A Planned Lecture by Yeonmi Park To DePauw University

Yeonmi Park is expected to visit the DePauw University where she will be talking about her experience in defecting from North Korea and human trafficking. She is expected to give a Timothy and Sharin Ubben Lecture at the university. The 21 year old has been a speaker at the One Young World Summit and the Oslo Freedom Forum in Dublin.

Now vocal on Twitter and Facebook, Park has emerged back into the spotlight with a series of media appearances on the heels of her new book release.

The October 5th event is expected to happen a day after her 22nd birthday and six days after the publication of her book In Order to Live; A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. The Ubben lecture at DePauw University will start with her speech. Soon after, a question and answer session will be undertaken, followed by a book signing session.

The story of Yeonmi’s struggle in North Korea and her encounter with human smugglers and traffickers led her to become a human rights activist. Such stories are rare and any person who comes up with such information is recognized by different organizations for his or her bravery. Her efforts earned her a spot on BBC’s top 100 global women list.

According to the information I read from the DePauw Education Website, Park was brought up in a society where the regime controlled everything they did. After watching a pirated copy of Titanic, her belief that dying for the regime was an honor was demystified especially when she saw Jack Dawson willing to die for love. The movie altered her thinking and she craved freedom.

In her book, Yeonmi talks about how the famine affected the family and forced them to leave North Korea. With the help of human traffickers, Yeonmi, her sister and mother crossed the frozen river and entered China. Her father had opted to stay back assuming that his sickness would slow the family’s escape efforts. Yeonmi’s father eventually joined them in China. During their escape to China, Yeonmi’s mother was raped by traffickers, her father died of colon cancer and her sister got lost. Yeonmi and her mother made the difficult journey to the South Korean embassy were they sort solace. Yeonmi continues to champion for the rights of North Koreans who are suffering and dying every day. She is so far the youngest Ubben Lecturer. More information on her life and triumphs in life can be accessed at the DePauw website.

Yeonmi Park was born In Hyesan, Ryanggang North Korea on October 4th, 1993.

Her mother was a nurse and her father a civil servant. His sick father served as a party member of the Workers Party. The family later moved to Pyongyang to be closer to her father. She left North Korea in 2007 and became a human rights activist, reporter and speaker. Currently, Park stays in Seoul, South Korea with her mother and older sister

The Role of Economists in the Global Economy

When it comes to the world of global finance, nobody knows the economy better than a professional economist. While many people don’t realize it, economists play an important role in predicting global economic trends and advising businesses, governments, and other agencies on the current state of the world economy.

One of the most important roles of economists on valuewalk.com is forecasting financial data. Economists use advanced techniques in order to predict the ups and downs of the stock market, real estate market, and other crucial aspects of the world’s economy. Forecasting accurate financial data is of great importance to businesses and governments, as it allows them to prepare for any problems in the future and capitalize on any potential financial opportunities. Without the expert advice of economists, businesses stand to lose many of their gains by not being able to predict how the markets will play out in the future.

Another important role of an economist is to analyze the performance of a particular company. With performance data and expert advice, economists can provide their clients with financial opportunities and protect them from financial disasters. An economist is not just limited to providing advice to a business or government. Many of the top individual investors rely on data and advice from economists in order to maximize their profits and minimize the risk.

Finally, one of the most important roles of an economist is to evaluate policy changes and their potential impact on the economy in both a local and global scale. For example, if a government is thinking about implementing a policy change, they need to know how it will affect the country’s economy. An economist can provide this data and therefore help influence policy changes that will be most beneficial for the people.

One of the important things to remember about economics is the fact that economists play a role not only in the country where they live but also in the global economy. In the vast and competitive world of global finance, Christian Broda stands out as a critically important economist in today’s time. His history and economics and his diversified education has allowed him to advise many different clients, including a multitude of hedge fund startups. Of particular importance is as many different papers that is published in the American Economic Review quarterly Journal of Economics. His expert advice has helped countless number of people in their financial projects.

Any individual or business that is serious about maintaining an effective investment strategy should seek the professional advice of a well-seasoned economists such as Christian Broda. This expert advice will allow individuals and businesses to excel and compete in the competitive, global financial market.

OrganoGold Must Be Something Great

Healthy products are all the rage nowadays, and that is a good thing for companies that are trying to get their healthy products known. A company has a much greater chance at succeeding in the business world if people are currently into the kind of products that it is offering. And that is the case for OrganoGold.

OrganoGold is trying to get the Chinese herb, called Ganoderma, known to all. The people who started the company love using the herb, themselves, because of all of the health benefits that it offers, and they wanted others to be able to try it for the same reasons. The company is very passionate about what it is doing, and when people see that, then they can know that they can trust the product.

