Betsy DeVos is a Christian conservative who hopes to see real educational reform in the United States during her lifetime. She has dedicated a large part of her life to standing up for the rights of economically challenged families in the nation who are simply hoping to get a fair shake. While she has always been a believer in offering equal educational opportunities to everyone in the United States, she became even more motivated to take action after visiting Potter’s House Christian School.
It was there that Betsy DeVos was saddened by a cold, hard truth. That truth was that not everyone in the U.S. has the same educational opportunities as everyone else. Many of the families that sent their kids to the school had to make huge financial sacrifices in order to do so. Their only other option was to send their children to a public school that was chosen for them based on the location of their home. Potter’s House offers children a safe learning environment, which is not something that all public schools can offer.
Betsy DeVos started supporting the school by donating money to specific low income families so they could send their kids there. Over time, she decided to do more and began to donate large sums of money to the school itself. DeVos grew up in a wealthy family who could afford to send her to any school they chose, but it bothers her greatly that others don’t have the same opportunities that she did. Instead of feeling sorry for economically challenged families in the U.S., she has made her mind up to fight for their rights. After donating money to Potter’s House, she also went to work by setting up a foundation that offers scholarships to poor families.
Today, Betsy DeVos continues to push herself outside of her comfort zone by making new allies that will help to protect the educational rights of students in the U.S.A. She recently decided to make a public appearance with the rapper Pitbull, who recently built a charter school of his own in the state of Florida. While she may be at odds with Pitbull’s rap songs, which are full of profanity, she supports his intentions to help American students. DeVos has also built alliances with many Democrats who she doesn’t see eye to eye with when it comes to their political positions. For DeVos, it is not about petty differences and grandstanding; it is about serving the very real needs of the young students who need it the most.
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Shafik Sachedina is one of the joint chairmen of Sussex Healthcare, and he has been working in the medical field for many years as a dental surgeon. He was born in Dar Esalaam Tanzania but emigrated to the U.K. when he was younger. There, he studied at Guy Medical Hospital in London, which is a medical college in the city and eventually trained as a dental surgeon at London Dental School. Since then, he has practiced as a dental surgeon in many different hospitals all over the United Kingdom and is known as one of the best in his line of work. Sachedina has been able to draw on his entrepreneurial skills and combine them with his interests in the health care field.
Shafik Sachedina serves as the Head of the Department at the Jamati Institutions at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan at Aiglemont in France. His work with the institution involves planning and organizing the activities of the Ismaili community institutions wherever they may be found. He also serves a go-between for the institutions of the Ismaili communities in Central Asia and the Aga Khan Development Network. All of his work with the Jamati Institutions and Aga Khan is done on a voluntary basis, which he does to fulfill his community’s tradition of philanthropy and service.
Shafik Sachedina also holds a variety of other positions within the Ismaili community and the Ismaili Imamat. He is the Chairman of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee, a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, and a Member of the Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. In the past, he has also served as the president of the Ismaili Council in the United Kingdom where he stayed on for two terms consecutively. Looking into the future, Shafik Sachedina plans on continuing to serve, both, the health care community, that he has so carefully helped to build, as well as the Ismaili community, which has come to rely on his skills and ability to interface with the Imam as well as to take care of the majority of the needs of the organization.
Sitting at the bedside of a sick child faced with a long term injury or illness is difficult. The hours spent in the hospital room waiting for test results and some sign of physical improvement can be stressful. For the child in the bed wondering what will happen next this can be very frightening and depressing. When a celebrity visits or volunteers come to entertain them, the positive effects are clearly seen. The children are happier and for a brief moment they are not concerned about their condition.
In 2010 Ryan Seacrest saw the positive effects of his visits to children in long term hospital stays and wanted to do more. After talking with his family a decision was made to create the Ryan Seacrest Foundation with the goal of having a lasting positive effect on hospitalized children. They decided to create a studio in the hospital where children and their families can come and play. The studio will be filled with radio and video equipment. The children have the opportunity to create a radio show or video that will broadcast in the hospital. For the children that can come to the studio they have the opportunity to learn how to use studio equipment and exercise their creativity. For the children that cannot leave their rooms, the activity in the studio is broadcast to their rooms where they can enjoy the fun. Quite often the studio will have a special visitor. A celebrity from the music industry, television, and movies will sometimes stop by and sing a song or do an interview. These visits bring a special smile on the faces of the children.
