Betsy DeVos Pushes Educational Reform

Ever since her younger days, Betsy DeVos has always pursued reform. As a young Calvin College student, Elisabeth Prince actively involved herself in campus politics. She remained active in politics since then. Her political activities for the past 30 years included her being Michigan Republican Party Chairman for six years, joining party organizations and leading various political and social campaigns. Being a reformer is part and parcel of being a member of the Prince family. Her reformist ways didn’t change, it even got stronger when she married businessman and another political activist, Dick DeVos, the former Amway CEO and the nominee for Michigan Governor of the Republican Party.



Together with her husband Dick, Betsy is very active in various philanthropy works that are designed to benefit students in private schools. When asked about the progress of talks for the voucher program for private schools, the first in the United States, Betsy replied in an interview with Philanthropy magazine, that she’s very optimistic. She revealed that there are 33 private-choice programs that are publicly funded, involving around 250,000 in 17 states. The growth of the movement is going faster, she added. She also stated that the program added 40,000 more students in 2013. New programs were added in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida, and Arizona in 2012. She also revealed that they conducted surveys in five states. They discovered that educational choice is growing in popularity, particularly among Latinos.



Dick and Betsy DeVos have always been opting for change in politics as well as in business. They are always in the lookout for fresh and unique answers to social problems. As Windquest Group chairman, Betsy is investing in clean energy, manufacturing and technology. Windquest is a multi-company business that is privately held. She and her husband Dick established this business in 1989. Aside from being the former Amway CEO, Dick is also the Orlando Magic’s former president.



Betsy was also asked by the Philanthropy magazine what got her interested in reform. She replied that it was not really just a single event that led her to being a reformist. It was really gradual, she added. Betsy said that when she and Dick were still kids, they went to Potter’s House Christian School. It seems that a majority of students in this school belongs to low-income families. The school is serving the locals in Grand Rapids. In their school visit, they met the parents of the students and discovered that they were doing all they can to have their children be in a safe school environment where love is present and where the atmosphere for learning is thriving with curiosity.



Betsy is also pursuing reform by involving herself in philanthropic works. Her interest in charity work is very diverse being a member of a number of local and national boards. Betsy’s charitable works are coursed through Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. She is also the Chairman of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.


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Dr. David Samadi: Surgery Over Radiation

A prostate cancer diagnosis is terrifying for anyone, including former Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Thankfully, according to Dr. David Samadi, he made the right decision and chose surgery over radiation. Prostate cancer patients who have surgery instead of just radiation are twice more likely to live compared to those who went with radiation. Additionally, those who chose radiation are 1.5 times less likely to live longer lives than those who chose surgery. Mitt Romney made the announcement that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and he had chosen to take the surgical route for treatment after a successful surgery at UC Irvine Hospital with Dr. Thomas Ahlering.

He is one of the 6 in ten men that are diagnosed with prostate cancer at 65 or older. Mitt Romney also happens to be only one of the 161,360 patients that were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States in 2017. He is also not the only politician that used surgery to treat their prostate cancer. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, and John Kerry both were diagnosed with prostate cancer and went the surgical route instead of radiation.

Dr. David Samadi discusses with his patients the risks of both options but emphasizes the risks of secondary cancer if the radiation is chosen. If the patient treats the cancer with radiation and the disease spreads outside the prostate the changes of surviving more than 5 years is under 30%. If a patient’s cancer is localized only to the prostate, they have an almost 100% survival rate if they chose surgery.

Dr. David Samadi specializes in treating prostate cancer. He created the SMART method or the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment. Using the da Vinci robotic system, his system allows the surgery to be less invasive with smaller incisions and quicker recovery times. He is currently serving as the Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has been at this hospital since 2013 and brought his entire surgical team from his previous employer, Mt. Sinai Medical Center where he was also the Chief of Robotic Surgery as well as the Vice-Chair or Urology.

The Iranian-born Dr. David Samadi earned his medical degree at Stony Brook School of Medicine in New York. After receiving his medical degree in 1994 he went on to have fellowships at Montefiore Medical School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil.

