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Susan McGalla Talking About the Glass Ceiling Problem in the Corporate World

by Chris Holden - January 16th, 2018

Susan McGalla is a familiar name and face in the corporate world of the United States. She has over the years struggled to make it through in a male-dominated corporate world, but thanks to her aura and performance, Susan McGalla has been able to come out on top.

It is for this very reason; she feels that other motivated women should get inspired and follow similar footsteps to achieve their dreams in the corporate world. Susan McGalla has done her BA from Mount Union College and after a few jobs were designated as the President of the famous American Eagle Outfitters Inc. She was even the CEO of Wet Seals Inc for a few years. Both these companies are the top names in the sports and apparel industry.

Susan McGalla also aims to make a difference in the corporate world by uplifting the position of women in the industry. Even though the Glass Ceiling problem still exists, even if many would want to deny it, Susan McGalla says that women should work in the corporate world without giving any heed to the existing problems and prejudices. It would help them get through the initial struggle of getting over that mindset that the road ahead is already rocky and higher positions are out of reach. Susan McGalla believes that if she can do it and outrank men in her competition to achieve what she set out to, then any woman with adequate qualification and motivation can do the same.

Susan McGalla said that the position of the women in the industry could get better if every company appoints mentors who would help dedicated women in their employees to move ahead in the right direction. With some guidance and motivation, women in just about every company would be able to achieve their dreams without any hindrance.

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ClassDojo Sets the Pace For Innovative Classroom Dynamics

by Chris Holden - January 15th, 2018

ClassDojo is an extraordinary app that allows for better communications between teachers, parents, and students on a regular basis. Photos, videos, and messages can be shared over the app network so that everyone can play a part in the education of the students. Staying informed is a large part of the educational process, and ClassDojo offers that opportunity.

ClassDojo is in use in over 180 countries worldwide and is in 98 percent of schools that house kindergarten through eighth-grade classes, and it is translated into over 35 different languages. ClassDojo is the consummate tool for cross-communication in classrooms all over the world.

In the morning, the teacher can check on the message boards assigned to the parents and check to see if anyone will be absent due to an illness or for any other reason. The parents can check teacher’s note to be sure that the student has all of the right equipment for the day.

The students in the class can share their work with their parents during the day through photos, messages, and videos. Grades on quizzes, tests, and projects can be readily available for the parent’s approval. Live classroom sessions can be made available to parents.

Teachers can incentivize the students in real time by giving our pings for “Positive Attention” when listening, and “Active Participation” perks when the student participates in class. This promotes polite participation and active listening skills so the “ping” that the student receives is audible to the rest of the class. Students who misbehave can have points deducted from their totals as well.

The parent’s ability to see what is going on in class helps the parents to reinforce positive results by congratulating their children for their good work in class. This really goes a long way because the child is getting positive vibes from two very strong role models, their parents and the teacher.

The purpose of ClassDojo is to build the soft skills that are hard to measure by conventional means. Persistence, focus, and drive to succeed are very important motives that will help students move forward. The overwhelming success of ClassDojo attests to the continuance by teachers and parents alike with the app over a period of time.

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How George Soros Became A Target Through Being A Philanthropist

by Chris Holden - January 14th, 2018

Billionaire investor George Soros has been donating money for years to a nonprofit he created, Open Societies Foundation. He has accelerated this giving in the last few years. He has donated $18 billion since 2015 and he plans to give more in the next few years. His philanthropy is used to defend human and civil rights as well as promote democracy. The money is used to support nonprofits throughout the world, including in the United States.

George Soros’ philanthropy has been under attack by right-wing conservatives for many years but especially in the last few. They make outlandish claims that he’s behind every liberal movement in the United States. According to them he started both the Antifa and Black Lives Matter groups, for instance. He also orchestrated the NFL protest movement that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started and he was responsible for funding the Charlottesville white-nationalist rally as a type of false flag operation. When the Alabama Senate race was being held some charged that Soros has given money to the women accusing the Republican Roy Moore of sexually assaulting them when they were teenagers.

Of course George Soros isn’t behind every liberal movement, but that doesn’t stop his detractors from making wild claims. His philanthropy is used to attack him because he supports progressive causes. Due to his recent generosity that philanthropy will likely increase by quite a bit in the coming years. What the right-wing conspiracists don’t like is that his is now the second biggest philanthropy in history, only behind the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Over the years George Soros isn’t the only philanthropist who has come under fire for trying to do good in the world. Back in early 1900’s, for instance, it was progressive who were concerned about the philanthropy of those who owned railroads. They feared that these robber-barons were trying to trying to take over the federal government. In the 1950’s philanthropists were attacked by anti-communists who accused them of being internationalists instead of Americans.

