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CONTENTS POWERHOUSE GLOBAL MAGAZINE (PGMAG) INTERVIEW WITH LARISA B. MILLER
MICHAEL J. HYNES
PETER A. BHEDA
JUDIT NAGY L.
HRH PRINCESS DR. MORADEUN OGUNLANA
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POWERHOUSE GLOBAL MAGAZINE (PGMAG) INTERVIEW WITH:
LARISA B. MILLER (LM)
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS PGMAG: As managing partner of Akon Global, in partnership with global superstar, Akon, and as a partner in K&L Partners, a global boutique consulting firm headquartered in Miami, Florida, you consult with public and private sector clients around the world to expand and accelerate their positions and market access, revitalize their business plans and models, and build or integrate recovery and resiliency strategies. What are your clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; key concerns today? Interview was conducted by:
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LM: A year ago, my answer to this would have been decidedly different than it is today, in the midst of a very disruptive and unprecedented year. Concerns today? Staying in business, keeping employees on the payroll, finding gaps in the market to help drive a way-forward, and being brave enough to pivot into this new direction. Small businesses are the backbone of our
When businesses are enduring difficult times, either due to internal or external catalysts,
Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and we have a collective responsibility to support and embrace small businesses and entrepreneurs who are struggling to regain their footing during this challenging time.
our firm has a distinctive approach to confronting these challenges and crafting customized solutions. While many Consultants look at a client’s situation from a linear standpoint (“How can I take what you already have and just tweak it to find a solution?”), we prefer to approach the challenges using an out-ofthe-box thought-process. When revitalizing business plans, innovating models, or helping a distressed business to recover and accelerate, we focus not only on ways to do it differently, but we create a unique roadmap for the company, staying with the company through integration and implementation. It’s one thing to say “this is what you should do”, but it’s quite another to formulate a strategy, assist in the implementation of that strategy, benchmarking the success along the way
It is my personal commitment to our clients to ensure that they are equipped with the strategies, tools, and knowledge to allow them to navigate the rough waters of the present, to prepare them to be the vanguards of the future.
communities, and we have a collective responsibility to support and embrace small businesses and entrepreneurs who are struggling to regain their footing during this challenging time. As a global consultant, we work with clients of all sizes on their business development, revitalization/growth strategies, sustainability plans, investment opportunities, market expansion, reputation management, and other customized services and values designed to enhance their operations. For me personally, the most rewarding feeling is having an opportunity to work one-on-one with clients, assisting in the transformation of their business, taking them from a position of vulnerability to a position of strength. These are the times when fortunes are lost, and fortunes are made. It is my personal commitment to our clients to ensure that they are equipped with the strategies, tools, and knowledge to allow them to navigate the rough waters of the present, to prepare them to be the vanguards of the future.
to ensure that the client is receiving measurable impact, and then quantify the results after a designated period of time. I don’t want to simply improve or solve a problem for a client, I want to find ways to differentiate them from their competitors, carving a unique niche for them in an overcrowded market space. This not only increases their profitability, but it creates value for their stakeholders and customers, as well. PGMAG: As a leading global Consultant, what has COVID-19 taught you about how fragile infrastructures are globally and how businesses shouldn’t be fractured by the crisis but strengthened? LM: While this is a very disruptive time for business, disruption leads to transformation. As businesses around the world are channeling large portions of their budgets into cybersecurity and making sure their employees have access to technology and connectivity while working remotely, and as physical office space sits empty, we are embracing this as our new way-forward. Even when this pandemic stabilizes and it is safe to go back to “normal”, it will be far too costly and
inefficient to put things back the way there once were. We can’t go back to normal when normal was clearly the problem. KPIs are up, overhead is down… welcome to the new norm.
We’ve allowed ourselves to get too comfortable in the somewhat erroneous belief that our government will be able to come to our rescue in times of economic downturn, natural disaster, or, clearly, pandemic. Perhaps we are learning a hard lesson about our own role and accountability throughout this time of systemic recovery. As we re-evaluate our strategies, implementing new mechanisms and policies which will transform our operations, we must establish contingencies for the fractures which have appeared – and continue to appear, in our supply chains, operations, distribution, and services. It would not be unreasonable to use the past few months as the measure by which we reshape our future, ensuring that we weigh each catalyst and consequence to formulate flexible and adaptable plans for our new enterprise models. We are living in an increasingly complex, interdependent, and globally integrated world where systems that support the operation
of modern society are facing increased vulnerability and are more susceptible to largescale failure. We have the ability as business leaders and consultants to help off-set large-scale failures in the future by helping to shape recovery and resiliency plans as a central pillar of business for the future. PGMAG: Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, we have a responsibility to support and embrace small businesses. What should small businesses be asking themselves in the wake of the COVID virus? LM: How do we identify the gaps that I can fill? How can we shift our strategies and restructure to fill these needs? How do we differentiate ourselves in very crowded market space? All important questions to ask…all are difficult questions to answer. First, it is important to remember that nothing is as vulnerable as entrenched success. As entrepreneurs and business leaders is critical to make sure that we don’t get so comfortable in our operations, taking our successes for granted, that we aren’t constantly looking for innovative and out-of-the-
feels appreciated will always perform above expectations, and in times of challenge, the value of a motivated and empowered employee is immeasurable.
box ways-forward. This can be difficult, especially when we are stuck in the mental cattle chute of our tried and true business models. Ask yourself this…during difficult times, when we are facing lapses in the supply chain, operations, and offtake, how do we open our perspectives to recognize new opportunities? One of the most obvious ways – and keep in mind that during stressful moments in business, sometimes what is most obvious solutions can also be the most difficult to see, we have one very valuable asset that we MUST recognize and utilize…our employees. Too often, business leaders shoulder the weight of responsibility, keeping financial and operational worries to themselves. Your employees, however, are one of your most valuable resources for “hacking” apart problems to find out-ofthe-box solutions. Make them ‘stakeholders’ of the future of the business by showing them that you have confidence in their value and respect them as a member of the team by allowing them to participate in the revision of your business blueprint. By engaging employees, leaders can view the gaps and challenges in a much more open-minded manner. An employee who
PGMAG: It is not business as usual, where do you see the most need? LM: We cannot do business as usual because business, as usual, plays a role in where we are now…struggling to regain our footing. We know that it would be smart to have a financial reserve for a rainy day. We recognize that we need to have a risk management plan. We plan to integrate a resiliency strategy “someday”. Well, COVID has been the catalyst that has forced us to see that “someday” has arrived. Knowing what we should do and having the time, ability, or resources to do it might be entirely different. This is where the value of an outside consulting firm can play a strategic role. Utilizing an outside firm can assist businesses to objectively assess operations and efficiency, and formulate a one-of-akind strategy, helping to carry businesses into this transformational future. K & L Partners is an awardwinning firm, offering clients a
it would be smart to have a financial reserve for a rainy day. We recognize that we need to have a risk management plan. We plan to integrate a resiliency strategy “someday”
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a valuable roadmap – a framework for a triple bottom line future – people, planet, and profit.
team of industry experts with several decades of aggregated experience, allowing us to innovate, revolutionize, and globalize our clients’ strategies. We don’t just want to make our clients more resilient and profitable; we want our clients to disrupt the expected way forward, setting the standard that others will be compelled to follow.
PGMAG: What’s the most important thing you are working on right now, and how are you making it happen? LM: I wear so many hats, and we are moving forward with projects on many fronts. As Akon’s partner in Akon Global, we are working on affordable housing “cities” here in the USA, providing
edgy, modern, sustainable housing at an affordable pricepoint. One of the greatest shortages we have in America is the access to affordable housing options that can make homeownership attainable across the community. And what we are seeing during this time of the pandemic, where so many people are facing unemployment, is that we will
Additionally, Akon Global is working on Smart City, technology/data, and energy projects around the world. Moving critical development forward with a mind to sustainability is the center-point of our global future, and Akon is committed to helping build a sustainable future, therefore, we ensure that our investment and development projects are making a sustainable impact while solving some of our most critical global needs. PGMAG: Why is sustainability critically important to businesses as we move forward in this decade? LM: In this UN-declared
Decade of Action, we must recognize that we are the stakeholders of the future. We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. And yet, we are handing our children the most fractured planet in the history of mankind. The future of our health, food security, and economic viability depends on how well we integrate4 sustainability into our environment, our societies, and our global economy. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a valuable roadmap – a framework for a triple bottom line future – people, planet, and profit. If we adopt the SDGs as the blueprint for our impact, we have the power to create an equitable and viable future for the coming generations. As business owners and as individuals, if we attempt to target all 17 of the SDGs, our impact will be token and diluted, at best. However, if we select one or two of the goals where we can affect the most change, channeling our focus and effort to that goal, we will most assuredly contribute a quantifiable change. We are the last generation who has the power to save the planet, potentially reversing the catastrophic impacts of
climate change. We are the stewards of the planet, and whether our planet thrives or fails is up to us. Each business and entrepreneur should make sustainability and corporate social responsibility an integral part of their business model PGMAG: You have worked with many women and minority-owned businesses. Why are inclusion and diversity so important today? LM: The United States has long been regarded as the melting pot of the world, uniting all nationalities, ethnicities, races, and religions. Diversity is the foundation of America and capitalism is important to the achievement of the proverbial American dream. While there are mechanisms in place to make business ownership accessible to women and minorities, too often they are left to navigate a rather complex system without guidance, mentorship, or resources. Further, once a business is operational when they need to re-evaluate strategy, formulate growth models, or look at market expansion, they are left to figure it out for themselves, since hiring a large consulting firm is usually financially unattainable. Through our
have an increased need for affordable housing solutions in the future. For too many decades, Americans had a “keep up with the Joneses” mentality, living above their means, with high mortgage payments and cash-poor bank accounts. We are being forced to realize that we can have much more if we learn to live with less – and by more, I mean we can have greater peace of mind, more flexibility, and more money in the bank if we have edgy and sexy housing options for a fraction of the prices that the “Joneses” are paying.
belief in and commitment to small businesses, we offer fully customized, one-on-one solutions, taking advantage of the incentive programs and grants which are available for women and minority small business owners. I fundamentally believe that consulting perspective and guidance should be accessible to everyone – not just the large companies with deep pockets. We must begin to support one another in order to contribute to the vibrancy of our communities. It can’t be us against each other, it has to be us together for the solution. PGMAG: What do you see as the biggest challenge facing women in business? LM: There are advantages for women in business, such as financing programs, concessions, and incentives, making the leap into entrepreneurship and business ownership more attractive and accessible, but there are also distinct challenges which women still struggle to overcome, such as access to capital. Capitalism is the root of a strong economy and society, and the perspective that women bring to business – either as owners, leaders,
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or team members, contributes greatly to the overall success of a business. We tend to be more out-of-the-box in our thought processes, we have emotional creativity, and we introduce concepts for creation, operation, and diversity that enhance many business models in a unique and transformational way. While we struggle to access the same levels of respect, access to resources and we still live in a society that makes it challenging for a woman to balance work/life responsibilities, we have made great strides. We have earned our place at the board room table, and as long as women work to uplift and empower one another, there is really nothing we can’t achieve or challenge we can’t overcome. PGMAG: How important is visibility during this time? LM: You can’t buy what you don’t know about…you can’t patronize a business you can’t see. No matter how good you are at what you do, or how unique your service, if no one knows about you, then you are handicapping your own potential. PGMAG: Let’s not Survive but Thrive. Expound on this idea.
