July 31

Education Philanthropist Betsy DeVos

It is no simple task to reform the education system that is implemented in current times, mainly due to the fact that the schools are run by the government. If the schools were privately owned with competition with other privately owned schools then basic economics would improve the school system. When parents and students have more choice in schools then this will ensure that the education being provided will be more honed for the student’s individual needs rather than a generalized method of teaching. Also, with teacher unions making it nearly impossible to fire teachers who are under-performing, the quality of education being provided is not the primary incentive for teachers to ensure they are doing their job at the utmost capability.Betsy DeVos has been a life long advocate in education reform for the nation and she now is in a position to make some really necessary changes on a grander scale than before. DeVos has always felt the reform movement was increasing in momentum in recent years and now she can reinforce that movement so that there is at least no downward stride in the popularity behind more school choice.

One inspirational incident that led for DeVos’ contributions to the reform movement was when she and her husband, Dick DeVos, were looking for schools for their own children and they happened across Potter’s House Christian School in Grand Rapids, MI. This particular private school was providing great education for low-income families and DeVos’ admired the level of determination of the parents to ensure that their children were getting appropriate education as well as being safe and cared for. After learning of the struggles these families faced to have access to the same quality of education the DeVos’ could have easily afforded, DeVos’ then began supporting several students for the tuition cost of the school which gradually built itself into the significant generosity she provides to the school currently.

It was the interactions with this school that empowered DeVos’ to fight for what she thinks that every American deserves in education, the access to quality education of the parent’s choice and not mandated by government on how to perform better, but rather by the natural competitive market of private schools. If tuition was not guaranteed and had to be sought for so that the school stays operating than that alone will improve the school system by increasing the quality of teachers and faculty to ensure students are getting the best education. Giving the power back to the family in school decisions is one of the strongest ways to enact school reform, and also one of the more obvious, but that doesn’t mean that matters will change over night.

July 11

Podcast Advertising Results

Norman Pattiz, the Executive Chairman of Podcast One, and Tom Webster, the VP of Strategy at Edison Research, recently announced the results that came in after a series of studies were conducted on the impact of Podcasts as an advertising vehicle.

The results of the study, which at how Podcasts influenced attitudes on five major consumer brands in the US, were released in February of 2017. What’s found is that when used strategically, Podcasts can definitely have an impact on the way major brands are perceived by the public.

Results of the Podcast Study

The study was the first of its kind, and it studied five brands that represent different product and service categories. All of this makes the study more broad reaching in its scope and significance.

What was found was that over 60% of the Podcast study participants retained information about a grocery store brand they heard about in the Podcast (as compared to 7% initially). Financial services and lawn and garden products also saw awareness of their brands increase after the study, while the opinion of automotive aftermarket services also became much more positive after the study was completed. The positive results in awareness for casual dining restaurants was also significant.

According to Norman Pattiz, all of this shows the real impact advertising on Podcasts has. The studies were conducted in 2016 over three sessions, by Edison Research. What is clear is that people who are listening to Podcasts are very receptive to the messages they hear, which is very good news for advertisers.

Bloomberg revealed that Norman Pattiz is a man whose career has long been intimately involved in broadcasting. He founded the leading advertiser supported Podcasting network, www.PodcastOne.com, which produced over 340 hours of programming per week.

Pattiz is also the founder of WestwoodOne, a radio giant. Patti has long been convinced that Podcasting is a significant tool for communicaters who want to get their messages heard.

For advertisers, this means they have a way to get a positive message out in a way that will be heard and retained by consumers. That all adds up to great news for brands and for the Podcasting arena, too.

July 5

Jeremy Goldstein strikes out on his own

Jeremy Goldstein is one of the nation’s foremost executive compensation attorneys. After having made a name for himself as one of the top senior partners at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, Goldstein has decided to wrap up his career as a corporate lawyer, opting to start his own firm, where he can focus on applying his vast skill set to the niche of small to medium business owners.http://thereisnoconsensus.com/jeremy-goldstein-explains-knockout-options-help-employers/

One of the first moves that Goldstein made upon leaving Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz was to have his name added to the New York State Bar Association’s system known as the Lawyer Referral and Information System. The Lawyer Referral and Information System is a novel means of connecting clients seeking competent legal counsel in the state of New York with those lawyers in good standing with the bar association, who are capable of delivering top-quality service in their local area. Goldstein having his name added to this list of New York state top attorneys is a major step in allowing his new practice, Jeremy L. Goldstein and Associates, to thrive.

The New York State Bar Association is one of the oldest of its kind, anywhere in the country. Having been founded in 1876, it’s the oldest continuously operated state bar association in the country. Almost all other states have either directly or indirectly modeled their own bar associations after the New York State Bar Association. The association has been connecting clients with the state’s best attorneys for over 130 years. With more than 72,000 members, it is also one of the largest state bar associations in the country today.

For his part, Goldstein has stated that he will spend the majority of his time as head of his own law firm, concentrating on providing the same services that he was able to provide the largest companies in America with to small and medium-sized business owners.

With this, Goldstein hopes to fill an important legal niche that’s been created over the last few years.

For more information, visit https://www.business.com/advice/member/p/jeremy-goldstein/.

 

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