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From Socrates to Bertrand Russel, the aphorism “know thyself” has come up time and time again. Mainstream media preaches countless practices people should explore to encourage self-reflection and self-knowledge — meditation, exercise, vision boards, etc. — yet they tend to omit one essential human activity that requires experimentation and exploration: sex. We are too often taught that this topic is taboo, but in a 2019 Kinsey Institute study commissioned by Jasmin, they found that people who have a positive view toward their sexual orientation and sexual practices were more likely to report greater life happiness, higher self-esteem, and less loneliness, social anxiety and depression. This is why it’s crucial to discuss sex and the sex-positivity movement so we can continue to normalize the topic and open the doorway for people to comfortably and authentically learn about themselves.

Building off the ideas of Esther Perel’s seminal book, “Mating In Captivity”, sex helps people gain a clearer understanding of themselves and promotes self-awareness and self-love. It’s a tool that breaks through the constraint of thought and language. In the words of Ms. Perel: “We no longer plow the land together; today we talk. We have come to glorify verbal communication. I speak, therefore I am. We naively believe that the essence of who we are is most accurately conveyed through words”

Indeed, our restricted lexicon can only take us so far in identifying and defining who we are. Words alone can even result in false assumptions based on the narrative we tell ourselves and others. Our bodies and emotions can’t lie, which is why sex is a useful tool to learn about what we like, don’t like, situations we feel comfortable in, and ones in which we do not.

It’s important to address that sex-positivity extends beyond the act of sex itself and strives to include the normalization of eroticism, sensuality and fantasies, which help to reveal our innermost desires. Before the sex-positive movement, erotic fantasies were seen as “dirty” and symptoms of a sick and unsatisfied mind.  Health experts disagree. Psychoanalyst Michael Bader explains that “our fantasies allow us to negate and undo the limits imposed by our conscience, our culture, and our self-image.”

Fantasies allow an escape and an opportunity to reverse roles imposed by our routines. Fantasies can help to explore a role in which the individual is totally in charge. If one’s personal life requires them to constantly take care of others, fantasies allow for the taking care of by another. The role-reversing potential is limitless. It’s one of the safest, yet wildest and most liberating ways that a person can be him or herself and explore new areas of their personality.

Sex also provides humans with an opportunity to strip away norms set forth by society and the media. There are countless sexual preferences, body types and genders for which people are attracted. Now more than ever, there are resources that allow individuals to explore these preferences in a safe space free of judgment. Leading voices and groundbreaking new online webcam platforms like and Live Jasmin, are daily providing opportunities to discuss, learn, experiment and explore ways to enable the public to comfortably approach the topics of sex and relationships.

Our attitude toward sex inevitably trickles into our everyday lives and experiences.  Sex and sex-positivity empower us to love ourselves and be more accepting of others as what happens behind closed doors materializes our feelings and emotions in a rich and tangible way. This is why it is so beneficial to dedicate the time to explore preferences, identify wants, and be vocal about both. Like many things in life, the process is ever-evolving and requires a positive and open dialogue, the opportunity for experimentation, and above all, learning and acceptance of who one truly is.

 Author: Guillaume Tanferri Co-writers: Fernando Garcia and Gary Kovacs

Suzanne Munson, Manager, Global Partnerships and Alliances Heifer International


Since 1944, nonprofit Heifer International has equipped and empowered families and communities around the world to build self-reliance that lifts people out of hunger and poverty. In her eight-year tenure, Manager of Global Partnerships & Alliances Suzanne Munson has witnessed these inclusive, sustainable methods transform numerous lives.

“Our holistic approach to ending hunger and poverty is what makes our work effective,” Munson says. Since dire straits have no single culprit, the solution must address all causes. Values-based holistic community development (VBHCD) is the multi-pronged approach Heifer uses. “It means we work directly with small-scale farmers and their families to identify what they need to thrive,” Munson explains. Project participants — many of them women — receive training and assets: gifts of livestock, seeds and trees, access to clean water and improved sanitation and hygiene. In this way, Heifer ensures those with little opportunity get the tools to lift themselves out of poverty.



