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Bruce Levenson is a Man with a Big Heart

Most of us daydream at one time or another about being wealthy. It is fun to think about all the neat things we could buy and how we could use the money. In fact, some folks fantasize about helping the poor and giving to charities. However, many people that really do come into wealth rarely follow through on those commitments or daydreams. Bruce Levenson followed through on his commitments. He is the person that became a successful businessman, and he spends a great deal of time, money and effort to champion causes for children and education. Learn how Bruce made his fortune and gives back to communities today.

Education

Bruce Levenson originally comes from Washington, D.C. He secured a Political Science degree in St. Louis at Washington University. From there, he completed his law degree at the American University School of Law in Washington D.C.

Careers

Bruce began his journalism career while still attending law school. His journalism efforts paid off when he became a writer for a paper called the Washington Star and a reporter at Observer Publishing.

In 1977, Levenson would meet with his friend Ed Peskowitz to create a newsletter called the Oil Express, which was about oil industry news activities. It was such a hit that they founded a company called United Communications Group (UGC). Today, UGC is a growing business that specializes in telecommunications, technology, data and news.

Many years after he started UGC, Bruce founded another company, which would handle brand advertising and online content called Tech Target. After much success in his business endeavors, Bruce became active with the famous Atlanta Hawks sports team and has partial ownership.

Philanthropy Efforts

Once Bruce was assured of his financial stability, he started his philanthropy efforts. Finally, he had the money to help and really make a difference in other people’s lives. He was actively involved in the Do Good Challenge, which encouraged students to reach out and help people. More information on that can be found on Wikipedia.

Bruce Levenson served the I Have a Dream Foundation as president. He was also a board director at Hoop Dreams. In addition, Bruce and is wife Karen became very involved with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership affiliated with the Univ. of Maryland.

Today, Bruce has a family with a wife, three boys and grandchildren. When he is not working or supporting a good cause, he likes to spend time golfing, playing basketball or traveling with his family. In all likelihood, we have not heard the last from the man with a big heart.

Women in the Workplace: More Still Needs To Be Done

Did you know that women account for almost 50% of the workforce; and yet, only about 15% of those women have jobs in the executive settings? For some this statistic seems almost commonplace; and yet, others view this as criminal. Susan McGalla is just one of those women who feel this is wrong.

Which is why more needs to be done. While women occupy a greater percentage of the workforce, only a small amount are able to advance and move into higher positions. The rest of these women are stuck in the jobs they had ten or fifteen years ago.

So what can be done?

How More Women Can Achieve Their Desired Goals

1) Go back to school. Going back to school will increase the odds of women becoming more successful;especially in a world, which is still considered to be male-dominated. Susan encourages women not to let the money be a worry. She encourages women to plan carefully on a budget, using financial aid which caters to the skills they possess.

2) Continue to improve upon your own personal self-confidence. There is a study which concludes that the self-confidence of women drop by 60%, once they enter the workforce. This is due to intimidation of management. Susan encourages women to find connections they need on the job and not give in.

3) Ignore the “glass ceiling.” This can be difficult to do, especially when it comes to discrimination and prejudice. Don’t allow personal prejudice and other stigmas to stand in the way. Never let it cloud your judgment. Don’t carry a chip on your shoulder or feel you are owed something by someone. Just let your work speak for itself. You’ll be better off this way. This will improve your chances for advancement and you will feel less burdened.

Write Yourself Happy

 

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that’s a true statement. The written word can have damaging effects on other people that can continue for years to come. But can the opposite be true as well? Can the written word bring about happiness to our own self?
According to a new book published this month “Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By,” written by Timothy D. Wilson, a University of Virginia psychology professor and lead author of the Duke study we can indeed write yourself happy.
The study revealed that writing for 15 minutes everyday in a personal journal about both important issues as well as superficial ones promote better health. Participants in the study had fewer sick days and visited health care facilities less often than before they began to journal each day.
The theory behind the being able to write yourself happy is the ability to confront the truth about yourself, your life, and change what you don’t like. Writing allows us to confront our emotions and excuses so that we can get to the bottom of why we are angry, why we are overweight and a lot of other ‘whys’ in our life and change the ones we don’t like. Just 15 minutes a day of expressive writing can make us happier. Fersen Lambranho and I recently tried out journaling and I can tell you it makes a huge difference in how you think.

John Textor: Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation

John Textor, Chairman of the Board, is responsible for special projects, rights acquisition, strategic and venue partnerships as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with major media companies for Pulse Evolution Corporation. Textor is presently active in developing entertainment properties across a wide range of settings and technology programs.

In addition to his board position, John is also currently serving as producer of “Art Story,” an original animated feature film being developed by veteran Disney filmmaker Aaron Blaise. He also served as both producer and executive producer of “Ender’s Game,” a science-fiction fantasy film that was based off the book of the same name, written by Orson Scott Card and released in November 2013.

