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Olivia Friedman of Shoal Creek Accepted into Forbes Business Council

Forbes Business Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Successful Business Owners and Leaders

Atlanta, GA USA via — Abu Dhabi Dubai, September 29, 2020 — Olivia Friedman, Chief Information Officer and TV Show Host for The Institute of Higher Global Studies (since 2012), has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide. Olivia, CIO of the Year Award 2020 Candidate and author of Year of the Woman 2020 and Beyond: Why We Need More Women in Power in collaboration with Women’s Fierce Leadership Academy, is also the much loved Host of the Great and Relentless Few Show, is a well-deserved member of the Forbes membership and her accolades are very clearly earned as she labored for years toward her “next-level”, which is what she calls the sponsored yet highly honored membership with Forbes.

Her sponsor, the Institute of Higher Global Studies is an entity that grew in popularity exponentially, due to their presence at United Nations Headquarters on the day of the Aleppo bombing on April 6, 2016, where Olivia Friedman and her United Nations Affiliated group voluntarily surrendered their meeting space at the United Nations in Manhattan (DC1) to The UN Security Council for an emergency meeting as a result of the bombings, causing them to have to relocate their meeting and awards event to the African Union where they were assisted with their awards ceremony, by Ambassador Tete Antonio, a trained economist, had been the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations since 2009, for their meeting to convene.

In attendance was Jack Brewer, Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide), United States of America, and Ambassador for Peace of was scheduled to present to Michael Montgomery, former NFL professional football player for the Green Bay Packers.

The Institute of Higher Global Studies, an entity offering digital and technological services to businesses both large and small, by offering among other services; Artificial intelligence and various technology consulting services, public relations, internet visibility, and brand image consulting for businesses, groups, and individuals around the world. The Great and Relentless Few Show — a popular podcast with a United Nations or global company individual promotion themed public relations “cult-like following”, specializing in “Showcasing successful, up and coming superstars from all walks of life, that made It against extreme odds.” Where not all applicants are approved for membership much like Forbes Councils — of those who are approved to appear on the show, they rightfully so earn the title of “The Great and Relentless Few”, and gain bragging rights, and the prestigious badge for having made the cut.

Olivia “Grace” Friedman, also a minister and DivD Hons Causa, was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are honored to welcome Olivia “Grace” Friedman into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of the Council, Olivia “Grace” Friedman has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help her reach peak professional influence. She will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum and at members-only events. Olivia will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share her expert insights in original business articles on, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Finally, Olivia will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

“A surprising yet long aspired honor to become a part of the Forbes family in some capacity. I am excited to have been invited on my past laborious but respected and effective business and technology field success within the US Navy, the US Army, Private and Public sector including Northrop Grumman. I am honored to have been invited as well as sponsored into such a highly respected Forbes family membership. The value, earned prestige, and community recognition causes me to anticipate an even more so empowered ability to help even more, in business and tech., as my excitement in Forbes membership participation will help us at IHGS and the Great and Relentless Few Show, to further solidify my leadership role in my community and in technology as a compassionate woman leader in technology. I am now, further empowered by Forbes, to help more businesses and people — via this platform. Forbes Business Leader inclusion is my “next level”.


Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

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Olivia Friedman is the CIO/CMO and host of the Great & Relentless Few Show, under IHGS. Prior, she worked with the lucrative US Government Defense Contractor, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). An American global aerospace and defense technology company, with an estimated terminal value of $75 billion dollars, currently ranking №108 on the 2020 Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. Olivia worked as one of only fifteen medical software teachers and administrators in the world. Previously, in the US Navy — first as a Hospital Corpsman with all rights, clearances, and privileges therein — with access to a most sensitive medical database within DOD, she was authorized to write medical chits, informing US Navy pilots whether or not they were fit for the duty for flight, after physical examination. Promoted to an advanced school for aviation medicine technology, and finally as an Information Systems Security Officer for three clinics, while assisting the ISSM at Naval Hospital Balboa, San Diego, CA., where she was responsible for computer system and software deployment, with brand new computer systems with no original software loaded for three commands in California military bases, Olivia advanced in the military with amazing business and leadership acumen. She assembled a team and had the entire job done in less than 24 hours. She found a $33 million computer error, and emerged from the United States Navy with scholarships that have afforded her to attend her Alma Mater American Military University, Harvard, and presently, Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law where she is also a student law associate while pursuing her Masters, and her JD elsewhere.



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