Heifer employs in-country teams who speak the language and understand the culture and issues that contribute to hunger, poverty and marginalization. This accelerates the process of inclusion, which is inherent in Heifer’s holistic approach. These teams work throughout the life of a project to train leaders to continue the work after Heifer is gone. “This is the true sustainability of Heifer’s model,” Munson says. “Communities learns to be self-reliant, independent.” This thread is continued with Passing on the Gift®, a promise each recipient makes to pass on gifts of training and livestock to other members in the community. With a typical “pass on” rate of seven to nine generations, the offspring of each original animal benefits seven to nine more families. “We have seen this incredible model build social capital and foster inclusion in an amazing way,” Munson says.

Countless incredible women have emerged from Heifer’s fold. “I’ve met so many strong, brilliant women during my time at Heifer,” Munson says, including Fanny in the mangroves of Ecuador. Fanny is an activist and fierce advocate for families whose livelihoods on the coast have been threatened by the invasion of large shrimping companies. “They buy up all the land,” Munson explains, “and clear cut the precious mangrove forests, ruining the natural ecosystem by setting up artificial shrimp ponds that leak chemicals and toxins into the communities’ water supply.” These people used to have an abundance of crab, shrimp, mussels and clams. Now they have barely enough to feed their families. Fanny’s work to defend the rights of the community and protect the mangroves is dangerous. She’s been shot at, threatened, and witnessed a number of atrocities,” Munson says. “She’s seen defiant community members killed and entire hamlets of houses burned down as warnings to stop interfering.” Nevertheless, Fanny continues to persist to address food insecurity, and for the mangroves, hoping to one day regain all that’s been lost.

Hear more from Suzanne Munson as she represents Heifer International on a panel at this year’s World Woman Summit, October 11-12 in Little Rock.

How technology is saving relationships during COVID-19

It’s hard to find an area in our society that has not been impacted by COVID-19. Adjusting to the “new normal” has been easier for some sectors and social institutions than others. For instance, grocery stores around the world quickly adopted face masks, gloves, and disinfectants to ensure their safety. But what about our more immaterial institutions? How can intimacy, love, and relationships protect themselves during COVID-19?

Some might think it’s frivolous to think about feelings during a pandemic, but we can now see that strict social distancing has real, tangible effects on our well-being. Apart from depression and anxiety, loneliness has been linked to somatic illnesses like arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. You may be safe from the virus but staying far apart from your loved ones can also have devastating effects. As we tackle this pandemic, loneliness has slipped under the radar and become a silent presence in our everyday lives.

Luckily, technology bridges the gap between us and those around us. Your opinion matters, your feelings matter, and it’s more important than ever to find someone that can listen to you. Social media platforms are finally making good on their promise to bring people together. Instant messaging apps can get you in touch with your family and friends. But, after sharing another story about the movie you want to watch or your dinner plans, the crazy cocktail of boredom and fear can still linger long in your heart.

New digital platforms are quickly stepping up to better fill the needs of those looking for deeper connections with new people. For example, lets its members talk to influencers about any topics they’d like. Through messaging and video calls, members can enter a safe space with an influencer where they can openly talk and pass the time.

Perhaps this is the future of intimacy and relationships. Less focus on massive social media platforms and more on one-on-one connections. We will no longer find solace in massified, video calls with 9 little screens serving as a succedaneum for our friends. Status updates sent to thousands across the globe will start to lose their luster. It will be just us and somebody else we really care about, crafting a special relationship and caring deeply about each other. Ironically enough, this harkens back to a time before the mass adoption of social media.

Through video calls, pop ups and notifications, technology is helping us keep the flame of our precious, one-on-one interpersonal relationships more alive than ever. Sending a personalized video for someone’s birthday means a lot more now than before. Even a simple “Hey, how are you?” can instantly brighten up someone’s day. People are getting very creative with how to bring people into their homes via cell phones: Should we video call while I cook dinner? Should we share a screen and watch a movie together? Maybe we can video call so you can help me cope with the stress of leaving my house. With someone by our side, it seems like we can finally tackle this crisis one day at a time.