Securus Technologies, Dedicated to Safety and Service

Securus Technologies, the company that keeps inmates connected with their loved ones, has made some significant improvements. Securus has been in business for over three decades and is based in Texas. Having served over 1.2 million inmates, and several thousand agencies, the company continues to grow at a quick pace. As a result of such growth, several recent acquisitions have been made. The newest company to join Securus is GovPayNet, which is a payment processor for the government. The company has been in business for over 20 years and handles all types of payments. Among these items are, traffic tickets, tax payments, child support payments, and court costs. The company is excited to join the family and has expressed a specific interest in working with JPay, another Securus company.


Since technology is the way Securus stays on top; the company is looking to JPay and GovPayNet to develop a new technology known as wireless containment systems. These devices operate as cell towers; however, they block calls from being completed on their rightful network. This is to stop contraband cell phone usage in facilities. This topic has become rather popular in recent years. Many crimes have been linked to illegal phone usage from within the correctional facilities. There are some that even want to make WCS technology mandatory in facilities. While there’s no official data that’s been released, it’s believed that the WCS devices have blocked over a billion attempted contacts.


Securus has also been working to build its reputation in the customer service arena. The effort is paying off, as over 95 percent of customers report that they’re happy with Securus. The Better Business Bureau has also given full accreditation to the company. Earning an “A+” rating, the company has been making the marks across the board. It will be interesting to see how Securus does with the new company additions in the coming years.


Whitney Wolfe Herd Changing How the Dating World Works Through Bumble Dating App

Even though there are scores of dating apps in the market, most of them are run by the same principles with little to no tweaks here and there. The underlying principles and operating functionalities are often the same, and it offers nothing unique to the target audience. Whitney Wolfe Herd, co-founder of Tinder, realized there is a gap that needs to be filled when she left Tinder in 2014. She did a market survey and researched on what people need and came up with an entirely different and unique dating app named Bumble. It is a dating app that focuses on the requirements of the women and gives them an opportunity to make the first move, which is a feature that no other dating app has so far.

At Bumble, men cannot make the first move or rampantly send messages to any women they wish, but instead, have to wait for the women to contact them first. Whitney Wolfe Herd noticed that with most of the dating apps, people are just interacting with each other, but there is hardly any meaningful relationship building, which should be the case in the first place, provided that’s what dating apps are meant for. The fact that the people have just unlimited options in the dating apps makes it difficult for the people to value the relationship they build online, and it is this bubble that Bumble aims to burst. Meet the Tinder Co-Founder Trying to Change Online Dating Forever

Whitney Wolfe Herd knew what exactly people need, but don’t know yet. It is how she came up with the idea of Bumble, which might look conventionally similar to other dating apps, but is entirely different in its functionality and principles. Bumble also has two other extensions, which are Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz, where people can make friends and connect with other professionals to expand their business or professional network. Whitney Wolfe Herd has done a great job in taking Bumble to the position it enjoys today in such a short span of time. The company has grown manifolds since it was launched in 2015 and has over 25 million members today and counting. Bumble Founder Whitney Wolfe’s Whirlwind Wedding Was a True Celebration of Southern Italy

Whitney Wolfe Herd’s success with Bumble has been astounding and has made her one of the most inspiring and enterprising female entrepreneurs in the tech world. She has featured on many large TV networks and has also featured on the front cover of some of the topmost magazines in the world, including Wired UK, Fast Company, Elle’s, and Forbes. Billion-Dollar Bumble: How Whitney Wolfe Herd Built America’s Fastest-Growing Dating Ap

Twenty Three Layers Delivers Unparalleled Corporate Events

A recent article for provides unique ideas and tips for amazing parties that event planners can make use of quite easily. From venue and decorations to food and music, the article covers it all, and just in time for the holidays. discusses the importance of an appropriate backdrop, and while most would think to hold a house party, the article discusses the relevance and flexibility of alternative options such as restaurants and hotels. Additionally, the article touches on invitations and how to go about compiling them. Creative and unique invitations are sure to bring grab guests’ attention and welcome invitees warmly.


While the article offers great ideas for personal parties hosted by individuals, corporate event planners NYC might prefer the assistance of a top-notch event planning company that is familiar with the city. Twenty Three Layers is unique among event planning companies in New York due to their highly coveted connections to exclusive venues and vendors in high demand throughout the city. There are few event planning companies NYC that rival Twenty Three Layers’ knowledge, creativity, energy, and reliability.


