WBRI 1500 AM & 96.7 FM Wilkins Radio 10-14-2023

Bill Wozniak, INvestEd’s Vice President of Communications and Student Service

Bill Wozniak, INvestEd’s Vice President of Communications and Student ServiceToday’s guest is Bill Wozniak, INvestEd’s Vice President of Communications and Student Service. Mr. Wozniak has been helping Hoosier families, colleges, and high schools with financial aid initiatives since 2003. In his role as Vice President of Communications & Student Services, he manages INvestEd’s financial aid advising effort consisting of resources and programming Bill played a significant role in identifying and creating.

Today, Bill discusses Student Loan payments that interest on federal student loans resumed on September 1st  after a pause of over three years. On October 1st student loan payments officially began for borrowers across Indiana. Individuals who haven’t had to make a payment on their student loans since the beginning of the pandemic – including some recent graduates who have yet to pay on a loan – will need to prepare for the financial impact of repayment. He will also break down the student repayment process, tips for making it as painless as possible, and the consequences that may come for those who chooseto see what might happen if they don’t make payments.

Bill can also discuss what Hoosier students and families need to know about a delay in the annual Free Applicationfor Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period. The U.S. Dept. of Education made the application available on Oct.1. Earlier this year the new FAFSA will be released in December.  Completing the FAFSA is also now mandatory for high school seniorsin Indiana and INvestEd can help with filing. For more information for Indiana Student loan repago to www.investedindiana.org/loans/student-loan/marketplace.

 


Divisional Chief Medical officer, the American Red Cross, Dr. Baia Lasky, Discusses Urgent Plea for blood donations

Dr. Baia Lasky, the divisional chief medical officer for the American Red Cross.Our second guest today is none other than Dr. Baia Lasky, the divisional chief medical officer for the American Red Cross. Dr. Lasky will shed light on the critical issue of a dwindling blood supply and how you can play a pivotal role in assisting the American Red Cross. There’s an urgent plea for blood donations following a nearly 25 percent drop in the national blood supply since August. Life-saving blood is absolutely crucial for patients in need of emergency surgery, cancer care, and the management of chronic conditions like sickle cell disease.

Dr. Baia Lasky is a board-certified physician in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, with her training originating from UCLA. She joined the medical directors’ team at the American Red Cross in 2019, following her role as faculty for the transfusion service at Harbor-UCLA, a county hospital equipped with a level 1 trauma center serving South Los Angeles. Beyond immediate donor and patient care in Georgia, Dr. Lasky’s career interests encompass platelet transfusion practices and product development, addressing the needs of blood donor diversity in Sickle Cell Disease, inventory stewardship, pediatric transfusion medicine, and the development of educational materials pertaining to these subjects. For more information visit RedCrossBlood.org.

 


J. Ofori Agboka, Amazon’s Vice President of People Experience & Technology for Global Operations

Ofori Agboka, the Vice President of People Experience and Technology (PXT) for Global Operations at AmazonOur final guest today is Ofori Agboka, the Vice President of People Experience and Technology (PXT) for Global Operations at Amazon. In this capacity, he holds the reins over worldwide Human Resource (HR) practices for Fulfillment, Transportation, Delivery, Customer Service, Employee Relations (ER), and Workplace Health and Safety. Leading a team that supports the positive employment life cycle of over 700,000 Amazonians worldwide, his mission is crystal clear: to drive business growth through its people.

Amazon announce it will hire full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees in record numbers this year with signing bonuses in select areas. The company plans to hire 250,000 employees throughout the U.S. in full-time, part-time and seasonal roles. Mr. Ofori Agboka  will talk more about hiring and how the company is hoping for higher wages and bonuses up to $3,000 will bring more qualified employees. For more information visit their website, hiring.amazon.com.

 


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