Technology is helping us realize that nothing brings people together like a shared experience. Whether they be good or bad, knowing that someone is going through something similar instantly bridges any distance. If you want to keep your relationships alive during this time, be thoughtful, be patient, and think about others first. Empathy will always be the only way to get near to someone’s heart, but technology is helping us express that empathy when we need it to show most.

So, what can you do right now to safeguard your intimacy and relationships? For the first time ever, it’s OK to talk to strangers on the internet. They won’t be strangers for long once you share your feelings and experiences with each other. Loneliness is a real problem but having a phone with the right websites or apps can keep it at bay. So tap to reach out. Find a new chat partner. Send a message, a photo, or a video and be a beacon of light in these dark and uncertain times.

 Author: Guillaume Tanferri Co-writers: Fernando Garcia and Gary Kovacs

 1 Brody, Jane E. “The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health.” The New York Times. The New York Times, December 11, 2017.

Dr.Joynicole Martinez,  the new Director of Research & Development

LOS ANGELES: Monday, June, 24, 2019 – Dr. Martinez a long-time development executive in fund development, leadership and board training, strategic planning, and performance management is joining World Woman Foundation as the Director of Research & Development as the company officials announced today.

As a community advancement and public health expert, Dr. Joynicole has developed initiatives that reach across disciplines to strengthen health and wellness, including the development of mixed- income, mixed-finance housing communities that encompass programming addressing social determinants of health, equity and human rights. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Franklin Foundation for Innovation, Wisdom To Believe Foundation, is the U.S. Chair for Housing and Community Development for the ALL International Women’s Chamber, a Subject Matter Expert for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, is a She is a Source Expert in the areas of Business and the Economy, Health, and Social Justice, is a staff contributor to the newspaper The Carolinian, and is a member of the invitation-only community of leadership and executive coaches, Forbes Coaches Council.

“Dr.Joynicle has a strong track record of leading proactive, integrated development strategies, and we’re pleased to have her join our team,” said Rupa Dash, CEO, World Woman Foundation. “She’ll champion our vision and purpose and will continue to lead and expand our programs globally.

“Engaging women through mentorship, supporting them through social enterprise and entrepreneurship, and developing them as leaders through innovation and future-focused work disrupts patterns of gender inequality and builds stronger economies. I am honored to partner with the prestigious World Woman Foundation in this important work.” – Dr. Joynicole Martinez 


The World Woman Foundation is a non-profit organization that connects people across continents and cultures to discover and celebrate advancement resources for women worldwide. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Los Angeles, the Foundation focuses on business, technology, social entrepreneurship and entertainment opportunities that promote gender harmony. The Foundation is currently working on implementing a mentorship program for 1 million women and girls worldwide by 2030. For more information, visit




Theo Marescaux, Will Moffat, and Pieter Palmers are three dads that love technology but felt that true imagination has taken a back seat and created Jooki.

In a recent advances in the study of the brain have revealed that listening to music may influence other activities for kids. The cerebral cortex self organises as we engage with different musical activities, skills in these areas may then transfer to other activities if the processes involved are similar. Some skills transfer automatically without our conscious awareness, others require reflection on how they might be utilised in a new situation.

 If you are a busy mom and looking for ways  to engage your kids with music. Tired of playing the same song for your child over and over on your smartphone? As digital platforms become commonplace to listen to music, it can be difficult for kids to listen to music without mom and dad’s help.

Co-Founder and CEO Theodore Marescaux’s inspiration for Jooki came from his three-year-old daughter. She’d asked him to play a song on his smartphone, and came back again and again to hear the same song. Marescaux, along with co-founders Will Moffat and Pieter Palmers created MuuseLabs in October 2014 to work on a product that would give children the autonomy to listen to music on their own.

