About The Bee2Bee Network.Org
About LifeStyles In 360 & The Bee2 Bee Network.Org
The Bee2Bee Network – Educating & Advocating for True Collaboration
with a focus on Kindness, Equality, Equity & Inclusion In The New World Of Work
LifeStyles In 360 is a patent-pending luxury virtual shopping platform, formerly know as the B2b Virtual Guide. The company was originally founded in 2011 by Yasmine P. Clarke, a Software Engineer, Executive Management Consultant and Agile Coach, as part of The Bee2Bee Network, a non-profit service learning, internship and apprentice program.
The Bee2Bee Network was created in 2011 to bridge the gap between education and industry. As an industry approved Agile Software Development Center of Excellence, our primary goal is to teach, empower, transform, and introduce a new generation of interns and apprentices to the “New World Of Work.” This requires continuous learning paired with hands-on, demonstrated knowledge of key emerging technologies including a conscious focus on Collaboration, Kindness, Equality, Equity, Inclusion and Excellence.
In 2011, The Bee2Bee Network also partnered with our first luxury client, The Ritz-Carlton Club Jupiter, where we launched their Succeed Through Service Initiative which was developed in partnership with Colin Powell’s non-profit organization, America’s Promise Alliance.
The Bee2Bee Network’s signature approach is to provide real-world, co-ed, project-based and paid service-learning internship/apprenticeship opportunities. Our program also serves to benefit local communities, the technology industry and complementing industry sectors.
Our patent-pending white glove LifeStyles In 360 Virtual E-Commerce Platform and Service- learning Projects are exclusively offered by invitation only to selected community businesses including local government agencies, builders, brokers, realtors and educational institutions which also share the LifeStyles In 360 brand’s core values and principles.
For example, in partnership with Google, Whole Foods Market, Samsung and many local businesses, The Bee2Bee Network created and launched the first virtual mall in the U.S. which was at Downtown at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens in 2012. Since 2012, the company has virtually featured many luxury verticals such as Art, Auto, Fashion, Golf, Real Estate, Entertainment Venues and Retail Malls including The Mayfair In The Grove, Coconut Grove, Harbourside Place in Jupiter, Florida, The Coca Cola Orlando Eye, Roger Dean Stadium, Tommy Bahama, Mercedes Benz and Aston Martin. More recently, LifeStyles In 360 was credited with launching the $85M Jack Nicklaus Residence Club at Bear’s Den in January of 2020.
Our innovative paid internship model also provides an opportunity for underserved youth from all backgrounds to earn valuable work experience including technical and soft skills which will ultimately ensure their employability and success during and after their college careers. In addition, our projected learning outcomes for our interns and apprentices are the demonstrated understanding of these key skills and their practical application to the many traditional and non-traditional new career verticals. For example, the arts and technology industries require a hands-on understanding and utilization of new and emerging technologies and career opportunities in the areas of E-Commerce, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Digital Content Creation.
The Bee2Bee Network also provides direct placement for our interns in on the job training employment opportunities with our sister companies, LifeStyles In 360, LLC and Homes In 360, LLC (the first virtual real estate brokerage firm in the US), after their internships are completed.
As the original pioneers in the virtual reality shopping industry, and creators of the first virtual mall in the country in 2012, LifeStyles In 360 has the experience and practical know-how to help any luxury brand create an immersive profit center by connecting them to consumers which prefer our unique virtual in-store shopping experience.
We encourage all online users to utilize the LifeStyles In 360 Virtual E-Commerce Platform for their luxury purchases because by doing so, they are making an investment in local businesses and providing an opportunity for a young adult to learn, earn and build a bright future via the opportunities which our signature internship and apprenticeship program provides.
What Our Industry Experts, Universities, Parents, Interns and Clients Have To Say About The Bee2Bee Network
I had the pleasure of meeting Yasmine Clarke in 2011 when we were members of the Economic Development Team in Palm Beach County. At the time, Yasmine was introducing high school students to software development and engaged her students to build a new website for the Mayor’s office. The students performed demos for the Economic Development Team, covered grand openings around town and I was very impressed with how polished and professional her students appeared under Yasmine’s guidance. In addition, I was captivated with the passion and dedication that Yasmine extended to her students. She wrote letters to assist her students to enter into college; she made sure they all had laptops and supplies so they would be successful.
As Director of Human Resources for the Ritz Carlton, at the time, I hired the Bee2Bee Network to cover several events for the hotel from filming and editing special events to building a website for my special events company. Her team also covered the Colin Powell Initiative which provided corporate recognition for The Ritz-Carlton Private Club in Jupiter, FL. I also enrolled my daughter in her first summer program which was also a great success. Yasmine also invited me to join her board and I was appreciative because I truly believed in the her initiatives.
Thanks to Yasmine and the Bee2Bee Network Team, my housekeeping team at The Wyndham Hotel in Jupiter at Harbourside Place won a company-wide national award when the Bee2Bee Network covered our National Housekeeping Week in 2015.
