St. George Appoints First Woman Head of School

Alexandra Callen will be St. George’s 12th Head of School on July 1st, 2017, being the first woman ever appointed by the prestigious Episcopalian private school. Callen was selected among 150 candidates, even winning the position over collage deans. Members of the board who chose Callen said that she had distinguished herself throughout her career and has obtained a remarkable record of academic excellence while showing to have impressive leadership in public and private schools. The board, comprised of faculty, alumni, parents, and trustees, said that Callen was the best candidate who fit their community and vision for the private school’s future. Despite the pool of highly qualified applicants, Callen stood out the most among them.

Callen, who graduated from Milton Academy, currently serves as the upper school director at Lakeside located in Seattle. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brown University. While attending Harvard University, she helped assist graduate level courses in school reform, leadership, and design, and has received a doctorate and master’s degree.

Before making the move to Seattle, Callen was a high school principle at Acton Boxborough Regional from 2008 to 2013. She was a high school assistant principle at Needham from 2004 to 2008. Her husband was assistant director of admissions at Middlesex School, where he and Callen lived on Campus during those years.

Callen will replace the school’s current Head, Eric Peterson, who has held the position for 13 years. Peterson’s decline of a contract renewal is what prompted St. George’s School to begin looking for another candidate to hold the position. In a statement released by St. George’s trustees, they stated that “We are confident that will steer the course boldly for St. George’s, continuing to build on our longstanding strengths while at the same time moving St. George’s confidently into the future. She is fully prepared and eager to build upon our forward-thinking curriculum, to foster our safe and welcoming community, and to support our teachers in continually expanding their expertise in teaching and learning.”

When Callen was presented by St. George’s board of directors to the school community on December 9th, she stated that she’s humble and proud to now be working for a school that has such deep roots for her family, where she’ll continue helping students be kind, help others, and contribute to the community. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, and two uncles have graduated from St. George.

UAE Ambassador to U.S. Among Key Participants at 20th Milken Conference

The 20th Annual Milken Institute Global Conference will bring world leaders in economics, international politics and global business to Los Angeles in May for “Global Conference 17,” to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges.

From May 1 to May 4, cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, CEOs, philanthropic leaders, media figures, and high-profile elected officials will assemble in Santa Monica for a series of workshops and roundtables. They will wrestle with topics such as global economics, the changing Middle East, agriculture, health care, robotics, climate, education, U.S. infrastructure, addiction and substance abuse issues, and the state of political and economic alliances around the globe.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin will lead an all-star cast of high-level Washington insiders that includes Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt and Goldman Sachs CEO Jamie Dimon will be joined by leaders from companies such as Cisco, eBay, Gallup, NASDAQ, Accenture, Monsanto, Whole Foods and many others.

One of the most highly anticipated sessions involves the changing nature of the economies of the Middle East, a panel discussion featuring Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States. With oil markets weaker, all eyes are turning to the region to see how it will enact the economic and structural reforms necessary to meet a shifting economy. Ambassador Al Otaiba and the UAE are playing a leading role.

Since his appointment as Ambassador to the United States in 2008, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has stressed the importance of economic ties with America and other nations in moving the economies of the Middle East away from a model based almost exclusively on hydrocarbons. His views at this critical point will be a highlight of the Global Conference, since identifying priorities and creating policies across regional boundaries is a complex task at which Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba is known to excel.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba’s remarks are sure to generate interest because of his unique qualifications to speak on cross-border relationships, human capital, education and economic development in the region, having served for seven years as the Director of International Affairs for the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. The ambassador also holds an international relations degree from Georgetown University.

The session was entitled “The Middle East and North Africa Region: New Tactics to Transform Economies and Accelerate Growth.” It took place on Tuesday, May 2, at 2:45 pm.

Parker Institute board member named President-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) recently announced the appointment of Margaret Hamburg as their president-elect. Hamburg is and has been a firm advocate in the role that science plays in our lives today as well as in the future.

While the potential is enormous for new discoveries in science that can greatly impact people’s lives, Hamburg stresses that new discoveries must be analyzed and acted upon quickly. She also feels strongly that educating others about the role that science plays is important.

