Month: February 2017

The Philanthropic Efforts of Eric Lefkofsky

In this age of technological advancements, there seems to be a trend among entrepreneurs and successful technology company founders towards being more philanthropic. However these efforts aren’t only being followed by the tech industries leaders like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, or Eric Lefkofsky but also by leaders in other industries like Warren Buffet and David Rockefeller.

 

The Giving Pledge

 

The campaign, The Giving Pledge, is dedicated to getting wealthy people around the world to donate a majority of their wealth to philanthropy during their lifetime or upon their death. In Decemeber of 2013, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky pledged to give away $1.5 billion of their wealth adding their names with over 150 other wealthy philanthropists from around the world. To date, The Giving Pledge has amassed a total pledge amount of around $731.8 billion from over 150 different wealthy philanthropists around the world.  Check investor.groupon.com for more related postings.

 

Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky pledged that amount in 2013, but this is no new area for the couple. In 2006 the couple founded a charitable trust, The Lefkofsky Foundation, which provides support to multiple areas and initiatives across the United States ranging from Health and Education, to Arts and Human Rights. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has helped over 50 organizations in these areas.  Based on chicagobusiness.com

 

The Lefkofsky Family Foundation

 

The foundation has been involved with a lot of efforts in Chicago particularly but is not limited to working with organizations in that area alone. Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky founded the charitable trust, The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, in 2006 which focuses on initiatives in the following key areas:

 

  • Access to Quality Education
  • Improve Fundamental Human Rights
  • Advanced Innovative Medical Research
  • Expand Cultural Initiatives

 

Some of the most recognizable organizations that The Lefkofsky Family Foundation works with are organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Stanford Medicine and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has also helped with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

For a full list of all the organizations and institutions The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has worked with,  you can visit http://www.lefkofskyfoundation.com/

 

How To Earn Money By Sharing Delectable Wine With Friends

By becoming one of The Traveling Vineyard’s Wine Guides, it’s possible for you to earn money by hosting in-home wine tastings. Thanks to the concept of direct selling, it is now possible to promote wines, just like other people promote candles and other items at in-home parties. Working with The Traveling Vineyard is a better business decision, however, because you have people taste the wine you bring, so they are confident that they will enjoy the wine when they place an order.

Since wine is a consumable product, your customers will keep placing orders with you, because The Traveling Vineyard’s wines are exclusive, and not available in stores. By setting you up with your own website, The Traveling Vineyard helps you get repeat orders, plus you can assist others with setting up their own business as a Wine Guide and earn additional income as you build your team.

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Unlike other direct selling businesses, The Traveling Vineyard does not ship the wine to you, and then expect you to deliver it. Once an individual places an order and you fill out the paperwork, you are done; The Traveling Vineyard ships the wine to your customer. The only wine bottles that you will ever carry are the five bottles you take with you to each tasting event.

To begin your own business with The Traveling Vineyard, you’ll pay a one-time fee for a Success Kit, which includes enough wine and accessories for two wine tastings, plus all of the training that you will need to become a wine expert and a successful businessperson. Replacing the tasting kit before each new event is your only expense, besides your monthly fee to maintain your website, which is an expense that you would incur with any business. You earn money simply by sharing delectable wine, since the wine sells itself.

Learn more about Traveling Vineyard: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-traveling-vineyard

Andrea McWilliams – A Force to Be Reckoned With

Andrea McWilliams is a lobbyist and political fundraiser. The industry recognizes her as a formidable strategist with persuasion, patience, wit, and unyielding attention to detail. For more than 15 years she has worked in Austin. She studied government at the University of Texas at Austin and paid her own way through college. She knows what it is to start at the bottom and work her way up in life.

 

She is comfortable in both the private and public sector and is quite familiar with the national media. Her experience includes appearances on FOX News, CNN, BBC, NPR, Newsweek, and USA Today to name a few. She also has experience as a national commentator. The Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce distinguishes her as being a consigliere to those who are political and powerful. She has served as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations including Ballet Austin, Rise Texas Challenge, Texas Lyceum, Waterloo President’s Council, and Pioneer Farms. McWilliams has also represented the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

Andrea McWilliams holds the distinction of having been a Chief of Staff at the young age of 21. The public relations company, Public Strategies, is where she developed grassroots skills for navigating the private sector. As co-founder of McWilliams, a full-service firm that consults in governmental affairs, she is trusted and respected. She is able to conduct business at the local, state, and national level.

