Telepsychiatry aims to help

first_img Previous articleSTONE: Health is not defined by how much you weighNext articleFive things you need to know today, Jan. 29 admin Pinterest Telepsychiatry aims to help Facebook Facebook By admin – January 29, 2018 WhatsApp Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. About two years ago, Ector County Independent School District and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center agreed to offer mental health treatment through telepsychiatry.Director of Nursing Services Laura Mathew said about 30 students were served during 2016-17 and now about two to four students are seen weekly by Dr. Bobby Jain. Jain and the students talk through a connection that is compliant with federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, over a computer or laptop.The service cannot be provided without parental consent, Mathew said. Parental involvement is necessary not only to obtain prescriptions, if needed, but to provide background information on their child to Jain, such as how long the child has been feeling the way they do and what they’ve tried previously, Mathew said.“He’s good at sorting the family dynamics. Lots of times kids are difficult. The parents can give them a better idea of what’s really going on. …,” Mathew said.She added that some conditions run in families like ADHD or depression, although it’s not always that way.Patients Jain sees are age 5 and up, Mathew said.She said that the district is happy to have this agreement with Texas Tech because there are so few child psychiatrists in West Texas and the ones that are here have long waiting lists. She added that it is not a substitute for in-person counseling.Executive Director of Guidance and Counseling Nancy Vanley said the school nurse or counselor sets up the student’s paperwork and after that they are connected with Texas Tech for payment.Vanley noted that the students don’t have to leave campus to talk to Jain, which simplifies the process. They just Skype in, she said.Although there haven’t been large numbers of students participating in the service, Vanley said this is its first year.Students are seen every Wednesday in a two-hour block. If there is an emergency, Jain can make a referral, Mathew said.“The children in elementary school are going to be more ADHD or conduct disorder. … Disorders in teenagers tend to be more depression and anxiety,” Mathew said.Conduct disorder is when a child is difficult to manage because of constant temper tantrums, inability to get along with others, inability to take direction from parents, constantly defying parents, arguing and just being unable to get along, Mathew said.She said conduct disorders are more common in younger children, like age 5 to 8. Sometimes children have conduct disorder and ADHD, so the condition can be helped with ADHD medication as well as other medication for conduct disorder.Youngsters can grow out of conduct disorder and some can grow out of ADHD. Some adults don’t grow out of ADHD, but they find ways to cope with it by relying on wives or administrative assistants or using calendars and lists, Mathew said.Younger children may find it easier to take medication, but if you spend enough time with a child, they can learn coping techniques, Mathew said.Adults may find the amphetamines used for ADHD speed them up and make them jittery, she said. It has the opposite effect on youngsters, relaxing them and making them more focused.There are also slow-release medications that don’t pose much of a risk of addiction, Mathew said.Depression is one of the biggest targets for ECISD.“We’ve had suicides in the district, so we know that even children can get depressed,” Mathew said. “It takes a long time sometimes for them to actually get help because we don’t consider that children can actually get depressed.”That is why Mathew and other district officials wanted to introduce telepsychiatry. She said some students were having trouble focusing or were distant and wouldn’t interact with others.“It was hard for some of them to be in crowds because of their anxiety. They have social anxiety, so they couldn’t really mix. We do so many crowds in ECISD. I mean OHS (Odessa High School) has close to 4,000 kids, so just getting to class could create a panic attack,” Mathew said.She added that there are a lot of medicines that don’t produce addiction and let students get back into the swing of things.However, there is reluctance on the parents’ part to have their children see a psychiatrist because they think their child will be drugged, or the drugs will make their child a zombie. Mathew said there are some parents who think there’s nothing wrong with their child and that they don’t need counseling or medication.“Some parents expect kids to be perfect and it’s hard for parents to reconcile. I try to tell parents they can be better off if they get treated. Treating them for a mental illness with medication is actually the same as treating someone with diabetes with insulin, or treating somebody with hypertension giving them their medicines. If your child gets diagnosed with something that medications will help with, I think we need to go on and do that. But they have to see a physician first,” Mathew added.Jain said the telepsychiatry program also is available to ECISD employees. He hopes to expand the service to Midland ISD.For ECISD, Jain said he is seeing three to four patients a week, but he uses telepsychiatry to see patients at Springboard, an alcohol and drug treatment center in Midland, and to conduct consultations at Medical Center Hospital and Midland Memorial Hospital. He said Texas Tech also is covering some patients in the emergency room at Midland Memorial.He also hopes to add child psychiatry fellows. Accreditation was obtained, but Jain said Medical Center Hospital declined to fund it. Instead, Jain said he is going for private funding.Jain said adding the fellows will help expand psychiatric services in the region.Initial sessions last about an hour and follow-up visits are 20 minutes to a half hour. Depression, stress and suicidal thoughts are what he finds most in youngsters.Mathew said she thinks mental health problems in students have always been around, but they have become more apparent in the last five to 10 years.“This isn’t very different from the rest of the country,” Mathew said. “We’re just seeing more problems with students and adolescents throughout the country. It could be that social media is allowing kids to talk to each other and encourage each other to commit suicide, or bully other kids.” WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Local NewsEducation Pinterestlast_img read more

