Susan McGalla: Surpassing Gender to Rule the Business World

Susan McGalla has always been a hard-working woman. Born in Ohio, she was raised in a family that believed in the value of hard work and determination. She carried that attitude with her as she moved into her career. She knew that the only way she would succeed would be if she poured everything she had into what she did.

In the article, “How Pittsburgh’s Susan McGalla Paved the Way for Women in Leadership” author Joe Williams discusses some of the triumphs experienced by McGalla and how to address the lack of gender diversity in leadership positions of S&P 500 companies. The article, available at Phillypurge.com, brings up some very interesting ideas about how women in McGalla’s position can help support the next generation of female executives.

For McGalla, it has never been exclusively about her gender. While it is a factor, she believes that there is something to be said for letting your work speak for itself. She also explains that she has never carried a sense of entitlement or paid attention to prejudice. It appears McGalla is only interested in controlling the one thing she can control, herself.

With such a strong woman present in today’s business world, the author asks what can be done to encourage more women into these leadership roles. While gender initiatives mean well, they are not necessarily making an impact. The number of women in leadership positions has not increased as dramatically as expected from these programs. The problem, Williams purposes, is that women are not actively spending time with positive role models such as McGalla. With programs more centered on fostering a mentor relationship, women may be empowered to make more of a push into those roles.

Currently, McGalla is still excelling in the business world today. Her determination has moved her from a management position in a small company to the President of American Eagle Inc. She enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field while there and eventually left to found her own consulting company. She also serves as the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Read more about Susan McGalla: http://bitsylink.com/2017/06/14/susan-mcgalla-as-a-high-performing-business-woman-in-the-corporate-world/

End Citizens United Fight To Halt Churches Becominig Political Entities


The 2017 Republican-backed effort to reform the tax code of the U.S. has been widely criticized by Democrats and the members of End Citizens United but a closer look at the Bill reveals much more serious issues in its many clauses. One of the aspects of the Bill which has caused the greatest concern for End Citizens United is the changes proposed to one of the least controversial add-ons’s ever passed by Congress; the Johnson Amendment was introduced by future President Lyndon B. Johnson when he was still a Senator and limited the political actions of many charitable groups including Churches.

End Citizens United has questioned both the legality and reasons behind the proposed changes to the Johnson Amendment as this measure passed into law in 1954 with little opposition from either party. The overall aim of the Johnson Amendment was to limit the movement of dark money into the election cycle from political donors using churches as a cover for their political aims. The response of End Citizens United to the Republican Tax Reform Bill was to question the reasons why Churches would be exempt from the regulations of the Johnson Amendment which would allow political donors to class any contributions to campaigns made through a Church as a tax write-off.

Established in 2015, End Citizens United has grown to become one of the most important PAC’s in the nation for those who wish to limit the influence of political donors on U.S. election campaign finances. The group refuses to take on Super PAC status as it would allow unlimited donations to be made to the group by major donors who would wish to influence the direction the group takes in the future.

As a political campaign group, End Citizens United wishes to assist as many candidates to gain office as possible who are friendly to the cause of reversing the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United. The effort to reverse this decision would require support at national and state level which is why End Citizens United is hoping to raise around $35 million in campaign funds for the 2018 Midterm election cycle.

Alongside the growing number of supporters backing End Citizens United, the group is also attracting the support of many Democrat politicians who are backing the cause of overturning Citizens United. Perhaps the most high-profile candidate backed by the APC was Hillary Clinton in her quest to win The White House during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election; End Citizens United has also pledged its support for Senator Elizabeth Warren in the 2018 election cycle.

Read more:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United

 

End Citizens United Taking Action To Keep Politics Out Of Churches

Far-right political groups in the United States continue to play insidious games with campaign finance rules that have played an important part in keeping American political races fair and honest.

Among the latest targets of the Trump Administration and Republican hardliners is something called the Johnson Amendment, named for former President Lyndon Johnson who championed the rule while serving in the U.S. Senate.

The Johnson Amendment has been a provision in the U.S. Tax Code since 1954, and has never been controversial until just recently.

 

Basically, the Johnson Amendment prohibits all tax-exempt, non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing any political candidate. The rule is mostly designed to keep church and religious organizations out of politics. Under the Johnson Amendment, preachers cannot “preach from the pulpit” in favor of or opposed to any candidate.

The rule has become an integral element supporting the deep American tradition of separation of church and state.

But now many groups – mostly right-wing, conservative Republican forces – want the Johnson Amendment scrapped so that churches across America can get deeply involved in influencing the voting habits of their “flocks.”

A group called End Citizens United (ECU) is aggressively fighting to keep the Johnson Amendment in place. ECU is a political action committee (PAC) formed in 2015 in direct reaction to a 2010 Supreme Court Ruling that came to be known and Citizens United.

