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Are we making progress on solutions for homelessness in Los Angeles? | Elise Buik

2019-06-25T23:00:55+00:00

On The Deciders with Renee Fraser this week is Elise Buik, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

The homeless crisis in Los Angeles is a housing crisis. Although we have seen a 12% increase in homelessness this year, there is hope. With help from Elise and her program Everyone In, there are 3,000 housing units in the construction pipeline and 21,000 homeless housed in 2018 alone. Fighting NIMBY (Not In My Backyard), this program helps to lift the hidden stories of progress, activate residents to stand up for housing in every neighborhood and keep up the political pressure for real solutions in all parts of L.A. County.

www.Unitedwayla.org

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Everyone In – www.everyoneinla.org

@EveryoneinLA

#EveryoneIn

Are we making progress on solutions for homelessness in Los Angeles? | Elise Buik2019-06-25T23:00:55+00:00

“I come first” Why that works? | Ashley Merrill

2019-06-18T22:48:32+00:00

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Ashley Merrill is the founder and CEO of a luxury sleep ware company Lunya. Using the benefits of performance clothing, she designs luxury sleepwear that is sexy but also restorative and comfortable. Boldly, Lunya uses the tagline “I come first.” Ashley explained this is about women putting themselves first and sexual innuendo.

Ashley is passionate about business. When she started running the business out of her house, she needed to hire people who she describes as the “swiss army knives” of people…people who can do everything. They are still with Lunya today – adapting even further.

Ashley’s mission is to make women’s lives better and designs her products to do just that.

www.lunya.co

“I come first” Why that works? | Ashley Merrill2019-06-18T22:48:32+00:00

Social Media, Love it or Hate it? | Jeff Howitt

2019-06-18T22:32:30+00:00

A recent poll for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News concluded Americans hate social media but they can’t or won’t give it up.

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Jeff Horwitt, one of the researchers who conducted that poll about the surprising findings. 82% say social media wastes our time and 55% say it spreads falsehoods but at the same time 70% report they check in once a day or more often.

The survey found Americans are struggling with social media and they want more government regulation. 57% say social media divides us, and 42% say they’ve made an effort to limit their time on social media.

The poll found that discomfort with social media is in all groups surveyed but highest among men, older people, Republicans, and supporters of President Trump.

www.wsj.com/articles/americans-agree-social-media-is-divisive-but

Social Media, Love it or Hate it? | Jeff Howitt2019-06-18T22:32:30+00:00

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your personal love story became a successful multi-million dollar international business? | Rosie O’Neill

2019-06-04T23:44:46+00:00

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Rosie O’Neill about how a movie date became the inspiration for Sugarfina, the luxury candy company for adults. Rosie and her partner created the company which now has an active online business and 40 retail stores in the U.S. and 2 in Hong Kong. They spent two years taste testing to find the best artisanal candy makers for their handcrafted luxury candies. They revived the lost art of high quality candies made by small batch candy makers around the world, some whose families have been making candy for centuries. Sugarfina has been named one of the world’s 50 most innovative companies and Rosie credits some of their multi-million dollars success to being very clear about their brand, keeping that small boutique feeling, and a philosophy that no idea is too crazy.

Sugarfina has been so successful they are able to give back by supporting KIVA an international organization that provides loans to women to help them grow businesses providing a reliable source of income for their families and their communities.

sugarfina.com

@sugarfina

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your personal love story became a successful multi-million dollar international business? | Rosie O’Neill2019-06-04T23:44:46+00:00

Is there a way to get involved and help people transition out of homelessness and gain employment? | Brit Moore Gilmore

2019-06-04T23:32:04+00:00

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to Brit Moore Gilmore, a woman who’s president of a company called ‘The Giving Keys’. They create inspirational jewelry and 100% of their production staff are people transitioning out of homelessness. Since they started the company they’ve employed over 120 formerly homeless people and have generated $5 million in revenues as they provide a living wage for people, and full benefits.

The company has been so successful in transforming peoples’ lives and creating a path to success for homeless people by helping people move up in their company or helping them gain other skills so they can find other jobs or in many cases, peole are able to start their own businesses. Their model has been so successful that they’re creating a toolkit to help and encourage other businesses and employers to join them in helping to create jobs for people who are homeless and give them a path to succeed.

www.Thegivingkeys.com

Instagram photos and stories @thegivingkey

Is there a way to get involved and help people transition out of homelessness and gain employment? | Brit Moore Gilmore2019-06-04T23:32:04+00:00

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be president of a large division? | Janet Lamkin

2019-05-21T19:08:00+00:00

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be president of a large division?