Obligation Of State To Constitute One Or More Juvenile Justice Boards In Every District : Karnataka High Court Issues Directions

first_imgNews UpdatesObligation Of State To Constitute One Or More Juvenile Justice Boards In Every District : Karnataka High Court Issues Directions Mustafa Plumber17 Feb 2021 8:11 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has said that it is the obligation of the State Government to constitute for every district one or more Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) for exercising the powers and discharging its functions relating to children in conflict with law within the meaning of Juvenile Justice Act. A bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty while hearing…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has said that it is the obligation of the State Government to constitute for every district one or more Juvenile Justice Boards (JJBs) for exercising the powers and discharging its functions relating to children in conflict with law within the meaning of Juvenile Justice Act. A bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice S Vishwajith Shetty while hearing a suo-motu petition seeking implementation of directions issued by the Apex Court in the case of Sampurna Behura and the petition filed by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan on Tuesday, issued following directions for improving the functioning of the JJ boards in the state. The directions are: The State Government shall ensure that all the JJBs are located in the premises as provided in sub-rule (1) of Rule 6 of the Model RulesThe court has observed “It is necessary for the State Government to ensure that the sittings of the JJBs should take place at the places specified in sub-rule (1) of Rule 6 of the Model Rules to achieve the objects of the JJ Act. If, in any of the districts, the location of JJBs does not satisfy the test of sub-rule (1) of Rule 6, necessary arrangements will have to be made by the State Government.”The State Government shall prepare a uniform model design of the offices of JJBs, taking into consideration the requirements of the JJ Act and Model Rules and in particular, sub-rule (4) and (6) of Rule 6 of the Model Rules. In addition, the State Government shall formulate a uniform policy regarding the infrastructure to be provided to each JJBs and staffing pattern of each JJBs. The State Government shall do so, after holding consultation with all the stakeholders including KSLSA. The model design and policy regarding infrastructure and staffing pattern shall be placed before the Court within a period of one month from today.Till this Court passes final order regarding the standard design and infrastructure, the State Government shall take all possible steps to provide proper infrastructure, staff and equipment to JJBs. The State Government shall fix outer time limit for making compliance which shall be placed on record in the form of an affidavit within a period of one month from today.The State Government shall place on record, within a period of one month from today, whether any steps have been taken by the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights for monitoring and implementation of the provisions of the JJ Act after taking into consideration the provisions of Rule 91 of the Model Rules. The steps taken by the State Commission for monitoring and implementation of the JJ Act shall be placed on record along with compliance report within a period of one month from today.The State Government shall consider conducting social audit of the performance of the institutions under the JJ Act and implementation of the State policies regarding children;The State Government shall report to this Court the steps taken for implementation of Rule-92 of the Model Rules, in the light of the discussion made in this order.The State Government shall provide all the requisite infrastructure to each JJB for conduct of video conference hearing; The court has directed the state to submit its compliance reports within a period of one month from today to the court. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing On March 2.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Many talents

