What Helane Morrison is Doing to Brighten the Future of the Financial Industry

These days you cannot trust very many people to maintain an upright character at all times no matter what. Sadly, this is particularly the case in the financial business industry. That is why Helane Morrison is such a breath of fresh air. She is the immensely rare leader in the financial business arena who can be absolutely trusted to maintain her character. In fact, she is fighting to strengthen that throughout the industry. This strengthening of character and trust in the marketplace has been her passion since her early years. She was born and raised in Brooklyn. 

She attended Northwestern College in Illinois, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism. She then studied for a doctorate degree in law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. While in the process of earning this degree, she worked as Editor in Chief of the school’s law review. After graduation and after passing the bar exam, Morrison immediately went into law work (see her Bloomberg profile here). In the thirty years ever since, Morrison has been fighting corruption in the marketplace wherever it could be found. Her biggest assistance in this area may have been in the global economic crisis of 2007 and 2008. 

This crisis helped expose widespread corrupt business practices that had helped hasten the crisis. Ever since that day, Morrison has helmed the charge to clean up that industry. She learned a passion for opposition of all things involving discrimination and corruption during her work for Harry A. Blackmun, a supreme court judge. After a few years with him in the early 80’s, Morrison opened up her own private practice. She also worked for other law practices throughout the next 30 years. During these years she also did highly respected and prestigious work for the government.

In 2007, Morrison joined the San Francisco-based financial giant, Hall Capital. Having a lifelong passion for discriminatory issues, she was drawn to the entirely female-led Hall Capital. In today’s finance industry this is an extreme rarity. There are very few finance business with any women in leadership roles. Morrison wants to help change this. The business is doing amazingly well with more than 24 billion dollars in managed assets. Her two other company leaders are President Sarah Stein and Co-chief Investment officer, Kathryn Hall. Together, the women are fully committed to making a difference in the American business community.

Check out Helane’s LinkedIn profile or view her page on Crunchbase to learn more about her >> https://www.crunchbase.com/person/helane-morrison#/entity


DeVos backing Rubio 2016

In recent weeks the DeVos family is backing Marco Rubio in upcoming presidential primaries. This is much needed help financially for Marco Rubio. In a recent interview with The Detroit News, Dick DeVos said that they shifted from supporting Jeb Bush to supporting Marco Rubio due to the fact that Jeb dropped out. His finish in the South Carolina Primary left him at fourth place. The DeVos family will publicly endorse Marco Rubio in order for him to gain momentum. The DeVos family is originally from Michigan and is one of the wealthiest families in America. They have been big financial supporters of the Republican party politics which will provide Marco Rubio with contributions he will require. Both campaign contributions and the political action committee who are supporting him. The DeVos family said in the interview that they will be supporting individually first and then encouraging others to follow suit. The DeVos family, Dick and his wife Betsy, and Marco Rubio know each other well. The DeVos family was busy promoting the extension of school choice laws during an event where Marco Rubio was a speaker at the Florida House of Representatives in August 2006. The education improvement in the state of florida is all thanks to Marco Rubio and Gov. Bush according to Dick DeVos who credited both of them for it. Dick DeVos believes that Marco Rubio is a leader with perspective, experience and capability. He is not a stranger to political donations as he comments on in this Mlive exclusive interview.

Dick DeVos is the son of Richard DeVos who was the cofounder of a consumer goods distribution company known as Amway. Dick DeVos has been part of the family business since a young age and later went onto working for the company in various capacities (learn more about his role at the company here: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2010/09/amway_heir_dick_and_betsy_devo.html). Dick attended the Northwood University and received a bachelors degree in business administration. Dick DeVos also attended the Wharton School’s Executive Study Programs as well as Harvard Business School however he did not graduate, according to Dick’s New Netherland Institute profile page. 

Dick and Betsy DeVos started the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation in 1990 which is a foundation that makes donations to several community, educational, religious, artistic and civic organizations. Some of the recipients of these donations include Kids Hope USA, the West Michigan Aviation Acadamy, the Regional Air Alliance of West Michigan, Mars Hill Bible Church, Potters House, Grand Rapids Christian School and Thunderbird School of Global Management. They have done a lot for the community at large.

Betsy shares her approach for creating more quality educational opportunities for children in Detroit.

Posted by Dick DeVos on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Find love this Valentine ’s Day with Skout

Skout is the up and coming dating app, which is cropping up more and more across the country. It is a location-based system, finding potential date partners based upon where you are located at any given point in time. Users are able to sift through the profiles of others, viewing similar interests, as well as recent activities. Users are also able to send and receive direct messages, as well as virtual gifts.

One aspect that differentiates Skout from other dating apps, is the separation of adults and teens. The app is segregated into two communities, one of which is for adults, and the other is for teens. This feature is enabled to create a safe environment for everyone. Many have turned to Skout in favor of other dating apps simply because of its drive for a safe community.

