I had the chance recently to chat with Nazli Atalay who is a former attorney from Istanbul, Turkey. She worked with some of the most high-profile legal firms in Turkey where she worked on cases in human rights advocacy which ultimately led her to pursue another degree in social work and therapy helping the underserved in New York. She has worked with the Legal Aid Society in New York city. Currently Ms. Atalay is working in human rights advocacy and social work utilizing both her law degree, master’s in social work, and license in therapy to continue to assist those in underserved in New York.
Here is what I asked her:
As a woman, what advice can you give other girls about the impact they can make in their communities?
My great-grandmother was an other amazing person in my life. Unfortunately I lost her before I turned 10, and her last few years were lost to dementia. However, I have very clear memories about her and the short time I’ve spent with her. I remember that she had this deep look in her eyes, and a strong posture, you would know if you crossed a boundary and get yourself together immediately by her one straight look. She was also the kind of person, who would go and visit different people in our neighborhood, inquire if anybody need any help and bring their issues to the family table to figure out any possible solution for our neighbors’ problems. I truly believe we need more people like her.
To be like her, you need to be self aware, own your accomplishments, your strengths; analyze your weak spots but do not hung up on the things you think you made a mistake. Have self-compassion to yourself, especially to prevent to lose your temper in sensitive situations. Do not let anyone or any label define you. Life is full of obstacles and pitfalls, being a woman is just one sort of challenge but that is not the most difficult challenge that one can face. Find out sometimes need to ask help from somebody else.
Community problems cannot be solved efficiently without the feedback and support of the community members. So be observant, talk to your community leaders and members; if you notice an issue bring it to others attention; speak up! And lastly, watch out your community members back, remember that the power to be heard and be believed is crucial, so use it.
What advice would you give immigrants seeking education in the United States?
Before coming to the US, do your research well. It is crucial that you end up in a place that truly fits your character. For instance, if you are a city person, going to a small town college might be a recipe for depression. I know many people who went to a small town, where town consists of only the university and one or two theaters and maybe few pubs, but ended up very unhappy even though the school ranked in the top percentage. Do not think that a school that is only two hours driving distance to the City is reasonably close enough, because believe me it is not, especially when you are a student! Similarly, if you are the type of person who would be overwhelmed in a crowded city, go to a small town, where everybody knows each other.
Once you are here you need to be really here. Unlike many others, I have never been “homesick.” I visited my country every summer, I retain close ties with my family and friends who are there, I still assist to the associations I am a member of, but I also made this place my home since day 1. That is important, because many suffer homesickness, which makes their life and adaptation period more difficult. Whether it is just a few month, or years that you will spend in another country, you need to be able to enjoy every single second and grasp every single opportunity that this environment offers you.
The US, and especially big cities like NYC, San Francisco, Chicago are very diverse, try to learn and experience the cultural differences, get involved with the US life and therefore travel within the country as often as you can. Every city has a different texture, a different culture. Also, feel free to ask genuine questions to others, in and outside of the classroom. Class participation matters, there is no such a thing as a dumb question, and actually probably your question will help to somebody else in that classroom too.
Jimmy Boss : A Breath in the Music industry
Jimmy Boss, is a young entrepreneur of 25 years old. He rubbed shoulders internally with the music industry from a very young age, in particular thanks to Mister V, famous French YouTuber who decided to get into music, more particularly in rap, and this with the help in particular of Mr. Boss. After finishing his internship at Hey Pelo Records, Mister V’s label, he decides to set up his own artist management company : SDW Management.
“I assure you, it’s not an order” Jimmy Boss tells you in his Paris office, while you contemplate with dismay a picture of a bearded “Mona Lisa”, the work of a Dutch fan of SDW Records, urban music label that he founded in 2017.