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Helms said Mary Turner is the kind of person she would want living next door.“She’s artistic, patient, funny, a wonderful teacher and she can do everything,” Helms said. “She is just one of those awesome people you want to spend time with. Her priorities are all in the right place. You just realize that she’ll inspire you.”Turner considers herself a crafter, not an artist. “But really, the only kind of needlework that I don’t do is knitting,” she said. “I tried it and I just didn’t like it.”Turner especially enjoys creating pieces for those special people in her life, something as simple as a cross-stitch piece for a grandbaby or a Civil War uniform for a grandson who is a re-enactor.“Chris (Rouse) played the role of Gen. Winfield Scott in the movie, “Trail of Tears,” and Hollywood didn’t have a uniform for him so I made one,” Turner said, with obvious pride, not of her work but of her grandson, who is active duty military.“He takes his leave time to participate in reenactments of the Civil War and the War of 1812.”Turner’s talents are on display in the featured artist room in the Colley Annex.Several other rooms are devoted to the work of other Colley Complex artists.The Colley Complex Annual Art Exhibit will hang until Oct. 24.There is no admission charge and the public is invited.The exhibit will be open all day on Thursdays and on request at the Colley Senior Complex on Elm Street.For more information, call the Complex at 808-8500. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Artists’ Reception held at Johnson Center Southern traditions⎯ that’s what “Celebrating Contemporary Art in Alabama: The Nature of Being Southern” exhibit at the Johnson Center for… read more “I don’t even pretend to be an artist,” she said, with a smile. “I just enjoy doing things with my hands, from crocheting to ceramics, from tatting to quilting, from pottery to woodworking and upholstery. I just enjoy doing it all.”The diversity of Turner’s talents is every more amazing because she has been hampered by rheumatoid arthritis since she was in her late teens.“I had a good doctor and he told me to keep my hands busy,” she said. “He said if I let my hands stop, I wouldn’t be able to get them started back again. I haven’t let them stop.”If pushed into a corner, Turner said she would have to say that crocheting is her favorite needlework but quilting comes in a close second. Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Many talents Latest Stories Email the author Print Article Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Multi-talented Mary Turner is the featured artist at the Colley Complex’s Annual Art Exhibit at the Colley Annex on Elm Street. The exhibit opened Sunday, Oct. 11 and is sponsored by the Colley Complex Art Guild.The exhibit also includes the artwork of Guild members and others who are enrolled in the wide range of art classes at the Complex.“We wanted to feature Mary because she has had her fingers in anything and everything to do with fiber and art since she was little and sewing doll clothes,” said Suzette Helms, Art Guild president. “For many years, she stitched in private for herself and her friends. Her current passion is creating in crochet. Her other projects include quilting, embroidery, stained glass and fun things from the hardware store.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

News in brief

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. News in briefOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This month’s news in brief Australian export… Susanne Rix , creator of the latest peak performance technique, is flying infrom Sydney to deliver the first ‘Superworking’ programmes in the UK. Describedas “mind-body training”, the phenomenon has already been deployed inits native Australia among chief executives and senior managers. It works bytaking principles used to train professions which require extraordinaryperformance under enormous stress, and applying them to leadership andmanagement. Key subject areas are said to include extending performance cyclesand multiple intelligences. The courses are being run in the UK by TheSpringboard Consultancy.…and us import The Apter Motivational Style Profile tool is to be offered in the US byVirginia-based Otto Kroeger Associates. OKA is already known as one of thecontinent’s largest personality-type trainers and distributors of theworld-renowned Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment. The AMSP is based on thereversal theory of motivation and is said to indicate where someone might needto change in order to become more effective at work and fulfilled as a person.It has been adopted in the UK by the Central Police Training and DevelopmentAuthority.  www.apterinternational.comHelping hands The British Heart Foundation is inviting companies to put forward groups offour people to participate in a weekend team-building challenge. The BHF saidthe teams will learn valuable skills and help raise vital funds – 60 per centof the £2,500 ticket price will go to the BHF. shortlist The shortlist for this year’s Wolce e-learning awards has been announced.Categories include bespoke, generic, and online products of the year, alongwith best blended solution. Shortlisted entries include e-learnity’s e-learningenterprise for Coca-Cola Enterprises Europe and Wide Learning’s MoneyLaundering Prevention programme. Wiseman is a winner Pauline Wiseman, head of the Honda Institute, recently profiled in TrainingMagazine, has accepted the ‘Oscar’ of the motor industry, the Motor TraderTraining Award, on behalf of the Japanese company. The judges pointed to Honda’spersonal development programmes for 10,000 people within its three franchisednetworks, and that more than 800 training events were held in Honda franchisedcar dealerships in the UK during the past year. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


