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Betsy DeVos: A Giver Not a Keeper

Betsy DeVos is a hard working woman, who currently serves as the United States of America’s Eleventh Secretary of Education. She was nominated by president Donald Trump and elected into the position on February 7, 2017 by the U.S. Senate. But there is more to her story than just being the Secretary of Education for our nation. DeVos has always had a passion for education, especially education for children and fighting for their equal rights. For almost thirty years, she has been the leader and voice for many parents and children, with the dream of providing every child with a five star education, whether they be from a low income household, a tough neighborhood, or a student living in the suburbs.

Why such a passion? Betsy’s mother was a public school teacher when she was growing up. So not only was she surrounded by it, but her passion grew even more when DeVos sent her own kids to school and soon realized that not every child was getting an equal chance to obtain a solid education. So, DeVos wanted to change that. She has now worked and supported to help build new educational options for children and students in over twenty five different states, including the District of Columbia. This Bachelor Arts graduate from Calvin College in Michigan moved on to be a driving force for the education system today, as well as a strong believer and fighter for equality for students. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

While DeVos has indeed worked her way up to get where she is today, and she does work hard for every penny that she earns, one thing that strikes me as amazing is all that she gives away from what she earns. I tend to be a person that holds on to my money and does not want to give generously, but DeVos is quite the opposite! By the means of starting her own foundation, along with her husband Dick DeVos, they have been able to give away millions of dollars to help financially support many different education programs, organizations, and sites. DeVos was able to give four hundred thousand dollars to Campbell Brown’s nonprofit organization The Partnership for Educational Justice, as well as four hundred thousand to Campbell Brown to help kick start her educational site titled 74. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation also gave two hundred thousand to a Christian school called Potter’s House based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to colleges and universities including the School of Missionary Aviation Technology, Calvin College, Rollins College, the University of Maryland, Wake Forest University, and many others.

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I think we can learn many things from this remarkable woman. Whether it be that you have to work hard to get what you want, or that maybe giving a little more out of your paycheck won’t hurt, Betsy DeVos is a stand up woman that many can learn from in a culture and age that is so self-centered.

Securus Technologies – Helping Prisons and Correctional Facilities Use Advanced Technology to its Advantage

The correctional sphere is developing fast in recent time, and the due credit needs to be given to the technology firms such as Securus Technologies. The company has helped in modernizing the incarceration experience significantly in the last few years. Securus Technologies started its operation in the year of 1986, and since then has grown to become the leading parolee tracking, government information management systems, and inmate communications technology firm.


The primary aim of the company is to help in relieving and alleviating the stress from the lives of the detainees, who are staying in isolation far from their families. The communication technology offered by the Securus Technologies makes it easier for the inmates as well as their relatives and friends to communicate with each other more frequently, without having to spend a fortune.


The company is known to charge a lower amount for calling than many other prison communication businesses in the United States. Securus Technologies’ services are used by correctional facilities in the United States as well as Mexico, District of Columbia, and Canada. The company aims to deliver the best and the most efficient crime prevention and inmate communication products and services. Securus Technologies’ products and services are used by over a million prisoners in the United States alone.


In a recent move, Securus Technologies published a media release on the internet with the aim to showcase what the law enforcement agencies and its officials feel about the impact made by Securus Technologies’ products and services. The company published parts of the letters it receives in hundreds every week from the law enforcement officials. I feel the company is doing an excellent job in developing reliable and high-end technology for the inmate communications and crime prevention. I have used the information made available through the company’s services to make several arrests in the last couple of months, and feel that it is tremendously useful for the law enforcement agencies.


Why Penelope Kokkinides is a Leader at InnovaCare Health

As the Chief Administrative Officer, Penelope Kokkinides has always been a top choice for InnovaCare Health. Acting as the Chief Operating Officer prior to this time, Penelope was sought out to after having left the company. She returned in 2015, and was glad to be back to her daily routine with the company, working alongside CEO Rick Shinto. Penelope has vast experience working with both Medicare and Medicaid, with a total of more than 20 years working in the healthcare industry. Her gift in developing new programs has served her well in her career, giving her an edge when working with a company like InnovaCare Health. Visit Penelope’s website at

What most individuals want to know about Penelope is how she keeps it all straight. Her gift for organization has been a tremendous advantage to her as she focuses on the management and development of government programs in healthcare. Travel consumes most of her time, which means that she has to find ways to manage her time effectively as well as keep everything organized for each aspect of her job. Penelope told IdeaMensch in a recent interview that portable chargers have changed her life, giving her the added edge while in the air, working and keeping in touch via her phone and her tablet.

