Born into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary, famous investor, George Soros, who is now known as ‘The Man Who Broke the Bank in England,’ survived WWII at age seven, and somehow managed to escape communism in 1947. At 17 years old, he attended the London School of Economics, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Philosophy. Soros even found great success on Wall Street. He has committed his life, his work, and his personal fortune to several human rights organizations, such as the Open Society Foundation, which he launched in Africa the year of 1979. Although his recent $18 billion dollar donation to the Open Society Foundation knocked the generous philanthropist down 39 spaces on the Forbes list, it has also awarded him a very prominent title in charity work. George Soros has given one of the largest donations to a single charity, and has received much criticism from the right wing because of it.
Why did he make such a dent in his fortune for Open Society? The answer is simple. Who would understand a closed society better than someone who survived a war escaped communism? His focus has been on his philanthropy work for many years. Even in a university, he worked as a railway porter and a waiter.
As well as an investor, a business magnate, and a philanthropist, George Soros strongly believes in building more “vibrant and tolerant democracies,” and therefore, has created a foundation to do just that.
Soros thinks that America needs to be focused on now more than ever before, but according to Forbes, his generous donation was intended to help shape Asia’s human rights groups for many years to come. With the available programs focusing on emergency short-term relief, George Soros prefers to focus on giving Human Rights to those who will benefit from Open Society Foundation for long-term. George Soros points out that there are many definitions for human rights. It can range from gender equality, to communities negatively effected by pollution, higher crime rates, and tainted water. Many countries don’t have access to the tools, management, resources, and knowledge to protect even the most basic human rights, such as clean water. George Soros points out that it isn’t all about politics, but about making sure that every person has the most basic and fundamental resources for freedom of expression, accountable government, and societies promoting justice and equality.
As well as the Open Society Foundation, George Soros has also founded many other organizations, such as the Quantum Group of Funds, the Soros Fund Management, J Street, Democracy Alliance, the Soros Foundation, and many, many more. As well as his own organizations, Soros supports numerous projects around the world. Some of them include Human Rights Watch, End Citizens United, American Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.
Based on his history and the life George Soros has lived, he has donated a total of $32 billion dollars in the Open Society Foundation alone and Follow him Twitter.com.
What started as an educational program among some charter schools in California has now become on of the most sought after programs for high-quality education. Rocketship Education is built on the belief that every child can succeed. This is an important philosophy to have when meeting the needs of students who come from low-income backgrounds. Not only have the charter schools within the Rocketship network been able to bring high-quality education to students who sometimes live below the poverty level, but they have helped them to create brighter futures. After only their first year of operation, the students in these charter schools have surpassed the math and reading skills of their peers who attend schools outside the Rocketship network.
The unique dynamic of the Rocketship program is what allows it to create better connections between teachers, parents and students. Teachers are often screened by the parents of students attending the charter school they wish to be employed at. In some cases, parents will believe the attitude or personal goals of a qualified teacher are not in keeping with the objectives they want for their children. By allowing parents to have input into what type of educators will teach their children, the educational staff has become more aligned to the central goals of the program. Rocketship Education also encourages parents to take an active role within their communities to bring about the type of educational changes they would like to see all students receive.
The success of the Rocketship program is evident in the futures of the students who were enrolled at the beginning of the network’s launch. Many of these students have not only graduated from high school, but have also become enrolled in college. This evidence has spurred parents in communities outside the state of California to call for an increase in the number of Rocketship charter schools in their area. Parents value the input they have within the school’s program, as do the educators and students. A recent project sponsored by the Rocketship network showcased the gratitude students felt for their teachers with simple statements written on sheets of paper.
While it is true that the world is more democratized today than it has ever been, there are still many who do not have access to even the most basic human rights and freedoms. Even in the most developed nations on the globe, such as the United States, many continue to be discriminated simply for being the way that they are.
For many such individuals, their hope for justice and equality solely lies in the hands of non-profit organizations that go out of their way to advocate for their plight. One such non-profit is the American Immigration Council which has for the last few decades been engaged in assisting immigrants in the United States.
The American Immigrant Council was founded on the backdrop of America’s strong immigrant history. Based in Washington D.C., the organization is constantly engaged in efforts to shape how Americans view and act towards immigrants favorably. In addition to increasing awareness among the public, it also supports immigrants by participating in the formation of humane immigration laws and ensuring that they are enforced constitutionally.
To fulfill this broad mandate, the American Immigrant Council requires a significant amount of resources that it typically sources from likeminded individuals and organizations. Among the organization’s biggest supporters is the Frontera Fund founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.