George Soros has long been a champion for progressive politics, capitalism, and the world economy. Another issue is that he is Jewish and so faces more than his share of anti-Semitism. The extreme right-wing that now make up a significant part of the Republican party think that because he’s Jewish he’s part of some vast conspiracy to take over the world. They don’t use his Jewish identity to attack him but instead use dog whistles about it so that everyone knows exactly what they mean without their saying it.

Since George Soros founded the Open Societies Foundation 30 years ago it has given around $14 billion to causes around the world. The very first donation it made took place in 1979. It created a college scholarship fund for black South Africans. Other causes have included supporting liberal European immigration policies and promoting democracy in Eastern Europe after the collapse of Communism. He has set up his foundation to being good work for citizens around the globe for a long time into the future.

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USHEALTH Group Makes Insurance Easier for People

by Chris Holden - January 12th, 2018

USHEALTH Group has always been dedicated to providing insurance options for their customers. They know there were different things they could do and different health insurance options they had to give people. Since USHEALTH Group knew there was a lot of different opportunities in the health care industry, they knew they would be doing things right by giving their customers the best options possible. They also knew things would continue to get better for them if they were giving people the things they needed. It all went back to helping others and giving them the options that would allow them to thrive as insurance salespeople. They know what it takes to give people what they are looking for and they aren’t afraid to show them how things can get better no matter what they do. It is part of how they are running their company in a way that is convenient for them.

Thanks to USHEALTH Group, customers are able to have more options than what they did in the past. They know there will be things that will change just as things have changed before, but they want to be prepared for all of that with the things they are doing to help other customers. Their business continues to get better and they continue to thrive with the things they are doing no matter what is happening to them or what is going on with the communities they are involved with. Follow USHealth Group on Twitter.

For USHEALTH Group, this means they have to try different things. They also have to make sure they are doing things the way that will work best for the customers they have. Health insurance can be difficult for people to deal with and it can be something people are doing to make things better and that’s part of what made it easier for them to try things on their own. It is also part of how they can work to do their best while they are providing new options for the people who they are dedicated to.

Looking at each of these things gives USHEALTH Group the motivation they need to keep working and providing options to their clients. It also allows them the chance to give others what they are looking for even if they have never used the insurance services in the past. By giving customers the best of all the insurance options, USHEALTH Group knows they are prepared to give them what they need and they are able to make sure things are going to continue working for each of the customers they have in their business. It helps them see how things will work better for the people who they are providing a valuable service to.

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Barbara Stokes and GSH Innovate Modular Home Building Construction

by Chris Holden - January 11th, 2018

Barbara Stokes of Green Structure Homes of Alabama has a background that prepared her for her present career. She is the CEO of a company that provides disaster relief construction. Based in Huntsville, the company has recently spurred manufacturing home growth and jobs in Alabama. The effects of construction are also felt in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Minnesota, and Florida. The company builds homes that will help in supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Green Structure Homes specializes in building residential and commercial structures to withstand the ravishes of a full-on hurricane. The company has built a reputation for building disaster relief structures. They utilize innovative engineering, designs, and installation techniques that save time, money, and manpower. The structures are also environmentally friendly and can quickly be constructed onsite with as little manpower as possible. Read more about Barbara Stokes at

Barbara Stokes attended the oldest, private college in Georgia: Mercer University. She received her BS degree in Engineering and Biomedical/Medical Engineering in 2000. Her education offered the perfect platform for what she would choose for a career. Her impressive education also includes studies in manufacturing, management, thermodynamics, property of materials, and structures. She also gained management skills and industry knowledge by having worked at Pisces Corporation.


The NOAA, along with Princeton University, have produced analysis that shows how weather and climate change may affect floods, droughts, hurricanes, and other weather patterns. The organization even predicts that mild weather days will shorten. Knowing how weather will likely change in the near future will affect a complete range of industries including construction, military operations, tourism, travel, agriculture, recreation, and much more. There is, virtually, no human endeavor that is not affected by weather. This knowledge places her company in a position to prepare for what many believe to be inevitable weather events.

Stokes also has a reputation for giving back to the community as well. She finds the time and commitment to donate to several charities, and volunteer work as well for various Alabama communities. Presently, Green Structure Homes continues to work with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. They’re helping build innovative modular homes for relieve efforts. Green Structure Homes should complete its contract in 2018. Follow Barbara Stokes on Facebook.

Dr. Mark McKenna’s Rise to Stardom in the Medical World & Philanthropy

by Chris Holden - January 6th, 2018

Dr. Mark McKenna is the CEO and founder of OVME. He is also a licensed medical doctor of surgery and medicine by the Florida and Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Mark McKenna graduated from the Tulane University Medical School. After graduating, he started practicing medicine with his father and started launching McKenna Venture Investments at the same time. This is a boutique real estate development organization.

