Microsoft and NASA Invite The Mars Generation Founder, Abigail Harrison, to Attend Downlink Event

Abigail Harrison - Pilot Astronaut Abby

Abigail Harrison

Astronaut Jessica Meir

Astronaut Jessica Meir

Women and people of color are significantly underrepresented in STEM careers and in the pathways that lead to those careers. I fiercely believe that we will close that gap.”

— Abigail Harrison

MINNEAPOLIS , MN, UNITED STATES , February 29, 2020 / — The Mars Generation (TMG) today announced that its co-founder, Abigail Harrison, will join Microsoft and NASA at an event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on March 2, focused on making science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities accessible to all. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, including Jessica Meir, will join via a live In-Flight Education Downlink to share their experiences of working and living in space, and to answer questions from attendees. The downlink for the event will be live streamed online for public viewing. Microsoft and NASA are hosting this event in response to the anticipated 9 million STEM jobs that will be created by 2022, and the desire to see women and minorities accessing those jobs.

The event will kick off Microsoft’s In Culture campaign to honor International Women’s Day on March 8th, and throughout Women’s History Month by recognizing women who are overcoming obstacles and breaking boundaries—with the goal of encouraging young women and girls to pursue their goals without giving up. Harrison, known online as Astronaut Abby, is a leader in STEM who inspires the future by encouraging people of all backgrounds to pursue big dreams.

“Women and people of color are significantly underrepresented in STEM careers and in the pathways that lead to those careers,” said Harrison. “I fiercely believe that we will close that gap, and I am thrilled to be a part of the movement that will do it. Giving young people access to people like astronaut Jessica Meir and the information that she’ll share during this event, can help keep their minds open to the possibilities of what they can do themselves.”

Microsoft is sponsoring Harrison’s attendance at the event as she is known for using her leadership and widespread global influence to increase focus on space exploration as vital to the future of humankind. She has also been vocal about the need for people of all backgrounds to have a seat at the table, and advocates tirelessly for the importance of diverse perspectives being represented in STEM and beyond.

About The Mars Generation
The Mars Generation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an advisory board that includes astronauts, engineers, scientists, and professionals from the nonprofit and business communities. Reaching millions of people since 2015, the organization has served students and adults from around the world through programs including the Student Space Ambassador Program, Future of Space Outreach Program, and Space Camp Scholarship Program. The Mars Generation is supported by private donors, members, influencer work, and major corporate sponsors. The Mars Generation aims to excite, educate and inspire all people about the future of human space exploration.
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About Astronaut Abby
At age 13, Abigail Harrison, now commonly known as Astronaut Abby, publicly shared her dream of becoming the first astronaut to land on Mars. Since then, Harrison has worked diligently to stay on course and pursue this dream. Now 22 years old, she is a respected thought leader who is passionate and vocal about space exploration and uses her widespread influence, leadership, and The Mars Generation to foster support and enthusiasm for human space exploration. Harrison has been hailed as one of the most influential people in STEM and has earned accolades for her leadership including Forbes 30 Under 30, Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year, and TIAA Difference Maker 100.
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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Help in the Aftermath of the Jakarta Floods

Volunteers of a local posyandu in a suburb of Jakarta practice administering assists.

Volunteers of a local posyandu in a suburb of Jakarta practice administering assists.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers in their yellow T-shirts

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers in their yellow T-shirts

Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti, training new Volunteer Ministers and forging partnerships in Jakarta.

Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti, training new Volunteer Ministers and forging partnerships in Jakarta.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers receive copies of booklets on Scientology Volunteer Minister skills.

Newly trained Volunteer Ministers receive copies of booklets on Scientology Volunteer Minister skills.

Lead Volunteer Minister for Indonesia training volunteers at a local posyandu

Lead Volunteer Minister for Indonesia with new volunteers

A Scientology Volunteer Minister and the women of local healthcare clinics mobilize to provide help to those affected by recent Jakarta floods.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 / — In Jakarta since January when New Year’s flooding paralyzed the Indonesia capital, Lead Scientology Volunteer Minister Abdi Surbakti was preparing to return home Tuesday when two coastal cyclones inundated the city, once again leaving it incapacitated.

But where he was on his own when he began providing relief in early January, today he is joined by dozens of volunteers he has trained in the basic skills of the Volunteer Minister (VM).