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For long, Lacey and Larkin were ordinary citizens like you and I. The two were reputable journalists and ran their own media publications: the Phoenix New Times and Village Voice Media. However, a sudden brush with injustice drove them to become strong human, civil and migrant rights advocates.
In 2007, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin were arrested on charges of violating jury secrecy laws in the county of Maricopa. Their arrest was made under the instruction of the county’s sheriff, Joe Arpaio. The two strongly maintained that their arrest was illegal as there was no evidence of wrongdoing on their part. The county attorney, Andrew Thomas soon came to this realization as well and dropped the charges against the two.
However, Lacey and Larkin could not let the blatant violation of their First Amendment Rights by Maricopa county slide. Consequently, they brought legal action against the county’s Sherriff and special prosecutor. The court ruled in favor of Lacey and Larkin by finding that the Sheriff lacked sufficient probable cause to go ahead with the arrest. Maricopa County decided to settle with the two, giving them $3.7 million. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Facebook
It is this small fortune that Lacey and Larkin used to form the Frontera Fund. They envisioned the primary goal of the fund being to assist the Hispanic community residing in Arizona. Towards this goal, the fund has distributed funds to more than two dozen organizations engaged in the struggle for human and civil rights causes in Arizona and beyond such as the American Immigration Council.
As Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin assert, we are all migrants and should thus be involved in fighting for migrant rights.
The founder of Learn to Trade, Capital Index and SmartCharts Software, Greg Secker is a renowned businessman and a generous giver. He owns The Greg Secker Foundation which dedicated to impacting positively on the lives of youths and people living in different communities around the world. This foundation is like any other charitable organizations around the world.
He has initiated programs for training young entrepreneurs for free hence paving their ways into being successful business people within the economy of Europe. He has also incorporated other upcoming investors and entrepreneurs into his programs thus helping them take great steps to thriving in the business world. Greg started his career at Thomas Cook Financial Services and then joined Virtual Trading Desk. Later on, he served at Mellon Financial Corporation as the deputy chief executive officer of the company. Right now, he runs his own company which has gained so much popularity around the world. He has benefited by receiving several awards due to the excellence of operations at Learn to Trade.
Teaching people has been his greatest inspiration and he grew this passion while he was working at a bank in the United Kingdom. He would work for few hours depending on how the transactional operations went at the bank. Out of boredom, he came to realize what he enjoyed doing most hence leading to the launching of Learn to Trade. He, therefore, learn to earn extra money off his average salary, so he did not have to entirely rely on the money he earned from the bank.
His achievements have been speared by his friends, family and his colleagues who believed in him and kept inspiring him to keep going after what he always wanted. Additionally, he admitted that his successes as an entrepreneur were greatly steered by his excellence in making reasonable decisions before executing and implementing any of them.
Greg Secker also uses software that has helped in speeding his operations as an entrepreneur, and he believes that giving back to the society chiefly contributes to everyone who wants to achieve so much around people who are not sometimes able to meet their own needs. With all these, he has dramatically impacted on the growth of the economy.
Finding partners and new friends internationally has been challenging for a time. But dating apps are developed to assist people to get right partners for life. Bumble is one of the most excellent dating apps, and it was founded by Whitney Wolfe in 2014. Bumble is headquartered in Austin, Texas and it has over 18 million subscribers bymid-2017. Bumble’s success is attributed to Whitney’s hard work and innovativeness in ensuring the dating app is effective.
Whitney Wolfe is a great entrepreneur, and she joined business world at an early age. Whitney studied international studies at Southern Methodist University. While at the university, Whitney started a business of bamboo tote bags which grew significantly. After graduating, she moved to work with orphanages at Southeast Asia. Later Wolfe co-founded Tinder dating app which became famous after some time. She left the company and launched her dating app (Bumble).
Bumble has launched very many new modes which make the app better. It enables women to initiate conversations to people of their choice, and they respond within 24 hours. With the help of Whitney, dating app giant launched Bumble BFF. This mode helps people find new friends internationally with the help of the app. The app also has launched Bumble BIZZ which enables users to upload their photos, resumes, their work and abilities. This app is for mentoring and networking enhancing women and men interact within the bumble app. With affordable subscriptions, Bumble is dedicated to helping many people find lovers as well as new friends.
Whitney Wolfe has dedicated much of her time in helping other finding partners. But that doesn’t mean she is single. Recently she had a fantastic wedding at Villa Tre Ville Positano Amalfi Coast. Michael Herd is the lucky man who married Whitney. The wedding celebration was one of a kind, and it demonstrated pure love from the two lovebirds. The guests were delighted with the reception canopy, drinks, and food.