Skout began in the year 2007 as a website dedicated to general social networking. Christian Wiklund is the company’s chief executive officer, and Niklas Lindstrom is the Chief Technology Officer, both of whom decided that Skout should become a platform solely for dating. The majority of the users between 2007 and 2009 had been using it as such, so the commanding officers made the change and re-introduced Skout as a dating app throughout 2009 and 2010. After this change, Skout became much more successful, bringing in over $22 million from investors.

Another feature was added to Skout in 2013, in which people are able to meet one another while traveling in different places. This feature is currently an extra add-on feature for which one must pay an additional fee. Another new feature that Skout has introduced is called “Shake to Chat”, in which one simply shakes their phone, and will be connected to a person who is also shaking their phone at that time. This fun feature allows people to meet people and see profiles that they otherwise might not see.

Skout has launched a secondary app entitled “Fuse”, which allows people in select cities to locate nightlife happenings, and even buy tickets. Fuse pairs nicely with Skout, as one helps you find a date, and the other helps you find a date to go on.

As of 2015, Skout has more than 10 million users. It is becoming a strong force in the world of social dating and networking, and may soon become tough competition for similar apps and sites such as Tinder and OKCupid. Skout ranked number 10 in the list of in-app ad requests, and is projected to become even more successful in 2016. With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, the app could see a significant boost in sales within the first quarter of the year.

Ultimately, people are spending more and more time on Skout, and more and more people are joining the community each and every day. Due to its genuine concern about safety, and its capability of matching potential partners by location, the app is bound to grow successfully in upcoming months and years.

Nurse Walks Two Miles in a Blizzard to Be With Her Patients

This story is one of dedication and inspiration. It is stories like this that give us hope and make us proud to be part of the human race. One woman went out of her way and put herself at risk to help others. A 31-year-old nurse, Chantelle Dibate, recently walked two miles in a blizzard to be with her patients at Hebrew Home, which is a nursing home.

She knew it was not likely anyone else – not even Jon Urbana, perhaps the most well-known outdoor advocate (just read that Bloomberg article and you’ll see) – would make it into work that day, and she couldn’t just look the other way while her patients needed help. As a result, she put herself in danger to ensure the safety of those who depended on her. When she arrived at work, her suspensions were confirmed. None of the other nurses had made it to work. She was the only nurse who reported for work that shift.

Conditions on the roads had not improved much by the end of her shift. The roads still posed a danger to anyone who drove on them. So, Dibate went above the call of duty once again and worked a double shift. She had already done her part, but she wanted to do everything she could to help those who needed her.

Dibate was not looking for attention or recognition. She was asked about that day and her motivation to report to work. Her answer was simple and heartwarming. She responded by saying “We all need each other. I treat my patients well because I treat them like family.”

Dr. Jennifer Walden A Top Texas Doctor

People are always looking for good doctors to help them with a variety of issues in the plastic surgery field. They may be looking for various ways to improve the way that they look. Since plastic surgery can make a person’s life improve dramatically, they want to make sure that they get the best doctor possible to complete the processes that they would like to have done.

One of the best Texas doctors is Jennifer Walden. She is extremely talented and experienced in her field. With her excellent education she has completed a variety of procedures on her clients which recommend her all the time to people that they know whom are looking for a good plastic surgeon.

Her education is tremendous, which allows her to complete high levels of plastic surgery on various individuals. Since this is what makes her very trusted in the field, her clientele range from all different ages.

She is from the Austin, Texas area. Her family was very large and were supportive of her doing as much as she could to excel in her field and in her life. With a family backing her in so many ways, she felt the need to push forward in many aspects of her life.

At one time, Dr. Walden moved to the Manhattan, NY area. During the eight years that she stayed and worked there, she developed an international clientele that appreciated all that she could do. Since loved and did well in the area, she stayed until she moved back to Texas. One of the reasons that she did move back to the Texas area was because of family. Her twin sons were born, and they changed everything about the way that she wished to live her life.

Family and raising children weren’t really on her mind when she was first in the field. This began to change for her, and she is now successful in both areas of her life making her a very fulfilled woman.

Dr. Jennifer Walden is also a fantastic author. She inspires other women to excel in their fields, as well as in their personal lives. Visit her website for appointments and other information.

Dating Apps and Everything In Between

The app world is changing at such a rapid pace. There are millions of apps, and most parents are just trying to stay abreast of what is actually out there. It is not uncommon for fickle teenagers to download and delete 20 or 30 apps in the course of a week. Most teenagers get referrals from friends about new and hot apps. Parents don’t have this luxury so they usually have to check the blogs and find out what their kids are using.