Surbakti has been working with the women who volunteer at local “posyadus,” an acronym for Pos Pelayanan Terpadu (integrated service post in Indonesian). Posyandus were created in the early 1980s to establish clinics staffed by volunteers who extend basic healthcare to the nation’s most vulnerable—the children and pregnant women. Although lacking funds and resources, the more than 260,000 posyandus comprise a grassroots institution that brings help throughout the country.

Over the past several weeks, Abdi has delivered dozens of seminars in local centers and has trained hundreds of local posyandu volunteers in the basic technology of Scientology assists. Assists are techniques developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that speed healing by addressing the emotional and spiritual factors in stress and trauma. Easy to learn, assists are vital skills for these volunteers, who can now use them to help those who come to them seeking relief.

Surbakti described one seminar where he was welcomed enthusiastically by a posyandu located in a village mosque. That morning, the volunteers were providing care to local babies. After they finished their work, the workshop began, with 10 volunteers taking part in the training. “Through the afternoon you could see a gradual change in the women—it was as though a burden was lifting and they were more at peace,” said Surbakti.

“I never thought I could feel like this,” said the leader of one of the posyandus who received an assist during a workshop. “This is new for me and it feels good.” “Thank you for the knowledge, which is very needed to serve the villagers,” said another volunteer, who now sees assists as a vital way to help the elderly and those who are disoriented.

One woman’s grandson came home sick with a fever which persisted for three days. After she learned to provide assists, she used the technique with him. When they started he was sweating profusely. Then he began to relax and he finally fell asleep. When he woke up, his temperature was normal. The next day he felt fine and returned to school.

“This is a necessary program and must be continued for my villagers,” said the leader of the neighborhood watch who organized a local workshop. “This is a form of humanitarian aid that will bring harmony and kinship to those who participate. It doesn’t take a lot to do this but the results are huge—I’m just beginning to realize how much this means.” The only problem the workshop posed to this village leader was that people were upset when they heard it was scheduled on a weekday because they couldn’t attend, so he resolved it by setting up another assist workshop for Sunday.

Posyandu volunteers who have trained on assist technology are now wearing the signature yellow T-shirts of the Volunteer Ministers movement. And while the new floods are a terrible challenge and hardship, the VMs are optimistic. Possessing technology they can use to provide relief, they too now live by the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister: “Something can be done about it.”

The Church of Scientology Volunteers Minister program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. The Church provides free online training on the Volunteer Ministers website.

Watch films based on the tools of the Volunteer Minister on the Scientology Network.

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Electoral College Documentary to Screen at Denver’s EFPalooza

Movie Poster for Winner Take All"

Winner Take All screens March 21st at Denver’s Historic Bug Theater

“Winner Take All,” a film about the U.S. electoral system, was named “official selection” of the Emerging Filmmakers Project 2020 festival

As adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia and under ongoing consideration by Virginia’s legislature, the compact fully preserves the Electoral College.”

— Michael Steele, Former chairman of the Republican National Committee

DENVER, COLORADO, USA, February 28, 2020 / — Denver, Colo., February 28, 2020 / / — Colacino Productions LLC, in association with Winner Take All Documentary LLC is pleased to announce that the documentary film, “Winner Take All,” ( has been named an “official selection” of the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival (, The event is a three-day film festival celebrating the best of the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project, the home of Denver’s independent film scene since 2002. This year’s event will be held March 19th, 20th and 21st at Denver’s historic Bug Theatre. “Winner Take All” will screen in the 1:00 p.m. “Saturday Afternoon Shorts” block on March 21st.

“Winner Take All” explains how the frequently misunderstood Electoral College works, why its election results have conflicted with the popular vote, and a national movement afoot to change the way it works through an interstate compact. “As adopted by 15 states and the District of Columbia and under ongoing consideration by Virginia’s legislature, the compact fully preserves the Electoral College,” wrote Michael Steele in a letter published in The Wall Street Journal on February 20, 2020. “The problem isn’t the Electoral College itself” says filmmaker, Don Colacino. “It’s the way states have chosen to allocate votes,” a key concept addressed in the film by Constitutional scholars, legislators, and the founding documents themselves.