The cake was excellent with some fresh fruits like strawberries, and everything was set according to plan. An Oscar de la Renta gown was Whitney’s choice which made her perfect for the occasion. His Husband also looked very neat and simple. The environment was just romantic, and it was a great sign of a happy marriage beginning. Everybody has been talking about the wedding in social media as it was not from this world. Whitney Wolfe was pleased to have such a dream wedding. She is determined to help more people find their better halves with Bumble App. The app is very secure, and Whitney is confident that the app will continue to be upgraded to improve service delivery.
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Nathaniel Ru and his comrades atGeorgetown University found it hard to get a convenient place to find food in Washington D.C. At last, they found a tavern on M street with a fabulous 560 square foot eatery. Learn more about Nathaniel Ru: http://bitsylink.com/2017/07/27/nathaniel-ru-talks-about-sweetgreens/
After some time of visiting the restaurant, the friends found an idea of starting their eatery. After six years, they established an eatery on M street which has grown to the amazingrestaurant called Sweetgreen.
During an event, Nathaniel explained how the business came to be. It was a coincidence that the owner of the tavern space they were hunting was the landlord of the apartment they were residing.
Nathaniel Ru called her explaining their business idea, but at first, she just hung up. However, they did not lose hope, Nathaniel and his colleagues insisted on calling until she gave in and asked for a business meeting.
The upcoming restaurant owners showed up at the meeting with a 3-page business plan and one page for the financials. They had an idea of naming the restaurant greens at first. The tavern owner believed in their idea and asked them to bring an architect, some sponsors and a real business plan on the table during the next meeting. Despite Ru and his friends not having any restaurant experience, the tavern owner believed in them and supported their idea.
The Sweetgreen restaurant has grown to have outlets in Northeast’s urban areas and its environs in places like Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Boston. Most of sweetgreen’s ingredients are supplied by local farmers providing natural products. Read more: Sweetgreen | Wikipedia
Therefore, their food is usually healthy, delicious and fresh. Theresa Dold, an alumnus of Georgetown University and who is in charge of digital marketing at Sweetgreen, stated that the Sweetgreen was established with a significant purpose and not only as a salad restaurant.
Nathaniel Ru and his fellow co-founders in April 2009 found a convenient restaurant space in Washington near DuPont. However, for the first two weeks, the sales recorded was very low.
The owners of the space introduced speakers to play music and entertainment every weekend. The number of customers grew to 600 which increased profitability. Also, the music idea led to an annual event of the restaurant called Sweetlife.
Nathaniel Ru serves as the Co-CEO of Sweetgreen Company. He founded Sweetgreen with his colleagues, Nicolas Jammet and Jonathan Neman. He graduated from McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University with a BS in Finance. Nathaniel Ru is passionate that Sweetgreen is going far in business.
Michael Thoreau Lacey, who was born on 26th September 1959, is an established American Mathematician. Lacey attained his Ph. D in 1987 at Urbana-Campaign from the University of Illinois. Under the guidance of Walter Philipp, he presented a thesis that used probability to solve a mathematical problem that involved the Law of Iterated Logarithm.
His thesis that was centred around empirical characteristic functions indicated his interest in probability. He has made significant contributions in the field of ergodic theory, probability, and harmonic analysis. He first held postdoctoral positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Louisiana State University. While at the University of North Carolina, Lacey together with Walter Philipp provided proof of the Central Limit Theorem.
Between 1989 and 1996, Michael worked at Indiana University. During this time, he studied the bilinear Hilbert Transform after receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In 1996, Lacey with the help of Christoph Thiele solved the Hilbert Transform, which had been introduced earlier by Alberto Calderon.
For this achievement, they received the Salem Prize. Since 1996, Michael Lacey has been working at Georgia Institute of Technology as the professor of mathematics. While working here, he has made significant strides and his hard work and effort have seen him receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, which he received after working with Xiaochum Li.
Those that have experienced Lacey’s first-hand work can testify to how great he is in mathematics and how he is determined to find the solutions that seem to be troubling people. He joined the American Mathematical Society in 2012 and has been a member since. This move was expected since the moment he started solving major mathematical problems and bringing new ideas to the table.
During the mid-2000s, Michael had become a very popular public figure on many platforms, especially those in the media. During this time he was involved in minor publishing, working for a certain empire under the Village Voice Media (VVM). Village Voice Media was a chain that consisted of various weekly newspapers, some of which were the City Pages, the iconic New York Paper, the LA Weekly and the Phoenix New Times.
Michael Lacey had founded the Phoenix New Times back in 1970. He was working with almost all of the weeklies across the nation. Michael Lacey stepped out of the newspaper business in 2012. However, he is still mentioned in most of the stories that appear in the newspapers from time to time.
