Oh Dear, Doe Deere!

It’s arguably the plot of a gorgeous American Dream. Despite a mask of gorgeous make-up, Doe Deere (born Xenia Vorotova) has been transparent about the pock-marked path that led to her polished image. A native of Russia, Deere immigrated to the United States with her mother and sister at the curious age of 17.

Deere understood that New York City is a fashion mecca though it can be harshly unforgiving to new arrivals as the Vorotova family was destined to discover. Deere and her family started at the very bottom of the barrel and despite enough work ethic and determination to power the city, their humble foundation meant an introduction to a homeless shelter in Manhattan soon after their arrival.

Not to be thwarted, Deere’s family graciously accepted the assistance of a not-for-profit organization that specializes in assisting female immigrants in dire situations: Sanctuary for Families. This boost included the crucial support of a social worker that saw to it that Deere’s mother get a well-paying job and helped Deere get into the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Doe Deere can attribute much of her success to her attitude towards hardship which is one of acceptance: hardship is inevitable and not an excuse to quit. But it is also her humility and gratitude towards those who helped her along the way that paints a picture of someone destined to stand firmly on her own two feet and help others get there too.

In 2008, Deere founded her cosmetic company Lime Crime. The company, boasting cruelty-free, Vegan options for exciting, fairy tale color and outlandish self-expression, employs more than 35 people in Los Angeles and continues to make an impact on the cosmetic world. It’s their birthday year and a decade into this adventure, Doe Deere is proving that unicorns do exist!


How Deirdre Baggot Revolutionized Health Care

As a new nurse working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 1998, Deirdre Baggot saw problems in patient care. When health care providers were not sure what ailment a patient suffered from, more and more tests would be performed. This concerned Baggot, who said she did not like moving forward with treatment based on incomplete information. That’s when she decided to try and streamline the procedure by making a checklist of each patient type she saw. Nowadays, that philosophy has developed into care protocols that help reduce the amount of tests and improve the quality of care. Visit on her twitter for more updates.

That is not the only contribution Deirdre Baggot has made when it comes to improving health care. Having seen the stress and confusion for patients and their families when it came to paying hospital bills, she set out to improve that area. As a health care strategist and payment innovation expert, she has developed the technique of bundled payments. This not only helps patients save money, but doctors and hospitals also share in the savings from this more streamlined process. Her pioneering work with payment reform and bundled payments has helped her develop and implement programs at over 200 hospitals across the country. She has also written twenty papers about bundled payments and has been interviewed on the subject by National Public Radio. Dierdre Baggot has also served in leadership capacities at The University of Michigan Health System and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has been asked to speak at numerous conferences.

Along with a nursing degree, Baggot holds a Master’s in business administration from Chicago’s Loyola University Graduate School of Business. She also earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Colorado. She is now a partner for ECG Management Consultants based in Denver.

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How Whitney Wolfe Went From Swiping Innovation To Swiping War

Dating apps are at an all-time high since the evolution of technology made it simpler and easier to connect different people together. From apps that would let you simply send a message and hope for a reply to apps that actually match you with the person before even letting you send a “Hello“, the app stores have them all. Among them, there is one that recently stood out by their peculiar approach to the dating game.

That’s where Whitney Wolfe comes in. She went from being a co-founder of Tinder, one of the biggest dating apps today, to creating her own version of a dating app called Bumble. Whitney Wolfe’s idea to separate her from the competition was in reality, really simple. She gave women the power to choose whom they are going to interact with. At first, this might seem like a small detail to make that much of a difference. However, if you are a woman and have tried the dating apps available in the market today, you would know that it’s hard to keep people from sending inappropriate and sometimes offensive messages and images.

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The idea behind Bumble is that women would have more control over who they match up with. According to Whitney Wolfe, women would have to take the first step and send the first message, if not the match would disappear after 24 hours. Just like a Cinderella story with the pumpkin. Within four years Bumble achieved incredible numbers and today has over 35 million users.

With all the popularity of these apps, it would be easy to say that this is a great market to join. However, Whitney Wolfe would probably disagree with that. Tinder and its parent company, Match Group, are suing Bumble and it’s creators for allegedly stealing core components and ideas from Tinder such as the swiping right or left. This move by the Match group, might sound like a valid reason to some that are not aware of the interactions between the two companies, but the real reason behind this move is to try and pressure Bumble, who is now worth $1 Billion according to Forbes magazine, into selling for less than half its actual worth. Whitney Wolfe and her partners have decided to fight back and are suing the Match Group for trying to undermine and pressure them into a deal that is bellow their actual worth, which is turning this into a swiping war between two giants.

Barbara Stokes and Green Structure Homes-Providing Relief to Families in Crisis

The aftermath of a natural disaster leaves families and communities in prolonged devastation. After three devastating hurricanes in 2017, the need to rebuild a community quickly and efficiently is top priority. The most common natural disaster, floods, come with significant repercussions from only a small amount of elevated water. Unbearable odor, property damage, and waterborne diseases are just some of the common residual flood effects. A silent hero in the midst of destruction and chaos is Barbara Stokes, founder of Green Structure Homes, provides disaster relief to victims of natural disasters. Read this article at businessinsider.com.

Based in Huntsville, Alabama Green Structure homes realized the need to provide immediate access to emergency housing for disaster relief victims. These mini homes are cost effective and meet government demands while victims work towards getting back to normal life. The homes are safer than traditional trailers used in disaster relief situations and are constructed in only a few days! Multiple layers of quality assurance throughout the planning and installation process ensures that the houses are built to last. Victims have the reassurance that they are provided with a quality, safe living environment while they actively seek transition back into the community. The quality of Green Structure homes is top notch. Utilizing quality steel and wood frames, these homes are constructed to withstand mother nature’s wrath.

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Not only are the Green Structure Homes of high quality, they also offer a lot of variety. Victims are able to personalize their homes with modern features such as granite or marble counter tops creating a similar resemblance of the home they lost. Victims are also offered choices of multiple bedroom homes providing ample space for larger families. Barbara Stokes and Green Structure Homes are dedicated to providing peace of mind and encouragement.

Barbara Stokes and Green Structure Homes realized that providing housing for individuals is the first step to rebuilding a community. The staff at Green Structure Homes is committed to meaningful work. When their help is not needed for disaster relief, the company is involved in construction and inspections for military and private sector needs. Green Structure homes demonstrates the invincible spirit of mankind and teaches us to be there for each other in times of need. Read more about Barbara Stokes at WDRB.com.