Previously Textor served as both COE and Chairman of the Board at Digital Domain Productions as well as CEO and Chairman of Digital Domain’s parent company, Digital Domain Media Group, of which he led the acquisition and restructuring of from 2006 to 2012. Together the two companies John led were responsible for visual effects in over 80 large-scale feature films, of which 25 were completed during John’s tenure. A few of the films include: Flags of our Fathers; Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End; Real Steel; Transformers; and Tron:Legacy.

During Textor’s time at Digital Domain the company was re-established as a industry leader in visual effects and won multiple CLIO advertising and Academy Awards. Additionally, during John’s tenure, the company was recognized for being the first visual-effects firm to produce a believable digital human actor in the movie “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This accomplishment, referred to as the “Holy Grail of Animation,” earned Textor’s company an Academy Award for Achievement in “Visual Effects.” The performance of the digital actor was so lifelike and convincing to audiences, as well as Academy voters, the film also received an Academy Award for “Best Make-up,” even though the character was entirely digital.

Before joining Digital Domain Productions, Textor earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Wesleyan University, private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut, in 1987. Ten years later, in 1997, John co-founded and became managing partner of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private-equity firm based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with an emphasis on entertainment, telecommunication and the internet. He became director of The Parent Company and BabyUniverse, a children’s-product internet retailer, in 1999. John went on to become chairman in 2002 and CEO in 2005.

Keeping Your Finance Resolution With Sam Tabar

It is a new year and Americans are trying to keep their new years resolutions. Even though most of those resolutions will be broken. People that wish to get healthier will still continue to eat junk food, people who want a better relationship will still be single. Yet there is one resolution that should not be broken and that is your financial resolution. Even though investing can seem like a daunting task, Sam Tabar, a professional investor and corporate attorney is here to help. Recently an article was published on cnbc.com that outlines Sam Tabar’s tips for new investors.

Sam Tabar advices people to be careful about investing in commodities. Instead he advices people to invest in mutual funds. Mutual funds are less volatile than commodities or stocks. The novice investor should be careful and should do extensive research if they do indeed decide to enter the commodities market. By investing in markets that are volatile the investor will be able to sleep better at night.

Sam Tabar also recommends investing in private businesses rather then the stock market. New technology has made it possible for regular people to invest in private businesses through the use of social lending. A person can also invest in private companies that use their profits for the good of society. These companies allow an individual to invest in a safe yet alternative way. No matter what the person decides to invest in, remember to diversify your portfolio and invest in different companies and sectors.

Sam Tabar urges new investors to be safe when they are investing. He always tells investors to diversify their portfolio and research the company that they decide to invest in. Sam Tabar uses his knowledge as a professional trader and corporate lawyer to advice his clients.

Skout’s New Travel Feature: Traveling Anywhere is a Breeze with New App

If you’re not familiar with Skout, now’s the time to familiarize yourself with this new social friendly app, especially if you love to travel around the world. Skout is an app that enables people from around the world and from all walks of life to connect and share. And it’s not just any social app, it’s considered to be the “leading global app.”

 

Now the new app includes a new feature, Skout Travel, making it a breeze for travelers to do everything from book reservations to helping you meet new friends in your travel destinations. Thanks to this new app, the stress of finding a place to stay during your overseas travels is reduced and to top it off, you get to meet and connect with new friends while on holiday or vacation.

 

The app’s new feature has been utilized over 10 million times since its launch. Skout Travel launched a little over a year ago and has since become a favorite for social travelers. According to Skout, their goal is to help users of the popular app to create online communities where they can feel like they’re a part of something and really get involved. They want their users to have the ability to access their newly built community from any place at any time.

 

According to the co-founder and CEO of Skout, Christian Wiklund, the app’s travel feature is particularly popular with younger adults “who want to experience the world and connect with new friends.” Recent analytics data collected by Skout showed the company where their users are virtually traveling and which users are most likely to access the travel feature.

 

Data shows that the women of the world are most likely to take a virtual travel with the app. In fact, women are twice as likely to use the app when compared to me. For virtual travelers interested in visiting the United States, the top 5 cities travelers were interested included the country’s island cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.

 

The top international travel destination for virtual travelers was Hong Kong. Runners up in the top international travel destinations for app users included London, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Sydney. What’s great about this app for travel lovers is that all they have to do is select a travel destination and then they’re able to instantly connect with other users in that location where they can quickly make new friends. Thanks to the app’s new feature reaching over 10 million uses, Skout is allowing users to use the popular app for free for just 48 hours. This 48 hour time period begins January 15, 2015 – January 17, 2015.

 

The news of this story first broke earlier today on PR Newswire and this is just a quick recap.

The CPI Closed With A Fall

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.6% last December from the previous month and its annual fall remained -1% due to falling gasoline prices, the heating oil and some foods, as reported on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute.

It is the first time in the history of this indicator in which a negative annual rate of prices in the month of December is recorded. Furthermore, it is the most negative rating in any month since July 2009, when the annual CPI stood at -1.4% reported by associate Christopher Cowdray of HMI international.