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling basically opened the floodgates that allowed massive corporations and private billionaires to donate as much campaign money as they wanted to the candidate of their choice. Furthermore, the new ruling said that no candidate or party had to report just where the money was coming from – in other words, unlimited amounts of “dark money” was made legal.

Under the 2010 Supreme Court ruling, corporations were granted the same status as “people” and money was deemed to be “free speech.” The result of this disastrous decision is that the average American voter has become increasingly disenfranchised from the American political system.

End Citizens United has a primary goal of someday reversing the 2010 Supreme Court ruling by passing a Constitutional Amendment that will nullify its effect. However, ECU is also fighting bad campaign finance actions on many other fronts – one of which is the new attack from political right-wing groups on the Johnson Amendment.

The ECU has also been aggressively fundraising on a grassroots level to support candidates who also oppose the 2010 Supreme Court decision. Those candidates tend to be Democrats.

The ECU is on track to raise $35 million ahead of the 2018 election cycle. It has done so by garnering hundreds of thousands of small donations averaging just $14 from concerned American citizens who are sick and tired of seeing U.S. elections bought and sold by wealthy elites. Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End_Citizens_United

 

Private Oil Drilling in Mexico-Talos Energy

It has been a long time since Mexican allowed private companies to drill oil on their offshores. It is almost 80 years and the move to allow a private company in the oil and energy industry shows that Mexican government has allowed foreign organizations to invest in their oil and energy sector. Three oil drilling firms from three different countries joined together to drill oil in Mexico. The three oil organizations include; Sierra Oil and Gas which is a Mexican firm, Talos Energy LLC from Houston as well as a London based company Premier Oil PLC. According to a statement from Premier, the oil companies began their drilling exercise on May 21, 2017. Mexico industrialized their oil and energy industry in 1938 making the three oil organizations be the first in the country to make an offshore exploration beside PetroleosMexicanos which is operated by the government. The three firms won the rights to drill oil in Mexico in 2015 and it was estimated that the drilling will take about 90 days to complete.

Talos Energy can well be described as an International oil organization. The firm was established with a mandate of exploring, developing as well as the acquisition of oil and natural gas. The firm has been concentrating on specific regions among them the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast, as well as the Gulf of Mexico its deep waters and shelf.

Talos Energy LLC was established in 2012 by Timothy Duncan and since then it has been under the management of Apollo Global Management and Riverstone Holdings. The oil and energy firm have their Head Offices located in Houston, Texas. Recently the group took a major step in their business and together with two other oil and energy firms they won a contract to drill oil in Mexico. Talos Energy also engages in other business activities as well as developments among them JVs and Farm-in. In these business development activities, Talos can enhance their economy as they exploit their seismic record. Talos has also been in the forefront of educating others on oil and natural gases issues by holding conferences.

Their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/talos.energy/

How Don Ressler And Adam Goldenberg Are Outsmarting Other Players In The Fashion Industry

Today, the success of one’s enterprise depends on how they can reinvent existing business models to come up with great ideas and products. Two entrepreneurs are completely changing how the fashion industry operates. Through the active use of bleeding edge technology, Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg have succeeded in rewriting the rules of business in the fashion industry. Together with a team of dedicated individuals, the duo managed fashion industries from scratch which have grown over time to become Amazon’s biggest competitors. Technology has been one of the most significant drivers of the growth of the duo’s enterprises.

One of Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg’s most successful companies is the Techstyle Fashion Group. The business delivers quality fashion products through e-commerce. The company provides several platforms through which customers can sign up for membership and start shopping for great style solutions. The success of Techstyle Fashion Group can be credited to the hard work and marketing experience of Don Ressler and Adam Goldenberg. When the duo started out in the fashion industry, they had the desire of creating remarkable apparels that could fit anyone.

Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler did not start business yesterday. The duo has had a thing for entrepreneurship since they were young. The two started their entrepreneurship journey by creating e-commerce companies that they later sold to other entities. Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler decided to venture into the fashion world because they saw great opportunities that not many companies had exploited in that sector.

Adam and Don’s first joint enterprise was Intelligent Beauty. The company was based online, and it offered a range of cosmetic solutions. Through Intelligent Beauty, the duo was able to understand what one needed to do for them to build a successful e-commerce brand. They also recognized the consumer behavior and the different business opportunities availed by technology.

To date, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler have managed to diversify their interests in the fashion industries with several brands to show off their hard work. In the corporate circles, the duo’s approach to business is described as a classic case of Silicon Valley meets Fashion Arena. Apart from helping a lot of individuals acquire quality apparels at great prices, Adam Goldenberg and Don Ressler’s enterprises are committed to the well-being of various communities across the globe. The duo is extensively involved in philanthropic initiatives as part of the conglomerate’s community social responsibility.