“As fathers ourselves, we understand the need for a safe, hassle-free product,” Marescaux said. “Our goal has been to give the best to our children and we think that all kids should be able to enjoy the freedom and joy of music.”

Jooki with Jooki stars and tokens

Jooki with Jooki stars and tokens

Jooki is a stand alone jukebox for children to listen to music, audiobooks or stories with Jooki Stars. For parents who worry about handing a tablet or smartphone to their child to listen to music, Jooki is screenless device encouraging kids to use their imagination to listen to music rather than look at a screen. Jooki is kid friendly and easy to use. To play music, children place a Jooki Star on top of Jooki to hear the playlist assigned to that Jooki Star.

Jooki can be connected to surrounding devices via Bluetooth to stream music from an internet or Spotify radio station. To create a specific playlist ie, traveling, dancing or bedtime, place a Jooki star on top of Jooki, use a laptop or the companion Jooki app to drag and drop files from an Itunes library or Spotify and assign a playlist to the Jooki star.

To save parents from listening to Disney’s “Let it Go” for hours on end, Jooki sports a headphone jack and has expandable storage to hold 1000+ songs for offline play. Take Jooki anywhere and listen to music from high quality speakers at a sleepover party, on the way to school, Grandma and Grandpa’s house or even outside in the park. Jooki has 8 hours of battery time for those hours away from home and designed to withstand daily wear and tear. Jooki is sturdy and spill proof for active kids.

Meet Jeannette Ceja: Official Travel Host for The World Woman Summit 2018

As a woman and a travel journalist, I am truly honored to be the Official Travel Host for The World Woman Summit. It is a dream come true to be a part of an organization like The World Woman Summit which represents everything that I am deeply passionate about in life. My personal and professional mission continues to want to inspire the public to travel. I am a huge advocate for women empowerment and travel.

Jeannette Ceja

Jeannette Ceja

I grew up watching women like Samantha Brown on The Travel Channel. And I remember telling my mother, “I want to be her when I grow up.” Samantha ignited a hope that I could also host a travel show in the future. And I got an opportunity to tell her that when I interviewed her a few years ago. Now, I feel is the time for a Latina travel host to come on the big screen. I am thankful that there were always women in my path like my mother who encouraged me to follow my dreams. I feel it’s very important that all young girls can count on a professional mentor or other women for inspiration. And I hope to be a positive role model for women all over the world.

I wrote this on a recent flight to India for a global travel conference. I am reminded of my life purpose because I get the same butterflies in my stomach every time I visit a new country. The excitement is unmistakable! I am frequently contacted by women all over the world who ask me for travel advice, and as such, I am very grateful to be a resource for women and travel. Additionally, I am a proud Global Ambassador for the non-profit Synergy of Empowered Women. I even created a series of travel workshops for women because I realized the demand was very high.

I highly recommend all women embark on a solo trip at least once in their lifetime. And they can start somewhere local first. What I tell women about travel is to first be comfortable in your own company whether that’s in your own city, country or overseas.  However, I do understand there can be additional safety concerns for women when it comes to traveling. I always guide women to also be mindful about the culture and their surroundings when they travel.

I would love to share one of my favorite quotes by John A. Shedd: “A ship in a harbor is safe, but it not what ships are built for.” I am so happy that I took chances in my life towards my dream. Otherwise, I would not have grown into the woman that I am today.

The World Woman Summit will be an incredible event for women everywhere. I am grateful to interview many of the exceptional speakers and attendees during the event. Additionally, I can’t wait to explore the Clinton Presidential Center and show you why Little Rock, Arkansas is a top destination to visit. Stay tuned for much more to come.


Dr Meredith Zozus, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, UAMS

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has led the state in research, education and health care for nearly 140 years. With a new chancellor, the state’s largest public employer has its eyes on the prize: a healthier, happier Arkansas.

Meredith Zozus, Ph.D. joined UAMS’s College of Medicine—Department of Biomedical Informatics as associate professor and vice chair for academic programs in 2016. Dr. Zozus was particularly attracted to the school’s emphasis on biomedical informatics in the implementation of strategic methods that ensure efficient use of data.