Bernardo Chua is the founder of this company, and he has been able to do amazing things with it because of the combination of his passion for the Chinese herb and his business skills. He worked in the business world for years before he started the company, and he the experience that he has has helped him to take the company places. OrganoGold would never have gotten started if it were not for this man.

It is great for healthy eaters when they happen upon a new, healthy product to try out, and that is just what OrganoGold is offering them. They can use this herb for all of its benefits, and they can feel great about purchasing it because of the way that the people that run this company feel about it. Bernardo Chua has a great passion for this herb, as do many of the other employees. If these people care this much about the product, and if they believe in it enough to form a company around it, then it must really be something great.

Strategies Companies Employ Throughout Brazil in Advertising

Advertising in Brazil
Strategies for advertising in Brazil vary because of the economic status of the consumers. For advertising to be effective, the ads must reach their audience, and to reach their audience they must find the right mediums for the right ads.

Most Prevalent Advertising

In Noticias they write that terrestrial television ads have been growing rapidly in the past year, nearly a 55% increase, which is four times more than any other form of advertising. Following terrestrial TV ads is newspapers, which increased 13% this year. Marketers predict digital advertisements to dramatically increase in the near future, following the trend of the rest of the world, despite the 7% increase it has seen.


The World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics coming up in 2016 – Brazil has experienced wonderful conditions for massive advertising opportunities. Usually, futbol games on TV and local stadiums give advertisers a large audience to receive their advertisements, but international events lead the advertisements to reach to the far corners of the world. Millions of fans watch the World Cup and the Olympics, increasing the price of advertisements along with the reach.

The Ban

Brazil has been making movements to ban urban billboard advertisements threatening to poison the Brazilian aesthetics. In the early 2000s, urban advertising skyrocketed across Brazil, littering the cities with thousands of distracting advertisements flashing in every direction. Regulating the advertisements was far past city control, so cities decided to ban the advertisements collectively. In less than a year, 300,000 store front signs were removed and 15,000 billboards. Citizens have taken control into their own hands by removing advertisements by covering them with their own art. A movement was even lead to cover billboard ads with art.

The negative reaction to outdoor advertisements stems from a variety of reasons. Most commuters are tired of never being able to escape corporate influence. They walk to work viewing advertisements the entire way, then are constantly seeing ads as they work on their computer, then the whole commute home again, and for the rest of the evening as they try to relax and watch television.

Cláudio Loureiro is the founder of Heads Propaganda, a successful advertising agency. His success has helped him to expand his business in Brazil, acquiring some of the largest companies for his advertising strategies. He is notorious as a clever inventor and problem solver, using his artistic and creative talent to find solutions to corporate awareness issues.

The Chinese Stock Market

The press has recently devoted a lot of time to the Chinese stock market and the devaluation of the Chinese yuan. While this seems like a problem a world away, it can have a serious impact on the United State’s and global economy.

The Chinese economy has fueled a lot of the growth in the American economy and increased the buying power of many low to middle-income consumers. By importing less expensive goods from China, American’s can buy more products with the dollars they have thereby increasing their purchasing power. This relationship was shown in a paper published by the economist Christian Broda of valuewalk.

Broda researched the effect of low-priced goods sold through such retailers as Target and Wal-mart to prove that lower cost imported goods helped grow the American economy by an average of $10 billion dollars a year over the study period. Broda is a Ph.D. in Economics having graduated from MIT and went on to become a tenured Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Recently Broda left academia to become the Managing Director of a New York City-based hedge fund, Duquesne Capital Management.

In devaluing the yuan (also known as the renminbi), China made their exports slightly more expensive to the rest of the world. However, by carefully calculating the devaluation, the Chinese People’s Bank didn’t make the additional cost of their exports so much to appreciably impact the level of exports, but also not enough to make foreign investors want to exchange their yuan for other currencies causing a capital flight from the country.

One of the reasons for the devaluation is China’s painfully slow process to realign its economic house from an emerging economy. Also, China has long sought the objective of having the yuan be including in the International Monetary Fund’s basket of preferred currencies along with the US dollar, Euro and Japanese Yen. The I.M.F. has deferred that decision until at least next year.

While stock markets across the globe reacted negatively, the Chinese market is still about 40% above its value this time last year. Investors are notoriously skittish concerning any major financial news and even though China’s devaluation was previously announced and the amount of the devaluation was relatively small (1.9%), investors still reacted with a sell-off. Other factors contributed to the market’s decline like China’s slowing exports, overall sluggishness in their internal economy, and its failure to provide additional enticements for future capital investments.