LM: The goal in life should never be to simply survive. Regardless of what curve balls life throws at us, there are always ways to restructure, regroup, recover, flourish, and prosper. To thrive in life, we must be resolute in our commitment, flexible enough to pivot when circumstances warrant, nurture our ability to make a decision, and the strength to remain resolute in the face of challenge. PGMAG: You are a much sought after speaker. What are the key areas you will be discussing in the near future? LM: Just as the events where I was scheduled to speak have changed during this unprecedented year, so too have the topics. While I remain committed to the “big picture” themes which are important to our long-term future, such as having a 2030 strategy and expanding to global markets, my immediate mandate is to make sure that small- and medium-sized businesses have the ideas and tools to help them navigate our present storm of uncertainty, finding gaps to allow them to move forward from a position of strength rather than fragility. There is a way forward for each and every business during this
PGMAG: What is your perspective on remote teams and the impact on ROI? Is remote the wave of the future? LM: We are never going to go back to “normal”. Period. With corporations and companies channeling millions of dollars into technology, connectivity, and cybersecurity, ensuring that employees can work from home, and with the uncertainty of how long we will have to be socially distanced, we need to face the fact that this will very likely be the preamble to the future of business. When employee KPIs remain high, overhead costs are low, and businesses see that they can do without large corporate footprints and subsidiary offices, we will never spend the money to put it all back the way it was before. In a matter of seconds, we can connect with team members around the globe. Board meetings can be conducted without the expense of travel. We can be together
if we choose, but through technology, we can be together while being apart. PGMAG: How important is it for you to be a role model, especially for young women? LM: Our greatest responsibility is to our youth, preparing them to step into this future equipped with the vision, tolerance, tenacity, and determination to achieve their dreams without giving a second thought to ‘possibility’. There is a quote that says, “we don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our youth”, and it is our collective mandate to share our wisdom, knowledge, and expertise with you – especially young women, who often struggle with self-esteem and gender-based challenges. I challenge everyone…mentor one person – make difference in the life of just ONE person in your whole lifetime and you will have an ancillary impact on millions, as the difference you make to just that one person will impact their descents forever.
We are never going to go back to “normal”. Period. With corporations and companies channeling millions of dollars into technology, connectivity, and cybersecurity, ensuring that employees can work from home, and with the uncertainty of how long we will have to be socially distanced, we need to face the fact that this will very likely be the preamble to the future of business.
difficult time, but sometimes we need someone with an outside, unbiased perspective to be able to identify these strategies. It gives me great personal satisfaction to be able to be that outside voice of perspective for small businesses.
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MICHAEL J. HYNES (MH)
REVOLUTIONIZING THE ANTIQUATED SYSTEM OF EDUCATION PGMAG: Your mission is to spread the message of the importance of a holistic approach to educating children. What led you to this approach?
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MH: I believe I’ve always had an unconventional view of the true purpose of school. I never thought the purpose was to receive high grades and regurgitate information. I didn’t like school as a child and believe many children are stuck in “purgatory” and endure thirteen years just and can’t wait to finally “get out”! Schools are notorious for standardization...creating a “sameness” of children as well as the ranking and sorting them. I never did that as a teacher and certainly push-back against that as a school superintendent. Over the years I learned that children flourish by creating the conditions for them to maximize their potential and discover their talents. A healthy mix of self-directed play, arts, physical education, academic subjects, and more creative endeavors will allow children to delve into a much needed “inner” and “outer” journey where in the end, they can self-actualize.
PGMAG: Share your background in education. MH: My background begins with my experiences as an elementary school teacher. I’ve been fortunate to teach at multiple grade levels. From there I was an elementary and middle school principal. Once I moved up to the District Office, I served students and staff members as an Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. I’m now a Superintendent of Schools in my third school district. I also teach at Stony Brook University and Long Island University. PGMAG: As the Public School Superintendent of schools for the Port Washington School District, share your perspective on the COVID era of education. MH: We are in unprecedented times. All schools around the world had to pivot very quickly to remote instruction which is a very hard thing to do. There are so many things in and outside of education this pandemic has turned upside down. I’d like to think in the education space we have an opportunity to reimagine and rethink how we can serve students. The safety of our students and staff is our first order of business. Not far behind is the importance of
mental health for students and staff. We can really begin to address the whole child if we put our minds to it. PGMAG: You have focused on transforming schools by tapping into Potential Based Education, which focuses on the significance of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development for students as well as developing strategic plans for school buildings and school districts. Tell us about your initiatives. MH: In our schools, free play and recess has declined, and school and structured activities
have taken over most child and family lifestyles. It's hard to conceive that the 2017 Center for Disease Control report on "Strategies on Recess in Schools" identified only eight states that have policies requiring daily recess in schools. In fact, the "United Nations Standards of Human Rights" endorses that federal prisoners have at least an hour of outdoor exercise every day. If a prisoner in jail has this endorsement, why wouldn't we allow the same right to our children in our schools? I recommend one hour or more of recess and self-directed play every day. My previous school
district offered our children 40 minutes of recess and another 40 minutes for lunch. We also introduced yoga and mindfulness in grades K-8 and high school elective courses in both yoga and mindfulness. With the guidance of Peter Gray and Lenore Skenazy from the “Let Grow Project,” our school district has successfully instituted a "before school play club" at all seven of our elementary schools. Each Friday morning, students have the gift of mixed-age level and self-directed play opportunities for one full hour. Our school district has close to seven hundred elementary students beginning their day "playing" outside. The adults
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are instructed to intervene only in an emergency. Teachers and principals have found the students who participate in our "Before School Play Club" to be less anxious and more on task when school begins. PGMAG: Your holistic approach to education is transforming education. Have you always thought “Out of the Box?” MH: I believe my experiences have led me to view the purpose of education in a different way. Now is the time for our school leaders to generate a new compelling philosophy of education and an innovative architecture for a
I believe my experiences have led me to view the purpose of education in a different way. Now is the time for our school leaders to generate a new compelling philosophy of education and an innovative architecture for a just and humane school system.
PGMAG: Why is your leadership needed more than ever? MH: Now is the time for our school leaders to generate a new compelling philosophy of education and an innovative architecture for a just and humane school system. We must refocus our energy on a foundation built on a sense of purpose, forging relationships, and maximizing the potential and talents of all children. Let’s take advantage of the possibility that our nation’s attention can shift 180 degrees, from obsessing over test scores and accountability to an entirely different paradigm of physical, mental, and emotional well-being for students and staff. It is our collective responsibility to foster engaging and meaningful environments when educating our children in
the new era of a post-pandemic education. As the great philosopher John Dewey stated over one hundred years ago, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” The first sentence in the 2018 World Bank Group’s Flagship ReportLearning: To Realize Education’s Promise states, “Schooling is not the same as learning.” I couldn’t agree more. The report continues to speak about that as a society, we must learn to realize education’s promise. Now is this the time to revolutionize this antiquated system built on old structures and ideologies. PGMAG: Your trip to Finland changed your soul. Share your perspective. MH: As I traveled through Finland with my dear friend William Doyle (a NYT BestSelling Author), we met with top government officials, education professors, classroom teachers, and elementary-school students. We were stunned by what we observed: A society that selects and respects teachers like elite professionals; a worldclass network of vocational and technical schools; a school system that reveres and protects childhood
We must refocus our energy on a foundation built on a sense of purpose, forging relationships, and maximizing the potential and talents of all children. and encourages children to experience joy in learning… and where teachers shower children with warmth and attention; where children are given numerous free-play breaks; where special-education students are supported; and where children thrive. This is a philosophy of education I whole-heartedly believe in. PGMAG: Tell us about your new book, “Staying Grounded” 12 Principles for Transforming School Leader Effectiveness. MH: In my book, Staying Grounded, I frame out the importance of articulating one’s own philosophy of education, understanding your purpose, and understanding the importance of child and adolescent development. Our children and adults within our schools need you to be at your absolute best. An educator who is constantly working toward “Staying Grounded” will SEPTEMBER 2020
just and humane school system. We must refocus our energy on a foundation built on a sense of purpose, forging relationships, and maximizing the potential and talents of all children. To the best of my ability, I try to see the school system and the school day through the eyes of our children. We are here to serve them and if that is outside the box...we have a lot of work to do.
be someone who is a strategic leader who leads within and amongst the levels of self, others, and the organization they serve. Leadership of self includes the responsibility of being self-aware and proactive in developing personal strengths. This is what the 12 Principles provides. I’ve heard that leadership is never about wielding one’s authority, it’s about empowering people. This book is meant to take that concept many steps further. For years my wife Erin has asked me when I would write a book about my views about the future of our education system and school leadership. The two are inextricably linked together. PGMAG: What is your philosophy in life? MH: Very simple. To serve others and leave the world a little bit better before you entered it. PGMAG: As an Educator, what has surprised you the most? MH: What has surprised me the most is our love affair with the ranking and sorting of students. We still love to test kids to death and overemphasize content areas
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and not enough on creativity and divergent thinking opportunities. In too many ways, our education system hasn’t changed much since the 1950s. PGMAG: You are a much sought after TEDx and keynote speaker. What are your topics for the near future? MH: I have a real passion for our special needs children in our system. My daughter Sadie has Down Syndrome and I feel like we need better experiences and structures in place that allow all children to flourish. The same for our children who just arrive from another country and have to learn English in a new environment. A school is only as good as how they serve their most vulnerable populations. I have some virtual conferences planned this fall.
