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Nicole Wagner – Creating Success Despite Setbacks

Posted by on Friday, January 20th, 2017

Sometimes in our lives we hit a wall, an obstacle that feels insurmountable and overwhelming. For some, these are moments of defeat, but for others, they’re moments of ascension—of overcoming things that have held us back. Nicole Wagner is one of those people. A Vancouver girl by birth, Nicole and her husband moved to Oregon eleven years ago, where they both started their own businesses. Since then, Nicole's makeup company has won a number of wedding industry awards and is one ... Continue Reading

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Stefany Gittleman – “Out With the Old, In With the Bold”

Posted by on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Certain attributes are invaluable to success in today’s business world: the ability to develop transferable skills, keep up with modern trends, and have one's finger on the pulse of technology are among them. To succeed, you need to be sharp, adaptable, and open to innovative and unconventional ideas. Stefany Gittleman is the epitome of the modern, ambitious businesswoman who prides herself on her ability to stay “three steps ahead of the competition.” She worked in the media industry for seventeen years ... Continue Reading

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Elizabeth Sweeney – From Manhattan to Maui

Posted by on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The New York lifestyle looks enviable from the outside: the glitz and glamour of the big city, its rich cultural life, the thrill that comes with living in such a fabled and notorious town. But maintaining that lifestyle doesn’t come easily, and often those who manage to pull it off do so at a high cost. Elizabeth Sweeney used to work between 80 and 100 hours a week. She was in the movie business, working first in the production department for ... Continue Reading

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Jennifer Boucher – Using Her Business Savvy to Help Those in Need

Posted by on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Our early experiences can dictate the paths our lives take long into the future. As a child, Jennifer Boucher witnessed her 8-year-old brother get hit by a car, and vividly remembers the profound effect it had on their family. Her brother recovered, thanks to the efforts of the local children's hospital, but the events left an indelible mark on Jennifer's mind and heart. After the accident, Jennifer felt deep empathy for the other children in the hospital. “I can remember ... Continue Reading

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Erin King – A Quest for a Fulfilling Career

Posted by on Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Not everyone can say that they love their job. So many of us count down the hours at work, yearning for when we can go home to our family. The paycheck is the only positive thing about many people's careers, and even that often feels paltry in return for the long hours we dedicate to our jobs. Erin King was anything but passionate about her career. For fourteen years, she worked in procurement and supply chain management for an electronics manufacturer. ... Continue Reading

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Ryan Beck – Answering the Call of the Sea

Posted by on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Imagine waking up each morning in your dream location, with the sound of the foghorns in the distance and the fresh sea breeze filling your room. Imagine being able to decide whether you want to work or whether you’d prefer to go for a long walk along the beach with your family. Many of us dream about retiring to the coast to live in a holiday destination year round, but not many have the luxury of bringing that dream to fruition. ... Continue Reading

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Sierra Clark – Pioneering Skincare in a Digital Age

Posted by on Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Moving to a new town is always a big decision, exciting and daunting in equal measure. It can take time to meet people and settle into a new neighborhood, but finding a common interest or the right conversation topic can be the key to unlocking a whole new social circle. For Sierra Clark, it was an unexpected new career choice that helped her fit into her new, and now beloved, community. Sierra grew up in a small town near Sacramento, California. ... Continue Reading

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Heather Shields – A Lesson in Entrepreneurship

Posted by on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

For eleven years, Heather Shields was a 7th-grade teacher in Maryland. The hours were long and the commute was an hour each way. She loved her job, but when she had her third child, she decided enough was enough. Every hour she spent in the car was an hour away from her family, and it was taking a toll on everyone involved. It was time, she says, to start prioritizing her family over her work. “It was impossible to be ... Continue Reading

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Amy Margolis – The Healing Power of a Career Change

Posted by on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The loss of someone close to us is a life-changing event. It can make us take a step back and reassess our priorities. For many, it’s an opportunity to make changes in our lives, and although we are at our lowest point, some positive can come of our grief. We learn valuable lessons from our pain and anguish, lessons we can use to better our lives going forward. Three years ago, Amy Margolis' life fell apart. Within a span of six ... Continue Reading

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Emily Munday – Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do

Posted by on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

They say that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. Imagine setting off in the morning to do a day’s work purely for the joy and fulfillment it brings. To pursue your passion each day, and be paid to do so, is a dream for most of us. But for some, a day at the office is exciting, fun, and rewarding. Emily Munday is one of those lucky few. She loves what she does, ... Continue Reading