Orange Coast College Planetarium Gets A Big Boost

Orange Coast College is a unique and accredited school near and dear to the hearts of many. Just ask individuals like former professor Mary McChesney, who recently donated one million dollars towards the college’s brand new planetarium which began construction last year.

The hefty donation will be specifically applied to the facility’s Foucalt pendulum, which is used to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth, the first of its kind in Orange County.

McChesney, a retired English and Spanish professor, is putting forth the donation in honor of her recently deceased, long-time partner and former fellow professor Adelyn Bonin. McChesney stated to LA times, “I know Lyn would be happy to do this — this is half hers.”

While McChesney has been a long-time contributor for donations to scholarships and the school, this donation eclipses them all. The new planetarium, which will include the latest technology in the field, will contain a 129 seat auditorium, a far cry from the old planetarium’s 35 seat arrangement.

Not only will the new planetarium be an incredible resource for the students of OCC, but will act as a tool for the rest of the community as well. Once constructed it will be utilized by students ranging from kindergarten to high school, as well as other residents in the community.

The planetarium is expected to run a budget of 20 million, mostly funded by a bond from 2012 and helped along with generous donations such as Mary McChensey’s. Orange Coast College is targeting an opening in time for the 2018 fall semester. Learn more about Orange Coast College: https://www.facebook.com/orangecoastcollege/ and https://twitter.com/orangecoast?lang=en

Aside from a brand new state of the art planetarium OCC is known for a variety of aspects ranging from education to athletics. The Costa Mesa school, located just off the coast of southern California, has become one of the nations largest community colleges, enrolling nearly 25,000 students a semester.

OCC hosts one of the nations top nautical programs and transfers more students to the University of California and the California State University systems than any other Orange County community college. When it comes to athletics OCC has been downright dominant.

Orange Coast has won their conference sports supremacy award, representative of the top overall men’s and women’s athletic program, 26 of the last 30 years. Orange Coast College will look to continue its rich traditions with the help of staff and attendees past and present just like Mary McChesney.

Actress Kate Hudson Leads The Fabletics Revolution

It is difficult for any company to consider taking on the electronic retail giant Amazon as the Internet based company has seized an astonishing 20 percent of the digital fashion retail market over the course of its life. A rival has emerged in the last three years to the dominance of Amazon in recent years in the shape of the Kate Hudson fronted Fabletics brand; Fabletics has become taken the use of the Internet to new heights and combined its success with that of a growing number of physical locations where Online subscribers can try on the items of their choice before purchasing them using their Online account.

 

The aspirational aspect of the brand is based on the social media posts and marketing campaigns often focusing on the life and personal style choices of Kate Hudson. The need to find oneself in the same leisure wear items as Kate Hudson sees members of the Site subscribe to the service and have new active wear mailed directly to them each month; the $250 million value of the Fabletics brand shows the company has struck upon a model that truly works for its growing customer base. One of the most important aspects of the subscription service is the “Lifestyle Quiz” which allows a member to have their best possible choices provided for them based on their answers. Taking the quiz is simple and easy and can show any potential customer the different offerings Fabletics brings to the closet of every member.

 

It is common for celebrities to partner with the companies of their choice as they set out to develop a brand closely linked to their own way of life, which is why “Almost Famous” actress Kate Hudson became a partner in the Fabletics brand almost as soon as the idea was developed in 2013. Unlike many of her fellow celebrities who we often feel have little link to the brands they work with, Hudson is often pictured in the clothing from Fabletics and has developed her own social media presence often featuring the products from the Fabletics brand.

 

A full partner in the company, Kate Hudson plays a major role in the design of the products in the Fabletics brand and makes sure her own media presence acts as a line of communication between the brand and those members who have already taken the “Lifestyle Quiz” and begun wearing one of the fastest growing fashion brands in the U.S.

Women First- Whitney Wolfe

Love life and relationships are the most difficult issues to understand in life. They say there is no explanation for love and the world has been struggling to explain it as well as finding it especially in this digital era. With the advancement of technology, love stories have changed due to the development of dating apps such as Tinder and Bumble. Men and women have been meeting through the apps and their love and relationship stories have taken a new turn. Whitney Wolfe is one of the pioneers of the dating apps in the United States of America known as Bumble.

Whitney was born 27 years ago in Salt Lake City, Utah where she was also raised. She is the Chief executive Officer and the Founder of the famous feminine dating app Bumble. Her father was a property developer while Whitney’s mother was a housewife. After her High School graduation, she went ahead to join Southern Methodist University for her International Studies. She was business oriented since her days in college where she established a business to sell bamboo tote bags that were of a great benefit to the people living in areas affected by BP oil spill. She partnered with Patrick Aufdenkamp and together they launched a non-profit organization known as Help Us Project.