Brazilian Rally Driving on another Level with Michel Terpins

Michel Terpins is a legendary in the Brazilian rally and is respected. In the game of racing, there is a core-driver whereby also Michel has a talented core-driver called Maykel Justo, a talented personnel in safari rallies. Michel Terpins with the support of his Justo recently won the 5th edition rally and Bull Sertoes.

Michel Terpins has been participating in the motorsport for over ten years and currently holds the title of Brazilian Cross Country Rally Champion. Michel is also the brother of a talented rally driver know as Rodrigo Terpins who serves as the as the senior director for T5 Participacoes. The Terpins brothers have participated together in many competitions, for example, they took part in the recent 22nd Sertoes Rally Championship covering 2,600 km. In the race, they were challenged to cover seven different courses, and they completed.

Moreover, Michel Terpins won the Prototype T1 in the Sertoes rally which was difficult as they had to go through rough terrain. Due to mechanical problems, the race distance was reduced during their third round. However, this did not mitigate the challenges faced by rally drivers, but Michel Terpins still stayed forward leading the race and was ranked the fourth position. Other than Prototypes, Michel has participated in many different competitions including Mitsubishi Cup, Country Rally Championship and Cross Rally among others.

Mr. Terpins has always been passionate about speed and cars since he was young. Michel performs in his races because of his passion and hard work that drive him to discover new techniques to use in any competition. Michel Terpins is expected to participate in the 25years edition of the Sertoes Rally at the end of the year. This contest will be a unique one as it covers a distance of 3,300 km and this is the year he is marking his 10th participation in Sertoes rally.

Michel is always prepared for any competition he takes part in and always brings a new taste. Michel is a signed team member of Bull Sertoes rally team which has shaped his talented into the fantastic rally driver he has grown to. Michel Terpins is passionate about rally driving and hopes to inspire future drivers.

If $18 Billion Amounted To Every Moment Of Your Life

Trading Billions Of Dollars At A Time

It’s no secret that earning or possessing a billion dollars is a large responsibility. Before you can earn or manage that amount, you have to first find your means to it. Men like George Soros was surprisingly able to find his path toward “a billion in success.”

He did so by working the investment markets.

The recent headlines of George’s $18 billion is only an small glance at his success in finance. So, let’s take on the perspective of Wall Street to better understand.

To first get a platform for trading billions with, you need the experience. George’s experience in finance comes from leveraging college education in his youth. The George Soros we know today is a different Soros than we picture as a young man. The younger years of George’s life gave him access to what he has today.

If You Repeated The Success Of George Soros. …

To better understand the career development of George, we must better see how his success can be repeated. George’s life as a young child brought him a great deal of passion. This passion was the dissatisfaction Mr. Soros endured when with his family. World War II was the cause of their many setbacks in life.

These events brought George to conclude what path he would take. The repeated stresses of poverty and war brought Mr. Soros to a “crossroads.” The final decision on George Soros’s success was put into motion.

You can clearly see the story that created Mr. Soros and his success. If you also start with the right passion, anything is possible. This professional started with a passion that led him to learn about the money markets. The same passion led George to then apply what he learned and to become as rich as possible.

The Next Step Is To Think About Philanthropy

The natural “next step” for George Soros was to begin with philanthropy.

He already made his money, and his eyes were set on a passion he gained but never fulfilled. Though Mr. Soros reached his financial success, this only opened a new opportunity for his heart. George would now set out to improve the world.

He would do it through his personal success.

The legacy of George Soros began to bloom, and the world could see it clearly. We have so much to be grateful for. The work of men like Mr. Soros have affected our lives greatly, and the planet is a much better place. and Follow him Twitter.com

The Challenge of Protecting Company Data

With the introduction of information technologies and systems in the business industry, they have significantly enhanced data collection, storage, and protection. Data protection plays a huge role in ensuring current strategies and future business plans are always protected. Access to such sensitive data is protected by the use of passwords. However, as technology is evolving at an incredibly accelerated rate as well as the rise of cybercriminals, passwords do not offer the best method of guarding the business’s data. Currently, various multi-factor authentication methods have become obsolete because of hackers, password dumps, data leaks.

To ensure that data is always protected, a business should implement biometric technologies as their primary authentication security system. Biometric technologies offer the best authentication system as it employs two security categories for authentication, which are behavioral and psychological. Behavioral biometrics consists of hand tremor, keystroke patterns, navigation patterns, and handedness. Psychological biometrics consists of iris and facial pattern recognition, heartbeat, and voice recognition.

