Inspired by her elementary teacher who was a mathematician and passionate about science, Dr. Luiza Nogaj, a young girl growing up in Poland, knew that she wanted to study Biology and Chemistry. Although science is not a subject readily associated with women, Dr. Nogaj was an exception. In 2005, she earned her PhD in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University.
April, 20 year old Julie Bade embarked on a journey halfway around the world in an effort to explore some of the most diverse and captivating cultures located in Southern Asia.Bade said she has always been fascinated with Asia however India’s diverse history and unique culture intrigued her most.
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 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.
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.
“People say that the bumblebee should not be able to fly. According to the laws of aerodynamics, his wings are too short, his body is too big. But nobody ever told him about aerodynamics, so he doesn’t know what he is and isn’t capable of. Despite what everyone says, the bumblebee flies.”
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
ABOUT WORLD WOMAN FOUNDATION:
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 www.worldwomanfoundation.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.