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Betsy DeVos is the 11th Secretary of Education in the United States. She was nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed the U.S. Senate. Before the nomination, she was a children’s advocate.






Personal Background






Betsy DeVos was born in January 1958. She grew up in Holland. She is a graduate of Calvin College which is in Grand Rapids. Betsy is married to an entrepreneur, a community activist, and a philanthropist, Dick DeVos. Together, they have four children.






She has worked for several local charitable organizations, e.g., Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts. She has also served as a chairperson of Widquest Group which is an investment management firm. Being a children advocate, she had the mandate to ensure that underserved kids got quality education. She was able to achieve this.






Philanthropy Work






I think that she was the right candidate to be nominated as Secretary of Education. She is a proven innovator, an advocate, and a leader. She has been a significant pioneer in fighting for the conducive environment for all kind of people to thrive.






I also find her very active in the community. Previously, she served as a chair of The Philanthropy Roundtable. She used this position to empower members of the community who were looked down upon. Betsy DeVos also headed American Federation of Children. She has also served many boards, e.g., American Enterprise Institute, Art Prize among others.






Betsy and Dick started a family foundation in 1989. It was motivated by faith and aimed at supporting leadership, education, community, arts, and justice. The organization donated funds to hospitals, art organizations, and schools. I, therefore, find her as an essential community member.






Financial Giving






When Betsy DeVos and her husband started their family foundation, they started giving charitable contributions. For instance, in 2015, they donated a total of $ 11.6 million. This amounts to $139 million of donation in the family’s lifetime. They were ranked position 24 by Forbes for being one of the best American givers.






They mostly donate to Christian Organizations. They once donated $ 50 million to these organizations between 1999 – 2014. However, they also target health research institutes, art organizations, evangelical missions and Christian Schools.






Concerning donations focused on education, the foundation donated around $ 5.2 million to charter schools, $ 59,750 to public schools and $ 8.5 million to Christian schools. Personally, I think that DeVos is more interested in transforming education sector.






She is also known for giving school vouchers. This enables the poor student to study in private schools through public funding. The family organization too love providing scholarships to poor students.



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Betsy DeVos is undoubtedly an influential woman. Being nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education, I think that she will use this position to help the poor children. In fact, she is the best choice for this post.





Hippea brand of chickpea puff snacks is the latest business by actor and investor Leonardo DiCaprio. The new business is a partnership between the actor and a Chicago based Equity firm known as Strand Equity Partners. The two invested an undisclosed amount of dollars to Green Park Brand Inc. a company based in Santa Monica.

When asked how much was invested in the food company, the Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Green Park Brand Inc. Livio Bisterzo declined to revel instead he said that they raised about $2.5 million and the remaining amount came from well-wishers and friends. According to Livio, the Hippea began to market and sell their products in March 2016 making the $2.5 million selling in wholesale revenue over the balance.

Mr. Livio is sure and trusts that his organization will increase their profit this year to over $11million. According to the 36 years old investor, the Green Park was able to take over the market with their products in stores easily due to his past experience as well as connection in initiation two other consumer brands; Little Miracle which is a maker tea drink as well as kyoku which is a men’s clothing line. Bisterzo is a renowned businessman and before his engagement with Hippea; he first sold his idea to both companies. According to Livio, it was not is first to do such a thing in business, he was sure that they had the best product, the best brand, as well as the biggest brand story all they needed, was to avail the product in stores and let the customers know it. Hippea is available in the United States stores among them Albertsons, Von as well as Starbucks. The management plans to make the snack available to other stores as well before the end of the years. Hippea is also available in stores in the United Kingdom where the firm has offices.

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Livio Bisterzo lives in Los Angles together with his family; his wife and their three children. Mr. Livio was born in Italy. At the age of 18, the prominent business person moved to the United Kingdom where he attended his higher education at London Prestigious University of Arts. Being a go-getter and also having an entrepreneur origin, Livio created an event business and he has been a success in assisting other ventures to make it in the business world. Livio is the founder of Green Park Holdings which he established in 2015. Green Park Holding is a food company that is responsible for delivering nutritious and healthy products.

Is your dog one of the family? Are you looking for a new dog food to try? Are you unhappy with the current dog food you are using? If so, Purina has the solution. Purina Beneful dog food is one choice that you and your dog might like. If you have a dog that has a sensitive stomach or that is allergic to grain, you might consider Beneful Grain Free with Farm Raised Chicken. The cost of a 12 pound bag is under 18 dollars. The cost per pound is $1.44. There are no grains inside, there is no corn and most importantly, there is no soy or wheat. The number one ingredient is chicken. There is accents of pumpkin, spinach and even blueberries.

Does your dog not like chicken or beef? If so, Beneful has the option to purchase a dry dog food made with real salmon. This food is loaded with omega fatty acids and this helps to support skin and coat. This food is completely balanced for any dog breed. The cost per pound is just under a dollar.

If your dog loves can food, the Beneful IncrediBites for small dogs is perfect for any small breed dog. It can be mixed with dry food if your dog likes that. The ingredients inside of the can is real ingredients and there is a good sauce to serve over dry food. It is completely balanced and offers great nutrition for puppies and adult dogs.

One of the best food choices for dogs who are playful is the Beneful Playful Life with Real Beef and Egg. The bag size is just under 16 pounds and the cost per pound is low coming in at just under a dollar per pound. A 15 and a half pound bag is right under 14 dollars. It is rich in protein and this helps to keep your dogs muscles strong which is important when they are playful. Beneful on Walmart.

If you haven’t heard of Mike Baur, he is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Factory, a business accelerator based in Zurich. The business is predicated on, helping digital entrepreneurs achieve success through a variety of services like coaching, mentoring, and financing. Digital entrepreneurs that participate in the three-month program will also have access to the company’s large investor network.


Mike Baur is well versed in the world of business; he received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Banking and Finance, in 2000. In 2008, he earned an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He then rounded out his education by earning an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Universitat Bern (a university in the Swiss capital of Bern). After completing his studies, Baur began his career with the Fribourg branch of UBS Wealth Management, working for the company from 1991 to 2008.


In December 2008, Baur joined Clariden Leu, a private Swiss bank with offices located in Zurich and Geneva. In his role with Clariden Leu, Baur served as the Business Area Head of Private Banking for Switzerland. In 2012, Baur joined Sallfort Privatbank AG, serving in a similar capacity as the Head of Private Banking for the privately owned investment manager. In 2014, Baur tried his hand at business ownership; he founded Think Reloaded AG, a management consulting firm, which generated an estimated $259,000 in annual revenue.


The year 2015, proved to be a year of multi-tasking for Mike Baur; while managing his own successful startup, he Co-founded the Swiss Startup Association, an organization committed to promoting founder friendly environments amongst entrepreneurs in Switzerland. In 2016, Baur was named Deputy Managing Director of Swiss Startup Invest, a financial platform for startups and investors.


Currently, Mike is the Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Swiss Startup Factory; his prime focus with this relatively new company lies in fundraising and financing. Baur’s attention in these areas has resulted in many entrepreneurs being able to implement revolutionary technology ideas, that may have not otherwise been possible.


As a whole, the Swiss Startup Factory prides themselves on promoting economic development; in addition to all of the other amenities that they provide to their clients, the Swiss Startup Factory provides free office space to individuals who would likely benefit from such resources. Mike believes that business ownership requires much more than a good idea; Swiss Startup Factory helps bring ideas to life.


Securus technologies signed a complete Stock Purchase Agreement to acquire JPay Inc. JPay is a market leader in the electronic company, email entertainment apps and education related. It currently operates in more than 33 prison systems. Rick Smith acknowledged that the transaction made Securus company the fastest growing segments in corrections. Securus and JPay now provide the best products at the most reasonable price and provides an excellent security with a reduction in relapsing into the criminal behavior. The products provided by Securus gives the value to every constituent. The vision of JPay and Securus is to ensure that they come up with products that can improve prison safety and enable prisoners to transition into disciplined citizens once out of jail. Mr. Smith is managing JPay as a subsidiary of Securus and allows its operations to be run as before. The JPay is now benefitting from Securus’ financial, and human resources. It will also benefit from the products of Securus Company.

JPay is located in Miramar, Florida. It is provider of inmate payments, email and tablet products. They are serving over 1.6 million inmates in over 33 states. The company’s use of technology has helped a lot in improving the correctional agency’s ability to reduce and stop crime. It has a digital platform which allows inmates to access music, games, kiosks, email, books, education and shopping. Securus Technologies is based in Dallas, Texas. It serves over 2,600 public safety, correction agencies, and law enforcement. It also serves more than 1 million inmates all over North America. Securus Technologies commits itself to providing emergency services, public information, biometric analysis, information management, communication, inmate self-service, incident management, and monitoring products and services among others.Richard A. Smith is the Chief executive Officer of Secrus technology and Chairman.

Mr. Smith says that Securus is an important investment which produces its service and products weekly to assist correction agencies and law enforcement. Mr. Smith indicates that the company has received a lot of response through email appreciating them for their commitment to providing the best adequate services. The company is applauded for combating social problems and solving crimes in the society. Through the leadership of Mr. Smith, the company has managed to build safety as part and parcel of the company to uphold the security of the community which it servers. Richard A Smith is earned Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York, and he did his master’s degree in mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport. He earned MBA from the University of Rochester. He has an associate’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. from June 23, 2008, to date. From April 2000 to August 2003, he was the President of Eschelon Tcom Inc. August 2003 to August 2007, he served as the chief executive officer. He also served in the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Eschelon Telecom Inc. Mr. Smith also worked with Frontier Corp in various position.