This week on the Deciders we talk to United Airlines President of California, Janet Lamkin, she shares her secrets of success.

Along the way in her career, earlier as California president of the Bank of America, and now as United’s President, Janet has also been a champion of women in leadership roles and she is working with United Way on an initiative called Empower HER to help women from all walks of life develop leadership skills so they can help make a difference in their own communities and spur social change.

Events – unitedwayla.org

www.unitedwayla.org/en/get-involved/events

Do you ever wonder what it takes to be president of a large division? | Janet Lamkin2019-05-21T19:08:00+00:00

What’s the next chapter in my life going to be and how do I create it? | Nora Plesent

2019-05-15T23:47:06+00:00

Ever wondered ‘What’s Next’…what’s the next chapter in my life going to be and how do I create it?

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser talks to an accomplished professional woman who has been a lawyer for over 30 years and is still a managing partner at a legal staffing firm got to a point in her life when she wondered ‘What’s Next’. So after taking stock of her life and trying to figure out ‘what’s next’ Nora Plesent decided to become a meditation teacher and she is now hosting events for women to meditate and create and experience supportive opportunities. It’s called The Gathering, and she hosts events are small and always focused on bringing out the best in people. She says she’s a nurturer by nature and these ‘gatherings’ create a safe nurturing space and allow women to experience the magic to be inspired.

What’s the next chapter in my life going to be and how do I create it? | Nora Plesent2019-05-15T23:47:06+00:00

Why Mobile Phones & Social Media Play Such an Important Role in our Lives? | Dr. Marc Milstein

2019-05-15T23:32:19+00:00

Have You Ever Wondered Why Mobile Phones and Social Media Play Such an Important Role in our Daily Lives?

This week on The Deciders Renee Fraser explores new research about how digital media and screens affect our brains and our emotional well-being. In fact, Dr. Marc Milstein says frequently checking our phones is compelling to our brain because there’s an element of surprise and the anticipation of an unpredictable reward. He also says we should know that neuroscientists are hired to make social media sites and games addictive.

New research also says that social media and technology are contributing to loneliness and depression in teens because when they follow people on social media they often feel like everyone else is having a better time than I am.

Dr. Marc Milstein often lectures on the latest scientific and health research. www.drmarcmilstein.com

Why Mobile Phones & Social Media Play Such an Important Role in our Lives? | Dr. Marc Milstein2019-05-15T23:32:19+00:00

Why It’s Vital to Talk, Read and Sing to Babies and Young Children | George Halvorson

2019-05-15T23:15:52+00:00

The State of California has a $500 million dollar a year budget from tobacco taxes that’s called First Five and it’s aimed squarely at early childhood brain development. That’s because in the first 100 days of life a newborn child’s brain is still developing.

The First Five Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read and sing to young children because that changes everything. In the first 3 years children learn vocabulary and are learning ready and much more likely to succeed in school. By age 4, any neurons in the brain that haven’t been activated and used are purged, and it’s very hard if not impossible to get them back.

Renee Fraser talks to George Halvorson Chair of the First Five Commission about why First Five gives away a million books a year, and you can go to the First Five website and get their free kit for parents.

www.first5california.com

The FREE Kit for New Parents includes the Advice for New Parents DVD, Puppy and Friends touch-and-feel book, Resource Guide, and much more. Kits are available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

Why It’s Vital to Talk, Read and Sing to Babies and Young Children | George Halvorson2019-05-15T23:15:52+00:00

How a Small Medical Clinic Grew into a Full Service Medical Facility | Debra Farmer

2019-05-15T23:06:20+00:00

Do you ever think about what happens to people who need medical care but don’t have any money or insurance?

Well many of these people end up receiving high quality medical care at the Westside Family Health Center and its President and CEO for the past 20 years, Debra Farmer is on the verge of expanding both the physical location and the number of services they can provide to better serve patients.

Providing high quality care to patients who often have no way of paying is no easy task…48% of their clients have no way to pay for health care, yet the Westside Family Health Center has been named one of the top 67 health clinics in the country. Debra says one of the keys to their success has been to create a team effort so patients feel empowered to make their own decisions about their health care.

Renee Fraser talks to Debra Farmer about the expansion of the Westside Family Health Center and their fund raising efforts so they can continue to serve a marginalized population of people who need health care, this week on The Deciders.

www.wfhcenter.org

@WestsideFamilyHealthCente

How a Small Medical Clinic Grew into a Full Service Medical Facility | Debra Farmer2019-05-15T23:06:20+00:00