Monthly Archives: June 2018

Susan McGalla – entrepreneur with a vision

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Susan McGalla is a perfect example of someone who has worked her way out to achieve top-notch positions in some of the biggest corporations in America. She is known to be an expert at marketing strategies and branding and that’s one of the reasons that she assists other firms as a retail consultant. Even though she is a perfect example of a perfect success story for women, not everyone has been able to achieve what she did and she contributes a lack of support in the community as one of the reasons for this. She wants more encouragement for women for higher management roles as there is only a quarter of top positions that are held by women. She mentions that there is no scarcity of resources to cater to the available demand.

Between 1994 and 2009, she worked with American Eagle Outfitters where she held many management positions and it was under her leadership that the organization grew in revenue from being a million dollar company to a billion dollar company. She firmly believes that if she could do it, anyone else could certainly surpass her. Only thing that is lacking is the involvement and support that could open up many avenues for success. She was even hired by companies like Wet Seal to bring out a transformation in their brands and she was quite successful in doing that. She stresses on how there is so much potential in the female workforce and how many companies who have diversity in workforce are able to outperform others who do not.

Talos Energy Makes History

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One for the Books

Talos Energy is one of the smaller gas and oil companies out there. With only 200 employees, it is certainly not considered the biggest contender in the industry. That is why their discovery of an estimated 2 billion barrel well off of the coast of Mexico is a real Cinderella story, and nothing short of a history-altering discovery that could shift the oil industry in a big way.

It has been no secret that the oil industry was floundering for some time. In fact, in 2014 oil prices were at upwards of $100 a barrel. Only two short years later oil prices fell to around $26 a barrel. Lots of factors, including heavy-handed government regulation, and an unstable economy, lots of oil companies were cutting exploration funding.

While others were cutting their funding and spending less time looking for new wells, Talos Energy, an underdog of the industry was out there making big plays. Working with the Mexican government when nobody else would was certainly a risky play, but like they say, no risk means no reward, and Talos made the big play, and it certainly paid off.

A Front-runner

Talos Energy is in a very strong position moving forward. That is because their discovery could spark a new kind of gold rush by big oil companies who are looking to cash in on new oil well discoveries. The fact that Talos got out there first though, is big news. They have a huge leg up over the competition, and this discovery means a big pay-off for their partners, investors, and even the people of Mexico and America.

Talos Energy and their partners are the first non-state owned oil and gas company to discover a well in Mexico in over 80 years! This is sure to spark a feeding frenzy, substantially increasing interest in shallow-water land block auctions. This means money pouring in from big oil names is a strong possibility. Mexico’s energy industry is likely to get a huge bolster from this. The entire face of oil and gas could be changing during what is nothing short of a history-altering event.

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Eric Lefkofsky, A Technology And Philanthropic Mentor

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Eric Lefkofsky JD, a University of Michigan alumnus, is a shining example of success in the tech industry. Mr. Lefkofsky is a co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a technology company that has built an operating system to aid in the fight against cancer. Tempus is using this platform to create the most extensive library of oncologic molecular and clinical data helping physicians to deliver up to date state of the art care. The company also offers individualized genomic sequencing services with molecular and therapeutic data to assist physicians in making real-time evidence-based decisions.

He has taught Applied Technology at DePaul University and a course in disruptive business models at the Kellogg School Of Management at Northwestern University. Easton Studio Press published Mr. Lefkofsky’s book Accelerated Disruption addressing how technology affects business at large. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business teaching course on entrepreneurship and building technology-based businesses.

Mr. Lefkofsky feels that his success comes with a desire and obligation to give back to his community and society at large. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Sciences and Industry, World Business Chicago, and he serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. In 2008 Eric was asked to join the committee to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.

In 2006 Eric and his wife Liz established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a private charitable foundation established to nourish and advance philanthropic initiatives and projects which help to enhance the lives of the local population. The foundation states that its mission is to support.

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Democracy and Sujit Choudhry

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Sujit Choudhry is an internationally respected professor and scholar whose is a renowned expert on constitutional law and politics. In particular, his life-long studies have investigated ways to create and maintain peace, constitutional design in divided societies, federalism, decentralization, and semi-presidentialism, check constitutionaltransitions.org for a related reading. In addition, he often looks into various areas of justice, language policies, minority rights, and bills of rights. He has written extensively on all of these subjects. Canadian constitutional law is a particularly common subject in his writings.

In one of the chapters in a book he just finished he addresses a tweet sent out by Eric Holder, former Attorney General, in December 2017 (works.bepress.com). He referred to a potential termination of White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller as “an absolute red line”, which, if actualized, should result in countless peaceful demonstrations in protest. The tweet was basically a call to action that declared the end result of this governmental action was in the hands of the people. He was saying that it needs to be the people of America who need to decide if a politician has, in fact, abused his authority.

In the chapter that dealt with this, Choudhry went into detail about the tweet was centered on the idea of constitutional self-enforcement with a particular focal point in view. Choudhry said that it was totally inappropriate for Mueller to perform something like this. But that was just one example of a focal point with the constitution in view. He says another focal point would be presidential term limits.

This is an appropriate focal point. It is a focal point that restricts presidents who may want to do away with it and stay in office longer than the prescribed two terms.

When politicians are going against a clear focal point like this, Choudhry says that is the time to call in the opinions of the citizenry. However, might also attempt to supersede the term limits be getting the permission from the populace first. Other ways he or she might do so might be by seizing power with the aid of the military or performing electoral fraud. Choudhry says there are several examples of constitutional focal point infringements going on throughout the nation right now. He says that all such infringements are a threat to true democracy (releasefact.com).

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Vijay Eswaran Shares Some Important Life Lessons with His Readers

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Vijay Eswaran, founder and executive chairman of QI Group of companies, is not only known for the success he has achieved as a businessman, but also for his thought-provoking books and articles that he has written in the past few years. Vijay Eswaran in one of the articles wrote about how the leader should be caring and affectionate towards the employees and the colleagues as it is how he or she would earn their respect and commitment for the organization. As, for example, Vijay Eswaran talked about how leaders like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and others never feared to compromise and to sacrifice for the benefit of their subjects and the larger purpose.

Vijay Eswaran said that the employees who work in a company are important as it is what builds the company, and not the amount of money in the bank. Without the dedicated effort of the organization’s employees, the company would fail to move ahead and succeed. The leader should be caring and respectful to the employees and must plan incentives and programs that would promote their personal growth and improve their living standards, socially and economically. Vijay Eswaran also said that it is important for the leader to be clear about the vision of the future. Without clarity in where the company is heading or what it is aiming to achieve in the future, plan of action cannot be devised. Vijay Eswaran has written several books on leadership and motivation in the past few years that has helped people understand the true purpose of their lives and follow their heart to achieve their life goals.

Vijay Eswaran also said that an organization should core values that it should be identified with, and it is the job of the leader to define these core values. The core values of the company should not be compromised under any circumstances as it is what helps in its lasting success. The trust of the people can also be achieved only if the company sticks by its values, even during rough times. Vijay Eswaran has been comfortable in a 9 to 5 job as he was not able to challenge himself. He believes that having a bucket list is good, but it should not define what one does with their life. It is essential that people embark on a new adventure once in a while so that they can create a legacy for their future generation.