 

The role of a lobbyist is making sure that government officials are privy to both sides of an issue. This helps the officials make sound decisions. The lobbyist represents associations and businesses to elected government representatives. Lobbyists research, monitor, work with coalitions, educate, and attend hearings. A hallmark of their success is the ability to connect with government agencies and key policy makers. While they may not win all the time, what matters is their ability to represent the issues and needs of client policy makers.

 

Jason Hope’s Fight For A Better Life For All

Jason Hope believes that when we support research that is rooted in innovative ideas, and that is not afraid to challenge the modern school of thought is important. Through this thought path, we can truly start to make a difference and begin to break down the walls and achieve results.

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For Jason Hope, research about anti-aging is not about living forever, it is about improving the quality of life for everybody and increasing life expectancy. He has invested time and money into the SENS foundation. The SENS foundation focuses on finding cures for diseases that destroy the body and cause it to age faster than designed. Diseases like Alzheimers and lung disease damage many parts and functions of the body and cause the body to age and an increased rate. The SENS foundation focuses on preventing the diseases from ever happening, not just treating it once they do. Many foundations are only focusing on treating the disease, instead of preventing it from occurring in the first place. Jason Hope believes that by supporting scientific research that strives to prevent disease and breaks away from the normal school of thought on these topics, that real advances can be made.

Jason Hope is passionate about this research and believes that you should find research that you are passionate about as well. Jason Hope encourages people to write a list of personal passions down, finding out what you want to make a difference in, figure out how much time or money, or both you can donate, and research based on those details. He encourages anyone to get involved in helping to make a positive difference in the world.

Learn more: https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/26/jason-hopes-hard-line-stance-on-the-internet-of-things/

Top Three: The Best Sports Anime

 
Anime has a myriad of sub categories ranging from your more traditional genres like romance, all the way to less popular topics such as tournament. However, there is an even more discrete category you probably have not heard of (unless you are an anime addict): sports anime. Sports anime is the perfect combination of anime and sports representing a show category that has the fun of a cartoon, yet the action of a sports game, and the competitive rivalry of battling foes. Although there are probably countless sports animes out there, I have narrowed the list down a little to what I consider to be the top three best sports anime. I recommend, if you are looking to explore the genre, to check these out and after watching, you can decide which show really deserves the gold.
1. Haikyu!! (Bronze)
Haikyu!! follows the coming of age story of a high school student, Shoyo Hinata who enters high school with one goal in mind: to surpass his junior high nemesis, Tobio Kageyama, at volleyball. Short, and possessing skills he gained by sheer motivation and practicing every day by himself, Shoyo faces many challenges, the biggest amongst them having to play together with his enemy Tobio. But as the series builds, the competition between the two keeps the audience interested. Eventually, Tobio and Shoyo, forced together, become a force to be reckoned with, illustrating one of the great lessons that team sports can teach: cooperation.

2. Free! (Silver)
Free! Makes a splash reuniting three high school boys, Nagisa, Haruka, and Makoto, who together recreate a powerful swim team of their former elementary school days. They are however challenged by an old-time friend, Rin, who wants them to beat him in a race. From that point on, the series follows the boys training to become the best. What makes the show captivating is the hard work and dedication the boys have—just like true Olympic swimmers. The show gives insight to early morning laps, as well as team and individual pressures of the athletes. At the same time, there are light-hearted moments, and good laughs, especially when watching the boys try to juggle the realities of high school at the same time of their swimming careers.

3. The Prince of Tennis (Gold)
High intensity, high action, The Prince of Tennis by far deserves the top spot in this race. Ryoma Echizen is a tennis prodigy with one goal: to become the National Middle School Tennis Champion. Finding his way on to the school team after easily defeating many upperclassmen, the series follows Ryoma as he grows as a person and a player. Each new match is like watching an epic and intense showdown. Additionally, with each game Ryoma intrigues the audience as such a young boy who shows that there is always much more to learn. Just like Ryoma, this show really serves up and ace.