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St. Mary’s Pee Wee Results Week 3

first_imgBoysThe Lakers defeated the Hornets 26-19. David Kobryn scored 10 points and Christian Szyskowski and Agostino Petrillo each added 8 points for the Lakers. Chance Fischer had 17 points and Raiden Doherty 2 points for the Hornets.The Pirates defeated the Rams 32-14. Anthony Novello scored 16 points, TJ Santos 7 points, Logan Servodio 4 points, Kendrich Tibay 3 points and Angelo Squiteri 2 points for the Pirates. Joseph Olmo had 9 points, Justin Sgotto 4 points and Anthony Gonzalez 1 point for the Rams.The Blue Devils defeated the Knicks 24-14. Savun Raparelli scored 10 points, Nolan Raparelli 6 points, Ian Geisler and Christian Russel each 4 points for the Blue Devils. Brooklyn Kalafat had 6 points for the Knicks and Ryan O’Connor and Tony Olacio each 4 points for the Knicks. GirlsThe Blue Devils defeated the Pirates 22-14. Julia Hester had 12 points and Shelia O’Neill 10 points for the Blue Devils. Grace Iszczyk scored 8 points and Madison Beebe, Megan Beebe and Julia Potls each added 2 points for the Pirates.The Rams defeated the Lakers 21-13. Kayla Santopietro had 8 points, Payton Maguire 7 points and Samara Porch 6 points for the Rams. Sophia Rivera scored 8 points, Ella Janeczko and Alexis Kamrowski each 2 points and Avery Chrzanowski 1 point for the Lakers.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce New Orleans Late Night Shows During Jazz Fest

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits have announced a pair of late-night shows in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, set to take place on April 26th and 27th, 2019. The shows will take place at the brand new Fillmore New Orleans, set to open on Friday, February 15th, and Saturday, February 16th, 2019, with a pair of headlining performances from Foo Fighters. The new 2,000-capacity venue’s opening was initially announced during a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the iconic Fillmore West in San Francisco.As noted by the band, a BiscoTix presale lottery is now open until Tuesday, October 23 at 4 p.m. (CST), with fans being able to choose between one or two-night passes. Head here for the 26th, and here for the 27th. Public on sale begins next week, Friday, October 26 at 10 a.m. (CST) via Live Nation.Next up for the Disco Biscuits is a two-night run at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on October 19th and 20th, followed by a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas on November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. For more information on upcoming tour dates and tickets, head to the Biscuits’ website here.last_img read more

A globe-trotter, by design

first_imgEngineering graduate William Marks departs Harvard with a hat trick of achievements: a Fulbright Scholarship, which will send him trekking across northern India this fall; a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will pay for his doctoral studies at Cambridge University in England; and an offer of admission to Harvard Business School’s 2+2 M.B.A. program.Three very different prospects await him, but concerns about culture shock haven’t crossed his mind. His undergraduate biomedical research has already taken him to at least six countries — including Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and China — and he’s fluent in Mandarin and Spanish.“I believe the best way to get to know someone is to have a conversation in their own language,” he says. “At some point, Arabic would be a good pick-up, and I guess while I’m in India I’ll try to learn Hindi. That’ll take care of another sizeable chunk of the world population.”He’s not joking. Marks’ drive to connect and to build community is matched only by his urge to improve the quality of medical care for people around the world.“When he knows what he wants to accomplish, he doesn’t let anything stand in his way,” says Marks’ former adviser, Sujata Bhatia, assistant director for undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “He is sincerely motivated to make a positive difference using the tools of biomedical engineering, both at Harvard and worldwide.”“When I go to a hospital or see a doctor,” Marks says, “the first thing I do is look around: What kind of cool ‘toys’ and gadgets do they have around the office? What do they do? How do they work?”In India, he will visit city hospitals and rural clinics to learn about the nation’s health care system and try to identify opportunities for improvement. One effective device, he explains, can amplify the knowledge and efforts of individual clinicians and improve the quality of care for perhaps millions of patients. And Marks has a particular aptitude for innovative design, rooted in technical knowledge, as well as the problem-solving mentality of an Eagle Scout.“Sometimes it’s those kinds of solutions that you would normally not envisage being possible, useful, or practical that end up working really well,” says Marks, who admits having used dental floss to add the finishing touches to a blood filtration system he designed in his senior year at Harvard.It’s an attitude he attributes to Maurice Smith, associate professor of bioengineering, who taught Marks as a freshman in ES 53, “Quantitative Physiology as a Basis for Bioengineering.”“If, at the beginning of my career, there was one professor who made a difference, it was Maurice,” Marks says. “He’s responsible for giving me the bug for engineering. He just approached things in such a different way from everyone else. It was exciting. His methodology was to look at a problem and see what you had and where you could go from there — not looking at what everyone else had done and trying to figure out what came next.“But he also just taught me to persevere in problem-solving. Even if a problem makes no sense whatsoever, you can still find a way to get at it. That’s a skill that’s served me well in many different facets of life.”A native of Hollywood, Fla., Marks attended boarding school in New Jersey and spent several summers in China. He ran out of math classes in high school and applied to colleges as a junior.For a young man who ultimately would devote his spare time to leading prospective students on official tours of SEAS, Marks had a fairly unusual approach to college visits. He’d stand on a street corner interviewing students as they walked by: “What do you like about this place? What don’t you like? Where would you have gone if you didn’t come here?”Finally, though, Marks’ decision came from the gut. Paused outside Holworthy Hall one October day, he watched the students lounging in the Yard. “They just looked really happy,” he recalls, “and for whatever reason I decided that Harvard felt right.”When he arrived on campus that fall, he says, he “just sort of fell into the place.”His résumé reflects it. Marks became president of the Harvard College Engineering Society, statistician for the Harvard football team, finance director for the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum, “re-founding” member of the Harvard Shooting Club— founded in 1883, the team was disbanded in 2003 and restarted in 2009 — and a three-time winner of the Harvard College Innovation (I3) Challenge. He also served as chairman of the Fellow Selection Committee at the Institute of Politics, reviewing applications from world leaders to spend a semester at Harvard.“When you’re interviewing people who you see on TV on a regular basis, it’s pretty cool,” Marks says with a shrug.Understated but intensely driven, Marks contributed at Harvard to many design projects, including a deep-sea turbine to generate electricity for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; a moon-landing robot for a NASA competition; a biocompatible, injectable gel that solidifies as it warms to body temperature; and a software program called Shoesy, which analyzed biomechanical data to identify the best-fitting pair of shoes.“William has an incredible ability to quickly learn new things, process information, and apply what he has learned,” remarks his adviser, Bhatia. “He’s exceptionally good at thinking on his feet.”Marks graduated in May 2013 with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering sciences (and a secondary field in computer science). He now has the opportunity, if he chooses, to pursue a Ph.D. in medical materials at Cambridge and an M.B.A. here at Harvard.last_img read more