Staying connected is also a big deal as it relates to her job, and given that she remains focused on getting connected and staying connected, Penelope loves the trend of technology as it helps everyone stay in touch through messaging, voice to text, and internet access from all devices. Applications are also a big trend, and allow her to get a lot done while traveling, and if her flight is on delay, she can also work in other ways. Video conferencing at the click of a button is also another way that she keeps in touch with her team and other executives.

As an entrepreneur, Penelope is dedicated to planning ahead. She made mention of the fact that she takes the night before to plan for the next day. Penelope Kokkinides is always forward thinking as it pertains to meetings and anything she has on tap for the next day. Her drive to get things done and in a professional setting has always been a part of her life. Working jobs in healthcare since high-school gave her great exposure to the industry. Visit for more info on Penelope Kokkinides.

Oncotarget – An Intro

Oncotarget – using research memberships, peer-review and special initiatives to show power on the issues of health, money and more

This scientific study was also the first to address e-cigarettes and their detrimental effects on oral health at the cellular and molecular levels. E-cigarettes continue to sell rapidly among younger adults and current or former smokers as they’re often perceived as the healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. Previously, scientists had believed that the chemicals found inside cigarette smoke were responsible for adverse health effects. Yet a growing amount of scientific data included in this study would suggest otherwise. The study also exposed sample 3-D human, non-smoker gum tissue e-cigarette vapors and found that these flavoring chemicals play a large role in permanently damaging the mouth’s interior cells.

Oncotarget claims that it has torn down a century’s worth of statutes and laws aimed to reduce corruption in the health system. It also claims that its greatest strength lies in the power of educated, united activists and believes that the power of transparency through research involves practicing what one preaches. It submitted its latest filing with the FEC on March 31. One may likewise view the report on the main website. Last November, a University of Rochester’s Medical Center study suggested that electronic cigarettes are as damaging to gums and teeth as are conventional cigarettes. The study was published in Oncotarget and led by Irfan Rahman, a Ph.D. professor of Environmental Medicines at the university’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. Visit Oncotarget’s profile page at Facebook.

Most e-cigarettes contain built-in batteries, a heating device, and cartridges to hold liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings and other toxic chemicals. These battery-powered devices heat any liquid inside the cartridge into aerosols that the user then inhales. The study was funded through the National Institutes of Health. Collaborators included primary author Isaac K. Sundar, the University of Rochester’s Department of Environmental Medicine, Fawad Javed, the school’s Department of General Dentistry and its Eastman Institute for Oral Health, Georgios E. Romanos, the school’s Department of Periodontology and School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook University and also Irfan Rahman.


Honey Birditte Announces Expansion Plans

The brainchild of founder Eloise Monaghan in 2006, Honey Bridette has announced it will continue to expand from its origins in Australia in the United States and United Kingdom markets.

United States market will continue to be online only at this time, but the new platform offers an enhanced customer experience thanks to improved navigation, more product offerings, increased ease of returns and faster (sometimes free) delivery.
The UK market will increase retail locations to 40 by the end of 2018. The opening in London’s Covent Garden of Honey Birditte marked the first international retail store for the brand. Other currently open stores are located in Leeds’ Victoria Gate and Westfield White City. The new openings are targeting Westfield Stratford, Leeds, Newcastle, and Liverpool. Additional premium locations in Europe are also under discussion.

As Australia’s first sensuality boutique, Honey Birdette currently has 55 retail stores in Australia. As a premium brand, Honey Birdette offers a wide array of high quality lingerie, including teddies, chemise, robes, toys, novelties, fetish ware, latex and sexy stockings.

At retail locations, guests are treated to a luxury experience by staff clothed in Honey Birdette products. The primary colors the brands offered are black, white and red and aim to make each customer feel fabulous in the product. Customers are invited to have the full sensory experience by enjoying the feel of the clothing prior to buying.

Even in the online-only market, Honey Birdette has proved to be highly competitive, and has seen an increase in sales of 374% in the United States in the last 12 months. US customers can be confident in their size selection thanks to an easy to read guide to converting sizes from UK, US and Australia sizes as well as a measurement chart; in store financing is also available.

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Advocating For Human Rights

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), hundreds of thousands of men, women and children reside in immigration detention facilities, many without due process, where they remain for months or even years.

Numerous groups, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, call for immigration reform and civil rights protections for documented and non-documented migrant workers from Mexico.

Detention Facilities

The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIR) advocates for border demilitarization and migrant’s human rights. The NNIR claims that when private contractors under little scrutiny operate detention centers, human rights violations can easily be overlooked. Read more: Jim Larkin | Huffington Post

In addition, the NNIR cites an American Immigration Council report, which claims that Border agents use excessive force in some cases and detain people under inhumane conditions.

When the ACLU investigated five private prisons for undocumented immigrants, they found overcrowding, squalid conditions, physical and verbal abuses and insufficient medical care.