She has personally advocated for less tobacco use and increased food safety procedures. Hamburg is also a board member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy research. Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D, President and CEO of Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy said, “Peggy’s deep knowledge and experience in science, health care and regulatory affairs has been invaluable as we push the boundaries in cancer immunotherapy research,”. In addition, he feels confident of her ability to provide strong strategic direction to the Parker Institute.

The Parker Institute works tirelessly to find breakthrough immune therapies that have the ability to turn cancer into a curable disease. They do so by utilizing research findings of top researchers in the field and converting them into groundbreaking patient treatment plans.

Currently, the Parker Institute network consists of six treatment centers and more than 40 nonprofit as well as industry partners. They also represent 300 of the country’s top researchers in the field whose focus is on eradication of some of today’s deadliest cancers.

Dr. Hamburg brings with her an impressive resume of experience, including being the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to that, Dr. Hamburg served as vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

The Parker Institute is an unrivaled collaboration of the country’s leading cancer centers and experts. The greatest minds in science, research, immunology, and cancer medicine partner together to provide cutting-edge technology for today’s patients.

Who Comes To Miami To Collect Art?

There are quite a few celebrities who come to Miami to collect art, and they are in need of art that will help them invest their money in a better way. They are searching for simple ways to earn money from investments, and they may go so far as to use their investments over the long term. They may not sell for some time, and this article explains how Miami has become a hub for art collection.

#1: Many Artists Are In The City

The city of Miami is a place where artists often come to ensure they may have room to work. They are visited by stars such as Leonardo DiCarpio, George Lindemann, and Alicia Keys often, and they all come to the city because they know it is easy to invest in art when they travel to Florida. They may vacation in the city, and they may buy art while they are in the region.

#2: Basel Art Festival

Basel in a lovely art festival that is largest in the world, and it is one that brings people close to all the artists in the city. They may meet with artists, and they are free to ask as many questions of each artist to ensure they are buying the proper art for them. Someone who is new to collecting art may learn quite a lot, and someone who wishes to begin collecting art may start at the festival because they will see all the art they could ever want.

#3: The Design District

The Design District in Miami is quite large, and it is expanding every day to ensure there is more room for art in the city. Someone who needs more art may come there to visit shops in the area, and they will see artists who are new to them. They may come back every time they are in the city, and they will learn how simple it is to have a new piece of art made just for them. Direct orders are common, and they will help the artist have more work coming in that is paid for in advance.

The finest of all art is made in Miami today, and it is sold to those who are looking at investing for many years to come. Everyone who is investing in the city will find artists they love, and they may come back many times to invest in new pieces.

The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Review

Thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors from around the world attended the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Stanford, California. The Global Entrepreneurship Summit was previously hosted by the governments of Malaysia, Turkey, Kenya, Morocco, and the United Arab Emirates. The 2016 GES showcased inspiring entrepreneurs and investors who want to promote collaboration and partnership. The 2016 GES hoped to connect American entrepreneurs and investors with their peers from around the world, with the goal of forming long lasting partnerships. The Summit featured different workshops, panels, competitions, and networking sessions. All of the activities were designed to give participants the opportunities to acquire skills and build relationships that will help them become successful.

Origins of The Summit
The event was organized by the United States Department of State and initiated by United States President Barack Obama. President Obama believes that events like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will help connect people around the World and help us tackle the global challenges together. The United States has emphasized entrepreneurship throughout the world by developing unique ecosystems, promoting stronger business climates, building networks of innovators and partnering with the private sector to promote job growth.

Diversity is Celebrated
The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted entrepreneurs and investors from over 100 different countries who looked forward to showing their work, along with mentoring and networking. The Summit is a symbol of how investors and entrepreneurs are promoting the culture of entrepreneurship throughout the world. President Obama was the featured speaker at the 2016 GES. President Obama continues to advocate for more entrepreneurship among women, minorities, and youth. Other attendees of the 2016 GES include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Ruba Al Hassan and United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba (

Looking Ahead to Next Year 
While meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House, President Obama announced that India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Some of the guest speakers scheduled to attend this year’s Summit include; Times Internet CEO Gautam Sinha, Barefoot College International CEO Meagan Fallone, Careers 360 CEO Maheshwar Peri, and Pepperdine University Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship Larry William Cox.