Keenly aware of the importance of collecting and managing research findings to support conclusions, The Data Book author is excited to be a part of this process at UAMS. “The niche between the research mission and being the only academic hospital in the state gives UAMS statewide reach,” Zozus says. “UAMS has a social contract to do work statewide to ensure patient safety so that health care, cost and quality are improved.”

“I’ve seen more young investigators come with questions that directly relate to them,” Zozus says. Brooke Montgomery, Ph.D., MPH, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, is passionate about improving the health of marginalized communities and focused on preventing sexually transmitted infection and reducing sexual risk, overall. When a close look at the rates of cervical cancer in the southern United States revealed education about human papillomavirus (HPV) and low rates of completed HPV vaccinations as culprits, Montgomery worked to improve education and access to testing and vaccinations statewide.

After 12-17 years of translational and clinical research, a new discovery is ready for implementation in a clinical setting. “Transitional blocks, or valleys of death, often prolong this journey,” Zozus says. “Grants help develop innovative solutions that improve the efficiency, quality and impact of the process, allowing for further testing to break through blocks.”

Laura James, M.D., associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at UAMS, is the principal investigator (PI) for the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The CTSA consortium comprises 62 academic research institutions across the nation that communicate with each other to identify transferable solutions for health challenges everywhere. As PI, James has engaged communities all over the state—specifically rural areas—in this work. Beyond research, this grant allows UAMS to deliver quality care to patients.

Charlotte Hobbs, M.D., Ph.D. serves UAMS as executive associate dean for clinical and translational research. For more than 20 years, her focus on epigenetics and birth defects has merited national attention, research grants, and seats on working groups and committees. As director of the Arkansas Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention and PI for an ongoing national study on environmental and genetic contributors to birth defects, Dr. Hobbs enrolled families from every county in Arkansas, expanding the data pool and making prevention efforts accessible statewide.

Hear more about UAMS’ mission to improve health care in Arkansas from Dr. Meredith Zozus, Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA and Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Stephanie Gardner at the October 11-12 World Woman Summit in Little Rock.


Ben Noble serves as Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Strategy for Riceland Foods

Equality for women is progress for all. This belief drives the World Woman Foundation, and it’s shared by Riceland Foods—the 97-year-old Arkansas-based, farmer-owned cooperative and sponsor for the October 11-12 World Woman Summit in Little Rock, Ark.

The largest miller and marketer of rice in the United States and a major player in the world’s food service and soybean industries, Riceland currently nears an annual revenue of $1 billion with more than 5,500 members. From its farm-family owners to customers, the brand has long been associated with smart, strong women. “Women play a vital role in agriculture across Arkansas and the U.S. Farming is often a family business which supports women in lead roles or as key players,” says Ben Noble, vice president of marketing and strategy. From a consumer standpoint, women are the primary decision-makers for what ends up on dinner tables.

Raised on a rice farm in Ethel, Ark.—the family business since 1892—Noble knows a thing or two about agriculture and the influential responsibility of women in it. After teaching school all day, Noble’s mother moonlighted as the farm’s CFO. “I remember my parents sitting at the kitchen table every month going through stacks of bills, making sure they were all paid,” Noble says. “She kept him organized. They made a great team.”

At school, Noble’s mother witnessed childhood hunger firsthand. “For some of those kids, the school was the only place they ate,” Noble says. Riceland knows the importance of nutrition and, through partnerships with organizations like Rice Depot and Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, works to address nutritional disparities in the state.

Jennifer James is a fourth-generation rice, soybean and corn farmer from Newport, Arkansas

Jennifer James is a fourth-generation rice, soybean and corn farmer from Newport, Arkansas

Fourth-generation Arkansas farmer Jennifer James grows rice on her 6,000-acre farm in Newport. All business operations revolve around a commitment to sustainable agriculture through technology that conserves and preserves natural resources. “She’s extremely active as a community leader, not just for Riceland, but for the industry,” explains Noble. She chairs the USA Rice Federation’s Sustainability Committee and was named Farmer of the Year by Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture in 2017.

