Robert Ivy Awarded With The Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Ivy is the well-known and vigorous executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American Institute of Arts (AIA). Recently, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters (MIAL) ceremoniously awarded him with the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award. The award primarily recognizes Mississippi-connected art patrons and artist whose lifetime work of performing, creating, or supporting art is overwhelmingly extraordinary. Him being an architect, this is the first time the award has been bagged by an architect. Some of the past notable recipients of the Polk Award include individuals such as actor Morgan Freeman, writer Eudora Welty, Writer Shelby Foote, singer Leontyne Price and artist Walter Anderson.

Nancy LaForge, the President of the Mississippi Institute of Art and Letters, posited that Robert Ivy’s work is astoundingly outstanding and that his efforts to make architecture easily accessible by the general public is exemplary. Furthermore, LaForge noted that with the recipient being a commentator, writer and author of architecture globally, he had taken the rightful place as among the most honored recipients of the Noel Polk Award. His boss and the president of American Institute of Architects, Carl Elefante, observed that since his rise to the CEO position in 2011, Robert being an editor, author and a practicing architect is a worthy ambassador of the noble profession.

Since joining the AIA as CEO, Robert Ivy has worked hard to help the entity expand its global presence and influence, which is notably at its highest ever membership level since it was founded over a century and a half ago. Robert’s efforts will be officially acknowledged in an event scheduled for June 2 this year. Alongside the Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert will get a Pearl River Glass Studio’s stained-glass designer Andrew Cary young. Previously, Ivy has bagged numerous accolades, including the Dean’s Medal awarded in 2017 by the Fay Jones School of Architecture in the University of Arkansas and the Maser architect Alpha Rho Chi, which is a national architecture sodality outing him into the ranks of Richard Buckminster Fuller, Mies van der Rohe, and I.M. Pei.

The architecture fraternity in Mississippi, led by AIA president Carl Elefante was the first to congratulate Ivy on his award. In his congratulatory message, Elefante posited that the Noel Polk Lifetime Achievement Award came as a crowning of Ivy’s professional and personal achievement as a Mississippi native. Robert Ivy is an alumnus of the Sewanee: The University of the South from where he earned his Bachelor’s degree of Arts in English. He also holds a Tulane University Master’s degree in Architecture.


Doe Deere: Building a Successful Cosmetics Brand

Doe Deere is one of the most admired influencers in the beauty and makeup industry. The Russian-born CEO and founder of a cosmetics company known as Lime Crime, is also known for her love for color. She moved to New York City when she was still young, and that is where she was raised.

While growing up, Doe Deere was not your average teenager. She may be a makeup and beauty guru at the moment, but she was not fascinated with makeup when she was growing up. However, what still lives on is her love for entrepreneurship. Since she was young, Doe has always loved earning her own money. This is what prompted her to start her own business on eBay.

Doe’s eBay business was an online shop where she sold clothes. While business was doing well, she found that she always found it difficult finding the right color of makeup to model her clothes. Doe loves colorful makeup by nature. The idea to come up with her own makeup line stemmed from the necessity to find the perfect match.

Lime Crime

Lime Crime, Doe Deere’s cosmetics company, was founded in 2008. Since then, it has grown into a renowned line of cosmetics. The company is mostly known for introducing the famous matte trend into the beauty industry. Their lipsticks and other beauty products also come in a variety of colors.

When asked about how she brings ideas to life, Doe explains that she gives her ideas time to grow like children. She also attributes her success to her team of professionals who help her work hard. For instance, before putting up any product on the shelf, she- and her team-will try them first.

One of the values which Doe holds dear is that of listening to others. She makes it a point to lend a listening ear, not only to her employees, but also her customers. She has also learnt that opening up one’s mind can help in learning something new. Another thing which makes Doe Deere successful in turning her ideas into life is her intuition. She has accepted her weirdness, and that is what has led her to create a renowned brand for herself.

When she is not working on her next product, Doe loves to spend time at home. She also has a morning routine that she sticks to everyday. Learn more: