Highland Capital Management, L.P., Through James Dondero, Makes Grants towards Supporting the Legacy Campaign

Highland Capital Management, L.P., through its president Mr. James Dondero, pledged $1 million as a challenge grant towards supporting The Family Place. The pledge was made during The Family Place’s 21st Annual Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon in October last year. Highland Capital made the grant as a way of supporting The Family Place’s Legacy Campaign that sought to raise $2.8 million towards helping people affected by family violence within Dallas, Texas. James Dondero was one of the speakers at the event that went down at Hilton Anatole, a leading hotel in Dallas.


The Legacy Campaign


Highland Capital’s philanthropic donations are channeled through Highland Dallas Foundation, Inc. and the grant to the Legacy Campaign was no different. The foundation’s input into the campaign went a long way in reducing the deficit to The Family Place’s $16.5 million target. According to James Dondero, the campaign was of paramount importance, especially because family violence threatens lives of many people in Dallas.


The Legacy Campaign received support from all quarters. Some administrators in Dallas, such as Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown mobilized all stakeholders in the region to support the campaign. The campaign also received a good reception, with the Dallas civic community joining hands to ensure that it ended on a high note. James Dondero was impressed by this gesture, saying that Highland Capital was proud to be associated with such a philanthropic society.


Pulling such a successful campaign within a year was not an easy task, something that James Dondero commended The Family Place for doing. His words were echoed by The Family Place’s CEO, Paige Flink, who added that the campaign was a good opportunity for the Dallas community to make an impact on other people’s lives.



More about James Dondero


James Dondero is a  legend in equity markets. He was one of the two founders of Highland Capital Inc. in 1993, and he has since served as its president. Besides that, he is also chairman of CCS Medical, Nexbank, and Cornerstone Healthcare. James also sits on the boards of MGM Studios and American Banknote.


James Dondero did his business degree at the University of Virginia. Prior to founding Highland Capital, he worked with organizations, such as American Express, Morgan Guaranty, and Protective Life.




Financial Leader

David Giertz, helping clients plan for a secure retirement

David Giertz is a Nationwide Investment Services financial advisor with just over 31 years of experience. He is currently the president of distribution and sales at Nationwide. He has passed four exams. David passed the General Securities Representative Examination in 1986, the Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination (NASAA) in 1987, the General Securities Principal Examination in 1992 and the Municipal Securities Principal in 1994. Giertz is also a registered broker with FINRA. Brokers assist in buying and selling stocks, bonds investment related products and mutual funds.

David has served as the senior vice president at Nationwide in both financial distribution and in sales at Nationwide life insurance. David Giertz also serves as president and senior vice president at several other Nationwide companies.

Many people are planning for retirement and most advisors are not discussing social security on Ideamensch.com. Currently four out of five people say that they will change financial advisors if they do not discuss social security planning in their retirement plans. Currently, social security comprises about 40% of retirement planning. If people decide to retire sooner then recommended they can be shorting themselves up to $300,000 or an average of $1,000 a month. Financial advisors need to discuss alternate sources of income as an option rather then allowing people to rely on social security for an earlier then necessary retirement at http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=232405062&privcapId=3611386. One of the biggest factors financial advisors deal with is age. People feel as though since they reached the age where they can start collecting social security, they should. This has resulted in roughly 30% of people who are currently collecting social security living with less then they originally calculated. Delaying collection of social security benefits to the age of 67 or beyond can increase monthly social security income.


Honey Birdette-Sparking Sensuality

Honey Birdette has decided to launch a US e-commerce site after experiencing a 374% increase in US online sales alone in just 12 months. The new site promises to improve the overall experience of the customer and will make returns easier, provide faster shipping, and offer frees hipping on orders over $50. The new site will also offer more products that will be available to US customers. They plan to also expand their UK store count to 40 from three by the end of 2018.

Honey Birdette is hoping to open its stores in the US and is rapidly increasing its market into the UK where they already have a store in Leeds’ Victoria Gate, Westfield White City, and London’s Covent Garden.

Honey Birdette has 10 additional store locations pegged, including one in Leeds, one in Westfield Stratford, Newcastle, and Liverpool. They even have 40 more in mind for nest year. In Australia, Honey Birdette already has 55 stores and is expected to expand into Europe.

Honey Birdette was started when a couple of friends thought there should be more available to choose form in the lingerie market. Since it was greatly lacking, they decided to create their own collection and it coon quickly. Seems to be that they were not the only ones with this problem.

Honey Birdette, as seen on Instagram,  was created and since 2006 has been bringing the spark back to the bedroom through sensual items such as lingerie, massage candles, and cuffs. Honey Birdette isn’t your average lingerie boutique and you will know that the minute you step into one of their stores. From the luxurious and lush décor to the rows and rows of tantalizing items, you will feel as if you are in a different world. You can even get champagne with the push of a button.

Find more Honey Birdette on YouTube.

Cancer Research

Clay Siegall leads Seattle Genetics to top of cancer research industry

In the world of cancer research, few names stand out with such distinction is at of Clay Siegall. After founding Seattle Genetics in 1998, Dr. Siegall has established himself as one of the leading cancer research entrepreneurs in the pharmaceutical industry. With the first ever antibody drug conjugate that was approved by the FDA for use in actual cancer treatment, Seattle Genetics is quickly transforming the way in which cancer is treated in the United States and throughout the world.

Dr. Siegall first became interested in cancer research at a fairly young age. While still in college, he had a family member that went through a period of chemotherapy as result of developing a rare form of cancer. What caught Dr. Siegall’s attention wasn’t so much the cancer itself, but the treatment regimen, specifically its total brutality. The family member was sick all the time and could barely function. At one point, they nearly died, not as a result of the cancer itself but as a result of developing anemia secondary to the poisonous chemotherapy that was being pumped through their veins.

This made Dr. Siegall realize that there must be a better way than the current regimens of cancer treatment. Between the outright poison of chemotherapy and the radical surgeries, including amputations, that were then used for the treatment of many forms of cancer, Dr. Siegall knew that there must be a way to restore the sick patients to health that didn’t involve the permanent maiming and scarring that the treatments in the mid-80s often entailed.

He went on to receive a MS from the University of Maryland in biology, and then a PhD in genetics from George Washington University. After successfully completing graduate school, he was hired by the national cancer institute as a junior researcher. There he worked on a number of exciting new drugs, including a category that is broadly known as targeted cancer therapies. These drugs seek to identify and destroy the tumor without systemically releasing large amounts of poisonous chemotherapy into the body.

After a stint with the national cancer institute, Dr. Siegall was recruited by Bristol-Myers Squibb as a senior researcher. It was there that he first began working on the completely novel form of targeted cancer therapy called antibody drug conjugates.

Women In Business

The Incredibly Famous Julie Zuckerberg

Julie Zuckerberg is a lady that makes the headlines for all the right reasons. For years, she has been the lead recruiting agent for corporate talents especially in the United States of America. Through her expertise, Julie has been able to connect talented individuals to high paying jobs and at the same time sending skilled power to corporations so as to make them more productive. With Julie being an expert philosopher, she has learned how to study and understand different people. Zuckerberg’s knowledge in matters relating to the law has also been a contributing factor to her success. Julie Zuckerberg has an inborn talent  which fortunately enough, she has not wasted. To this end, Julie has made herself extremely visible to recruiters thus being able to land spectacular jobs. For example, Zuckerberg once worked for institutions like New York Life Insurance Company, Citi, and Hudson.


Although Julie’s tenure might have been short-lived, Zuckerberg has strived to bring excellence and efficiency in the above corporations. As a result, she has been able to rise through the ranks within a short time frame since top executives have taken notice of her productivity and determination. Currently, Julie Zuckerberg is the lead talent acquisition agent at Deutsche Bank. While at Deutsche Bank, Julie has helped nurture young individuals so that they too can follow in her footsteps. By being a mentor to some of the employees at the company, a vast majority of these new recruits are now building a successful career all thanks to Julie Zuckerberg. While working, Julie has been fortunate to add some unique set of skills to her education accolades. These include conflict resolution, applicant tracking, talent management, administrative staffing, and team leadership.


Through the years, Julie has also been able to learn how to appreciate the role that change plays in making systems better. Having recognized the role that technology has played in other companies, Julie has made it her mission always to keep herself updated on emerging developments. As a result, Zuckerberg has been able to bring newer and better ideas to Deutsche Bank, a new way of thinking that has never been envisioned before at the corporation. However, Julie Zuckerberg also has her moments; times when she wants to go on a vacation or spend away from work. During such instances, Zuckerberg always prefers to go for a jog especially in the mornings when the weather might be freezing. Through jogging, Julie can keep her body fit as well as relax her mind. Besides, Julie is a great cook. It is during her free time that she enjoys trying out new recipes and lucky enough, Julie has found ways of perfecting them. Above all, Julie Zuckerberg loves to keep in touch with the outside world through her Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter handles.


Because Julie has a kind heart, she has always found the need to protect and conserve animal species that are around her. To this end, Zuckerberg has been incredibly vocal when it comes to issues that affect wildlife. Therefore, Julie has been able to earn the love of the people over the years since she has not only helped them attain success but also showed them how to achieve greatness.