Aging and Cancer are one of the biggest killers in our world. Aging definitely is expected to be the end of everyone. According to scientists, aging causes age-related diseases which eventually terminates a life. And research has actually shown that majority of people die from age-related diseases. However, there’s a passionate professor, on this subject, that doesn’t believe it has to be that way. He believes by slowing aging through some particular drugs can delay age-related diseases including cancer.The professor is Mikhail Blagosklonny, a professor of Oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the editor-in-chief of Oncotarget. Basically, this professor studies Aging and Cancer. His tertiary education began at the First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Petersburg. He bagged an MD in Internal Medicine and later earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine and Cardiology from the same university. This brilliant scientist specializes in the research areas of cellular and molecular biology and clinical investigations. His primary research interests are Bio gerontology, anti-aging drugs, cancer, and targeted cancer therapies that shield healthy cells in the body against getting damaged. He has written more than 300 research articles, book chapters, and journal reviews; they are all published in his name.

Professor Mikhail Blagosklonny has been researching on the possibility of controlling aging and cancer. He proposed and argued for the use of Rapamycin. For non-scientist, this drug is a non-toxic, well-tolerated drug that is suitable for daily oral administration used in the treatment of cancer. What Mikhail argues is that this drug can be suitable for extending our life on earth. This argument is based on the hyperfunction theory that describes aging as a continuation of growth, driven by signaling pathways such as TOR (Target of Rapamycin). The TOR-centric model predicts that Rapamycin can be used in humans to treat aging and prevent diseases. This hyperfunction theory definition of aging is radically different from the well accepted old definition that has mainly limited the research of anti-aging drugs in the past.As the anti-aging drug began development, it was considered by other scientists in the field to be an utopic project and that it would never be possible to negate the effects of aging.

  1. Mikhail Blagosklonny, however, showed the world that it was actually possible using the TOR-centric model, and today his research has been quoted by many oncology newsletters around the world as the next-gen discovery that will change how medicine shapes out, as diseases like cancer, that derive from aging, won’t be nearly as common anymore.

The astounding researches by the professor weren’t taking seriously within and outside the science circles before now, but it has started to change. More people are paying attention and recognizing his works and the great contributions he has already made to the advancement of the human race. Majority of his works on anti-aging drugs are making major newspaper headlines today all over the world. His commitment, persistence, and love for humanity have made him become one of the most acclaimed oncology researchers in the world.

The oil and gas drilling industry of Mexico has been going through many different changes in the past few years. Even though the Gulf of Mexico is considered to be one of the richest venues for oil and gas explorations, the country’s only major oil drilling companies, Pemex, is unable to cover the extensive region. It is for this reason the Mexican Government is now allowing the foreign players in the oil and gas sector to come and drill in Mexican waters. The reform brought in by the Mexican waters is to ensure that oil and gas exploration continues uninterrupted and that the oil and gas sector continues to grow for the benefit of the country.

In the first of such moves, major players in the oil and gas industry such as Premier Oil, Talos Energy, and Sierra Oil and Gas collaborated to carry out extensive oil and gas drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico. The first phase of oil drilling would be conducted by the London based firm, Premier Oil, in the highly fertile Suerte Basin located in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected that the company would be able to drill somewhere close to 100 to 500 million barrels of crude oil through it. Petroleos Mexicano, one of the biggest oil and gas companies of the world, based in Mexico, held a monopoly in the oil and gas drilling sector for many years. However, due to the competitive nature of the industry, the Mexican Government had to allow foreign players to maximize output while minimizing input.

Talos Energy, one of the newest as well as fastest growing oil and gas drilling companies, based in the United States, is also part of the deal that was carried out by foreign companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has its headquarters in Houston and is an independently run firm. The company has its investments coming from some of the famous investors such as Apollo Global Management, Talos Management, and Riverstone Holdings LLC. The company aims to acquire strategic assets in the Gulf of Mexico and engage in lucrative exploration ventures.

Glen Wakeman has come a long way from the University of Scranton where he completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Finance. Having always had a curiosity in money and the various ways to generate revenue, Glen Wakeman pledged to one day help others find business dreams – if he ever made it and became something of himself.

And that time has come.


Currently, the CEO and Co-Founder of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC, Glen Wakeman provides consumers interested in business planning with software customized for those delicate early-stages of financial business planning.


For a one time fee of $100, the LaunchPad toolkit helps budding entrepreneurs organize and collate into a business ready plan – all in 30 minutes or less. This platform is directed towards busy professionals such as lawyers and accountants.


