When businesswoman Lisa von Sturmer gave a sales pitch, she wore a bow in her hair on purpose. “They’d think I was fluffy, that they could probably push me around — and it would surprise them when they discovered who I really am. And it worked!”Von Sturmer, CEO of Growing City, was the keynote speaker for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) 2016 at Harvard late last month. She was joined by female entrepreneurs from around the world who came to share their expertise on business, success, and navigating the corporate world.The event was divided into two parts: speakers and panels. Myra White, lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and professor in the management program at Harvard Extension School, served as moderator. Among the other speakers and panelists were Priya Korrapati, CEO of eMedEvents; Robyn Johnson, ecommerce consultant and coach and founder of Best from The Nest; Avisha Patel, founder of Friendsline; Dr. Isaura Gonzalez, clinical psychologist and founder of Latina Mastermind; and Maria Mariano, president of Centre de Distribution les Diamants Inc.Von Sturmer said that she believes femininity has its place in the business world. She also pointed out that “girly features” are not necessarily a bad thing, using her experience on the TV show “Dragons’ Den” as an example. (“Dragons’ Den” is a CBC reality program featuring entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to secure investment finance from a panel of venture capitalists.) In 2013, von Sturmer appeared on the show and asked for $100,000 for Growing City, North America’s first office composting service. Although she didn’t walk away with the money, just appearing on the show helped her client base grow at a rapid pace.Aksinia Stavskaya (white dress), North American Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, spoke during a panel about female entrepreneurs overcoming challenges. Photo by Jermane StephingerVon Sturmer also pointed to research by MIT’s Associate Dean for Innovation Fiona Murray, who recently studied the “pecking order” of venture capitalists. She found that those who generally receive the most recognition are attractive men, followed by unattractive men, unattractive women, and lastly attractive women.“So if you’re a woman, as soon as you walk in the door you’re already at the bottom of the pile,” von Sturmer said. “You’re going to have to work harder to overcome their expectations, but you can also use these assumptions to your advantage.”The other messages covered a wide range of topics. Mariano delivered a powerful message about consistency and the importance of family. Harvard Extension Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Association (HEEREA) founder Dolly Amaya suggested forming an intimate relation with money in order to build a sustainable business. “Financial literacy enables people to understand what is needed to increase profitability,” she said. Entrepreneur, investor, and mentor Tai Lopez compared a bad mentor to a bad date and stressed the importance of finding “someone who motivates and inspires us to be a better version of ourselves.”The women’s messages evoked a palpable feeling of inspiration and motivation in the audience. “I didn’t think talking about business could be such an entertainment,” said Ashley Fournier, faculty assistant at Harvard Law School.While the audience mingled and socialized during a brief intermission, the speakers and panelists networked. The highly successful women in the crowd included Emmy-nominated TV news producer Nneka Nwosu Faison.WED was co-organized by the Harvard Graduate Council and HEEREA. North America Ambassador for WED Aksinia Stavskaya was the lead organizer; Peter J. Dyrud, president of the Harvard Graduate Council was co-curator of the event. — Jia Roy of HEEREA also contributed to this articleSave
H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine delivery estimates, edging out seasonal flu Down Under, Sanofi begins vaccine production
Jun 26, 2009World novel flu tally approaches 60,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases climbed to 59,814 cases, including 263 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total reflects a 3,947 increase from the last update on Jun 24. Jurisdictions appearing on the list for the first time are Indonesia, Iran, Serbia, and the UK crown dependency of Guernsey. Countries reporting the highest increases since the last report include Chile, the UK, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.[WHO update 54]US pandemic flu count nears 28,000The nation’s number of novel flu cases rose to 27,717 cases and 127 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The tally represents 6,268 more cases and 40 more deaths than the last update a week ago. States reporting the highest number of cases include Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. New York has the most fatalities, 35, followed by California with 16.[Current CDC numbers]US may have 1 million pandemic flu casesA surveillance expert from the CDC said yesterday at the agency’s immunization group meeting in Atlanta that the true number of pandemic H1N1 cases in the United States could be as many as 1 million, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Lyn Finelli said the projection was based on mathematical modeling and surveys from health officials. She told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that 6% or more of the population from some urban areas could be infected with the virus.[Jun 26 AP story]Vaccine experts differ over vaccine delivery estimateRobin Robinson, an official from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who addressed the ACIP group yesterday, projected that as many as 60 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine could be available by September, the AP reported today. However, others at the meeting said the estimate may be too optimistic.[Jun 26 AP story]Novel flu edging out seasonal strains in Australian stateThe pandemic H1N1 strain is dominating seasonal flu strains in Victoria, according to a report from the Victoria Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) that covered last week. Of 138 influenza A samples tested, 60 were novel H1N1, 3 were H3N2, and 2 were seasonal H1N1. Victoria is the state with the most confirmed novel flu cases, 1,560 of Australia’s 3,519. Experts predicted that the new flu strain might push out seasonal strains as the southern hemisphere’s flu season progresses.