These two categories offer a secure method of authentication while working together with additional data such as device data or physiological biometrics. Together with passwords, these security measures will ensure that your company’s data remains protected at all times as well as providing controlled access to company data. There are instances where both behavioral and psychological biometrics has been successfully implemented, which offer an additional option of securing company data without using any form of passwords.

Challenges

Despite the fact that the high-security levels offered by both psychological and behavioral biometrics to businesses, they also encounter several challenges in the day to day running of the business. As a business implements the use of psychological and behavioral biometrics as part of their security system, it must ensure that all of their employees can access and use every psychological and behavioral reader.

This means that a business will have to bear the high cost of purchasing the system together with all of the required devices such as iris scanners and fingerprint readers. It is also important that a business identifies the perfect combination of the available biometrics to purchase and implement in the business. This ensures that every employee can easily use them, while also operating within the business’s budget. In the end, the cost of these new security technologies will be worth the money as the data will always be monitored and secured.

The Transformative Leadership of Rick Smith at Securus Technologies Inc.

Rick Smith is a renowned American investor and business executive. He is engineering and mathematics graduate from the State University of New York. Rick Smith is an all-rounder person with experience in finance, information technology and business operations gained at Frontier Corporation. He was appointed the CEO of Securus Technologies Inc in June 2008. Before the appointment, Rick served for nine years as a board member and chief executive of Eschelon Telecom, Inc. Rick Smith is also a board member of Integra Telecom Company Ltd.

The Company

Founded in 1986, Securus Technologies Inc. is technological solutions provider in offender management systems. Based in Dallas, Texas, Securus Company specializes in providing IT solutions to correctional facility personnel, investigators, inmates, their families, and friends. It serves more than 3,400 entities in the justice system and over 1.2 million internees in the U.S.

According to Rick Smith, the company provides law enforcement, and rehabilitation services appropriate IT solutions to help avert crime and investigate others. For long Securus has continued to execute its duties effectively. The firm receives numerous commendation letters and emails from customers grateful that their services have helped keep communities safer. On this feedback, Rick Smith avers that the company is obliged to safeguard the community.

To consolidate their market position, Securus Technologies acquired JPay Inc in 2015. JPay Inc is an automated payment, email, and electronic edutainment applications provider in the justice system. According to Rick Smith, the acquisition of JPay Inc. will enable Securus Technologies Inc. to provide nearly all IT-based solutions for correctional organizations. He added that this combination would allow them to offer the best products that will help reduce re-offenses. Securus Technologies Inc strength lies in its extensive reach with over 1,300 specialists and 150 field services teams across the U.S. The company also leads the innovation pack with over 140 current patents and over 90 more in the process of approval. The company also operates on a 24 hours basis throughout the year to serve its customers.

Securus Technologies boasts highly qualified engineers and designers who continuously develop innovations. It also seeks to provide adequate services and exemplary customer service. The company also offers comprehensive crimes management systems that track pre-internment behavior to post-internment monitoring.

Social Responsibility

Under the stewardship of Rick Smith, the company has been very active in social responsibility. Up to 2015, the company’s total contribution to United Way amounted to $1.7 million. The company also contributes to several state and regional officer welfare groups. Also, Securus Technologies encourages and supports employee volunteer activities. For instance, they recently helped pack more than 1 million meals for the Feed My Starving Children charity. According to Rick Smith, Securus Technologies will continue to offer its services responsibly and help keep communities safe and secure.

How Does ClassDojo Work?

ClassDojo is an app that is specially designed for classroom use. The ClassDojo concept links teachers, students and parents together in a cooperative spirit so that everyone involved is knowledgeable about what is going on. Teachers can communicate with parents so that mom and dad are plugged into what their student is working on. Students can share projects, songs, paintings, essays and other types of classwork with parents. Parents can ask questions of the teachers and pat their students on the back for a job well done.

ClassDojo is currently used in 90% of K through 8 schools in the United States as well as in 180 other countries. It is used and translated into over 35 different languages. It has received the Educational Innovation Award, the TechCrunch Award for the Best Educational Startup in 2015, the Inc. 30 Under 30 for Education Award in 2015, the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award in 2016, and the Linkedin Next Wave Leaders Under 35 Award for 2015.

ClassDojo puts everything out there in plain sight as all parties have access to information that is necessary for them to know. It is important for Mom and Dad to see class projects in real time, and how their child is interacting with others in school. Teachers and parents have open communications which improve relations between them massively.

The two main goals of teaching kids empathy for others and Growth Mindset have been introduced to one out of three kids from the ages of 5 to 14 in the United States. This has helped to broaden their outlook on other people from diverse backgrounds and to be able to see that everyone has the opportunity to excel if they think they are able.

The goal of ClassDojo is to transform the educational opportunity for every child. By connecting all of the important players, teachers, parents, and students, they are on the way to achieving that goal.

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