His Professional History

Dr. Mark McKenna also went on to launch/acquire other ventures over the years, including Uptown Title, Inc. and Universal Mortgage Lending. His portfolio of organizations would grow to have more than 50 employees and provide design-build and turnkey services in real estate closing and finance.

When Hurricane Harvey New Orleans occurred in 2005, most of Dr. McKenna’s business aspects were destroyed. Thus, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in November 2007 after he assisted in the redevelopment of low to moderate income homes in New Orleans.

Dr. Mark McKenna began an aesthetic and wellness based medical practice called ShapeMed in November 2007; however, this business was sold in November 2014 to the Life Time Fitness Inc. (NYSE – LTM). Dr. McKenna has also served as Life Time Fitness national medical director until July 2016 and became the founder/CEO in July 2017 of OVME, a technology-enabled, consumer-facing, and medically aesthetic firm which is reinventing elective healthcare.

His Personal Life

Dr. Mark McKenna’s wife is named Gianine McKenna. They have a daughter named
Milana Elle. He also has a pet named Ryder, a four-year-old Pomeranian. He previously was an executive board member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Additionally, he is an executive board member of the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Industrial Development Board.

Dr. McKenna recently did an interview with In the interview, they asked him questions about how he’s gotten his business name idea, what is his typical day like, what software works the best for him and his business, etc.

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Paul Mampilly On Bitcoin And The Cryptocurrency Craze

by Chris Holden - January 5th, 2018

Bitcoin has been the biggest financial story of 2017 and probably one of the top general news stories of the past decade. With all the noise around cryptocurrencies, there is much confusion about what to make about this new financial asset. Former hedge fund manager Paul Mampilly recently gave his thoughts on bitcoin and the emerging world of cryptocurrencies.

First of all, Mr. Mampilly believes that the cryptocurrency bubble of about to burst. While Paul Mampilly does not set a specific timeframe as to when the cryptocurrency world will come crashing down, he is adamant that many people will lose their money. As an example, Mr. Mampilly points to the tech stock craze of 1999. Even though there were investors making a 1000% return on their stock picks, these investors were unwilling to cash their gains. Mr. Mampilly himself sold all of his stocks in 1999 and continued to see the market continue its gains. However, his timing allowed Mr. Mampilly to lock in gains and not lose a dime during the tech crash of 2000.

Paul Mampilly believes that cryptocurrency is in a bubble for two main reasons. The first being is that the price of the flagship cryptocurrency, bitcoin, has risen over 1800% in 2018 alone. Secondly, Mr. Mampilly points out that people have become emotionally attached to their investment, something that can spell disaster for people who will be unwilling to sell until it is too late.

Mr. Mampilly began his financial career at Deutch Bank in 1991. From the beginning, Mr. Mampilly managed accounts worth millions of dollars. In addition to his work at Deutch Bank, Mr. Mampilly also managed accounts for the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mr. Mampilly’s career in the hedge fund world began when he was recruited by the Kinetics International Fund. At Kinetics, Mr. Mampilly help steer the $6 billion dollar hedge funds to huge gains including an investment in Sarepta Therapeutics which led to a 2000% return. Mr. Mampilly also invested in Netflix in 2008 which also led to a very favorable return for the hedge fund leader.

Today, Paul Mampilly is retired from the hedge fund world however, he continues to share his financial insights on various media outlets.

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How Freedom Life Insurance has made a new name in the Insurance industry

by Chris Holden - January 4th, 2018

Creating a unique brand

Freedom Life Insurance has come up with a special nature of insurance policies which are innovative and friendly to the clients. Initially, a single insurance company could offer all the insurance policies that clients could need. The general insurance companies made it hard for the clients to understand the services offered unless the companies explained their services. The efficiency of the services was reduced because the clients could not get a way to trust the general insurance policies. Clients could not equally get the satisfaction that they desired from the companies. Because of this dissatisfaction, Freedom Life Insurance created a new brand of insurance policies. The company insisted on having a special relationship with the clients in which only the specific problem was to be tackled. Read more about Freedom Life Insurance at Bloomberg.

The recap of the article

Most people with interest in different insurance covers find it hard to start their insurance policies in time. The potential clients of younger ages find it hard to go for their insurance covers in the time since this would mean that they have to pay for their policies for longer. After waiting for a long duration, the insurance policies offer higher prices. The existing companies consider the state of health and life before giving policies to the possible clients. At a younger age, the policies will tend to maintain their stability as the clients chose to seek early services. See more updates on Facebook.