Other country’s central banks will also be put under pressure to devalue their currencies so that their own export markets will not become uncompetitive against China’s. The argument of China’s export protection will probably become a big political talking point in the upcoming US elections.

ITEC Growing with Brian Bonar’s Vision

ITEC, which is also known as Imaging Technologies Corporation, is a major creator of software and hardware for color management and digital imaging. They also provide service for their products. This company was started nearly thirty-five years ago and it is based in San Diego, California. ITEC provides various market segments with imaging products, such as software, copiers, printers, and plotters. They specialize in clients who are running medium to small businesses. Customers appreciate the total package of ITEC’s system solution. Everything they need is bundled together, such the supplies, computer software and service agreements. ITEC services what it sells.

ColorBlind © is one of their prominent software packages which combines applications to make images successfully over various platforms of software and hardware. The program has won awards and is easily ran by new or experienced professionals. Clients can also get supplies such as paper, toner, and ink through ITEC’s e-commerce branches, www. color.com and www.dealseekers.com. These sites also provide service support and helpful information concerning software products and color education.
During the past year or so, ITEC has developed from a manufacturing/developing corporation to one of marketing/servicing. The company plans to use its knowledge and experience in imaging products and services to broaden their acquisitions and to serve a larger client base. ITEC specializes in serving small and medium businesses by offering various administrative services.

Recently, ITEC sought to diversify their executive services by acquiring a professional employer organization. Virginia’s SourceOne Group, Inc. is now a branch of ITEC and helps clients with human resources and other payroll services. ITEC hopes this acquisition will enhance services, keep loyal clients and boost profits. ITEC also is working with small to medium reseller businesses in order to reach customers and other sources of revenue globally.

As the CEO of ITEC, Brian Bonar has a lot of experience in imaging services. For nearly twenty years, he worked with companies such as U.K. ltd. and IMB. Later, he worked in an Alabama company called QMS as its executive director of engineering for over four years. His hard work and expertise took him to San Jose, California to work for Bezier Systems, Inc. as their vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. In two years, he accepted the position of executive vice president and COO. Finally, in 1998, Bonar was named CEO and was chairman of the board doe Bezier, Inc. Brian Bonar is a hard working man.

Brian Bonar’s vision as CEO of ITEC is inspiring for all those who work with him. He has been interviewed by several leading financial journals and is considered and expert in the field of imaging services. With all their new services and acquisitions, it is expected that ITEC will continue to expand with Bonar’s experience and competent leadership.

QNET: A Philanthropic Company Co-Founded By Vijay Eswaran

QNET is a company based overseas in the Philippines that sells a variety of products for health, nutrition, personal care, and also has home environment and jewelry products in its inventory as well. QNET is also affiliated with QI Group, and both use the same style of direct selling and marketing their products. Yet unlike most other businesses that you would find in the Western Hemisphere, QNET has philosophies of being personally involved with people who need QNET’s products to improve their way of life, and find the ultimate happiness that they’re looking for. QNET also takes a percentage of every item sold and gives to their charitable organization, the RHYTHM foundation.

Leading the company in its endeavors to make a difference is co-founder and Chief Executive Vijay Eswaran. Eswaran first got into business around 1984 where after working various jobs that had no leads in them, he got into marketing and enhancing his skills as a multi-level marketer. He did this kind of marketing for Synaptics, an IT development company in the US after getting his MBA at SIU, but he began to feel something was missing from the whole picture. In 1998, he decided to return to the Asian lands and teamed up with another entrepreneur who had spent his time in a monastery, Joseph Bismarck. Together, he and Bismarck started up QI Group and QNET and it has grown exponentially since that time. He also has a WeForum profile.

Eswaran’s accomplishments both for QNET and independent work are nothing small. He’s been recognized by Forbes Asia in the top 25 of richest Asians, the NGI Award for philanthropy, and won CEO of the year in 2013 from the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia. Like his fellow businessman Bismarck, Eswaran is also a firm believer in integrating spiritual practices into the workplace and stimulating the personal well-being of his employees. He especially embraces meditation and finding inner quiet to avoid distractions that modern-day technology brings to the workplace. Eswaran has published books about his work and his beliefs including In The Sphere Of Silence, In The Thinking Zone, 18 Stepping Stones, and On The Wing Of Thought.

Exis founder Adam Sender isn’t shy about having one of the world’s greatest art collections

If you’re familiar with art collectors, then you’ve probably heard of Adam Sender. Adam Sender has built a massive collection of contemporary art over the years that most should be jealous of. However, unlike many art collectors, he isn’t too greedy to keep his collection private.

