Welcome!

News Feed Item

SOAR Founder Susan Kruger Named Winner of Prestigious Oakland County 'Elite 40 Under 40' Competition

DETROIT, Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Susan Kruger, M.Ed., best-selling author of SOAR® Study Skills and founder of SOAR Learning, Inc., has recently been announced as the winner of Oakland County's "Elite 40 Under 40" competition. Created by County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, the award honors those living or working in Oakland County who have both excelled in their field and meaningfully, substantially contributed to the betterment of the community. More information about "Elite 40 Under 40" is available here: www.AdvantageOakland.com/Elite40.

Kruger is the third winner of the "Elite 40 Under 40" award; on February 12, she will introduce Patterson at his State of the County address at the Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac. Included in Kruger's deluxe prize package are a feature article or video about her work in Oakland County Prosper, tickets to attend three high-profile county events, and free promotion on www.AdvantageOakland.com.

Kruger earned her spot in the class of 2014 by creating a highly successful and effective study skills curriculum. Drawing on her own experience of "learning how to learn," she began developing her program more than 15 years ago as a tutor for individual students. Her unique approach to studying and learning proved successful even with students who had chronically underperformed due to learning disabilities. As word of mouth led to greater demand for Kruger's services, she created the SOAR® Study Skills Workshop to make the lessons more widely available.

The cornerstone of Kruger's curriculum is the emphasis on what she calls "relevant education," namely the focus on skills that help students understands and succeed in the modern workplace. In 2007, she published a book, "SOAR Study Skill: A Simple and Efficient System for Getting Better Grades in Less Time," that has become the best-selling study skills guide in the world for five years running (according to Amazon.com).

Giving back to the community is the other half of the equation in the "Elite 40 Under 40" competition. To that end, Kruger's organization has also helped to create jobs locally within Oakland County. SOAR Learning, Inc. employs five full-time staffers and several part-time interns in addition to vendors and suppliers. An internship program with nearby Oakland University and Oakland Community College attracts those who are interested in building their "soft skills" in preparation for careers in education or business.

Leila M. Matta and Zack Sklar joined Kruger as the three finalists from this year's competition. Matta is the Brand Identity, Design and Art Programs Manager with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services; Sklar is chef and owner of two local restaurants. All three finalists have made significant positive impacts in the communities of Oakland County.

In 2012, Patterson created the "Elite 40 Under 40" competition to identify the "best of the best" in Oakland County. By helping young people prepare to navigate the fast-paced, knowledge-based economy of the future, Kruger has earned her membership in this year's class of young, civically minded business people. Her receipt of the "Elite 40 Under 40" award solidifies the great work and powerful results that her organization continues to realize.

http://www.oakgov.com/news/Pages/pr_14_17.aspx

About SOAR Learning, Inc.

SOAR Study Skills (http://studyskills.com) is the brainchild of Susan Kruger, M.Ed., who is a certified learning specialist and former struggling student. Growing up with learning disabilities, Susan was shocked when she simplified a few study skills in college — and graduated with a 3.9 GPA. Since then, she has taught thousands of students how to achieve the same sense of accomplishment and confidence with study skills. Susan is the author of the international bestselling study skills book, "SOAR Study Skills." Her curriculum materials are used by over 2,000 schools nationwide and in 14 countries.

Contact:

Susan Kruger, M.Ed.
SOAR Learning, Inc.
248-202-0689

Read more news from SOAR.

SOURCE SOAR Learning, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
The revocation of Safe Harbor has radically affected data sovereignty strategy in the cloud. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Jeff Miller, Product Management at Cavirin Systems, discussed how to assess these changes across your own cloud strategy, and how you can mitigate risks previously covered under the agreement.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and Bi...
Digital Initiatives create new ways of conducting business, which drive the need for increasingly advanced security and regulatory compliance challenges with exponentially more damaging consequences. In the BMC and Forbes Insights Survey in 2016, 97% of executives said they expect a rise in data breach attempts in the next 12 months. Sixty percent said operations and security teams have only a general understanding of each other’s requirements, resulting in a “SecOps gap” leaving organizations u...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
While some developers care passionately about how data centers and clouds are architected, for most, it is only the end result that matters. To the majority of companies, technology exists to solve a business problem, and only delivers value when it is solving that problem. 2017 brings the mainstream adoption of containers for production workloads. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ben McCormack, VP of Operations at Evernote, discussed how data centers of the future will be managed, how the p...
Transformation Abstract Encryption and privacy in the cloud is a daunting yet essential task for both security practitioners and application developers, especially as applications continue moving to the cloud at an exponential rate. What are some best practices and processes for enterprises to follow that balance both security and ease of use requirements? What technologies are available to empower enterprises with code, data and key protection from cloud providers, system administrators, inside...
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and sh...
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
What are the new priorities for the connected business? First: businesses need to think differently about the types of connections they will need to make – these span well beyond the traditional app to app into more modern forms of integration including SaaS integrations, mobile integrations, APIs, device integration and Big Data integration. It’s important these are unified together vs. doing them all piecemeal. Second, these types of connections need to be simple to design, adapt and configure...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
More and more companies are looking to microservices as an architectural pattern for breaking apart applications into more manageable pieces so that agile teams can deliver new features quicker and more effectively. What this pattern has done more than anything to date is spark organizational transformations, setting the foundation for future application development. In practice, however, there are a number of considerations to make that go beyond simply “build, ship, and run,” which changes how...
Cloud computing delivers on-demand resources that provide businesses with flexibility and cost-savings. The challenge in moving workloads to the cloud has been the cost and complexity of ensuring the initial and ongoing security and regulatory (PCI, HIPAA, FFIEC) compliance across private and public clouds. Manual security compliance is slow, prone to human error, and represents over 50% of the cost of managing cloud applications. Determining how to automate cloud security compliance is critical...
Traditional IT, great for stable systems of record, is struggling to cope with newer, agile systems of engagement requirements coming straight from the business. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, William Morrish, General Manager of Product Sales at Interoute, will outline ways of exploiting new architectures to enable both systems and building them to support your existing platforms, with an eye for the future. Technologies such as Docker and the hyper-convergence of computing, networking and...
Contextual Analytics of various threat data provides a deeper understanding of a given threat and enables identification of unknown threat vectors. In his session at @ThingsExpo, David Dufour, Head of Security Architecture, IoT, Webroot, Inc., discussed how through the use of Big Data analytics and deep data correlation across different threat types, it is possible to gain a better understanding of where, how and to what level of danger a malicious actor poses to an organization, and to determ...