Snap Shares Soar by 50 Percent on First Day of Trading

Snap started trading at $24 a share on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, soaring more than 50 percent from its pricing.

The company, trading under the ticker SNAP, priced its 200 million share public offering at $17 a share on Wednesday. The IPO was 12 times oversubscribed, sources said.

After opening shortly before 11:20 a.m. on Thursday in New York, shares traded around $24.40 a share, up 44 percent, with 64 million shares changing hands. The opening price of $24 puts the company’s market capitalization at about $33 billion, about the size of Marriott and Target.

The young ephemeral photo messaging company posted a $515 million loss last year. Nonetheless, investors have bet on its quickly growing revenue and visionary leader, 26-year-old co-founder CEO Evan Spiegel.

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FDA Commissioners Raising Awareness About Drug Import

Former FDA Commissioners are against the legalization of the import of drugs into the US from other countries. They feel that it is a risky idea as it is going to endanger the life of US consumers as they get exposed to fake or contaminated drugs and even ones that may be of low quality.

These former FDA commissioners including Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, Andrew von Eschenbach and Mark McClellan have sent an open letter to the members of Congress in this regard. It was posted by the Margolis Center for Health Policy. This is at Duke University.

The fact is that import of drugs will give the Americans access to more affordable medicines. But another fact is that it will harm patients. This will seriously compromise the present system which is guarding the safety of the medical products in the US.

It was Sanders, who is an independent senator from Vermont, asked for legislation in the Senate as well as House that will allow the import of drugs. This will be from licensed sellers who are based in Canada. Later this may be extended to Europe too. Due to price controls enforced by the government, the medications in a lot of countries are much cheaper than in the United States.

These former FDA leaders have warned in their letter that the open market is full of illicit as well as ineffective drugs as this is a lucrative avenue for organized crime. They have also stated that most of these sites selling drugs are based in South America, besides Eastern Europe as well as Russia. This is why consumers will have no way to know where these drugs may be actually coming from or what all they may be containing. In fact, they will not even know if what they ordered is what they are actually getting.

But there are many supporters of drug import too. They have said that these safety concerns can easily be managed. They have also said that the drug industry is unnecessarily exaggerating this risk factor in order to thwart change. Another statement from them states that the drugs will only be imported from those sellers who are FDA-certified. The agency will be going out in order to inspect the manufacturing facilities which are producing drugs that will be exported to the United States.

In fact, they claim that the Internet has been the right source for providing affordable medicines that are imported for personal use. This is done by making use of safe international pharmacies that are online and insist upon valid prescriptions.

Give Back While You Shop Online with Amazon Smile

Give Back While You Shop Online with Amazon Smile
Virtually everyone has heard of or even used while shopping online. The multi-department conglomerate continues to be the most popular shopping platform online thanks to its affordable pricing, shipping deals, and incredible support. As the company continues to increase its revenue year-over-year, it also offers the opportunity to give back to its community, donating a portion of each sale to a user-selected charity (as long as the item is eligible).

A Few Non-Profits You Can Contribute to:

The beauty behind this platform is that it allows users to select their preferred non-profit organization that they’d like to donate towards. Additionally, users don’t see any price changes when partaking in this opportunity.
Truth be told, there are an awful lot of charities to choose from. Below, we’ve listed a few non-profit organizations that are supported on the Smile platform and that the shopper can choose to support during each transaction.

  • Best – The non-profit organization Best Friends Animal Society has been around for nearly three decades and aims its efforts on placing animals in foster homes instead of placing them in kill centers.
  • Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital— Focused on finding cures and saving children’s lives is the main objective for Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The organization focuses its efforts on finding cures for life-threatening diseases and cancer so that children do not have to suffer.
  • Islamic Relief USA – fighting to make the world a better place for over 25 years, the Islamic Relief USA organization provides a wide array of support for children, refugees, emergency response systems, food aid, women’s support, safe and sanitary water and food distribution, and more.
  • American Red Cross – Offering support around the globe, the American Red Cross offers support and help for those in dire need. The organization offers disaster relief, blood donations, supporting military families, and much more.