With growing interest in the topic, EFPalooza is the third festival to recognize the film in the lead-up to the 2020 election. The League of Women Voters is also screening the film at various voter outreach events in Colorado and Maine and is also available on Prime Video in the U.S. and the UK

More information can be found at Winner Take All Documentary LLC created the film in association with Colacino Productions LLC (, a Business-to-Business (B2B) film production company focused on documentary, commercial, and industrial films. The company provides both documentary- and narrative-style content creation and production services.

For more information please contact To learn more about the Emerging Filmmaker’s Project visit the EFP website at and The Bug Theatre’s website at

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Second State awarded a grant to bring next-gen Ethereum infrastructure to Polkadot ecosystem

Second State awarded a grant by Web3 foundation

Second State awarded a grant by Web3 foundation

Second State awarded a grant to bring next-gen Ethereum infrastructure to Polkadot ecosystem

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 / — The Web3 Foundation has awarded Second State awarded a grant to bring next-gen Ethereum infrastructure to Polkadot ecosystem a leading cloud and blockchain infrastructure company, a grant to bring the Ethereum flavored WebAssembly (Ewasm) virtual machine to the Polkadot ecosystem.

The virtual machine is a key infrastructure component for public blockchains. It allows any user from the public to submit untrusted code to the blockchain platform, in the form of smart contracts, and pay for its execution based on resource consumption. The Ethereum flavored WebAssembly (Ewasm) virtual machine is posed to be the dominant virtual machine in the upcoming Ethereum 2.0 blockchain platform.

Through the Web3 Foundation grant, Second State will create extensions to its high-performance WebAssembly virtual machine, the Second State VM (SSVM). Those extensions would allow the SSVM to function as a blockchain virtual machine in accordance with the Ewasm specification. It will develop the necessary software to bootstrap and load SSVM as a Substrate module. The SSVM-Ewasm Substrate module allows developers to create blockchains that can deploy and execute Ethereum smart contracts in the Polkadot ecosystem.

This project will add value to both the Ethereum and Polkadot ecosystems. Ethereum developers will have more choices in deploying their applications, and the Polkadot ecosystem will be able to directly leverage efforts from the large Ethereum developer and tooling communities.

Second State is a recognized leader in virtual machine software. The Second State VM (SSVM) is a general purpose and highly extensible virtual machine optimized for server-side and cloud applications. It is compliant to the WebAssembly specification, and provides a safe and high-performance runtime engine for native code and user-submitted code in cloud environments. For example, through collaboration with Qualcomm, the SSVM can natively access Qualcomm CPU's built-in AI inference hardware; the SSVM can also be accessed from application frameworks such as the NodeJS. The extensibility makes the SSVM a great choice for Ewasm.

In addition to the runtime, Second State also creates the complete developer toolchain and host environments around the virtual machine. Its SOLL compiler project is the leading LLVM toolchain for the Solidity and YUL languages, and it was recognized by awards from the Ethereum Foundation and the Panvala DAO. The BUIDL IDE is a leading developer tool for creating smart contracts that run on blockchains or in the cloud.

Calling all developers

If you are a developer, get started with Ethereum smart contracts today! Through the BUIDL IDE, there is no need to download or install any software.

Learn more about smart contract development from Addison-Wesley's new book "Building Blockchain Apps" authored by Second State's CEO, Dr. Michael Yuan.

You can learn more about WebAssembly and how it helps your server-side application via our tutorial guides.

You can contribute to the SSVM, SOLL, and BUIDL projects through Github.

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About Second State
Second State focuses on building and commercializing infrastructure software for cloud computing and blockchain. It develops a full stack of developer tools and runtime technologies based on the WebAssembly standard. It is a leading developer for the next-gen Ethereum flavored WebAssembly (Ewasm) and toolchain for public and enterprise blockchains. Based in Austin, Texas, Second State has development offices in Taipei, Beijing, and Australia. It has received funding support from the Ethereum Foundation, Web3 Foundation, CyberMiles Foundation, ETC Labs, Panvala DAO, Qualcomm, as well as investments from leading angels and VCs including a recent $3M seed round led by SIG Ventures.

About Web3 Foundation
Web3 Foundation's mission is "nurturing and stewarding cutting-edge technologies and applications in the fields of cryptographically-powered decentralized software protocols." Its ultimate goal is delivering Web 3.0, a decentralized and fair internet where users control their own data and markets prosper from network efficiency and security.