Whitney Wolfe began her career working at Hatch Labs which was under Sean Rad who they later became business partners after co-establishing Tinder which is also a dating app. Later Whitney left Tinder to found her Bumble dating app that is mostly dominated by women. The dating app company has its Head Offices located in Austin. Whitney Wolfe established the app with a major reason for making online dating different and more secure especially for ladies who are seeking love relationship. Bumble is unique in that the woman makes the first move and will determine whether to arrange for a date or not which is not in other dating apps. Whitney Wolfe together with her partner continues to develop the app with recent innovations of BFF where individuals have an opportunity to make platonic relationships as well as business connects. Another recent development which Whitney Wolfe is making is to open a pop-up location in New York City which is also a good opportunity to expand BumbleBizz.

Betsy DeVos On Educational Reforms

Betsy DeVos is highly passionate about educational reforms. This is becoming more evident as she is the Secretary of Education in the Trump administration.

She further talks about major advances that are taking place in Louisiana along with Indiana. These two states are able to serve close to a million students each year. It is a fact that all these students will not be taking advantage of these programs. Still, there would be widespread adoption of the educational choices being provided through these programs.

Betsy DeVos had been involved in these states during her election cycles. She believes that these reforms are a result of the right people getting elected from these states. They can draft good legislation, and get it implemented well after it gets passed. This way the students will be able to find the school of their choice. Check her website for more info at betsydevos.com

Betsy DeVos is associated with the American Federation for Children. This is a part of her national reform efforts.

She believes that education choice can be implemented successfully only when it becomes a non-partisan issue. Unfortunately, this has not been the case till now. This is because the Democrats have been taking the side of the teachers’ unions. This is why Betsy DeVos is engaging with Democrats so that they can do the right thing. This is because all are well aware that education has to be non-partisan in order to be effective.

There is a growing interest being taken by the Democratic leaders in promoting educational choice. Now, this has turned into a movement that has a lot of Democratic support. All this is due to the steady efforts being made at the grassroots levels since a long time that has spanned several election cycles. To be precise, Betsy DeVos has been involved in these from 2003 onward.

Her grassroots activities require special mention here. This includes providing ads on the urban radio stations in order to inform and engage parents about voucher opportunities and such other activities. Next was billboarding as well as web ads. Other activities included mailings along with phone calls. Even the parish churches, as well as community groups, were included. Next were the parent meetings to impart information. All this can be easily classified as grassroots work. It was tedious but important too. Visit Betsy’s profile on Twitter.

Due to the grassroots activity, the awareness about the school choice program had risen amongst the public officials as well as community leaders. This is why in 2012, the legislature decided to expand the New Orleans program in order to make it statewide.

Betsy DeVos further maintains that there has been overwhelming parental satisfaction from this program. This is why the statewide program based in Louisiana has managed to enroll nearly 5,000 children during the first academic year.

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Comes To The Aid Of People Who Face Racial Discrimination

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund is an organization that was started to help people who have been wrongly convicted of crimes that they did not commit, and for those who face racial discrimination on any level.

The organization was founded by Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin after they had to experience first hand what it was like to be discriminated against. People from minority communities in the United States always have to face oppression owing to the color of their skin or the place that they come from. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/

The particular incident that gave rise to the Fonterra Fund happened in Phoenix, Arizona, and involved one of the country’s most well-known sheriffs. Joe Arpaio at the time was known to be one of the toughest sheriffs in the country and was responsible for putting away many illegal immigrants in the state.

However, multiple reports started surfacing that the people who he was convicted were legal citizens with a green card. However, a lot of these people belonged to the Hispanic community, and those coming from countries in South America.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin also belonged to this community, and we’re working with a media company at the time. They decided to publish an article on this, highlighting the injustice that was happening. In an unexpected turn of events, they were arrested a day after their report reached the public.

They were taken from their homes and put into separate vans and taken to a holding facility that was run by Joe Arpaio. They were kept there for a total period of forty-eight hours and were told what they were in for only after the period had ended. Read more: Michael Larcey | Twitter

The reason for their arrest was apparently their writing. Since America has freedom of expression, what they did could not be deemed as a valid reason for their request which is why they were released.

Having experienced his ordeal, they decided to sue Joe Arpaio for the discrimination he inflicted upon them. This also stood as a strong testament in the case against Joe Arpaio, considering that he was doing this to a lot of people in the state.

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin ultimately won the case and got a massive compensation for the injustice caused to them. Instead of using the settlement money on themselves, the two of them decided to put it to good use and establish a fund to help people who are put in similar situations.

People who have to face this kind of injustice don’t always have the means to fight for their rights. If the individual inflicting this is an important person in the government, the fight can be even harder.