Another 2013 report by the Detention Watch Network, found similar conditions, along with inedible food and arbitrary restrictions on access to legal resources.

Deportee Treatment

Other groups are primarily concerned with how the Border Patrol treats deportees. On the Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico border, the Kino Border Initiative helps deportees dropped off by bus in Nogales, Mexico, typically without their belongings.

The Kino Border Initiative cashes the U.S. checks that replace the money that they took with them, lets them call their family and provides donated clothing and toiletries.


Funding for worthwhile programs, such as the Kino Border Initiative and the American Immigration Council comes in part from the Lacy & Larkin Frontera Fund, which began with Lacey and Larkin’s illegal arrest. The fund supports a broad range of causes in Arizona that help ensure people crossing the border from Mexico are treated with respect.

In 2007, Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpeggio, known for his anti-Mexican fear mongering, arrested Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin, who wrote a story for the Phoenix New Times that highlighted the substandard conditions in the jails that he ran, his repeated racial profiling and other misdeeds.

The two were arrested when they refused to respond to subpoenas from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office asking for personal information about their paper’s writers and readers. After a public outcry, the two men, who also owned the newspaper, were released.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found both the arrest and the subpoena illegal. Lacey and Larkin received a 3.7 million settlement from Maricopa County, which they use to support organizations that fight for Hispanic civil rights.

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Roberto Santiago Invests In a Profitable Success Story the Manaira Shopping Mall

The success story of Roberto Santiago features an excellent architecture state of the art modern shopping mall at the age of 58. The executive entrepreneur who was born in Joao Pessoa located in Brazil became the point of reference for young achievers and seasoned business professionals. From investment to diversification and talent, Roberto Santiago is a perfect role model for the citizens of Brazil. Read more on


The great success story lies in Manaira Shopping Mall. The inauguration of its establishment occurred in 1989, at Paraiba. The mall has currently undergone five expansions in a bid to diversify its services to all Brazilians. Paraiba is a central place for the people of Brazil hence the convenience and ease of access for all that Manaira Shopping Mall has to offer. Joao is a busy place with many people flocking the center to attend to daily life activities like shopping and banking. For entrepreneurs who want to start businesses, this is the first important strategy to implement. Roberto Santiago thought it wise to locate a central place for business.

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With heavy human traffic, more shoppers tend to purchase from the Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall. The interesting bit of this mall is the entertainment offered. From leisure activities to fun, Manaira Shopping Mall has become the hangout place for most Brazilians. The modern mall offers a one-stop shopping facility for families. In addition to Roberto’s success story of Manaira is the Mangabeira Shopping Mall that was inaugurated in 2014. Although this mall is as helpful and efficient in providing the needs of shoppers, it is nothing compared to the Manaira Shopping Mall. Most residents no longer consider the North East part of Joao. Manaira was erected between two beaches on the north coast of Joao Pessoa. It has 280 stores sitting on 75 thousand meters. The versatility of the mall tells the story of a man who used technology in bringing ideas to life. Roberto did not just want to build a popular, typical shopping mall at the center of the business district. He wanted to provide customers with an all under one roof plan.

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For movie lovers, Manaira Shopping Mall has eleven showrooms. These rooms feature a state of the art technology with modern devices. The VIP rooms come with snacks and bars for leisure during entertainment. The movies have a 3D visualizing platform with stadium systems. The rooms have an organized seating arrangement with arm chairs and antiglare for visibility. For lovers of bowling, Manaira has modern slopes with a modern touch of electronic features. The mall also has electronic gaming machines with more than twenty games in the slots. For food lovers, Manaira has all types of snacks and cuisines. From Espaco Gourmet to Burgers, the chefs in the restaurants are highly qualified. The Manaira Shopping is Roberto Santiago’s gift to the people of Brazil.

Jim Tananbaum: Moving Healthcare Forward

Jim Tananbaum is the founder and CEO of Foresite Capital. Foresite Capital was founded in 2011 as a healthcare-dedicated private equity firm specializing in finding promising healthcare leaders and helping them increase profits by providing information, networks and supplying capital. Before founding Foresite Capital, Jim Tananbaum founded Geltex Pharmaceuticals while finishing medical school which was acquired in 1998 for $1.6 billion. He also co-founded and was the CEO of Theravance, Inc. His investment experience includes being a partner at Sierra Ventures and leading a large number of investments that include Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Healtheon and Amira Pharmaceuticals. You can visit LinkedIn to know more.

In his interview with Ideamensch Jim Tananbaum points out that the idea for Foresite Capital was born out of his 25 year experience as an investment strategist and healthcare entrepreneur which enabled him identify major factors that make a successful entrepreneur. Foresite Capital provides the medical entrepreneur with information and capital whose importance they may not fully appreciate in the success of their venture. You can visit LinkedIn Forsite Capital.