PGMAG: Where do we go from here? MH: I believe we have a lot to learn from COVID-19. We were forced to slow things down, become reacquainted with our families, and behave in a much different way. In many ways slowing down can be scary but it can really provide a lot of clarity. I believe in the next few years we will have many educators retire because of the massive changes taking place in very real-time. I believe when this is all said and done if we don’t take this opportunity to make real systemic changes to our education system...I’m not sure we ever will. Look for more self-directed learning opportunities for students and more of a focus on what all children deserve...well-being. Twitter: @MikeHynes5 Instagram: @michael_hynes7
PGMAG: What would people be surprised to know about you? MH: That I graduated in the bottom 10% in my high school class. My guidance counselor said I wasn’t college material. And here I am thirty years later. I almost believe him.
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PATRICIA SMITH (PS)
From a Homeless Young Woman to CEO of a Multimillion Dollar Home Healthcare Company Interview was conducted by:
(PGMAG global partner and international journalist)
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“I Persist,” the biography of Patricia Smith, provides a first-hand perspective of her journey from abandonment in Spanish Town, Jamaica, to an outcast and homeless young woman in New York. Through years of hard work and perseverance, Patricia became the CEO of a multimillion dollar home healthcare company.
PGMAG: Freedom was your ultimate goal in your journey to wellness that surprisingly manifested into wealth. Share your backstory in this. PS: Emotional pain weighed heavily on me. At times, that crushing pain weakened every fiber of my being. I could hardly get out of bed at times. It is the worst kind of pain because, you can’t take a pill and get rid of it in the moment. You have to work with it. That arduous task of working assiduously under the cloud of depressive symptoms is no walk in the park. I describe my depression mainly at a high or medium intensity. It is rarely at a low intensity. Accordingly, I had to fight hard to find something that I could do to make a living and avoid becoming a bum. Though I had a postgraduate degree in nursing science, it did not serve me well because nursing work required that I show up at a time the job dictates. So, I had to explore different career options like Real Estate. Still, this did not
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work because I had to wait too long to get paid. Ultimately, I went back to nursing and worked for an agency where I could put myself on call when I felt well enough to work. My ultimate goal was to feel free to work on my own time and pace. It was mostly in the spring and summer months when my energy surged. I worked like a horse as I don’t know how long the surge would last. When the fall and winter months came I was totally wiped out. It took a while to understand that pattern and cycle but I did. As William Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I got Depression from where? I don’t know but I managed it in a way that eventually gave me financial freedom. PGMAG: Share your challenges and the lessons you learned from them. PS: I realize that I did not create myself or the challenges that
I realize that I did not create myself or the challenges that lead up to my deprived and depraved situations in life. I therefore had to observe divine consciousness and work on that which was lacking.
lead up to my deprived and depraved situations in life. I therefore had to observe divine consciousness and work on that which was lacking. Low self-esteem was a major challenge. I learned that getting an education helped me realize an honest estimation of myself. My other big challenge was depression. I learned that everything worth having took tedious and private hours. So, while my counterparts were on frolic, I took time out to learn about depression. I learned that it is manageable if I really got to know myself, my pattern and cycle. Taking on too much to do can overwhelm and frustrate me quite quickly. Being a single mother, working and going to school was extremely hard. But I learn the strategy of pacing myself to decrease the burden. I also learned that the only thing that does work is hard work. Work that needs to get done because it is a stepping stone to getting what I truly desire, the freedom to enjoy the fruits that I am planting, cultivating, nurtured, watered, and tended to with love, care, and attention, every single day. I learned that doing the things that need to get done, regardless of whether I enjoy doing them or not was necessary to move in the direction of my dream and
reach my destination. I also learned that if I was going to get rid of my old identity, I had to drop the deprived and depraved story and boldly step towards my glory. Staying the same was not an option or I could die on the backward escalator. PGMAG: Where did you find refuge during these times?
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NO ONE inspired me and I am really serious about that. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than anything else.” If success was to be it was entirely up to me and I truly believed that.
PS: I found refuge in the quiet, stillness, and comfort of my bed. I didn’t think anyone cared and I was too embarrassed to tell my story. Though concentration was poor at times, I read to increase my knowledge and make me feel better about myself.
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PGMAG: Who has inspired you? PS: NO ONE inspired me and I am really serious about that. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Always remember that your own resolution to succeed is more important than anything else.” If success was to be it was entirely up to me and I truly believed that.
PGMAG: Your book, “I Persist” is your journey from homelessness to becoming the CEO of a multimillion-dollar home healthcare company. Share key points from your book. PS: The book was not written to make money because I already have money. The messages are more important
PGMAG: When you were homeless, what did you want to shout out to the world?. PS: I wanted to shout out “I have infinite possibilities and potential, please help me”. PGMAG: What does success look like to you? PS: For me, success is to be known all over the world as an ambassador, a change agent, and advocate for women who believe they are crippled by their past and cannot overcome challenges to succeed in their endeavors. Women who believe that their past challenges determine their destiny. Emily Dickinson,
an American poet once said, “If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain.”If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain or help one fainting Robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain”
parents. A mother, a father or a guardian. Whether this person is biological, foster, or adoption it wouldn’t matter. A comforter to lean on when leaning became necessary to guide and direct me during child and early adulthood.
PGMAG: What is your advice for women entrepreneurs?
PS: Entrepreneurship is a maledominated space. My advice for women Entrepreneurs is, do not feel intimidated, disappointed, or surprised at insults and attempts to undermine your worth and intelligence. Some men have trouble accepting the adage that a woman’s place is outside the kitchen. Often the victimizer is not even conscious of his/her behavior because it has become a norm to view women as only having a place in the kitchen. If you can’t educate with the manifestation of your worth, then ignore the victimizer and get on with your business. PGMAG: If you could rewrite your story, what would it include? PS: Growing up feeling alone is an awful feeling. If I could rewrite my story, I would first equip myself with nurturing
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than money. The message of overcoming low self-esteem, fear, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, helplessness, and parents leaving their children in search of a better life and having left their children without a life are more important than money. As Helen Keller once said, “character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved ”Fortunately, I am the mongoose that conquered the snake.
Peter A. Bheda is the Principal of PB Global Advisory (an international hotel advisory and consulting firm) and Chairman/CEO of Frontera Hotel Group, a US based hotel management company based in Dallas, Texas.
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PETER A. BHEDA (PB) PGMAG: Thank you for granting us this interview. PB: It is my pleasure to be with you. PGMAG: Our research shows an exceptional leader, and a significant contributor in the 'Humanitarian' arena. Please share a brief of who you are and what you are about in the world. PB: Never give up. It is simple. It is an adage, but it is one I have lived by and one I have taught my children, and all the leaders I have helped develop in my career. We have infinite possibilities before us in life, our profession, our calling and our passions. I have learned to always
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strive to be the best and find the resources and tools to help get there. My mountain is my profession, and I must climb it every day. I simply wanted to thrive and be the best I could. I started to climb the hospitality ladder, winning over recognition from my superiors and that motivated me to continue to be my best. I quickly found myself sharing my success tools with others: hard work, preparation, a keen sense of being open and creative to try new things. PGMAG: As an experienced leader, what are the five top keys to leading a successful team? PB: Dynamism. I keep strong, capable, excited
PGMAG: In this current global climate (COVID-19), what do you think leaders should be doing in order to promote diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace? PB: I recently posted an article on LinkedIn that garnered over 40,000 likes, which may not be a lot for many leaders and entrepreneurs; but for me it was remarkablenot because it was me that
penned the message, but because it touched the heart of the line level employees who were struggling to survive the unprecedented times we live in. My message was to the CEO's and the large financial institutions and owners of the hotels, to please take care of their staff. I presented a formula hereby the stakeholders would set aside funds to address emergencies like COVID-19 so they will never be caught off guard and unprepared to help support their employees in times of need. No CEO called me, but I received thousands of messages from hotel housekeepers, a cook, and utility workers, bellmen, doormen, servers, customer service representatives and many other hourly staff to thank me for fighting for their welfare. That was quite gratifying. PGMAG: As a successful entrepreneur, what are the few key steps leaders could apply to aid business recovery in this challenged time? PB: I know that nothing is forever, including adversity. Our need to strive and to know and predict is inherent. I am not one to sit by and take the punches as they come. I
need to be the driving force of change and development. I am always there to support and encourage my team to do things right. That does not mean that I do not trust others, or I do not delegate; instead, I surround myself with excellent team members and associates. I have always felt the need to take on the heavy lifting so we can all enjoy when the day is done. I enjoy being a driving force and seeing results: good and bad. With good news, we continue, and we reap the reward and celebrate as a team. With the bad, we try again and try something different till we reach the desired result. Today, we have COVID-19 and it has turned us upside down. I am responsible for the success of my company, my employees, their ability pay bills and feed their families and pursue their own passions and interests. I want to be a catalyst for that. I speak to my staff once every other day via zoom and tell them how much I appreciate their commitment to serve, despite their hours being cut. I also speak to the furloughed staff to check up on them and see if they need any help in finding a new job or helping them update their CV's and in some cases preparing them for an interview. My passion to
people on my team. I have taught leaders who have gone on to real estate, finance, human resources, revenue management, sales and marketing and operations. I have a knack for finding and retaining talent and as much as I enjoy learning, I enjoy giving to those in my professional care and thrive on seeing their successes and professional growth. I encourage my team to experience and find newness. Additionally, I keep abreast of industry trends, keeping a vast professional network, sharing ideas and concepts, yet holding to my favorites: hard work and preparedness. Our industry is ever evolving and keeping a mix of fresh approaches combined with tried and true core beliefs has given me win after win.