I have witnessed Yasmine create the B2b Virtual Guide while I was Director of Human Resources for the Wyndham Hotel in Jupiter. Harbourside Place and the small businesses benefited significantly from her efforts and I watched as she worked tirelessly early mornings, late nights and weekends to put Harbourside Place and its tenants on the Google map. The Bee2Bee Network is an amazing company and their competitive advantage lies in going above and beyond what is expected.
In addition, the Bee2Bee Network not only helps local businesses but also provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn important technical, team building and interpersonal skills. I highly endorse and recommend this company. Please call me if you have any questions.
As a software professional with over 50 years of experience, I strongly endorse exposure to the ‘soft’ skills in software professionals. 50 years ago a single individual was all that was needed to produce valuable software. It now requires teams of individuals that need to work closely together. For any team respect, kindness, and collaboration are key attributes of individual team members. Now, these attributes are even more important as we see diverse cultural backgrounds in team members. The work that Yasmine Clarke is doing in this area with young professionals will have a positive impact on working conditions for everyone.
Like you I believe that a focus on “People and Collaboration over Process and Tools” is the most important value in the Agile world. Many people and organizations believe that starting to work in an agile process (like Scrum) will do miracles for their workforce and the productivity. And although the fast cycled Scrum process helps in improving the lives of people, it isn’t the secret to better lives, more joy while working or more productivity. Actually, Scrum does do zero to help with these things. What the Scrum process does do is to signal when things are wrong. All meetings in Scrum are geared towards either working together as a team (backlog refinement and Sprint planning) or to find issues in this collaboration (daily Scrum and the Review & Retrospective). It is essential that all participants in the Scrum process learn the importance of the collaboration and actively practice their communication and collaboration skills. For engineers: away with cubicles and headphones! For managers: away with status meetings and command & control.
When people ask me what I do for a living, I sometimes laugh before telling them I teach adults the things I think they should have learned as children—communication, collaboration, how to work together as a team and most importantly—respect. While these attributes seem natural for me, I found they do not come naturally to many people in today’s workforce.
The American workplace is undergoing a mass migration away from focusing on individual contributors where the heroes reign and moving toward a workplace that fosters an environment where people can think out of the box and creativity is valued. No longer are we line workers punching a time clock, but we are learning to use analytical thinking skills on a daily basis to professionally challenge peers to work collectively to deliver the best work products, to share ideas to inspire others to create and to develop teams where every individual is as equally as important as every other member of the team–regardless of background and experience. Each one of us has strengths we bring to a team, and it is through learning, understanding and appreciating those we work with that we truly come to expand our gifts and allow others to strengthen any gaps. We do not fear mistakes and failure, but rather we embrace a fail fast mentality to learn and grow. And lastly, we celebrate our successes and failures together as a team.
As a Coordinator of Internships at Valencia for 8 years, I have had the pleasure of developing relationships with numerous employer partners and their associates, but you have risen above as one of our signature employers due to your passion for teaching and your willingness to develop an experience for our Marketing, Programming and Web-Development interns that is second to none. You have gone above and beyond for our students and for this, we are grateful.
Again, I thank you very much for your continued partnership with us – we value your participation in our program very highly.
I have also gained the confidence to start my own business.
After my 2-year degree, my first “real world” experience in the field of technology and software was with The Bee2Bee Network. Through immense hands-on experience, I was able to fully grasp the process and understanding of the Agile Methodology that I still use today when working on high-scaled projects and for roughly 80% of my Bachelor’s degree program at UCF. While in this program, I was able to successfully launch a business, get Google Adwords certified, meet and work with clients one-on-one, and attended a conference for a data analytics company named Qlik, in which we met and took photos with the CEO. When the program ended, not only was I experienced, but also I was confident. I was confident to sit down across any CEO or client and have a conversation about anything without feeling any form of intimidation. From being in the industry and running my company for 4+ years, I can truly say that this program impacted my life and where I am today and I am blessed to have met Yasmine Clarke and everyone at The Bee2Bee Network.
During my time with The Bee2Bee Network, I received valuable exposure to various in-demand technologies. Our current education system is broken and does not introduce these valuable skills which are needed for many jobs in today’s working environment. If it was not for the Bee2Bee Network helping me, I would not be where I am today where I am building my career in the Tech Industry.
I’m currently interning at the Bee2Bee Network, specifically with their Virtual Marketplace, and it has been a great experience thus far. Yasmine has provided me with valuable experience, knowledge, and skills that I can apply currently and in the future as I pursue a degree in the Arts. During the internship hours, and even after, Yasmine is present and helpful: she gives me new tasks weekly, checks the ongoing activities every day and is always available for explanations, and updates me on the status of things surrounding the project so I feel included and valued especially when she asks for my opinion/input. Things that I have valued most about my internship include, but not limited to, the nice and supportive working environment and the commitment to providing an excellent service to the communities within Sarasota.
*Note: The LifeStyles In 360 Virtual Stores are an extension of our original Bee2Bee Virtual Guide E-Commerce Platform.