Saturday, 11 March 2017

Betsy DeVos – Reasons She became the Newest Education Secretary Post and Rightly So

Betsy DeVos has within a month of becoming the Newest Secretary of Education has shown why is the best person for the job. Over the years, she has fought for school choice policies and would continue to encourage the states to adopt choice-friendly laws for education. Her goal is to get rid of all the barriers in the school system that might be keeping people of her country from thriving. She was to address the problems of the one-size-fits-all public education platform and wants to find a system that is more efficient in reaching the students.

Betsy DeVos and his husband, Dick DeVos have been criticized over the large donations that they have made to different political parties over the years. But those are a mere pocket change compared to what they have given away to various charities that come to about $139 million through their foundation that they set up in 1989. From 2010 till 2015, Betsy DeVos had made around $5.3 million in campaign donations, but that was merely half of the $11.6 million that she contributed to various charitable institutions in the country in 2015 alone. This strong couple believes in giving even though they are part of a large family that has been one of the biggest contributors of the Republican politics for many decades. Betsy’s charity choices show that education is a priority for her. In 2015, she contributed $3 million, approximately 26 percent of her total contributions, to different educational causes. She also contributed $357,000 to the various groups who are in support of educational reforms. Their foundation is among the America’s Top Givers. Betsy was on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she served will 2010. Betsy DeVos is a strong supporter of school vouchers and aims to provide the parents of the students with a much wider choice when it comes to the education of their children.

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Elisabeth “Betsy DeVos” was born in January 1958 in Holland Michigan and belonged to Elsa and Edgar Prince. She completed her early education in Holland from Holland Christian High School. Betsy then went on to study at Calvin College in Grand Rapids in Michigan. It was here that she gained interest in politics and graduated with a degree in business and specializing in administration and political science. She is married to Amway business heir Dick DeVos and four children, three of them who are married. She is also blessed with five grandchildren who she loves dearly. She has taken an active part in many social, cultural and political campaigns. She has served as part of board committee of many organizations and was also the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in the 1999s.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Julie Zuckerberg: Talented Executive Recruiter and Acquisition Lead

Being an executive recruiter is not quite as easy as it was a few years back. The millennials, who are taking over the banking sector, do not have as much focus as the generations before them. Thus, as a recruitment expert, you have to work hard to find the right talent that is motivated to do the job. Julie Zuckerberg is among the modern day recruiters that are using creating methods to attract new talent. She has been quite successful in her role, thanks in part to her impressive education background. Julie attended the City University of New York-Brooklyn and studied philosophy during her time there. She also studied law at the New York Law School. She began her career at Hudson in 2002 where she did a stint of five years. Julie used her time there to hone her skills in talent recruitment with great success. At the firm, she was responsible for the recruitment of paralegals, support staff, attorneys, and case managers in both permanent and temporary posts. She was also responsible for conflict resolutions between her new talent and the management at Hudson. Besides that, she was responsible for offering legal advice to the management to ensure that each recruitment was done within the law.


In 2007, Julie Zuckerberg moved to Citi Global Consumer Bank. At the firm, she was responsible for the recruitment of personnel to the Director and Managing Director positions for CitiCards and Citi Global consumer marketing. She also offers entrepreneurs advice on how to attract and retain talent, the latest compensation trends, recruitment strategies, and competitive markets. Her other roles at Citi included leading the negotiations for complex job offers that involved clawbacks, equity buyouts, immigration, deferred awards, and relocations. In 2004, she made a move to Deutsche Bank; the bank hired her after learning of her outstanding talent as a talent recruiter. At the bank, she was also responsible for the negotiation of contracts with external search firms. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining business relations with other organizations. Some of her roles at Deutsche Bank included design and implementation of regulatory initiatives such as IHC and CCAR.


In 2015, her role at Deutsche Bank was broadened. As the Talent Acquisition Lead, she now has the job of collaborating with entrepreneurs in Global Technology and Operations, private wealth, and commercial clients. She also continues her role as a recruiter at the bank. She is in charge of the strategic direction of all recruitment teams. Besides that, she is also responsible for providing advice on the best recruitment and hiring practices. Apart from her professional career, Julie Zuckerberg has several interesting activities that she loves including art, technology, and photography. Additionally, she considers herself a “foodie” who loves to experiment with different cuisines. It is how she relaxes after spending long hours at the workplace. It allows her to have the energy to deliver the best talent from around the world. Julie connects with other people through her social media platforms like Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Succeeding in Talent Acquisition in The Corporate Market: Tips from Julie Zuckerberg

Julie Zuckerberg is one of the leading female recruitment and HR specialist from New York who is now serving as the Executive Talent Acquisition Lead in Deutsche Bank. She is responsible to manage all aspects of senior level recruitments and provide full cycle recruitment services to its prominent functions including but not limiting to Private, Wealth & Commercial Clients, Asset Management, and GTO. These are some of the most crucial tasks that need highly talented staff which are difficult to find and recruit. However, Julie has been quite successful in managing the team need through her innovative recruitment approach and tactics. Very recently she has shared some of her secrets that made her so successful in hiring the right person for the right position at the right time.



According to Julie, most of the recruitment specialists work in a vacuum with less or no interaction with the businesses in the first place. Hence, it becomes quite difficult for the recruiters to find out the job specific needs and staff. Hence, she always works with the line managers, business partners and management from the very beginning to find out the organization need as well as what kind of competency to look for. According to Julie, a proactive approach could be really helpful for the recruitment specialists to plan their recruitment process and develop a strong pool. Julie is also a huge advocate for technology in recruitment business. She has introduced some modern and innovative recruitment strategies for some organizations such as Citi & Hudson where she implemented social network and referral programs to find out potential candidates. Julie also suggests that all recruitment personnel should sit down with the line managers to prepare an accurate and specific job description before going for advertising and head hunting. A job description is truly a helpful tool that helps the candidate to understand the job as well as assist the recruiters to find out the suitable candidate. An accurate job description also reduces any chances of reality shock as well. Hence, according to Julie, all recruiters should sit with the management and line supervisors to prepare the job description from the very beginning.



These are some of the secrets that have made Julie one of the most successful recruiters in New York. Right now, her position in Deutsche Bank entitles her to collaborate with different business leaders and manage senior-level recruitments as well as strategy development. Before becoming the Lead, she was working in this Bank as Vice President & Executive Recruiter of Talent Acquisition since 2014. Before this, she also served in Citi Global Functions and Citi Global Consumer Bank as Executive Recruiter for almost six years. Also, she has expertise in talent acquisition in the insurance sector as she served in New York Life Insurance Company as Corporate Vice President and Experienced Hire Recruiting Lead between 2007 to 2013. Her professional career in recruitment started from 2002 when she joined Hudson, a hiring firm as its Director of Candidate Placement. She has graduated from City University of New York-Brooklyn College in Philosophy and currently based in New York.