[VIDRL weekly flu surveillance report]Part of UK moves away from pandemic flu containmentHealth officials in England said pandemic flu response in two parts of the country will shift from a containment to a management strategy, the London Daily Mail reported today. The change, which affects London and West Midlands, means that schools will no longer close and that antiviral medication will no longer be given to close contacts of flu patients, only those who have illness symptoms. Also, most illnesses will be diagnosed clinically rather than through lab testing.[Jun 26 Daily Mail story]Sanofi begins pandemic vaccine productionSanofi Pasteur, one of the five companies that are developing a novel H1N1 vaccine for the US market, said it began large-scale production on Jun 23, according to the company’s Web site. The company will still need to conduct clinical trials, which it said in an earlier statement could take place as early as August. In late May the company received a $190 million order from the US Department of Health and Human Services to make bulk vaccine and conduct other activities.[Sanofi timeline of novel flu vaccine developments]Two workers were sick at Argentine pig farmAnimal health officials from Argentina said yesterday in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that two workers at a pig farm where the animals tested positive for novel H1N1 were sick between Jun 7 and 9, but did not seek medical care or undergo testing. The report said pigs started getting sick on Jun 15. The virus sickened 30% of the 5,586 pigs, but none have died. The facility has its own restocking system, and no pigs have entered from outside the farm since July 2008.[Jun 25 OIE report]
Phyllis Ann Schmidt, age 72 of Brookville, IN passed away on Thursday, November 3, 2016. Born on April 12, 1944 in Connersville, IN she was the daughter of Arnold and Lila (nee: Marcum) Fruits.She is survived by her mom, Lila Fruits of Brookville; children Melanie (Ronnie) Duenne of Brookville, Melissa Walters of Covington, KY, Heidi (Gary) Reams of Laurel, IN, and Jason Helms of Connersville along with 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 1 niece and her sister Linda Schniker of Brookville.In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter.Visitation Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4-6pm with funeral services immediately following at 6pm all at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, IN. Rev. Glen Goins officiating.Memorials may be made to the family.
Liverpool have announced the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton on a long-term contract. Press Association “The 25-year-old Croatian international today put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the Reds after completing his medical.” Although no transfer fee was announced by either club, Southampton confirmed it was a “significant fee” with reports putting the figure at £20million for the centre-back, who played all three of Croatia’s matches at this summer’s World Cup. Lovren moves to Liverpool after just one year at Southampton, who he joined on a four-year contract from Lyon last summer having previously played for Dinamo Zagreb and Inter Zapresic. After completing his switch to Brendan Rodgers’ side, Lovren – who scored the winning goal for Saints at Anfield last season – told Liverpoolfc.com: “It’s a dream come true. I’m happy and glad to be here. I’m proud and can’t wait to start. I know we have millions and millions of supporters – Liverpool is more than a club. “After I played at Anfield last season, I said to myself: ‘One day I hope I’ll be able to play here for Liverpool’. The fans will know from the first minute that I’m a player that will give 100 per cent on the pitch.” On that previous appearance at Anfield, Lovren added: “Jose Fonte, my defensive partner at Southampton, told me to listen to ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ before the first whistle and to enjoy the moment. It was really amazing – I had chills on my arms and it’s something that I will never forget. I want to listen to that song every other weekend.” Lovren, who hopes his visa will be completed on Monday so he will be able to travel to the United States on Tuesday to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour, is one of five new signings at Liverpool this summer. Aside from England internationals Lambert and Lallana – who it emerged on Friday could miss the start of the season after injuring his knee in training – the Reds have also snapped up Emre Can and Lazar Markovic as they look to build on last season’s second-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool had also been chasing QPR striker Loic Remy, but Press Association Sport understands his proposed move is off after the Reds pulled out due to concerns over the player’s medical. Remy has this week been with the Merseysiders in Boston ahead of what was expected to be the completion of a deal reports suggested would be for around £8million. With personal terms understood to have been agreed, it was initially thought that problems with paperwork had caused a delay to the transfer being sealed, but it now appears it will not go through at all because of Liverpool’s worries relating to the France international’s physical condition. Remy, 27, scored 14 goals in the Barclays Premier League last season for Newcastle while on a season-long loan from QPR and subsequently played for his country at the World Cup. Back on the pitch, Liverpool made hard work of beating Greek champions Olympiacos 1-0 in a friendly match played in Chicago on Sunday night. Raheem Sterling scored what proved to be the winner after only five minutes of their International Champions Cup opener, but the Reds could not double their lead and Olympiacos almost equalised in the second half. The Croatia international penned his deal with the Reds on Sunday to become the third Southampton player to move to Anfield this summer following striker Rickie Lambert and midfielder Adam Lallana. A Liverpool statement read: ” Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce the signing of defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton.
