Successful Berklee Alumni #8: Leah Hinton

Leah Hinton

Graduated in 2014 with a major in Music Business. Principal instrument:  voice.

Position:  Staffing coordinator at RAD Employment Services, a temp agency.  Leah recruits and evaluated workers interested in temporary work and send appropriate people to client companies.

Overview:  While still a student at Berklee Leah worked for RAD as a temp worker (sent out to other offices), as a way to make money during breaks.  After graduation she planned to continue with that, but, having done well in various assignments, the RAD hired her directly as a part-time administrative employee.  At one point the office shrank and Leah was one of multiple people laid off, but soon afterward one of their full-time staffing coordinators left and Leah was contacted and offered that vacated position.

You can see her LinkedIn profile here.

Choice quotes: ” Studying business prepared me for my job in the sense that I learned how to speak well to people, how to interview, work with computers, work on documents.  I think a business education is helpful for everything, and it’s important to at least have the basics of that.  Working in the Berklee offices as a work-study student helped me as well. ”

“There are so many avenues you can take both in music and in business.  Don’t feel that you’re nothing if you’re not the rising pop star.  The skills you learn help you be confident and put youself out there.”


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Capital in the 21st Century Review: Chapter 4 (part 1 of 3)

Chapter 4 is titled “From Old Europe to the New World.”  It essentially covers the same ground as Chapter 3, which covered Great Britain and France, but looks at three other countries:  Germany, the United States, and Canada.  By examining more than two countries it was easier to grasp which patters are universal versus in which ways have countries genuinely different from one another.

I broke this chapter into two parts.  Each part covers a country and then a new aspect of the capital/income ratio.

Part 1)  Germany and details of the mid-20th Century “shocks” which collapsed the capital/income ratio.

Part 2)  The United States and Canada, plus human slavery and how it affected the capital/income ratio, particularly in the United States.


Thomas Piketty Starts by looking at Germany. germany3 (Note:  the graph starts in 1870 rather than 1700 because 1870 is the date of German unification.)

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The first thing to notice is that the overall evolution is similar (to Britain & France):  first, agricultural land gave way  in the long run to residential and commercial real estate and industrial and financial capital, and second, the capital/income ratio has grown steadily since World War II and appears to be on its way to regaining the level it had attained prior to the shocks of 1914-1945. (page 141)

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