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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7 Best Charities for 2017 – Give thoughtfully



Today, I am awakened by a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King. A man who inspired a nation through dignity, humility, and courage to love one another. The spirit of Dr. King has taught us hope and love and through his compassion we have all been left with the responsibility to carry on his message.

While most people happily give to the less fortunate around the holidays. It is today that I most want to give, because today celebrates a legacy of a man who brought the world hope. Below, are a few charities that are deserving of your gifts. They embody and give tribute to the spirit of our nation and HOPE. Hope for our present, hope for the future, and hope that tomorrow with your help, will be better than today.

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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.


studyingLos Angeles, CA – Roy Dekel, a seasoned venture capitalist, reputable businessman, and passionate member of the Israeli-American community, this week announced the scheduling of a series of events that will benefit prolific organizations such as Large Than Life and the Israeli American Council (IAC). Dedicated to giving back to the community that has helped him grow and flourish through the years, Dekel is an active member and philanthropist for multiple organizations, including Larger than Life and the IAC.


“As a member of these two hard-working and prominent organizations, I wanted to go above and beyond my annual commitment to them by helping expand their presence in Orange County while accruing the funds needed to support their operation,” said Dekel. “For as long as I can remember, it has always been my passion to help others. These two important organizations in my life deserve my help tenfold, and I am happy to help them secure a larger following.”


Large Than Life: L.A. Family is a Los Angeles based charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer. The organization was founded in Israel in 2000 by parents who had children with cancer. Since then, it has established an international presence through its dedication and commitment to bettering children’s lives by providing financial assistance to cover procedures and medications not covered by health insurance.


The IAC also resonates with the native-born Israeli Dekel as an important network and supportive community of Israeli decedents living in the United States. Dekel grew up in Israel and served in the Army for 5 years before moving to America. Immediately after his move, he became the Director of Business Development at a development and building company. It was there he discovered his passion for business development, expansion, growth, and philanthropic possibilities for surrounding people and children.


“It’s important I support two charities that give back to the Israeli community that lifts me up every single day here in my beloved home of Los Angeles,” said Dekel. “After holding many titles in businesses around the area, I want to empower networks for aspiring businessman like myself, especially those starting to find their footing in America.”



For more information, or to follow Dekel’s philanthropic activities and scheduled charity events, visit: http://roydekel.org/ and www.roydekel.com

Roy Dekel | Making The Wailing Wall A Fully Equal Place

Recently I have been following the various progress for Jewish communities throughout Israel and the US. By appealing to the government, the Jewish community created real progress and opened up many holy sites to both men and women in Israel. With the assistance and with what the teams have done, women are no longer segregated in holy sights and have been allowed many of the same rights as men in their religion.

Elated with the progress of their efforts at the verdict I took to celebrating the progress with many women at the Wailing Wall. I was present as the Israeli government made rulings with full religious authority at the Kotel.

I am excited as the new legislation will improve unrestricted access to Orthodox women allowing the two to pray together once again. Women can also wear prayer shawls at bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs and celebrate together with the entire family. This practice was discouraged previously and this allows women to be a larger part of major celebrations in their children’s/ families lives.

The new rulings will also allow for visitors to decide if they would like to go to the gender-segregated Orthodox section or go to the newer section where women are not segregated. This can allow visitors to see and pray with traditionalists as well as see a more modern view of Israel.

This new change reflects progressive thinking ideas and suggests that there is definitely more than one way to practice the Jewish faith. I feel as though people like myself and my group that fought for these changes have rewritten history and made a step forward for modernizing the Jewish faith.

I feel as though this is an early step forward to making the Wailing Wall a fully equal place that shows an encompassing connection between the Jewish people as well as the modern equal traditions of today.

With future work like this, we can all work together to grant unsegregated access to holy sites. Through modernization with equality, we can improve peace and acceptance across the world.

Roy Dekel is a businessman, philanthropist and humanitarian. He has a strong connection to his Jewish Israeli heritage and energetically expresses that in the Los Angeles, California community. Roy Dekel also has an interest in childhood quality of life. He advocates for Larger than Life, the Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer.

