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Julia Jackson: The Beginning of the New Era of Winemakers

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Julia JacksonJulia Jackson is the daughter of winemakers, Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. She was born in 1988 in San Francisco, California and has been surrounded by wine and winemaking all her life. Julia became interested in the family business very early on. After school and during the summers she would work at her family’s wineries, named Jackson Family Wineries. Julia attended college at Scripps College, which is a college for women in Claremont, California. After she graduated in 2010, she traveled to France and worked at the Chateau Lassegue Winery in Bordeaux. Chateau Lassegue was founded in 2003 by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke. Their vineyards produce Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Julia also became the spokesperson for Cambria Estate Winery located in Santa Barbara, California. It is a woman-owned and operated winery established by Julia’s mother, Barbara Banke. The property was purchased by Barbara in 1986, and their main proJulia Jacksonduction is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also produce Syrah, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. Cambria is 100% family-owned, and one of the vineyards is named after Julia. The winery celebrates women leadership and empowerment. This philanthropy inspired Julia to create Seeds of Empowerment. Seeds of Empowerment is a grantmaking program that awards 100,000 cash grants annually to non-profit organizations that support women overcoming adversity. For more information, please visit the Cambria Estate website.

More About Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines has over 40 wineries around the world. Among them is the brand Kendall-Jackson. Located in Sonoma County, California, Kendall-Jackson is one of the most celebrated wineries around the world. Founded in 1928, the brand’s Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay has been the number 1 selling Chardonnay in America for 21 years.

October 1, 2017

A grander vision – The George Soros story

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George Soros was set onto the track of philanthropy at a young age, in 1930 he was born in Hungary and through his youth saw the Nazi occupation of Hungary from 1944 to 1945. Being part of a Jewish family Soros saw with his own eyes a world of intolerance and along side his family helped other members of the community facing oppression to survive the occupation.As time progressed Soros eventually moved to London, where he studied economics, and nine years later in 1956 emigrated to the United States. In the United States, Soros would build a name for himself in the economic world and eventually take a lead role on the stage of philanthropy. Having amassed a fortune from Soros Fund Management, his hedge fund which he founded in 1970, Soros channeled his wealth into making the world a better place and created the Open Society Foundations.

Described on their website, the Open Society Foundations works in over 100 countries with various partners and foundations who all strive to bring equal rights to all people internationally and to protect freedom for individuals to express their ideas. Soros first worked in the world of philanthropy during apartheid in 1979, where he gave scholarships to black South Africans. During the cold war, Soros turned his attention back to Europe he worked to provide individuals the ability to express their ideas openly by bringing photocopiers to the Communist Eastern Bloc with the intent to reprint banned texts.After the end of the Cold War, Soros extended the reach of his philanthropical efforts onto an even larger global scale, working in the Africa, Asia and the United States.

As a part of his growing efforts, Soros became a strong advocate for the rights of LGBT causes, unlawfully held individuals, as well as providing the ability for individuals coming for a social disadvantage a chance to go to school.Today Soros continues to work with the Open Society Foundations and still travels in pursuit of bringing a voice for positive change to the international community. Soros acknowledges that his wealth has provided him with opportunities that many people will not have, but also has used it to bring about change in the world of the betterment of humanity as a whole and continues to do so today. Soros biography on his Official Website can be found here for further reading and information.

September 9, 2017

George Soros Contributions Towards a Better Society

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George Soros is an 85-year-old Hungarian born New York billionaire investor. He has been one of the leading funders of the Democratic Politics. Soros spent more than $27 million in the John Kerry’s campaign against George Bush in which they lost. Soros then resurfaced in funding of Hillary Clintons and other Democratic candidates and cause which he contributed over $25 million. His willingness to being part of the Hillarys campaign contributor has been taken as a good sign since Soros is seen as having a potential to catalyze giving by other wealthy activists. According to Federal Elections Commission records, Soros gave $2 million to American Bridge 21st Century, an opposition research super PAC that has been targeting Trump and other Republican candidates, and $700,000 to an assortment of Democratic Party committees, PACs, and campaigns, including Clinton’s. He also committed $5 million to a non-profit group the Voting Rights Trust devoted to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting. He has also donated over $3 million to different voter mobilization groups whose donors are not disclosed. Through his international foundations, Soros has spent more than $13 billion over the past three decades in non-profit activities that focus on defending human rights, shaping the democratic process in Eastern Europe and expand access to health care and education in the U.S. and around the world.

Soros Support to Ferguson Activism

Mr. Soros foundations have been known to promote an open society. He is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal causes. He gave at least $33 million in one year to support already established groups that emboldened the grassroots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson. These organizations built grassroots coalitions backed by national wide online and social media campaign. These groups were protesting in the push for having people participate in government for a more just inclusive, democratic society. The organizations struggle in Ferguson were on criminalizing people of color in the war on drugs under the campaign ‘blacklives matters’ which spread from a social media campaign to bus tours.Race Forward, a group that Soros funded $200,000 published an online news site ‘Colorlines’ that focuses on race issues. It has posted on activities in Ferguson and promoted black lives matters campaign.

Gamaliel Foundation, one of the organizations funded by Mr. Soros fuelled the demonstrations in Ferguson has ties with Mr. Obama whereby he started his career as a community organizer at a Gamaliel affiliate in Chicago. The organization network has also brought on board a group of clergymen such as rev Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church in Florissant, Missouri. The clergy during the protest event deemed ‘Hands Up Sabbath’ where the clergy was to speak about racial issues. Millennial Activists United co-founded by Mr. Fellow Larry principal source of videos and stories developed in Ferguson by youth activities. MAU has partnered with Gamaliel network churches and received training from Advancement Project that had been given a grant of $500,000 from Mr. Soros in 2013 to building a fair, just and multiracial democracy in America through community organizing support and public policy reform.

August 26, 2017

Susan McGalla – Advising Women on How to Make it Big in the Corporate World

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Susan McGalla is one of the most successful American Businesswomen based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has served as the president of a leading enterprise named American Eagler Outfitters Inc and has played a pivotal in the enhancement of the company’s brand image and turnover during her period. Moreover, Susan McGalla is also on the board of the prestigious publicly traded real estate firm named HFF Inc. Susan has been a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh in the past and currently serves as the director of the famous social welfare organization named Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Susan McGalla started her career on a very simple note by joining a company called Joseph Home Company, where Susan served various roles in the marketing, branding, administration department for close to eight years. After leaving that job, Susan McGalla joined American Eagle Outfitters, where the revenue she helped the company earn brought her into the limelight. Moreover, the efforts made by Susan McGalla to improve and enhance the company’s market image were highly successful and noticed across the corporate world. Today, Susan McGalla is known as a creative genius in the world of marketing and branding, which are the two most important aspects that decide the fate of the company in this competitive market.

Susan McGalla is also often speaking about the women empowerment and has a lot of advice to give to the women who are looking forward to making a mark in the corporate sector. One of the first advice Susan McGalla gives is that the women should be focused on education from the very beginning and must plan their finances accordingly so that they can afford higher education later on. Education is important for the women to land a good job and put them in a position of growth. Susan McGalla said that the women should also make their presence felt at their workplace by achieving and exceeding the expectations of the employers.

She believes that it is only possible if the women are punctual, organized, and maintains a strict discipline. Susan says that discipline is highly essential in all the aspects of life to achieve huge success, and in the men dominated the corporate sector, it is even more important. Susan McGalla provided consultancy service to many industries through her consulting firm named P3 Executive Consulting. Susan is also the VP of Business Strategy and Creative Development at a famous American company called Pittsburgh Steelers.

August 8, 2017