“Riceland was sustainable before sustainable became a buzzword,” Noble says. The Stuttgart plant is a perfect example. Rather than discarding the rice kernel husks, they are burned in a co-generation facility and transformed into energy that fuels the plant with 17 percent of its electrical and 14 percent of its natural gas needs.

As technology changes the world, GPS helps tractors track crop production. Precision agriculture allows farmers to strategically manage their land for healthier yields—a win-win for both farmer and consumer. Trucks have become wireless mobile working stations, affording farmers instant communication with colleagues and customers via text, email, and social media.

However, there is no farming future without education and investing in the next generation of farmers. With a mutual interest in STEM (science, technology, energy, math) education—Riceland has partnered with Museum of Discovery and CEO Kelley Bass to launch a STEM-centered program designed to educate and empower middle- and high-school girls in Arkansas’ Grand Prairie and Delta regions.

Hear both Noble and James speak at this year’s World Woman Summit, October 11-12 in Little Rock.

Julie Leleu, Co-Founder, Catspad

Catspad is the brainchild of two high school friends, Julie Leleu and Brice Cavelier. They were on vacation when Julie’s cat, Mozart became sick. Julie, co-founder and CEO stated “Mozart means the world to me. Taking care of him is not easy, especially when I am overwhelmed or when I go on vacation”. Julie was inspired to create a product to help pet parents take care of their companion in an easy and natural way and Catspad was born.

Julie Leleu and Brice Cavelier the two Co-Founders of Catspad

Julie Leleu and Brice Cavelier the two Co-Founders of Catspad

In this busy world, when we either working until late hours or travelling. It becomes a critical choice while  closing the door on a beloved pet can be hard for pet parents with hours spent away from home, working or traveling. But, with Catspad, pet owners are stress free knowing their cat is taken care of. With fresh food and water in the same pet feeder, easy to use technology and customizable options, Catspad is the smart pet feeder that allows owners to stay connected to their pet’s health.

After downloading the free companion app available on iOS and Android, Catspad can be connected to a home Wi-Fi network. Owners set alarms to determine the time and amount of food to be distributed and activate the fresh water fountain. When there are multiple cats in the house, separate profiles can be created to fit the unique dietary needs and personality of each cat.

Keeping cats healthy is important to the Catspad team. Catspad has a tight food storage unit to prevent oxidation and to keep dry food fresh. The water fountain in Catspad encourages cats to drink more in addition to a double water filter. The first water filter has cotton-wool/perlon material and removes food, dirt and hair, while the second water filter has active carbon to encourage cats to drink more without the taste and smell of chlorine.

An RFID sensor designed to identify each cat in multiple households and keep non-feline friends away sits in a pendant that comes with Catspad. The sensor tracks the cats’ food and water consumption through the app. In addition to the RFID sensor, weight and pressure sensors in.

atspad helps keep cats happy and healthy, even when life gets busy. Armed with only a smartphone and a Catspad,you can monitor your cats’ health no matter where you are, set times throughout the day to feedthemand activate the fresh water fountain.

Catspad helps keep cats happy and healthy, even when life gets busy. Armed with only a smartphone and a Catspad,you can monitor your cats’ health no matter where you are, set times throughout the day to feed them and activate the fresh water fountain.

Catspad itself alert owners when food and water reserves are getting low. Pet owners can customize how many days they would like to be notified in advance.

The feeder stores 3.75lbs of dry food and 8 liters of water. In case an emergency prevents Catspad getting power from an outlet, a backup battery is included.

The Catspad team is made up of cat lovers with the philosophy of “cats rule”. The background of the team is diverse bringing together engineers, veterinarians, developers and communications specialists. Their goal is to create the smartest solution for pet care and create Catspad, the only smart pet feeder that makes the lives of pets, their needs, and the lives of their humans easier.