Based out of Miami, LaunchPad is seeking to assist with business planning, a crucial stage that Glen Wakeman feels is intrinsic to the ultimate success of the company (Wikipedia). For the development of the software, Glen Wakeman relied on a 21-year management background, and various stints as a Financial Services Executive, Board Member and Executive Mentor.


Besides LaunchPad, Glen Wakeman is active in other areas of life, serving as a mentor, investor, and writer. While at GE Capital early on in his career, he was recognized as an exemplary member and was awarded the Growth Leadership role model award by the Board of Directors.


Considered a well-rounded and accomplished individual, Glen Wakeman is proud to have lived and various countries throughout the globe, an international performer, Wakeman has been involved with the operations of companies scattered throughout 30 regions throughout the earth.


Other notable accomplishments by Glen Wakeman include his mentoring activities, especially suited for C-Level executives ( Currently, Glen Wakeman counsels Sitter Bees and Dreamfunded while navigating the helm of Launchpad Holdings.


Last May, Andrew attended the 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund gala dinner. The event, which was held in London, sought to raise $972,960. This fund would be channeled towards augmenting the Ubuntu Fund’s school campus that is based in Port Elizabeth. In addition, the organizers of the event posited that they were planning to develop a modern pediatric clinic within the school compound. With adequate resources, they would be in a position to accept more disadvantaged children within the locality. The Ubuntu Fund has an innovative program that seeks to take care of the needy youth from when they are young to when they commence their careers. Organizers of the event reported that even though the event took the entire night; they were able to exceed their target.

The chairperson of the Ubuntu Fund, Andrew Rolfe, was mandated with the duty of treating the 300 guests to sumptuous meals and music, which was performed by a renowned Xhosa choir. In attendance were two beneficiaries of the Ubuntu Fund. In addition, many leaders were invited to the podium to make their inspiring speeches. Sinesipho Rabidyani, who is a recipient of the entity’s scholarship, made her speech after dinner. She stole the show. Sinesipho posited that when she was young, she never wanted to be at home owing to her father’s drinking behavior. However, she pursued her studies with all the seriousness it deserves and performed extremely well in her final exam. The management of the Ubuntu Fund was impressed by her success story. To this end, they deemed it fit to give her a scholarship. Moreover, she was offered psychosocial support. Sinesipho was also enrolled for a mentorship program.

About Andrew Rolfe

As an executive of the Ubuntu Fund, Rolfe has played a pivotal role in enhancing its growth. Before assuming his role at the company, he had worked for other renowned entities, including the Gap, Pret A. Manger and PepsiCo Restaurants International.

The graduate of University of Oxford is also a proud alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School where he pursued and earned his MBA. Andrew has also worked for the renowned Booker Foodservice as the chief executive officer. The visionary leader has extensive experience in developing strategic plans and enhancing the growth of the companies that he works for.


Marc Sparks is the owner of Marc USA, which is a large advertising agency in Pittsburgh and they recently launched Marketing Sparks, which is a program that gives start-up businesses a chance to partner with promotion experts. The main objective of that three-hour sessions that are intensive is for the entrepreneurs to get strategic and tactical marketing communication skills and also come up with business development ideas that increase their chances of success. Mr. Sparks has gotten some of the best experts in various areas like plan, public relations, imaginative investigation, media, and digital. This pool of experts is not only the staff from Marc’s company but also staff members from other local businesses and agencies. Learn more:


The initial Promotion Sparks shall be alleged for those that won the Randall Big Family Inkling Competition that is a platform at the Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute University.


Marc Sparks is quite a successful business man who does not attribute his success to sheer luck, and he also sees himself as an equal to other people; they are not below him. He has even written a book, “They Cannot Eat You” that is accessible for purchase on Amazon. Marc is likewise a philanthropist. Learn more:


Sparks is a serial entrepreneur meaning that he did not start one business but very many of them and is especially noted for his involvement in telecommunication among other businesses. He is also a venture capitalist, providing businesses capital that looks like they will be very successful in future which is, mostly, full of speculation but he has been quite successful.


In his best seller “They Can’t Eat You,” Mr. Sparks has described his path to success. The path has motivated very many people who have decided to enter the business world, and inside the book, there are also some handy tips that can be used for success in business and he also believes that anybody and everybody has what it takes to become successful.


Mr. Marc is a very huge humanitarian, and he contributed to a platform that is in his resident region, Dallas, Texas which assists the youngsters to get high school diplomas. He has also done some work with Habitat for Humanity where they are constructing houses for those people that are in help. In addition to all that, he also volunteers at a homeless shelter in Dallas that is called The Samaritan Inn. Learn more:


Mr. Sparks has great work ethic, and he also has an amazing character that is quite infectious to all those that are around him. He also has an attitude that never says die and always has the urge to share with other people. Learn more:


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