help others who do not have a voice is not limited to my own staff, but it encompasses the entire world. I sometime reflect on my own difficulties when I first came to this country with nothing in my pocket, yet I survived, through sheer determination and the will of God. PGMAG: What is your message for aspiring leaders? PB: An aspiring leader must conduct himself or herself to leave a positive impression with whom they may be working with, like a footprint in the sand. A leader must be constantly aware of how others experience him or her and should be mapped along seven dimensions: • Authenticity, the quality of being true to oneself. • Competence, the capacity to do the work of leadership and take his/her team where it needs to go. • Humility, acknowledging other's contribution and realizing your own areas of weakness and limitations. • Resolve, a steadfast and powerful commitment to see things through to the end of the process. • Warmth, likeability and caring about other as human beings and
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individuals. • Elevation, and setting high expectations to energize others and finally… • Faith, creating a sense of possibility and confidence in what can be achieved. PGMAG: What are the top three books that changed your life? PB: Hamlet, Gone with the Wind and Pride & Prejudice. All these books read over a period of the last 10 years has had a profound impact on how I view the family dynamics, the close family ties and its implications. While these books were quite interesting to read, some of the content appeared to out of touch from the reality of today's environment. I think my best teacher and guide and what truly changed my life was the superb guidance I received from my father. My Dad has always been my inspiration and while he did not even complete his high school, he was a man of immense moral character with the highest of integrity. Though he left this world a little over three years ago, the profound, heart piercing, gut punching impact Mr. Bheda had on my personal and professional life has been very powerful. It was the loss of a great man I had admired,
Be prepared and always expect the unexpected. looked up to, and revered every minute that I had spent with him. His compassionate nature and his ability to win over anyone regardless of the age or gender was remarkable. He taught me to be humble, never to give up, never to lie, never to cheat or take advantage of people who are weak and cannot defend themselves. He instilled in me the positive energy to never let my age determine the will and determination to achieve greater things. He died at the age of 86 peacefully at home with his children, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren by his side all who had come to witness his graceful death, as he admonished every one of us to be kind and take good care of each other. He truly is my aspiration. My journey has taught me that not all life experiences can be presented in a form of a framed degree that one can place in an office or home. The hard lessons I have learned throughout my career, and the
My mountain is my profession, and I must climb it everyday. amazing people I have met over the last four decades, became a reward in and of itself. Given the option, I would not change any of my experiences, both positive and negative, because they helped shape me into the person I am today. I feel I reflect how my father would want me to be. I also feel a sense of gratitude knowing that his soul may be content, knowing that I have not wavered in my commitment to uphold his legacy. PGMAG: How would you describe your style of leadership? PB: I recently learned through my Harvard Leadership Certification, that a true leader is approachable and must have credibility. I think credibility is not only on the technical side of the equation, but it encompasses humility and resolve which together conveys know-how and authority. I also feel that an effective leader must be trusted and be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;student of solution rather than a master of problems. It is that
drive to improve my leadership skills, and after 30 years in the c-suite, I am an adjunct Professor at Boston University while getting my master's degree at the same institution. It is an incredible opportunity, and I cannot wait to engage in a classroom environment with other cohorts from around the world. PGMAG: What would you say to your younger self?
PB: Be prepared and always expect the unexpected. I recently interviewed someone for a key position within my organization and during the discussion, he revealed that in the course of his work, he had seen it all. I was not impressed with that statement as I do not subscribe to that point of view. There is no way any one of us has seen it all. Market conditions, consumer tastes, branding, and global activity SEPTEMBER 2020
shift everything we do. My advice is to prepare yourself. There is so much out there that one choosing to follow similar path will see and do, and it will shape one as an individual, as a professional. Be open to receive that, and then share it with those coming behind you. PGMAG: If you knew what you know now, what would you do differently? PB: I would not change a thing! I would still collect trash and remember earning $2.25 per hour in 1972, work long hours, shed tears, live through turbulent times yet succeed at every project I embraced. I now know that everything I went through was a life lesson and these lessons are now the core values stemming from those difficult moments. PGMAG: What makes you laugh? PB: Children make me laugh, life makes me laugh, animals make me laugh. and something I laugh at myself for acting like a child when I am with them. Its an important trait to be at lest happy so your life has some memorable moments. PGMAG: Thank you once again for granting us this interview. We wish you every success on
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your journey. PB: I am honored that to have been selected for your iconic publication that is read and admired by world leaders and I wish you the best in the future. PGMAG: Please share your links with our readers. linkedin.com/in/peterbheda www.pbglobaladvisory.com www.fronterahotelgroup.com
BIO OF PETER A. BHEDA Peter A. Bheda, Principal at PB Global Advisory LLC Known as a fearless and dynamic leader with over forty years of experience in the global hospitality business, Mr. Bheda is revered in the highest stature by his team of associates and investors. Prior to establishing his own hospitality ownership and management firm in 2013, he excelled as SVP of Operations with Highgate Hotels and oversaw 32 major assets across the United States, generating a total of $1.6 billion in revenue with Net Asset Value at $4.6 billion. He was instrumental in bringing 13 branded and independent hotels to the portfolio and was honored with the “Finest Westin Conversion”
award by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. As VP of Operations & Development for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, he provided global direction to the most profitable division within Wyndham, consisting of 22 hotels with annual revenue exceeding $200 million. In addition to his recent accomplishments, Mr. Bheda spent time as VP of Pakistan Service Limited and provided corporate oversight and operational expertise for Pearl Continental Hotels & Resorts, all of which were members of the “Leading Hotels of the World”. Mr. Bheda holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. He is a professor at Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration and is simultaneously pursuing a Master’s Degree from the institution.
JUDIT NAGY L. (LNJ)
Judit Nagy L. is a contemporary artist based in Switzerland, Zurich.
PGMAG: Judith, welcome to today's interview. LNJ: Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and tell about my artistic path. PGMAG: Please tell us who you are and what you are about in the world. LNJ: We all have more than one role to play in this life on Earth. Me too. Of course, all of these roles build your own personality - and to get a more complete picture of who we are, they should be put together as mosaic pieces. I can identify very strongly and happily with the mother role (they call me MAMAger: D), with
the role of spouse, with the role of painter (who aims to create unique portraits of wines), with the role of friend, but for example my role as a daughter is unfortunately very unbalanced. This variety of inputs makes us so very unique. In the end, life is our private "one-man show" of individuality, a colourful palette that we offer the world to make it even more diverse. PGMAG: Please share with us a brief on your painting with 'wines'. LNJ: As a wine painter and wine taster I search for the individuality of every bottled story to express them in my painted visual stories I
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named it IVVArt Method ©. "Each wine is individual. In each wine (variety, vintage, origin, soil, age) lives an unrepeatable and inimitable genius of its own In each wine lives a little angel, who, if you drink the wine, does not die, but when the human being drinks, the little genius arriving is received by those already present with song and a rain of flowers.The little fairy is enchanted and
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almost bursts with joy in the fire. This flame of joy spreads in man and seizes him, but he can not defend himself, so I say: a glass of wine is the deathstroke of atheism. "~ Béla Hamvas: Philosophy of Wine I wished to express that happy little "soul of the wine" it embodies in us every time during enjoying a wine. Cheers! :) Illustrative image: Judit_
As a wine painter and wine taster I search for the individuality of every bottled story to express them in my painted visual stories I named it IVVArt Method ©.
Nagy_L_Flames_of_Happiness. jpg PGMAG: What is your message for an upcoming painter? LNJ: Treat your internal fire as an Ariadne thread, it is your treasure, the purest source for creativity. PGMAG: How do you create work/life balance?
LNJ: I don't think it's something that could be kept for a long time. Since life cannot be static, a work-life balance, as I see it, is just a short, quiet stop in the flow of ceaseless or hectic activities. PGMAG: What are the three books that changed your life? LNJ: 1.) Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist
I don't think it's something that could be kept for a long time. Since life cannot be static, a work-life balance, as I see it, is just a short, quiet stop in the flow of ceaseless or hectic activities.
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2.) Shirley MacLaine: The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit 3.) Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now PGMAG: If you know what you know now, what would you do differently? LNJ: I would not waste my time and energy serving other desires, they do not serve my destiny. I would not seek recognition from the wrong people because and I would not accept a manipulative, conditional "love". I would be much more free and authentic. PGMAG: What would you say to your younger self? LNJ: Because love is an ALPHA & OMEGA of everything I would say this: "I love you forever and never leave you. Help yourself, God will help you too.â&#x20AC;&#x153; PGMAG: Thank you for your time today, and we wish you more success in your journey. LNJ: Thank you for asking me questions that have led me to self-reflection. I hope the reader will enjoy this article and some of them will be interested to learn more about the exclusive IVVArt - In Vino
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Veritas Art Method. PGMAG: Please share your links where people can find your work. LNJ: You are welcome to read more about me and my wine paintings here: https://www.invinoveritasart. com (icons for my Instagram, LinkedIn or FB profiles are in the top right).
I would not waste my time and energy serving other desires, they do not serve my destiny. I would not seek recognition from the wrong people because and I would not accept a manipulative, conditional "love". I would be much more free and authentic.
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HRH PRINCESS DR. MORADEUN OGUNLANA (HPDMO) Princess Dr. Moradeun Ogunlana is the Chair/CEO of The Global Summit Group Inc, President of Innovative Global Consulting Group of companies, Ambassador of culture uniting USA, China and Africa. Her Royal Highness sits on several Board of organizations.