For corporate events that necessitate the utmost attention to detail and coverage of all areas of event planning, utilizing the services of an upscale NYC company can be the most cost-effective and lucrative way to ensure success. Twenty Three Layers allows for corporate party planning to be a worry-free experience, as they provide services for venue selection, catering, entertainment, photography, and lighting. Twenty Three Layers is unlike any other planning service because they provide every possible aspect of an event. When every detail is covered by one company, you don’t have to deal with the stress and chaos of using multiple businesses. Floral design, lighting, and branding are all executed by Twenty Three Layers, so you can just sit back and relax. Who knew parties in New York could be so easy?


Desiree Perez – COO of Roc Nation Sets the Standard for Success

Globally, the entertainment and music industry bring in revenues of $17.2 million as of 2016. Unfortunately, men hold the majority of powerful, leadership, and decision-making roles in the entertainment industry. However, women are making their mark in the industry, and Desiree Perez is leading the charge. Today, she happens to be one of the most influential women in the industry. Billboard’s 2017 Women in Music list noted the distinction.

It is a comprehensive list that covers top executives, record label presidents, marketing department heads, promotion managers, and other key female figures covering the past two decades. Not only is Perez a powerful negotiator, but she serves as an excellent role model for women looking to exert their influence and impact in the world.

Perez oversees Roc Nation, which is a record label that offers full-service entertainment. Perez is the company’s COO. Roc Nation serves musicians and artist, sound engineers, music producers, and songwriters. Their management activities also include merchandising, touring arrangements, and television and film deals. The company also has its hand in new ventures that have brought on several new stars like Shakira, NO ID, and Wale.

Even successful artists and business persons like Jay-Z have evolved with the professional help and input of Perez. Jay-Z has worked with Perez for the past 22 years. Since 2009, Perez has been a critical component of Roc Nation’s success. With Perez, it is all about managing day-to-day operations and building strategies that win.

Jay-Z and Jay Brown founded Roc Nation. Her goal is to make sure the company remains profitable and in a growth sage. Jay-Z views her as a crucial asset when it comes to making the right business decisions. Almost every one of her negotiations are high-pressure. The job requires a no-nonsense approach, and she continues to prove she is up for the challenge.

Michigan Philanthropist Dick Devos Advances Charter Schools

There are many different reasons for the success of the United States of America. Just as Albert Gore wanted credit for the creation of the Internet, many want to claim credit. But, in reality, many of the most important developments are conducted behind-the-scenes. Education is a great example of this truism.

Philanthropist Dick Devos is working hard to ensure that all Michigan children have the same access to good schools. It should not be based on parent’s wealth, but upon the opportunity to learn. Isn’t that really what America is all about?

America: Land of Opportunity

Why have immigrants risked their very lives to reach America? The Cuban boat people are a prime example. The fortunate have been able to tread upon the land of the free and the home of the brave: America.

What did America offer that other countries did not offer? In so many countries, vast unresponsive bureaucracies have been created that had no interest in the well-being of the people. Nineteenth-century author Horatio Alger wrote “rags to riches” tales central to his books for adolescents. This is key to the success story of America.

How could these individuals become successful? Education is one of the key benefits of a free society. In 2000, Michigan philanthropist Dick Devos and his wife, Betty Devos sponsored a constitutional amendment for Michigan to create tax-funded vouchers so that poor students could attend private schools. Although that ballot-initiative failed, the Devos have not given up.

Education for Everyone

What is more American than the concept of great education? Unfortunately, the United States might no longer lead the world, in some very important development categories. For example, there are ZERO American-based television manufacturers.

How can America be great, if it does not have the smartest children? Michigan charter schools have continued to grow, thanks to Dick Devos. Our Creator chooses who has the skills. As stewards of the earth, the Devos are giving the gifted and talented, the opportunity to live the American Dream.

Horatio Alger wrote his stories in the 1800s, but it seems that Mr. Devos is an adherent to this ideology today. The true strength of America is in its children. The children are the future.

Michigan Philanthropist Dick Devos has advanced charter schools in Michigan. Now, the entire country might relearn the lessons that made it great. Superior education created the intelligent inventors, who made America great. Learn more:

Securus Technologies Giving Officers Evidence to Prevent Crimes

Preventing crimes is harder than most think because the criminals always have the element of surprise on their side. As an officer in a very dangerous city, I know first-hand that in order to prevent violent crimes, you need every advantage possible to stay a step ahead of the criminals. With the advancements in technology over the last few years, many are surprised to discover where we found our greatest source of assistance as far as preventing local crimes.