Sharing the Success of Dell’s Diverse Suppliers in EMEA: OrangeDoor

first_imgHaving recently joined Dell as the lead for Corporate Sustainability in EMEA, one of the areas I wanted to learn more about was how Dell supports women- and minority-run businesses by integrating them into our supply chain.Women-owned entities represent more than 30 percent of registered businesses worldwide (International Finance Corporation). Yet according to WEConnect International, a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers around the world, those women-owned businesses are earning less than one percent of the money large corporations and governments spend on vendors. It’s just one example of how these diverse businesses are missing out on opportunities.At Dell, we are working to change this. Our customers come from every nation, culture and walk of life, so it’s important all aspects of our business reflect that diversity – including our supply chain. In FY16, we spent more than US$4 billion with small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses. Plus, over the last decade, we have provided mentoring, training and networking programs to help thousands of our diverse suppliers to scale their businesses and find success.To understand how this relationship is helping women-owned businesses to succeed, I sought out one of our women-owned suppliers OrangeDoor founder, Elizabeth Heron (pictured above).Here’s what she had to say:Tell us a little bit about OrangeDoor, how did you get started?I originally started out in a very corporate environment alongside Boots Pharmaceutical on the launch of Nurofen in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Those were incredibly tough yet exciting and formative years which broadened my knowledge of the industry.Before I knew it, I was running fully integrated, highly innovative marketing campaigns for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. However, it was a hard, heartless environment and I soon realised it wasn’t what I wanted. It was clear, 16 years ago, that something was missing.I took the plunge to start OrangeDoor from my back bedroom in Bromley. Over 16 amazing years we have grown and built our reputation, becoming specialists in integrated marketing and events while creating a positive work environment – especially for women. I now have the pleasure of leading a team of 30 people providing that powerful secret ingredient clients look for: opening up emotional and targeted insights and delivering amazing results through attention to detail.What were some of the challenges you faced when you started out?The corporate environment was a completely different one to today. It was the era of power dressing, shoulder pads and women who fought their way into business. Women had to be, or at least look, invincible. Of course this wasn’t sustainable and we all felt pressured into presenting a hard, “iron lady” façade – and even worse, we were discouraged to discuss family or loved ones within the work place.We have a more modern mindset for the way we work at OrangeDoor. We have nurtured and developed many young women, giving them countless opportunities, showing them respect, and encouraging them to always push their limits with confidence.As a small business owner, there were some very quick learning curves to be understood without the support of senior departments and specialists, but corporate mentors help fill that gap. I stick with it because the rewards are so immense: the agility and flexibility of your business, the sense of family and cohesion within the team, the quality of the work environment… All these elements are simply irreplaceable and are at the core of who we are as a business.How did you first connect with Dell?In March 2000 I was contacted by a former colleague working in Dell’s EMEA PR team to take part in a competitive pitch for a press event in New York. I was tasked with taking a group of 30 pan-EMEA media members to a conference with CEO and founder Michael Dell, and Joe Tucci. It was a baptism of fire but proved successful!To this day we’ve had continuous year-on-year growth with Dell across the UK and the rest of EMEA, which has helped me grow my team and expand our capabilities to include fully integrated campaigns and engagement programs.How did working with Dell help you grow your business?I always endeavored to surround myself with supportive and likeminded business people and Dell has helped me unlock so many helpful relationships. Today I am supported by WeConnect, which has provided not only excellent professional networking but also exposure to other business owners who face similar challenges.A year and a half ago, we were selected to join Dell’s mentoring programme, which has given us invaluable insight into the way a corporation works. Through this programme, we have gained major understanding of Dell’s procurement issues and processes while strengthening one-on-one relationships with key figures in the business.How important do you think it is for companies to have a focus on supplier diversity?As a female entrepreneur outside the “old boys’ network” you want to show the world you can succeed on your own. But soon you realise that standing on your own feet doesn’t mean having to give up guidance, support and valuable relationships.Dell’s Supplier Diversity programme has provided the support we needed to grow and develop as a business. Dell’s commitment and passion are evident across senior management and there is a genuine desire to recognise opportunity and enable change. It is a privilege to be involved – in fact we now donate some of our time and services at OrangeDoor to extend the program and help other diverse suppliers.Is diversity something you think about when looking for suppliers for your own company?WeConnect unites not only corporates, but also suppliers. As a business at the forefront of our industry, we have a desire to engage with other companies in the group and build relationships that may prove fruitful for both parties. Not only does this add value to the network but allows for smaller companies, who might not otherwise get the chance, to enter the supply chain at a secondary level.If you had one piece of advice for women business owners who are just starting out, what would it be?Put trust in your team and embrace every challenge as a learning curve. Keep learning, growing and surround yourself with like-minded passionate people with integrity. The top of the mountain is a lonely place and the view is much better if you have someone to share it with!To learn about other ways Dell’s Legacy of Good goals are paying off for suppliers, customers, communities and the planet, visit Dell is committed to continually enhancing social and environmental responsibility in our supply chain. Learn more at read more