In order to partake, users simply need to direct their web browser to // and select their preferred non-profit organization they’d like to contribute to. Once the user has completed shopping, Amazon will donate 0.5% towards the charity previously chosen by the shopper.
Of course, the Smile platform supports many more organizations and is worth taking a look at. Objectively, a 0.5% donation may not sound like much, but in the grand scheme of things, Amazon has donated a considerable amount of money to hundreds of organizations making the world a better place one transaction at a time.

Esteemed Doctor Named to New Board

Esteemed doctor, author and entrepreneur, Margaret Hamburg, MD is congratulated by Parker Institute for Cancer Immunology for her new role as President of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). AAAS made the announcement on January 3rd, 2017 and stated her term began in February. She presently serves as Foreign Secretary National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and on the Board of Directors for Parker Institute. Dr. Hamburg has devoted 28 years developing her professional career serving executive positions and eventually starting her own business. Her resume entails National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and other organizations.

Margaret Hamburg is a graduate from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Cornell Weill Medicine at Cornell University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and Doctor of Medicine degree from Harvard Medical. In 1989, Dr. Hamburg worked as Assistant Director for Mental Hygiene for one year and joined New York City of Health and Mental Hygiene for six years as Health Commissioner. She also served as Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation for US Department of Health & Human Services in her prior career. In 2001, Margaret became an entrepreneur and started Nuclear Treat Initiative serving as the Founding Vice President for Biological Programs.

Dr. Hamburg became Senior Scientist in 2004 at Nuclear Threat Initiative. The scientist and medicine physician has authored articles and research papers for Science Translational Medicine, Science, and New England Journal of Medicine. She also published her works on Trust for America’s Health, Issues in Science and Technology, Trends in Biotechnology, and Public Health Reports. Her most recent article, the need for global regulatory, harmonization: A Public health imperative is featured in the Science Transitional Medicine Journal, in the May 2016 issue.

While serving as AAAS’s President, she will continue her role serving on the Board for Parker Institute; and keep her position as Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine. Margaret Hamburg, MD will ensure vigorous discoveries continue and are efficiently developed into life-saving treatments and interventions to make a difference in patients’ lives at American Association for the Advancement of Science. The award-winning scientist and doctor received The Academy Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy by New York Academy of Medicine, in 2015. Forbes placed her on its List of Most Powerful Women in the World from 2011 through 2014 in recognition of her accomplishments.

Where to Look For Art to Buy In Miami

Miami, Florida has a vibrant art scene and it is growing every day. The area is excellent for George Lindemann Jr.and other art collectors looking for a variety of types of art. The art galleries in the Miami area offer contemporary art, traditional fine art, paintings, glass art, sculpture, prints, fine art photography and a wide range of styles of innovative visual art. There are artists, local art galleries, art museums and nonprofit art organizations featuring Latin American art and art from all over the world. The Miami area art galleries can make art collecting a fun, enjoyable, lucrative activity.

Places like the Wynwood Art District, Brickell Downtown, the Design District, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Little River, Ball Harbour, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove are just a few places in Miami that offer excellent options for people looking to purchase art. There are also a number of online galleries like offering quality work as well. There are also a number of artist websites for art brokers, art advisors, art consultants and private dealers where collectors can find help locating a wide variety of art. Miami Art Week allows art collectors to experience the work of a wide range of artists in a short period of time.

There are a number of alternative exhibition spaces and non-profit organizations that offer art services like appraisers, framing and other services. Some popular Miami art galleries collectors can visit include Nina Torres Fine Art, Alfa Gallery, Avant Gallery, Bossa Gallery, MaMan Fine Art, Galleria Ca’D’Oro, Markowicz Fine Art, Opera Gallery, Swampspace and Primary Projects. De la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Locust Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art also have excellent works of art for sale. Pan American Art Projects offers art from North American and South American cultures.

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Steven Tyler, Paris Hilton, Elle Macpherson and Lenny Kravitz have all been spotted enjoying the Miami art scene and purchasing art. Places like the Dharma Studio offers exceptional contemporary art by internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. They include original paintings, bronze sculpture, photography as well as limited edition giclees. Many of the art galleries in the Miami area host exhibits by solo artists and groups.

Places like Marcio Decker offer abstract art with layered elements and kinetic properties created with glass lenses. The Miami art scene also feature paintings, photography and mixed media. It is a great area to purchase art.