PGMAG: Your Highness, welcome to today's interview HPDMO: Thank you, Lady Anita, for this opportunity to speak to the world. And I must congratulation you and your magnificent team on the great works that PowerHouse Magazine has been doing to not only empower youths, but to create opportunities for rural women and youth development. Your passion for the upliftment of humanity is highly commendable. PGMAG: We were unable to state all the powerful positions which you occupy as a global influencer because they are too numerous to list. Please briefly share with us what you are about in the world. HPDMO: As a recognized leader on women empowerment for Africa in the United States and around the world, I am the UN Global Ambassador and
CEO of The Global Summit Group Inc, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization - a participating member of the UN Global Compact, doing amazing work around the world on Women empowerment and community economic development. I am also extremely proud to serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the Fight Cancer Global, a global corporation that transforms the global cancer ecosystem, by applying a comprehensive, 360-degree approach into ONE patient-centric community for all players, through global engagement and collaboration in over 60 countries worldwide. I also serve as an Ambassador for Peace for the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) and the Universal Peace Federation, and I am the Royal Trustee for the Royal Biographical Institute, a prestigious foundation under with HRH Dr. Yomi Garnett as The Chancellor/CEO and the Chairman of the Board of Royal Trustees of Royal Biographical Institute, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (King) Dr. Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife, the Foremost African King. I am a Royal Princess by birth, and I am descended from one of the oldest and most distinguished royal family lines
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I am a Royal Princess by birth, and I am descended from one of the oldest and most distinguished royal family lines in Lagos, Nigeria. I am the granddaughter of His Royal Majesty, David Ajasa Ogunlana, the Obanikoro of Lagos, in Nigeria, who ruled from 1948 to 1969. in Lagos, Nigeria. I am the granddaughter of His Royal Majesty, David Ajasa Ogunlana, the Obanikoro of Lagos, in Nigeria, who ruled from 1948 to 1969. I am also the greatgranddaughter of the ninth ruling King of Remoland, in Nigeria, His Royal Majesty, Oba Liyangu Owabagbe Adenuga, the late King Akarigbo of Remoland, Ogun State of Nigeria. My uncle was the recently deceased King of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, the King of Lagos , who ruled from 1964 to 2003. HER ROYAL ROOTS Her Royal Highness can be summarily described as follows:
| AN AFRICAN PRINCESS AS GLOBAL CITIZEN | | A BUILDER OF TRANSCONTINENTAL TIES OF COOPERATION | | AN EMINENT AMBASSADOR OF CULTURE | She was born a Princess, and with every fiber of her being, she is a total repository of the finest culture and heritage of regal African, nay Yoruba aristocracy. A scion of two revered royal families in Nigeria's South West, she arrived the United Sates in her teens, and within a time frame of thirty years has evolved into a formidable personification of all that is excellent in feminine enterprise, both on the entrepreneurial turf, and on the humanitarian terrain. A native of Nigeria, Princess Ogunlana is descended from one of the oldest and most distinguished royal family lines in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the granddaughter of His Royal Majesty, David Ajasa Ogunlana, the Obanikoro of Lagos, in Nigeria, who ruled from 1948 to 1969. She is also the greatgranddaughter of the ninth ruling King of Remoland, in
She is a Princess of Lagos. Lagos, a coastal Yoruba settlement that was traditionally known as Ă&#x2C6;kĂł, is a city in the Nigerian state that bears the same name. The city, along with its adjoining conurbation, is the largest town in Nigeria, and on the African continent. Officially recognized as, not only one of the fastest growing in the world, but also one of the most populous urban agglomerations on earth,
Lagos has gradually evolved to become a major financial center in Africa, and in many respects is likened to New York as a center of commerce and finance. Considered a megacity, Lagos has the highest GDP on the African continent, and it is also home to one of the largest and busiest seaports on the continent. I am the Founder/Executive Director of African Women's Health Project International, Inc (AWHPI), www.awhpi. org an international nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that is focused on the global empowerment of women through access to healthcare,
economic empowerment, trade associations, cultural development, and partnerships. The African Women's Health Project International was born out of a passion and spiritual calling that gently kept pulling at my heartstrings. Today, it is active in eight major American cities and ground works is underway for the launching of a major health-care initiative and medical care facility in 2022. Founded in 1999 and incorporated in 2003, the mission seeks to improve health care thus the quality of life for women and children in African countries. In Africa, where homeland resources fall short, my fervent hope is to fill the
Nigeria, His Royal Majesty, Oba Liyangu Owabagbe Adenuga. The King of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, who ruled from 1964 to 2003, was her uncle.
gap with outside donations of medical services, including supplies and equipment. I run international offices in Nigeria and Ghana that organize free medical clinics, and distribute medicines, medical equipment, and supplies to women and children in impoverished areas around the world. You have women over in various communities in Africa who have had 10 children, yet they don’t know what a pelvic examination is all about. They’ve never had a pap smear. I found this to need sense of urgency. Seeing the conditions of things and going back into the townships, I knew I had to do something! I saw that access to adequate health care is out of reach of many African families, particularly women and children whose needs are greatest, because of the cost just to see a doctor and the scarcity of health care facilities and physicians. The consequences are a high infant mortality rate, prevalent diseases in some areas, and a high incidence of preventable deaths, and with the scarcity of food and proper nutrition, this compounded the problem. A businesswoman and Public Information Specialist, the princess has cut an impressive niche in the promotion of the culture and customs of Africa. Right after graduating from
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Princess Ogunlana is the author of the bestselling book: The Achiever’s Power – Fifty Golden Nuggets to Becoming an Unstoppable Achiever, and has received numerous humanitarian awards, commendations, and congressional citations, and most recently the Governor’s Excellence Award from the state of Arkansas. the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis on Public Information, she knew she wanted to use her degree to promote and introduce the community and nation to “my Africa,” as she fondly calls it. She immediately established the DE African Elegance Fashion Production, and soon followed it with her first retail store location that catered to African fashions for the entire family. Not long after this, she would make an impressive entry into the wedding attire and wedding planning industry. A fashion designer by trade, she is the wedding coordinator and director of Bridal Blessings, a complete wedding boutique in
Arkansas, that offers wedding attire and planning services that are totally African, traditional, and custom-designed. African clothing, accessories, and keepsakes are also among her offerings. Having being brought to America as a teenager by her father, Prince Richard Ogunlana, back to her homeland when saw economic and living conditions that had changed drastically and certainly not for the better. "A lot of my motivation was an experience that I had back in 1997 when my grandmother passed away,” she shares. “I saw a lot of people living in what we in America would call poverty.” She says she was particularly moved by a nine year-old boy who was trying to get the scraps of food leftover from the picnic her family was having on the beach. When she finally met the family, the mother had six other children with her while a one-year old was feeding off one of her breasts, while the other breast was green, gangrenous and obviously cancerous. The glaring lack of medical care was a sobering experience for the princess. “I knew I had to do something,” Upon returning back to the United States, she immediately began
and their patients face every day in many areas around the world. With the ongoing donations of functioning but unused medical equipment, supplies and funding, Princess Moradeun and her team at AWHPI are helping to bridge this healthcare gap. A Transcontinental Bridge Builder And Ambassador of Culture. In November 2008, she was appointed the Country Managing Director (CMD) of Nigerian Sister Cities by the African Global Sister Cities Foundation, under the umbrella of Sister Cities International, www.sci.org, to provide effective leadership support in the coordination of all the programs and activities of all sister cities in Nigeria, working towards the achievement of SCI's goals. She currently serves as the International Coordinator for the Nigerian Ambassadors for Peace In The Diaspora Initiative. Appointed by the Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, she served two fiveyear terms as a Commissioner with the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, and a five-year term as a Little Rock Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. The Princess is also Convener,
The Global Summit Inc. First Ladies Forum (UN), Ambassador for Peace at the Universal Peace Federation (UN), Global Ambassador For African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), Global Ambassador at Grand Triangle, Inc (UN) / GATE-Atlanta International Summit and Distinguished Royal Trustee For The Americas at Royal Biographical Institute. Princess Ogunlana’s commitment to promoting women, nationally and internationally, stems from her decade-long involvement with the Sister Cities International, both as a commissioner and a global citizen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to medical care for women and children in underserved communities. Widely recognized for her outstanding leadership of providing access to health and wellness for women, she was awarded the Arkansas Governor’s Volunteer Excellence Award in the last four year in a row for AWHPI works in the community as well as overseas. Princess Ogunlana is the author of the bestselling book: The Achiever’s Power – Fifty Golden Nuggets to Becoming an Unstoppable Achiever, and has received
connecting with the medical community. Her brother, Dr. Babajide Ogunlana, a podiatric surgeon in Houston, Texas, serves on the board as the Medical Director, in addition to Dr. Olabode Olumofin, an internal medicine physician. "Over here, we know that early detection of any disease is crucial to keep the disease from turning into something worse. Untreated and undetected health problems eventually lead to death,” she notes. Each Spring, AWHPI embarks on a 12-day Medical Mission to Africa, and the reason why the princess is consistent with this engagement is the parlous state of Medicare in those regions, as evidenced by how women agonize in labor on stained, makeshift beds, the ill and premature babies lying in rickety, paint-chipped cribs and decrepit incubator, the steady and arduous work of ill-equipped doctors and nurses through the night, doing all within their power for each what they can for each patient, the painful, but careful rationing of medications and dressings so that they can do the most for the most, and the avoidable cancellations of surgeries due to a lack of consumables as fundamental as sutures. These are the medical hardships healthcare providers
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PGMAG: You were recently inducted at the UCAT in United Nations as an Ambassador of culture uniting USA, China and Africa. Please tell us a little bit about what this role entails.
“You are more than good enough for all that you desire!” So many people struggle with that feeling of not being good enough, and it affects us on a subconscious level in both our personal and professional lives.