When it comes to teenagers, privacy is a big deal. They don’t want anyone to be able to go back and dig up anything that they have said. That is why Snap Chat has become such a huge force. It allows kids to send messages that will disappear after a certain time frame. This is something that many adults might want to invest in as well. It is the convenient way to make sure that your information isn’t being passed around from one source to another.

Another app that has made life a lot more convenient is Skout. A lot of teens use this to meet random people and develop friendships online. This has become one of the best sites for people that are trying to establish friendships with people outside of their local area.

Coincidentally, Skout is also one of the best sites for people that are trying to establish connections with locals as well. Many adults may use the site as a dating site and find dates with local users. It has gained a lot of popularity in the last several years because it is free.

It is among the best of the free dating sites because the database of users is huge. There is probably someone that is available for a date regardless of where you live because there are millions of users.

The app world also has a lot of apps like Twitter and Facebook that are highly popular, but the apps like Skout are still new and fresh. Amazon Kindle has been around for years, but now Amazon is streaming videos so people are revisiting the Amazon app. Spotify is still fairly new – in comparison to Pandora – but it has managed to gain millions of users.

There are social media and music apps that are becoming very dominant. Video apps are also becoming a favorite next to messenger apps.

Brenda Wardle Continues To Provide Legal Insights In The Oscar Pistorius Case

The Oscar Pistorius legal case continues to grab the imagination of the general public around the world, which continues the strong tradition the general public has of having an interest in true crime. One of the major reasons for the continued interest in the death of the girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, of Oscar Pistorius is that the well known athlete does not contest he fired the shots that killed the model. Pistorius maintains he believed his home was under threat from criminals when he shot through the bathroom door and killed Steenkamp, a position investigated by Brenda Wardle in her upcoming book on the globally known case.

Legal analyst Brenda Wardle has a long history of providing expert commentary on some of the best known cases in South African legal history. However, she became a globally recognized figure after appearing on news media outlets explaining the legal process taking place under South African law during the trial. Wardle appeared as a legal expert on the Oscar Pistorius trial for major news outlets like the British Broadcasting Corporation and Sky News.

Brenda Wardle does have the knowledge and skills to provide expert commentary on the trial of Oscar Pistorius because of the three law degrees she has achieved under the South African education system. Not only has Wardle looked to continue her education throughout her life, but also continues to provide academic analysis of the major cases being discussed under South African law. Wardle has published academic papers in many of the top legal journals on the African continent, and has managed to fit in the time to complete a number of short stories and a novel based upon her own life.

The ongoing state of the Oscar Pistorius case means the story has not yet been finished as prosecutors continue to seek out the definitive version on the death of Reeva Steenkamp. Appeals are ongoing into the case as the defendant looks to clear his name of homicide as prosecutors look to make sure a stronger sentence is obtained for Pistorius himself. The legal case remains difficult for many outside South Africa to understand, but Brenda Wardle’s upcoming “To Kill A Rose” should go some way to aiding those who wish to understand the case in all its intricate details.


Operation Smile Gets Some Help From Avi Weisfogel

Operation Smile is an organization that focuses on helping children who suffer from a cleft lip or cleft palate or other facial deformities. They believe in providing free surgical care to help children and young adults all over the world. Operation Smile relies on medical volunteers to help their patients receive the specialized care they need to ensure a healthy life. Avi Weisfogel has launched a campaign to work with Operation Smile so he can help bring his expertise in dentistry to help others. He started this crowd-supported campaign with the hopes of making a positive change to people’s lives. With the launch of Avi Weisfogel’s GoFundMe account, all of the donations received will go to the stellar organization, Operation Smile. There is no donation too small that can help change a life.

Avi’s passion for learning and helping others began early in his life. He attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where he graduated with bachelor degrees in psychology and biology. He excelled through school and helped his fellow classmates strive for success as well. He went on to remain at the top of his class and obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery from New York University College of Dentistry. Through his career in academia, Avi helped his fellow students along the way. After completing his education, Avi owned and operated Old Bridge Dental Care where he oversaw business management and provided care to his patients. He and his practice were acknowledged as the Top Dentist each year until 2013. He also received accolades for his practice in dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, and sedation.

Avi Weisfogel’s passion for helping others in the field of dentistry and he desired to expand his horizons. His career has shifted gears a bit. Instead of practicing the typical dental office, he now owns Dental Sleep Masters in New Jersey. Dental Sleep Masters takes his expertise a step farther. He and Dr. Glassman help patients as well as other dentists deal with sleep apnea with oral appliances. Avi’s educational background and career experience has helped him become a leading expert in the field of sleep treatment and sleep disorders and how they can affect people’s overall dental health. His desire for helping others is far reaching and this drives him to never stop learning and facilitating help for others. Follow Avi on Facebook and Twitter for weekly updates on his GoFundMe campaign.