He also emphasizes the importance of the idea. Foresite Capital invests in people that can make discoveries that have the capability to have the furthermost impact on healthcare. His inspiration comes from the many different ways in which science can be applied by innovators to solve healthcare’s unmet needs. He underscores the importance of learning in the success of an entrepreneur. Ignorance is catastrophic for the entrepreneur.

Jim Tananbaum considers his family the highest priority and loves having dinner with them. Most of his day is spent in meetings and between which he finds time to work out. His worst working experiences have been where the teams lacked synergy.

Foresite’s current largest investment is Intarcia, a twice a year type II diabetes implant which helps patients control their diabetes and lose weight. Jim believes Intarcia’s product has the capability to have a similar bearing on Diabetes as the IUD has had on birth control. Jim Tananbaum sees a future where blood and/or saliva or tissues will be sequenced in order to prevent and treat disease.

Jim Tananbaum has found his place for the third year straight in the Forbes Midas List. His investments in Intarcia Therapeutics and Juno Therapeutics, which went public in 2014, Puma Biotechnology and Aimmune. More details can be found on Crunchbase.

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The Growth of Venture Capital

There are a lot of people who have great ideas in the world of business. With that being said, these people need capital to make their dreams a reality. Venture capital is a growing area in the business because it is so easy to raise money.

Not only that, but you can start to make a difference in the lives of others by investing capital in them. If you are ready to take your business to the next level, getting some assistance from a venture capital company like QI Group is a great start. Vijay Eswaran has a lot of experience in the world of venture capital, and he is excited about what the future is going to hold.

Vijay Eswaran

When he started out in finance, there were a lot of things that he had to learn. However, he has done a great job of learning the business, and now he is a leader within the industry. Overall, Vijay Eswaran is the type of person who is willing to help others who bring a great idea to him. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran:

There are a lot of people who look up to his advice when he is investing in a business. In addition, he knows how to use capital to scale up a business over time. There are a lot of people who have the capital to grow a business but do not know where to invest it. Read more: Dato’ Sri Vijay Eswaran Speaks At World Economic Forum 2016

With that being said, one of the most important things that you can do in your life or career is learn how to manage capital in a business.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Vijay Eswaran has done a great job in the world of business. He is excited about the projects that he is working on and what he can invest in. In addition, he sees that the work he is doing is making a positive impact on others.

There are a lot of people who are coming to him with great ideas on how to impact the world in a positive way. In the coming years, Vijay Eswaran is going to continue to work with QI Group to drive growth and value in others.

George Soros | An Icon in Democracy

About Soros

George Soros is one of the world-renowned investors in the world. He is a business mogul, a philanthropist and an author. He was born in Budapest, Hungary 86 years ago. He was a scholar in his early years having schooled at The London School of Economics.

Prior to his breakthrough in his business career, Soros worked as a railway porter and a waiter. He then worked in the finance department of a merchant bank after which he relocated to New York. He settled at Wall Street and in 1969 with $12 million, he began his first hedge fund branded as Double Eagle. Double Eagle was later renamed Quantum Fund. In 1992, partnering with Stan Druckenmiller, George Soros made a short sale of US $ 10 billion and made a profit of US $ 1 million. Read his profile at Business Insider.


Being a victim of authoritarianism under in his early life, Soros has been a key player in the fight against the same. He has established various foundations to support his grievances such as the Open Society Foundation. It was established in 1984 with a key motive of supplying copy machines to universities, libraries and civil society groups in Hungary so as to reprint banned publications.

His foundation was also geared towards working with local politicians of some countries in fighting against authoritarian leaders. In Serbia for instance in 2000, Slobodan Milosevic was overthrown from power whereas in Ukraine there was an uprising against such leaders in 2004 and 2013 to 2014.

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Upon the fall of the Berlin Wall, Soros reached out to the Warsaw Pact and ex-USSR where contributed to their ideologies assisting them to embrace democracy and free markets. He also supported movements such as The Black Lives Matter which campaigns against violence and perceived racism towards black people.

In September last year, he set aside some $ 500 million for investments that specifically address the needs of migrants, refugees and host communities in Hungary.


George Soros is also a veteran in American politics. He supports the Democratic Party and has funneled millions into the party with the aim of supporting democracy in America. He donated $ 3 million to the Center for American Progress and $ 20 million to America Coming Together and $ 2.5 million to These groups supported the Democrats in the 2004 election.

Amidst many criticisms and oppositions, Soros is admired by many and has left a legacy for his continued philanthropic fights. He continues to express his ideas through Open Society Foundation networks present in over 100 countries worldwide. He has also authored and co-authored books such as The Bubble of American Supremacy, The Age of Fallibility, The Crisis of Global Capitalism and Opening the Soviet System among others which talk about democracy and discourage authoritarianism. Know more on about George Soros.