HPDMO: In 2014, I convened the 2014 New York International Elite Global Councilwoman Summit: Forum on Economy, Culture and Health as a side event of the UN General Assembly at the United Nations. This event also incorporated the Official Launch of the Global Council Of Women For Development (GCWD) and the Signing Ceremony of the Sino-African Economic and Cultural Cooperation Forum, where I assumed the position as President. GCWD is the international forum for the comprehensive evaluation of the socio-economic, political and intellectual development of women in the new millennium. It is conceptualized to provide a neutral pedestal for a global collaboration of governments, organizations and businesses for the continued well-being,
social emancipation and economic empowerment of women worldwide, utilizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 as veritable guideline. It was at this event when I was inducted as the United Nations Ambassador of Culture, uniting the USA, China and Africa through the instrumentality of promoting Culture, and Development of Health/ Wellness programs among the women of the World; and by promoting Peace Building. In fact, I just finished my 10 year term as a Commissioner after I was appointed a Commissioner by the Mayor of Little Rock, and the Board of Directors of Little Rock Sister Cities Commission, serving two terms as the ViceChair/Commissioner on the Commission's Board. I was
also a former Ambassador of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, my group was accorded significant responsibility as Official Host of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting during President Bill Clinton’s first official visit to Arkansas during his first term as President of the United States. In November 2008, I was appointed the Country Managing Director (CMD) of Nigerian Sister Cities by the African Global Sister Cities Foundation, under the umbrella of Sister Cities International, to provide effective leadership support in the coordination of all the programs and activities of all sister cities in Nigeria, working towards the achievement of SCI's goals. PGMAG: As an advocate for 'women empowerment', what do you think women should do 'less' in order to stay empowered? HPDMO: Being empowered means there's no greater accomplishment than thriving in the things you love. I think women should do less of competition and more or collaboration. Stop trying to dabble into others' race or intrude in their lane. Don't get lost in the battle of relevance instead of fighting the war
numerous humanitarian awards, commendations, and congressional citations, and most recently the Governor’s Excellence Award from the state of Arkansas.
for your wholeness. I believe Women are special species and we have enormous power. This becomes all the more significant especially because the Global Summit on Women Empowerment, of which I was the Official Convener in my capacity as Chairman of The Global Summit Group, only recently held at the United Nations, and impacted a major change that is now bringing two powerful organization: The Global Summit Group and International Women Think Tank organizations to launch the Women United for Global Change in the southern part of the United States even amid this global pandemic crisis. More importantly, I come from a background of very strong, powerful, assertive and phenomenal women. Women, who have defied the gender dynamics for centuries and led with heart and passion. Phenomenal women as my mother, my grandmother and other women in my family background taught me that a woman has the power to lead and to shape the world. Women from my background thrive on high emotional intelligence with a strong sense of community. They strongly identify their connections to the community in all their
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My message for world leaders is the need to anchor the point that for true impactful changes to occur, there needs to be a concise efforts by all to work together collectively to bring about inclusion of women in the decision making at every level. work with an inbuilt generosity of spirit. These powerful women taught me to act with generosity and nobility towards those less privileged. And it is this belief that has kept me lifted as well as grounded. PGMAG: How do you create work/life balance amidst your busy schedules? HPDMO: Frankly, mine has been such a busy life that I hardly know where to start. However, to introduce sane brevity into a tortuous career, I have derived tremendous fulfillment from building cultural bridges across the continents of the world. However, creating a balance between work and life comes naturally as I am blessed to work in a position that I love, and which allows me the freedom to work remotely
while being with my family even as I travel all over the world. PGMAG: What is your message for world leaders? HPDMO: My message for world leaders is the need to anchor the point that for true impactful changes to occur, there needs to be a concise efforts by all to work together collectively to bring about inclusion of women in the decision making at every level. I believe women are wise and comprehend many sides of complicated issues, and create novel and innovative solutions to problems. As leaders, we are continuously working for the good of the whole group, not just for personal power or glory while inspiring others by understanding their perspectives, capitalizing on their strengths, and overcoming their weaknesses. And we persist until a job was done, even if it meant personal sacrifice. Women lead with wisdom, integrity, and inspirational power every day, in their families, their workplaces, and their communities. They often arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognized for this leadership, because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wave their arms and ask for recognition. Instead, they simply harness
PGMAG: What are the top three books that changed your life? HPDMO: In the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mary Mason narrates a particularly uplifting story that was sent to her during a very depressing period of her life. It had to do with a donkey that fell into a well and the owner couldn’t figure out what to do to save him. So, he concluded that since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. The man invited a few of his friends to come over and help him dig the well. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into it. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s friends continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step
differently? HPDMO: We all know: In society, men are the face of But I also believe power, but women are the that my book: The cultivator and the wielder Achiever’s Power – of the power and strength Fifty Golden Nuggets beneath. Every day, women to Becoming an utilize their strengths to lead unstoppable Achiever others to better lives. In quiet has now fit has a top ways, and in bold ways, they shelve in my vast book take others by the hand and lift reading collection. them up, they build and nurture up. Pretty soon, everyone was lives, they create and inspire amazed as the donkey stepped organizations, and they leave a up over the edge of the well radiant mark on the world. and happily trotted off! I had to So, I challenge you, Today, to retell this story to illustrate how focus on your strengths, and God, in His infinite love and the strengths of the women care for His children, can make you know, rather than on every negative plan targeted at weaknesses. Notice how those them to work for their ultimate strengths play out in small good. In God’s agenda, there ways and big ways, and notice are no accidents. The other how much they affect other two of my favorite books that people. By doing this, you all I always have on standby are: are woman of strength, so let :The Burden of Freedom” by us build their strengths so that Dr. Myles Munroe and “You they can do anything they want Become What You Think to do in life, and be brilliant in About” by Vic Johnson – How whatever they do. As women, your mind creates the World lets take up this challenge you live in. and dare to be powerful, we are sparking a revolution in But I also believe that my book: the very concept of what it The Achiever’s Power – Fifty means to be a woman. We Golden Nuggets to Becoming are bringing these strengths an unstoppable Achiever has to the care of our families, to now fit has a top shelve in my the marketplace, to community vast book reading collection. service, and to political leadership. And the world is a PGMAG: If you knew what you better place for it! know now, what would you do SEPTEMBER 2020
their strengths to get the job done, fix problems as they arise, and help people in need.
PGMAG: What would you say to your younger self? HPDMO: No one goes through life without fumbling at one thing or the other. But the secret of those who’re excelling in life is that they have learnt to let their past stay dead. Indeed, as Hilary Clinton, once said, “Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been.” Make peace with yourself because of your own sake; for the sake of your physical well-being and sanity. To be at peace with oneself is to be well, and the poor who is at peace with herself is better than the rich who has no peace. Realize that you cannot afford to be too proud to make peace, for then the pride would ruin you. Realize that you cannot be too bitter to see that there is a chance to make peace and let go of negative circumstances and people (for there will always be such), otherwise the bitterness would eat you up till you are a mere bag of bones. Make peace with yourself—be your own peacemaker. Let go of all negative things and people. Then lastly, I believe everyone should challenge their limits. You can never know your full capabilities until you
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challenge your limits. So, begin from today. Ignore limiting thoughts from within yourself, as well as the negative opinions of others around you. Reach out to greater heights. Stretch your imagination. Dare the impossible. There is so much more you can be. Your best is yet come PGMAG: Finally, who would be your ideal travel companion? HPDMO: My ideal travel companion will be a really good by John Grisham and good selection of music PGMAG: Thank you once again for granting us this interview. We are grateful. HPDMO: It is my great pleasure. Thank you for including me in this prestigious magazine. PGMAG: Please share your links with our reader. HPDMO: My official personal website link is www. princessmoradeun.com where you can learn more about me and order some of my life transforming gifts and offerings. My Book: The Achiever’s Power – 50 Golden Nuggets to Becoming an Unstoppable
Achiever. It is a must read. Order online at: www. theachieverspower.com African Women’s Health Project International www. awhpi.org Innovative Global Consulting www.innovativeglobalconsult. com The Global Summit Group Inc www.globalcouncilofwomen. com Fight Cancer Global www. fightcancerglobal.com
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Digital Fashion Show SEPTEMBER 19, 2020, LONDON
ushing diversity in every way from ethnic backgrounds, size, shape, height, and age House of iKons will continue to highlight beauty and creativity during Fashion Week, September 19, 2020, London. Through their digital platform, they will showcase emerging designers and creatives.
House of iKons success so far to date is based on the unique concept, celebrating the new generation of global creative talent. Being the voice for emerging creatives. "We position our â&#x20AC;&#x153;iKonicâ&#x20AC;? designers as market leaders who create trends and not follow. The creativity from around the world infused with their local culture has become trendsetting within their own right."- CEO, House
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House of iKons Fashion Week London live shows have pulled in over 1,000 people per day in attendance, with private clients, buyers, department stores, and boutiques, also in attendance high net worth guests. Their designers have platformed worldwide and working with celebrities such as Jlo, Katy Perry, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and many more which can be seen on their social media and various press. Designers have also been selected from the shows to be wardrobe designs for feature films. In September 2016 House of iKons dedicated their LONDON Fashion Week show to ‘Prince’. House of iKons was the only fashion house worldwide to dedicate their show in the tragic passing of this iKonic artist. The show was aired worldwide and House of iKons received support from Prince’s Tribute team, who also flew in to attend and witness the show. 2018 ‘Robots on the Runway’ by Honee caused a storm worldwide, that show was watched by over 350 million viewers worldwide via BBC World and BBC Minute
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February 2020 more international designers from as far as Thailand and LA as well as up and coming emerging British designers graced the catwalk. The last fashion week show was a huge success; 42 designers under one roof in one day exhibited couture from around the world. House of iKons has joined forces with various TV channels and YouTube channels
giving further exposure to 400 million viewers worldwide. The latest collaboration is with a USA Reality TV show ‘Rising Fashion’ set to air with Amazon Prime TV. House of iKons is an official Associate to the International Art Fashion Council, and House of iKons is now on Wiki Video as one of the Top SIX Brands
As a result House of iKons is now one of the top 6 brands Innovative Voices in The Fashion World on Wiki Vid. Which is what House of iKons has stood for. Highlighting beauty, creativity from around the world pushing the boundaries that fashion, art, and creativity is for everyone regardless of color, ethnic origin, religious beliefs, size, age, and sexual orientation. We will continue to showcase our iKons and shake the pillars of the fashion industry. These are the innovative voices of fashion’
World Wide changing the face of fashion with its innovative diversity and range of creatives globally. "Pushing diversity in every way from ethnic backgrounds, size, shape, height, and age. We will continue each season highlighting beauty and creativity not just in design and music but for ALL regardless of
color, ethnicity, size, shape, and sexual orientation; as everyone has the right to feel and look good, feel confident about who they are in the HERE & NOW!! Everyone has that right and we will continue to push boundaries and stereotypes. We are still a small drop in this BIG OCEAN... But we will continue to create a storm and bring beauty and creativity to whoever you are,
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various industries around the world have had to change their businesses to online and digital platforms. Fashion is no different. Many of the fashion weeks around the world were affected as ‘Live’ shows with the buzz of the audience, buyers and press could not be in attendance and collaborate digital shows are now being created as designers will show their new creations and stream live on digital online platforms for various fashion weeks around the world. House of iKons Fashion Week London takes place during the prestigious calendar
where ever you are, from around the world.
