A Philanthropic Week with Vidicom’s Christy Ferer

by cferer on October 23, 2014

Vidicom’s CEO talks charity!

Happy Monday, folks! In addition to my ongoing work with the Vidicom team, it’s been a big week for my many philanthropic friends!

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This past week Leonard Lauder cubist masterpiece gallery was revealed to friends and family  This week this remarkable gift is presented to the public. For over 40 year Lauder painstakingly collected within a narrow framework of cubists… even works he didn’t love… all in the name of marinating integrity to hipline of collection cubists…

The one billion dollar collections includes 81 paintings, works on paper, and sculpture: 17 by Braque, 15 by Gris, 15 by Léger, and 34 by Picasso. Rich in modernist pictures by Picasso and Braque, the exhibition will also include an unprecedented number of papiers collé by Juan Gris and a stunning array of Léger’s most famous series, his Contrasts of Forms. Let’s hope he donates some to decorate our Vidicom office! I’ll never say no to an injection of art in my life!

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The Met says “Over the past 40 years, Leonard Lauder has selectively acquired masterpieces and seminal works to create the most important collection in private hands of works by the four preeminent Cubist artists. Mr. Lauder made his first two Cubist acquisitions in 1976 and continues to add to the Collection, which is distinguished by its quality, focus, and depth. In coordination with Mr. Lauder’s announcement of the gift of the Cubist works, the Metropolitan Museum, with support from a group of trustees and supporters, including Mr. Lauder, has established a new research center for modern art, housed at the Metropolitan. The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art will serve as a center for scholarship, archival documentation and collections, and innovative approaches to studying the history of Cubism, its origins and influence. The Center has been envisioned by Mr. Lauder as a means to transform the presence of modern art at the Metropolitan in dialogue with its encyclopedic collections. “

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I was also privileged this last week to witness the accomplishments of the students who attend the Young Women’s Leadership school of West Harlem. Founded by my friend Ann Tisch, this school becomes the first single sex public school to open in years and will be the model of others across the nation. 95% of graduates are accepted to colleges. It was touching to see how so many of the alumni rose from underprivileged neighborhoods and families, graduated college, have amazing jobs, and now mentor younger students from this amazing school in the hopes of sending them along the same successful path in life. Amongst those honored this year as role models for these women include author Ann Quinlden, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Dina Powell and Andrew Farkas as “The Man We Love.”

It’s always great to see people working to help others! It’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day grind and lose sight of the fact of how privileged we are! Remember to take a moment every day and be thankful for what you have, no matter how big or small! The Vidicom team always takes time to be thankful for what we have :)

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MY LA Week Away from Vidicom

by cferer on October 10, 2014

Vidicom’s CEO Attends the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

Christy Ferer, CEO of Vidicom, says…

This week, I bid adieu to the Vidicom team and chilly New York City and welcomed in the warmth of sunny California. I attended the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit held at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California.

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This year’s theme was “The New Connected Leadership” and the agenda included one-on-one interviews, panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions. Select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, and the arts such as Tracy Anderson (Fitness Expert), Billie Jean King (President,
Billie Jean King Enterprises), Sheryl Sandberg (CEO, 
Facebook) and Goldie Hawn(Founder, The Hawn Foundation) lead wide-ranging and inspiring discussions…

Here were some of my favorite moments:

Bring on the cyborgs…

Ginny Rometty (CEO, IBM) introduced Watson’s newfound ability to debate… Who is Watson, you may ask? Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language… He draws from Wikipedia and has the ability to debate pros and cons… Creepy or Cool? He would be a helpful addition to the Vidicom team – but our guys and gals here do a great job!

Here’s a video!

Daddy Knows best…

 Jane Lauder, now head of Clinique, disclosed that her father (Ronald Lauder, President of the Jewish World Congress) played a crucial role in developing her love for cosmetics, not her Mom! Jane’s big tip… wearing colors gives you energy.  

Ditch the Driver…

Self-driving cars… it’s happening, so says Claire Hughes Johnson (VP, Global Online Sales, Google).Feel free to apply that lipstick, conduct a conference call, even text and drive! Johnson says there will be a day when we ask the question “how did we ever let humans behind the wheel?” I wonder what this will do to the Taxi and Limousine industries… Vidicom could install Citybuzz in self driving taxis!

Here’s a video!

Bye Buy…

That ever-tempting “BUY” button seems to be an omnipresent porthole in our digital landscape…Mary Meeker (Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) says it will only become more and more prevalent. The original goal of the internet was to combine content, community and commerce. Amazon is a shining example of this ideology… strange that digital-Hercules, Twitter, has no “BUY” button to be found…

Well, that’s my roundup for the week! I’ve got a fun Columbus Day weekend ahead of me, and I plan on making the most of my three day weekend! I hope that the Vidicom team enjoys their three day weekend, too! It’s a great time to relax, catch up with friends and family, and also catch up on sleep! We will all feel refreshed and rejuvenated after this long weekend, and be ready to work hard on Tuesday!