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Turkish American Woman Attend Congressional Black Caucus New York Retreat

As part of TCA's Turkish American Women's Leadership Initiative, last weekend a delegation of five Turkish American women joined members of Congress and industry representatives at the Congressional Black Caucus PAC's (CBC) Annual Retreat in New York City from July 21-23, 2017. Nineteen Congressional Black Caucus members took part in the retreat as well as special guests House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD/5th) and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY/10th), Filemon Vela (D-TX/34th), and Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX/15th). Representatives from 75 companies and organizations also took part in the retreat.

Istanbul-based Architecture Firm Opens First NYC Office

Istanbul-based Tabanlioğlu Architects has set up shop in Lower Manhattan with its first ever office in New York City. The firm, led by Murat Tabanlioğlu, announced on Monday that it’s opening a new office at 111 John Street. The firm, which has offices in Dubai, Doha and London, was founded in 1990 by Tabanlioğlu and his father, Hayati Tabanlıoğlu. Downtown Manhattan has attracted a number of major architecture firms over the years. SHoP Architects; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Hill West, formerly Goldstein Hill & West, all have offices Downtown. Tabanlioğlu’s new John Street office space — 3,000 square feet on the 26th floor — coincides with the firm’s push to expand its work in New York and the United States.

‘The Dr. Oz Show’ Library Acquired by Z Living Network

Health entertainment cable network Z Living has acquired “The Dr. Oz Show’s” library and will begin airing episodes from multiple seasons as part of its regular programming, Variety has learned. “Z Living has made record-breaking strides in original programming this year, while concurrently amping up our roster of prestigious health entertainment content from many of the industry’s top producers,” said Z Living general manager Rafe Oller. “We’re honored to have ‘Dr. Oz’ on our air, and feel the fit and draw for our audience could not be more ideal.”

Focus On: Turkish Filmmaker Burcu Koray to Speak in Amherst

Why you should know her: Turkish filmmaker Burcu Koray, a current fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), is participating in a new performance series at Second Stage Amherst, in conjunction with VCCA. The boundless imagination of Turkish filmmaker Burcu (pronounced Brr-jus) Koray never ceases in its creative activity. From her site-specific, interactive film installations to her screenplays and even her current novel-in-progress, Koray is always envisioning her next artistic endeavor.

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United Launch Alliance Signs Contract with Sierra Nevada Corporation to Launch Dream Chaser® Spacecraft to Deliver Cargo to International Space Station

CENTENNIAL, Colo., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced that it selected United Launch Alliance's (ULA's) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA's Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract. "ULA is pleased to partner with Sierra Nevada Corporation to launch its Dream Chaser cargo system to the International Space Station in less than three years," said Gary Wentz, ULA vice president of Human and Commercial Systems. "We recognize the importance of on time and reliable transportation of crew and cargo to Station and are honored the Atlas V was selected to continue to launch cargo resupply missions for NASA."

Turkish Fashion to Big Apple

İstanbul Apparel Exporters’ Association (IHKIB) which provides 75 percent of Turkey’s ready- to- wear export, has opened Turkish Trade Center in coordination with Turkish Exporter’s Assembly (TİM) in New York in the region which is claimed as the ‘ground zero’ of the World of Fashion.

Senbahar’s Real Estate Loan Was Among the NYC’s Largest Loans

Parlez-vous real estate finance? The top loans recorded in New York real estate this June spotlight multiple appearances by francophone banks and investors, proving that high-level leverage can come in any language at any time. Parisian lenders Natixis, Société Général and Credit Agricole together backed more than $1 billion in new deals. Their active neighbor to the east, Deutsche Bank, makes its usual appearances this month, including as part of the largest city real estate loan since the sale of Stuyvesant Town. Here’s the full top 10:

How To Start A Business That Helps Make The World A Better Place

When it comes to running a business in a way that helps people, Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani, actually backs up his talk with action. Last year, Ulukaya made headlines when he handed 10% of his company over to his workers. He hasn’t stopped there. He’s also created the Chobani Food Incubator, which selects early-stage food companies to partner with to help them grow.

Zuora Adds Magdalena Yesil, Salesforce's First Investor to Its Board as It Moves Toward Going Public

Subscription-software company Zuora added Magdalena Yesil, the first investor in Salesforce, to its board as it ramps up toward going public. San Mateo-based Zuora, a “unicorn” valued at more than $1 billion, has been on analysts’ lists for years as a company likely to go public. CB Insights rated it as one of the top five companies most likely to go public in 2017. Zuora has ridden the "subscription economy" to more than $100 million in annual revenue and around $250 million in venture capital funding. The 800-employee software-as-a-service company makes applications for businesses built around subscriptions, including Box, Zendesk and media outlets such as The Guardian and the Financial Times.



Yesil’s experience helping Salesforce transition from being a private company to a public company will be valuable to Zuora as it looks to do the same.

“We are starting to transform our board and shifting from an early-stage, venture-backed board to something that looks more like an independent, public company board,” Zuora founder and CEO Tien Tzuo told the Business Times.

“We are really looking at the next phase of our company,” he added.

Tzuo declined to comment on whether the company would try go to public this year, but he said it is “making initial moves” toward an IPO.

“The first step is really to have people sitting around a table who have experience with that, and then we’ll take it from there,” he said.

Yesil joins Ken Goldman, Yahoo’s chief financial officer, in the first group of independent directors on Zuora’s board.

Yesil was a general partner for eight years at US Venture partners and was an early investor in more than 30 companies. Prior to that, she founded two e-commerce companies, CyberCash and MarketPay.

“I’m delighted to join the board of Zuora as it matures into an global enterprise software leader,” Yesil said in a statement. “My first-hand experience with Salesforce from its initial funding to public market success will be integral to providing guidance to help Zuora reach its next stage of development.” - By Alisha Green Reporter San Francisco Business Times

Turkey's Syrian Refugees Carve Out Their Own Opportunities

Gaziantep, Turkey - A group of Syrian children already well versed in the language of despair now have a chance to learn a vocabulary of hope at the Excellence Education Centre in Turkey's Gaziantep. In a bright and colourful classroom, the kids enthusiastically recite some of the Turkish phrases they'll need in their new homeland from a curriculum designed by the centre's owner, Asmaa Joha. "When I would look into the eyes of Syrian children, I was feeling afraid," explains Asmaa. "I wondered how they would feel when they got older and if I had done my duty and served them well as a teacher."

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