dedication of their parents to give their kids a quality education was quite moving to DeVos. Over the years she would visit the Potter’s House many time and chose to help several students with tuition assistance. Follow Betsy on Twitter

DeVos was making an impact but she had a great desire to do much more. Along with her family, she began to seek out ways to make even more change. Her husband got involved by being elected to the State Board of Education in Michigan. Betsy herself decided to begin a scholarship fun to help even more children receive a quality education. DeVos also began working with a number of charitable organizations. Two groups in particular were quite notable. DeVos worked with Children First America and the American Education Reform Council. Both of these groups focused on vouchers to help produce more educational choices. DeVos’s worked in Florida on a tax-credit scholarship program. As a result of this program Florida had the nations longest period of broad educational choice.

Today Betsy DeVos has a position that allows her to produce more change than ever before. DeVos currently is the U.S. secretary of education. This position is the pinnacle of a career dedicated to a common cause. As a child DeVos watched her mother work as a public school teacher. Feeling inspired she would eventually mentor at risk students as a young adult. She spent more than a decade doing this work. Before her current position DeVos worked as as chairman of The Windquest Group, investment management firm. She has worked in partnership with Kids Hope USA, and Mars Hill Bible Church. All of this experience and work has helped to prepare DeVos for her current and important role as secretary of education. Her track record is evidence that she is passionate about what she does and will be dedicated to the cause. Visit to know more about their foundation.

Yeonmi Park : a story of courage and survival

To Westerners, North Korea appears to be one the most secretive, isolated and dangerous countries on earth. Little is known about the way North Koreans live but it is believed that poverty, censorship and police brutality are at their peak. To learn more about North Korea and to really understand what its inhabitants have been going through for decades, there is no better way than reading the poignant book written by the young Yeonmi Park, who grew up under the North Korean regime in complete poverty then managed to flee to China with her mom when she was only 13. Today, she unveils on Youtube for us part of her story in a captivating though often terrifying essay called “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.” Her book has been reviewed by many journalists, including the team of reporters from : In her book, Yeonmi Park talks about her childhood in North Korea, about how it was to grow up in a country with no freedom of speech of any kind, how it was to slowly starve because all the shops in the town were closed and how it felt to have lost even the slightest glimpse of hope. She then reveals how, when she was thirteen, she managed to escape with her family and crossed the border to reach China. During a one year long journey, she had to suffer through her father’s death of an untreated cancer, days of walking through the Gobi desert and the fear of human traffickers who once attacked her and her mum. One of the most powerful scene in the book is when Yeonmi Park depicts the rape of her mother that happened right in front of her eyes. It’s only after that very dangerous journey through the most remote parts of China that Yeonmi and her mother eventually managed to reach South Korea and were able, for the first time in their whole life, to fully experience the meaning of a single word that so many people take for granted. Freedom.

Joseph Bismark Shares His Wellness Techniques

A recent article released from Reuters highlights the profile of Joseph Bismark. Bismark, along with several colleagues from his company the Qi Group, are featured in the latest issue of aspIRe magazine. Bismark’s profile provides insight into his daily technique for keeping a strong mind, body and spirit.

The Qi Group is a multinational direct sales conglomerate that offers a variety of lifestyle and health and wellness products. Bismark is one of the co-founders of the Qi Group and currently serves as its managing director.

For Bismark, the health and wellness products that the Qi Group sells and markets are not just tools to make money. Bismark has always taken a highly spiritual approach to life and the Qi Group’s products are reflective of how he approaches life on a day to day basis.

The profile of Bismark includes a discussion of his diet, his exercise regimen, his commitment to yoga and meditation, and his use of technology to assist him with his holistic lifestyle.

Joseph Bismark is a firm believer in holistic health and wellness. He maintains a vegetarian diet. His workout regime includes cycling, swimming, kettlebell lifting and the “rip:60” fitness program.

Bismark is also a long time practitioner and teacher of Yoga. He is a yoga master at the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga and he continues to voraciously learn and read about new Yoga techniques. He also incorporates meditation and chanting into his Yoga workouts.

Bismark uses the latest technology to assist him in maintaining his lifestyle. He finds “MapmyRide” a useful application for recording his cycling workouts. He is a user of the “SoundCloud” application to record and upload mantras and bhanjans chants for Yoga. He also uses Luminosity, a web based application that keeps his mind sharp with brain games and exercises.

Bismark does not simply believe in taking care of his own mind and body. He also believes that others should harness the potential within. He lives by the saying that “everyone has the potential to do extraordinary things.” He regularly shares his knowledge with others and encourages others in the Qi Group to take leadership roles regardless of their position in the organization.