About Polkadot
Polkadot will enable a completely decentralized web where users are in control. Polkadot is built to connect private and consortium chains, public and permissionless networks, oracles, and future technologies that are yet to be created. Polkadot facilitates an internet where independent blockchains can exchange information and transactions in a trustless way via the Polkadot relay chain. Polkadot makes it easier than ever to create and connect decentralized applications, services, and institutions. By empowering innovators to build better solutions, we seek to free society from its reliance on a broken web where its large institutions can’t violate our trust.

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Lounge Lizard Announces their Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship Winner

Winning Web Design Submission for the Lounge Lizard Web Design Contest

Winning Web Design Submission

Lounge Lizard, a website development company and digital marketing agency, announces the winner of their bi-annual Web Design Scholarship.

NEW YORK CITY, NY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, February 28, 2020 / — Lounge Lizard Announces their Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship Winner

Lounge Lizard has officially announced the winner of their fourth semi-annual Web Design Scholarship. Out of 72 phenomenal web design submissions, Yun Ha Seo, a student at the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, was awarded the Lounge Lizard Spring 2020 Web Design Scholarship. Along with the $1,000 Scholarship, Yun Ha will be receiving design critique and feedback from Ken Braun, the Founder, and CCO of Lounge Lizard.

Each applicant had to provide a web design submission, which can be from the past or present and submitted either as a design or live URL. Out of numerous designs, many showcasing profession-level skills, Yun Ha Seo’s entry impressed all of the judges and received the highest overall score. Yun Ha's website recounts the events surrounding the terrible 2014 Sewol ferry tragedy that took the lives of 304 people of the 476 total passengers. In addition to the timeline documenting the sequence of events, Yun Ha has also included a memorial page where user's can express their condolences to the victims and their families and read the notes left by others. Yun Ha’s winning submission can be viewed by following this link.

With an already impressive level of design skill, Yun Ha will benefit from Braun’s decades of experience in the design world. Ken is an inducted member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Forbes Agency Council in addition to a judge for the WEBBY Awards and CSS Design Awards.

Applications are now open for the Fall Semester scholarship which can be found here. One, $1,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded based on the student’s submitted web design for each semester. Applications are due by October 4, 2020, for the Fall Semester.The web design submission can be from the past or present and submitted either as a design or live URL. The design scholarship is only open to students attending school in the United States and either be a student at an accredited school or be accepted to begin school at an accredited school within 6 months of application.

About Lounge Lizard Worldwide, Inc.

Lounge Lizard Worldwide, Inc. provides customized digital marketing solutions that combine creativity and technology. The company’s services include marketing strategy, brand identity design, UI/UX design, website development, web app development, mobile app development, social media, and search engine optimization.

Sarah Rose
Lounge Lizard
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New Drone Pilot Training Program Builds Skills for the Renewable Energy Industry

HeatSpring, Little Arms, and Unmanned Experts have built this unmanned aircraft commercial operations course especially for renewable energy firms.

ANN ARBOR, MI, USA, February 28, 2020 / — The new “Drone Pilot Boot Camp + FAA Part 107 Exam Prep” is a collaboration between three companies: HeatSpring, Little Arms, and Unmanned Experts. They’ve built this unmanned aircraft commercial operations course especially for engineering, construction and renewable energy firms.

Keven Gambold is the instructor. Formerly a combat pilot for the British Royal Air Force, Keven has spent the past eight years developing training programs for drone pilots with Unmanned Experts.

Logging flight time is critical for a great course. Little Arms is the software firm behind the top-rated Zephyr drone simulation software. Zephyr works across any platform and has a built-in LMS that allows Keven to review student progress and coach each individual student on their flying. Flying the Zephyr simulations with Keven’s oversight is an incredible way to build skills quickly and efficiently.

Kyle Bishop, CEO at Little Arms says, "We're proud to announce our new partnership with HeatSpring and Unmanned Experts. The UAS industry is a constantly changing place, establishing effective and standardized training is a great way to help drive the industry forward as a whole."

HeatSpring brings twelve years of technical online education and a deep understanding of what the market expects from a great course. They’ve spent two years designing this course and finding the right partnerships to make it happen.

