Industry Roundup 2-2-18 | UMBC Professional Graduate Programs

Industry Roundup for Friday, 2-2-2018

In this week’s Industry Roundup we take a peek into public speaking fears, wellness programs, domed-shaped work spaces, tech-focused healthcare and cloud services.

Industry Roundup is brought to you by UMBC’s Division of Professional Studies, offering a broad array of professionally-focused master’s degree and certificate programs that address industry needs while anticipating future opportunities.

How to Squash your Fear of Public Speaking

public speaking

People fear public speaking more than death. Yes, you read that correctly! So, it’s no wonder public speaking is one of those much-needed (and dreaded) skill sets. Once one has mastered the art of presentation, the world opens up wider. This article shares insights via an infographic that may help if you’re one of the majority who fears getting up and speaking in front of a crowd.

Wellness Programs Get a Bad Grade


According to this article in the Chicago Tribune, research has concluded that wellness programs are ineffective at lowering employer’s health-care costs and improving employees’ health. Yikes! Not good news if you’re a company who pours money into them.

Natural, Domed Work Spaces for Amazon

Amazon spheres

Amazon has just unveiled 3 gigantic glass spheres for its Seattle employees. These spheres will be the new, shiny home to hundreds of plants from all over the world. The goal: provide its employees up and personal access to nature. Amazon hopes the space will offer its employees a creative boost, as well as an environment to nurture relaxation and satisfaction. Check it out!

A New Tech-Focused Healthcare Company Emerges

new non-profit

A brand new nonprofit company has arrived, and its founding partners, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase have unveiled its plan to create greater transparency and more user-centered control. Their biggest goal is to keep costs while maintaining satisfaction. Learn more.

Google and MobileIron Offering a Marketplace for Cloud Services

Cloud Services

Through their new service, customers will be able buy and deploy cloud services such as Software as a Service. This new collaboration will create a place to deploy, secure, manage and analyze business applications, according to Marcin Kurc, head of commerce platform at Google Cloud, and Brian Singer, a senior product manager.

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