Overall, the release and inspIRe article contain not only a profile of an impressive business leader but also inspiring lessons that anyone interested in holistic wellness can take to heart.

The Secrets of a Powerful Woman

Regardless of educational background, talent, and training, becoming a successful businesswoman depends on how well an entrepreneur can work with others. All businesses are heavily based on the skill of negotiating with people. This is what Susan P. McGalla, the founder of P3 Executive Consulting, learned when she started as retailer in 1994. As a teen, she knew how important it is to learn how to deal with other people to become a successful businesswoman. She was raised up in a family that taught her to be comfortable when dealing with men and women. This confidence she gained from her upbringing greatly influenced her success in the field of marketing, operational efficiencies, and talent management.

Confidence is important to win clients and establish a profitable business. Entrepreneurs who believe in themselves easily win the respect and trust of their peers. This will eventually result in having a solid reputation. Successful businesswomen are confident because they know their own capabilities and strengths. While most women underestimate their abilities, a confident businesswoman does not doubt herself. Instead, she always remembers that she is good at what she does. She should always portray confidence so that people believe she is capable. She understands that no one will buy her products or services if she does not first believe in them herself.

Successful female entrepreneurs are very passionate about what they chose to do. They know how to create a business using things that they enjoy. Since they pursue what they love, they find it easier to get motivated to work hard. An overflowing energy and excitement come out naturally in whatever they do. Success usually comes along when they dedicate their lives to something they love. This intense passion gets them through the ups and downs on the way to success.

One of the existing stereotypes about women is that they are totally weak and emotional compared to men. However, every successful businesswoman is assertive. They speak with authority and purpose which is why people respect them. When criticism comes their way, they rationally deal with it while keeping themselves calm and cool. Successful women entrepreneurs achieve success because they do not allow negative comments to pull them down. They never doubt their abilities and decisions.

Hard work and commitment are the secret to success. Every aspiring businesswoman needs to prepare herself for long hours of work in orders to build up a successful business. They should also stay away from negative distractions because they are committed to what they do. This path to success in the business world includes continuous effort and dedication.

Susan McGalla, who started as a retailer, believes that she has something valuable that she can share and it is something that the world needs. She has become one of the most highly respected consultants when she discovered her own passion and believed in it. With focus and determination, she turned her love for what she does into something that she is very proud of. Although the journey to success is sometimes tough, she always reminds herself that the rewards awaiting her will be worth the effort.

Telecommunication Businesses Always Have to Stay One Step Ahead

Telecommunication and networking product and service companies are a large and important part of the technology sector in the United States and across the world. They literally connect all our other technology together and in this sense are an indispensable component of our modern, interconnected world. In the U.S. alone, the telecommunications industry accounted for $307 billion in annual revenue in 2014 and is projected to account for $326 billion by 2017.

Running a technology company such as a telecommunications business is not like most others. It has the additional challenges of the constant march of technology and executives have to know when to seize on certain developments and incorporate them into their business in order to stay ahead in the marketplace. Take Verizon and their FiOS high-speed internet service for example. Telecommunications companies saw that cable companies had a speed advantage over the DSL internet service that they could offer to customers. Executives, such as Shaygan Kheradpir, when he was at Verizon, saw the value of this new FiOS technology and did their best to implement it to compete more effectively in this ever-evolving market.

Shaygan Kheradpir has authored and co-authored many books and papers on the subjects of telecommunication and networking companies and their products and services and how to manage networks to improve companies in this industry. In addition to being an executive at Verizon when they were first starting to implement their FiOS service, he was CEO of Juniper Networks through most of 2014. He is perhaps most remembered, however, for his contributions while at Verizon where he was chief information officer and chief technology officer for 11 years. He was instrumental in introducing new Verizon products such as Verizon One and their Iobi phone service over the internet.

Companies in this industry need talented executives like Shaygan Kheradpir, who are well versed in computers and engineering and have a knack for looking ahead and seeing what will be the next big technology on the horizon. Tech companies need this type of vision because the one constant of technology is that it is never constant but rather is only constantly advancing. Other technology companies, such as Apple and Google, get far more of the spotlight, and they also need this type of vision. They need to see what the next big thing is, and sometimes they even take a part in shaping that next big thing by helping people to see what they need through their marketing efforts. All the high-tech gadgets in the world, however, are little more than expensive paper weights without the communication and networking technologies that enable people to do the things they need to do with them every day of their lives.