Jimmy Boss goes further than the others and had the crazy idea of bringing together the essentials of what a record company could provide to independent artists of 2020 to create a business that will help artists to finance, create, as well as promote themselves, while remaining independent ; he explains it to us in more details during an interview that he very kindly granted us :
«Artists these days no longer necessarily need the creative side that a major can offer. Actually, he no longer needs anything that a major can offer to him apart from the contacts and the financial aspect. This is exactly where SDW Management supports its paramount value. The company keeps offering total flexibility on the contracts in function of needs of the artist. Depending on the contract, SDW can also guarantee immediate funding to the artist, weekly monitoring and incomparable transparency of sales made. The goal is also to take care of all administrative tasks so that the artist does not only take care of the creative side. »
On the other hand, Jimmy Boss must validate the projects before releasing it :
«Basically my desire to do this job concerned people, being close to the artist, assisting them and finding something new that the record companies do not offer. But it was my creative side that pushed me to do this job, indeed, from a very young age, I have a very commercial ear and I never stop finding new artistic trends, that’s what has been the strength of the business so far, it is the icing on the cake.»
After two years spent managing artists, Jimmy Boss undertook to create his own label in 2017. His desire is simple, to release the music he loves, there, now, immediately. It was the meeting in 2015 with Mister V that created the real trigger. The latter inaugurates the long list of artists. SDW Records was born with the “Do It Yourself” spirit and the mix of genres as its only weapons.
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How Romy Johnson Became A Successful Entrepreneur
Romy Johnson is a popular Indian Entrepreneur, Businessman, Educationalist who is currently based in Canada. He is the founder, owner and CEO of Cool Gurus, Xaare and British India Academy.
In 2017 he started his first company British India Academy which offers English language courses and international test preparation coaching. Today at the age of 21, Romy is at the helm of a unicorn startup. Cool Gurus is a joint venture with Kerala based British India Academy, which is now valued at more than 55 crores. Romy Johnson appeared in Silicon India and was featured as the youngest and most successful entrepreneur Indian on the list. Cool Gurus Solutions provides blended learning management through mobile and cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS).
In a bid to promote online learning and boost content creation in the ed-tech space, aligned to the needs of 2020, Cool Gurus decided to generate an affordable alternative to formal education in collaboration with schools, colleges, universities and companies. The company is jointly owned with the British India Academy based in Kerala, India and is currently valued at more than 55 crores. In November 2019 the British India Academy accomplished its first milestone by delivering courses to over 10,000 active learners, making it the top-rated language institute in India.
He was recognized nationally for his scientific research and innovations during his highschool for building a brain-controlled electric wheelchair and finding an alternative to plastics using banana peels and tapioca.
Why people call Linda Andrade the Fat Freezing Queen
What’s your backstory?
I started my first business when I was 16 years old, it was called “luxe by Linda” and it was mainly focused towards women’s fashion and makeup, I did really well, especially because I was still in high school and girls in my high school started buying from me. I got married at 19 to another badass entrepreneur, my husband Ricky, and since then I’ve started my fat Freezing business which blew up, with plans to franchise soon.
Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’
Before I got married and started my own successful business, I was a student at orange coast college. My parents would not let me drop out or I would be kicked out, basically. I was the typical entrepreneur drop out cliche, really wanting to drop out. That was a responsibility I had that really hindered the way to my success. I was taking unnecessary classes just to be busy and keep my parents happy. Eventually, I got married and moved to Vegas, so my parents kind of let go of the whole college thing after that.
What made you decide to choose this career path?
I got fat Freezing done myself, I loved it so much. I got rid of my love handles and tightened my stomach up really nice. I started looking up more about it and decided to take a training to teach me more about it. 1 and a half years later I have 2 locations and have helped thousands achieve the results they want.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting?
Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? Oh my god, in fat freezing there are levels of suction, and I usually go up in levels when they’re numb and can’t feel anything, because otherwise it hurts. One time, I forgot to take the level back down after the 1st area she did, so on her 2nd area, she immediately went to the highest level, and she was freaking out and making the funniest noises, and I couldn’t understand why, I was like “what’s wrong? It has a great grab of fat.” And then I realized she was at the highest level. It was like a solid 45 seconds of confusion and laughter. Then I felt really bad. But it was definitely the funniest mistake I ever made
What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?
Because the product I offer isn’t just catering to 1 person, it caters to everybody. Literally everybody I know needs my service, and they know it too.
What’s a quote that you live by?
How you do something is how you do everything.
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