Diversity in the workplace creates innovation, grows a businesses talent pool, improves employee performance and allows individuals with a variety of talents and skills to collaborate together. Studies have shown that a company with a gender-diverse staff will most likely outdo a company that is male dominated. Sadly, there are still only a small percentage of executive level positions held by women in the workforce.
Throughout her career, Susan McGalla has recognized the struggle women face at reaching executive level positions. She has made it her mission to help pave the way for women to reach the highest honor possible within their organization. At a young age, Susan was taught that she must work hard to get what she wanted. Her dad was a football coach that didn’t go easy on her just because she was a girl.
Susan worked for the apparel brand American Eagle Outfitters at the time when the executives were all men. She worked her way up to becoming the president before moving on to found her own company, P3 Executive Consulting. She currently is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the professional football team the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While Susan has achieved tremendous success, it is still difficult for other women to obtain these opportunities. Susan believes in initiatives and networks for women to come together and support each other in business. Such initiatives allow women to compare strategies with one another and become educated on the latest business trends. Susan McGalla wants to break the cycle of gender discrimination by creating executive sponsorships. An executive sponsor acts as an advocate for women, and can help them complete important assignments, lead projects, or create opportunities. This is a positive program that can encourage male executives with incentives, to mentor serious businesswomen. This collaboration benefits everyone involved since the statistics have shown that companies who do this outperform other businesses.
Technological advances have been made all over the world. The ones made in education are the greatest. ClassDojo is one of the technological advances in education. It enables parents, teachers, and students communicate as the school activities commence.
ClassDojo was developed in order to make learning easier and better by removing constraints that were affecting students. Teachers can send assignments in an easy way, and students can ask the teacher of their choice questions they need answers to. Therefore, the students who particularly fear some of the teachers for some reason will lose such unnecessary tension towards them and hence have a better relationship with them.
Technology is important for the well-being of today’s society. Without technology, some improvements that have been made today will automatically fail. ClassDojo is among the best educational apps to ever be developed because despite enabling an easier student-teacher interaction, it improves accountability in that teachers can give a report of the day’s activities, and so can each class’ representatives.
It is easier to track activities and find out where something goes wrong in school. Parents also are able to see for themselves how well their children are doing in school due to the sharing of photos and videos by the class representatives, all thanks to ClassDojo.
ClassDojo is an improvement to e-learning because the level of interaction between the three important parties is unmatched. It is a fact that can never be ignored that education is important to every student. However, that very education that is important will be useless if a student does not have enough courage to ask questions in class. If a student returns home having learned nothing, then that becomes a total waste of a day. However, ClassDojo has come up with solutions for such issues, and through its platform, students can talk to one another and ask each other questions. Teachers can also engage in conversations with their students, and can even get a better one-on-one conversation with those students who need help somewhere. If there is any savior that has been invented in the education sector, then ClassDojo is it. It is amazing and capable.
Learn more about ClassDojo: https://techcrunch.com/2016/04/15/classdojo-raises-21-million-for-app-to-make-parent-teacher-meetings-obsolete/
David Giertz is a registered broker with 31 years experience and is currently the president of Nationwide’s Financial and Investments Organization.
In June of 2014 he sat down with Wall Street Journal Columnist Veronica Dagher, who is also the paper’s Wealth Adviser.
Nationwide’s Financial Retirement Institutes did a survey with retirees and people 10 years away from retirement, Giertz explained in the interview with Dagher.
Most advisers are simply not talking to their clients about social security, which is a very important part of the retirement planning process. Advisers may be putting more thought into other retirements funds such as 401k and completely neglecting other options. Additional data from the survey shows that 4 out of 5 people would consider switching advisers if they didn’t keep them informed on issues involving social security income. David Giertz encourages all advisers to devout more time to discussing social security with their clients.
“I think its a very complex topic,” Giertz explained, “the handbook is over 27,000 pages.” Giertz urged all advisers to discuss social security with their clients no matter how daunting it may be. “Clients will move on” Giertz warned.
It is not just financial advisers who may be in trouble, the consumer is in even more danger. David Giertz explained that if you start your social security too early you will lose out on thousands of dollars.
“When you think about a retirement planning process[…]social security could be up to 40% of that.”David Giertz both stressed the importance of clients finding a financial adviser that will do his best to work with you and the importance of advisers everywhere to begin discussing social security with their clients as soon as possible. Giertz went on to explain that you could lose out on a thousands dollars a month if you start your social security too early, further expressing the importance of having a financial adviser willing to discuss with you all of the options available.