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The ‘high-end fashion in the House of iKons September 2020 digital show Fashion Week London will be “An intimate insight into the world of our iKons” drawing the global audience into the world of the creatives. "I wanted to do something different. She wanted to focus on the creative process and the ‘labor of love’ behind the scenes, and how these amazing designers go through that process. So taking the audience into their creative world. Making this even more personal with the audience. " "All industries are going through major changes, restructures. Consumers may not have the high disposable incomes that they are used too to purchase high-end designer brands (as the big brands are feeling the pinch too!) But one thing I do know, people around the world still want to look good in what they wear. I have stated this time and time again, that fashion plays a big part in our mental health. If we look good, we feel good. Our confidence increases and there is a positive impact on our personal and professional lives. I truly believe
that the silver lining from this pandemic that the emerging creatives will do well. As consumers will still want to buy beautiful fashionable pieces, which are sustainable, unique, and affordable. Its time for our iKons to be noticed and start taking over the market. They will become profitable and established businesses" Designers featured on the digital platforms will also be exhibiting at the live shows in 2021. Also, a few iKonic designers have been invited back to talk about their journey from the House of iKons platform to their amazing successes today. The digital show will be presented by TV personality and host Johnny Pach. Also, the digital show will have presentations from the House of iKons Team, Hair & Makeup, Models, Photographers, and Sponsors.
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Ethnicroyals, Models Wardrobe March Josh Rosales Director of Media Joan Madison Postcode Fashion by Iryna Gavryliv Taj B Couture Her Rise Heritage Lyn Galo iKonic models American Umma Maurisa Coleman - Second in Charge to the CEO Ana de Sa Eye on Fashion iKonic - Marie Belle Couture, Adriana Ostrowska, Love Collection, Athea Couture Designs by Vida Hicks Mistry - International Celebrity Photographer The Fashion Life Tour Sponsor Mark Gunter - Head of Photography The Hidden Beauty of Kurdistan - Represented by Zarya Azadi (Designers: Atelier by Khoshkar Horre, Yade Couture Atelier, Inci Hakbilen, a la Mode & JoJo) YKJ Fashion House Honee
fashion week in London. Their September show which was scheduled also live will also go digital.
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GERALDINE ITOE (GI) Geraldine is the CEO of NovaRosta Ltd, a travel and destination management company based in Nigeria, West Africa. Geraldine is a seasoned tourism expert with our ten years of experience in the industry.
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PGMAG: Geraldine, you are welcome to today's interview. GI: It's nice to be here. PGMAG: You have been in the tourism industry for over a decade. What do you think has changed since you began your journey in this arena? GI: Alot has changed in the world generally, likewise in the Tourism space globally and this certainly has necessitated a great deal of change in how we live and do Tourism. Tourism essentially involves movement of people from one place to another
be it local or International Travels for business and/or pleasure and often involves a participation in varied activities including staying in hotels or accommodation facilities of choice, tourist entertainment, tours and Attractions, events, festivals and more. While the above typically involves free association and social networking with people, the world of today is rewriting that script (howbeit temporarily). The change we see today has brought about a rapid Digital/Virtual evolution in the Tourism space. Alot of Tourism businesses today
are restructuring and taking advantage of the Digital waves and NovaRosta is one of such players currently working behind the scenes to become more global by riding on the waves of today's Digital revolution. We have quite a bit going on behind the scenes and in due course and in a very short while from now, we will be reintroducing NovaRosta hopefully to the readers of Pgmag and the world at large. So yes, alot has changed and I would say it's for the best; depending on how you choose to look at it.
Geraldine is the CEO of NovaRosta Ltd, a travel and destination management company based in Nigeria, West Africa. Geraldine is a seasoned tourism expert with our ten years of experience in the industry.
PGMAG: In the current global health challenge (Covid-19), what are some of the steps you think could be taken by businesses - especially in your industry, to create a safer environment for people who love to travel? GI: Aviation, Travel and Tourism are among some of the most hit business sectors by the COVID19 pandemic world over; but the beautiful thing about Tourism is that it never dies and has stood the test of time over and over again. I say this to reiterate with confidence the fact that Tourism will thrive again and we certainly will go back to being profitable and sustainable sooner than we hope and pray for...but in the meantime, I would recommend that as the world slowly opens up again for travel, businesses and travellers should not imagine that life has suddenly returned to normal...NOT YET; so we must continue to adhere strictly to the safety guidelines and travel procedures provided by the health authorities both for local and international Travels.
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For people like myself who can't wait to get out to some sunshine and water splashes on a sunny day by the beach, with the feel of soft sand in between my toes, massaging my feet as I breathe in the soothing ocean breeze from the waves with a glass of champagne in hand and ofcourse great company alongside, I would recommend that you satisfy your wanderlust but with caution and utmost safety in mind.
Get out with family and close friends in very small groups, explore your environment, go for a hike, go to the beach, uncover and explore unbeaten paths (we will be unveiling some amazing Post-Lockdown Travel Packages soon. Spoiler Alert! Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross River State is top on the list of our PostLockdown Travel Destinations in Nigeria as it is one of the safest places you currently
can escape to with family and friends away from the COVID frenzy). Additionally, always remember by default that when going out to public spaces with other humans other than
your close and trusted circle, face masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, social distancing, social distancing and social distancing should go with you all through the duration
of your public exposure. For people actually planning to get onboard airplanes, depending on where you are travelling to (local or International) you might be required to have a
recent COVID19 negative test result to be considered fit for travel. And while at the Airport, I would recommend travellers avoid touching surfaces as much as possible. Hand sanitizers should always be handy in every travellers hand luggage and this is one essential travel item you cannot afford to keep far from your reach when travelling. Do not also wait to get supplies on sanitizers when you get to your destination. Always travel with as much supply as you imagine you might require for the duration of your trip. These and more are some of the steps and travel safety tips we would be exploring and implementing for future trips. Travel is becoming more and more contactless and
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the plan is to grow with the trends in our daily operations as NovaRosta. We're not there yet but we're surely on our way. So to summarise, I will say Do not stop living, enjoy life while you have it but do not neglect strict safety measures that ensures you continue to enjoy life. Stay Safe! PGMAG: Africa is one of your biggest market in your business, please share with us some of the experiences which awaits those who are considering Africa as their holiday destinations once it's safe to travel. GI: Africa has ALWAYS been an undiscovered treasure and a Tourist haven and the time
Africa has ALWAYS been an undiscovered treasure and a Tourist haven and the time has come to uncover this great continent. This is one continent that has some of the most unique and authentic experiences you cannot find anywhere else in the world.
has come to uncover this great continent. This is one continent that has some of the most unique and authentic experiences you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Thankfully the airspace is gradually opening up and NovaRosta is repositioning itself to become your one stop destination and visitor experience guide around this great continent. From an Exotic Island get-away in Mauritius to a Magical Serengeti and Safari experience in beautiful Kenya and Tanzania, to Business, Leisure or Adventure opportunities in South Africa and to West Africa's undiluted
cultural experiences, laced with second to none culinary discoveries, attractions and more, Africa is indeed our gift to you and we really cannot wait to uncover this treasure with you. This happens to be a time when I am super proud to be African because Africa is currently the safest place to be right now on the planet. I stand to be corrected and I am confidently inviting you reading this interview to explore Africa with us. Winks PGMAG: Please tell us a little bit about NovaRosta. GI: We are a Nigeria based
DMC (Destination Management Company) and one of Nigeria's Top 100 Tourism companies for the year of 2019. As dedicated members of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) and Nigeria Association of Tourism Operators (NATOP), we provide consultancy and professional planning solutions to individuals, groups and corporates who book MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events), Holidays, group travel and special visitor experiences around Africa.
NovaRosta was officially registered in 2008 and commenced baby steps operations back in 2009 at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Calabar where we grew to become one of the most sought after MICE service providers in Cross River State, Nigeria. We have managed over a hundred conference and events groups ranging from very intimate groups of ten, to groups with over ten thousand participants which till date is the highest number counting of people we have catered for in the MICE space. In other words, BIG group, small group? We have the capacity and 52 SEPTEMBER 2020
network to serve your needs and our extensive network of partners, vendors, suppliers and affiliation with Tourism Boards and associations across Africa helps us to provide a fine blend of experience, professionalism, and value to every individual or group we work with. PGMAG: What is your message for the youth? GI: It's about time we wake up from dreamland to the real land that indeed flows with milk and honey. It's about time we grew past daydreaming about becoming the next president, governor, minister
We have managed over a hundred conference and events groups ranging from very intimate groups of ten, to groups with over ten thousand participants which till date is the highest number counting of people we have catered for in the MICE space.
