OG Juan and Desiree Perez are two of the most special people in Jay-Z’s life. They have been mentioned in numerous albums including his most recent collaboration, Everything Is Love, with his wife Beyoncé. Friendship is something that can be hard to find and keep a hold of in the Hollywood music and entertainment industries, but the Carters know a thing or two about keeping their close circle tight and strong.OG Juan and Carter first met back in 1996 through a mutual friend, Kareem Burke.
They were so close they even founded a record label together which ended up not lasting, but their other ventures have seen great success. One of their most recent and significant enterprises, is the founding of Roc Nation Sports. OG Juan is the current president and Carter is the driving force behind the company which they have wanted to start for quite some time. Not to be forgotten, Desiree Perez, OG Juan’s wife also known as “Dez” has been credited with negotiating major contracts for Roc Nation some that include deals which had never before been achieved by a similar company.
And Jay-Z’s latest album he references his closest friends and the people who’ve been around him from the very beginning multiple times. Both Jay-Z and Beyoncé have clearly emphasized how much it means to them to be surrounded by people who have been there through thick and thin from the very beginning, including the Perez’s. The album consists of witty one-liners and jabs at various artists who have displeased him, former friends, and other people in the music industry who may have crossed paths with the Carters. They make it a point to share their pride in their established empire and to acknowledge the rise in the wealth of their closest people.
Born and raised in and around the Detroit, MI area Eric Lefkofsky, developed a sense of charity early on. This desire to help his fellow man lead to the creation of Groupn. A well known enterprise that helps customers save money on shopping, restaurants and family activities.With this desire firmly planted, he continued to look for ways to better his community. This lead to the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. This foundation has dedicated itself to the education of children and the seeking of equality in human right for women and girls around the world.Among the foundations other initiatives is the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.
The resources here are uses to allow talented researchers to pursue new and innovative cancer treatments. The knowledge gained here is used to assist treatment centers across the United States and researchers assist all over the world.Eric Lofkkofsky’s charitable ideals did not end there. He seems to take every opportunity to give to the medical community. His philanthropy has given way to donations to the Robert H. Laurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Also through the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, there have been donations to Stanford University to benefit research to immunotherapy treatment for gastric cancer. In the world of philanthropy Eric Lefkofsky seems to rise above the rest. Through these efforts children around the world are also benefiting. In 2015 Medical Missions for Children were gearing up for a surgical missing to Antique, Guatemala; and they counted him as a sponsor. This is a life that not only is well lived but full of the generosity that befits humanity. He lives to the fullest that he is his brothers keeper and he honors that pledge through his good work and humanitarian spirit.
Susan McGalla is an example of a female businesswoman who has broken through the glass ceiling. While examples of women breaking the glass ceiling are becoming more and more common, there is still a lot to do when we are talking about having women in the upper echelons of business. Putting women in positions of leadership and promoting them is not only the right thing to do but it is good for business. Companies that have a diversity of males and females in the firm tend to outperform their less gender diverse competitors. It is good business to break the glass ceiling!
Susan McGalla is now a business consultant with her own consulting firm called P3 Executive Consulting. She also works with the NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mrs. McGalla works in the business strategy and creative development field with the sports franchise. One of the highlights of her work with the Pittsburgh Steelers is the “wear what we wear” advertising campaign to sell official team merchandise.
McGalla’s role as president of business strategy and business development is a significant feat in of itself. It is even a more significant feat given the fact that she is a woman. The NFL is an industry that is dominated by men both on the field and off. Susan McGalla’s perseverance and talent have helped her smash the glass ceiling and lead one of the most famous football teams in the country.
One of the reasons why Susan McGalla was able to break the glass ceiling and become a president of a major sports team is the encouragement she received from her family and co-workers. As a girl, she says she was not given any slack when it came to competing against the boys. This prepared her to deal with men in the business world and not to be afraid of taking them on.
Susan McGalla was also given a chance to prove herself at a company such as American Eagle Outfitters. If more women were given opportunities to showcase their talent, then we would see the glass ceiling disappear. Having support groups and talking about it is not enough. Women need mentors and business leaders to give them a shot at proving that they can handle executive and senior leadership positions. Only then, will we see further inroads in the elimination of the glass ceiling.