The studios also have an intern program for students from local colleges who are studying communications. This program gives students experience in studio production.
Currently the Ryan Seacrest Foundation have studios in 10 major hospitals across the country. Their desire is to touch as many children as possible across our nation and to expand around the world. The fun and activities of the studio help the children and their families to escape their worries and heal. You can also read this article from The New York Times.
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Ara Chackerian is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an investor in San Francisco, California. He is the Managing Director and partner at ASC Capital Holdings that deals with investing in healthcare companies that are in their early stages. He is also a pioneer in the health sector as he is the Co-founder and general partner of TMS Health Solutions that provide transcranial magnetic stimulation for people with depression that is resistant and have been in treatment for a long time. He is also a board member of TMS Health Solutions. Ara holds a degree in marketing from Florida State University. Chackerian is after reinventing the United States healthcare system. He has expertise in this field. He is the co-founder and CEO of BMC Diagnostics. Also, he is a vice president for PSS/World medical and executive chair of PipelineRX.
According to Patch, TMS Health Solutions came to be because of the need to extend building outpatient psychiatric diagnostic radiology centers. Together with his trusted friend and business partner, Brad Hummel, Ara made facilities that helped both the physician and patient to achieve the desired results in an environment where they are comfortable. Their facilities work based on ‘patient first’ since they are the core of all these practices. Most of the things are moving towards a digital life, and the healthcare system is not left out. Ara Chackerian believes that this evolve of technology in the healthcare sector is excellent to all the shareholders since most people have access to it.
Ara Chackerian understands the need to give back to the society, and that is why he has supported various non-profit causes helping the youth and education. They include Juma ventures where he is a board member. He is the co-owner and co-founder of Limonapa Teak, which focuses on preventing deforestation by having sustainable teak farming. His advice to all aspiring entrepreneurs is that they should be keen when choosing business partners.
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Dr. Scott M. Rocklage as a medical specialists wakes up to either manage 5AM Venture’s portfolio, study and research life science innovations and areas of interest or attend Scientific board meetings. He is one man surrounded by a pool of professionals ranging from scientists, business experts and medical practitioners. In fact he once said during an interview that this crowd is what has helped him bring his ideas into reality.
Mr. Rocklage has been in the industry long enough to understand innovations and radicalism in disease management especially cancer. He has seen cancer treatment evolve over time and is particularly fascinated by invasive treatment methods targeting the genotypes, tumors and mutations. This has helped save lives among cancer patients. He has vast experience in laboratory research, clinical trial, healthcare management and leadership of healthcare facilities.
Apparently, he is the Managing Partner at 5AM Ventures where his medical career keeps blossoming. He says his time management and prioritization habits have had an upper arm in his success. Scott Rocklage advises entrepreneurs to evaluate the market well, measure risk involved in each entrepreneurial venture they intend to dive in and finally select and continuously empower their personnel or workforce. Learn more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/scott-m-rocklage
About Dr. Scott M. Rocklage
He is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Scott Rocklage also has a PHD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma mater. He is currently is a significant figure of 5AM Venture Partners having joined in a capacity of a partner in 2003. The following year he was appointed as the Managing Partner a role he has held to date.
Prior to 5AM Ventures, the FDA approved healthcare management company, Dr. Scott M. Rocklage worked with several reputable institutions in the industry. He has worked for Nycomed Salutar and Cubist Pharmaceuticals as the President and CEO. Mr. Rocklage has also chaired executive board committees of NASDAQ:RLYP – Relypsa, Novira, Pulmatrix, Rennovia, Kinestral, and other affiliate companies of Amgen, Teleflex,and EntreMed. His major highlight of his career is when his research at MIT, Richard R. Schrock laboratory won his the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005.