Check back here for more on Roy Dekel’s philanthropic efforts!

Give To Get

The subject of philanthropy and social care is a very vast one and with many perspectives but to the core of it all, just one principle worldwide-‘DO GOOD’. Philanthropy, is an expression of individualism, a way of living, a way of giving back to the society, a way to enhance the cultural values or a set of altruistic desires.

The world today needs more and more care socially and many such ventures which promote philanthropy. For generations, the context of philanthropy has been changing with the changes and needs of the society. The world of philanthropy has traveled from dealing with slavery issues to education, to industrial development, scientific advancement to arts. The demands and needs of society have changed with time and so has the work of the philanthropists. Unlike charity the effect of which is momentary, philanthropy consistently provides opportunities and supports projects and endeavors of community members. Philanthropy also leads to the development of much-ignored institutions like libraries, art centers, museums, research centers and such other centers beneficial to the society.

It is probably more easily done by the gen next as they are the most efficient innovative, considering the tools of advanced technology at their disposal. There is so much that can be achieved by implementing software and interactive communication. Philanthropy needs to step into the world of entrepreneurship, not to raise funds but to create thriving economies in communities making the philanthropic ventures sustainable and self-reliant. Successful ventures can be built around entrepreneurial zest and agility, which can come from right experiences and relationship with strong foundations.

A few of the organizations are attempting to make a difference to the society and create a dent by giving back to the society. One such venture is the IAC, Israeli American Council which aims at strengthening the next generation of Israeli American community, which plays a major role in all fields of social activism, academia, culture and innovation. The organization achieves its goals by empowering and sponsoring various non-profit organizations within the community. Another organization which works for improving the well being of Israelis and all humanity through leadership in science and technology is the ATC, American Technion Society, The Israeli counterpart of the organization is the key to Israel’s title as the ‘worlds start up nation”.

With many such organizations and individuals such as Roy Dekel, working towards the betterment of society, the day is not far when we will see a society with lesser issues to be solved. Roy Dekel has a flourishing career graph to his credit and is a positive role model to his community members. He is an active member of various charitable organizations promoting the growth of Jewish and Israeli communities.

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 Forbes.com 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.”


UC Colleges Helping Distressed Students


It’s no secret that students are stressed. With reports of longer, more difficult SAT tests, stricter application processes, and unprecedented pressure to succeed for the duration of college, professors and administrators are working smarter to identify signs of mental distress.

The 23-campus California State University system (and quite a few community colleges) has implemented a simple protocol of “see something, say something, do something.” Not to be confused with standard transportation procedure, faculty are encouraged to intervene at the first signs a student may be troubled. Unfortunately, as counseling services remain at an all-time high, it has become increasingly important for faulty to recognize warning signs and red flags. Some red flags are defined as severe decline in quality of work or grades, weight gain or loss, or panicked reactions or severe apathy.

As the nation has become particularly sensitive to the issue of gun violence, timely and efficient action has become a campus priority. Recent incidents stemming from universities around the country have ignited a focus on ways to detect potential harm at an earlier stage. Of course, a good way to go about this is by designing a uniform manual that can be used by any faculty member regardless of their home institution. The 2004 Mental Health Services Act has been able to partially fund the initiative to provide campus-wide training programs.

Just last year, the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State University presented a report stating student mental distress has increased substantially over the past few years. A 2013 UC, Cal State survey concluded that 19% of students admitted to psychological distress within 30 days prior to the study; 12% of students reported feeling hopeless; and 8% to 10% admitted to feeling absolutely depressed. Even now, upwards of 37% of students across 10 UC campuses report feeling anxiety-related performance issues.

As many colleges have taken a positive step forward, focusing on preventative measures, many students still do not receive adequate information regarding community help services or resources. Students seeking professional help for depression, stress, and anxiety is a growing national trend. Perhaps the new California State University system guidelines and training will help identify distressed students sooner.

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.

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