Julia Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1988. Her parents, Jackson and Barbara Banke, instilled in her an interest in wine from a young age. Julia’s family was surrounded by all types of wine and various wine-making processes. Her father would take Julia and her siblings out to pick grapes and sort them before they were turned into wine so that they would understand the process and have an appreciation for it, which has paid off for Julia.
As an assistant to the international sales team of Jackson Family Wines, she aids her family in bringing new varieties of wine to other countries. Julia founded Cambria Seeds of Empowerment in 2014. This is an organization that is dear to her heart as it celebrates the strength of women across the world. Money raised for the organization helps women develop a sense of independence through education and teaching them basic life skills.
Julia also wants women to see that they can get involved in the wine industry, one that is predominantly operated by males. Her education from Stanford Graduate School has helped Julia become the businesswoman she is today as she uses those skills to market the wines made by the family. These skills are also used to teach women about how to make wine or how to operate a business of their own.
Being put down for simply being yourself is a hard thing to deal with. Unfortunately it is a struggle that far too many people still deal with from people have struggled with addiction, had to do dangerous work in order to feed themselves and people who come from communities that have been exploited by others that have more power than they do. This feeling of being targeted simply for who you are is one that George Soros knows well. While Soros is a wealthy businessman and philanthropist today he began his life as part of a persecuted community in his native Hungary in the early twentieth century. He grew up during a time where a volatile political situation in Hungary meant that members of his community were being physically harmed simply because they were different. Soros’ family was only able to avoid this kind of targeted violence by hiding their identities. This experience of living in fear because others feel threatened by an innocuous difference would arguably go on to shape the rest of George Soros’ life. He was able to make it out of Hungary and eventually traveled to Britain where he would complete his post-secondary education. After earning his diploma he settled in the United States and ended up working on Wall Street. He would later launch his own company first called the Soros fund and later the Quantum Fund. Know more on investopedia.com about George Soros.
Under Soros’ leadership and financial savvy the Quantum Fund would go on to earn unprecedented returns on the investments that it made. In the early 1990s George Soros was believed to have brought in $650 million over the course of one year. He reached an important milestone in 1993 by becoming the very first person in America to earn an annual salary of $1 billion. Arguably these are the years where Soros made much of his fortune. His success in the world of finance is what enabled him to create the Open Society Foundations which is the philanthropic network that would allow him to help marginalized people around the world who had been targeted for being different just as he had been as a young man. For example the Open Society Foundation funds vital health programs and grant making initiatives around the world. One of the network’s initiatives focuses on the issue of mental health in countries where attitudes towards mental health are still progressing. The Open Society Foundation’s mental health initiative seeks to enable people who are struggling with mental health issues to live with dignity and not be forced into institutions that do not meet their actual needs. The Open Society Foundations health care programming also focuses on meeting the healthcare needs of marginalized minority groups such as the Roma who have had to deal with barriers to healthcare access. Read more at The New York Times about George.