“We looked at more than a dozen drone flight simulators and Zephyr was the clear winner for us,” according to Brian Hayden, co-founder at HeatSpring. “It’s built for a training environment and able to work on any machine.”

The course is great for anybody who wants to become a drone pilot, but the primary aim of the course is to unlock new opportunities for engineering, construction, and renewable energy firms. Drones are a powerful and relatively inexpensive way to increase revenue and lower costs on projects big and small.

The next course begins in April 2020 – students who enroll get immediate access to their Zephyr software program. Students who enroll in this session also receive a free FlySky FS-i6S Transmitter.

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Margaret Carter of The Bright Life Coach to be Featured on Close Up Radio

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, February 28, 2020 / — The pain of depression is more painful than anything I can imagine, but your diagnosis and medications enable you to do the work to get better.

Margaret Carter is The Bright Life Coach, where she specializes in empowering people with depression who are under the care of a psychiatrist.

“I'm an empowerment coach and I really specialize in resilience, overcoming pain, back into happiness” says Margaret. “I will consistently and masterfully help you grow into a person that you never knew was possible.”

Margaret’s story is one of resilience. She fell into a deep, dark depression in her twenties and struggled with it for decades.

“I was in so much pain I couldn't talk to anyone. I struggled with depression for another 20 years on different types of medicines. I struggled in my business. I was diagnosed with cancer. I didn't have the energy to fight anymore. That’s when I hired a coach.”

Everyone that has achieved great things has done so with talented and dedicated support. Margaret’s coach taught her an entirely new way of seeing herself in the world. That’s when miraculous changes started to take place.

“I did all of this positive work on my mind,” she recalls. “I paid close attention to a really loving view of spirituality that was nonjudgmental and loving and forgiving of myself and others. I started getting off medications and my psychiatrist was just blown away. Then I met my guy, which I never thought that was going to happen. We live together now, and we've never had a fight.”

Margaret realized it was time to help others to turn their life around in powerful and meaningful ways. She decided to become a coach to teach people like her how to overcome depression.

“To be an empowerment coach, you have to teach excellence,” says Margaret. “Therapists are good at analyzing the past. Psychiatrists offer diagnoses and medication. Coaches are great at helping you discover what your dreams, and what you want to achieve and then help you figure out how you want to do it.”

Margaret says you can bring more peace and joy than you ever imagined through life coaching.

“The language you use is what you think; what you think is what you attract,” says Margaret. “I created the depression by thinking all of these awful things about myself and believing them. My train of thought was really self-destructive. “The pathways and my brain are so deep I will be on medication for the rest of my life, but I started changing the language, and gradually, I overcame my depression. I believe my clients can too.”

Close Up Radio will feature Margaret Carter in an interview with Jim Masters on March 3rd at 4pm EST

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HFI-U and DAG Architects Release HEAL Handbook

Healthy educational design and construction methods produce both green and bottom-line benefits.

Healthy educational design and construction methods produce both green and bottom-line benefits.

Healthy design and architecture is beautiful, healthful, and functional (DAG Architects).

Healthy design and architecture is beautiful, healthful, and functional (DAG Architects).

Open spaces with plenty of natural light are both healthy and energy-saving (DAG Architects).

Open spaces with plenty of natural light are both healthy and energy-saving (DAG Architects).

Promoting healthy architecture and design.

This complimentary guide provides an overview of the principles, practices, and benefits of healthy, sustainable design”

— Allen Rathey, HFI-U

NAMPA, ID, USA, February 28, 2020 / — HFI-U and DAG Architects are pleased to release the HEAL “Healthy Education Architectural Leader” Handbook to assist pK-12 and Higher Education to understand options in healthy architecture and design to attain wellness, sustainability, academic excellence, functionality, and fiscal benefits.

These options build on a foundation of:

1. Human resource development
2. Promoting conditions for learning
3. Building performance
4. Energy efficiency
5. Environmentally-preferable practices
6. Resource conservation / land use
7. Reducing pollutants

“This complimentary guide provides an overview of the principles and practices of healthy, sustainable design,” said Allen Rathey, principal of HFI-U. “We encourage the reader to explore the concise 20-page handbook, and additional source information referenced. We are grateful to DAG Architects for their support of this effort.”

