Category: Community Service

Want to hear about some of the biggest mistakes made by successful CEOs and entrepreneurs?



Want to hear about some of the biggest mistakes made by successful CEOs and entrepreneurs? At the IAC BINA’s Fashla Night on April 27, Roy Dekel, CEO of SetSchedule, will join other business leaders in sharing their funniest and cringiest memories of their business careers where they found themselves “Crashing Into Potholes on the Road to Success.”


While there is no direct translation for the Hebrew word “Fashla”; It can loosely be translated to “catastrophic mess-up”, “catastrophe” or “epic fail”. Successful people in industries ranging from high-tech, politics and entertainment will share their hilarious Fashlas on their road to success, as well as how they overcame the setbacks. Come and get inspired and get some laughs in the process.


IAC BINA brings the Israeli-American and Jewish-American communities together by encouraging personal participation and engagement in order to strengthen the bond for American Jews with the IAC, and the State of Israel. BINA is the Hebrew word for “wisdom” and is pronounced bee-nah. Roy Dekel has partnered with IAC at business events, mentorship programs, and other endeavors to help young business-minded professionals.

The event will be held at Cross Campus Santa Monica from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets and additional information about the event, including the full lineup of speakers, can be found on the IAC’s website here.

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Roy Dekel is a big name in the field of real estate experience, finance, entertainment and marketing industries. He has functioned in many roles like Director of Business Development, President, co-founder and CEO of his portfolio companies. He is also a strong advocate of the Israeli and Jewish community. He is also associated with L.A., an organization helping the cancer-affected people and children.

Roy Dekel is about to start an internship program to train the youth under his leadership. The agenda of the training includes the following aspects:-

 To have the sufficient risk-taking ability and passion to start an entrepreneurship in the incubator style.

 To share one’s knowledge and experience with others and inspire them follow the same foot-steps. In

fact, this is what Roy Dekel is himself planning to do.

 Sharing knowledge related to what makes a business prosper.

 People generally think that business is all about being successful in life and making a lot of money.

However, a businessman should also stand for his community and work for the welfare of the same.

 People of the upcoming generations should also be inspired by this ideal.

 Roy Dekel companies were found on this principle only. It helps in the economic growth of the country as


 Mind development in the technological and real estate industries is also important.

Everyone dreams of becoming a millionaire. But, not many of them want to build a strong community or work for the betterment of the society or development of the country’s economy. However, one should understand that becoming rich is not the only thing that one should expect from a business. There are other aspects to it as well. Roy Dekel is a living example of this concept. He wants others to follow his path and hence is giving opportunity of an internship to the youngsters. They will not only learn how to use social media as a tool to promote their business, to show the correct attitude, to succeed in life by loving whatever they are doing and to be humble, but also to work as a community leader.

The young people should consider themselves lucky enough to get this chance and make the maximum out of it. Apart from getting inspired themselves, they should also spread the ideas among others.

Happy Presidents Day!

Today on Presidents Day, we take the time to remember the leaders of our country in patriotic celebrations.Originally,  the holiday was established as a day to recognize our country’s first president, it has since transformed into a holiday to pay tribute to our country’s leaders both past and present.

Roy Dekel Presidents Day

In 1879, the federal holiday was implemented by an Act of Congress to honor “The Father of his Country”, George Washington. The holiday was initially celebrated on the 22nd of February, Washington’s birthday, but has since shifted to the third Monday in February. Although many states recognize today as Presidents Day, the official name of this federal holiday is Washington’s Birthday.

As an immigrant to the United States, it was important for Roy Dekel to truly acclimate to the American Culture. As a patriot, and a retired military professional Roy Dekel has really embraced the patriotism of this country. We choose to pay tribute to George Washington today, not only to observe his birthday but for his time spent as a general. He was the first general to create a military badge of merit for soldiers, the Purple heart. Today the medal bears Washington’s image and is awarded to those soldiers injured in battle. Roy Dekel takes time on this holiday to commemorate our country’s leaders and reflect on his journey in America.

Celebrating the most important figures in American History by remembering their contribution to this country has a very special meaning to Roy Dekel, particularly through tough economic times. It is a great way for the country to remember and honor the buoyancy of this country, by celebrating some of its most memorable leaders. Take time today to acknowledge how far this country has come and to appreciate the leaders who shaped our lives with a unifying force.

Happy Presidents Day!

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Philanthropic Investing

Earlier this month Kerry Hannon wrote an article for on the relatively new initiative amongst investors, impact investing. Impact investing is essentially choosing to invest in ventures which support initiatives or causes that you believe in. Whether it be a global or national challenge, you’re choosing to invest in a company that’s helping a greater good through stocks or bonds. These types of investments are not only beneficial to your financial future, they’re in many ways more greatly beneficial to the world around us.

In the article, Hannon references U.S. Trust’s 2015 survey which “found that roughly a third of high-net-worth investors either own or are interested in owning social-impact assets.” The survey consisted of 640 high net worth adults nationwide, with at least $3million in investable assets. U.S. Trust concluded that while there is strong desire to give back through impact investing, there is a lack of understanding amongst those who were opposed. Among those not interested in impact investing, 23% said they were unwilling to accept lower returns while 10% admitted to not fully understanding impact investments.

