SreyRam Kuy, MD, Co-author of Soul of a Tiger
Soul of a Tiger is the true story of her mom's life and her family's survival during the Killing Fields and escape from the Cambodian Genocide to the US. The book begins in the U.S. and is primarily seen through the eyes of the main character, Rachana (whose nickname is Cha-Cha).
SreyRam Kuy, MD was born in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields. She and her family escaped Cambodia when she was a small child and spent several years in refugee camps before being sponsored to the United States by a Christian Missionary group. She grew up in Oregon, graduated as Valedictorian from Crescent Valley High School, and attended Oregon State University where she earned dual degrees in Philosophy and Microbiology. She attended medical school at Oregon Health Science University, then finished general surgery residency in Wisconsin. She also earned her master’s degree at Yale University School of Medicine in health services research.
Dr. Kuy’s passions are health policy, physician leadership and the underserved. She believes it is vitally important as physicians to advocate for our patients, and participate in the process of health care policy to strengthen our voice in healthcare policy development so we can better care for our patients. Because of this belief in the importance of physician leadership, Dr. Kuy has been involved in her local, professional and national community. As a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Scholar, she worked in the Washington DC office of Senator Tom Harkin, writing speeches and policy briefs on women’s health, coverage for breast cancer screening and treatment, Reauthorization of the Older American’s Act, health care instrument safety, and coverage of experimental studies.
During medical school she served as president of her medical school class and organized a symposium on covering the uninsured featuring physician advocate and former governor Dr. Kitzhaber. Throughout residency she remained involved in her professional community. She was appointed by the American Medical Association to serve as a board member on the National Board of Medical Examiners, served as Chair of the Wisconsin Medical Society Resident Fellow Governing Council and served on the Executive Committee of the AMA Surgical Caucus. She also published an editorial in the Los Angeles Times and the American College of Surgeons’ Bulletin on the need for physician advocacy. As a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University Dr. Kuy completed a prestigious health policy and health services research fellowship, leading several outcomes research projects while earning her master’s degree. She has published her research on health care disparities, surgical outcomes, and surgical quality measures in JAMA Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, American Journal of Surgery and other publications. “Soul of a Tiger” is Dr. Kuy’s first book. Her second book, “Fifty Studies Every Surgeon Should Know” is coming out in 2015.
Dr. Kuy’s work is guided by a deep gratitude for the experiences and opportunities she’s been blessed with, which have enabled her to make a meaningful contribution to her patients and her profession.
Adam Gonnerman, Senior Technical Product Manager, Uberlandia, Brazil
Adam Gonnerman , Digital Project Manager from Missouri, by way of New York now in Uberlandia in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
We´ll talk about Adam´s challenges in relocating to Brazil as well as tips to others in a similar transition.
Adam has enjoyed a diverse professional life, having gone from English teacher in Uberlândia, Brazil to a short stint at a law office in Jersey City, New Jersey and then on to AT&T in the same state as an enterprise account manager. From there he stepped into a “multi-hat” web producer role at a startup company in New York before finding his way into project management at Condé Nast. While with Condé Nast he was the project manager for Wired.com, the first that brand had in this role since its acquisition from Lycos in 2006. In the year prior to his most recent move to Brazil he was a Senior Technical Product Manager for Scholastic, guiding online projects from conception to realization.
This varied background is something he sees as strength, as each new role and experience builds on the last and contributes to his personal and professional growth.
Adam is a strong believer in the value of technology in improving human life, through solving problems and bringing people together in common purpose. Though there are many examples of this, the use of social media to organize protests in Brazil and elsewhere in recent years is one, and free, online educational opportunities is another. Just 20 years ago the ease of communication and access to information we now enjoy was only just barely on the horizon.
Having relocated in late 2013 with his family back to Uberlândia, Brazil, the birthplace of his wife and children, Adam is currently teaching English and exploring the local tech scene. Although someplace like São Paulo would seem like a more probable candidate than Uberlândia for this type of work, Adam sees possibilities for his adoptive home city becoming a digital hub for the Triângulo Mineiro region.
He has his Bachelor’s in Theology from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and also holds the PMP, CSM and ITIL-f certifications. He and his wife Christiane currently make their home in Uberlândia, Brazil. He blogs regularly at www.adamgonnerman.com and is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awgonnerman
Don Holbrook, Author, Certified Economic Developer, Las Vegas
Don Holbrook is a private economic consultant/practitioner involved in economic development public policy, site location decisions for private sector business owner investments into new facilities, destination tourism projects and site location development & business incentives feasibility negotiations to reduce up front financial risks and increase business ROI for investors and financing. This includes public sector incentives design and strategies to entice business investment into local economies.
He is one of the few practitioner-based economists in the field of economic development. He is the leading non-fiction book author on local economic development efforts to rebuild, renew and create sustainably balanced economic development public policy, which supports world-class community vision and strategic economic growth planning. His first book, the “Little Black Book of Economic Development” has spawned a series of follow-up books on how communities, companies, individuals and families can navigate these treacherous economic times.
Don Holbrook is one of the worlds foremost thought leaders and public speakers on the subject of how communities can build local grassroots driven economic development strategies to achieve maximum success in what he refers to as “The Art of the Deal Today.” His focus is on business capitalization strategies that will attract investment, jobs and economic growth. He also regularly speaks on leading as a change agent in times of unpredictable economic conditions and thriving and surviving in this new economic future.
Don is a Certified Economic Developer and in 2008 he was formally indoctrinated as a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council, for his lifetime achievements by his peers.
He lives with wife and two sons in Las Vegas, Nevada.Holbrook has spoken at over 50 major events worldwide and given hundreds of motivational speeches to audiences. He has written two fictional books on the Knights Templar. In 2010, Holbrook was formally knighted at West Point USMA as a member of the modern day Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, the Knights Templar Order.
Don is also the author of "The Next America- Thriving and Surviving in this Unpredictable Economy." With an upcoming second edition to be released shortly.
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