Through the fund, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin want to give people belonging to the Hispanic community the means to be able to continue their fight against racial discrimination and injustice in the system. Since its inception, the fund has changed the lives of numerous people, bringing them the fair justice that they deserve.

Jim Tananbaum Speaks About Why Foresite Capital Funded Mindstrong Health Inc.

The startup, Mindstrong Health Inc., succeeded in raising more than $14M in the first round of capital raising. This company specializes in developing efficient and accurate digital biomarkers used in diagnosing various neuropsychiatric treatments. The company has pioneered technology which helps physicians monitor the brain’s functioning using smartphones.

Win for Mental Health

Speaking to the press, the company’s co-founder and President, Dr. Tom Insel expressed his excitement about the significant progress made possible by their innovations. The physician described the news as a positive step in the right direction as far as battling mental disorders is concerned.

Four venture capitalist companies came together to raise the $14 million in seed money for Mindstrong Health. They are:-

  • ARCH Venture Partners
  • Optum Ventures
  • The One Mind Brain Health Impact Fund
  • Foresite Capital Inc.

Meet the Staff

The firm has hired an experienced panel of experts to run the day to day affairs of the establishment. These young professionals bring an untold wealth of knowledge and skills to the table. The CEO of Foresite Capital, Jim Tananbaum hinted at the results of their clinical trials coming out very soon. Those results would irrevocably demonstrate the effectiveness of using the gadgets and gizmos developed by Mindstrong Health Inc.

Accurate Diagnosis Saves Lives

Mindstrong’s CEO, Dr. Paul Dagum, echoed the same sentiments adding how the tech company was devoted to revolutionizing the neuropsychiatric disorders realm with powerful and accurate diagnostic tools and measures. Follow Foresite Capital on Twitter.

Introducing Jim Tananbaum

Mr. Jim Tananbaum is a serial investor and technopreneur of epic proportions. Jim Tananbaum holds a spot on 2017’s Forbes List of the top 100 most influential investors. Since 2010, Jim has been associated with several high-profile tech startups focused on the medical sector. Jim’s 25-year experience has witnessed him serving as a leader in companies like Prospect Venture Partners, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Healtheon, Amira Pharmaceuticals and the Amerigroup.

Educational Background

Jim studied Medicine at the prestigious Harvard Medical School in the late eighties. Later, Jim enrolled at Yale University to pursue twin degrees in B.S.E.E and, in Bachelor of Science. He topped his medical studies with a top honor MBA certification from Harvard’s Business College.

Creating Successful Startups with Mike Baur

Any businessperson will tell you that it takes more than just financial resources for any business to grow and thrive in any industry. Most startups have learned their lessons the hard way. However, in this time of technological advancement, it does not pay to relive the mistakes of our predecessors. Mike Baur and Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) clearly understands this and is committed to ensuring that this does not happen to anybody.

 

Swiss Startup Factory (SSUF) is a startup accelerator company that was formed to help innovative businesses thrive and be successful in their line of operation. The company was co-founded by Mike Baur and has its headquarters in the Swiss capital, Zurich. Among the incredible opportunities that this company provides for its entrepreneurs is providing them with capital funding, a business location at the capital, business mentorship, and industry connections. All these services are shelved under the three months program that the company offers.

 

At the top seat ensuring all this happens is none other than Mike Baur. Mike is a professional like no other. Despite having a successful career in the banking sector, Mike decided to leave his career at its prime in the quest of following his passion. The business executive is highly knowledgeable in matters finance where he completed his undergraduate at the University of Bern and acquired an MBA from the University of Rochester. In addition to the academic qualification, Baur has a wide breadth of knowledge that includes 20 years of banking practice at different Swiss banks.

 

Mike brings the company a wide range of financial expertise. On top of other tasks, he is solely responsible for all matters regarding financing. This includes and is not limited to helping startups source for their funds and coordinating the different fundraising rounds at the company. The second function that the entrepreneur is involved with in the company is mentorship. Mike Baur is particularly interested in helping young innovators expand and run big successful businesses in the future. When not handling finance issues, Mike will be found helping out the startups.

 

Through his leadership, Mike has been able to influence the faster delivery of services thanks to the mergers he has been able to create for the company. Of importance is CTI Invest. CTI Invest is a company that offers financial services to startups. Through this partnership, successful SSUF inventors now have easy access to funds for their businesses.

 

 

Kevin Seawright is a Financial and Business Whiz

Kevin Seawright is a financial professional. Currently, he is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Vice President for the Newark Economic Development Corporation. His education includes earning a Master’s Degree (MS) in Accounting, as well as an Executive Leadership Certification from the Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business.

With degrees in hand, Seawright took on the world of finance and brought to the table his unique strategic vision and the ability to achieve business goals and discover or develop new opportunities.