This new tool in our arsenal was created by Securus Technologies and is actually located inside the local prison. The telephone monitoring system at the jail was recently updated so now officers can get back to working on the floor and the LBS software will search every call made by any of our the inmates to try and decipher chatter on a number of subjects. When talk about fighting, drugs, or weapons, are discussed on the phone, the corrections officers can take action.


Securus Technologies already has installed this and similar monitoring systems in over two thousand jails in this country alone. The company is based in Texas, and all thousand employees of the company share the objective of their CEO, to make this world safe for all. As an officer, we discovered that we could actually utilize this tool to help us prevent crimes too.


We got an alert from the call monitoring system concerning a crime spree raging out of control in our town. The inmate was talking to one of the felons who was involved, and they mentioned where the goods were being fenced. We did a stake out and not only were able to recover those stolen goods, we caught the crew loaded and armed with weapons to actually commit the same crimes that evening.


Doe Deere Creates Lime Crime Lipsticks For All Types Of Customers

Doe Deere is a successful entrepreneur who is now the founder and CEO of the very popular cosmetic company named Lime Crime. Doe Deere moved from Russia to the New York City at just the age of 17. Although she spent the majority of her childhood years in Russia she was still a little entrepreneur there by selling temporary tattoos to her classmates at the age of 13. After Deere moved to New York City she quickly became a musician who was extremely talented but when the need for a makeup that was bright and bold arose in her life she couldn’t help but set her life as a musician aside to start her own business making products that were high demand in the cosmetic world. Many makeup companies back then did not sell bright colored products let alone products that were also vegan and cruelty-free. Doe met her husband well she was a musician because they were in the same band together. They learned to work together extremely well and now he helps her with her company Lime Crime. The best advice Doe Deere has for young girls looking to become successful entrepreneurs like her is for them to follow their heart and use their heart as a guide to doing what they love.

Lime Crime has 6 different lipsticks lines known as diamond crushers, matte Velvetines, metallic Velvetines, Perlees, Velve-tins, and unicorn lipstick. Lime Crime Diamond crushers are available in 18 different eye popping glittery colors and are for every girl out there that loves glitter more than anything. Matte Velvetines are liquid to matte lipsticks that dry matte and they are offered in 43 different colors and shades. Metallic Velvetines though very similar to matte Velvetines are liquid to metallic lipsticks and provide a glittery film over your regular lip shade for those who like glitter but want it to be more subtle than the diamond crushers lipstick. There are 12 shades of metallic Velvetines. Perlees are basically Lime Crime’s version of a normal lipstick except all shades have a shimmery film to them, there are 9 different shades of Perlees. Velve-tins are little tins that come with 3 colors of Velvetines per tin to provide customers to try various Velvetines shades at once. Lastly, Unicorn lipstick is pink and red shades of lipstick that come in a unicorn inspired lipstick container. Well there are only 6 shades of unicorn lipstick it is only of the most popular lime crime products to date due to its unique spin off natural lip colors. Learn more:

Protecting Officers By Way of Securus Technologies

I am still employed at the local prison as a guard, and each year I have seen the jail get more crowded than the year before. Today, the inmates are packed inside their cells like sardines, and those conditions have bred violence unlike I have never seen before. These inmates, regardless of their sentence, will lash out at other inmates, guests, prison staff, and officers.


To try and control the violence, me and my officers need to eliminate contraband from the prison. Inmates will tell you they can get just about anything easier than they could if they were still on the outside. Contraband allows these inmates to have an advantage over the limited staff we have working on the inside. These inmates would not think twice about seriously hurting an officer, in fact, gang members are often rewarded by their brothers when they take such a stand.


In the past, we would do surprise cell inspections to remove that contraband, with limited success. Then, we would search inmates and their guests at the visitor center to ensure nothing is coming inside the jail that shouldn’t. We used to spend considerable time and manpower manning the phones to listen to the inmates talking with family and friends on the outside. Securus Technologies changed the way we now listen to all those calls. The system will do the work of a dozen officers, monitoring every call and identifying when chatter about contraband is discussed.


Securus Technologies is a call monitoring company based out of Texas, and the thousand employees that work under CEO Richard Smith all understand the company objective of making the world safer. The new inmate call monitoring system is like hiring a team of robotic officers that are listening non-stop to the inmates and alerts us by way of the LBS software of potential trouble.