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NexBank’s CEO, John Holt, was invited to be a panelist at the 5th Annual Strategic Opportunities conference in New Orleans last year. The event was put on by the Texas Bankers Association. The topic Holt took part in was in regards to community banking. Panelists discussed how to reinvest it.
The conference is held yearly. Leaders in the banking industry, consultants and advisers gather to give their perspectives on both the challenges and opportunities that bank leaders are faced with in their communities.
NexBank does business around the country, but their headquarters is located in Texas. In fact, as of right now there are three physical locations, all of them are in Dallas.
The services offered by NexBank include commercial and mortgage banking. They provide services to institutional clients, too. Furthermore, NexBank provides personal banking services to customers, and this includes savings accounts, checking accounts and mortgages. Online banking is offered to their customers, which allows them to pay bills online, check their available balance and things of that nature.
The bank is one of the top 20 banks in all of Texas, as well as being the 200th largest bank in the United States. It currently has 86 employees working at four locations.
Eric Pulier is one of the America’s successful and brightest minds in entrepreneurship. Right from his early life, he was headed for greatness. And now, Mr. Eric Pulier has accomplished much at a surprisingly young age than would be expected.
For jobless youths struggling financially, and who desire to make something of their lives, the life of Mr. Pulier is a great source of inspiration. His achievements in software and technology business at such a tender age will motivate you to believe that you too can rise to the top.
Mr. Eric Pulier is keen at transforming the society and uplifting the lives of the disadvantaged communities. He’s been involved in the formation, founded and even funded some nonprofit organizations aimed at reaching out to the less fortunate. Also, he’s behind several innovations and has shown significant commitment to finding solutions to the problems facing the minority communities globally.
A technology initiative worth noting is the multimedia programs for the people living with Multiple Sclerosis. Thanks to one of its kind peripheral beam device he pioneered, patients who could not use the keyboard due to the loss of motor control would interact with the program. Besides, he sits as a board member of the X Prize Foundation and is among the donors who contribute to the Clinton Foundation that has helped to fight the Malaria epidemic in the Sub-Saharan Africa.
Besides, this Harvard educated businessman has received great recognition from all quarters for the things he’s accomplished. He’s seen as a mentor, and most young people would desire to be like him. Notable is the fact that he founded a company while still in high school. Later in life, he’s founded and co-founded a string of over fifteen companies that are still soaring high. One such company that impacted the lives of many was the People Doing Things (PDT) that he founded in 1991. The goal was to address disparities in health and education in the society.
The educations system is set in a way that most people study with the goal of landing jobs as opposed to creating opportunities for themselves. Young people in school and those who’ve graduated have a lot to learn from Mr. Eric Pulier. They should strive to create opportunities for themselves and should pursue whatever viable ideas they come across early enough.
New Jersey has become an investment center for many real estate investors. The state is currently experiencing a surge of real estate markets. This surge may trigger rebound of housing in this densely populated state. Zillow, a respected real estate tracking expert, stated that New Jersey is one of the states that have the greatest number of borrowers who have stopped paying their mortgages. As a result, many residential mortgages in this state are in foreclosure. However, the rates of foreclosures and delinquency have been on a downward trend due to factors such as increased employment rates, the formation of households, and the improvement in the cost of homes.
Zillow expects the positive trends to continue as the sector concentrates on identifying and resolving demands and the looming affordability crisis as well as the rising numbers of markets. Lawrence Yun, who serves at the National Association of Realtors as the chief economist, projected that housing shortages may worsen and may result in a housing emergency if the housing demands surpass the housing supplies by a significant margin.
Some towns in New Jersey have substantially higher housing demands, which are coupled with exceptional inventories. Most of the towns are investing in thousands of new residential houses and game-changing development projects. Costs of properties in these towns have been on a constant rise in the past few months. Access to transport services is a common feature amongst these New Jersey’s cities. Each of them is near the NJ Transit station that serves as the primary source of attraction for many potential homebuyers. Read more on centraljerseyworkingmoms.com.
Boraie Development LLC
Boraie Development is an authority in the rapidly growing real estate sector. The firm is committed to setting new standards in the obviously competitive industry. It offers its unparalleled services through three units. Through the real estate development unit, the firm by Omar Boraie runs development projects that appeal to many financial partners and tenants. Boraie Development utilizes the property management division to maintain its properties and to carry out regular improvements. The sales & marketing department has overseen the sale of many residential and commercial buildings.
With its outstanding record of acquiring and developing high-end properties, Boraie Development has become a market leader in New Jersey, claims fundacity.com. Since its inception over two decade’s years ago, the company has remained focused on meeting the high demand for both residential and commercial houses. The real estate heavyweight has constructed many residential, hotel assets, retails, offices, and student housing facilities.