Washington Post journalist reflects on career

first_imgWil Haygood, biographer and journalist for The Washington Post, spoke in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on Tuesday evening about his work in journalism and about his books, including the award-winning “The Butler: A Witness to History,” which was released concurrently with the critically-acclaimed film of the same name.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Haygood, who is visiting campus as a journalist-in-residence of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said he was shocked to find that no one had told the story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight presidents, before he did. Haygood said he knew he had to retell the life story of such an interesting man.“I asked Allen if anyone had ever written a story about him. He looked me and said, ‘If you think I’m worthy I believe you’d be the first.’ It hurt me deeply that he didn’t consider his own life worthy of retelling,” Haygood said. “I had no idea how much the story would resonate with readers, but I knew I had a story that would excite me. I knew it was a story that I wanted to write.”Haygood described his intense desire to write as a reporter and the obstacles he faced just getting his foot in the door.“I didn’t have enough experience when I started out to be a full-time reporter so I decided to take a test to be a copy editor and I was hired,” Haygood said. “I was at that position for a year and a half, but I fiercely wanted to write.“So on my days off I used to go around town and talk to people and find stories. So after that time I had over 100 unpaid stories published in order to have some clips to send to other editors.”Haygood said he saw his writing career as a natural progression from his career has a journalist and that the two work together to help him in both pursuits.“A lot of the authors that I had admired had their roots in newspapers,” he said. “I was used to writing 3,000 word articles, and about 45 of those would be about the length of a book. I knew that if I wanted to write books that I would have the skills and the training.“I wanted to have my journalism lead to something else, and books just started calling me and grabbing my interest.”Haygood said for him, writing has always been about telling good stories and getting them to people in a medium that is unlike any other.“I think I’ve always wanted to write, to bring a picture to the page without a picture,” he said. “The best novels can make you see and visualize a whole world without any pictures. That’s what I want to do with my writing.”Tags: Gallivan Program, Journalism Ethics & Democracy, The Butler, The Washington Post, Wil Haygoodlast_img read more