Specifying the services

Freedom Life Insurance is very categorical about the services that they offer. The company insists on giving out services to do with health, life, and accidents. The specialization of the services is less confusing to the clients. As an insurance company, offering specific services has helped the Freedom Life to maintain a high rating by the clients, and this has been an added advantage in the market. The influence of the insurance company does not end in giving the clients the most flexible services, but it has also set an example for the other insurance companies to follow. When the reinvention of the insurance field is getting mentioned, Freedom life becomes the first in the list.

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by Chris Holden - January 3rd, 2018

Cancer patients often lose hope because of various challenges. Some are unable to pay the high medical fees that institutions ask for, while, others fail to believe that the medical procedures will work on them. When they hear about laser treatments harm normal healthy cells in the process of destroying cancerous cells, they even resist undergoing treatment. The disease which mostly attacks elderly people is a common source of pain to many families. It takes away their loved ones and leaves families without breadwinners. However, Mikhail Blagosklonny is here to change all that. Read more about Mikhail on Crunchbase.

Mikhail has been working with several scientists including experts from Oncotarget, the group that produces the online journal on oncology, to come up with effective solutions to the illness. He has also been working on coming up with effective ways of preventing aging which results in many illnesses. As people age, their bodies are unable to fight various diseases, therefore, making them susceptible to life-threatening illnesses like cancer. Due to this connection of ageing and cancer, Blagosklonny chose to work on solutions for the two together. In this way, he would kill two birds with one stone. Visit ResearchGate.Net to know more about Mikhail’s latest work.

The renowned professor attended the First Pavlov State Medical University and got out of the institution with both a degree and a Ph.D. in the field of Experimental Medicine and Cardiology. Career-wise, he is currently working at the Rosewell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo in the city of New York. Before he began to work at the establishment, he worked at the New York Medical College and at the Ordway Research Institute. Mikhail expounded previous research on the Target of Rapamycin (TOR) model which described how certain elements such as Rapamycin could be influenced to slow down ageing. His discoveries are now the answer to cancer treatment.

Before research was done on ageing, many believed that little could be done to alter the process. However, recent research has proved that ageing can indeed be manipulated by altering certain elements in the body. The medical procedures together with the highly recommended diets have made it possible to give people, especially cancer patients, a long and healthy life. This is a great achievement which Mikhail Blagosklonny since now families can enjoy more time with their loved ones. They do not have to worry about losing them the next minute and this gives them peace.

Currently, the thing that is troubling many people is the medical fees that medical institutions ask for to treat cancer patients. Despite the treatment being made available, very few people can access it. Those that are financially capable take their patients to high-class institutions and have them treated and discharged. The poor lot is left to suffer from the illness since they cannot pay for the treatment. The scenario is very ugly, and Mikhail Blagosklonny dreams of getting rid of it completely. He hopes to come up with affordable solutions for the age-related illnesses, which include cancer. If this dream is to be achieved, the world is set to benefit greatly.


Volunteering in Pediatric Surgery- Dr. Mark Holterman

by Chris Holden - December 31st, 2017

Mark Holterman has a full roster of duties around his profession including; performing surgeries, lecturing at the University of Illinois, researching for new therapies, and educating others with articles. Despite lots of responsibility, Dr. Mark is also involved with charity organizations in the health field, mainly the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam(IPSAC-VN). Evidently, Holterman’s career is dedicated to supporting children surgery not only through his money and skills but also encouraging external support for children’s health. Read more Q&A at with Dr. Mark Holreman.

Volunteering at IPSAC-VN began as a result of Holterman’s support towards surgery for children. Licensed medical professionals with at least six-month valid passport are sought for on a daily basis to volunteer in various capacities. Volunteer support is mainly required for patient care and training medical staff through school lectures on surgery techniques in pediatric wards.

The primary goal for IPSAC-VN is self-sustenance care for Vietnam children. Apart from lecturing and academic support services, IPSAC-VN provides medical equipment in health facilities across the country. Additionally, the organization strives to perform surgeries in various parts of Vietnam not only to expose the trainees in surgical procedures but also educate the community on safety and reality of the surgical processes. Fetal development processes, spinal repairs, tumor removal, and brain surgery are the common disorders that attribute to the increasing need for pediatric surgery around the world. Read more on about Dr. Mark Holterman.

Mark Holterman is also the CEO of Mariam Global Health that works closely with healthcare facilities by sponsoring innovations that solve health concerns as well as investing in research for new medicine.

Dr. Mark Holterman graduated with a major in biology from Yale University. He also holds a Ph.D. and MD from the University of Virginia. Since 2011, Mark has served as a full professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Besides, he serves as an attending Pediatric Surgeon both at Advocate Christ’s Children Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center. Mark is renown for his presentations and peer-reviewed papers on bariatric surgery, treatment for obesity. Earning a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Virginia is among Holterman’s key achievement in the medical profession.