PGMAG: If you knew what you know now, what would you do differently? GI: What would I do differently? Hmmmm...To be honest I'm not sure there's anything I wish I could have done differently. This is also not to say I have the perfect life...far from it. Infact I pray for people who wish to be me and my prayer usually is that God should not allow them experience a tenth of what I have experienced on my journey so far to
becoming me because it could kill them; to bring my message home, I would change nothing regardless because a subtraction from my experiences would be taking away a great deal of value that I have received as a result of those experiences. My experiences have shaped me and are continuously moulding me into who I am today and becoming. And while I continue to strive to be better, I consider my journey very unique and I most certainly cherish my process...including my very many mistakes, challenges, shortcomings (and trust me I have ALOT of these), successes, triumphs and everything that makes me Geraldine Itoe. I embrace all of it because it has and is equipping me with the essential tools and skills required for my assignment here on earth. The only thing I wish for is to live a purposeful life and to meaningful impact as many people tied to my journey through my acts, deeds and service to them and humanity at large. This ultimately would make me a very fulfilled and happy being.
you journey in life. GI: Thanks a bunch for the opportunity. PGMAG: Please share your links with us so that our readers can reach you directly. GI: www.novartravels.com, Follow @NovaRosta on Instagram and Facebook
PGMAG: Thank you once again for your time. It has been insightful listening to you, and learning from your experience. We wish you every success as
or some position of power to make a difference. While these ambitions are lofty, valid, strategic, supported and commendable, my recommendation will be for us to start with the "rod in our hands". Begin to make a difference from your immediate environment and community. It takes a very deliberate effort to be a change agent that stands the test of time amidst the many challenges that follows that responsibility...so my advise in a nutshell would be that we start being deliberate about the change we desire by quickly becoming the change; and while this is my message to the youths, this is also my message to self! Be Deliberate and Get it Done!
Inderjit is an ICAO airport consultant and former CEO of IGI Airport (IGIA), New Delhi. He has served in airport development projects around the world and has acquired world’s best practices in the industry.
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INDERJIT SINGH (IS) PGMAG: We are honored to have you on today's interview. IS: Thank you for having me. PGMAG has an intrinsic global appeal both, in its design and contents. Its coverage on Leadership related issues is outstanding. I compliment you and your team for producing such a publication. Proud to be participating. PGMAG: You are a man with great knowledge on Aviation industry. Please tell us more about your entry in this line of business. Was it a Chance or a Choice! IS: I believe that there is nothing by chance. I
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am an ardent fan of Richard Bach, the famous author and philosopher. In his book ‘Nothing by Chance” he amply demonstrates that nothing in this world happens by chance! My fascination for airports and airlines started in my formative years when I travelled all over with my parents, my dear Dad serving as a Legal Advisor to several countries. It grew with time and my passion for the airtransport industry, as a career was reinforced during my study of Aviation Management at University of Berkeley, California; soon my engineering course, coincidentally airports being my final year treatise, followed by and an advanced Management Course at ‘Henley – the
PGMAG: What do you consider as your landmark employments & opportunities that led to your achievements in your major field of specialization. IS: I have had the pleasure of serving with some renowned Airports Authorities, global aviation conglomerates, and most significantly my stint as the CEO of a major International airport – the 16th busiest in the world and ranked world’s #1 in facilitation by Airports Council international (ACI) in 70 million passengers per annum (MPPA) category, and my several assignments with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - a specialized agency in the United Nations (UN) system of organizations, headquartered in Montreal, Canada. It regulates the civil aviation activities around the world. I have had the privilege of serving under the aegis of ICAO in several countries in varying socioeconomic environments.
PGMAG: As a global influencer, how would you describe your style of leadership? IS: I rate integrity, determination, empathy and courage as the uppermost traits in any walk of life. These traits earn the respect, affection, concern and dedication of the team in any ‘Service’ one is engaged in and more so in a highly visible and sensitive industry like air-transport which is more often than not prone to incidents and accidents and where teamwork only can save crisis turning into a disaster. PGMAG: Can you single out an incident that you may have experienced where your leadership traits and qualities came instantaneously to the fore in your very demanding job as a CEO of IGI Airport, New Delhi, IS: Sure. I was heading for the airport driven by an air force corporal when I overheard an alert from my fire chief on the RT about a B-747 with 271 passengers in its final approach to land emitting smoke from one of the engines. I instantly glanced up in the air and noticed the smoke and in addition, a spark on the rear side of the engine, not visible to the air traffic control tower
or the fire station. Knowing that the flight may catch fire while rolling on the runway, I immediately intervened, as I am authorized to, and instantly informed and simultaneously gave a command to combat fire, in one particular manner amongst several options; call it my expertise, experience, training, instinct, presence of mind, sixth sense or all put together. The instant response from the chief fire officer was Wilco (an acronym for "Will Comply”). No discussions on fire-fighting options, no arguments, no contradictions, and that clinched the deal. As is known, if the aircraft fire is not extinguished in two minutes, there is no need to reach out, as nothing remains to be saved. The daring corporal drove on the runway under the burning wing, until the aircraft came to a shrieking halt, and so did my car surround by fire-fighting vehicles, ambulances and the brave fire fighters, doctors, security personnel and the works. During the drive under the burning aircraft wing, in between the eerie silence, I heard fire fighters - Chief under the burning aircraft, let us move fast; perhaps motivation at its best and concern for their colleague. All the 271 passengers and crew came out unscathed
management school’, from Oxford shire, UK’. I knew, I have made my choice for Aviation, amongst several other choices, for my future professional pursuits. In retrospect, I believe it was a good decision. It has since been good going.
through the emergency evacuation slides. The firefighters, the brave corporal and all others were rewarded with testimonials, out-of-turn promotions, scholarships for higher training overseas et al. PGMAG: Incredible! And what was your reward? IS: My reward? I learnt an alltime lesson on the ‘Art of Crisis Management”, received respect from my team, professional recognition by the highest echelons of the government, and a citation from the highly regarded Rotary International Foundation reading “International Vocational Services Award for Leading from the Front and Outstanding Devotion to Duty”. What more could I possibly ask for! PGMAG: You have had an incredible journey, and we know that so many people across the globe will be inspired by your story. We have been chatting on your articles published in some renowned aviation journals and I very happily commenting on them. Please share a bit about your own self. Tell us as to where do you belong? IS: “I belong to the World!”
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PGMAG: Sounds interesting. But what makes you say so. IS: My parents were travelling by a Ship called SS Chusan, a flag-bearer of the Australian P&O Company heading for British Somaliland Protectorate, where my dear Dad on earning his Bar-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn London, was to join as Legal Officer. I was to be born in Africa, but it happened in the ship, two days in advance, somewhere near the Gulf region, as I see in the
I have a sense of freedom from any reservations and any preconceived notions. Like Richard Bach, I feel like a bird and not confined by territorial boundaries.
PGMAG: Interesting! Has this feeling in you made any impact on your psyche or your being? IS: But of course, it has and it helps. I have a sense of freedom from any reservations and any preconceived notions. Like Richard Bach, I feel like a bird and not confined by territorial boundaries. In my professional career until date, I have served in several countries of Africa, Asia and South America. Adaptability to new places, people, cultures, food habits and people have never been a problem. PGMAG: With the current changes taking place in the world today due to COVID-19, and knowing that the aviation industry was worst hit due to the pandemic, as an expert in the business, what are some of the actions that could help the industry to recover from the impact of the pandemic?
procedures and requisite gadgets for contactless and touchless processing of the passengers, crew and their baggage through the airports. The foremost task in the industry is to inculcate a sense of confidence among travelers to take to skies again.
IS: Should have been a better listener and a bit more easygoing
PGMAG: What are the top three books that changed your life? IS: ‘Art of War’ by Sun Tzu, ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley and ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Morrie Schwartz
IS: Thank you. You are very kind. Your line rings a bell, and I need to share this with you. A renowned author wrote a piece on me, without any prior intimation and in an informal discussion, for the Profile column of a magazine called Flair, on my first-time assignment to the UN titled “Inderjit – World is his Oyster”. I loved it and pledged to myself to do better and better.
PGMAG: If you knew what you know now, what would you do differently? IS: Perhaps live life more ‘on my terms’ and not been overcome by external reactions. PGMAG: What is your message for global leaders? IS: Be high in integrity, prudent, contemporary in thinking, open-minded, wholesome knowledge, an unending quest for learning, confident & courageous, a performer, encourage team involvement, humane.
IS: The global aviation regulatory agencies ICAO, IATA, ACI in collaboration with WHO PGMAG: What would you say have collectively, in the absence to your younger self? of a vaccine evolved; norms,
PGMAG: Wow: It's been a pleasure listening to you. You are a gift to the world and we wish you more successes on your journey.
PGMAG: Please share your links with us that our readers could connect with you. Inderjit is an ICAO airport consultant and former CEO of IGI Airport (IGIA), New Delhi. He has served in airport development projects around the world and has acquired world’s best practices in the industry. He can be reached on inderjit.singh@aviationanalyst. net
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POWERFUL GLOBAL WOMEN FOUNDATION COVID-19 PROJECTS As part of PGWF mission to support more families during this challenged time, we have been able to hold two projects (one in April and the other on 13th July 2020). We distributed food supplies to several families and orphanage homes. Our team lead by Mrs Josephine Itsuokor (Vice-president of PGWF) made these projects a success. We will continue to reach out to more families through the support of our global partners.
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Powerful Global Women Foundation (Powerhouse Charity) was founded in 20l6 in Nigeria, West Africa, by Lady Anita Duckworth-Bradshaw. The core objective of this organization is to transform the lives of women and children, through various projects centred around the need of the service group. In 20l6 Lady Anita single handedly fed over 400 children as part of “project feed l000 children globally”, and held an empowerment conference for the women. Through this project, so many women have gone to do great things with the knowledge they gained from the event. She recently held a life transforming event for women in Lagos, Nigeria as part of International women’s month celebration 20l8. The turnout was very encouraging. She is working towards supporting more families to keep their children and wards in school through” project back-to-school” starting in September 20l8. We are seeking for global support from individuals and organisations who would love to be a part of this service to humanity. To support us, please visit: www.powerhouseglobalwomen.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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CHARITY PROJECT: As part of our Global Annual commitment, we were able to successfully complete project feed the children 2019 mission. Over 150 children were fed at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. Powerful Women Global Foundation (PGWF ) is a charity set up by Lady Anita Duckworth-Bradshaw in 2016. The service users are women and children. To support PGWF, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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