Overview of HEAL Handbook

A HEAL (Healthy Education Architectural Leader) Project is designed and built or remodeled to be both healthy and sustainable.

The HEAL model seeks to enhance the well-being of occupants through the strategic design and construction of indoor and outdoor school facilities.

A driving design principle is removing unhealthy elements and incorporating healthful elements by choosing siting, entry design, construction materials and methods, and building technology to enhance primary health factors including:

AIR quality through:

1. VOC and airborne chemicals reduction
2. Ventilation effectiveness
3. Humidity control
4. Air quality monitoring and feedback
5. Air purification, filtration

WATER quality through:

1. Water quality testing
2. Contaminant reduction
3. Treatment and or filtration
4. Providing access to potable water

CLEANING quality through:

1. Easy-to-clean facilities
2. Healthful entryways with room for proper barrier matting


1. Classroom design that promotes movement
2. Schoolyard, quad design to promote outdoor activity and learning
3. Facilities for bicycles

The goal is enhanced health, human potential, teaching and learning, attendance, academic success, improved community and global ecosystems, and facility performance.

About HFI-U

The primary purpose of Healthy Facilities Institute University (HFI-U) is to teach persons employed by or associated with schools/colleges, senior care, hospitality, retail, and other fields, how to improve the environment of their facility in a way that makes sense from both a human and financial perspective.

About DAG

DAG Architects, successful for more than four decades, firmly believes design makes a difference and can have a positive impact on those who interact with the places and spaces designed. DAG is the largest architectural firm in the Florida Panhandle and has designed projects across the Southeast and Caribbean.

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Adrienne Rubin, Acclaimed Author, Details Over Coming Difficult Life Experiences in the Jewelry Business

Adrienne Rubin, Acclaimed Author

Diamond and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business

“Because I was naive, I made many wrong decisions, and more than once I trusted the wrong people.” – Adrienne Rubin.

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — Adrienne Rubin once worked out of her car, pulling a suitcase loaded with silver, gold, and gemstone jewelry, which she sold wholesale to stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Adrienne has stated that by chance, on a vacation to Mexico, she fell into the jewelry business when she and her husband Stanford reconnected with the owner of a high-end silver store, and the store owner sought legal advice on problems with a Los Angeles Jewelry wholesaler.

“I was feeling bereft,” states Adrienne. “Our two children were in school, and my brief career as a school teacher had not satisfied my ambitions or creativity. My volunteer work with a local hospital to compile two cookbooks for fundraising had ended, and I was at loose ends. I thought, ‘I’ll sell silver jewelry for him!’ It wasn’t easy AT ALL, but I learned, and grew the business from part-time to full-time. I did it!”

It seems that this path was destined for Adrienne, as eventually the company mushroomed to include gold chains from the downtown LA Jewelry District, then gemstone jewelry found at jewelry shows in Hong Kong and Italy. However, this success came at a cost as Adrienne found herself to be naive enough to believe that anyone who bought her jewelry was as trustworthy as her father, a mistake that shaped Adrienne’s future. “Because I was naive, I made many wrong decisions, and more than once I trusted the wrong people,” claims Adrienne. “Yet each time I fell, I got right back up again. Giving up was never an option. To get to where you want to go, you cannot let fear of failure get in your way. For me, every challenge was an opportunity to soar even higher than before.” It's enough to say that after everything, Adrienne found out there are crooks out there, and she was adamant that dishonest people would NOT profit from her ever again.

From the age of two Adrienne grew up in Beverly Hills after moving from Chicago with her family. She graduated from Beverly Hills High School and spent a year in Lausanne, Switzerland, attending the School of Modern French where she learned to speak French fluently. She completed her college studies at UC Berkeley, and graduated from UCLA with a Master of Teaching degree. She married Stanford Rubin, a relationship that lasted more than 50 years. Adrienne and Stan raised their daughter Pamela and son Randall, and enjoy traveling with their three grandsons and cooking for them; Grand-Mère's most desirable meal is her tender brisket.

Adrienne has certainly made a name for herself in the jewelry business and as an author, but she also is involved in humanitarian efforts. In October 2019, the Los Angeles Arthritis Foundation honored Adrienne with the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award as their top L.A fundraiser. For ten years now, Adrienne has been riding her bike in the California Coast Classic of the Arthritis Foundation, an eight-day cycling trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles along California's coastline.