His career accomplishments he has been instrumental to improve the retention of key staff, maximizing recruiting efforts, effective collective bargaining, negotiations and change management and the adjustment of compensation. Read more: Newark economic development group names CFO

He has also been responsible for reformulating business strategies that help build responsive accounting and finance divisions that include payroll and collections, and accounts payable and receivable. His work in that area has delivered results by meeting and often times exceeding current economic and organizational goals and aligning technology based initiatives with current and ongoing goals.

Kevin Seawright has been credited with expediting delivering end products to customers, along with superior customer service and maximized company performance.

Other areas in which he excelled were at the executive level in capital operational management, human resources and managing more than $400 million in city, state and federal dollars, along with bond and private funding for several entities.

Kevin Seawright is recognized for being an efficient and effective business leader, the ability to establish a tremendous working relationship with his staff including managers at all levels. Learn more about Kevin Seawright: http://vizualize.me/kevinseawright#.WOJjraK1uM8

His basic philosophy, and one that has served him well throughout his career has always been to recognize and promote reliability and efficiency in union and non-union negotiations, vendor negotiations, facilities management, capital and finance and company operations. He believes business works best with accountability.

PR Newswire beleives that Kevin Seawright has also worked in city government for a number of years and managed school spending and activities for a student population of more than 78,000. He also integrated the school system accounting within the city’s CitiStat software for more efficient accountability.

By incorporating the data into the city system rather than a standalone system allows users to look at performance from an overall quantitative perspective.

The Luxury of Sam Boraie

According to WSJ, Boraie Development has seen nearly 30 years of success and has spread its buildings all over. Boraie has multiple services dealing with the real estate industry. The offer Real Estate Development, Property Management and Sales/ Marketing. They hold themselves at high standards because of their excellence client service. Boraie is known to work with the strongest financial institutions, architects and contractors. What they look for in their partnerships on their projects is, an amazing vision and time management skills, especially with partners who understand the importance of meeting deadlines. Boraie’s Real Estate Development is among the top in New Jersey. They take great pride in informing their clients about their overall vision for their properties. Boraie also lets the public know that they invest their own capital into their projects and promotes their strong reliability to each project. They say they create properties that attract residence that appreciate their long-term ownership commitment. You can visit Yahoo to know more about the company’s profile.

With their Property Management division, Boraie, increases their attention to resident far after they have purchased or rented one of their properties. They provide maintenance, administration, accounting, customer service, marketing and leasing with all their properties with exceptional service. They also work on the physical improvement on their properties regularly. With their Sales and Marketing division, Boraie works closely with other divisions to provide buyers with a great understanding of what they are taking part of. They have a highly successful residential and commercial team that work to provide buyers with the knowledge and understanding of factors about the properties.

Sam Boraie has recently been involved in upgrading a once unpleasant area. The New Brunswick area, once had plenty of abandon properties and had people leaving the area. The president of Boraie’s Development, Omar Boraie, once stated that it was an area where you could not go out after 4 PM. But now, he has brought sophisticated apartment to the New Brunswick area and provide the people there with a lifestyle they required. The best apartments would be the “The Aspire” apartments which range from $1650 and up, and offers from a studio to two bedroom apartments. These apartments are affordable because of the great features they offer. The apartments boost amazing features like in house washer and dryers, gourmet kitchens, glass tile backsplash and each apartment comes with internet and cable. The building itself has a doorman and 24- hour maintenance and has other amenities to entertain and assist their residence.

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Samuel Strauch: Getting Started In Real Estate Investing

Samuel Strauch is a highly successful real estate investor and great coach. Samuel Strauch has provided superior real estate investing training and mentoring to numerous individuals, businesses and entrepreneurs.

People are attracted to the real estate investing field due to the huge opportunities for profit it provides. Many investors do a combination of powerful strategies to create vast fortunes for themselves and change their life. The real estate field can help you build wealth quickly and enjoy a fabulous lifestyle.

Getting started in the real estate investing field can be a daunting task if you do not have the right guidance. It can be confusing and frustrating when you don’t know where to get the help you need to achieve success in your chosen field.

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It is always advisable to seek advice or coaching from someone who has been where you want to be. In real estate, there are many mentors and coaches offering their service to beginners who want to shorten the learning curve and take the right road to their goal.

If you truly want to become successful in this lucrative industry, you need to be smart and get trained by one of the brightest minds in the industry.

Samuel Strauch comes highly recommended in the real estate industry and numerous clients rave about the outstanding services and advice he has provided to them. In fact, a lot of his clients are generating massive profits simply by following his teaching and being persistent.

Samuel Strauch is passionate about teaching and showing ambitious people how to start a profitable real estate investing business, and take their venture to a new level. Once you learn the ropes and have access to the quality resources you need, you are going to reach your goal.

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