As a woman worth 11 billion dollars at the last estimate, it seems that Lauren Powell Jobs, the widow of famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs, is someone who can do almost exactly as she pleases in the world. What she has chosen to do, it seems, is to improve the world through activity in both the philanthropic sphere and in the world of politics. She has stepped out from obscurity to become an advocate for education reform, and she has shown no signs of slowing down yet.
For Jobs, her skill and aptitude for finance and what it could do seems to have started early. She grew up in New Jersey, and she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After that, she spent time as a fixed-income trading specialist, and after that, she went on to work for Merrill Lynch Asset Management.
Those skills have served her well as she ventured into the philanthropic world. One of her most successful ventures has been College Track, which is devoted to giving minority and lower-income students the boost they need to make the transition from high school to a college education. Her expertise has also helped her found the Emerson Collective, which seeks to form partnerships with people who are looking to forward education reform.
On top of that, Jobs has also taken a firm stance on politics, something that was routinely shunned by her late husband. She is the top donor for the super PAC Ready for Hillary, an organization dedicated to taking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all the way to the White House in 2016. Jobs has come out to speak about various policies of both parties, and this may indicate that she has an interest in running some year soon. She wears so many different hats, that I applaud Laurene for taking some time to herself on her yacht.
When it comes to Jobs’ trajectory, there is no end in sight, and when it comes to determining what role she will take on next, there are many possibilities. Thanks to her work in both the political and philanthropic arenas, she could be in a very good place to pursue either in a more dedicated way, providing not only funding but leadership. On the other hand, she may simply find that she wishes to continue as she is.
The Antique Wine Company was established more than 25 years ago by its founder and current CEO Stephen Williams. From its humble beginnings, the firm as expanded from its headquarters in central London to two additional offices in Asia. The Antique Wine Company has the honor of supplying fine wine to individuals, restaurants, hotels, and the global wine markets.
The passion for antique wines the company has maintained, has established them as a world wide connoisseur, and has made their services highly sought after. This passion for wine has made The Antique Wine Company the perfect choice for high ranking individuals. The Antique Wine Company had the honor to supply the 70 year old wines for the 70th birthday of former president George H.W. Bush. The company has also handled the sale of a record $1 million dollar Chateu d’Yquem collection. The Antique Wine Company or AWS has also had the pleasure of supplying Paramount Pictures with the 1912 vintage wine they used to celebrate the Academy Awards the movie Titanic won. AWS through out the years has maintained a level of excellence that few can match, that is why it has become a global wine powerhouse.
According to CrunchBase, their offices in Asia set up to take over the new and emerging markets on the other side of the world. New millionaires and billionaires will need a company that has the experience and know how to provide the wines needed for their special events. AWS has taken a step into the future by incorporating technology into vintage wines. They have recently produced a mobile application for wines, and have begun to offer classes on wine through their new AWS Wine Academy. By focusing on the future AWS will ensure that the fine wines of the world will be readily available for your special event.
Usually when people see a bear, the first reaction is not to get close it.
Luckily for one bear, a kindhearted do-gooder put any fear aside and saved its life. After being tranquilizer for roaming in a Florid community, the confused bear wandered into the water where it began to drown.
Needless to say, most people never would have thought of doing such a feat, but since this bear was clearly afraid and confused, to let it drown in the ocean would be criminal. This knight in shining armour put all his fear aside and helped one helpless animal live another day. Word of caution: if faced with such a situation, take note of any dangers before taking any action.
Though this story ended beautifully, a wild animal is still a wild animal, and if you’re ever faced with one in danger, try to assess the situation and contact the authorities before taking any physical action. Big thanks to Andrew Heiberger for sending this story our way.
A common occurrence in many urban areas is for people to shop at local convenience stores which have notoriously poor food choices. Most of these shops carry processed foods and typical junk food options with not a single piece of fresh food to be found. This can be an issue for people who receive assistance in the form of food stamps.
In New York there is a new initiative aimed at bettering the health of families and particularly children who are overweight. The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program allows families to receive tokens that are used in local farmer’s markets the tokens can be redeemed for double the dollar amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.
There seems to be a slow return to using food as medicine and this community program is a great example of how people want to make good choices if they are given the education and ability to do so. On Twitter Jared Haftel added that the program has a few participating hospitals that offer advice, recipes, and the all-important “Health Bucks” that allow families access to farm-fresh produce.
New York is only one of about 30 states that offer similar healthy-eating initiatives to low-income families. The trend has been that offering assistance in this area produces measurable results in both decreasing body mass index levels of participating children as well as increased healthy food consumption of their respective families.
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