Democracies have prosecuted corrupt leaders – America can too

According to Axis Research, since 2000, at least 76 countries have jailed or prosecuted their former leaders. Many were democracies, including established functioning ones such as Brazil, Israel, France, and South Korea. America is the exception; no former president has been indicted for a crime. Has our image of exceptionalism, seeing ourselves as the most democratic and free republic, enthralled us from applying the law to our former leaders? Prosecuting former President Donald Trump may break that spell.


9/11 Lessons

We are enjoying the last weeks of summer, interspersed with climate change indicators that bring fires, floods, excessive heat, and even an earthquake or two. As I write this on September 11, I am mindful that there are thousands more victims than the 2,996 who died that morning in 2001 who have died unexpectedly while simply going about their business.


Good Bye Vinnie

For over six decades—growing up with Vinnie— you felt in good hands and comforted by a guy—who you knew—loved his job, loved the game of baseball and loved the fans. He was there to give his knowledge and wisdom—his heart and soul—to educate and foster appreciation for the beauty of the sport.

 


Book Review: I know why the caged bird sings

Ms. Angelou does much more than spin a yarn about the early years of her life. Great suffering and terrible injustice is elevated to the highest level of art and beauty. Ms. Angelou’s voice, so pure and so clear, feels stylistically as a story told in the oral tradition and not a mere book.


AUGUST 2022 THE CONNECTOR MAGAZINE

In August we celebrate entrepreneurs from all industries and sectors. We also look at the important role networking plays in producing successful business outcomes. 


Mall of Africa Hosts Microbusinesses

Just south of Seattle, after crossing the Duwamish River, old Highway 99 emerges from a heavily industrialized area and passes through the communities of Tukwila and SeaTac. Drivers will notice that this is where the four-lane roadway becomes International Boulevard. The name came about a few decades ago, in part to give more cachet to the arterial as it runs right past SeaTac International Airport. But it also reflects the growing diversity of the area, as recent waves of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe have settled there, thanks to relatively affordable housing options and plenty of hospitality and other airport-related jobs that recognize multilingual employees are an asset.


Dave Bresler | The Ultimate Connector

When Dave Bresler steps into the room, businesspeople from every profession and industry gather around him. He holds people’s attention with the same reverence that used to be accorded to priests, rabbis, and pundits. Seeing Dave Bresler in action for the first time, you might wonder if he’s one of New York City’s legendary power brokers. Bresler is not a pundit or a power broker, and he’s certainly not a priest or a rabbi. But he is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. 


Dave Bresler gives us a few helpful networking tips

There are a fair number of people, especially the ones who have stayed over the years, who have done some significant business from the relationships they had made.