The lawsuit that Hawk’s former insurer is facing

Atlanta Hawks is one of the best basketball teams in the country. The company has been in the news from Time to time, for other issues besides great performance. The team, which had been acquired by Bruce Levenson, was sold in 2015. There was a lot of news surrounding the sale, especially due to the huge profit that he made with the sale. The lawsuit is seen to be a result of some of the issues that might not have been completely settled during the changeover.

The company stated that when the insurer was giving them the policy, they had stated that they would cover issues related to employment practices. These include cover for wrongful termination, discrimination and other issues related to employment law. The prosecution claims that some of the risks that were supposed to be covered are not being adequately covered, hence the suit.

Even though the new team that is currently heading Hawks knows about the lawsuit, they have stated that they do not want to be part of it. In addition to this, they did not feel comfortable disclosing any information concerning the case. The former ownership of the company attached Bruce Levenson to the case. They expect that the case will end on a positive note.

About Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson is known for his business acumen and the ability to invest in ideas that others may view as odd, and then make huge profits out of it. The sale of the Hawks Company brought him close to a million dollars, which was a huge profit considering how much he had bought it at. He has been investing in companies every since he graduated from college. His first company UCG corporation has grown from nothing to a capital base of billions. He is an excellent businessman and leader, something that his investment portfolio can easily prove. See, http://brucelevenson.com/.

 

Securus offers tech showdown, GTL quits

GTL, a faltering prison communications company, has spent the better part of the last two years making specious and slanderous claims against industry leader Securus Technologies. The latter finally offered to settle the score once and for all. Securus issued a challenge that would have given GTL the opportunity to showcase its video visitation technology and match it up against that of Securus. However, GTL declined to even entertain the offer. Securus views this cowardly shirking as conclusive evidence of the inherent inferiority of the GTL product line. Thus, Securus maintains its position at the apex of the prison communications food chain.

 

More than just inmate communications

Securus has gained a reputation as being the provider of the best video visitation system in the country as well as providing many cost-effective calling solutions for the nation’s inmates. However, its product lineup stretches much deeper.

Securus offers an entire line of products that make prisons more efficient and safer. These include such offerings as their automated patient medical dispensation. Errors in distributing prescription drugs have caused serious problems over the years, including the death of inmates. On top of that, guards have traditionally been required to spend inordinate amounts of time on the tasks associated with the careful record keeping required by inmate prescription distribution. With Securus’ solution, the amount of time and chance of error both drop to nearly zero.

Securus also offers state-of-the-art inmate management systems. These include a fully integrated system for controlling locks on cells and to common areas. The system also includes capability for automated, preprogrammed head counts and other tasks that are extremely time-intensive. By freeing up guards from menial tasks, Securus give them more time to do what they do best, watch and interact with inmates to prevent trouble. All of these things make prisons deploying Securus’ solutions safer places.

How Skincare Line Makari Is Changing The Game

Have you ever heard of skincare brand Makari de Suisse? If you haven’t then you must have been living under a rock as Makari has become a leader in natural skin lightening cream products. Why? Makari de Suisse is high quality and is made from the finest of natural ingredients. These ingredients get the job done without any of the nasty side effects of synthetic brands. This is a luxurious line specifically for dark skin people. Whether you’re honey brown, dark chocolate, or tan colored, Makari is definitely for you if you want radiant glowing skin.

The work beautiful in Swahili stands for Makari. After using the product, expectations and confidence will surely be exceeded. The skin becomes more hydrated thanks to the beneficial ingredients. Unlike competitive brands, which are full of chemicals, Makari doesn’t create any side effects what-so-ever.

Whether you’re into serums, soaps, creams, or capsules, Makari.com has you covered. With over 60 different products to choose from, consumers will find each and every product that they of truly desire. This luxurious skincare line is now the present and future of skin brightening for the many people of color who walk the earth today.