Daniel Amen and the Daniel Plan

The current world of nutrition and health has experienced a number of breakthroughs and is a far cry from what general nutrition was once understood as. Still, the current trends on healthy eating and dietary improvements nevertheless have not lost their faddish bend, and many ‘tested and proven’ diets supposedly able to ‘revolutionize one’s health’ are either duds or simply too difficult or too unappealing to keep up in the long run. 

Not only does this make eating and living a far more healthful lifestyle all but impossible, thanks to the presence of droves of processed and refined foods, and any thoughts of a more wholesome lifestyle for the overall betterment of one’s health goes down the proverbial drain. 

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, he has nutritional plan that all-natural

Meet Dr. Daniel Amen, a nutritionist, professional psychiatrist, and best-selling author of a number of books on health, wellness and diet with a degree in medicine from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. Dr. Amen’s take on successful health and wellness, particularly his focus on partaking of nutritionally dense whole foods to combat the most basic ailments to the more decidedly harmful types of disease, is the product of 32 years of practice. 

Dr. Amen believes that a diet which comprises of immunity-boosting and neuro-protective foods can do more than just improve overall health and wellness, but can actually help to prevent and even treat or reverse the effects of some common mental disorders like chronic depression, ADHD, ADD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Very impressive claims back by evidence. 

Dr. Amen’s specialized dietary plan, referred to as the ‘Daniel Plan’ (referring to the Biblical prophet and seer Daniel) comprises of a simplistic and holistic take on disease-preventative and restorative diet, with a primary focus on the consumption of whole grains, fresh vegetables, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids derived from seafood. But that’s not the whole of his diet plan. 

Not only is one meant to enjoy the wholesome food eaten on a daily basis, the Daniel Plan also focuses on a fulfilling and richly rewarding spiritual angle – in that dietary changes for brain health and disease prevention is just the tip of the iceberg, but that a spiritually enriching lifestyle should go along with it. Unlike fad diets that focus on one type of super-food as a ‘wonder-drug’, the Daniel Plan understands that the nutrition derived from food have to work synergistically and holistically. 

Coupled with an emotionally and spiritually fulfilling and nurturing lifestyle to truly work, the Daniel Plan is a far cry indeed from most diets that focus merely on weight loss, gorging oneself on super-foods, or counting calories and avoiding fats. If it’s a good, wholesome, and effective diet one is after – one that will drastically improve the overall quality of one’s life – then the Daniel Plan is the way to go!

Also, check out these articles by Daniel Amen on the Huffington Post… they’re great reads!

Atlanta Hawks lose 1st game in last 20.

Nobody came into the season expecting the Atlanta Hawks to become one of the best teams in the game but that’s what happened. Early season analysts had Atlanta taking the 5th or 6th seed in the Eastern Conference now that they had Al Horford back but the Hawks had different plans. Currently Atlanta sits at 40-9 on the year and they are coming off of 19 straight wins which is almost unheard of in the modern day NBA. The New Orleans Pelicans, a young up and coming team of their own, were put right in the middle of the war path and they came out determined not to let that number hit 20.

Atlanta and New Orleans crossed paths so Brian Torchin and fans everywhere got a great show. The Pelicans got their star, Anthony Davis, back onto the court and he was the engine that provided the muscle to get past Atlanta. You see, the Hawks win when they are able to go down low and simply bruise past their opponents. Al Horford and Paul Millsap are two guys that can create havoc on the block. Unfortunately for them they underestimated Anthony Davis.

Atlanta came out seemingly fatigued as they were outscored by 10 points in the first quarter. After that the Pelicans never really looked back. The two teams traded blows but it was always Anthony Davis getting the last shot in. The second year All Star put up an incredible 29 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks during his time on the court en route to a Pelican victory by 15 points.

Getting To Know Dr. Rod Rohrich


Many young adults have aspirations of becoming a doctor and for Dr. Rod Rohrich that desire was clearly there. The only difference was that Rod decided to use his talents to make people feel better about themselves. With the basic medical groundwork already covered, Rod made a major turn in his career by joining UTSouthwestern Medical Center. His time at the center served as an opportunity to strengthen his resolve to sharpen his skills in several areas of plastic surgery. The University of Michigan Medical Center had the benefit of his expertise where he completed a great deal of his residencies of plastic and general surgery.