Adam Sender has been active in sharing his collection with the world including his “Home Alone” exhibition in December of 2011. If that’s not generous enough for you, how about the fact that he held this event in his own private residence in Miami. To show creativity and a unique experience, Sender filled his home with so much Art that it created a “fictional scenario” in which his collection had grown so big that he and his family had to move out of the house.

No stranger to investments, Adam Sender founded his own hedge fund in 1998 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Degree in History and working for SAC Capitol Advisor’s LP. He also practices Ashtanga yoga in his spare time.

Around the same time he founded Exis Capital Management Inc., Adam Sender started investing in contemporary art with the help of Todd Levin. He has since put together a collection of about 800 works by 139 artists. It is spread throughout his many homes and offices in Manhattan, Sag Harbor, New York, and Miami.

Among his works, Adam Sender has amassed collections of works by artists like Charles Ray, Dan Flavin, Raymond Pettibon, Mike Kelley, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Martin Kippenberger, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and many more. His collection is believed to be worth more than 100 million. Not bad for a part time hobby don’t you think?

When he started out, Sender never imagined his collection would grow into such an extraordinary valuable masterpiece in itself. It just started out as a passionate hobby and grew tremendously from there. Adam Sender is a well known part-time art collector.

A S’Well of Success

In 2010, Sarah Kauss started the company S’well. Her focus was to bring water bottles to the market that could rid the world of disposable plastic bottles. She wanted to make sure that her bottles had both style and utility in order to boost their appeal. Her family, friends, and mentors provided her with a level of guidance, but she still lacked the professional network needed to find solutions to the difficult nuanced problems of business.

For her, the solution was found in the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. She was introduced by another woman business owner. The program exists to help women find the keys to their success and to help them grow their business faster. Sarah Kauss says she was hesitant at first. She considered a women focused business league to be a cliche, but she swallowed her pride joining the program. In the program she learned several key approaches to business practices that many novices gloss over.

Have Your Pitch Ready
Kauss reflected that she used to think that she could never learn to pitch her company to a CEO of a major company, but with help from the program she memorized her elevator pitch. She learned to throw her pitch out at every available opportunity to anyone who would listen. Being bold with her pitch seemed unfitting, but it served to build her confidence.

Communicate Your Challenges
One of the keys to growing a company swiftly is to work on your business rather than just in your business. A good team is essential to making a business grow rapidly. In 2014, 2 executives left S’Well at the same time, and the company was on the brink of catastrophe. Kauss made sure to use her professional network to connect her to highly skilled candidates for the positions. Her network helped her avoid catastrophe.

Find Happiness
Kauss says that she finds if hardest of all to make sure that she takes time for herself. It is a common problem for entrepreneurs to get swallowed by their jobs. Kauss says that having a network of professionals can help make finding that time easier, because it provides you with a group of like minded people with similar schedules.

Flavio Maluf’s Pioneering Spirit Made A Difference In One Brazilian Company

Pioneers come in all shapes and sizes. They come from different cultures, and races. They may be formally educated, or they may be self-taught. Flavio Maluf, the CEO of the building supply company Eucatex, is one of those innovative pioneers. Maluf was hired by Eucatex in 1987, and he quickly rose through the ranks. Ten years later he was named CEO of the company. The executives of Eucatex knew they were working for a visionary, so they followed his lead and the company grew from a one-product company to a multi-faceted building supply company. Today, Eucatex does business with countries around the world. Maluf turned the company into a leading supplier of MDF panels, ceiling tiles, furniture, paint and varnishes in less than 30 years. Some people ask why Maluf was able to transform the Salto based company into an international conglomerate, and the answer is a simple one. Flavio Maluf is an creative entrepreneur that respects his employees, his country and the environment.

Maluf continues to use eucalyptus trees as the material source for some of the company’s products, and that decision has turned out to be an important one. Maluf was able to use eucalyptus as a raw material as well as an environmental platform. Flavio understands the importance of giving back. Maluf is a dedicated proponent of recycling, renewable energy and the green initiative in Brazil and around the world. Maluf has been repeatedly recognized for his charitable contributions.

Eucatex would not be the international company it is today without Flavio Maluf. The 2,300 Eucatex employees work for him because he cares about them and the world they work and live in. Maluf continues to expand Eucatex brands around the world, and at the same time he is spreading his environmental principles around the globe. Maluf may be Brazilian, but he believes the world is connected not only through business transactions, but also through the appreciation of natural resources and environmental causes.