“I was a total neophyte when the bicycle tour was proposed as a fundraiser. I had to purchase a bicycle and take lessons to learn how to operate the gears,” states Adrienne. “Approximately 350 cyclists participate each year. My husband has been challenged with arthritis since his 30s, and had both hips replaced plus numerous back surgeries for arthritis complications. He served as chairman of the national Arthritis Foundation board of directors. As he became less active in fundraising, I became more involved.”


Adrienne Rubin

“Diamonds and Scoundrels” is a memoir that follows Adrienne Rubin as she first begins in the jewelry business. When Adrienne Rubin enters into the jewelry business in 1970s Los Angeles, she is a maverick in a world dominated by men. She soon meets a young hotshot salesman who doesn’t seem to struggle at all, and when he asks her to be his partner, she is excited to join him. She doesn’t know him well, but she does know his father, and she believes he is as trustworthy as the day is long.

“Diamonds and Scoundrels” shows us how a woman in a man’s world, with tenacity and sheer determination, can earn respect and obtain a true sense of accomplishment. Following Rubin’s experiences in the jewelry industry through the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s—with the ups and downs, good guys and bad—this is a tale of personal growth, of how to overcome challenges with courage and resilience. It’s a story for the woman today who, in addition to a rich family life, seeks a self-realized, fulfilling path toward a life well lived.

“Diamonds & Scoundrels is an incredible story of a woman who seemingly had it all but craved purpose. Through determination, boldness, entrepreneurial spirit and sheer will, she built a flourishing business, smashed barriers and proved that no dream is out of reach if you simply refuse to quit,” states Matt Iseman, host of American Ninja Warrior. It seems that this memoir from Adrienne Rubin is one you don’t want to miss out on.

Adrienne Rubin’s memoir, Diamonds and Scoundrels: My Life in the Jewelry Business is available through,, or, and can be ordered through your local bookstore.

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James Lukezic Shares How to Become a Sommelier

James Lukezic Palm Beach

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, February 27, 2020 / — James Lukezic is currently the Executive Managing director of Old Slip Capital Partners and has over two decades of experience working for large financial corporations as a retirement consultant. While he spends most of his day making critical financial decisions, he doesn’t let his job distract him from his other passions. James Lukezic is also a sommelier and avid wine collector. “My family has been making and selling wine for centuries. They have owned wineries in Slovenia and the Collio region of Italy,” James says.

His family’s winery background inspired him to become a sommelier and grow his wine collection. “My favorite wines are Napa Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot noirs from Oregon’s Willamette Valley,” says James Lukezic. How did James Lukezic become a sommelier? He shares a few tips.

For those who wish to become sommeliers, James Lukezic recommends they learn as much as they can about wine. Beginners often like to start writing down notes when tasting wines since it’s one of the essential steps to becoming a sommelier. According to James Lukezic, familiarizing themselves with the most famous wine regions in the world also helps a sommelier in the making.

The French wine region remains one of the top producers in the world, even though wine production in France has gone down by 11% since 2007. James Lukezic, whose family has owned wineries in Italy, mentions Italy remains a large wine producer. Some of the primary grapes in Italy include Prosecco, Barbera, Trebbiano Toscano, and Nero d’Avola. The California one region is one of James Lukezic's favorite regions, and 99% of the wine produced in the United States comes from this area. Argentina has also recently emerged as a top wine producer in the world. Over the last few years, wine production in Argentina has seen a growth of 8%.

James Lukezic mentions traveling to the wine regions is the best way for sommeliers in the making to learn about wine, but it’s not always financially possible. Instead of traveling, potential sommeliers should read books about the major wine regions.

One of the best ways to get their training as a sommelier is by working in the industry. James Lukezic, for example, comes from a background of winemakers. There are many other ways to learn about the industry, such as working at a restaurant, tasting room, wine bar, or catering company. An overlooked skill is often learning the proper way to pour wine, which can be acquired by working in the industry.

Individuals who can to fast track their sommelier skills can enroll in a certificate program. These programs provide them with the hands-on training required to become a professional sommelier.

James Lukezic also enjoys belonging to the United States Polo Association, New York City’s Fencers Club, and the American Helicopter Society.

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