Recognized For His Contribution

As an individual serving in the field of medicine the ability to be recognized by his peers was a major accomplishment. Dr. Rod Rohrich was named as one of the best doctors of Plastic Surgery in Dallas only went on to confirm his dedication. The recognition did not stop there, in fact, Rohrich went on to receive other awards, which included top plastic surgeon by his peers in Texas and the popular U.S. News & World Report. His recognition was not just about his work in the field; Rod also left his mark among students and faculty members at the UTSouthwestern Medical Center where he shared his knowledge as a distinguished professor in the field of Plastic Surgery.

Strength In Knowledge

Whether the individual was a student, faculty member or patient, author or contributor, an encounter with Dr Rohrich would translate into confidence that the good doctor was more than qualified to serve in his chosen profession. With priorities which included improving safety among the patients under his charge, Rod has zero tolerance for situations and procedures, which were considered as less than ideal. Rod shared his concerned with several of his peers through speaking engagements both locally and on a global scale.

The Doctor You Know

One of the main reasons for his success in the field of Plastic Surgery is the compassion that Rod shares with his patients. With a track record that could only be compared to that of an excellent leader, he restricts his patient interaction to specialty areas, which include liposuction, facial cosmetic surgery, Rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery and body contouring. With a reputation for being the best you can be in your field, Rod strives to reflect his dedication to safe medical procedures by operating at facilities with the same goals. Patients continue to benefit from Rod’s expertise regularly as Dr Rohrich proves his commitment to them.

Keith Mann: Savvy Businessman And Caring Individual

Keith Mann is a talented individual with the unique ability to connect people with the right skill set to companies with a need for those skills. This has made him a rising star in human resources management and led the New York based recruiting firm he co-founded, Dynamic Search Partners, to achieve great success. But Keith Mann is more than just a great judge of talent and an excellent businessman, he is also a kind, caring. individual who for many years has been donating money to organizations aimed at giving people in need some help and the means to make their dreams a reality.

It was in 1995 that Mann began his career with Dynamic Associates as manager of their Alternative Investments division. He was a natural for the job and moved up the corporate ladder at lightning speed. Within 5 years of employing Mann, the company had become very successful and Mann was promoted to its senior vice president. Life was good and business was booming. But Keith Mann had bigger goals and dreams about what he should be able to do for himself and for others. He wanted to see as many people as possible make their dreams become reality.

To make his larger vision a reality, Mann co-founded Dynamics Search Partners that recruited staff for private equity firms and hedge funds. The company was called Dynamic Search Partners. Mann took a position as managing director and set about building the company’s roster of firms in need of talent and talented individuals to fill those roles. To this point Dynamic Search Partners has satisfied over 2,000 client mandates. The company has also expanded to control a huge database of investment executives. In fact it is considered to be one of the country’s largest.

But personal success has never been all Keith Mann wanted. He wants to help other people be successful as well. One way he does this is by organizing charity events to raise funds for a local organization called Hope and Heroes. In 2008 Dynamic Search Partners donated %8,000 to the organization. Dynamic Search Partners also works with a community organization called Uncommon Schools. Through this organization, Mann and his staff helps children to learn the skills they’ll need to succeed in college. Not only do Mann and the staff at Dynamic Search Partners give their time, in 2013 the press announced Mann and his firm’s  $10,000 donation to Uncommon Schools.

Jonathon Veitch: More Than The Usual President of a College

Jonathan Veitch was born in 1959, and he is a native of Los Angeles, CA. He is the president of Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, succeeding the interim president Robert Skotheim on June 30, 2009. Also, he is the first one who is a native of Los Angeles to become the president of this college. His wife, Sarah, their three children, and he are currently living in the Wallis Annenberg President’s House, which is located at the Occidental campus.

Jonathan Veitch attended Loyola High School, which is in southern California. He then attended and graduated from Stanford University where he earned his bachelors of arts degree. He received his masters of arts degree at Harvard University, and he also received his doctoral degree later on at Harvard University. His doctoral degree is in the History of American Civilization.

His previous escalades before becoming president of Occidental College include the following: He was a professor for the University of Wisconsin at Madison for four years in the English department, and he then became an associate professor at the New School in New York City, in literature and history. Afterwards, he was nominated as the chair of humanities, he was the associate provost, and then he became the deacon of the liberal arts division of the Eugene Lang College for the undergrads.

As the president of Occidental College, he has improved the surrounding community, and the College relations. This is done by him limiting the campus expansion in the community upon him adhering to the neighborhood’s concerns. Additionally, he has worked to preserve the campus’ energy by unveiling a megawatt solar array in April of 2013.

He is also a great author. He is the author of “American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930’s”. It was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 1997. Jonathon Veitch’s fields of academic expertise include American film, and the 19th and 20th century American Literature.