Share2TweetShare1Email3 SharesOctober 11, 2015; Sacramento BeeGive the California legislature and Governor Jerry Brown credit for taking an official stance against the racially derogatory epithet that is the strongly-defended name of Washington, D.C.’s National Football League franchise owned by internet mogul Daniel Snyder.At the end of 2013, the Capitol News Service counted 62 high schools in 22 states that used the same epithet as the nickname for their teams, though that’s down from about 90 high schools a quarter-century earlier. Four schools in California were counted as using the name.The legislation that Brown signed last week, Assembly Bill 30, prohibits high schools from adopting or using the name favored by Snyder and allowed by the NFL. Eleven years earlier, then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed similar legislation, arguing that local school boards should control interscholastic policies. Brown and the legislature seem to believe that the use of racially derogatory epithets is a valid reason to override a school board in this instance.The thinking from California that the Washington NFL team’s name might be objectionable seems to have escaped one of the major presidential candidates. Jeb Bush told radio host Hugh Hewitt—and we quote him for accuracy and completeness:There was a big argument about the Washington Redskins, the Redskins being a pejorative term. I think “Washington” is a pejorative term, not the Redskins, so they’ll get through it, they’ll figure it out.”It is debatable whether Bush’s unnecessary defense of the Washington NFL team name is related to the $100,000 donation team owner Daniel Snyder made earlier this year to the Right to Rise Super PAC that supports Bush’s presidential candidacy. The statement puts Bush in line with his competitor, Donald Trump, who earlier this month pronounced the name just fine. “I know Indians that are extremely proud of that name…They think it’s a positive,” he said. “Honestly, I don’t think they should change the name, unless the owner wanted to.”Trump, Bush, and Schwarzenegger might not be bothered by the name, but some high schools are rethinking the epithet as a nickname, along with the associated variety of derogatory mascots. The Goshen, Indiana school board voted to get rid of the name that the high school shared with the Washington NFL team as of 2016. Other schools seem a little confused by the controversy. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Union High School seems to have decided to keep the name shared with the Washington NFL team, but reportedly has ditched its Native American mascot in favor of something called “Hyper.”An earlier statement from Bush defended the name on another radio show: “I don’t think it should change it…. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive…. It’s a sport, for crying out loud. It’s a football team…I’m missing something here, I guess.”The Change the Mascot campaign against the name issued a sober statement in response:Social science research has shown that the NFL’s promotion of the R-word racial slur has particularly serious effects on Native American children…What is surprising is that in promoting the use of this slur, the governor somehow believes he speaks for Native Americans and can assert that Native American people do not find this slur offensive. He clearly is missing something. What is even more appalling is the governor’s declaration that because he personally doesn’t find this slur offensive, that makes it acceptable.This should be a very simple open-and-shut issue in the 2016 campaign: No presidential candidate should be promoting this racial slur against Native Americans.“Today is a huge victory for Native American Civil Rights, and I hope it paves the way for all other states to create similar laws,” commented Dakhkota Brown, a Native American youth, president of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students, credited with helping push the legislation through the California legislature. “Nobody’s team or school pride should ever outweigh someone’s cultural identity!” It would seem that California Governor Jerry Brown thinks, similar to the Change the Mascot campaign, that no governor should be promoting that racial slur either.—Rick CohenShare2TweetShare1Email3 Shares