Hannon goes on to share with readers that the return on investment doesn’t “have to be subpar”. For that 23% who were unwilling to accept lower returns, they might be happy to know that Calvert Equity, which Hannon points out to be “one of largest and oldest socially responsible mutual funds, gained over 10% in the past five years. She goes on to shed light on several other impact investments that had upwards of a 10% return. So these companies, whose focus might be world poverty or affordable housing, are working towards making a huge social-impact and ultimately might surprise you in your return on investment.

It’s rather refreshing to know that “the wealthy” are becoming increasingly involved in such philanthropic efforts, although it’s still more refreshing to hear of people giving back without the expectation of return. It’s so important to simply give outside of the transaction mindset. Supporting a greater good, whether it be through investments, donations, or simply volunteer work is always an admirable trait; however, as Kerry Hannon wrote, “I think the most impactful investments I make are with my time.”


LA & the War on Homelessness

“You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.”
– Jello Biafra

Local authorities in Los Angeles have officially declared a war on homelessness. With an estimated, 25,000 residents (and counting) without homes, $100 million has been pledged to combating the rising homeless epidemic. In some cases, entire downtown LA streets are lined with tents and makeshift shelters, the only refuge available for thousands of men, women, and children.


Over the past two years, the issue of homelessness has become what can only be described as a crisis. People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a Los Angeles based organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness in the metropolitan area, offers a wide range of services including interim housing, rapid re-housing, and rehabilitation.

As many know, homelessness is extremely visible in the downtown neighborhood, Skid Row. Recent statistics indicate that Skid Row contains one the of the largest homeless populations in the United States. Even police have become so accustomed to the saturation of homelessness that they avoid clearing Skid Row streets for cleaning and instead, simply monitor the area for crime or disruption.

Although many downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods face homelessness, the crisis extends much farther than city limits. Even neighborhoods near Los Angeles International Airport have homeless individuals who reside in campers and recreational vehicles. Although some homeless people have the ability to use parked vehicles as a means for water, food, and shelter, many aren’t as fortunate.

The Los Angeles Mission is another organization that provides shelter, meals, and rehabilitation to those in need. Also serving as a job training resource, the Los Angeles Mission believes that homelessness stems from both economic and social pressures. Not only do new residents, transplanting from other regions of the United States make it difficult to find job and housing for low income people, but even after an ex-homeless individual is rehabilitated, they face continued scrutiny with background checks, credit checks, and criminal history checks – all obstacles that may prevent them from finding a steady job or paying bills.

Local officials are calling for more emergency shelters, however, organizations like PATH and the Los Angeles Mission advocate for more affordable housing and long-term help instead. Chrysalis, a social service agency, offers computer access, counseling and even interview attire for those heading to job interviews.

The problems of homelessness can be addressed if the community can stand together and actually make a change. Those living on the streets hope that the city’s declaration of war will actually make a difference.

5 Organizations to Volunteer At in Los Angeles

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to volunteer in the local community, it can be difficult to find the right programs. Below are some quality organizations get involved with in the LA area.

Roy-Dekel-FoodbankGroceryships: The mission of this organization is to improve the long-term health and wellness of low-income areas by created a network of educational support groups and access to healthy food. If you have a group of 10 or more who would like to volunteer, you can simply reach out to Groceryships and they will send you a meeting format, curriculum, film series, healthy recipes, and weekly discussion topics. After you pick a start date, your team will be ready to educate the community on healthy eating.

Baby2Baby: This organization is designed to provide low-income families with children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing, and basic necessities. Partnered with homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby is able to serve nearly 100,000 children in the Los Angeles area.Baby2Baby hosts volunteer events every Monday and Wednesday at their mid-Wilshire warehouse where you can create personalized gift bags for specified children in need or help sort the hundreds of donation items they receive weekly. Additionally, donating items yourself is always welcomed.

L.A. Regional Food Bank: The L.A. Food Bank works with homeless shelters and daycare centers, fighting to end hunger. Over a period of 40 years, 1 billion pounds of food has been distributed. You can help by signing up for a physical or virtual food drive. The 400 pound pledge establishes the minimum food distribution quota. You can donate as an individual or group. If you work out of a large office, speak to your HR representative about a company sponsored virtual drive.

Roy-Dekel-StudyingThe Hollywood Education and Literacy Project: H.E.L.P. is a tutoring service for individuals ages 9 and up in reading, math, and phonics. The goal of the organization is to eliminate illiteracy and empower individuals to be competent, self-motivated learners. On-grade reading level has increasingly become an issue. The Hollywood Education and Literacy Project has recognized this issue and aims to correct it. The basic requirement for volunteering is the possession of at least a 9th grade reading level.

The Downtown Women’s Center: Established in 1978, the DWC is dedicated to helping women overcome poverty and homelessness in Skid Row. They provide supportive housing and a safe and healthy community where women can establish dignity, respect, and personal stability. Volunteers commit to 2-3 hours a week for 6 months in which they facilitate workshops demonstrating the “SET to Create” program. This program allows women to learn a craft skill and create items to be sold in the DWC store.

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