In the guest chair:

Julie Haim & Dana Barrett

Julie Haim & Dana Barrett

Financial advisor, Julie Haim discussed Return to Work programs for moms and investing in female entrepreneurs today on the show with Dana.

Julie has 20 years of experience in finance, is passionate about the promotion of STEM education for girls and is an advocate for bringing Return to Work programs to various industries in the Atlanta area. She has also been featured on CBS News to discuss returnships.

In the headlines:

  • The Falcons maybe looking to expand their business beyond football — following in the Braves footsteps. They are potentially interested in owning a part of, or at least partnering with the new downtown hotel that will be built at the Georgia World Congress Center site.
  • Mayor Reed wants to close the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine. He says they’ll build a new/better facility to house the 300 – 400 homeless folks that use the shelter now. There are lawsuits around ownership and operating rights at the shelter and the city and surrounding community have not been happy with the way the location is run. According the Mayor – the CDC has told him that “Peachtree and Pine is one of the leading sites for tuberculosis in the nation.” Not good.
  • A new residential rental company is moving to town. They’re called Altisource Residential and they own and manage single-family rental properties throughout the United States. Altisource has agreed to buy 1,325 single-family homes, all in the metro Atlanta area, from Invitation Homes for $112.6 million. The deal is expected to close in August.
  • Sprint is rolling out ‘Direct 2 You‘ service in Atlanta. This is where they send a salesperson out to you at your home, office, coffee shop or wherever to sell you wireless service. This is instead of you going into the store or ordering online. Weird.
  • And while we’re on phone service, Apple is developing it’s own mobile phone network. It will be what’s called an MVNO… which is a wireless service built on top of infrastructure owned by other carriers.
  • A couple of new studies are highlighting the fact that there IS an unconscious gender bias in the workplace. So yeah… got it. How do we fix it?
  • And, in the last couple of weeks, both Netflix and Microsoft have announced much more generous maternity and paternity leave for employees. Hmmmm… the tech workforce is apparently growing up and having babies. Funny how that happens… alas the beer fridge and ping pong table may not be the culture people are looking for anymore. (Go Josh Levs!, alum of The Dana Barrett Show and author of ALL IN.)

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