With the December data, annual CPI chained its sixth negative rate after -0.3%, -0.5%, -0.2%, -0.1% and -0.4% July, August, September, October and November, respectively. December has the most negative rate of 2014 and the eighth time in 15 months that prices show negative rates. Nevertheless, the government has ruled that the economy is in deflation.

The December data is important for the salary of workers, since in some collective agreements is used to determine the salary increase next year and other reference is to compensate for the deviation of CPI. They have also influenced the evolution of the CPI year for the group of food and beverages, which cut its rate five tenths, to -0.3%, and housing, with a rate of -0.2%

The CPI Closed With A Fall

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.6% last December from the previous month and its annual fall remained -1% due to falling gasoline prices, the heating oil and some foods, as reported on Thursday by the National Statistics Institute.

It is the first time in the history of this indicator in which a negative annual rate of prices in the month of December is recorded. Furthermore, it is the most negative rating in any month since July 2009, when the annual CPI stood at -1.4% reports associate Christopher Cowdray of Crunch Base.

With the December data, annual CPI chained its sixth negative rate after -0.3%, -0.5%, -0.2%, -0.1% and -0.4% July, August, September, October and November, respectively. December has the most negative rate of 2014 and the eighth time in 15 months that prices show negative rates. Nevertheless, the government has ruled that the economy is in deflation.

The December data is important for the salary of workers, since in some collective agreements is used to determine the salary increase next year and other reference is to compensate for the deviation of CPI. They have also influenced the evolution of the CPI year for the group of food and beverages, which cut its rate five tenths, to -0.3%, and housing, with a rate of -0.2%

Back Pain Can Be Cured At North American Spine

Considering that so many people are currently in back pain, or have had back pain within their lifetime, it’s understandable that many people may be on medication to help minimize back pain. Many have back, neck, and spine pain today, and it can overwhelm the body, causing extreme amounts of pain. The pain can be problematic, and also be damaging to the person who is trying to work on a daily basis. Back pain is an epidemic in America, and many people suffer from debilitating pain in the back that may take over their lives. For those suffering with back pain regularly, it’s time for a change.

Back pain is something that almost everyone will experience at some point in their life. It’s easy enough to have pain in the back, just by slipping, falling, bending over, or sleeping incorrectly at night. Most back pain is something that does not bother a person enough to where they need medication or surgery. Some back pain is worse, and surgery may be required, in order for the person to get back to normal. For those who require surgery, or feel the need to have surgery on their back, North American Spine can help.

Many feel that there back pain is something they have to live with, and they may take medication regularly, and go on about their day. After a while, the back can become more inflamed, and painful to the point where the person must stop working. It’s never a wise decision to keep working with the back, especially when the pain was already in pain. Once one experiences back pain, then it may be necessary to consult with a doctor. A doctor can let the person know if they need surgery on their back, or if something else can be done to stop the pain.

If surgery is needed to help with back pain, then North American Spine can perform a minimally invasive surgery that can help to heal the back pain. The surgery doesn’t take long, and it has a very high success rate for its patients. A consultation is needed, in order to determine if the person is a candidate for the surgery. An MRI can help to determine the eligibility of one to have the surgery performed. Once the surgery is performed, healing time is very short, and they can get back to their normal life.

That’s a part of what makes North American Spine a more popular company.  This has led to enhanced success through social media campaigns, but also through financial exploits and investors.  Definitely a company to watch.

The Shack Gets the Shaft

For a business founded in 1921 and a part of America’s culture, you couldn’t ask for a more mis-managed trip to the bottom bin of retail. RadioShack Corporation is now filing for bankruptcy. And a huge part of the public might be askign what took so long, while the older consumers with a technology background might be saying “What a shame!”

At a time when America is leading such a rallying cry for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers, it’s ironic that one of the original stores to cater to this interest is calling it quits. But in fact, it was the retail chain who turned its back on its customer base, not the other way around. Up until the early 1980s, Radio Shack was the only store in town for circuits, motherboards, transistors, soldering tools, and all manner of electronic gear. Right up until the actual kits you would need to build a radio from scratch. Radio Shacks at the mall lead the home computer market with its Tandy line of computers, some of them years ahead of the competition.

But in the 1990s, that changed. Engineers now came into the store to be confronted with nothing but phones on display, with a few second-shelf peripherals on the side. If you asked the sales clerk where they kept the computer parts, they’d look at you with contempt. Radio Shack changed its mind and decided that the electronics geek market wasn’t what it wanted to go after – but they had no idea who they’d want to pursue instead.

While discouraged former customers left Radio Shack to go to Fry’s, Circuit City, or Office Depot, or even order supplies from online retailers, new customers failed to replace them. Radio Shack alienated their former hardcore geek base and in return found themselves without a customer base to stand on. Will anybody learn a lesson from this? It doesn’t seem likely. This article was shared to me by a friend on Twitter.com Lee Lovett.